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Technology Applications Center Update

Upgrade to NOVAConnect (SIS) – PeopleSoft 9.0 The go live date for the NOVAConnect (SIS) upgrade is March 26. Students, faculty and staff will see a slightly different look as they navigate the system, but it is not a dramatic change. The Technology Applications Center (TAC) has scheduled “What’s New in NOVAConnect/PeopleSoft (SIS) 9.0” training sessions for faculty and staff to begin March 12.  A complete … Continue reading Technology Applications Center Update

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“Glitter as Forensic Evidence” Presentation

All students, staff and faculty are cordially invited to  “Glitter as Forensic Evidence” on Wednesday, March 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the CE Theater, Annandale Campus.  Robert D. Blackledge, forensic chemist consultant and retired senior chemist for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), will be presenting. The presentation is sponsored by the Mathematics, Science and Engineering Division and the Lyceum. Locard’s Exchange Principle … Continue reading “Glitter as Forensic Evidence” Presentation

Alexandria Campus International Studies Committee Presents Spring 2012 International Film Series

All screenings will take place at Alexandria Campus in room AA-196 (Bisdorf Building). The events are free and open to all. The performance rights were graciously funded by a grant from the NVCC Educational Foundation. Thursday, March 22 at 12:30 p.m.: El Mariachi. IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104815/ Wednesday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m.: Rabbit-Proof Fence. IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0252444/ Monday, April 23 at 4:30 p.m.: Stoning of Soraya M. … Continue reading Alexandria Campus International Studies Committee Presents Spring 2012 International Film Series

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NOVA Town Hall Meetings Continue

President Robert G. Templin, Jr. is conducting a series of campus town hall meet- ings. The town halls started on February 8 and will continue through March 26. The meetings will give Templin an opportunity to listen to and answer questions from faculty and staff and to provide an update on a variety of topics pertaining to the College. All NOVA faculty and staff are … Continue reading NOVA Town Hall Meetings Continue

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Help Grow the Summer Jobs+ Bank

The Department of Education has joined the White House’s efforts to engage organizations nationwide to create new and promote existing summer jobs for low-income youth. These summertime opportunities yield experiences for the youth of America to learn life and work skills, laying the groundwork for pathways to educational and professional success. As a Department of Education partner, we need your help in meeting President Obama’s … Continue reading Help Grow the Summer Jobs+ Bank

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Heather Kirkpatrick Named New Century Scholar

Heather Kirkpatrick, a student at NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, has been named the 2012 New Century Scholar for Virginia. The award goes to 50 community college students from the United States, Canada and Guam. Each scholar will receive a $2,000 scholarship and a plaque. In addition, they will be recognized in the April 23 edition of USA … Continue reading Heather Kirkpatrick Named New Century Scholar

Students and Professor DeQuan Smith (fourth from right) during the NSMH National Conference.

National Society of Minorities in Hospitality Takes Off at the Annandale Campus

The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) is one of the newest organizations at the Annandale Campus. NSMH was launched last fall and has been very successful, thanks in large part to the club advisor, DeQuan Smith, a new professor in Hospitality and Restaurant Management. In their first semester, NSMH has held two successful bake sales (one featured cupcakes and the other featured everything … Continue reading National Society of Minorities in Hospitality Takes Off at the Annandale Campus

You Can Have Your Cake and Read It Too!

The NOVA Annandale Campus Library will sponsor its Third Annual Edible Book Festival, to be held at the Annandale Library on April 2 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  This one day edible festival of food and books is held in honor of the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), the author of “The Physiology of Taste: Or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy.” Please consider … Continue reading You Can Have Your Cake and Read It Too!

Proven Strategies for Managing Disruptive Students

Scott Lewis returns to NOVA on March 30 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. to present a faculty workshop, “Proven Strategies for Managing Disruptive Students.” Lewis, a nationally known trainer and a partner in the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management, presented a similar workshop in October 2010 for about 150 NOVA faculty that garnered overwhelmingly positive evaluations.  Using a combination of lecture and case … Continue reading Proven Strategies for Managing Disruptive Students

Service Awards Luncheon – MARCH 30, 2012

The NOVA Service Awards Luncheon honoring employees completing 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service with the Commonwealth of Virginia will be held on Friday, March 30 at the Waterford at Springfield located at 6715 Commerce Street, Springfield, Virginia.  Social time (cash bar) will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at 12:00 p.m. The list of those being honored, along … Continue reading Service Awards Luncheon – MARCH 30, 2012

NOVA Culinary Students (in back) George, Chef Mike Herbert, Stella, Kenton, Kenny, William, “Bookie,” Cory (kneeling) and Bryan.

NOVA Culinary Program Participates in Fort Lee Competition

On March 7, a group of eight NOVA culinary students, accompanied by Chef Mike Herbert, visited the 37th annual U.S Army Culinary Competition at the U.S. Army Quartermaster’s School at Fort Lee, Virginia.  The students viewed the cold food table displays, watched live cooking demonstrations, and observed the ice carving competition and market basket competition.  The cold food displays included canapés, petit fours, various appetizers, … Continue reading NOVA Culinary Program Participates in Fort Lee Competition

Dr. Ron Beckwith at the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast.

Workforce Development Division Sponsors Networking Breakfast

On March 6, NOVA’s Workforce Development Division sponsored the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast held at the Tempo Restaurant. Nearly 60 businesses from Northern Virginia were represented at the event. Dr. Ron Beckwith (CS), Lead of the Workforce Development Division’s Business Development Sector, gave a short talk describing the services the College offers and how NOVA and the Workforce Development Division can benefit Alexandria … Continue reading Workforce Development Division Sponsors Networking Breakfast

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GIS Students Attend Federal Conference

Ten students from NOVA’s GeoSpatial Technology (GST) program attended the ESRI Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Federal User’s Conference held February 22 to 24 at the Washington Convention Center.  NOVA students were joined by nine Centreville High School seniors enrolled in James Madison’s GeoSpatial Semester program. Students attended technical workshops on GIS applications and learned about the exciting developments in geospatial technology. “These types of events … Continue reading GIS Students Attend Federal Conference

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Loudoun Welcomes New Coordinator of Student Success

This February, Dr. James E. Edwards joined the Loudoun Campus as the Coordinator of Student Success.  His focus will be on providing leadership on student success initiatives. He will be involved in planning, implementing, assessing and evaluating collegewide programs related to student success. His insights on motivating students to enroll, persist and graduate will support and promote the Loudoun Campus mission. For more than 15 … Continue reading Loudoun Welcomes New Coordinator of Student Success

Lead Education Support Specialist Reginald Battle speaks to the crowd as (left to right) Colonel John Strycula, Provost Sam Hill, and Joyce Peterson listen.

NOVA and Fort Belvoir Open New National Testing Center

In March, the Woodbridge Campus officially opened a new testing center in the Barden Education Center at Fort Belvoir. The Grand Opening of the National Testing Center celebrated the first testing center for the Army in the National Capital Region of the Military District of Washington. The testing center is a joint partnership with NOVA and the education command at Fort Belvoir. The national testing … Continue reading NOVA and Fort Belvoir Open New National Testing Center

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Habitat for Humanity Work Day

NOVA students, faculty and staff participated in a Habitat for Humanity work day on Wednesday, February 29. The work site was a 12-unit building that will be home to five Habitat families and seven non-Habitat families. Since the home site was nearly completed, this was the last day for volunteers to visit the site. The NOVA group was made up of individuals from the Annandale … Continue reading Habitat for Humanity Work Day

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GAP for Community Colleges

This winter The GAP Incorporated awarded NOVA a grant to help students prepare for careers.  The retail giant will offer free workshops on topics such as effective communication, job search to job offer, and time management.  The GAP will also offer students opportunities to shadow store managers at work and practice interview skills.  The partnership with NOVA is part of the new GAP for Community … Continue reading GAP for Community Colleges

NOVA Attends Achieving the Dream Annual Meeting on Student Success

A team of 17 NOVA faculty and administrators attended the Achieving the Dream (ATD) Annual Meeting on Student Success in Dallas, Texas. The conference called D.R.E.A.M. (Data. Reform. Equity. Achievement. Movement.) was attended by representatives from more than 150 community colleges across the nation with the common goal  to improve community college student success. NOVA attendees included Dr. George Gabriel (CS), Joan Blankmann (AL), Robtrice … Continue reading NOVA Attends Achieving the Dream Annual Meeting on Student Success