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NOVA Alexandria Campus Student Ambassadors lead One Day Immersion Conference in NYC


Hello NOVA Alexandria Campus,

October 30, through November 1, a team of twelve NOVA students and two faculty spent three days in NYC, preparing and assisting the One Day Immersion in Media, Entertainment and Technology ( ODI) Conference hosted at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and produced by Dolly Wolf Enterprises, via financial backing from HBO, The Cable Center, Spectrum Networks and other corporate grants.

Our students worked alongside students from Pace, Fordham and NYU and were the only Community College represented among a field of top university students. NOVA’s team was lauded by Dolly Wolf, CEO, as being the hardest working and most enthusiastic team there.

Our NOVA students were responsible for registration, trafficking, coordinating meetings and workshops, as well as accommodating the needs of over fifty of top executives who donate their time to present panels, workshops and individual coaching sessions for the over three hundred attendees. Our students had personal contact with folks such as John Dickerson of CNN, Kathleen Finch, CEO of Discovery, Jana Henthorn, President of the Cable Center and many other equally impressive and generous executives who donate their time every year.

One of the team’s planning meetings turned into a party with an inspiring impromptu motivational talk from Evan Shapiro, CEO of National Lampoon. All NOVA students had the privilege of being enrolled in the highly selective and limited enrollment leadership workshops by Google, Namic and Spectrum Networks.

After one of the work sessions, the team was treated to the Broadway Show, Hadestown, last year’s winner of 8 Tony awards. This gift, was given by Zenita Henderson, Vice President of Marketing for SCTE. The student team comes at the invitation of Dolly Wolf who first came to Alexandria NOVA twelve years ago via the ground work of Dean Jimmie Mcclellan. She requested that these students be selected and coached by Professor Lucy Holsonbake. Kirstin Riddick of Tilt was also an accompanying and much needed Sponsor.

Glance at the photo of the team above and if you have time, skim the student biographies on the ODI website. Then pat yourself on the back. We are truly building a GLOBAL Citizenry. Student victories in work ethic, camaraderie, humility and kindness don’t just happen due to one class or one teacher. They are representative of our values, of who we are as a community and of the truth in the African adage, “It takes a village.”

We are quite a village.



NOVA Alexandria Campus Celebrates International Education Week 2019

Hello NOVA Alexandria Campus,

International Education Week (IEW), November 18-22, 2019, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

We encourage the participation of all individuals and institutions interested in international education and exchange activities, including schools, colleges and universities, embassies, international organizations, businesses, associations, and community organizations. Individuals and institutions tend to hold IEW events as it is convenient for them in their local communities. We want you to celebrate as much and as often as you like.

To that end, we are providing promotional materials that allow you the flexibility to promote events whenever they may be planned!




Alexandria Campus Council Nominations for the Jean C. Netherton Award of Excellence for Outstanding NethertonAwardPreviousWinners[1]-page0001Service.The Jean C. Netherton Award of Excellence for Outstanding Service is the Alexandria Campus award which recognizes employees for outstanding service to the campus community during their tenure at the College. The following is information about nominating an outstanding staff member, teaching faculty member, administrative or professional faculty member, and adjunct faculty member on the Alexandria Campus for the 2013-14 Jean C. Netherton Award.

This award recognizes employees for outstanding service or exemplary long-term contributions to the campus community. Please cite examples of excellence and be specific in describing the reasons why you feel this individual should receive the Jean C. Netherton Award of Excellence. Award decisions are made on the basis of merit, outstanding service, and breadth of the campus contributions made by the nominee, and NethertonAwardPreviousWinners[1]-page0002on a broad campus representation of support letters. Netherton Award winners will be given copies of their nomination and support letters as a reminder of their colleagues’ esteem.

Who can be nominated: Alexandria Campus staff, teaching faculty, administrative and professional faculty, and adjunct faculty. Please Note: Previous winners are ineligible for nomination in the same category. A previous winner may be nominated in a different category (e.g. a faculty member who received an award as “teaching faculty” may be nominated again if he or she is now “administrative faculty.”)  The list of past Netherton Award winners is attached to this message. Additionally, current Campus Council members are ineligible for nomination during their tenure.

Who can make a nomination: Nominations may be made by staff, faculty or students for employees in any category (staff, teaching faculty, administrative and professional faculty, adjunct faculty). Netherton Letter 2014-page0001

How to make a nomination: If you wish to make a nomination, complete the attached MS Word nomination form and submit it and any supporting letters electronically to the AL Campus Council. Please ensure supporters’ names are on each of their letters.  Completed forms and accompanying supporting letters are to be returned to the council,

The forms are due no later than Friday April 4th, 2014. No nominations will be accepted after this date.

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SAVE THE DATE! An exciting event about using our campuses as learning labs. You won’t want to miss it.


The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and the NOVA Sustainability Office are very proud to announce an event in which we see pedagogical practices in the context of civic issues & environmental sustainability.

You won’t want to miss it!

How We Learn on Campus Tells us about Life Issues in our Larger World

A case study in using the campus as a living, learning Laboratory.   


Dr. Catherine  Middlecamp

Professor, Environmental Studies in the Nelson Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thursday, November 21st 

Annandale Campus, CE Forum

Talk 10:30  to 11:45 AM
Workshop 1:15 to 3:15 pm  (limited to 30 participants) 

Register  for the talk using this link.

Register for the workshop using this link.


Dr. MiddlecampDr. Middlecamp also holds a joint appointment in the Integrated Liberal Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an affiliate faculty member of the Chemistry Department.  Her work lies at the intersection of science, people, and the planet.


As one example, Middlecamp is the editor-in-chief for Chemistry in Context, a 25-year national curriculum project of the American Chemical Society.


She has been nationally recognized for her work in many ways, including being elected a fellow of the Association for Women in Science (2003), of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2004), and of the American Chemical Society (2009). She also is a member of the National Fellowship Board of SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Responsibilities and Engagements) and in 2011 was awarded the William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science.


Dr. Middlecamp will present a morning seminar that is open to all faculty and staff,  in which she describes a course that she teaches that will show us how to expand our teaching practices into the real world of our campus and college as we learn how to use our campus as a living, learning laboratory.

This will be followed by an afternoon workshop that can accommodate thirty people.  Dr. Middlecamp will provide the how-to of engaging students in learning about the quality of their own lives on the planet.


From Dr. Middlecamp:

When it comes to learning how energy, food, water, and waste are handled on a college campus, the answers are not in the back of the book. In fact, there is no book! Even so, every campus offers its instructors an amazing number of stories about buildings, grounds, transportation, water, and the energy infrastructure. This talk tells some of these stories with an eye to how they can be used to engage students in learning about science (generally), about sustainability (more specifically) and about improving the quality of life on our planet both today and tomorrow.