I’ll be teaching four courses during the Spring 2014 semester. These are standard 16-week courses. These include:
CST 110.07N Introduction to Communication
MW 12:30-1:45, CM 244
CST 110.15N Introduction to Communication
TR 9:30-10:45, CM 252
CST 126.36N Interpersonal Communication
Tuesdays 11-1:55, CM 252
CST 227.01N Business and Professional Communication
MW 2-3:15, CM 244
November 29, 2013 is the National Day of Listening
Share your story and listen to others at StoryCorps, storycorps.org. Together with the Library of Congress, they have the largest single collection of human voices every gathered.
Oxford Dictionary names SELFIE as word of the year, http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2013/11/word-of-the-year-2013-winner/.
Here are my favorites for the year:
Twerking, Jumping the shark, Podestrian, Vaping, Molly, Bitcoin, Selfie, Fracking, 1%, Debt ceiling, Clean CR, Wonk, and Cyberbully.
I’ve been selected to serve as the chair of the Northern Regional Center for Teaching Excellence (RCTE) for the Virginia Community College System. The northern region includes Germanna Community College, Lord Fairfax Community College, and NOVA. This appointment is for the 2013-2014 academic year.
To learn more about this center, check out the new blog, http://blogs.nvcc.edu/teachingexcellence/
Are you (or do you know anyone) interested in learning more about the Allied Health and Nursing Programs offered through NOVA’s Medical Education Campus (MEC)? If so, please register and attend an upcoming MEC Exchange Workshop to be offered at the Annandale Campus. A representative from the MEC will be at Annandale to review the admissions process and provide students with key information needed to prepare them for applying to these programs.
- Thursday, October 24, 3-5 pm in CT 331
- Thursday, November 21, 3-5 pm in CT 331
- Thursday, December 19, 3-5 pm in CA 303
Please register online for an upcoming session at: http://www.nvcc.edu/campuses-and-centers/medical/exchange/default.aspx.
Please see the following this link to a list of the specific program information sessions: http://www.nvcc.edu/campuses-and-centers/medical/academic-divisions/info-session/index.html. The workshop will not make a lot of sense if students do not have some background information about their program of interest.
Questions? Contact the MEC at MECCOUNSELOR@nvcc.edu.
NOVA’s Department of Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies is hosting its annual Ghost Train event on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 (8 a.m-6 p.m.) at Burke Lake Park. Volunteers are welcome. Costumes are provided.
Mandatory volunteer orientation is Wednesday, October 23, from 6-8 p.m. at NOVA’s Annandale Campus. For more information, contact Professor Nancy Chamberlain, email@example.com.
Ghost Train 2013 is geared towards children 2-10 years of age. It is sponsored by Fairfax County Park Authority and Northern Virginia Community College.
NOVA’s Career and Transfer Center is offering a workshop on how to use social networking sites to aid in your job search and career planning.
November 14, 2013, 1-2 p.m., CA 302 Annandale Campus. Free to all students.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oak Hill, an 18th century Georgian-style home, is a historic gem in Braddock District. History will come alive with dramatic reenactments and presentations during Oak Hill Day on September 28, 2013, from noon to 4 p.m.
According to Audrey B. Capone, author of Ravensworth, the Early History of Annandale Virginia, in 1779, Major Henry Fitzhugh built Oak Hill. The home consisted of only four huge rooms, two on each floor. It was not until 1936 that the home was refurbished and expanded to resemble another of the Ravensworth mansions, Ossian Hall. The Ravensworth mansion stood at what is now Ravensworth Shopping Center at the corner of Braddock and Port Royal Roads.
Oak Hill, the oldest of the three great homes, stands majestically on a plot of land of approximately four acres. It is privately owned and is located off Wakefield Chapel Road, hidden by trees on every side. 4716 Wakefield Chapel Road, Annandale
College classes begin this week and it’s a good bet that each of your professors will be sharing the following expectations:
- Take your classes seriously, as you would a professional job. If you need to miss a class, contact your professor as a professional courtesy. Don’t expect her/him to offer you an individual review. Work with a classmate to get notes.
- Rent/purchase the textbook and bring it to class. Peruse the assigned chapter prior to the class session. This isn’t high school – you are responsible for the readings and will be left in the dust if you ignore the reading assignments.
- Unlike high school, professors will not be contacting your parents or nagging you about assignments. If you don’t do the work, your grade will reflect this. Don’t ask for make-up or extensions for assignments due. Budget your time and accept the consequences when you get behind.
- Ask for help when you need it. There are many resources including academic support services that your tuition pays for – make use of it.
- Visit your professor’s office. Instructors have office hours and are available to consult with you about the course, your academic career, and employment opportunities. Check your syllabus for office hours. Don’t be afraid to request a time that’s convenient for you.
- Work with your faculty advisor. In addition to your career counselor, you’ll be assigned a faculty member in your academic field. S/he will be able to mentor you in selecting courses, dealing with difficult professors, considering internships, applying for scholarships, and joining honor programs. Faculty advisors are your best resources for letters of recommendation.
- Spend some time on campus and join student activities. Many community college students complain that they are missing the full college experience because they don’t attend sporting events, go to student parties, or get involved in student clubs. There are plenty of these at NOVA too!
- Do your own work and, when citing others’ work, give credit. Plagiarism is taken seriously at college. http://plagiarism.org/
- Don’t ever say, “I’m just going to NOVA.” You are fortunate to be attending college, particularly NOVA! Five years from now, you will believe me.
- Be open to learning. It’s a lifelong skill that will pay huge dividends.
With our new academic year approaching, this is a great time to mark your calendar with important events:
September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 29th is National Coffee Day.
October 6th is National Noodle Day
October 12th is Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work or School Day
October 28th is National Chocolate Day
November 3rd is National Sandwich Day
November 15th is Clean out Your Refrigerator Day