SEPTEMBER 15 – 17, 2020
Each Fall semester, the Alexandria Campus hosts a Student Success event dedicated to students’ academic success and exploration of NOVA services. This event offers students the opportunity to connect with campus and college resources, faculty and staff, fellow NOVA students and an opportunity to get engaged in our college community. Participating in the conference activities will help you feel better connected to NOVA and the support services.
Throughout the three days of the conference, presenters will explore topics related to student’s development, goal setting, and course/degree completion. Topics covered typically include study skills, library skills, academic advising, financial aid, student organizations, building community, recreation and nutrition, career services, student life, safety and others.
The Student Success Conference is open to ALL NOVA students. Students are encouraged to attend one or more sessions during the week. Every session attended helps students get one step closer to achieving their educational goals. During each session, students will also be entered into a raffle for some great prizes!
Schedule at a Glance
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Tuesday, September 15 – College 101
10:00 am……….Breakout Session #1
11:30 am……….Student Panel: The NOVA Experience & What I Wish I Knew
12:30 pm……….Breakout Session #2
1:30 pm…………Breakout Session #3
2:30 pm…………Faculty Q&A Panel: How to Succeed in Your Classes
4:00 pm…………Welcome Remarks & Prize Raffle
5:00 pm…………How to Succeed in Online Classes
6:00 pm…………Meet the Alexandria SGA
Wednesday, September 16 – Building Inclusive Community
10:00 am……….Lead Now! Why Wait?
11:00 am……….Breakout Session #4
12:30 pm……….Virtual Networking Lunch (until 1:30 pm)
1:00 pm…………Breakout Session #5
2:00 pm…………Keynote Speaker Dr. David Jones
2:00 pm…………Breakout Session #6
5:00 pm…………Get Out the Vote! Your Voice Your Choice
6:00 pm…………Plenary Address Dr. David Jones
Thursday, September 17 – Balancing School and Life
10:00 am……….Scholarship Opportunities @ NOVA and Beyond
11:00 am……….Keynote Speaker Janessa Siegel
12:00 pm……….Cooking on a Budget
2:00 pm…………Breakout Session #8
3:30 pm…………The Job Search @ NOVA (click here for PPT Presentation)
6:00 pm…………Plenary Speaker Janessa Siegel
Janessa Siegel is the Founder and CEO of My Wealthy Wellness LLC. Being involved in student affairs for over five year exposed Janessa to all facets of finances. After working in financial aid for three years, Janessa transitioned to financial wellness at Indiana University which is where she teaches finance to students, faculty, and staff. Her current focus is educating individuals on financial wellness and reducing stress about finances through education, counseling, and support. To coincide with teaching students about financial wellness, Janessa is also the Director of Sponsorships of the Higher Education Financial Wellness Alliance. Through working with the Alliance, she hopes to help institutions internationally incorporate financial wellness education within their institutions.
Janessa earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration in 2012 from the University of Louisville, and her master’s in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel from Kent State University in 2015. After working within financial wellness for 4 years, Janessa decided to create her own business that focuses on providing financial education in the community. My Wealthy Wellness LLC. is an organization geared towards helping people become self-sufficient. They offer one-on-one appointments along with workshops created to help the community. My Wealthy Wellness LLC. also focuses on impacting academia through research, curriculum, and consultation. Through financial education, Janessa hopes to increase the amount of people who are financially well, and positively impact education through providing access to typically hidden resources. Janessa’s daily motto is ” When life gives you lemons, make apple juice and have everyone else wonder how you did it.”
Dr. David E. Jones is the Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Talent Management at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, where he leads an institutional diversity agenda to create an inclusive campus community for faculty, students and staff. Regularly invited by organizations to serve as a diversity consultant, strategist, speaker and trainer, Dr. Jones has served on the teaching faculty for the Equity Institute at the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center since 2018. David holds a doctorate of education in organizational leadership and communication from Northeastern University, a master of education in college student affairs from the University of South Florida, a bachelor of science in communications from Eastern Connecticut State University and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Prior to his position at William Paterson, his career includes serving in higher education leadership roles at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, City University of New York, University of Massachusetts Lowell, New York University and University of South Florida.
A leading voice for diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education, Dr. David E. Jones is regularly invited by organizations to serve as a diversity consultant, strategist, speaker and trainer. He has delivered over 100 educational sessions, workshops or keynotes at conferences, postsecondary institutions, corporations and non-profit organizations, nationwide. He has been the recipient of awards such as the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators Doris Ching Award for Excellence as a Student Affairs Professional and the NASPA Region I’s Network for Educational Equity & Ethnic Diversity Award. To learn more, visit www.davidearljones.com.