Alexandria Campus Thanksgiving Dinner

Student Activities Office and the Student Government Association (SGA) hosted the 4th Annual Campus Thanksgiving Dinner for students at the Alexandria Campus on Monday, November 21. Sixty-five students shared a meal, making new friends and trading stories on their own customs and holidays. Sue Jean Cho, history faculty, worked with student volunteers for the set-up and management of the event. Division Chair Jim McClellan, Liberal … Continue reading Alexandria Campus Thanksgiving Dinner

VCCS Student Leadership

Forty-six student leaders representing all six NOVA campuses participated in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Student Leadership Conference held November 4 to 6 at the Williamsburg Marriot. The theme for the three day conference was “Sustaining Leaders.” Students from all VCCS institutions participated in the conference. The NOVA delegation (pictured above) visited the Sir Christopher Wren Building on the campus of the College of … Continue reading VCCS Student Leadership

Annandale Campus Hosts Open House for Area Counselors

On November 10, the Ernst Cultural Center Forum at the Annandale Campus was full of Fairfax County Public School guidance counselors and Student Services representatives eager to learn more about what NOVA has to offer their students. Forty representatives from approximately 16 schools and organizations attended the Open House. The day began with a welcome from High School Outreach Specialist Wes Hillyard, Provost Barbara Saperstone … Continue reading Annandale Campus Hosts Open House for Area Counselors

Woodbridge Helps to Motivate Local Youth for National Young Readers Day

On November 15, a group of volunteers from the Woodbridge Campus joined other local schools and businesses for National Young Readers Day. The goal of this event is to emphasize reading and to motivate young students to read by having role models read to them. Volunteer readers went to 38 elementary schools across Prince William County and read to more than 2,400 students. The group … Continue reading Woodbridge Helps to Motivate Local Youth for National Young Readers Day

Annandale Lyceum Series Hosts Nationally Recognized Authors

This fall’s Lyceum Series lectures provided Annandale Campus faculty, staff and students multiple opportunities to speak with nationally recognized authors. The Lyceum Committee, chaired by Dr. Terry Alford, plans and hosts educational, social and cultural enrichment activities for the NOVA community. In October, Amadou S. Shakur visited the Campus to discuss his most recent research on the leadership of Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah and … Continue reading Annandale Lyceum Series Hosts Nationally Recognized Authors

NOVA Volunteers at Habitat for Humanity House

Students, faculty and staff from NOVA’s Annandale and Medical Education campuses and the Extended Learning Institute (ELI) spent Friday, November 11 volunteering at a local Habitat for Humanity site. The event was organized by Professor Richard Semmler, Student Life Specialist Bridget Downey, and Campus and Community Outreach Specialist Katherine Stramel. Semmler is a house leader for several units at the Habitat site and has volunteered … Continue reading NOVA Volunteers at Habitat for Humanity House

New Staff at the Annandale Campus

This October, Claudia Chirinos accepted the position of general administration supervisor/coordinator at the Annandale Campus Provost Office. Chirinos came to NOVA in September 2007 and worked in the executive vice president’s office as one of his executive assistants. Soon after, she also began working alongside the associate vice presidents Paul McVeigh, Beth Harper and Sheri Robertson. Throughout the years, Chirinos has assisted with campuswide events … Continue reading New Staff at the Annandale Campus

Exciting New Program at the MEC: Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Interested in an exciting healthcare career with excellent job security? Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) may be just the career for you. To add to the many different programs, NOVA’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) is excited to announce the adoption of the new OTA Program. The OTA program is in the initial phases of applying to Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) in hopes to … Continue reading Exciting New Program at the MEC: Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Errico Featured on NPR’s “With Good Reason”

On November 14, Dr. Charles Errico was interviewed for National Public Radio’s (NPR) program “With Good Reason.” The interview focused on the importance of history education, the vital role that community colleges play in higher education, and Errico’s book “Portrait of America,” that is required reading in more than 70 colleges nationwide. The program aired at various times on NPR stations from November 19 to … Continue reading Errico Featured on NPR’s “With Good Reason”

Redesigning Developmental Education in Virginia

Our nation can only meet its ambitious college completion goals if students who start in developmental education succeed. Virginia—like nearly every state and, indeed, many countries—has therefore turned its attention to helping more students prepare more effectively and efficiently for college-level work. “Innovation at Scale,” written by Rose Asera for Jobs for the Future, describes Virginia’s process of redesigning developmental education to increase college readiness … Continue reading Redesigning Developmental Education in Virginia

Loudoun County Supervisor Andrea McGimsey, Renee Resnick with Rodan+Fields Dermatology, Kenneth Strasberg with Con - Serv Industries Disposal & Recycling, NOVA Instructor Kristyn Moskey, Loudoun student Kenneth Trinh, Loudoun Campus Provost Julie Leidig and Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce President Tony Howard.

Loudoun Receives Green Business Challenge Recognition

On October 27, the Loudoun Campus was recognized as a participant in Loudoun County Green Business Challenge at the 2011 Loudoun Green Gala at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne. In order to participate in the Loudoun County Green Business Challenge, employees of the Loudoun Campus completed the Green Challenge scorecard. The scorecard allowed participants to report the environmentally friendly operational practices that are observed … Continue reading Loudoun Receives Green Business Challenge Recognition

Annandale History Professor Discusses Lincoln’s Assassination

On October 20, Dr. Terry Alford (AN) spoke at a Lyceum Lecture Series event at Victoria College outside of Houston, Texas. Victoria College is a two-year institution with just over 4,000 students. Alford was Victoria College’s second Lyceum Lecture Series speaker this year. Alford took his audience back to that fateful night of April 14, 1865, when President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes … Continue reading Annandale History Professor Discusses Lincoln’s Assassination

Alexandria Campus Second Annual Math Contest

The Alexandria Campus Second Annual Math Contest was held November 10. The contest aims to show that mathematics is fun and useful, as illustrated by questions in consumer spending/personal finance, logical thinking, transportation, applied sciences and geometry. First place students came from Professor Trudy Steilein’s MTH163 class and each chose their desired prizes (textbooks and automotive tools). The competition was an excellent learning experience for … Continue reading Alexandria Campus Second Annual Math Contest

Alexandria Hosts Inaugural Honors Registration Week

On Wednesday, November 16, the committee hosted an Open House for Honors faculty and students, and members of the Alexandria Honors Committee greeted current and potential Honors students in the Bisdorf Building lobby all week long. The Alexandria Honors Committee members include Honors faculty Bridgette Decker (biology), Snejana Toplanova (mathematics) and Beth Lanthier (psychology), Honors Chair Shon Grant, Placement Center representative Amira Al-Kulaidy, classified staff … Continue reading Alexandria Hosts Inaugural Honors Registration Week