NOVA Named #1 Producer of Assoc. Degrees

Northern Virginia Community College was the top producer of associate degrees in 2011, according to a study by Community College Week.  The analysis charts appeared in the June 11 issue of Community College Week, with NOVA awarding 4,695 associate degrees for the academic year.  Houston Community College came in second with 3,606 and Salt Lake Community College was third with 3,414. For the complete story, … Continue reading NOVA Named #1 Producer of Assoc. Degrees

Backus Receives Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Gillian Backus was awarded the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Teaching Excellence Award. Since 2009, she has worked with the Faculty Learning Communities through Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. During one brainstorming session, the team created a winning concept:  develop a multidisciplinary course for non-science majors that would grant laboratory science credit. From this idea, Backus developed a course … Continue reading Backus Receives Teaching Excellence Award

OEMP Mock Disaster Drill Successful

On June 20, the Office of Emergency Management and Planning (OEMP) held a mock disaster drill as part of the graduation ceremony for 15 faculty and staff members from across the College who volunteered to undergo weeks of training to become members of NOVA’s first Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT). The purpose of C-CERT is to give critical support to first responders in emergencies, … Continue reading OEMP Mock Disaster Drill Successful

Thank You Commencement Volunteers

NOVA’s Commencement ceremony was held Saturday, May 12 at the George Mason University Patriot Center. Each year, thousands of NOVA students graduate and the ceremony is a huge success due in great part to the faculty and staff volunteers. A total of 58 employees volunteered from a variety of departments including classified staff, faculty, adjuncts, alumni federation and other college offices. Their tasks covered all … Continue reading Thank You Commencement Volunteers

Dr. Ia Gomez and student Sundas Raja

Manassas Campus Hosts the Second National DNA Day Celebration

The Manassas Campus held National DNA Day on April 23 to celebrate the 53th anniversary of the discovery of DNA. The event was organized by Biotechnology Program Head Ia Gomez (MA) in collaboration with Student Activities Coordinator Leif Corbett (MA), and with active participation of more than 40 students. The event consisted of numerous hands-on activities and games, live music, food, a DNA inspired art … Continue reading Manassas Campus Hosts the Second National DNA Day Celebration

Olson Publishes Book

Loudoun adjunct professor Andrew Olson has published a collection of fictional short stories set in the rural Midwest called “Barn Stripping and Other Stories.” “My main goal for the collection was to connect with reader, to elicit in them memories, whether of grandparents or their own childhood, about the world before consumerism and materialism became the currency of what makes up a community,” said Olson. … Continue reading Olson Publishes Book

The Washington Post Reviews Kocur’s Band

NOVA’s John Kocur (AL), instructor of music and director of the Jazz Studies and Music Appreciation Programs, was recently in a The Washington Post article, John Kocur offers smoking instrumental jazz at Twins by Michael West. West reviewed a concert Kocur and his professional band performed. For questions, contact or 703-933-8364. Continue reading The Washington Post Reviews Kocur’s Band

The Extended Learning Institute Welcomes New Staff

The Extended Learning Institute (ELI) has been experiencing a lot of growth the past two years. The numbers of new faculty and staff, as well as student enrollment, have been consistently climbing and ELI is happy to welcome all of the new faces. Several new staff members have joined the ELI team in order to help students achieve their dreams – virtually, of course. Please … Continue reading The Extended Learning Institute Welcomes New Staff

International Recognition for NOVA

What do students at Northern Virginia Community College, Purdue University (Indiana), Alston University (England), Dawson College (Canada), and Megatrend University (Serbia) have in common? Answer: Students at these colleges and universities won prizes in the 2012 ET Educational Foundation’s International Design Competition. They won prizes ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 and international recognition for conceptual designs featuring aluminum extrusions. Rokhaya Ka, a first-year student at … Continue reading International Recognition for NOVA

The Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra

“Strings under the Stars” on July 14 at Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater

The Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra Quartet will present a free show Saturday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m. at the Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater at the Manassas Campus. The OBCO Quartet will showcase two violins, viola and cello playing “Strings under the Stars.” Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra is a nonprofit arts organization committed to featuring some of the area’s best chamber musicians. From duets to quintets … Continue reading “Strings under the Stars” on July 14 at Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater

NOVACares is Here for You!

The Office of Student Mental Health and Behavior would like to remind you that NOVACares is a way to report any concerning behavior you see or experience on campus.  Each NOVA campus has a CARE (Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation) team that is tasked with evaluating reported concerns. The team can then develop an intervention plan that provides outreach to those members of the campus … Continue reading NOVACares is Here for You!

Handbook Available to Faculty

A handbook that can help faculty include value exercises and experiential scenarios in their regular curricula will be available for review in the library of each NOVA campus and center. According to one official, the modules are “creative and comprehensive” and incorporate “a wide range of learning styles.” The handbook is useful to faculty in all disciplines, to students preparing to teach, and to behavioral/social … Continue reading Handbook Available to Faculty