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Staying Connected to Your Academic Support Team

Free or Low Cost Internet Access


Step one for academic success as NOVA classes move to remote learning is access to the internet. Many  internet providers offer low cost packages based on need but during this time of the COVID-19 virus, some are offering free WiFi packages for 60 days. For NOVA students, that covers the time span that the college has declared for remote learning as classes will resume normally starting April 4th (as of this posting). Additionally, many cellular providers have raised user’s data capacity to Unlimited for 60 days.

For a list of major internet providers and mobile carrier’s offers, check out this PDF-WiFi_Data Plans (links to all listed resources are at the bottom of the post).

As with anything, take extra precautions when using public hotspots or public wifi as it’s an unsecured network. Here are some tips from the Federal Trade Commission on protecting your information while using public WiFi. For providers offering free or low cost internet, make sure to read the fine print and understand any caveats. 

NOVA also offers many services to students who qualify through our Single Stop office! There, they can connect you to resources regarding money, food, health, education, work, legal, immigration, and housing. Continue reading Staying Connected to Your Academic Support Team

Celebrate: Open Education Week!

Youtube Video on Open Educational Resources at NOVA

What is Open Education Week?

Open Education Week is a week-long celebration and awareness event of resources that are free and accessible to learners. These resources are called Open Educational Resources (OER) and can include books, textbooks, software, and tools.

Why is it important?

By choosing OERs, teachers can help remove barriers that might prevent students from further understanding and excelling in their coursework. Even the price of materials coupled with the cost of tuition could be seen as a deterrent from enrolling for some students.

How does the library support OER?

Nova libraries help support students and faculty by providing current and relevant materials in the form of print books, online books, journals, and online databases. These are accessible and FREE to ensure that the most up to date research is available as a foundation for a high caliber curriculum.

Another way that NOVA libraries remove barriers is by providing calculators (4 function, scientific, and graphing) for checkout, as well as leading laptops from our kiosk (Dell and Apple), and offering short term rentals on professional grade cameras, camcorders, and microphones with various accessories.

SOME (not all) textbooks and workbooks are available for short term rental from the circulation desk via our Course Reserves.

For those who are interested in or pursuing fields that lean towards technology, the Annandale Library offers a Digital Media Studio (click here to reserve) complete with the Adobe Creative Cloud (previously Adobe Creative Suite), Photo Booth, iMovie, Final Cut Pro X, Audacity, as well as numerous other programs. Click here for the full list of programs.

As always, please stop by or call the Annandale Library at 703-323-3128 if you have any questions about the FREE resources available to you.

Virginia Untold

Virginia Untold: the african american narrative
Crawford, Greg. “VAuntoldWebBanner.” VIRGINIA UNTOLD: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN NARRATIVE DIGITAL COLLECTION, 2016, www.virginiamemory.com/blogs/out_of_the_box/2016/02/03/virginia-untold-collection/.

Through The Library of Virginia, a collection of primary narratives from African-American voices has been digitized and formed into:

Virginia Untold: the African American Narrative Digital Collection 

From here, readers can find firsthand accounts from free or enslaved persons, images, as well as official government documents. Through the compilation of these records, the story of free and/or enslaved people’s lives are able to be remembered but it is through their own writings and words that they are able to take back the narrative as their own.

EVENT


The Annandale Campus Lyceum Committee Present the 2020 Black History Month Lyceum Speech “Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative Digital Collection” Meet Gregory Crawford, local records program manager from the Library of Virginia who will present his highly sought after work on Virginia Untold.
Date:  Wednesday, February 12
Time:  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.Location:  Annandale Campus, Ernst Center Forum
*If you are unable to make the event, come by the Annandale Library to view the Virginia Untold display and peruse the database!

Additional Resources:

Continue reading Virginia Untold

Make Your Mark!

Important Deadlines This Week!


Today at 11:59PM is the deadline to register to vote in the March 3rd primary.
Follow the link to register or check your status: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/
Remember that you MUST bring Photo ID with you in order to vote!

Due Today
Deadline to Register to vote is due February 10, 2020

NVCC still has 90 scholarships available! Apply by this Friday (2/14).
The register has various scholarships geared towards those who are single parents, STEM track, welders, Administration of Justice track, and students who are re-entering the workforce, in addition to numerous other opportunities.

To view the full scholarship database, go to https://nvcc.academicworks.com/

Scholarships Available
Applications due 2/24/20

 

 

The Original Nighthawks

Did You Know:

Before these Nighthawks,

nova nighthawks logo
Northern Virginia Community College mascot Nighthawks logo 

there were these Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, 1942.

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HOPPER: NIGHTHAWKS, 1942.
Edward Hopper: Nighthawks. oil on canvas, 1942.

Until Feb. 23, 2020 the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond has an exhibit “Edward Hopper and the American Hotel.”

If you can’t make the exhibit, check out more of Edward Hopper’s works through NOVA’s online databases: Britannica Imagequest or ArtStor