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Monday, 11/18      $$     

1:30-2:30PM   IEW Kick-Off – Invited will be local diplomats and the NOVA community

POC: Stacey Bustillos and Puryea Suphaphiphat


Student Presentations   $$

Partnerships between Community College Initiative Students and NOVA students on the Alexandria Campus (CCI) (maybe have student exhibits during the IEW Kick-Off)

POC: Amira, Christina

**Hallway outside of 193, 194, 195, and 196 has been requested.


3 PM   Maiti Nepal Discussion/Lecture with Dr. Reva Savkar and Dr. Robert Loser

POC: Twyla Jones

*Girl Rising (18 minute video) will be shown prior to presentation, if approved by Professors Savkar and Loser.

Presentation by Reva Sankar and Robert Loser on Maiti Nepal is an organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and stopping sex trafficking of Nepalese girls and women.


Location: Corridor and AA 196 requested.



For more information please contact Dr. Twyla Jones | twjones@nvcc.edu

Student Spotlight: Samuel George William Guyidde-Bisase

Samuel George William Guyidde-Bisase


samuel pictureMy name is Samuel George William Guyidde-Bisase and I am a sophomore at Northern Virginia Community College; I am the former Vice-President of the Student Government Association (2012-2013), President of the Debate Club, and Member of the College Forensics and Soccer teams.

Born in Fairfax, Virginia, to Ugandan-American parents, I am the son to Esther Naluwemba Kagulu a nurse and the late Andrew Ssentongo Bisase (R.I.P), a businessman and an entertainer. I have studied from the United States and Uganda throughout my education life. After my father died in 1994, I went to Uganda aged 5, to learn the culture of my forefathers and be raised with help from my relatives (It does take a village to raise a child) and graduated High school in December 2010. I am co-captain of the Northern Virginia community College Soccer team and captain of the college forensics team. (GO NOVA! GO GREEN AND GOLD!)

I was elected by a majority of students during a record breaking voter turnout year. I was able to rally students around an innovative and creative platform. I believe in fostering a Transparent, Capitalistic and entrepreneurial-like mentality to Student Government in order to be more effective in reaching out to all students

Over my year in Student Government, I made sure I fought for the students on every account. I increased outreach of the SGA to numerous student organizations, expanded the outreach from Alexandria City Border lines in order to exchange and enhance our ideas and brand. I focused my efforts on reforming the process in the Senate in order to make it more effective in serving the Student Body; by introducing “Robert’s Rules of Order” to the process. Also, in order to serve the students more effectively, I sent student senators to the Campus Council, Academic Divisions, College Wide Senate, a couple of Leadership Conferences, and the General Assembly in Richmond in order for the student voice to always have a say in any of the executive decisions. Currently I am the President of The NOVA Debators, a club aimed at enhancing critical dialogue through argument in our society while discussing a diversity of issues that boil us up in the past, present and future day.

I believe in the notion that the world is his oyster and the sky’s the limit, and that is why I am a proud member of numerous clubs and societies at the Alexandria campus, a diverse athlete (Soccer, Basketball, Track & Field, Volleyball and many others) and a public speaker. I try to enhance my abilities in all aspects of life, because I am fueled by the Martin Luther King’s quotation; “Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead and the unborn could do it no better.”

I already have an Associate’s degree in General Studies and a Certificate in Architectural Drafting, and I am pursuing degrees in Architecture, Law and Political Science.

I am 20, a first generation American who speaks English, French, Swahili and Luganda, very interested in Entertainment, Politics and Sports, and hope with the success I achieve to help the society in Uganda with the  education I attain to improve and enhance their standards of living, from education to their way of life.

Trick or Treat at NOVA

Trick or Treat at NOVA

Open to all Nova Families

 Trick or Treat

Join us if your DARE for a HALLOWEEN SCARE!!!! 


  • Dress up (of course) and Drop in for Halloween Fun


  • Bring your kids and enjoy a fun Halloween night on campus


  • Goody Bags will be handed out to kids


Bisdorf Building | Room: AA132


Activity start from 4:00 PM –  5:30 PM


Trick or treat time(s) are 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM



For more information please contact Tommy Le | lle@nvcc.edu

Spooktacular Sounds concert

The Alexandria NOVA Band to play Halloween concert



Spend a night listening to frighteningly good music at the “Spooktacular Sounds in the Haunted Hall: A Halloween Concert.” The Alexandria NOVA Band will play a selection of music from various composers, including Hector Berlioz, Henry Fillmore, Michael Markowski, Giacomo Puccini, Camille Saint-Saens and Robert W. Smith.


The band includes both NOVA students and community members. Lisa C. Eckstein, a music instructor at NOVA-Alexandria, will direct the band. A movement piece will also be presented by NOVA students and directed by Kate Al-Shamma, assistant professor in the Communication Studies and Theatre Department at NOVA-Alexandria.


Attendees are encouraged to come in costume to receive special prizes. Everyone who attends will leave with trick-or-treat goodie bags.



7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24



Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311



The concert is free and open to the public. Garage parking is free.


Concert Contact:

Lisa C. Eckstein, music instructor and band director at NOVA-Alexandria, 703.845.6252 or leckstein@nvcc.edu

Media Contact: Jennifer Gonzalez | 703.425.5839 | jgonzalez@nvcc.edu 


Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s website, www.nvcc.edu.

Faculty Spotlight: Alex M. Purugganan





Website PhotoIf I think deeply enough, I can still recall my b-boy crew’s congratulatory hands slapping my back, brushing the top of my head, and pulling my arms high into the air.  I can also still feel the heavy bass of the music seeping into my bones and hear the whooping and chanting from the crowd.  Above all else, I can distinctly remember the euphoric emotion and the sense of accomplishment after completing my best and most important windmill while battling against another more accomplished break-dance crew in Los Angeles, California.

I was nine years old when I first started pop-locking and popping.  I danced at local parks, swap meets, and neighborhood parties, generating laughter from amused adults who smoked cigarettes and played cards.  One of the more respected, older neighborhood b-boys, “Flyman,” had asked me to join his crew after an impromptu afternoon battle at a park.  I was the youngest member of Flyman’s dance crew, so he took me under his b-boy wing, teaching me breakdancing moves to replace my pop-locking routines and presenting me with a new nickname, “Kid Krazy Legs,” because of the way my legs convulsed and kicked as I spun doing windmills, a dance move where movement is generated from legs twirling in the shape of a V.  In one particular battle against a rival dance crew, Flyman and I completed simultaneous windmills as a climactic touch – the oldest and youngest members of our crew leaving a lasting, and ultimately victorious, impression for the judging crowd.

Mr. P with his son
Mr. P with his son

Green Club Meetings

NOVA Green Club Meetings for the 2013 Fall Semester

Want to help the environment?  It’s not too late to join NOVA Alexandria’s student environmental club.  Check us out!



Upcoming meetings

October 8, 2013

October 22, 2013

November 5, 2013

November 19, 2013

December 3, 2013

All meetings are held from 1pm to 1:30pm at Room AA456

For more information, email Christine Bozarth at cbozarth@nvcc.edu.

Schlesinger Center Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery: Anne Bouie “Sacred Earth, Healing Water”

At the Schlesinger Center Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery
Anne Bouie
“Sacred Earth, Healing Water”
Mixed Media and Assemblage

Friday, October 11 – November 11, 2013

Opening Reception Saturday, October 12, 2013,

4 -6 pm with Artist’s Talk at 5 pm

Earth Shield #4
Earth Shield #4

“Sacred Earth, Healing Water”, an exhibition of mixed media and assemblage work by Anne Bouie, is on display from Friday, October 11 through Sunday, November 11 in the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, located in the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, October 12, 4 -6 pm with Artist’s Talk at 5 pm. The Gallery Hours are 10am—4pm Monday-Friday and during performances.


Anne Bouie’s draws her creative inspiration from timeless, universal spiritual principles found in ancient, indigenous cultures that use art to heal, teach, and sustain meaning.  Through her art, Anne brings these teachings into contemporary context, keeping them alive so they continue to speak to us of our connection to the Invisible, and to one another.  She explains, “In pre-conversion cultures and even in contemporary spiritual traditions, along with the essential purpose of contributing beauty to life, art serves as a medium to connect with, and acknowledge the existence of consciousness on “both sides of the veil”.”


Medicine Keepers Vessels
Medicine Keepers Vessels

Ms Bouie’s use of botanicals in her artwork requires an intimate knowledge of seasons, cycles and the local landscape.  She needs to know where specific plants grow and how to gather them without harming the sources. She also explores the beauty and utility in castaway objects she gathers during walks and travels. Anne’s intentional use of these components in her artwork results in a multi-layered experience for viewers.  Anne elaborates, “The composition of work involves an interaction with the piece itself and its components. I often find that the piece itself has something it wants to say and I have come to respect that. It feels like we are working together to produce something of meaning—not just for ourselves—but for the viewer as well.” By creating artworks that are a synthesis of unexpected combinations, Anne challenges the prevailing conception of people, places and things to present an opportunity for viewers to see common objects with new eyes


The Diviner's Vessels
The Diviner’s Vessels

Anne Bouie’s pivotal moment as an artist came during a meeting of the Black Artists of DC when she was encouraged to “stop sitting on her art ideas, and get busy doing it”.  In 2006, her work was accepted in “Found”, an exhibit sponsored by Black Artists of DC.  She has been working as an artist since then.  Ms. Bouie has exhibited extensively locally, including Bowie State University, The Reginald Lewis Museum, The Joan Hisaoka Gallery and the Arts Club of Washington.  She has also participated in exhibits in California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and India. She is a member of the Black Artists of D.C., Millennium Arts Salon, Washington D.C. and the Washington Sculpture Group.


The Fisher Art Gallery is located on the upper level of the Schlesinger Center, and is named for local artist, the late Margaret “Peggy” Fisher and her husband, Joseph Fisher.  Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during performances. See Anne Bouie’s exhibition  “Sacred Earth, Healing Water” from Friday, October 11 through Sunday, November 11, 2013 with an opening reception on Saturday, October 12, 4 – 6 pm and Artist’s Talk at 5 pm.


Faculty Spotlight: Cindy Smith





Executive Assistant to the Provost
Executive Assistant to the Provost

As a young adult, I considered joining the military – primarily for the educational benefits.  However, I decided to pursue my education on my own.  After earning my Bachelor of Science degree from Dakota State College in Madison, SD, I took a job teaching English in a small town in Iowa.  In my second year of teaching one of my students was absent for a week.  When he returned, I asked for his excuse and was intrigued to see that he had been processing for the Iowa Army National Guard.  I looked into it and ended up joining.   I enlisted as a Private First Class (E-3) since I already had a bachelor’s degree.  I attended basic training at Ft. Jackson, SC.\

I worked full time for the Iowa Army National Guard as the State Training NCO for several years.  I achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6) by the time I left the service.  I benefited from my service in the National Guard in many ways.  I met my husband there and we got married under crossed cannons during summer camp (Field Artillery unit – they didn’t have swords) with our Battalion Chaplain performing the ceremony.  Since I enlisted under a student loan repayment program, the National Guard paid my student loans from my undergraduate degree.  I was eligible for educational assistance while I served and the Guard paid 90% of my tuition costs for my graduate degree at Drake University in Des Moines, IA.