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Did you know that both CST 227 Business and Professional Communication and CST 229 Intercultural Communication transfer to George Mason University and satisfy upper-level courses?

CST 227 is the equivalent to COMM L320 Business and Professional Communication

CST 229 is the equivalent to COMM L305 Foundations of Intercultural Communication, a requirement for all communication majors.

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Join Sigma Chi Eta

Picture of logoIf you are a communication major, you’ll want to join your peers in Sigma Chi Eta, the Community College Honor Society of the National Communication Association.

Eligibility for Membership

  • Completed 12 credit hours overall with minimum of 3 communication courses
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall
  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 for communication studies courses
        • Exhibit high standards of personal and professional character

To apply, talk with your communication instructor or your campus Sigma Chi Eta advisor:

Alexandria Campus Professor Meredith Aquila
Annandale Campus Professor Nan Peck
Loudoun Campus Professor Josh Pachter
Manassas Campus Professor Elizabeth Vick
Woodbridge Campus Jenny Lopez–offices/administrative-offices/evpresident/recognition/recognition-students.html

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VACAS Annual Convention at GMU

George Mason University will be hosting the annual Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences (VACAS) on October 25, 2014,

The Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences (VACAS) is the primary Virginia state organization for scholars and professionals in the communication discipline.

To join VACAS and/or to attend the convention, go to

VACAS Convention Coordinator:  Susan Tomasovic – George Mason University

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NCA Blog on Communication Matters

The National Communication Association has a blog, Communication Matters,, to promote academic, teaching and research in the communication field.

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Oratory Public Speaking Workshop

Annandale Campus’s Oratory Interest Group is holding a public speaking workshop on Friday, October 3, 3-5 p.m. in CN 117.

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Join the Forensics Team

The NOVA Forensics Team is currently recruiting interested students for the upcoming 2014-15 competitive season! Students on the NOVA Forensics Team work with coaches on a regular basis to prepare and then travel locally and nationally to compete against students from other colleges in a variety of public speaking, debate and literature performance events. Regular team meetings and practices take place every Thursday on the Alexandria Campus and each Friday at the Annandale Campus. To learn more about the NOVA Forensics Team and how to participate, please contact Dr. Nathan Carter at

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McGraw-Hill Education Virtual Event for CST Faculty

Dear Professor Peck,

  • How can I better engage my Communication students?
  • How can I make the learning experience more personalized?
  • How can I assess my students’ progress more easily?

If you’ve ever pondered any of these questions, join us for a discussion with Jennifer Cochrane, Senior Lecturer-Emerita and Fulbright Specialist-Distance Learning at IUPUI. Jennifer will walk attendees through McGraw-Hill Education’s adaptive eBook, SmartBook®, and discuss how this tool can improve student performance and re-engage your classroom.

Jennifer will  be holding two sessions this fall:
Friday, September 26th, 11:30 am EST

Wednesday, October 15th, 3 pm EST

Click here to sign up for one of two sessions Jennifer will be running.


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Cognitive Science Seminar

You are cordially invited to a free science seminar, “Cognitive Science – 21st Century Minds Evolution of the Mind and Human-Technology Interaction.” Professor of Psychology Ramezan Dowlati will be the speaker.

The seminar is Friday, September 26, 2014, noon-1 p.m. in the CE Forum, Annandale Campus. Light refreshments will be served at 11:30.

This seminar is sponsored by the Science Seminar Committee, Math, Science and Engineering Division as well as The Lyceum, Annandale Campus, NOVA.

For more information, contact Dr. Reva Savkar,

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COMMunity for Sigma Chi Eta


SigmaChiEtalogoCheck out the newly-designed issue of COMMunity, the newsletter for Sigma Chi Eta honorary members.

A Premier Opportunity to Present your Undergraduate Research or Creative Activity!
National Conference on Undergraduate Research
Abstract Submission: September 29 – December 2, 2014
NCUR is an opportunity to present your research to peers, receive feedback from faculty from other institutions, network with graduate school representatives, and hear from inspiring plenary speakers.
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Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Training

“Did you know that NOVA has an office dedicated to sexual assault, dating/partner violence and stalking?  The Sexual Assault Services Program operated within the Office of Student Mental Health and Behavior (soon to be the NOVACares Office) responds to these issues 24 hours a day.  Campus sexual assault has come to the forefront of the news in the past year due to new federal legislation, as well as the White House Task Force Report on Campus Sexual Assault.  Much has been accomplished at NOVA in the past year, including development of a new Sexual Misconduct Policy and a very active office that responds to the persons impacted.  Victims are often impacted in many ways following a sexual assault and academic functioning is certainly one of them.  Having adequate resources here on campus to help students with the support and advocacy they may need leads to better academic performance, retention, and more productive citizens.

Join us to learn more about the issue, the resources, and the way you can better respond to and refer a student in need.  For more information, contact Connie Kirkland at or Negar Ehsani at “

Trainings will be held:

  • Tuesday, September 30th 1-2pm: CN 117
  • Wednesday, October 1st 10-11am: CT315
  • Friday, October 10th 10-11am: CN227
  • Friday, November 14th 10-11am: CN227
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Does Eye Behavior Signal Love and Lust?

Researchers Mylene Bolmont, John Cacioppo, and Stephanie Cacioppo conducting a study asking subjects to look at photographs of strangers. Eye tracking equipment measured their responses. Researchers found that people tended to look at the face first. When the subjects reported feeling romantic love, their eyes remained on the face. When subjects reported sexual desire, their gaze quickly shifted down the body.

Here is the abstract for this study, published in Psychological Science July 16, 2014:

Reading other people’s eyes is a valuable skill during interpersonal interaction. Although a number of studies have investigated visual patterns in relation to the perceiver’s interest, intentions, and goals, little is known about eye gaze when it comes to differentiating intentions to love from intentions to lust (sexual desire). To address this question, we conducted two experiments: one testing whether the visual pattern related to the perception of love differs from that related to lust and one testing whether the visual pattern related to the expression of love differs from that related to lust. Our results show that a person’s eye gaze shifts as a function of his or her goal (love vs. lust) when looking at a visual stimulus. Such identification of distinct visual patterns for love and lust could have theoretical and clinical importance in couples therapy when these two phenomena are difficult to disentangle from one another on the basis of patients’ self-reports.

To read this study, go to Psychological Science is a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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NOVA and the World Workshop Series

NOVA’s Office of Global Studies/Programs and NOVA’s Center for Teaching Excellence invite you to a series of workshops on engaging students in a world that is constantly changing.

Workshop 1 is Friday, September 12, 11-2 at Kings Park Library in Burke. The featured speaker is David Smith. To register, go to

For more information contact CETL’s Barbara Crain,

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