High School Student Open House

High School Student Open House

Open House

Description: High school students and their parents are invited to come to campus to learn about the different opportunities that NOVA has to offer. Students will be able to meet current faculty, staff and students, take a tour of campus and attend presentations about coming to NOVA, taking dual enrollment classes and paying for college.



Date:                     Saturday, October 26th 2013

Time:                     10:00AM-1:00PM

Location:              Alexandria Campus- Bisdorf Building Cafeteria

3001 N. Beauregard St.
Alexandria, VA 22311


For more information and to RSVP:

Contact Tom Grane( tgrane@nvcc.edu 703-845-6352) or go to http://blogs.nvcc.edu/alhsoutreach/.

Student Spotlight: Samuel George William Guyidde-Bisase

Samuel George William Guyidde-Bisase


samuel pictureMy name is Samuel George William Guyidde-Bisase and I am a sophomore at Northern Virginia Community College; I am the former Vice-President of the Student Government Association (2012-2013), President of the Debate Club, and Member of the College Forensics and Soccer teams.

Born in Fairfax, Virginia, to Ugandan-American parents, I am the son to Esther Naluwemba Kagulu a nurse and the late Andrew Ssentongo Bisase (R.I.P), a businessman and an entertainer. I have studied from the United States and Uganda throughout my education life. After my father died in 1994, I went to Uganda aged 5, to learn the culture of my forefathers and be raised with help from my relatives (It does take a village to raise a child) and graduated High school in December 2010. I am co-captain of the Northern Virginia community College Soccer team and captain of the college forensics team. (GO NOVA! GO GREEN AND GOLD!)

I was elected by a majority of students during a record breaking voter turnout year. I was able to rally students around an innovative and creative platform. I believe in fostering a Transparent, Capitalistic and entrepreneurial-like mentality to Student Government in order to be more effective in reaching out to all students

Over my year in Student Government, I made sure I fought for the students on every account. I increased outreach of the SGA to numerous student organizations, expanded the outreach from Alexandria City Border lines in order to exchange and enhance our ideas and brand. I focused my efforts on reforming the process in the Senate in order to make it more effective in serving the Student Body; by introducing “Robert’s Rules of Order” to the process. Also, in order to serve the students more effectively, I sent student senators to the Campus Council, Academic Divisions, College Wide Senate, a couple of Leadership Conferences, and the General Assembly in Richmond in order for the student voice to always have a say in any of the executive decisions. Currently I am the President of The NOVA Debators, a club aimed at enhancing critical dialogue through argument in our society while discussing a diversity of issues that boil us up in the past, present and future day.

I believe in the notion that the world is his oyster and the sky’s the limit, and that is why I am a proud member of numerous clubs and societies at the Alexandria campus, a diverse athlete (Soccer, Basketball, Track & Field, Volleyball and many others) and a public speaker. I try to enhance my abilities in all aspects of life, because I am fueled by the Martin Luther King’s quotation; “Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead and the unborn could do it no better.”

I already have an Associate’s degree in General Studies and a Certificate in Architectural Drafting, and I am pursuing degrees in Architecture, Law and Political Science.

I am 20, a first generation American who speaks English, French, Swahili and Luganda, very interested in Entertainment, Politics and Sports, and hope with the success I achieve to help the society in Uganda with the  education I attain to improve and enhance their standards of living, from education to their way of life.

Trick or Treat at NOVA

Trick or Treat at NOVA

Open to all Nova Families

 Trick or Treat

Join us if your DARE for a HALLOWEEN SCARE!!!! 


  • Dress up (of course) and Drop in for Halloween Fun


  • Bring your kids and enjoy a fun Halloween night on campus


  • Goody Bags will be handed out to kids


Bisdorf Building | Room: AA132


Activity start from 4:00 PM –  5:30 PM


Trick or treat time(s) are 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM



For more information please contact Tommy Le | lle@nvcc.edu

Spooktacular Sounds concert

The Alexandria NOVA Band to play Halloween concert



Spend a night listening to frighteningly good music at the “Spooktacular Sounds in the Haunted Hall: A Halloween Concert.” The Alexandria NOVA Band will play a selection of music from various composers, including Hector Berlioz, Henry Fillmore, Michael Markowski, Giacomo Puccini, Camille Saint-Saens and Robert W. Smith.


The band includes both NOVA students and community members. Lisa C. Eckstein, a music instructor at NOVA-Alexandria, will direct the band. A movement piece will also be presented by NOVA students and directed by Kate Al-Shamma, assistant professor in the Communication Studies and Theatre Department at NOVA-Alexandria.


Attendees are encouraged to come in costume to receive special prizes. Everyone who attends will leave with trick-or-treat goodie bags.



7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24



Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311



The concert is free and open to the public. Garage parking is free.


Concert Contact:

Lisa C. Eckstein, music instructor and band director at NOVA-Alexandria, 703.845.6252 or leckstein@nvcc.edu

Media Contact: Jennifer Gonzalez | 703.425.5839 | jgonzalez@nvcc.edu 


Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s website, www.nvcc.edu.

Touchdown to Student Success!

Touchdown to Student Success!
Tuesday, October 29th, AA158 Faculty and Staff!  Please join us for a full day of activities to celebrate NOVA’s AtD student success policy initiatives and our passion for student achievement.

Faculty Success Stories in the Classroom.


Share your own success stories with your students. How did you to where you wanted to be?

Hall of Fame
Stop by AA158 and do a short  “Who Inspired Me to be Successful?” video
Bag of goodies will be distributed to participants.

Student Success Stories AA158
Student Panel Discussion and Lunch

Faculty and staff are encouraged to wear their favorite football jersey shirts!

Sponsored by AL AtD campus committee.


For more information please contact Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover | fvillagrangl@nvcc.edu

The 2014 Power Up your Pedagogy Conference

Hello colleagues – – It is time to register!

Power Up Your Pedagogy

The Ninth Annual Power UP your Pedagogy (PUP) Conference is OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!  All Faculty and Professional Staff are cordially invited.

It is an online registration—Just click on this link.
And then on the Registration Tab.

PUP is an exciting, award-winning, professional development conference that brings all NOVA faculty together.  PUP is YOUR conference presented by YOUR colleagues. You will leave with amazing new insights about the best teaching practices, the best teaching tips and tricks and the very best ideas about teaching and especially about teaching at NOVA! Cluster Meetings are also part of the conference.

The 2014 PUP 21st Century Teaching & Learning

January 8th and 9th on the Annandale Campus 

Don’t miss it! 

You will get all of these features!

  • Interactive peer presentations are at the heart of the conference.  You may choose to attend a variety of sessions such as:
    • Many interactive 45-minute breakout sessions
    • Dynamic two-hour workshops
    • Topical Interest Groups
    • Three important conference addresses highlight the conference. Learn from our leaders:
      • Dr. Robert Templin will give a welcoming address to open the conference
      • Robert Bausch, the 2013 NOVA SCHEV Award winner will give us his insights on teaching.
      • And,  continuing last year’s amazing success with a second day plenary Speaker Dr. Bryan Alexander, an educational futurist.
  • Also featured  this year:
    •  an Active Backchannel to make it your own conference:  A backchannel conversation is one that occurs concurrently with the main conference and gives voice to attendees.  Each can add content to the conference, comment on it as it progresses, and share inspirations from it.  Here are the PUP backchannels:
  • PUP twitter feed #PUP14.
  • A PUP blog page on which to enter comments as replies.
  • Whiteboards for your written and drawn comments
  • Face to face conversations in the PUP lounge area.
  • A Project Poster Presentation hosted by adjunct and fulltime faculty in the Gym
  • An exhibition of Learning Spaces of the Future
  • A Vendor Fair that lets you visit with representatives of companies dedicated to supporting education in the CE Forum
  • PUP has an important commitment to sustainability.   When you register you’ll be able to choose how you want to receive your program – in a printed format, or electronically.  You’ll also be able to print your individual conference schedule through the Conference Event Planner, just as soon as the program is finalized.  We’ll let you know.  (Printed programs will only be available to those who indicated they want one during the registration process.  They won’t be available at the conference.)

Every attempt is being made to be sure that everyone, even those who only attend Cluster Meetings, receives a lunch.   The lunches are the single largest expense for PUP.  In these tight economic times, it is imperative that we have an accurate count of those who wish lunch.   The only way to count YOU is by your registration.  You must register even if you only plan to attend the Cluster meetings.



NOVA Employees Got Talent

NOVA Employees Got Talent

Notice to all NOVA employees:  Showcase your unique talent at YOUR campus!

The auditions will take place at the following locations. These auditions will be held during the time as the campus auditions for NOVA Idol. However, you will not have to wait in a long line. Just tell the coordinators that you are there to audition for the Employee contest.









4-8 p.m.

Tyler 121



4-8 p.m.

CA 302



4-8 p.m.




4-8 p.m.

340 J



4-8 p.m.

LR 115



4-8 p.m.

Theater, Room 120















Bring on all your talents of acting, singing, dancing, acrobatics, drumming, martial arts, playing an instrument, unicycling, storytelling, teaching, modeling, rapping, or whatever. Bring on your unique talent!  The prizes are great!

Three finalists will be selected to perform their winning act at NOVA Idol finals in the Schlesinger Center at Alexandria Campus on Friday, 21 March 2014.

Auditionee’s will have 2-minutes to impress the judges and the audience. All acts will be recorded.

So, we invite all employees with any and all talents to bring it on!


For more information and to register please contact Dr. Brenda Lewis-Holmes | blewisholme@nvcc.edu

CYBERWATCH’s Second Life Island series

CYBERWATCH’s Second Life Island series

Join Professor Garnet (Prof. Margaret Leary) virtually in CyberWatch’s Second Life Island for a series of free security awareness/security topics presented by CyberWatch students. Students will present virtual information sessions on a var…iety of security topics. The series is in recognition of October, which is cyber security awareness month.






• Tuesday

Oct. 22

1 p.m.

Minh Ho, NOVA “Security Issues in Healthcare”

• Tuesday

Oct. 22

4 p.m.

Robin Burkett, NOVA “Digital Photography Forensics”

• Wednesday

Oct. 23

1 p.m.

Halie Peacher, Mississippi State University “United States’ Preparations for Cyber Security”

• Thursday

Oct. 24

2 p.m.

Ana Martinez, Monterey Peninsula College “Social Media Safety”

• Monday

Oct. 28th

10:30 p.m.

Norma Fleming, NOVA “Mobile Phone Security”

• Monday

Oct. 28th

2 p.m.

Matthew  Matchen, University of Maryland University College “SSL Interception/Decryption” and “Associated Privacy Concerns.”

New users to Second Life need to visit secondlife.com to create an avatar and download the client to participate “in world” at the scheduled day and time. Presentations will be in the CyberWatch Second Life Island at CyberWatch Public Region, CyberWatch (42/31/24). From within Second Life, the Public Auditorium can be accessed at the following slurl:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/CyberWatch/42/31/24


For more information please contact Professor Margaret Leary | mleary@nvcc.edu

Faculty Spotlight: Alex M. Purugganan





Website PhotoIf I think deeply enough, I can still recall my b-boy crew’s congratulatory hands slapping my back, brushing the top of my head, and pulling my arms high into the air.  I can also still feel the heavy bass of the music seeping into my bones and hear the whooping and chanting from the crowd.  Above all else, I can distinctly remember the euphoric emotion and the sense of accomplishment after completing my best and most important windmill while battling against another more accomplished break-dance crew in Los Angeles, California.

I was nine years old when I first started pop-locking and popping.  I danced at local parks, swap meets, and neighborhood parties, generating laughter from amused adults who smoked cigarettes and played cards.  One of the more respected, older neighborhood b-boys, “Flyman,” had asked me to join his crew after an impromptu afternoon battle at a park.  I was the youngest member of Flyman’s dance crew, so he took me under his b-boy wing, teaching me breakdancing moves to replace my pop-locking routines and presenting me with a new nickname, “Kid Krazy Legs,” because of the way my legs convulsed and kicked as I spun doing windmills, a dance move where movement is generated from legs twirling in the shape of a V.  In one particular battle against a rival dance crew, Flyman and I completed simultaneous windmills as a climactic touch – the oldest and youngest members of our crew leaving a lasting, and ultimately victorious, impression for the judging crowd.

Mr. P with his son
Mr. P with his son