Suicide Among College and University Students

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has just posted online a new information sheet: Suicide among College and University Students in the United States.

This information sheet summarizes the data available on suicidal thoughts, attempts, and deaths, and describes risk and protective factors that are common among college and university students.

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NOVA Faculty Receive Honors

Congratulations to NOVA faculty who received 2014 NVCC Alumni Federation Faculty of the Year Honors from NOVA Alumni Federation. Recipients include

Andrew Bowen, Spanish, Alexandria Campus
Walerian Majewski, Physics, Annandale Campus
Johanna Debrecht, Calculus, Loudoun Campus
Jean Goodine, English, Manassas Campus
Megan Cook, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Medical Education Campus
Charles Taylor, Contracting, Woodbridge Campus

Adjunct faculty honors include
Abdullah Daouk, Arabic, Alexandria Campus
Timothy Hudenburg, History, Annandale Campus
Doriann Hildreth-Fischer, Physical Therapy, Medical Education Campus

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Taking the Challenge to Recite the Gettysburg Address

Take the challenge to learn and to recite Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. This is a 2-minute talk, just 272 words… That’s the length of most songs, for which we learn the lyrics. (Don McLean’s American Pie is 8.36 minutes!)

Students enrolled in the Introduction to Communication course are stepping up to the challenge to memorize and recite Lincoln’s most famous speech.

NOVA students are not alone in this challenge. Learn the Address,


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VCCS New Horizons Conference

I’ll be away from NOVA starting Tuesday, April 8 through Friday, April 11, attending the VCCS New Horizons Conference.

On Wednesday, April 9th, from 4:15-5:15, I’ll present a session, No Tech Ways to Engage Students. This session is in Roanoke G

On Friday, April 11, I’ll make a presentation, “Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning” with Cheryl Huff, Germanna Community College, and Cindy Miller, Northern Virginia Community College. This session is in Brush Mountain

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Register for Summer Courses Starting April 1

Register for summer 2014 courses beginning April 1. Here are some exciting new courses being offered at NOVA:

CST 157 Ted Talks and Mary Listens
SCI 155 Nanotechnology
RPK 142 Submarine Racing II
ART 740 Basket Weaving
PED 740 Basketball: Pick and Weave
ENG 113 US Literature: How I Met Your Mother
PSY 189 US Psychology: Why I Met Your Mother

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Classroom Timer

Google now has a free countdown timer. Go to Google Search and type in “Set timer for x minutes.” You can turn off the alarm.

Nice tool for presentations and group work.

For more information, go to


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Career Services Workshops

NOVA’s Annandale Career Services Office is offering some helpful workshops for students:

Cover letters and resumes – March 4, 4-5 p.m., CA 317
Job interviews and foll0w-up letters – March 25, 4-5 p.m., CA 317
Job search techniques and occupations info – April 29, 4-5 p.m., CA 317

For more information contact Career Services, 703.323.3144

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Faculty of the Year Nominations

Have you an outstanding faculty member who has demonstrated

  • Mastery of academic discipline and
  • Commitment to the intellectual growth and development of students

One NOVA alumni and students may nominate full-time faculty for the NVCC Alumni Federation Faculty of Year Award.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, March 14, 2014.  Here is the nomination form and directions,

For more information, contact Bonnie Idle, alumni coordinator at 703.323.3749.



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Braddock Road to be Widened?

Fairfax County will soon begin seriously looking at long-standing plans to widen Braddock Road from Guinea Road to the Beltway, including HOV-Bus lanes from Burke Lake Road to the 495 Express Lanes.

Want to weigh in on this? Supervisor John Cook invites residents to attend an informational meeting on February 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lake Braddock Secondary School’s Lecture Hall. The meeting will allow the County to outline the project, collect public feedback, and introduce a citizen’s committee that will have a key role in planning.

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Join Student Government Association

SGAThe Student Government Association is recruiting senators for the Spring 2014 session. They have various senatorial positions under the following committees: events, media, fundraising, outreach & philanthropy.

If you are a promising student with at least 6-credit hours at the Annandale campus please apply to serve as a senator. General Body meetings are every Friday from 12:30 to 2:00.

To apply, go to the SGA website:

Become a part of a dynamic group of hard-working students working towards civic engagement!

Piero G. Quiroz
President, Annandale SGA
Office: CG 226A

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