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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Making a Good First Impression with a Professor

Here are five tips for making a good first impression with your professor:

  1. Attend the first class. While others may tell you that nothing important happens the first day, they are missing unaware that the most important things happen the first day. Learning about your professor’s background, expectations, and pet peeves is invaluable.
  2. Arrive on time. Attending class is your job and you need to get to work on time. You wouldn’t show up late the first day of your job, would you?
  3. Get yourself a fresh pad of paper and a pen and get ready for a fresh start. Be ready to take notes and to engage with your classmates about the topic. Volunteer to help the instructor set up the class (e.g., rearranging the desks, pulling down the projector screen, erasing the board).
  4. Stay away from your phone. We know that you are feeling uncomfortable in a new class with people you don’t yet know. Texting during class is a sure way to irritate a professor.
  5. Thank your teacher for the class. Just as you thank a host when you leave a party, acknowledge the effort that your professor has put into making the class worthwhile. At a minimum, say, “Thank you for a great class. I’ll see you next week.”
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Spring Semester Begins Jan 13

What are you looking forward to most this coming Spring Semester?

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Happy Holidays to You and Yours

The college will be closed for the holiday and reopen on Thursday, January 2. While faculty will be on campus, they will be involved with professional development and campus meetings the days proceeding the start of the spring semester on Monday, January 13. merry_christmas-wide(Graphics from

Merry Christmas!

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