Sigma Chi Eta Induction Ceremony, April 23

We are delighted to invite you to the Sigma Chi Eta Communication Honor Society Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April 23, from 2-3 p.m. in the CE Forum, at NOVA’s Annandale Campus.

We will have light refreshments and cameras to mark the occasion. Dress is business casual.


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GMU likes NOVA courses

Did you know that both CST 227 Business and Professional Communication and CST 229 Intercultural Communication transfer to George Mason University and satisfy upper-level courses?

CST 227 is the equivalent to COMM L320 Business and Professional Communication

CST 229 is the equivalent to COMM L305 Foundations of Intercultural Communication, a requirement for all communication majors.

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Join Sigma Chi Eta

Picture of logoIf you are a communication major, you’ll want to join your peers in Sigma Chi Eta, the Community College Honor Society of the National Communication Association.

Eligibility for Membership

  • Completed 12 credit hours overall with minimum of 3 communication courses
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall
  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 for communication studies courses
        • Exhibit high standards of personal and professional character

To apply, talk with your communication instructor or your campus Sigma Chi Eta advisor:

Alexandria Campus Professor Meredith Aquila
Annandale Campus Professor Nan Peck
Loudoun Campus Professor Josh Pachter
Manassas Campus Professor Elizabeth Vick
Woodbridge Campus Jenny Lopez–offices/administrative-offices/evpresident/recognition/recognition-students.html

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CST 229 Intercultural Communication Change

CST 229 Intercultural Communication is now included among the choices for meeting general education requirements for the College.

Six CST Courses are a part of the college’s General Education requirements. The following courses meet the oral communication requirement for graduation:

  • CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking (also available through ELI)
  • CST 110 Introduction to Speech Communication (also available online through ELI)
  • CST 115 Small Group Communication
  • CST 126 Interpersonal Communication
  • CST 227 Business and Professional Communication
  • CST 229 Intercultural Communication
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Visit Oak Hill Plantation Farm House

Oak Hill Day tour of the first floor of Oak Hill, the 18th century plantation home built by the Fitzhugh family at 4716 Wakefield Chapel Road, Annandale, Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 12:00 PM to 3:45 PM. Free.

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Sigma Chi Eta Inductees 2015

NOVA’s Alpha Alpha Chapter of Sigma Chi welcomes five new members to Sigma Chi Eta, for students in communication with honors:

Sarah Allam
Astrini Biyanindita
Ian Francisco
Rachel Horner
Lillian Patroba Koroma

April 23, 2015 induction ceremony2015_Inductees_Sigma_Chi_Eta. From L-R are Detri Biyanindita, Sarah Allam and Rachel Horner.

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Film Festival May 1

2nd Annual NOVA Student Film Festival is this Friday, May 1, 2015opening reception starts at 5:45pm; festival program follows from 6pm – 9pmEvent free and open to the public. Please join us.

For more details on the festival visit us at

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Commencement May 17

NOVA’s commencement ceremony is Sunday, May 17, 2 p.m. at George Mason University’s Patriot Center. Graduates should arrive no later than 1 p.m.

For more information, go to

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Business Students Transferring to GMU Advised to Take CST 227

George Mason University’s School of Business is now going to require CST 227, Business and Professional Communication.  If you transfer with your associate’s degree, but without qualifying for the GAA, or if you transfer without earning the degree, you will need both CST 227 and CST 110 Introduction to Communication.

If you earn your NOVA degree and qualify for the Guaranteed Admissions Agreement at Mason you should be able to just take CST 227 as your CST elective for NOVA instead of doing CST 110 and 227. The university-wide oral communication general education requirement at Mason should be waived through the GAA even though it doesn’t count for the oral communication requirement at Mason.

CST 227 has been accepted as the equivalent course for GMU’s new BUS 103 class.

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A Streetcar Named Desire, April 2-11, 2015

NOVA’s Woodbridge Theatre Group is offering A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams on April 2, 3, 4 and 9, 10, 11 in the Blackbox Theatre. $5 general admission with free admission for current students and public service employees.

Thursday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, 2 p.m.

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Henry V Performs April 14-16

HENRY V runs on the NOVA Alexandria campus:

7:30 PM on April 14, 15, and 16

In the Rachel M. Schlesinger Center

In The Round… an intimate staging

Admission is free (so even after you have paid your taxes… you can afford it!)

This is the first full-length play to be produced by NOVA Alexandria in years.

Please attend a performance and support the efforts of an international student cast!

Please bring your friends and family… for…

“Pistol’s cock is up, and flashing fire will follow!”

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Alexandria Campus Teams with Local Film Partners

NOVA Student Film Festival has partnered with 3 established film festivals in the DMV area, for its 2nd annual showcase. They are the Alexandria Film Festival, Rosebud Film & Video Festival and DC Shorts Film Festival.  I approached them with 2 objectives in mind: 1) to screen their respective “best of shows” in our festival; and 2) to arrange official internships for our students.  I am pleased to report that they have agreed to be part of our village on both levels.

The festival is scheduled for Friday, May 1st from 6pm – 9pm; in Bisdorf room 196. It is open to the general public. Admission is free.

For more information please visit our festival page:

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