Laura Franklin

All-Faculty Symposium: Strategies for Early Student Engagement

On April 8, NOVA’s Achieving the Dream (ATD) Core Team sponsored the College’s first All -Faculty Symposium, titled “Strategies for Early Student Engagement.” The symposium provided 30 faculty members with the opportunity to share methods they use to engage students in the first few weeks of classes. The symposium, attended by over 100 faculty and staff, began with a presentation of NOVA’s Survey of Entering … Continue reading All-Faculty Symposium: Strategies for Early Student Engagement

Free Training in Today’s Hottest Career Field: Electronic Health Records

Health Information Systems (MEC) has joined 83 other community colleges across the nation as a recipient of a grant received through the Office of the National Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services to provide expanded Health Information Technology training in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. All tuition, required text books and associated fees are paid in full for qualified applicants. The … Continue reading Free Training in Today’s Hottest Career Field: Electronic Health Records

Annandale Business and Public Services Division to Honor Graduates

The Annandale Campus Business and Public Services Division will honor graduates at its 20th Annual Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 6 at 3:00 p.m. in the Forum of the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center. Graduates who have achieved a GPA of 4.0 will be honored as well as recipients of scholarships and program award winners for accounting, administration of justice, information technology, business, marketing, … Continue reading Annandale Business and Public Services Division to Honor Graduates

Cousteau Ambassador/NOVA

A Very Special Opportunity for VCCS Students and Faculty

There is a special collaboration between NOVA and the Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassador of the Environment. Dr. Richard Murphy, marine biologist with Jean Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, will be working with Jill Caporale to explore marine and terrestrial ecology, environmental science, cultural values and sustainable living. Murphy came to the Annandale Campus in February and spoke to a packed auditorium about the declining state of … Continue reading A Very Special Opportunity for VCCS Students and Faculty

Student Body President Hala Numan

International Spring Festival

The Alexandria Campus held its annual International Festival on Wednesday, April 13, to celebrate the diversity of the student population and share the cultural contributions of cultures around the world. Several countries were represented by students covering tables displaying literature, artifacts and food samples. There were also many performances and a range of ethnic food choices for all to enjoy. One of the highlights of … Continue reading International Spring Festival

Calliope Winners

Student Journal of Art and Literature: Enthusiasm in Word, Sight and Sound

Creativity in literature and visual arts was honored at the Awards Ceremony for Calliope on April 27 at Annandale. Among student award winners were four who agreed to read from their works during the ceremony. Podcasts of their presentations will be available soon on NOVA’s iTunes U. Past issues of the journal are available on the Calliope web page. Continue reading Student Journal of Art and Literature: Enthusiasm in Word, Sight and Sound

Denny May, Jimmie McClellen, Rebecca Kamen and Lisa Hill

Earth Altered Books

On April 26, the Altered Eaarth Book exhibit opened in the Alexandria Campus Library. The exhibit celebrates Earth Day and was the result of the collaboration between Professor Denny May (English), Professor Lisa Hill (Communication Design), Professor Rebecca Kamen (Fine Arts) and Professor Angela Terry (Communication Design), with help from the Library staff. Students from ART 132 and ART 140 created the altered books on … Continue reading Earth Altered Books

Peter Maphumulo

Alexandria Campus Celebrates National Library Week

The Alexandria Campus Library polled faculty and staff on campus to discover their favorite books, and celebrated National Library week (April 10-16) with a display of recommended titles. A complete list of faculty and staff recommendations can be found on the Library Hot Topics Page. Library staff also distributed Hershey kisses to students (“Who says you can’t get kissed in the library?”). Continue reading Alexandria Campus Celebrates National Library Week

NOVA Submits Proposal to DOL as a Single Institution

In addition to the Consortium proposal, noted in the “NOVA Involved in Regional Grant Effort” article (on page 4), NOVA submitted a proposal as a single institution to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Assisting in this effort were Bill Browning, Amy Harris, Rob Henderson, and Deborah Rosen. The proposal is titled “NOVA Innovations” and the project, if funded, will build upon the Virginia Council … Continue reading NOVA Submits Proposal to DOL as a Single Institution

Woodbridge Campus Dedicates the Karalyn Schneider-Diaz Language Laboratory

On April 21, the Woodbridge Campus dedicated the language lab to Karalyn Schneider- Diaz, who passed away in May 2010. Schneider- Diaz, associate professor of English as a Second Language (ESL), taught at NOVA for 10 years and played a pivotal role in establishing the Woodbridge ESL program. Several members of the Schneider-Diaz family attended the dedication ceremony, along with many former colleagues. Continue reading Woodbridge Campus Dedicates the Karalyn Schneider-Diaz Language Laboratory

NOVA Students on Smithsonian Field Trip

NOVA Collaborates with Mason to Provide Students with Conservation Studies Experience

NOVA is collaborating with George Mason University’s Integrative Studies and Environmental Science departments so that interested NOVA students can transfer and participate in their Smithsonian-Mason semester in Conservation Studies program. After earning a transferrable associate degree from NOVA, students can participate in a semester to live and study at the Smithsonian Wildlife Conservation Center in Front Royal, Virginia. This semester will apply to their earning … Continue reading NOVA Collaborates with Mason to Provide Students with Conservation Studies Experience

Ron Buchanan, Mary Badham and Leif Corbett

Academy Award Nominated Actress Visits the Manassas Campus

On April 26, the Manassas Campus welcomed Academy Award nominated actress Mary Badham as a part of this year’s Reading Across the Curriculum program. Badham is known for her role as Jean “Scout” Finch in the 1962 film version of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Badham was chosen for the role of Scout at the age of 10, with no prior acting experience. She won an … Continue reading Academy Award Nominated Actress Visits the Manassas Campus

Terrence Doyle

First Legacy Lecture: A New Valued Tradition

[twocol_one]Terrence Doyle, professor of communication studies, was selected by the Annandale Campus to deliver the first Legacy Lecture. The lecture took place on April 20 in the CE Forum of the Annandale Campus. The Legacy Lecture was established to honor a distinguished retiring senior faculty member. Doyle has taught at NOVA since 1989 and has been one of the most innovative developers of online and … Continue reading First Legacy Lecture: A New Valued Tradition

NOVA Involved in Regional Grant Effort

NOVA is involved in a regional effort to apply for a U.S. Department of Labor grant. This effort will possibly result in future collaboration among the partners. The Community College of the District of Columbia (CCDC) is leading a consortium of four community colleges located in the National Capital Region to pilot career pathways comprised of programs, courses and stackable certificates and credentials that focus … Continue reading NOVA Involved in Regional Grant Effort

Wende Ruffin-Lowry and Christina Hubbard

Highly Successful Launch for NOVA: Adult Career Pathways

On the evening of April 28, NOVA launched a new initiative, Adult Career Pathways (ACP), with a “Let’s Talk” event in the Ernst Center Forum. Eighty-nine participants registered at the event and 75 percent of them signed up to proceed to the second step of the enrollment process, attendance at a “College Access” workshop in May. NOVA’s ACP program is for unemployed or underemployed workers, … Continue reading Highly Successful Launch for NOVA: Adult Career Pathways