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.”
Breast Cancer Awareness tabling event. Please join us outside the Bisdorf Building (near the Library entrance) to receive information and handouts on breast cancer awareness. We will have chalk available for our campus community to write messages on their experiences or messages of support for those who have survived or passed away breast cancer.
PleaseCLICK HEREto see the flyer on the NOVA Alexandria Campus Facebook.
Event: NOVA Alexandria CampusBreast Cancer Awareness Table and Chalking
Sponsor: Women’s Retention Project Committee || Dr. Jean Braden Center for Women, Gender & Social Equity
Date: Tuesday, 5 November 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Location: NOVA Alexandria Campus || Outside, in front of the Bisdorf Building (Phase I)
The Registration Bonanzas provide students with the opportunity to receive assistance with academic advising, transfer advising, course selection, and registration with faculty advisors (from all academic divisions), academic advisors and counselors. You will be guided in using the computers to view your advisement report, confirm your degree program, select remaining courses and even utilize transfer guides online (if applicable). If you are ready to register, you are able to do so at the event. If not, you can at least be able to establish an academic plan for the summer term and/or fall semester.
If you are in the GPS for Success/First Year Advising Program or Pathways Program, please contact those offices directly. If you are a student currently on academic probation, please consult with your assigned academic success advisor or counselor. For all other continuing students, please consider attending on any date below to receive hands on assistance with faculty and student affairs experts. This is an opportunity to be proactive, plan ahead and not wait until late when classes become full and lines for walk-in advising service become longer.
Students who attend will be eligible for several bookstore gift cards sponsored by the Alexandria Campus Achieving the Dream Committee. Also if you do not have a faculty advisor, all attendees will receive an assignment if you are program placed.
Event: NOVA Alexandria Advising Bonanzas (Open Lab Advising for Continuing Students)
Thursday, April 13
Monday, April 17
Monday, April 24
Thursday, April 27
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(Please arrive any time prior to 3:30)
Location: Bisdorf Building | Room AA-334-C
Contact: NOVA Alexandria Liberal Arts Division 703-845-6242; Math, Science & Engineering Division 703-845-6341; Social & Professional Sciences Division 703-575-4722; or Counseling Department 703-933-5073
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.