NOVA Presenters at VCCS SDV Peer Group

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Student Development (SDV) Peer Group meeting was held this year in Richmond, Virginia, from October 20 to 21. This was the first meeting of this newly established peer group for SDV faculty and administrators. The keynote speaker was Dr. L. Marshall Washington, president of the National Council for Student Development (NCSD) and Vice President of Harrisburg Area Community College … Continue reading NOVA Presenters at VCCS SDV Peer Group

Prescription Drug Take-Back

Prescription Drug Take-Back Event A Success

Though the weather conditions were less than favorable, the Third National Prescription Drug Take-Back event on October 29 at the Annandale Student Services building was a success. Representatives collected a total of 139 pounds of controlled and noncontrolled drugs during the four-hour event. Participants were able to safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs that are potentially dangerous. During the first hour, NOVA … Continue reading Prescription Drug Take-Back Event A Success

Christine Holt Named Interim Provost at Manassas

Christine Holt has been named interim provost at the Manassas Campus, taking over from Dr. Hortense Hinton who was appointed special assistant to the president with responsibility for several collegewide projects, including SACS liaison for NOVA. Hinton will remain in that position until June 30, 2012, when she plans to retire. Holt will serve as provost until a successor is appointed. She has worked at … Continue reading Christine Holt Named Interim Provost at Manassas

Gail Drake Receives the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Heroine in Technology Award

The Office of Dual Enrollment is excited to announce that NOVA adjunct and Battlefield High School Professor Gail Drake was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Heroine award at the 11th Annual 2011 Heroine in Technology Awards. The event was sponsored by the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA NOVA) and the March of Dimes. The black tie event took place … Continue reading Gail Drake Receives the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Heroine in Technology Award

Fairfax County Supervisor Visits the Alexandria Campus

Even while running for re-election Fairfax County Supervisor Penny Gross took time out of her busy schedule to visit the Alexandria Campus November 2. Fighting an illness and a scratchy throat, Gross accepted the invitation of Provost Peter Maphumulo to learn about programs and initiatives at the Alexandria Campus. During her visit, Gross mentioned the importance of telling Fairfax County residents about the good work … Continue reading Fairfax County Supervisor Visits the Alexandria Campus

STEM Symposium Shares Secrets with Aspiring Scientists, Engineers and Mathematicians

The Alexandria Campus Diversity Committee hosted a symposium titled “Summoning Our Future Scientists and Engineers” on November 2 and 3. The symposium provided NOVA students in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields the opportunity to hear from individuals actively working in those fields. The first day’s sessions included a keynote by Dr. Margaret Tolbert, a senior advisor for the National Science Foundation (NSF) … Continue reading STEM Symposium Shares Secrets with Aspiring Scientists, Engineers and Mathematicians

The Bill Shonk Fall Golf Outing

The semi-annual Bill Shonk Memorial Golf outing took place Friday, October 28 at Pinecrest Golf Course. Fifteen faculty, staff and students participated in the Best Ball tournament. Winners of the tournament were Brian Anweiler, Mickie McDade, Michael Morales and Eric Pollard with a score of even par. Their prize is 18 holes of golf and riding carts at The Gauntlet, generously donated by East Potomac … Continue reading The Bill Shonk Fall Golf Outing

Academic Support Centers and Annandale Faculty Collaborate for Student Success

The Annandale Campus Academic Support Centers – part of the newly renamed Learning and Technology Resources Division – collaborate frequently with a diverse group of faculty members to facilitate and enhance student success. From orientations to workshops to presentations, students discover the advantages of using the Academic Support services. In turn, campus faculty reap the benefits of these interactions through improved student learning outcomes. Each … Continue reading Academic Support Centers and Annandale Faculty Collaborate for Student Success

NOVA Faculty Provide Student Opportunity to See Media Up Close

Alexandria CST faculty Lucy Holsonbake, assisted by adjunct Meredith Aquila, sponsored six Alexandria Campus students as NOVA Student Ambassadors for three days at the Cable Center’s Inaugural Maverick Masters Forum held at the Paley Center for Media in New York City. The Forum brought together major powerhouses who work behind the scenes in the cable industry on many popular TV shows. The Forum was attended … Continue reading NOVA Faculty Provide Student Opportunity to See Media Up Close

A Lesson in Civil Rights from Someone Who Lived Through the Struggle

Aligning with the recently completed and dedicated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial across the Potomac River, sociology adjunct professor Ralph Perrino (AL) had a special visitor who was a civil rights activist during the 1960s. The speaker, Joan Mulhollland, is a former “Freedom Rider,” which was the term given to protesters who sought to test Supreme Court rulings that said racial segregation of public … Continue reading A Lesson in Civil Rights from Someone Who Lived Through the Struggle

NOVA is Making Headlines in Arlington

Edythe Richards, Workforce Development, is a 10-year NOVA career counselor who started at the Alexandria Campus and was on the team that founded and implemented the Arlington Center. In July 2010 she was hired as the first NOVA counselor to have a full-time presence at Arlington County’s comprehensive One-Stop Employment Center. The One-Stop, as it is commonly called, is a federal and state Workforce Investment … Continue reading NOVA is Making Headlines in Arlington

Medical Education Campus Transfer Fair

The Medical Education Campus (MEC) Student Services Office welcomed 14 colleges and universities for its annual Transfer Fair, November 3. More than 200 MEC students in nursing and allied health visited the college representatives to make plans for their futures. “Several of the college representatives commented they were extremely pleased with the turnout and interest from our students,” said Mindy Hemmelman, transfer and career counselor … Continue reading Medical Education Campus Transfer Fair

Woodbridge Campus Highlights NOVA Writers at “Authors Influencing Authors” Event

On October 18, the Woodbridge Campus Gordon M. Cook Library hosted its third annual autumn literary event, “Authors Influencing Authors.” Accomplished NOVA authors Robert Bausch, Kelly Cochran, Mark D’Antonio, Ash DeFuria, Donna Kendall, Amber Maiden, Brenda Meisel, Raul Jordan-Smith and Lee Ann Thomas shared selections from their own forthcoming publications as well as currently published works. The NOVA authors also read selected readings from their … Continue reading Woodbridge Campus Highlights NOVA Writers at “Authors Influencing Authors” Event

Annandale Welcomes Jeffrey Vetrano

Jeffrey Vetrano is a new member of the mathematics faculty. Vetrano is a local, having grown up in Arlington, Virginia. He graduated from James Madison University (JMU) with a B.S. in mathematics in 1995. He then received an M.S. in mathematics from George Mason University (GMU) in 1997, where he worked as a graduate teaching assistant and took courses from the Education Department on the … Continue reading Annandale Welcomes Jeffrey Vetrano

NOVA Represented at Virginia Library Association Annual Conference

On October 27 and 28, NOVA faculty and staff journeyed to Portsmouth, Virginia, to attend the 2011 Virginia Library Association Annual Conference (VLA). As 2011 president of the Association, Alexandria Campus Librarian Matt Todd opened the conference and conducted both general sessions. The opening keynote address was delivered by Alexandria Campus Fine Arts Professor Rebecca Kamen who spoke about the intersection of science, art and … Continue reading NOVA Represented at Virginia Library Association Annual Conference

Women’s Center Hosts Self Exam Training for Breast Cancer

On October 28, the Women’s Center at the Alexandria Campus hosted a training session for women on conducting self exams for breast cancer symptoms. Sara Bloom Bruce, M.D., and Ami Bhavsar, R.N., from the Inova Breast Care Center conducted the training and responded to questions and concerns raised by students attending the program. One NOVA student spoke to the group about her experience with conducting … Continue reading Women’s Center Hosts Self Exam Training for Breast Cancer

Hospitality and Papa John’s Toss Students a Great Opportunity

On Thursday, October 27, Director of Operations for Papa John’s Pizza and GMG, Inc. Justin Hamacher came to the Annandale Campus to show a group of Hospitality students how to toss and make pizzas. Hamacher brought the dough, sauce, cheese and pepperoni, while the students learned how to actually make pizzas. Many students agreed it was more complicated than they originally imagined, as Hamacher showed … Continue reading Hospitality and Papa John’s Toss Students a Great Opportunity

Alexandria Halloween Festivities

On October 26, there were pumpkins carving competitions and best costume dance-off contests during the annual Halloween Party sponsored by the Alexandria Campus Student Government Association (SGA). Students dressed as gypsies, zombies and historical figures dined and danced together to the music of the “Feed God Cabbage” band, along with the music played by D.J. Carlos Sedeno. SGA faculty advisor Joseph Windham served as one … Continue reading Alexandria Halloween Festivities

Professor O’Sullivan Releases Western Drama Series

Professor Kathryn O’Sullivan, head of the Manassas Campus Theatre Program, has written and produced an online Western drama series. “Thurston” tells the story of residents of a remote mining town in the Kansas Ozarks and their struggle for survival. “Doing a Western web series intrigued me because the genre lends itself to an infinite variety of stories and web series are the new frontier of … Continue reading Professor O’Sullivan Releases Western Drama Series

Parrish Family Gets First Look at Parrish Hall

Several members of the Parrish family recently got a sneak peek of Harry J. Parrish Hall at the Manassas Campus. Virginia Senator Charles Colgan and NOVA Board members James White and Hong Xu also toured the nearly finished building with President Robert G. Templin, Jr., Provost Hortense Hinton, faculty and staff. During the tour, Colgan discussed the process to gain funding for the building and … Continue reading Parrish Family Gets First Look at Parrish Hall

Alexandria Hosts Multi-media Concert: “Spirit of the Civil War”

The NOVA Alexandria Campus Music, Communication and Design, History and Photography departments will present a multi-media concert, “Spirit of the Civil War.” This concert will be held on Friday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on the Alexandria Campus in remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The Alexandria Campus Band will be joined … Continue reading Alexandria Hosts Multi-media Concert: “Spirit of the Civil War”