SACSCOC Visits NOVA for Reaffirmation of Accreditation Review

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) visited NOVA November 14 to 17 for an onsite reaffirmation of accreditation review. The committee members included administrators from peer institutions, a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) evaluator and a SACSCOC staff member. In addition, Dr. Jennifer Hong-Silwany from the U.S. Department of Education participated as an observer. SACSCOC committee members toured the campuses and … Continue reading SACSCOC Visits NOVA for Reaffirmation of Accreditation Review

VCCS Chancellor DuBois to Hold Town Hall Meeting December 1

Chancellor Glenn DuBois will hold a town meeting to discuss the progress being done by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Reengineering Task Force on December 1 at 1:00 p.m. in the Ernst Center Forum at the Annandale Campus. All faculty and staff are invited. The VCCS Reengineering Task Force is now in its second phase, focused on implementing the ideas articulated in its fall … Continue reading VCCS Chancellor DuBois to Hold Town Hall Meeting December 1

Woodbridge Hosts International Visitors

During the month of October, the Woodbridge Campus hosted international visitors from both Turkey and China. The Turkish Delegation consisted of governors and sub-governors from various regions. Delegation members were interested in education and training opportunities available in United States. Dr. Maria DeLongoria gave a presentation on NOVA’s Information Technology program and Dr. Hasan Naima presented information on the HVAC (heating and air conditioning) program. … Continue reading Woodbridge Hosts International Visitors

MEC Welcomes Phi Theta Kappa Inductees

The Medical Education Campus inducted 12 new members into the Beta Nu Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at a ceremony on Thursday, November 10. Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the official honor society for two-year colleges and the largest honor society in American higher education with more than two million members and 1,200 chapters. PTK President Shauna Feinberg, vice presidents Jennifer … Continue reading MEC Welcomes Phi Theta Kappa Inductees

SAP and You

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP): what is it and why is it important? In policy terms, it is the federal regulation that requires the student receiving federal financial aid to successfully complete academic courses and the student’s program of study in accordance with standards set by the federal government and NOVA. NOVA is required to establish and apply standards to monitor a student’s progress toward program … Continue reading SAP and You

“Inside Job” Screening

From Academy Award nominated filmmaker Charles Ferguson (“No End In Sight”) comes “Inside Job,” the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. There will be a screening on Thursday, December 1 at 12:30 p.m. in AA-196 on the … Continue reading “Inside Job” Screening

Welcome to Annandale Faculty and Staff

Elizabeth “Paige” Highsmith – Mathematics Elizabeth “Paige” Highsmith is a new mathematics faculty member. She describes herself professionally as a “jack of all trades.” She worked at a variety of jobs for almost 20 years before becoming a teacher. Her positions included actuary for the Department of Defense, metrics specialist, software analyst and senior software engineer for various government contractors. As a contractor, she worked … Continue reading Welcome to Annandale Faculty and Staff

Medical Education Campus Honors Veterans

The Medical Education Campus (MEC) honored the men and women of the military who have laid their lives on the line to keep America free. MEC’s luncheon was held Thursday, November 10, and all members of the MEC community who are or have served were invited. The keynote speakers included Michael Johnson, Office of Veterans Advisors; Lisa Hurton, adjunct professor, nursing; and MEC Provost Brian … Continue reading Medical Education Campus Honors Veterans

Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program Sponsors Trip

On October 28, Pathway to the Baccalaureate sponsored its first college visit. The trip was filled within two days of advertising it to the students. Forty Pathway students from the Alexandria, Annandale, Manassas and Woodbridge campuses boarded a bus early in the morning to visit Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Virginia State University. Pathway Advisor Kristy Balbuena (AN), Acting Coordinator for College Readiness Monica Gomez … Continue reading Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program Sponsors Trip

What’s Your Number?

The Virginia21 Chapter at the Alexandria Campus held a petition drive on November 2 titled “What’s Your Number?” (debt number) to educate students, faculty and staff on a statewide petition being promoted by community college and four-year university chapters throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The petition seeks an increase in the funding for the state financial aid programs in an effort to drive down student … Continue reading What’s Your Number?

Hands-on Classroom Hybrid Technology Education

Join the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Technology Applications Center for a day of hands-on classroom and hybrid technology education on Wednesday, November 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the CE, President’s Dining Room, Annandale Campus. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The maximum number of participants is 50, so register today. Continue reading Hands-on Classroom Hybrid Technology Education

IRS Sets New 403-b and 457 Annual Contribution Limits for 2012

Beginning January 2012, employees may contribute up to $17,000 per year each to the 403-b and 457 plans. The catch-up contribution limit for employees age 50 or older remains at $5,500. Employees wishing to increase their 403-b contributions should download the 105-097 (Salary Reduction Agreement) and fax it to Human Resources at 703-323-3155. Changes to 457 contributions may be made using participants’ personal identification numbers … Continue reading IRS Sets New 403-b and 457 Annual Contribution Limits for 2012

Science Seminiar: “Going to the Ends of the Earth to Study Ice Sheets, Sea Level and Global Climate Change”

A science seminar titled “Going to the Ends of the Earth to Study Ice Sheets, Sea Level and Global Climate Change” will be held on Friday, November 18 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the CE Forum. Dr. Julie M. Palais of the Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation (NSF), is scheduled to be the speaker. This event is open to all students, faculty … Continue reading Science Seminiar: “Going to the Ends of the Earth to Study Ice Sheets, Sea Level and Global Climate Change”

Adjunct Faculty Grant Program Announcement

NOVA’s Human Resources Training and Development Unit is pleased to announce the availability of professional development grants for adjunct faculty members who teach at least one course at the College during the 2011-2012 academic year. The maximum grant award is $1,500 (less FICA, federal and state income tax if applicable). Applicants may submit more than one proposal; however, only one grant will be awarded to … Continue reading Adjunct Faculty Grant Program Announcement

2012 Classified Staff Emeritus Awards

It is time to start thinking about your dear, departed colleagues who have gone on to a better place…that is, the ones who have retired! While we may envy their carefree existence, we can still obligate them to show up at NOVA one more time by nominating them for the Classified Staff Emeritus Award. Many of those retiring from NOVA have done so after performing … Continue reading 2012 Classified Staff Emeritus Awards

The Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship Program, Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professors Program, and President’s Sabbatical Award

NOVA faculty have consistently distinguished themselves by winning the top teaching awards. This year the college nominees for the prestigious SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards are Callan Bentley, Rebecca Kamen, Charles Poland, and Jane Serbousek. It is time now for all eligible faculty to consider applying for three other opportunities. The Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship Program provides paid leave and tuition assistance for doctoral degrees in leadership/higher … Continue reading The Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship Program, Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professors Program, and President’s Sabbatical Award