What is communication?

Many communication scholars have discussed and deliberated about the answer to this question. Communication is a diverse discipline and we welcome different perspectives.

Most communication scholars have embraced a transactional model of communication. Read more about this on the National Communication Association website, http://www.natcom.org/discipline/

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GMU likes NOVA courses

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


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National Day of Listening Nov 28, 2014

November 28, 2014 is the National Day of Listening
To learn more, go to http://storycorps.org

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus Lakeside Theater presents the film,”The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Saturday, November 15, 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Props are provided and costumes are encouraged.

For more information, contact Dr. Eric Trumbull, etrumbull@nvcc.edu.

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FCPS to Add Courses

Fairfax School Board will vote to include early childhood education, firefighting, the Vietnamese language, destination marketing, robotics, biotechnology for inclusion in Fairfax County Public Schools’ high-school curriculum for 2015-16. What are your thoughts about this recommendation? How are high school and college curriculum the same? Different?


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Career Planning

Attend a webinar, “Focus on Your Career Planning” on Tuesday, November 11 from 12:15-12:45 p.m.

This 30 minute webinar will introduce students to FOCUS 2 an online, interactive, self-guided career and education planning system. The system can help students select a program/major based on their interests and aspirations, discover occupations matching their personal preferences and attributes, map out their career plans – present and future, and make informed career decisions. Register here.

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LO Theatre Presents PROOF

Mark your calendars to see David Auburn’s PROOF at the Loudoun Campus. NOVA’s LO CST Department and Theatre Club present this Pubitzer Prize winning play directed by Lisa Nanni-Messegee.

Friday and Saturday, November 12 and 15, 7:30 p.m. Waddell Theater
Sunday, 2 p.m., Waddell Theater.

Admission is $5.

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Public Speaking in Science

Are you a science major? Check out the Public Speaking in Science meeting on Wednesday, November 12, 12-2 p.m. AA 234 on the Alexandria Campus.

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Professional Social Networking Workshops

Learn to Market Yourself Online
NOVA Annandale’s Oral Communication Center (OCC) is hosting free workshops Tuesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. in CM 363. No RSVP required.

Tuesday, Nov 4, Controlling the Interview – researching the organization
Tuesday, Nov 11, Rhetoric for Social Media – content and style
Tuesday, Nov 18, Controlling the Interview, Part II – qualities employers look for
Tuesday, Nov 25, Types of Interviews and Interviewing Strategies
Tuesday, Dec 2, Resume Workshop

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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, http://vacasvirginia.com/

The Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences (VACAS) http://vacasvirginia.com 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 http://vacasvirginia.com/vacas-application/

VACAS Convention Coordinator:  Susan Tomasovic – George Mason University stomasov@gmu.edu

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NCA Blog on Communication Matters

The National Communication Association has a blog, Communication Matters, http://ncablog.org, 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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