Campus Connection Fall 2022
TVCC Board of Education Update
The TVCC Board of Education and Foundation Board came together to share dinner and discuss how the boards could further promote the College and share with the community the great things that are happening at TVCC. There were several great suggestions made in the areas of communication and increasing visibility and awareness both on and off campus. This annual board get-together is always a great opportunity for board members to learn more about their roles and how their work is vital to student success.
National Council for Workforce Education Conference
President Dana Young had the opportunity to join colleagues on October 13 in Portland, Oregon to present the All In: Student Pathways Forward podcast. During the presentation Dr. Young provided an overview of Treasure Valley Community College, and spoke about TVCC student, James Toms, who was featured in the TVCC episode of the podcast where he shares his experience as a returning college student and how programs and support services at TVCC has helped him in his educational path. To listen to the audio podcast go to:
Chukar Fall Festival a Huge Success
Above: members of the Men’s Basketball team during their “Pencil Toss” Minute to Win it competition
The annual Chukar Fall Festival was held at the Weese Building on Tuesday, October 4th after a long 3-year absence. Nearly 350 students, staff, faculty, and community members were in attendance to welcome in the 2022-2023 school year. The event included a free barbeque sponsored by the TVCC Foundation, introductions to athletic teams and campus organizations, Minute to Win it Competitions, and a dance party for students. The Associated Student Government is grateful to those that attended this traditional event and were thrilled with the success of the evening.
Members of the Speaker’s Bureau for the Major Gifts Campaign made a presentation on the new Nursing & Allied Health Professions Center to the Weiser Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, November 15. The program included information on the new facility, the impact the new center would have on healthcare in our region and the new changes for our Nursing program starting this year.
Posing for the photo include (from left to right) Board of Education Chair Dirk DeBoer, former Nursing graduate Irene Folkman, Nursing instructor Brianne Haun, Nursing Office Manager Rachel Grace, Campaign Manager Cathy Yasuda, Weiser Chamber Board Member Alex Chavarria, TVCC President Dr. Dana Young and Foundation Board Chair Dave Bean.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
In August, President Dana Young, Vice President of Academic Affairs Eddie Alves, Associate Vice President Abby Lee, Director Ben Merrill, and faculty members Marcus Nichols, Sandy Porter and Justin Blazzard flew to Golden, Colorado to tour NREL facilities and meet with engineers, project analysts, and managers to learn more about renewable energy opportunities. The visit provided an in-depth look into the renewable energy field and how this field could lead to program expansion and development at TVCC.
The College was recently awarded $2.5 million dollars to infuse renewable energy into TVCC of which TVCC will receive $1.25 million dollars immediately to develop a program plan on how we will use these funds to create a sustainable program at TVCC. The overall goal is to create apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship opportunities in a new renewable energy program, as well as, within existing TVCC programs. The CTE faculty and staff are excited about the potential and the opportunities this presents for the College.
TVCC Internal Campaign
(Pictured in front of the campaign murals include (from left to right) members of the Foundation Board, Jaime Grimaldo, Torie Ramirez, Executive Director Cathy Yasuda, Dave Bean and Debbie Blackaby.)
The TVCC Foundation kicked off an Internal Campaign for the new Nursing & Allied Health Professions Center on September 20 during Inservice Week. The theme for the campaign was “TVCC Loves a Healthy Future.” Many faculty and staff on campus made donations or pledges to support the fundraising effort during the five-week campaign.
First Day of Fall Term
President Dana Young, TVCC Foundation President Dave Bean, and TVCC Foundation board member Holly Kerfoot standby to greet students and answer questions on the first day of class.
Ontario Promise Kickoff
Tobias Read, Ontario State Treasurer and TVCC President Dana Young
2022 Eastern Oregon Economic Summit, Hermiston
President Dr. Dana Young, Dr. Cam Preus, and Kym Browning
Fun Facts and More Top Stories
Chukar Trivia, did you know?
1. In 1962, as county superintendent, Emery J. Skinner served unofficially as the
first TVCC board secretary.
2. In August 1967, Skinner was hired as the 2nd TVCC President when Gene Voris resigned that summer. Skinner served as college president until 1983.
3. To read a written interview with Emery Skinner click below:
TVCC Student Spotlights
Meet TVCC Sophomore Hailee Huddleston who is doing more than what meets the eye!
Meet Ricardo Vasquez, a recent TVCC graduate with an AA in cybersecurity.
TVCC Foundation Update - New Scholarship Application Submission Deadline
To help create better access for our returning and new students, the Foundation has
decided to extend and move back the Scholarship Application deadline from January
15 to March 1, 2023. They hope this will allow a larger pool of students to apply
for over $300,000 in scholarship funds offered by the Foundation. The 2023-2024 application
is currently available at :
Kudos submitted By Lisa Meyer, Foundation Office
“Thank you to Kalvin Stephens, IT Department, for going above and beyond to make sure my new computer was set up and functional.” “Thank you to Renae Weber for organizing the many t-shirts for the internal campaign.” “You are appreciated!”
Kudos submitted by Sandra Porter, Ag & Natural Resources
“Kilee Saldivar has been doing a lot of really good work with the TLA group...she's a rock star!”
“Kudos to Stephanie Oester and Zach Widner for all of their work and deliverables on the Guided Pathways work.” “Thank you Rennie Neider and Sam Widner for doing a great job at organizing the CTE Open House.”
Kudos submitted by Dr. Ben Merrill, CTE
“The CTE Department wants to shout out some kudos to Vern & Adolfo for their incredible and ongoing support at the Livestock Center! They have been instrumental this fall with the maintenance and improvements. Thank you, Vern & Adolfo!”
Kudos submitted by the TVCC Admissions Staff
“Thank you to everyone who has assisted the admissions office with recruitment efforts this fall, both on and off campus. A special shout out to faculty members Darin Bell and David Bryant for hosting visiting group tours in their classrooms!”