Academic Success Center October 2015 Newsletter


Featured on the link below is the latest edition of the Academic Success Center’s monthly newsletter. We hope you will enjoy a snapshot of all the events that have happened in October and join us for our upcoming November activities. Here is the Academic Success Center October 2015 Newsletter and check out our blog Academic Success Center.

Courtney Boland| Coordinator, Academic Success Center (ASC)


Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Tau Nu Chapter Founders’ Day Ceremony

On Thursday, 19 November 2015, the Tau Nu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa held its Founders Day Ceremony at the Alexandria Campus. Over 30 attendees had the honor of welcoming the new inductees into this prestigious fraternal society.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Chad Knights shared with the attendees his academic journey, trials, and tribulations.  He also encouraged the new inductees and all attendees to always challenge yourself to dream the impossible dream, and to run where the brave dare not go.

Established by Missouri two-year college presidents in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society continues to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students.

Congratulation to our new inductees! 

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NBC 4 News Coverage at AL Campus

Local news station NBC 4 dropped by NOVA-Alexandria to speak with students and Ceramics Professor Jessica Gardner about their partnership with ALIVE! The NOVA-Alexandria fine arts department partnered with the local nonprofit organization to create unique ceramic bowls for their fundraiser event Empty Bowls Alexandria.

Although Empty Bowls Alexandria has become a successful event nationwide, it was ALIVE’s first time hosting the event. NOVA-Alexandria’s fine arts department had a goal to create 100 bowls for the event as a gift to those in attendance and to remind people of those in need right in our own region.

With many students creating several bowls each, the ceramics department was able to exceed their goal and create more pieces for themselves, friends and family. Find full news coverage of the event and the fine arts department’s partnership with ALIVE on NBC 4’s website.

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Shenandoah University On-Campus Admissions Decisions

On-site Admission

On-site Admission allows you to seek admission to Shenandoah University on the spot! You will be provided with an application, fee waiver, and transcript request form at the time of your visit. All you will need to bring is your unofficial college transcrip(s) for an admission review.Shenandoah University

Please note that Conservatory & Nursing major requires additional requirements for admission.

Reserve your appointment! Contact Beatrix at or 540-665-4582

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Bisdorf Building | Room AA 195A



NOVA Alexandria Testing Center

For the most up to date information and other helpful tips, follow us on Twitter @AlexTestCtr

  • Effective Nov. 13th, you will be asked to leave cell phones and purses in your vehicles, lockers upstairs, or containers provided by the Testing Center.
  • We also encourage you not to bring large bags or bulky coats to the Testing Center as we still haven’t received our lockers.
  • The Testing Center becomes busier at the end of the semester. Even if you don’t see us with students, we may be processing their tests. Please be patient and we will call you up to the desk as soon as we can.

Try not to wait until the last day to test as this increases test anxiety. You’ll want to get your test done so you can relax and enjoy your break!

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New Location of the Open Lab

Hello! Alexandria Campus

The Learning and Technology Resources (LTR) is happy to inform you that the Open Computer Lab (OCL) is now fully operational.   The new location is in the Bisdorf room AA332.  This newly created lab is equipped with the state of the art computers and technology, this includes, Dell PCs, Macs, touch screen Dells, tablets, printers, and scanners.

Hours of operations are:Computer Lab

Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm 
Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed

The dedicated Computer Lab staff is looking forward to assist your technology needs.

Abid Mahmood |Supervisor, Open Computer Center

Dr. Ralls visit to the Alexandria Campus | Women’s Center

In the last month, the Women’s Center at NOVA has been focusing on highlighting the systemic issues surrounding sexual assault and micro-aggressions with regard to sex and gender that exist in our society. We don’t have to look far to find grievous acts of injustice, inequality or even basic ineptness or ignorance.

Keep the conversation going by joining us for a special Round Table Tuesday hosted by Lt. John Weinstein and Ilham Bowzit, our student panelist from the ‘Hunting Ground’ seminar and peer educator from the Office of Student Conduct. They’ll discuss ways that NOVA helps support safety and security for all. Self-defense considerations will also be addressed.

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Bisdorf Building | Room: 158