Category Archives: Science Technology & Business

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 ST&B Dean Announced

Dr. Chad Knights

Dr. Knights has accepted the Science, Technology and Business (STB) Dean position and is now a fully recognized Dean at NOVA and no longer carries the “Acting” part of his title.

If you have not already done so, please congratulate Dr. Knights on his appointment.
~Dr. Ronald Buchanan

Dr. Chad Knights
Dr. Chad Knights


Jim Egenrieder honored for Outstanding Service

On December 18th, NOVA Alexandria Campus STEM Education Outreach Coordinator Jim Egenrieder was recognized for Outstanding Service at the Arlington Chamber’s Board of Directors meeting.  Mr. Egenrieder has served as Chair of the Chamber’s Education and Workforce Committee since 2011, and has developed partnerships between local area schools, businesses and higher education partners to advance STEM-focused education, training, dual enrollment, and workforce programs throughout Northern Virginia.   J Egenrieder-croppedMr. Egenrieder also serves as co-Chair of the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Workforce and Education Committee.

“In all of my STEM initiatives and outreach roles, I look for opportunities to foster new awareness and interest in all aspects of STEM education.  This includes integration not only among the STEM disciplines, but also interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects involving the visual and performing arts, social sciences, English and world languages, and physical education,” states Jim Egenrieder.

Mr. Egenrieder continues to promote the importance and emerging themes of sustainability, energy and power, natural resources and the environment, and growing economies, sighting there are abundant opportunities for business and community-partnerships in integrative project-based teaching and learning. Most importantly, these integrated approaches lead to the most meaningful and transformative experiences for students that provide for self-actualization, resilience, a sense of belonging, and a craving for lifelong learning.

“I really want everyone to recognize the role of community colleges and specifically NOVA in STEM education and workforce partnerships,” said Mr. Egenrieder.  “We can help good ideas get implemented, help good programs become great, and help great programs get recognition and become replicable and transferable.”

He invites any interested NOVA personnel with STEM interests to connect with him in person or on LinkedIn, and together, we can make good things happen for students and the community.


This message is sent on behalf of the Biology Department: 



The Alexandria campus Biology Department frequent invites guest speakers to discuss topics relative to our community and world. These presentations are open to the both the NOVA community.

The speaker series is tied in with the Honor’s initiatives to encourage more STEM related talks on campus. So, please come and join us for the following speakers:

Speaker:         Dr. Paul Lewis | Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Notes:              Dr. Lewis will discuss the latest Environmental concerns.
Date:                 Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Time:                12:30 p.m.
Location:        Bisdorf Building | AA-196

Speaker:         Dr. Mukherjee | National Institute of Health (NIH)
Notes:              Dr. Mukherjee will discuss her latest research in infectious diseases.
Date:                Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Time:                12:30 p.m.
Location:        Bisdorf Building | AA-196

For more information please contact Christine Bozarth |


Beatley Library Opens for Absentee Voting

For Immediate Release:  October 24, 2014

On Tuesday, November 4, there will be a General Election for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and a proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution. Alexandrians who qualify to vote absentee may cast an absentee ballot in person at the Beatley Library or the Office of Voter Registration. Voters may also request an absentee ballot to be mailed to them.

Absentee Voting in Person

To cast an in-person absentee ballot, go to either site listed below during the scheduled hours. The deadline for casting an absentee ballot in person is Saturday, November 1, at 5 p.m.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304:

October 25                  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

October 27-30             1 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

October 31                  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

November 1                10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Office of Voter Registrations and Elections, 132 N. Royal St, #100, Alexandria, VA 22314:

October 24-25             8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

October 27-30             8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

October 31                  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

November 1                8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Absentee Voting By Mail

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28. Absentee ballot applications are available online at, or by contacting the Alexandria Voter Registration Office at 703.746.4050. The signed application may be returned in person, or by mail, fax (703-838-6449) or email (

Photo ID Requirements for Absentee Voting

Virginia’s new photo ID requirements apply to voters who cast an absentee ballot in person. They do not apply to voters who request an absentee ballot by mail.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

  • Valid Virginia Driver’s License or DMV-issued Photo Identification Card
  • Valid United States Passport or Passport Card
  • Valid Military ID
  • Other government-issued photo ID card (from the U.S. Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a local government within Virginia)
  • Valid student photo ID card from an institution of higher education in Virginia
  • Valid employee photo ID card

Voters who do not have acceptable identification may apply for an ID (and receive a temporary ID) at the same time they come to cast their in-person absentee ballot.

There are many reasons registered voters may qualify to vote absentee, for example, if they are:

  • Away on business, vacation, active military service, or at school.
  • Working and commuting for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day.
  • A “first responder” (firefighter, law enforcement, emergency medical technician).
  • Physically unable to go to the polls, or a primary caregiver for a family member who is ill.

For sample ballots and more information on absentee voting, see or call 703.746.4050.

Election Day Voting

On Tuesday, November 4 all regular polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Anna Leider, General Registrar, at 703.746.4050 or

MAKE IT POP! | Webinar

MAKE IT POP! | Webinar

Join us next Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM for ISD’s last webinar in our Summer Webinar Series.

Participants in the Make it POP! Webinar will acquire tools to breathe new life into existing PowerPoint Presentations and explore innovative goodmultimedia apps like Prezi.

To register visit the link below:

Kirstin Riddick
Supervisor, Instructional Support and Development
Alexandria Campus
At IS&D, we support you with educational technology!

CLOUD STORAGE | Training Opportunity

CLOUD STORAGE | Training Opportunity



Join us in the clouds June 10, 2014! You will learn about the benefits and features of cloud storage. We will also compare and contrast different cloud solutions to help you choose the right virtual tool for you!

Click on the link to register today.


Field Trip – Microsoft Experience

Field Trip – Microsoft Experience

See the IS&D department, OCC, or the SGA for more information! Free Transportation and Lunch Provided! Seating limited to 45 people! Register at: 

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014Microsoft
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Pentagon City

Kirstin Riddick
Supervisor, Instructional Support and Development
Alexandria Campus