President Ralls Congratulates RiVidium Inc. Biotechnology Scholarship Recipient

President Ralls Congratulates RiVidium Inc. Biotechnology Scholarship Recipient

President Scott Ralls congratulates Manassas Campus student Tralena Curan, who was recently awarded a prestigious scholarship by RiVidium Inc., a biotechnology firm located in Manassas, Virginia. Curan is finishing her biotechnology certificate program. She is a single mother of two and put her educational goals on hold while raising her children. Since joining the program, Curan said she has met many people who have encouraged her to … Continue reading President Ralls Congratulates RiVidium Inc. Biotechnology Scholarship Recipient

Alexandria Hosts 2017 Spring Convocation

Alexandria Hosts 2017 Spring Convocation

The Alexandria Campus opened its 2017 spring semester by hosting a day of motivation, preparation and fun through its convocation at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Provost M. Annette Haggray updated faculty and staff about important campus details, events and expectations. Haggray acknowledged recent achievements by faculty including Professor Jonathan Kolm becoming a recipient of the President’s Sabbatical Award and thanked … Continue reading Alexandria Hosts 2017 Spring Convocation

LTR New NOVA SOARS App Encourages Engagement and Retention

The Learning Technology and Resources (LTR) Division has created a student success smartphone application to orient new students to the Annandale Campus. The NOVA SOARS app leverages the appeal of game achievement and rewards to lead students toward activities with a proven record of supporting college success. By turning these activities into an interactive game, the app provides a guided tool for students to effectively … Continue reading LTR New NOVA SOARS App Encourages Engagement and Retention

NOVA Honors Program Represented at National Conference

NOVA Honors Program Represented at National Conference

The NOVA Honors Program was well-represented at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference (NCHC) held in Seattle on October 12 to 16. NOVA College-Wide Honors Coordinator Stacy Rice serves on the board of directors for NCHC. Rice, along with Dr. Paul Fitzgerald (Annandale Honors Chair) and Dr. Rebecca Hayes (Manassas Honors Chair), presented a session on “Know Thyself: Various Measures of Success in a Growing Honors … Continue reading NOVA Honors Program Represented at National Conference

Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Alexandria

NOVA is pleased to welcome Dr. Vache Kalashyan, a visiting Fulbright Scholar from Armenia, who is being hosted by the Liberal Arts Division at the Alexandria Campus from November 2016 to March 2017. During his stay, Kalashyan will be carrying out research in the D.C. metro area focused on ethics in civil service. His project aims to strengthen ethics in public administration through engagement of … Continue reading Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Alexandria

An Amazing Fulbright Journey Continues in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

An Amazing Fulbright Journey Continues in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Lucy Gebre-Egziabher spent Thanksgiving in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. In a short week, she said, “I met with some women on a mission!” During her time, Gebre-Egziabher met and discussed partnerships with young women who are Ethiopian lawyers from the Yellow Movement, established in 2011 after the Aberash Case (that involved an ex-husband who blinded his ex-wife over claims of jealousy). It was a very high-profile case due to local lobbying. The Yellow … Continue reading An Amazing Fulbright Journey Continues in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Financial Aid Participates in Conference by Fed Board of Governors

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Fed) hosted a conference in Washington, D.C., on November 28 and 29 to examine the risks associated with borrowing student loans to pursue post-secondary education. Clint Young (CS), NOVA’s financial literacy, default prevention work-study coordinator, participated on the Financial Aid Counseling panel along with other financial aid professionals from the Georgetown University Law Center, Virginia Commonwealth … Continue reading Financial Aid Participates in Conference by Fed Board of Governors

Realist Painter and Miniature Artist Deb Keirce Exhibit at Manassas

Realist Painter and Miniature Artist Deb Keirce Exhibit at Manassas

An art reception and gallery talk was hosted for American realist painter and miniature artist, Deb Keirce, on November 30 at the Manassas Campus. The well-attended event included Provost Molly Lynch, faculty, staff, students and members of the community. While viewing the masterful paintings, sometimes with the aid of magnifying glasses, the artist discussed the techniques used in a few of the selected paintings included … Continue reading Realist Painter and Miniature Artist Deb Keirce Exhibit at Manassas

Manassas Special Tutoring Program for Non-native English Speakers

Manassas Special Tutoring Program for Non-Native English Speakers

The Manassas Campus Outreach Tutoring Program is an outreach effort to the greater Manassas community, providing a foundation of basic English for both native and non-native English speakers. Participants may receive up to one month of free tutoring and then they receive a referral to NOVA programs of study or other English language instruction providers, depending on their needs. Modeled after a similar English Literacy … Continue reading Manassas Special Tutoring Program for Non-Native English Speakers

Donor’s Generosity Continues to Impact Annandale Music Program

The Annandale Campus Music Program awarded 16 Virginia B. Back Music Scholarships in fall 2016. In 2014, the late Virginia Bedell Back, a former NOVA student and chorus member, left $580,000 to the Annandale Music Program. The funds support the program in various ways, but the scholarships are the most substantial commemoration of Back’s generosity. The awards pay for most college expenses per semester. The … Continue reading Donor’s Generosity Continues to Impact Annandale Music Program

Manassas Remembers Transgender Awareness Week and Day of Remembrance

Manassas Remembers Transgender Awareness Week and Day of Remembrance

The Manassas Campus commemorated Transgender Awareness Week (November 14 to 20) and Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20) with a display in the Colgan Library. Among the items shown were books about transgender topics, the transgender flag, articles from a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, against HB2, and a moving tribute to the transgender individuals who were murdered in the U.S. in 2016 (an all-time … Continue reading Manassas Remembers Transgender Awareness Week and Day of Remembrance

Alexandria Hosts Successful International Education Week

During the week of November 14 to 18, the Alexandria Campus offered events that inspired engagement, creativity and a desire to learn. As the world grows smaller, international events that commandeer daily news programs are a constant reminder of global connectedness. The U.S. Department of Education promotes international education programs in schools, colleges and universities that build high levels of worldwide understanding and expertise. For … Continue reading Alexandria Hosts Successful International Education Week

Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Conference

Based on feedback from the Diversity, Inclusion, and Student Success Conference held in October, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Office will be coordinating a webinar series to make conference presentations available to a broader audience. The first webinar will take place on Thursday, January 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Details for the first webinar, featuring a presentation by NOVA faculty Dr. Monique Colclough, can be found online. The flyer in this … Continue reading Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Conference

Academic Pathways to Technology Careers Forum

Current and prospective students interested in a career in IT, information systems technology or integrated information, science and technology are invited to join NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus and the George Washington University on January 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Academic Pathways to Technology Careers forum to explore the skills and capacities the IT industry looks for in student interns and employees. Faculty and staff from GW and … Continue reading Academic Pathways to Technology Careers Forum

Dr. Ralls

Confronted by Our Challenges, Defined by Our Opportunities

As a kid, I always enjoyed team sports more than individual sports, and during my community college career, my appreciation of teams, or cohorts as we sometimes call them, has only increased. Teams support us when we stumble or slow down, challenge us to broaden our thinking and see different perspectives, and push us to go further than we would typically go alone. One of my … Continue reading Confronted by Our Challenges, Defined by Our Opportunities