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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Taking a Communication Studies Course

To find a description of the various CST courses, go to

Six CST courses meet the general education requirement and transfer well to other institutions. Check your curriculum major as well.

CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking – learn to plan, prepare, and present talks
CST 110 Introduction to Communication – a survey course of the field including intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, and public communication
CST 115 Small Group Communication – good for learning more about leadership and teamwork
CST 126 Interpersonal Communication focuses upon how to start, maintain, built and end relationships well
CST 227 Business and Professional Communication – learn to write memos, conduct interviews, work in staff meetings, and get along with colleagues
CST 229 Intercultural Communication – learn to understand and appreciate diverse communication and people.

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Fixing the FAFSA


Fixing the Fafsa, a Popular Idea, Makes Its Way to Congress

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) have sponsored the Financial Aid Simplication and Transparency Act (FAST).

What do you think?

By Dan Bauman
The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 1, 2014


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LGBTQ Stories

June 28 marks the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots—a historic uprising where brave members of the LGBTQ communities fought for equality. Their stories remain as significant today as ever before.

StoryCorps OutLoud is creating a historical archive of voices that celebrates LGBTQ stories of the past, present and future. Check it out at


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Communication Resources

Helpful Resources for Communication Students

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NOVA Student Film Festival May 1

NOVA’s first student film festival will be held on Thursday, May 1, 6-9 p.m. on the Alexandria Campus, Bisdorf room 196.

A reception starts the festival. Students will showcase their scripts and films.

For more information, go to Professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher’s faculty blog, 

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NOVA Forensics Team Concludes Second Season

Picture of NOVA Forensics Team

Picture of NOVA Forensics Team. Featured are Dr. Nathan Carter, Samuel Guyidde-Bisase and Aaron Latta

The implications of genetic testing on animals?  Debatable.  To what extent an audience can understand the power of soccer through the expressive performance of poetry? That’s also debatable. What is not up for debate any longer is the roaring success of the NOVA Forensics Team in just our second full season of intercollegiate competition!

“Additionally impressive is the positive national reputation NOVA is building in just our second year of competition,” said Dr. Nathan Carter, director of the NOVA Forensics Team. “The Phi Rho Pi national organization unanimously nominated NOVA to be the host of 2017 Phi Rho Pi National Tournament!  The national tournament has not been to the DC region in over forty years. It will be a great honor and testament to NOVA’s commitment to excellence in education to host the national tournament in 2017.”

The NOVA Forensics Team is currently actively recruiting for next year’s exciting third season!  Interested students should contact Dr. Nathan Carter for more information, or (703) 845-6573.

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Students Inducted into Sigma Chi Eta


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Kerry McFetridge (L) with Faculty Advisor Nan Peck (Annandale Campus Chapter of Sigma Chi Eta)
Loren Corbett (R) with Faculty Advisor Jenny Lopez (Woodbridge Campus)

the national communication honor society for two-year colleges, was established on September 24, 2007 at NOVA. Students completing nine credit hours in Communication Studies and/or Theater with a 3.25 and an overall GPA of 3.0 are eligible for membership.

The following students were inducted in Spring 2014:

Jorden Booth, Manassas Campus
Loren Corbett, Woodbridge Campus
Kerry McFetridge, Annandale Campus
The Communication Studies and Theatre Arts (CST) departments at NOVA’s Alexandria, Ann

Two women

Jorden Booth and Faculty Advisor Libby Vick (Manassas Campus)

andale, Loudoun, Manassas and Woodbridge campuses sought the establishment of Sigma Chi Eta college-wide due to the size and increased development of their CST programs. Since its establishment, students from each campus have become members.

If you are interested in more information on becoming a part of Sigma Chi Eta, contact the advisor, Dr. Tami Olds in the Division of Communication and Human Studies, Loudoun Campus, Additional information can also be obtained at the official link under “student organizations” at the National Communication Association’s website

Please see the Sigma Chi Eta Communication Honor Society application for more information regarding eligibility and membership.

Learn more about NOVA’s Alpha Alpha Chapter at

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NOVA celebrates NANO Week

It’s great to have a week named after me. While my given name is “Nan,” many of my family and friends call me, “Nano.” NOVA’s Manassas Campus honors me with the following presentations:

Tuesday April 1st -“Beyond Microtechnology – Importance of Nanotechnology in the 21st Century.” Speaker: Dr. Manori Nadesalingam, NOVA Annandale Faculty . 12:30-1:30 pm. Room MP232

Wednesday April 2nd –Scanning Electron Microscope Demonstration. Presenter: Kristina Boberg, Biology Lab Staff. 9:30-10:30 am. Room MP308

Thursday April 3rd- “Join the Nanotechnology Revolution.” Speakers:  Dr. Fonash, Dr. Ehrmann, Penn State University; Dr. Gomez, Assistant Dean of Science, NOVA Manassas. 1-3:30pm. Room MP232

Plan to attend any and all that you are able.

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Listening Awareness Month

March is listening awareness month. Focus upon your listening skills of attending, understanding, responding, and remembering. Your family and friends will appreciate it!

The International Listening Association is holding its 35th convention March 27-29, 2014 in Minneapolis. For more information go to

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Casting Call for Film Collaborate

The Film Collaborative, a group created in the Fall 2013, made up of film students from NOVA Alexandria Campus (for more information on the group and its film activities please visit: , are in pre-production for 4 short films. Casting Call is on Friday, February 7th, 2014 from 3- 7pm in Tyler room 121.

Needed are actors (students) for lead roles as well as extras as students in classrooms. Professional and non-professional student actors welcomed.

For more information, contact Professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher, Alexandria Campus, 703.845.6297

Faculty blog:; web site: 

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National Communication Association Institute for Faculty Development

Registration is now open for the 2014 NCA Institute for Faculty Development.  The conference is July 20-26, 2014.

Join colleagues from across the country for an enriching conference with top scholars in the communication field. Held at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, this small intensive week-long Institute will provide you opportunities to:

  • solicit feedback on your scholarship from leading scholars in the field;
  • build collaborative research and pedagogy relationships with faculty from other colleges and universities;
  • learn about new directions in theory and pedagogy in sub-disciplinary areas; and
  • develop expertise in new course areas outside of your graduate school training.

Invited scholars/seminar leaders include Brenda Allen, Betsy Bach, Cate Palczewski, George Rodman, Tom Socha, Kathleen Turner, and Vince Waldron

Seminars will be limited to 15 participants. You can find the registration link as well as more details on this year’s seminars, speakers, and schedule at:

The early registration deadline is March 1.

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