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2012 Fall Convocation: Partners in Student Success

More than 700 faculty and staff gathered for this year’s Fall Convocation which highlighted teaching excellence and student success. President Robert G. Templin, Jr. provided an overview of the “State of NOVA” and charged faculty and staff with continuing NOVA’s commitment to expanding student access. Held on August 16 in the Ernst Cultural Center, convocation is an annual tradition that celebrates the start of the … Continue reading 2012 Fall Convocation: Partners in Student Success

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Fall 2012 Convocation Address: Student Motivation

The 2012 Fall Convocation keynote speaker was Dr. Daniel Willingham, renowned cognitive psychologist and esteemed University of Virginia professor. Willingham’s address focused on student motivation, reasons for students not liking school, and how faculty and staff can engage their students to achieve academic success. His presentation provided faculty and staff with insight on four elements that motivate student behaviors: 1) outcome, 2) probability, 3) input … Continue reading Fall 2012 Convocation Address: Student Motivation

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NOVA Home Page Gets Makeover

Have you visited the NOVA home page lately? If so, you may have noticed some enhancements that make the website faster, more dynamic and easier to navigate. The revamp features all the information of the previous design without the clutter, using the latest Web technologies and best practices. Best of all, NOVA’s home page is now fully viewable on the latest mobile Web browsers, which … Continue reading NOVA Home Page Gets Makeover

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Welcome New NOVA Faculty

NOVA was pleased to host more than 70 new full-time faculty members at New Faculty Orientation. These new faculty members bring wonderful ideas and innovation to the 25 disciplines that they represent at all of NOVA’s academic divisions on all six campuses. The faculty spent three days in the New Faculty Orientation: NOVA and YOU, cosponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning … Continue reading Welcome New NOVA Faculty

NOVA Alumnus Wins Bronze Medal at London Olympics

Former NOVA student Terrence Jennings brought home a bronze medal in the men’s taekwondo featherweight division during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Born and raised in Alexandria, Jennings began taekwondo at the age of 10 and moved to Miami last year to train with the U.S. Olympic team. According to his Twitter account (@TKDTJ728), Jennings had an exciting time in London. In addition to representing the … Continue reading NOVA Alumnus Wins Bronze Medal at London Olympics

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NOVA’s sySTEMic Solutions Robotics Camp Huge Hit With Region’s Youth

This summer, NOVA’s sySTEMic Solutions Robotics Program hosted camps for elementary and middle schoolers throughout the area. Led by several local school coaches, Regional STEM Education Coordinator for Prince William County Schools Denyse Carroll and NOVA’s sySTEMic Solutions team, the camp taught the students the value of computer programming, math, problem solving skills and more. Excited youth interested in robotics participated in the final summer … Continue reading NOVA’s sySTEMic Solutions Robotics Camp Huge Hit With Region’s Youth

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NOVA Represented at the LEADERS Institute

This summer, Coordinator of Counseling Ellen Fancher-Ruiz (AN), Assistant Dean of Nursing Ann-Marie John (MEC) and Associate Professor of Psychology Carolyn Lorente (AL) were selected to attend the LEADERS Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. The LEADERS Institute provides leadership development for women in community colleges across the country.  The LEADERS curriculum is based on the American Association of Community Colleges Competencies for Leaders and focuses on … Continue reading NOVA Represented at the LEADERS Institute

Ana Alonso (AN), Carmen Figueroa (WO), Carla Studebaker Cartledge (WO), Ligia Glass (WO), María Nieto-Shahsavarian (MEC), Ana González (WO) and Ramón Planas (AN). Not pictured: María Anderson (WO).

Puerto Rico Adventure

NOVA was very well represented at the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in July. Eight full-time and adjunct Spanish professors attended the four-day conference in “La Isla del Encanto,” as Puerto Ricans call their island. They spent four busy days attending workshops and sessions like the one Ramón Planas (AN) conducted on “Aspects of Interpreting Spanish Masterpieces.” Other sessions … Continue reading Puerto Rico Adventure

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Recycled Origami Wall Art Installed in the Annandale Library

Inspired by Paris street artist Mademoiselle Maurice, the Annandale Library staff recently designed, created and installed a large origami wall art installation to welcome faculty, staff and students back for the fall semester. The 3’ by 12’ installation imitates the shape of an open book, and includes approximately 400 cranes, medallions, tulips, fans and butterflies that were folded and then installed on a bare wall.  … Continue reading Recycled Origami Wall Art Installed in the Annandale Library

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Steve Htet Attends Nobel Lecture in Norway

Annandale biology adjunct Steve Htet was invited to attend the Nobel lecture of Aung San Suu Kyi.  Htet flew to Oslo, Norway, for the June 16 ceremony. He knows Suu Kyi and was one of about 100 Burmese invited to attend. Since the auditorium held 1,000, Htet was excited to sit in the fifth row. Aung San Suu Kyi received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, but … Continue reading Steve Htet Attends Nobel Lecture in Norway

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Alexandria Campus Welcomes New Staff

The Alexandria Campus Library is pleased to welcome three new library specialists to the team.  Becky Chen Wu works with the circulation team, Katherine (Katie) Stramel joins the acquisitions team and Paul Chapman serves as reference assistant. Originally from Taiwan, Wu relocated from Massachusetts, where she had lived for 20 years and had been working for a regional public library. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree … Continue reading Alexandria Campus Welcomes New Staff

Technology Applications Center Training for Faculty and Staff

The Technology Applications Center (TAC) has a variety of technology training offerings available for faculty and staff.  Faculty and staff can register to take advantage of the following training opportunities: Basic AIS Basic eVA Basic P-CARD Blackboard Competency and Blackboard Certification Dreamweaver Excel – Advanced Excel – Basics Excel – Intermediate Getting to Know Prezi Hybrid Certification – for new faculty who need to be … Continue reading Technology Applications Center Training for Faculty and Staff

Office of Student Mental Health and Behavior Workshop Series

The Office of Student Mental Health and Behavior (SMHB) and NOVA Human Resources are cosponsoring a workshop series on professional and personal development topics for all NOVA employees. The first workshop in the series was held Friday, August 17 at the Woodbridge Campus. Presented by OPTIMA EAP, the topic was “A Guide to Assertive Communication.” In September, workshops will be held at the Alexandria and Medical … Continue reading Office of Student Mental Health and Behavior Workshop Series

Leave Sharing Request

A faculty member at the Alexandria Campus and a faculty member at the Woodbridge Campus have requested to participate in the leave-sharing program.  If you would like to donate leave hours, please access a Leave Sharing Program Donor Form by copying the following URL into your web browser: http://www.nvcc.edu/faculty-and-staff/human-resources/hr-forms/leave-sharing.html. Please complete the form by printing and submitting it to Human Resources by fax to 703-323-3155. … Continue reading Leave Sharing Request

Changes Coming for Non-Vested VRS Plan 1 Members

Defined benefit retirement plan provisions are changing January 1, 2013, for most non-vested Plan 1 employees. Employees become vested in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) when they have at least 60 months (five years) of service credit. Those with prior service eligible for purchase that would bring them to the 60 months needed for vesting should be thinking now about whether or not to purchase … Continue reading Changes Coming for Non-Vested VRS Plan 1 Members

National Health Reform and Women’s Preventive Health Care Services

New regulations issued as part of the Affordable Care Act require coverage for certain preventive care services for women at no cost to members for new plan years that begin on or after August 1, 2012. This coverage is effective for state health plans on July 1, 2013. Many of these prevention-related services are already included in your state health benefits. Additional information will be … Continue reading National Health Reform and Women’s Preventive Health Care Services

Medco Becomes Express Scripts on September 1, 2012

Express Scripts, Inc. and Medco completed a merger on April 2, 2012. As of September 1, 2012, the combined company will be known as Express Scripts. The company will continue as the third party prescription drug administrator for the COVA Care health plan. COVA Care members will: Receive medications without changes to the pharmacy benefit or retail pharmacy network. No action is needed. Call the … Continue reading Medco Becomes Express Scripts on September 1, 2012