Annandale Biology Professor Leads Watershed Cleanup

Dr. Karen Bushaw-Newton (AN) led ten of her biology students on a cleanup of the Accotink Creek Watershed near Thaiss Park on April 21st. The students collected over 20 bags of trash and recyclables including old tires, chairs, sleeping bags, tents, and water bottles.

“The students did a great job,” Bushaw-Newton said. “I was very proud of their efforts and enthusiasm.”

The cleanup was part of the 24th Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup through the Alice Ferguson Foundation. The Foundation was established in 1954 and its mission is to provide experiences that encourage connections between people, the environment, farming, and the cultural heritage of the Potomac River Watershed. Their efforts are geared toward increasing awareness of personal environmental responsibility. This event is hopefully one in which NOVA will continue to participate.

Dr. Karen Bushaw-Newton leads creek cleanup.

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Annandale Academic Support Services Hosts Open House

On May 1, Annandale Campus faculty and staff were invited to stop by the campus Academic Support Services open house. The event was managed by the new departmental coordinator, Sarah Bogdewiecz and took place in the new Oral Communication Center in CM 363.

Staff members from each center under Academic Support Services were available to discuss what their center can offer NOVA students.

  • The Oral Communication Center offers students help from trained speech consultants with their presentations and speeches. Students can rehearse their presentations, record speeches, and attend group workshops if needed.
  • The Language Center provides resources and services to students who are taking courses in English as a Second Language and World Languages.
  • At the Writing Center, students are able to meet with a tutor for one-on-one sessions as well as use available computers and programming to improve their writing skills.
  • The Tutoring Center supports students in Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, and Statistics courses through individualized instruction, software programs, and resources.
  • The Testing Center offers testing in Math, English, and English as a Second Language placement tests; Extended Learning Institute exams; and instructor referred makeup tests.

The open house was a great opportunity to learn more about NOVA’s student resources. For more information about any of the services listed above, contact Ms. Bogdewiecz at

Faculty and staff enjoy the open house session in the Oral Communication Center.

A group photo of the Academic Support Services staff.

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Shaban and Students Help Create Unique Android App

Dr. Hanney Shaban, a computer science professor at the Annandale Campus, recently was recognized at the Catholic University of America for leading a successful research project with one of his students. The student worked with Dr. Shaban to create the CUAmobile app for Android.

The app allows students and faculty members to access personal information, such as Blackboard accounts, as well as provides them with the following services:

  • News feed from the student newspaper
  • School directory
  • Cafeteria menu
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Campus map

As the app is relatively successful for the CUA student body, Dr. Shaban is looking to do the same project at NOVA.

“It is very important for faculty and students to stay connected in and out of the classroom,” he said. “Hopefully this app will help with this effort.”

Dr. Shaban plans to pitch the project to one of his classes this fall and hopes it will be well-received. Having an app for Android users, in addition to the iPhone app, will only show how NOVA is truly a partner in student success.

 Dr. Hanney Shaban, Annandale Campus computer science professor.

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