Growing Into My New Role

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” – Muhammad Ali

A Very Big Thank You

I would like to thank my colleagues (you know who you are) for your encouragement and support throughout the application process for the Director of Organizational and Staff Development, here at Mountain View College. Each of you has believed in me and my vision for success.


My New Role

My new role officially began on July 8, 2016. From that day forward, my life drastically changed as I hit the ground running! The very first day I met with Steve Sosa, Dean of eLearning and Instructional Support, and we started planning for Fall 2016 Return Week. I must confess that I felt a bit overwhelmed at first (like drinking from a fire hose) but knew I made the right decision as we came up with new and creative ways to engage the MVC family.


Return Week By the Numbers

MVC Return Week

  • 26 Workshops Led by MVC Family Members
  • 2 Major Events (Convocation and Strategic Planning Kickoff)
  • 80 Support Volunteers in Various Roles

DCCCD Conference Day

  • 2,103 Attendees in Total
  • 137 MVC Attendees

DCCCD Part-time Conference Day

  • 250 Attendees in Total
  • 28 MVC Attendees


Wearing Many Hats

Fall 2016 Return Week, as big as it was, would prove to be just a small part of my overall role. Since that time I’ve also attended training workshops across campus, been involved with the district-wide Professional Development Council, began work on our new monthly newsletter, developed our (un)official Professional Development Communication Plan, met peers across the district, and collaborated on multiple trainings and workshops. In one word…whew! Steve has to remind me at times to make sure that I actually sneak out and take a lunch break since time tends to fly by so fast in my new role!


Looking to the Future

But wait, there’s more! I’d love the opportunity to meet with departments and discuss the types of training/workshops they would like to see related to future professional development. One major updated we are planning is a complete revamp of both the eLearning and Professional Development websites. We’d like to make sure that the information displayed is updated, relevant to your needs, and brings a little bit of transparency to the process behind the scenes.

Stay tuned for these and many more updates to come. We’re only just getting started!


Thank You, Return Week Volunteers


There are many reasons to be “MVC Proud.” We serve a diverse community, promote student success and employee achievement, and help transform communities.


We are also proud of employees who came together to make Return Week 2016 possible. Many volunteered to lead workshops, share their knowledge and passion, and provide insight into the meaning behind the work we all do.


A huge thank you goes out to facilities, marketing, media, individual presenters, employee and student volunteers, our own Leo the Lion, and the best Student Ambassadors on earth! We could not have gotten through Return Week without each of your support.


Your make us MVC Proud and we are so very lucky to have you as part of the MVC family!


Return Week Photo Gallery


Need proof that MVC had the best Return Week ever! Look no further then our very own photo gallery, which represents the very best of what makes MVC proud!


In total, MVC held twenty-eight sessions throughout the week. When you see a presenter in the hallway, make sure to give them a high-five!


We also welcomed our new Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Lori Doddy, while thanking our former VPI, Dr. Ken Alfers.


In case you didn’t know it, Deans can dance. Our very own Sandy Wyche, with more than a little help from Gilda Nunez led a workshop on “Cumbia & Other Dancing from SouthTexas.”


Convocation itself got off to a great start as everyone in the audience was encouraged (nope…that’s not a typo) to utilize their cell phones while taking an live quiz. This was a great utilization of instructional technology!


Right after Convocation everyone was invited to lunch and a strategic planning workshop that helped begin this collaborative process at MVC. Stay tuned for even more strategic planning opportunities in the months to follow.


Return Week Photo Gallery


New Employee Interview – Rebecca McDowell

We’d like to take the time to recognize one of our newest employees (new to the eLearning and Professional Development office that is) to Mountain View College. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.


Rebecca McDowell, Director of Organizational and Staff Development

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

Director of Organizational and Staff Development
I graduated from Illinois State University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Parks and Recreation Administration. I have over 10 year’s management experience in retail sales, 3 years’ experience as a Program Supervisor for the Village of Orland Park Recreation and Parks Department developing training and recreational programs. I moved to TX in 2012 where I was a Director of a Member’s Benefit Department for Five Star Institute, a mortgage banking industry. Currently employed with Mountain View College since August 2014.

What drew you to apply to Mountain View College?

I am a current employee of MVC. I have been employed with MVC for almost two years. I enjoy empowering people and transforming communities.

I really liked the job description and the working duties for the Director of Organizational and Staff Development. I believe to be a good fit for the job and an asset to the team. On the top of that, I am MVC Proud!

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

97.9 The Beat-Rickey Smiley Morning Show
They are hilarious! They put me in a good mood for work!

What was the very first job you ever had and what skills did it teach you?

I babysat at the age of 13. It taught me responsibility at a young age. I enjoy the creativity children have at such a young age.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Implementing strategic organizational processes and learning initiatives. Also, planning and implementation of staff development activities and programs for college faculty and staff.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year?

I would like to accomplish a successful return week for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. I take pride in working hard for others and seeing the joy and excitement on their faces. I also would like to update our department’s website to provide resourceful information to our staff.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

1. Getting married
2. My child
3. Accepting the Director of Organizational and Staff Development Position at MVC

What is your favorite sports team and why are you a lifelong fan?

Chicago Bears
My father was a huge Bears fan and I remember as a child watching the game he so loved on Sunday afternoons. My husband is from the Chicagoland area (Southside) and has been a fan since a young boy. We enjoy watching and attending the games.

For MVC’s Annual Employee Talent Show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase to everyone?

My dance skills. I enjoy attending Zumba and Aerobics classes at the gym. I am not a pro by any means but can keep up with the beat!

MVC is often described as a family. What does family mean to you?

It means family connection. Exploring together new programs and opportunities that can bring great value to our students, staff, and community.


Rebecca McDowell, Director of Organizational and Staff Development