Category Archives: Liberal Arts

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!


Elect Her 2017

NOVA Alexandria Campus Elect Her 2017 Event

NOVA Alexandria Campus Elect Her 2017 EventNOVA Alexandria Campus Women’s Center Hosts Elect Her Training for Female Students

For the third year, NOVA-Alexandria’s Women’s Center partnered with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Running Start to host “Elect Her” on February 24. More than 50 female students from all six campuses participated in conversations about their interest in running for Student Government Association (SGA) office and getting involved in politics on a local, state and national level.

Elect Her is the only program that trains college women to run for student government and future political office. This year’s facilitator was She Should Run Executive Director Clare Bresnahan, and the guest speaker was Founder and CEO of ILead Strategies Julie Jakopic. The all-day event also included a panel discussion with current SGA representatives from the Annandale Campus: President Brittany Spivey; Vice President Andrea Luna and; Treasurer Alicia Moulder.

Dr. Carolyn Lorente, psychology professor and member of the Women’s Center Board, said Elect Her is one of many reasons why the Women’s Center was established.

“This is what we do in the Women’s Center,” Lorente said. “We build community, and we educate and advocate for women and other minority groups.”

Women’s Center Director Sarah Liberatore emphasized that although it’s called the Women’s Center, it is more like a center for gender equality because they provide information, services and resources for women, minorities, and the LGBTQ community.

Bresnahan arranged small workshops throughout the day to motivate and inform students about running for SGA office and gave them some ideas of how to get involved in politics in the future.

“You don’t have to be Hillary Clinton to run for office. You can be you and run for office,” Bresnahan said. “We can’t wait around for other leaders. You are the leaders our country needs. You’re the leaders we’ve been waiting for.”

During the panel, Spivey, Luna and Moulder discussed running for SGA offices, building a network and becoming comfortable with talking to different people. Bresnahan also discussed working through fears and vulnerability in an effort to run for office and make a difference.

Jakopic, who ran in a five-way primary for House of Delegates in 2015, talked to the women about having a message and connecting with people. She encouraged them to be confident, learn something from the experience and have a little fun.

“There’s so much to learn by throwing yourself out there,” Jakopic said. “If you’re smart, you’ll have people around you who believe in you. Even if you don’t win, you get to change the world.”

The AAUW is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Running Start is a nonprofit organization that brings young women to politics so they are knowledgeable about the process.

Other organizers for this year’s event included Pat Gordon, Lorente and AAUW Liaison Lane Stone. Lorente also thanked Provost Annette M. Haggray, Liberal Arts Dean Jimmie McClellan and President Scott Ralls for supporting the services and efforts of the Women’s Center.

See NBC Washington’s coverage of NOVA’s 2017 Elect Her training program here.

The 2015 Night After Nationals Forensics Showcase!

Your NOVA Forensics Team Proudly Presents … …. … … …The 2015  Night After Nationals Forensics Showcase!

Please join members of the national-ranked NOVA Forensics Team as they perform some of their award winning poetry, prose, and reader’s theater performances from this year’s exciting 2014-15 competitive season of intercollegiate forensics competition!

LOUDON CAMPUS SHOW:  The 2015 Night After Nationals Forensics Showcase!
Date:           Tuesday 28 April 2015
Time:           2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location:      Waddell Theater

Date:           Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Time:           2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location:      Bisdorf Building | AA-158

The NOVA Forensics Team is a college-wide intercollegiate program sponsored the Office of Student Activities. Students from NOVA work with coaches to prepare, practice, and perfect their performances before traveling to tournaments throughout the regular season to compete against other colleges and universities in public speaking, debate, and literature performance events. In NOVA’s third season of competition, the team did exceptionally well and brought home several regional awards in debate and public speaking and poetry performance. This year at nationals, NOVA students took home silver and bronze medals in Impromptu Speaking and Dramatic Interpretation! It was truly a  great year!

For more information about this event or competing for the NOVA Forensics Team next year, please ask students to contact, Dr. Nathan Carter, Director of the NOVA Forensics Team |

ALEXANDRIA CAMPUS Green Club visits the National Geographic Museum

ALEXANDRIA CAMPUS Green Club visits the National Geographic Museum

On Saturday, November 15th Dr. Christine Bozarth and NOVA students visited the National Geographic Museum in an event sponsored by the Green Club, Alexandria campus’ student environmental group.  Students learned about our global food production system at the new exhibit, “FOOD: Our Global Kitchen”.

GC at Nat Geo kitchen (iv)This exhibit explores the complex and intricate food system, which brings our food from the farm to the table.  The tour encompasses the entire process from growing, transporting, cooking, eating, tasting and celebrating this key life essential.  The exhibition further illuminated how our world eats and explores the future of food.

The museum offered the students an opportunity to taste seasonal treats in the working kitchen, cook a virtual meal, see rare artifacts and peek into the dining rooms of famous figures throughout history.  Visitors also examined the intersection of food, nature, culture, health, traditions and history.

To follow the activities of the Green Club, please click “Like” on Facebook at and join our emailing list by emailing

The Green Club meets every Wednesday (except 11/26) at 1:30pm in Bisdorf AA-362-B.

Please come and join us.

Food exhibit (ii) GC students at Nat Geo (iii)


ACLI Student’s Seminar | “ILLUSTRATION meets TYPOGRAPHY”

ACLI Student’s Seminar | “ILLUSTRATION meets TYPOGRAPHY”

Workshop Poster Demir 2014 (i)

Please come join Professor Cigdem Demir, Gazi University Faculty of Fone Art, Visual Communication Design Department for an intriguing workshop on “Illustration meets Typography.”

This workshop & seminar will focus on merging illustration with typography, consisting of line-drawing and hand drawn patterns.

Date:               Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Time:              Starts at 3:00 p.m.
Location:      Tyler Building | AT-253

For more information contact  Associate Professor Çiğdem DEMİR |


2014 Post Election Conference FlyerEach year the NOVA Institute for Public Service (IPS) hosts a conference analyzing the election results and implications for the future.

Here are the participates from the Fall 2014 Elections results:







Dr. Jim McClellan, Dean of Liberal Arts, NOVA AL Campus
The Honorable Thomas Davis III, Former Virginia Congressman
The Honorable Thomas Davis III, Former Virginia Congressman
David Miller, Asst. Professor of Geography, NOVA AL Campus
David Miller, Asst. Professor of Geography, NOVA AL Campus
From left to right:  Dr. Jack Lechelt, NOVA AL Campus; Victoria Ross, The Connection Newspapers; and Delegate Alfonso Lopez (D-49th District)
From left to right: Dr. Jack Lechelt, NOVA AL Campus; Victoria Ross, The Connection Newspapers; and Delegate Alfonso Lopez (D-49th District)
From left to right:  Dave McConnell, Capitol Hill Correspondent, WTOP; Dr. William Miller, Professor of Politics - Marymount University; and Marcin Wrona, Correspondent, TVN (Poland) USA
From left to right: Dave McConnell, Capitol Hill Correspondent, WTOP; Dr. William Miller, Professor of Politics – Marymount University; and Marcin Wrona, Correspondent, TVN (Poland) USA
2014 Post Election Conference - 11.5.2014
2014 Post Election Conference – 11.5.2014