Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society induction will be held at NOVA’s Annandale Campus,  CE Building, Theatre, Friday, March 6, 7-9 p.m.

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NOVA Annandale Campus Bids Farewell to Provost Saperstone

Dr. Barbara Saperstone, Provost of the Annandale Campus, said her goodbyes today at the Annandale Campus. Barbara has been with NOVA for 35 years. She began her career as a physical educator and later as dean of the Liberal Arts Division. We wish Barbara the very best in retirement!

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Take Turns to Listen

Mark Wong offers this listening advice:

Don’t listen so you can solve the problem. Listen so you can experience the story.

Don’t listen to people’s words, listen to the moments.

Don’t just take turns to talk. Take turns to listen.

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Memorial Service for Joe Windham Planned for Jan 5

To honor the memory of our dear friend and colleague Dr. Joseph Windham, there will be a community Celebration of Life on Monday, January 5, 2015, at 7 pm at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College,
4915 East Campus Lane, Alexandria, VA.

Dr. Windham touched and influenced the lives of many of our students during his 22 years as a dedicated faculty member. He will be missed greatly by his colleagues and friends here at NOVA.

A Joseph Windham Memorial Scholarship has been set up, and anybody who desires can contribute by going to the NVCC Foundation website and clicking the drop-down menu:

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Prof Callan Bentley Honored

Geoscience professor Callan Bentley has been selected as a SCHEV Outstanding Teacher for 2015. This is a major feat and a great honor to NOVA.

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Virginia Higher Education Advocacy Day, Jan 15, 2015

The Virginia Conference of the American Association of University Professors and the Faculty Senate of Virginia invite you to join us on Thursday, January 15, 2015, for the annual Virginia Higher Education Advocacy Day at the Virginia state capitol. We will once again visit the offices of our state legislators to advocate for our interests and the interests of higher education in the Commonwealth.

For more information contact Brian Turner,

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Three to Succeed

Seems we need three assets to reduce risks of suicide ideation and risk behaviors. A Fairfax County Youth Survey analysis reveals that having just three assets dramatically reduces teens’ risk behaviors and promotes thriving youth (

Assets are: Possessing high personal integrity, performing community service, having teachers recognize good work, having trusted adults to talk to, participating in extracurricular activities and having parents available for help.

To learn more about the survey link to This survey is done for students in middle and high schools with the results providing a snapshot of Fairfax County youth and serve as a barometer of the community’s effectiveness fostering healthy choices in young people.

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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

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Veterans Day

What do you know about the U.S. Military and veterans?

Operation Got Your 6 is a delightful 6 minute video with the penguins of Madagascar and First Lady Michelle Obama. This film was written and directed by Steve Hickner in collaboration with DreamWords Animation and the White House Communications Agency. Check it out at

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All Politics is Local

Voting in elections is one of my favorite ways to play a part in history. It’s a right that I know others have fought for me to have. (Constitutional Trivia: The 15th Amendment enables non-whites and low-income citizens the right to vote. The 19th Amendment enables women to vote. The 26th Amendment allows citizens 18 and over to vote.)

This past Tuesday, just over 50% of the eligible voters in my district (Braddock, Fairfax County, Virginia) cast a vote. While this turnout is better than most districts, it saddens me that many choose to sit it out.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.                                       – Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Until the US Constitution was amended, (17th amendment), we did not directly vote for our US Senator. This year, 864 citizens in my district offered their preference. My vote mattered. So does yours.

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