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Register now! Power Up your Pedagogy for 2014

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Power Up Your Pedagogy

The Ninth Annual Power UP your Pedagogy (PUP) Conference REGISTRATION continues!  All Faculty and Professional Staff are cordially invited.

It is an online registration — Just click on this link:
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Teaching, Learning and Studying 21st Century Pedagogy



PUP is an exciting, award-winning, professional development conference that brings all NOVA faculty together.  PUP is YOUR conference presented by YOUR colleagues. You will leave with amazing new insights about the best teaching practices, the best teaching tips and tricks and the very best ideas about teaching and especially about teaching at NOVA! Cluster Meetings are also part of the conference.


The 2014 PUP 21st Century Teaching & Learning

January 8th and 9th on the Annandale Campus


Register Now and we will do the rest!


We have reviewed some wonderful proposals and have many exciting presentations for the conference. You will see the following:

  • Interactive peer presentations are at the heart of the conference.  You may choose to attend a variety of sessions such as:
    • Many interactive 45-minute breakout sessions
    • Dynamic two-hour workshops
    • Topical Interest Groups
    • Three important conference addresses highlight the conference. Learn from our leaders:
      • Dr. Robert Templin will give a welcoming address to open the conference
      • Robert Bausch, the 2013 NOVA SCHEV Award winner will give us his insights on teaching.
      • And,  continuing last year’s amazing success with a Second Day Plenary Speaker: Dr. Bryan Alexander, an educational futurist.


  • Also featured  this year:
    •  an Active Backchannel to make it your own conference:  A backchannel conversation is one that occurs concurrently with the main conference and gives voice to attendees.  Each can add content to the conference, comment on it as it progresses, and share inspirations from it.  Here are the PUP backchannels:


  • PUP twitter feed #PUP14.
  • A PUP blog page on which to enter comments as replies.
  • Whiteboards for your written and drawn comments
  • Face to face conversations in the PUP lounge area.


  • A Project Poster Presentation hosted by adjunct and fulltime faculty in the Gym
  • An exhibition of Learning Spaces of the Future
  • A Vendor Fair that lets you visit with representatives of companies dedicated to supporting education in the CE Forum


  • PUP has an important commitment to sustainability.   When you register you’ll be able to choose how you want to receive your program – in a printed format, or electronically.  You’ll also be able to print your individual conference schedule through the Conference Event Planner, just as soon as the program is finalized.  We’ll let you know.  (Printed programs will only be available to those who indicated they want one during the registration process.  They won’t be available at the conference.)


Every attempt is being made to be sure that everyone, even those who only attend Cluster Meetings, receives a lunch.   The lunches are the single largest expense for PUP.  In these tight economic times, it is imperative that we have an accurate count of those who wish lunch.   The only way to count YOU is by your registration.  You must register even if you only plan to attend the Cluster meetings.


Join Your Dean of Students for AfterNoon Chat

Join Your Dean of Students for AfterNoon Chat

Enjoy Lunch & Chat with your Dean of Students

Dates:                   Times: 12/05/2013        12:30-2:00 pm

01/12/2014             12:30-2:00 pm

02/20/2014           12:30-2:00 pm

03/20/2014            5:30-7:00 pm

04/17/2014             12:30-2:00 pm

06/19/2014             12:30-2:00 pm

07/14/2014            5:30-7:00 pm

08/20/2014            12:30-2:00 pm

09/18/2014             5:30-7:00 pm

10/16/2014            12:30-2:00 pm

11/20/2014           12:30-2:00 pm

Location: available upon rsvp Confirmation

RSVP By Email:  Dcifuentes@nvcc.edu

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Important Bookstore Dates. Rentals, Buy Back, SFA, Hours.

The Bookstore would like to remind you of some important dates that are coming up:

*   November 27th – December 1st the Bookstore will be CLOSED for the Thanksgiving Holiday.   *   The week of December 9th and 16th is the BEST time to sell your books back via our Buy Back program. You can receive UP TO 50% CASH BACK! Buy Back is done outside the window in front of the Alexandria Bookstore entrance. Please note you MUST have your NOVA ID to do Buy Back. Before you sell back your textbooks make sure that you didn’t rent your textbook and that you wont need the book again for another semester. All Back Back sales are FINAL. Make sure you stop in after taking your finals!

 *   All textbooks RENTED for Fall 2013 are DUE back December 17th. Please note you must check in your rented book at the campus you rented from. Remember if you want to ship your rented book back to us WE WILL PAY FOR SHIPPING! Attached you will find instructions on how to print your free shipping label. Please note shipments MUST go out by December 17th.

 *   December 24th – January 1st the Bookstore will be CLOSED for the winter break.   *   January 2nd – January 30th you may use your SFA funds at the Bookstore, for in person transactions you MUST have your NOVA ID.

Regular Bookstore Hours:

Monday – Thursday:       9:00 am to 7:00 pm           

Friday:       9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday:       CLOSED


For more information please contact Natalie Garcia | Department Manager | 703.671.0043 | SM650@BNCollege.com<mailto:SM650@BNCollege.com>

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NOVA-IN-CHINA opportunity

Dear NOVA Community members,

Would you like to go to China with us to attend Chinese language classes, travel and visit cultural sights in Beijing, Wuyishan, Xiamen, Nanjing and Shanghai when you elect to join us for bothof the programs described below: Program #1 Language Studies in China and #2 Cultural Exploration. Or, choose only Program #2 Cultural Exploration and travel with us to culturallyenriching cities and places. Whichever program you choose, you will be immersed in Chinese culture and experience first-hand its beauty and history.

Both programs are open to all students and members of the community.  Some scholarships will be available for qualified students. (All dates, itinerary, and price may be adjusted.)

Contact: Dr. Dali Tan, Assistant professor of Chinese, China Coordinator, dtan@nvcc.edu <mailto:dtan@nvcc.edu> or 703-933-5078.

Information Meeting: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Alexandria Campus, Bisdorf Building 0342, 8:00pm.

If you can’t come to the information meeting, please contact Dr. Tan if you are interested and she can set up individual meetings with you to talk about the trip and to answer your questions.


May 17 to June 2, 2014
Morning language classes for beginners and those with background
Travel and Excursions in Beijing, Wuyishan, Xiamen, Nanjing and Shanghai

The program, open to all VCCS students and people from the community, will take place in two stages. Participants may elect to join us for both of the following opportunities or just the travel portion of the program.

(1)   Language Study in China (Friday, May 17 to Thursday, May 22, 2014):
Business Chinese for Beginners (CHI 103) or Business Chinese for Intermediate Level Learners (CHI 295) for 3 credits each or enrichment Chinese Language and culture classes

  *   Intensive language classes at a Chinese university with NOVA faculty for credits or with local instructors for non-credit language and culture classes

  *   Language and cultural exchange with Chinese professors and students
  *   Cultural classes and sightseeing excursions as well as service learning at  local sites

(2)   Cultural Exploration (Thursday May 22 to Monday, June 2, 2014, tour only participants leave DC on May 21, 2014): Beijing, Wuyishan, Xiamen, Nanjing and Shanghai

Introduction to the bustling streets of China’s largest cities, as well as to Chinese life at its most basic, beginning in Beijing. See the most famous landmarks of China, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven in addition to famous Olympic venues like the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube.  Travel continues to Wuyishan to view the magnificent Tianyou Peak and to ride on a bamboo raft on the beautiful Nine-Crooked Creek.  Then fly to Xiamen to explore Gulangyu Island and visit the famous South Putuo Temple as well as Xiamen University, known for having the most beautiful campus in China. Take another flight to Nanjing where you will have opportunity to visit the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum and have an exchange event at Nanjing Institute of Industry Technology. Then move on to Shanghai to visit the Shanghai museums and the Yuyuan Gardens and explore the Bund and Nanjing Road and get a bird’s eye view of the entire city of Shanghai from the top of the “Oriental Pearl Tower.” We’ll fly back to the United States with the group and arrive home on Monday, June 2, 2014.  Language learning will continue to be a focus of the program. We will take full advantage of this immersion experience to arrange many structured opportunities for participants to practice what they have learned during the intensive language studies program, so they can further enhance their linguistic proficiency and deepen their cultural understanding during the cultural exploration part of the program.


For more information contact Dr. Dali Tan | Assistant professor of Chinese | China Coordinator | dtan@nvcc.edu<mailto:dtan@nvcc.edu> | 703.933.5078


NOVA Environmental Scientific & Musical Event


All Students, Staff and Faculty are cordially invited

to a NOVA Environmental  Scientific & Musical Event

Please join us for an ecologically themed concert featuring music and piano reflecting on the environment performed by Jonathan D. Kolm and vocalist soprano Katherine Riddle and  an environment-themed lecture “Climate Change Mitigation and Impacts: Technologies and Policies” by Dr. Jayant A. Sathaye.

Presented by the Lyceum and Math., Science & Engineering Division Science Seminars

Friday, November 22, 2013, CE Theater, Ernst Cultural Center, Annandale Campus, Northern Virginia Community College

11:30 – 1:45 pm


Jonathan D. Kolm,  DMA,  Composer, Pianist and Faculty, Northern Virginia Community College

Katherine Riddle, Soprano

Jayant A. Sathaye, Ph.D., Senior Scientist and Strategic Advisor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

11:30 – 11:45 Light Refreshments and Meet & Greet the Presenters in the Lower Gallery

11:45 – 1:45 Music Concert and Presentation, CE Theater by Jonathan D. Kolm, Katherine Riddle and Jayant A. Sathaye             

    Jonathan Kolm, DMA,  has  performed across the United States and abroad. His music has been called “fluent in its diversity” and “deeply moving”.  His music has won prizes and awards in many competitions including the American Prize, the Swan Prize in Music Composition, the Percussive Arts Society Composition Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, Voices of Change Composition Contest, the Austin Peay State Composition Competition, as well as many others. He has been commissioned by a wide range of artists and ensembles and his music has been heard at such festivals as June in Buffalo, highSCORE, Beijing International Composition Workshop, MUSCICX and the Ernest Bloch Festival.

His choral music has been performed by some of the leading choirs in the United States, including the New York Virtuoso Singers, VocalEssence, the Princeton Singers and the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus. Much of Kolm’s recent music incorporates themes of sustainability and ecology and he advocates for several environmental causes. Upcoming premieres with environmental themes in 2013 include commissions for a song cycle by Karen Murphy and Kathy Price, a chamber work for the Verge Ensemble, and a large work for choir and percussion solo for Georgia State University. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia and is the head of the composition and piano program. He advocates for various environmental issues and is an avid gardener.

Katherine Riddle, soprano, recently graduated magna cum laude and with University Honors from American University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music concentrating in Vocal Performance.  As part of AU’s study abroad program, Riddle spent a semester studying music at King’s College London and voice at the Royal Academy of music. Katherine is a recipient of the David W.Wainhouse Scholarship, a winner of the 2013 American University Concerto and Aria Competition and the winner of MD/DC NATS competition in both musical theater and classical voice. This winter, she will be playing Cosette in Weathervane Playhouse’s production of Les Miserables in Newark, Ohio.


Dr. Jayant A. Sathaye is a Senior Scientist and Strategic Advisor and a Founder of the International Energy Studies Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California. He was a primary contributor to the 2007 IPCC Nobel Prize.

Dr. Sathaye has more than 40 years experience with 220 publications in the research, modeling and policy analysis of energy efficiency standards and labels and financial incentive programs, assessment of cool roofs, and development of global and country-specific models for the evaluation of costs and climate mitigation potential options in US, India and other major developing countries.  He initiated the currently active International Energy Studies Group in 1978 at LBNL, participated in IPCC as Coordinating Lead Author  and Review Editor in 12 documents, and received Annual Award, Climate Works Foundation and a Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT Bombay and several other awards. He holds a B.Tech. (Hons.) degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Abstract: Anthropogenic climate change is caused by the release of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide etc.) into the atmosphere. It is projected to increase temperatures and sea levels, and affect precipitation levels. Such changes are likely to impact agricultural activities, areas under forest cover, availability of water supply, human population health, and sea levels. It will also lead to increased release of methane from permafrost and have serious impacts on infrastructure particularly that which supports the supply of electricity and other forms of energy. These impacts are projected to vary sizeably across boreal, temperate and tropical zones.
Mitigation offers an effective approach for reducing GHG emissions. Mitigation options stretch across all the major sectors and broadly cover energy, forestry, and agricultural activities. Energy mitigation activities are structured and analyzed within the residential, commercial, industrial, transport, electricity and other forms of energy supply sectors, while those in forestry focus on deforestation and degradation of forest cover. Agricultural emissions vary by type of crop and the conditions among other items.
The talk will provide background information and overview of global energy and climate, mitigation components of climate change research, energy efficiency and renewable energy modeling, approaches for forest sector, ways to increase surface albedo and reduce GHG emissions, switching to non-fossil energy, capture atmospheric GHGs, ways to use safe drinking water, and fuel efficient cook stoves.


For additional information you may contact: 

Reva A. Savkar

Chair, Science Seminars


Math., Science, Engineering Division

Northern Virginia Community College

Email: rsavkar@nvcc.edu

Voice Mail:  703-323-3231

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.