NOVA Celebrates Graduates and 50 Years of Service

NOVA Celebrates Graduates and 50 Years of Service

On May 14, NOVA celebrated the achievement of 7,662 graduates and 50 years of history. Dr. Jill Biden, second lady of the United States and full-time NOVA English professor, addressed the graduates in a packed house at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia. Biden extended congratulations on behalf of President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle […]

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Four NOVA Graduates Named 2016 Jack Kent Cooke Scholars

Four NOVA Graduates Named 2016 Jack Kent Cooke Scholars

NOVA is extremely pleased to announce that an unprecedented four 2016 graduates have been awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $40,000 per year for tuition, books, living expenses and required fees for the final two to three years necessary to earn a bachelor’s degree at a four-year […]

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Adult Career Pathways Program Recognized by the Aspen Institute

Adult Career Pathways Program Recognized by the Aspen Institute

On April 19, the Aspen Institute released a Promising Practices brief recognizing NOVA’s Adult Career Pathways (ACP) initiative as a promising practice to address credential completion among nontraditional college students. ACP, founded in 2011, provides high-touch support to NOVA’s adult students with demonstrated barriers to college access and success. ACP uses a similar model to […]

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2016 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

2016 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation of Lansdowne, Virginia, earned the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. NOVA nominated the Foundation for the award. The Foundation received the award at a luncheon ceremony on April 19 at the Country Club of Virginia. Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE), the 11th annual event […]

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Dan Wells Retires After 26 Years of Service

Dan Wells Retires After 26 Years of Service

After some 26 years of service, Dan Wells, NOVA capital projects director, retired on April 29. Wells began his second career at NOVA in the spring of 1990 after retirement from the Army Corp of Engineers. At that time, NOVA’s “footprint” totaled approximately one million square feet. During his tenure, it has nearly doubled. Many of […]

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Annual NOVA Cherry Tree Planting

Annual NOVA Cherry Tree Planting

For the fourth year in a row, the Annandale Campus was the site of a cherry tree planting by the National Cherry Blossom Festival. On April 26, a flowering cherry tree was planted in front of the Ernst Community Cultural Center as part of the festival’s Neighborhood Tree Planting Program. Annandale Business and Public Services Dean […]

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Surplus Computers Teach Job Skills to Low-income Adults

Surplus Computers Teach Job Skills to Low-Income Adults

This spring, NOVA donated 96 computers to a local nonprofit organization helping low-income adults gain the job skills to succeed in Northern Virginia. Computer CORE, a community-based organization that partners with NOVA, contacted the Alexandria Campus IT Manager Dave Babel to see if he would be willing to donate to the program. Working with Property […]

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Medical Education Honors Allied Health and Nursing Graduates

Medical Education Honors Allied Health and Nursing Graduates

The Medical Education Campus (MEC) hosted their annual Allied Health and Nursing pinning and recognition ceremonies to honor spring graduates on successfully completing 10 health-related programs. The Allied Health pinning ceremony was held on May 11 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at the Alexandria Campus. A total of 198 graduates […]

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Calliope Celebrates Volume 13

Calliope Celebrates Volume 13

On April 27, the Annandale Campus Division of Languages and Literature celebrated the publication of Volume 13 of Calliope, the Annandale student journal of art and literature. Student scholarship awards were also presented at a reception in the Forum of the Ernst Community Cultural Center. There was a full house on hand as Dr. Bruce Mann, acting […]

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NVCCEF Celebrates Semmler’s Continued Support

NVCCEF Celebrates Semmler’s Continued Support

On May 5, a group of more than 20 people gathered to have cake and celebrate another milestone in Dr. Richard Semmler’s march to his goal of $1 million in donations to the College and the NVCC Educational Foundation (NVCCEF). Each time, Semmler passes a $100,000 mark, the NVCCEF hosts a celebratory cake. This year President Scott Ralls got […]

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3rd Annual NOVA Film Festival a Success

3rd Annual NOVA Film Festival a Success

The third Annual NOVA Film Festival was hosted by Professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher on April 29 on the Alexandria Campus. The festival brought together students, faculty, staff and the community to the screening of films in a variety of genres. Students had the opportunity to showcase their work in which they had participated as scriptwriters, actors, directors, […]

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Manassas Hosts 2nd Annual Writing Conference

Manassas Hosts 2nd Annual Writing Conference

Manassas hosted the second Annual Writing Conference on April 22. It was held in the Colgan Theater from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and garnered close to 60 registrants who were eager to sharpen their skills of the written word. The conference was created and organized by Professor Chalet Jean-Baptiste to address the professional development needs […]

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MAN UP Holds End-of-Year Ceremony

MAN UP Holds End-of-Year Ceremony

On April 28, MAN UP held its End-of-Year Recognition Ceremony in the Black Box Theater on the Woodbridge Campus. More than 80 people including students, parents, faculty, staff, NOVA President Scott Ralls, Woodbridge Dean of Students Michael Turner and Woodbridge Provost Sam Hill attended the ceremony. During the event, MAN UP students were recognized for their […]

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Loudoun Recognizes and Rewards Exemplary Faculty

Loudoun Recognizes and Rewards Exemplary Faculty

The Loudoun Campus Faculty Reward and Recognition Committee announced its faculty awards and held a reception to honor the recipients on May 5. The event was held in the Higher Education Center’s Event Space. Awards were given for categories including teaching; institutional responsibility; scholarly and creative engagement; and college and community service. The Faculty Rewards […]

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NOVA Police Teaches Self-Defense at the Women's Center

NOVA Police Teaches Self-Defense at the Women’s Center

On April 26, Lieutenant John Weinstein taught a 60-minute course to approximately 35 attendees at NOVA’s Women’s Center on the Alexandria Campus. This course helped attendees learn how to avoid an assault and simple things individuals can do to end an attack. Weinstein, who commands police operations on the Alexandria and Loudoun campuses, is a […]

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Alexandria Campus Hosts 2016 Netherton Awards

Alexandria Campus Hosts 2016 Netherton Awards

Each spring the Alexandria Campus Council awards the Jean C. Netherton Award of Excellence to four members of the Alexandria Campus community. This year’s awards were announced on April 29 at an end-of-year ceremony cosponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Alexandria Campus Council. The Netherton Award recognizes outstanding service to the Campus […]

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Astronomy Club and Student Life Host Nobel Laureate at Annandale

On April 27, the NOVA Astronomy Club and Annandale Student Life hosted astrophysicist Dr. John C. Mather, Nobel laureate, at the Ernst Forum. Mather’s presentation was titled, “The History of the Universe from Beginning to End.” Mather is a senior astrophysicist in the Observational Cosmology Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). His research […]

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Franklin Receives 2016 MERLOT Peer Reviewer Extraordinaire Award

Franklin Receives 2016 MERLOT Peer Reviewer Extraordinaire Award

The Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) created the Peer Reviewer Extraordinaire award to honor the hard work and generous donation of members’ time, energy and enthusiasm that they direct towards the growth and development of MERLOT. They rely heavily on peer reviewers to help expand the MERLOT collection. The award winners […]

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NOVA Police Participates in National Drug Take-Back Initiative

NOVA Police Participates in National Drug Take-Back Initiative

On April 30, NOVA Police participated in the 11th National Drug Take-Back Initiative on the Annandale and Medical Education campuses. This event, hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), collected seven bags of miscellaneous controlled and non-controlled drugs, totaling 152.8 lbs. The Take-Back Initiative resulted in total collection of 31,017 pounds of unwanted/expired medication across the […]

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Student Leadership Awards Grow Bigger and Better at Loudoun

Student Leadership Awards Grow Bigger and Better at Loudoun

Over 20 percent bigger than in previous years, the Loudoun Campus’ ninth Annual Student Leadership Recognition and Awards Banquet officially outgrew its old digs this year and was held on the evening of May 6 at the newly remodeled Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia. With nearly 200 guests in attendance and 150 students recognized in categories spanning […]

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Lifelong Learning Institute Spring Forum in Manassas

Lifelong Learning Institute Spring Forum in Manassas

On April 27, the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) Spring Forum was held at the Hylton Center for Performing Arts in Manassas, Virginia. The forum introduced the programs that NOVA offers senior citizens. LLI members can take tuition-free, noncredit courses for seniors at the Manassas and Woodbridge campuses on a space-available basis. The speakers were President Scott […]

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Medical Education Pushes the Limits in April

Medical Education Pushes the Limits in April

During April, there was a host and large variety of events scheduled. A few of the highlights included: World Heritage Week, from April 11 to 15, with activities geared towards celebrating the cultures and international communities that make up the Medical Education Campus (MEC). There were games, potluck luncheons and information tables displaying the spirit […]

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Green Festival 2016 at Annandale

In celebration of Earth Day and 100 years of National Parks, NOVA hosted the 2016 Green Festival at the Annandale Campus on April 18. Attendees enjoyed multiple workshops in the forum of the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center throughout the day. Faculty, staff, students and visitors attended the filled-to-capacity presentation in the CE Theater by […]

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Student Sculptures Grace the Streets of Old Town Manassas

Student Sculptures Grace the Streets of Old Town Manassas

In October, the City of Manassas arts group began working with Woodbridge Studio Art Assistant Professor Zac Jackson and his students to design and create 10 original pieces to be displayed in selected sites throughout the Historic Downtown area of Manassas. Sculpture students Alex Dorney, Paige Fischer, Audrey D’Agastinio, Hunter Knight, Frank Albert, Harry Mayer, […]

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Popular Professor Transforms Into Barista to Kick Off Exam Week

Popular Professor Transforms Into Barista to Kick Off Exam Week

On May 2, Loudoun Campus’ Nelson Kofie donned his signature smile and a dapper chef’s hat and jacket embroidered with the moniker “Chef Nelson, Professor Good Times.” Nelson, also known as Professor Kofie to students in the Business Program, said his aim was to promote good cheer and positive vibes on the dismal Monday of […]

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NOVA Play Day 2016

NOVA Play Day 2016

Building competitions, a toy design contest, and a “crash” course in drone flight were all part of the fun at NOVA Play Day 2016 which took place at Manassas Park Elementary (MPE) School on May 6. Nina Lord, assistant professor of engineering and mathematics at the Manassas Campus, created the program, and was awarded the grant […]

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Digital Humanities Working Group to Host First Ever NOVA THATCamp

NOVA to Host THATCAMP for Community Colleges June 3 and 4

The Annandale Digital Humanities Working Group will be hosting a NOVA THATCamp 2016, a free technology camp designed to cultivate a conversation about implementing digital humanities in community colleges. The event will include workshops and brainstorming sessions and will feature keynote speaker Jesse Stommel, executive director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at […]

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Annual Open Enrollment Ends May 23, 2016

Open Enrollment for health benefits and flexible spending accounts (FSAs) only will end May 23. Employees may enroll using EmployeeDirect at www.dhrm.virginia.gov or submit a paper enrollment form. Forms printed from the DHRM website must be submitted to Human Resources no later than the close of business on May 23, 2016. EmployeeDirect is available through 11:59 p.m. on May […]

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