Congratulations! You made it to Week Four!
This week’s theme is escapes. Our Report from the Front comes from Sylvia Rortedt, whose adventure in a faraway land brought her in touch with a NOVA student she’d never met. Our Wellness tip offers a mental break (no, not that kind) from our tendency to mull our thoughts into a vinegary mess. Our Campus Character helps us to embrace new challenges and to find adventure on home ice.
Should you be seeking an escape and need a novel idea, we recommend Baldwin’s Book Barn in West Chester, Pennsylvania. An 1820’s building filled to the rafters with books of all ages and varieties, not to mention a great dog and two friendly cats. Take a lunch and make a day of it. http://www.bookbarn.com/
Have a great week!
The ALW Staff
Remember the Fun Facts that went into the raffle bucket at Convocation? Well, we have grabbed them and want to share them!
Our first convocation character is Margaret Emblom-Callahan, BIO, and her adventures on ice!
“Recently took up skating with her daughter and has not yet been taken from the ice by the medics”
I can do a mohawk on ice. I know. This is crazy! First, I skate forward on one foot, tracing the line of a half moon, then I switch feet halfway through the moon and finish on one foot skating backwards! If you had asked me a month ago, I would have said, “no way!” and I would have looked at you as if you had three ears. Of course, if this were easy, I would have had no interest in learning how to do it. I mean, what is the point of learning something you can already do? On ice, I get the added thrill of failure to execute a move well means immediate bruising, possible concussion or a broken leg. Some incentive to not mess up, huh?
Well, when learning to skate, take it from me, you WILL fall down, REPEATEDLY! It reminds me of starting back to school at NOVA as an adult. EVERYTHING was difficult. Not because I couldn’t learn, but because I did not know how to learn efficiently, and I had other important influences in my life. Instead of the ice making everything slippery, I had a family with health issues and later a daughter and I had to pay my own way. Instead of bruises for my incentive to not fail, I had life goals. I wanted to do something really meaningful with my life.
Nevertheless, just like on ice, each success was balanced by a fall. With every fall in school, just like on ice, I had to shake it off, stand up and continue. Eventually, I continued through a doctoral defense and a career teaching biology at NOVA! While skating is a serious challenge to me, it is so similar to my academic and life goals that I think I know the secret to success – keep working at it, stand up after every fall, find pleasure in the challenges and I will succeed.
Events for week ending Saturday, 14 September 2013
Green Club Meeting
Start Date: 9/10/2013 Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 9/10/2013 End Time: 1:30 PM
Green Club Meeting. NOVA Alexandria’s student environmental group, the Green Club, is meeting Tues., 9/10 from 1pm to 1:30pm in Bisdorf 354. Come check us out and bring a friend!
Alexandria – Bisdorf Room: 354
Contact: Dr. Christine Bozarth
Prospects for a Nuclear Weapons Free World: Saying No To Nuclear Weapons & Testing.
Tuesday,10 September 2013
Discussion Time 12:30-2 pm
(AA 196). Reception 2-4 pm (AA 158)
Artist Karipbek Kuyukov was born in the area of Kazakhstan where the former Soviet Union conducted more than 470 nuclear tests. As a result, he was born without arms. Today, he paints his pictures using his legs and mouth and has become a well-known activist against nuclear testing, working to inform the world about the “health threats and devastating consequences” of testing nuclear weapons. Presented by the NOVA Institute for Public Service.
Honors Committee Meetings
Wednesday, 11 September 2013
12:00 – 13:00
Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria Campus.
Liberal Arts Division Room 252 Bisdorf Bldg.,
3001 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311
Office Phone: 703-845-6503. Office Fax: 703-845-6186, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to Exxon Mobil scholarship application / selection process we will include a general information session about honors (1 for faculty; 1 for students) to be held this fall.
Liberal Arts, Governor’s Debate
Friday, 13 September 2013
11:00 – 14:30
Constitution Day Event
Department of Liberal Arts, Constitution Day Event
Friday, 13 September 2013
12:00 – 13:30
Have an event to post? Email Marcus Henderson, email@example.com.
Did You Know?
Ever need to have important documents notarized? Ever wonder how you’ll find the time to find a notary?
Look no further! We have TWO notaries on campus:
Nicci Dowd, the provost’s office manager, and Jessica Cedoz, our campus HR representative.
The following positions are in the hiring process.
Library Specialist II – posting closed
Library Specialist II – being posted online soon
Technology Trainer II – a new trainer should start soon!
Supervisor – to be posted
Trainer Instructor II – two positions in process of hire
In Search Of
The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) is searching for tutors for the fall. If you have any outstanding students who are looking for good work and a strong résumé builder, please encourage them to apply. Students need to have an ‘A’ or ‘B’ in the courses they’d like to tutor and a 3.0 GPA. Interested students can pick up an application in AA 229. Feel free to pass along the attached flier. tutoring ad
A CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE will be forming this semester. This committee will be tasked with assessing current technology and training needs for faculty, staff and students. The committee will also help develop the campus technology plan for 2013-2014. If you would like to be a member of this committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013-2014 ALW Editorial Staff: Have you enjoyed the ALW? Would you like to be a part of it? We’re looking for intrepid souls to take on the challenge of serving as the information hub of the campus. If you are interested, please email either Stephanie Sareeram (email@example.com) or Cristina Vasilis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Consider serving as a club advisor to one of our student organizations. Advisors play a crucial role in the growth, development, and success of our student organization program. And this is a GREAT way to connect and engage students outside of the classroom. If you are interested in serving please sign up for our “Advisor Waitlist.” The purpose of this waitlist is to help bridge the gap between students and potential advisors. Often times we have new students who want to start an organization but do not know faculty/staff well enough to reach out. If a club is struggling to find an advisor I would contact you with information about the club… if the club is of interest to you I will match you with the organization. It’s this simple! Please send me your contact if you are interested or if you have any questions. Thank you for your time and I hope you have a great Fall semester!!! Viridiana Guerra Acosta, Student Life Coordinator, email@example.com, 703-845-6218.
The Alexandria Campus Honors Committee is seeking proposals to teach Honors/ Honors Option courses for spring 2014.
Course proposals may be for full Honors Courses OR Honors Options courses.
Faculty from all disciplines and courses in a variety of credit levels (1-5 credits) are encouraged to apply. Full Honors courses must be limited to an enrollment of 16 students. Honors Option course do not have an enrollment minimum. Honors /Honors Option courses must include the 4 elements of the Honors Program: leadership, academic rigor, enrichment and research
Course proposals must be for one of the required courses in the Honors program curriculum: English, math, humanities, natural science, behavioral science or general electives.
· Spring 2013 Honors/Honors Option Courses: November 1.
Submit an Honors/Honors Option Course Proposal Form (attached) to my attention by the deadline. Submissions accepted via email or interoffice mail .
The Alexandria Campus Honors Committee will review and approve proposals within 1 week of the deadline.
A Sample Honors Course Proposal is attached for your reference. For more information about the Honors program please see our college wide website or contact Shon Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.nvcc.edu/academics/additional-learning-opportunities/honors/index.html
We are ready to start our Lyceum at NOVA-Alexandria!
I am asking any and every member of the NOVA-Alexandria community – students, staff, and faculty – to join our community conversation on a variety of topics. The Lyceum Committee/Forum/Borg, or whatever we decide to call ourselves, will meet soon to come up with an array of topics and presentation ideas that will take place on a monthly basis throughout the academic year (Sep, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, and Apr). My hope is that we will all learn and talk about issues that fall largely OUTSIDE of any one of our own individual areas of expertise, education, or interest – and we will, hence, learn more about what others here care about and work on. Put another way, an interdisciplinary conversation.
The Lyceum organization has a small honorarium budget, which will increase our ability to tap into the rich
DC area for great speakers, academics, and passionate souls who might care to talk to us.
I believe we can start the academic year with a meeting to come up with a rough idea of the kinds of presentations or events that we want to pursue, and we can divvy up the workload so that one or two people can work on each event. From that point on, we’ll work via email, or I can meet directly with those who need help in scheduling rooms and the “what-not” that goes into organizing an event.
Please understand that no idea or perspective is off the table: right, left, middle, science, social science, history, counseling, computers, technology, anti-technology, language, culture, anti-culture, library science, video game theory (is that a thing?), education, ethnicity, administration, or any other topic can all find a place at our Lyceum. I am only certain of one thing: we dance with those who show up! But – again – ALL ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO SHOW UP! Heck, even if you don’t show up, if you send me some ideas and contact information, I can look into it.
Let me know if you’re interested and we’ll get to work on setting up that quick and to-the-point meeting. This is going out to the ENTIRE NOVA-AL COMMUNITY. Come one, come all.
Jack Lechelt, PLS, JLechelt@nvcc.edu
Real Life on Campus
Have news you’d like to share?
Have a colleague who should be recognized?
Write us and tell us all about them! Contact Cristina Vasilis, email@example.com, or Amira Al-Khulaidy, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report from the Front
You never know where NOVA students can be found. This week’s adventure report comes from Sylvia Rortvedt, formerly of LTR, the library, the campus. You won’t believe where she ran into a student…
I was one of a group of four staying at the Walaker Hotell in Solvorn, a very small town on the edge of the Lustrafjord in western Norway. At dinner, our waitress Olivia, from Sweden, asked where we were from and said she had lived in the Washington, DC area several years ago to attend college. Of course I asked where, and to my surprise and delight she said “NOVA, the Alexandria Campus.” Our traveling companions were amazed at this NOVA connection 3,735 miles from Alexandria. NOVA students can be found everywhere!
Want to report from the front? Contact Amira Al-Khulaidy, email@example.com, or Steph Sareeram, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safety & Wellness
This week, Beth Lanthier (PSY) will help you to stop obsessing about those things that drive you nuts.
Do you ever leave work but find yourself replaying some thoughts or events of the day? Or maybe you’re at work, but you can’t stop thinking about something you did or heard? It would be nice to be able to turn off those worries and unpleasant memories. Is there a mechanism to do that?
Daniel Wegner was a social psychologist who studied thought suppression for 25 years. He was a dynamic speaker, who made his research easy to understand. In short, it is difficult to make yourself stop thinking about something. However, he found five strategies to help turn off that thought.
Focus on an absorbing distractor thought instead.
Pick a time that will be your “worry time” and postpone your thought until then.
Reduce your multitasking. Focus on one thing at a time and it’s harder for unwanted thoughts to intrude.
Allow yourself to have the thought in a controlled way. After allowing yourself controlled exposure to the undesirable thought, it is less likely to intrude at other times.
Practice mindfulness and meditation.
For more about Dan Wegner and his research, check out: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/10/unwanted-thoughts.aspx
Dan died in July of ALS. Psychology has lost a brilliant thinker and inspiring teacher. You can read an obituary here: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/07/daniel-m-wegner/
Beth Lanthier, email@example.com