A variety of experiences are available to enrich your personal and intellectual growth and this will contribute to your overall academic success. Check out these experiences below:Challenge Course: Learning Through Doing
The Challenge Course empowers participants by stimulating their capabilities to plan, strategize, communicate, trust and work as a team…resulting in…self discovery, mutual support, leadership potential, and new perspectives in one's confidence and abilities. The exhilarating adventure is "team-oriented" and encourages participants to shed the fear of "making mistakes" by promoting experimentation through responsible risk taking.
The Adventure - The philosophy behind the Challenge Course is that of human development and enrichment through group and individual experiential play, which incorporates challenging confrontations. The safe, outdoor adventure sites provide the stimulus for testing and strengthening the ability of groups to communicate, to follow instructions, and to solve mentally difficult problems through team cooperation. Whether strategizing the way to get an entire group on a small platform or working together in order to walk across a moving log, participants learn to deal with potential success and failure experiencing a greater sense of trust and community along with individual and group achievement. MVC offers the Challenge Course free to MVC Students, for outside agencies please call the Office of Student Life for costs and scheduling a group experience, at 214.860.8685
The Office of Student Life - designs many different emphasis days/weeks and months to enhance awareness of social and cultural issues that pertain to college students, staff and the community. Annual celebrations and Awareness programs include, but are not limited to; National Day of Prayer, Deiz y Seis de Septiembre, Veterans Day, Dia de los Muertos, Cinco de Mayo and St. Patrick’s Day. Additionally recognized National Emphasis Month/Week programs include, Hispanic Heritage Month, Domestic Violence Awareness, Black History Month and Women’s History Month.
During these activities, students, staff and the community have opportunities to partake in educational workshops, local and national guest speakers, entertainment and festive foods. Each program is specifically designed to capture the intent of the historical, educational or cultural event.
Field Trips, Internships and Conferences: Learning Through Travel
The Boston Excursion is during the spring semester where history comes to life through literature visiting famous writer’s homes such as Hawthorn and Thoreau.
Additionally students travel during leadership conferences such as the Jazz it Up for Leadership in Louisiana or the HACU Leadership Conference. All of these travel experience are at a subsidized cost for interested students. To apply for these trips fill out an application located in the Office of Student Life.
Students have an opportunity to maximize their learning experience while attending MVC by participating in out-of-town study programs. The Austin Internship is held during the spring break week bi-annually for students interested in the legislative process and participating in democracy in action.
Local and National Speakers: Learning Through Listening
MVC hosts a variety of guest speakers during the academic year. Past speakers have included, among many others, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Edward James Olmos, Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Lisa Ling, Laura Esquivel, Harry Belafonte, Coach Carter and many others. Our lecture series are designed to complement the classroom learning experience while fostering awareness of critical issues facing our student community.
Student Ambassador Program: Learning Through Leading
Mountain View College's Student Ambassador Program enlists volunteer support from outstanding students to reach out to prospective students and to the community. The Mountain View College Student Ambassador Program was founded in 1996. The purpose the Student Ambassador's are to serve as representatives of Mountain View College. Only ten outstanding students at Mountain View College are selected to become Ambassadors, the selection only happens once a year during the summer, applications are made available in the Office of Student Life each Spring semester. These student volunteers, working under the direction of the Office of Student Life, play an integral role in a wide range of campus activities throughout the year.
Required New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation provides critical information sessions, financial seminars and free food and prizes. Please contact the Office of Student Life for upcoming sessions.
Student Government Association: Learning Through Governing
The Student Government Association is a group comprised of elected and appointed student delegates that act as a liaison between Mountain View College's administration and Mountain View students. Being involved in Student Government gives you an opportunity to affect change and improve campus life. It is a great way to serve the college and work with people from diverse cultures. Plus, colleges, universities and prospective employers recognize participation in Student Government as an indication of commitment and accomplishment. General meetings are open to all registered students. Applications are available in the Office of Student Life and the Student Government office.
The Odyssey Leadership Institute: Learning Through Leadership
Become a Leader. The Odyssey Institute is not a club - it is a leadership development program that is open for Mountain View College students. The program offers an assortment of workshops, field trips and conferences, local and national speakers and challenge courses designed to allow students to experience a voyage through co-curricular studies. When you get involved with the Odyssey Program you can:
- Develop leadership skills
- Examine and expand your values
- Enhance your resume
- Create networking opportunities
- Celebrate your accomplishments
- Discover your personal leadership style
- Encourage academic success and personal goals
- Increase your potential for scholarships
- Receive a Student Development Transcript
- Interact with college, community and national leaders