Students who attend the convocation will be provided with important information about all of the student support services available at our institution, thus helping prepare you for your attendance with the college. Our presenters include a diverse group of administrators, counselors, faculty, staff, and students, who will present on their department and/or experience. Join us on August 10th to get to know us before the semester starts!



MASTER OF CEREMONY
Christa Trujillo
Professor, Speech Communications
Christa Trujillo is a Professor in the Communication Studies department and the faculty Professional Development Coordinator on campus. Come visit her in the 1700 building!

"There is no secret to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure" (Author: Colin Powell)
OPENING REMARKS
Ronald D. Kraft, Ph.D.
Superintendent/President
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the faculty and staff, welcome to Napa Valley College and our virtual New Student Convocation.

We are here to guide you as you become the best version of yourself, and we encourage you to take advantage of the many services available to help you achieve your full potential.

I wish you the best of luck on your educational journey. Welcome to the NVC family!
WELCOME FROM STUDENT AFFAIRS
Oscar De Haro
Assistant Superintendent/ Vice President Student Affairs
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. ”
- Malcolm X

Congratulations to you for preparing yourselves and starting your educational journey at NVC!”
PRESENTATION
CONTACT
WELCOME FROM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Sara Parker
Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of AcademicAffairs
Welcome from Academic Affairs!! Explore the many Pathways we have to offer at NVC; Career, Transfer, Certificate, and Degree options. Get prepared for your life journey as Global Citizens.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Monique Rivera
NVC Graduate
“In life, you will experience failure, you will be let down, you may even feel defeated. Don’t get discouraged, but instead continue to learn, grow, and fight for your dreams. Do it for YOU.”
STUDENT EXPECTATIONS
Charo Albarrán
Associate Vice President Human Resources, Training & Development and Title IX Coordinator​
and
Robin Darcangelo
Senior Dean, Student Affairs
Being aware is the first step to becoming Successful! We are all about Student Success!
TIME FOR SOME YOGA - A MOVEMENT BREAK
Kelly McCann
Professor, Kinesiology & Dance
“Dancers don't need wings to fly.”
CONTACT
FINANCIAL AID
Mai Vo
Financal Aid Officer, Financial Aid/EOPS
Financial Aid; Helping students finance their dreams!
FINANCIAL WELLNESS
Amanda Frost
Student Affairs Specialist, Caminos Al Éxito
and
Christopher Farmer
Senior Manager, Caminos Al Éxito
"When it comes to your finances, ignorance is not bliss. The less you know the more you pay"
- Jason Vitung
NVC COMMUNICATIONS
Ali Shull
Digital Marketing & Communications Specialist, Office of Public Affairs & Communications
Bring the best of your authentic self to every opportunity that comes your way. Tell your story.
PRESENTATION
LINKS
CONTACT
10 MINUTES WITH A COUNSELOR
Marci Sanchez
Counselor/Counseling & EOPS, Adjunct Faculty/Dance
“Dear Students,

We believe in you. You are cared for. You are listened to. You are important. We know you can succeed."

- The Counseling Division
PRESENTATION
CONTACT
WELCOME CENTER & CLOSING REMARKS
Brenda Rodriguez
Welcome Center Specialist
The NVC Welcome Center is your one-stop shop for information! Our friendly and knowledgeable Student Ambassadors are here to assist you with general questions about the college and the various programs and services that we offer!
PRESENTATION
CONTACT


TRANSFER CENTER
Omar Peña
Student Affairs Specialist, Transfer Center
The Transfer Center works with all NVC transfer students, no matter where you are in the process. Find out how we can help you reach your goal of transferring to a 4-year college or university!
PRESENTATION
CONTACT
EXTENDED OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM AND SERVICES (EOPS)
Flor Martín-Del Campo
Student Affairs Specialist, EOPS
The EOPS program provides academic counseling, priority registration, transfer assistance, tutoring and aid for textbooks.
PRESENTATION
CONTACT
  • Email EOPS
  • (707) 492-5803
  • Español: (707) 256-7301
ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF NAPA VALLEY COLLEGE (ASNVC)
Jhanine Mizona
Secretary, ASNVC
The Associated Students of Napa Valley College is the college’s student governing board, here to serve and provide student representation for the improvement of student life at Napa Valley College.
PRESENTATION
CONTACT
DISABILITY SUPPORT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES (DSPS)
Tyler Downie
Acting Dean, DSPS and Testing
Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) is committed to providing excellent services to our students at Napa Valley College. DSPS will highlight accommodations to support students.
PRESENTATION
CONTACT
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES
Nancy Tamarisk, FNP
Director of Student Health Services

Magdalena Orr, MFT
Therapist
Student Health Services offers free or low cost help for an array of challenges, from birth control, to emotional distress, to injuries and illnesses. Appointments with our nurse practitioner and therapist are free, and are available in-person or by phone or zoom.
PRESENTATION
  • Watch Video
CONTACT
  • (707) 256-7780
  • Crisis Text Line:
       Text 'COURAGE' to 741741
BASIC NEEDS CENTER & RESOURCES
Kyler Thompson
Basic Needs Office Coordinator
Napa Valley College Basic Needs Center bridges the gaps for students to obtain nutritious food, housing, financial, physical, and mental wellness resources. We strive to transform dialogues surrounding the basic needs of students. This will allow NVC students to focus ontheir academic success contributing to holistic prosperity.
MESA/STEM CENTER
Luis Alcazar
Associate Dean, MESA/STEM Program Services
The Napa Valley College (NVC) MESA/STEM Center serves as a hub for our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) student community.
PRESENTATION
CONTACT
LIBRARY & RESOURCES
Brian Lym
Director, Library Services
The McCarthy Library is here to help you succeed! What we offer: textbooks, more than 200,000 ebooks and print books, loaner laptops and hotspots, desktops, study spaces, and research help from librarians. We are onsite and online! Be sure to accept the invite to join the "Library Homepage" on Canvas!
PRESENTATION
CONTACT
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES (SSS) TRIO
Martín Olguin
Student Affairs Specialist, SSS TRiO
and
Ramon Salceda
Associate Dean, Educational Talent Search and SSS TRiO
First-generation (FG) does not mean first member in a family. Stop by and find out what FG means and what SSS TRIO can do for you.

“To make a difference in someone’s life you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You just have to care” - Mandy Hale

“Education is freedom” - Paolo Freire
CAREER CENTER
Sherry Tennyson
Career Consultant, Career Center
"Let's Build Together"