Bob Loser (left), President of India Pratibha Patil (center left) and Reva Savkar (third from the left).

Two Faculty Members Cultivate International Partnerships

Two faculty members recently traveled abroad to explore and learn about the Nepalese higher education system. Dr. Reva Savkar and Bob Loser spent more than three weeks abroad and met with Nepalese university officials, visited rehabilitation centers and even spent some time with the president of India. Savkar, chemistry professor at the Annandale Campus and the Extended Learning Institute (ELI), and Loser, ELI instructional designer, … Continue reading Two Faculty Members Cultivate International Partnerships

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UVA’s BIS Program Starts Classes at the Loudoun Campus

On Wednesday, August 1, the University of Virginia hosted the first cohort of students enrolled in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program (BIS) at the Loudoun Campus. Fifteen UVA BIS candidates, including many former Loudoun Campus students, shared their stories with the group and Provost Julie Leidig. UVA BIS Program Director Donna Plasket discussed the unique nature of this intensive program, and UVA professors Bobby … Continue reading UVA’s BIS Program Starts Classes at the Loudoun Campus

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Access NOVA Services Faster and Easier With QR Codes

Access the NOVA services you need faster than ever with NOVA’s new QR Codes. Seven new QR Codes make it easier for students, faculty and staff to access a variety of Web pages and services. Thanks to the QR codes, users can use mobile devices to instantly reach mobile friendly versions of a variety of Web pages without knowing URLs.  Do things such as search … Continue reading Access NOVA Services Faster and Easier With QR Codes

Workshop students with Dr. Debra Josephson Abrams, ACLI Coordinator for the Manassas and Woodbridge campuses Heidi Adamson, and  Pathway to the Baccalaureate Counselor Yannick Ladson.

NOVA ACLI Trains Educators From Turkey

Fourteen educators from Celal Bayar University in Turkey participated this summer in an American Culture and Language “English Plus” Training Workshop led by Dr. Debra Josephson Abrams.  The course ran from July 5 to August 8.  In addition to polishing their English, students acquired a basic understanding of the U.S. education system. The course covered current trends in pedagogy and college administration, and students made … Continue reading NOVA ACLI Trains Educators From Turkey

Rick "Moose" Aukerman and his wife, Shari, at 5,069 feet above sea level (Grayson Highlands State Park).

“Moose” Visits All 35 Virginia State Parks

In 2010 when the Virginia State Parks and Virginia CommonHealth embarked on a new, joint effort to get more of the state’s residents healthy and fit, NOVA’s Rick “Moose” Aukerman took up the challenge to do exactly that. During the past two years, Aukerman has visited each of the 35 Virginia State Parks. If that was not enough, he can now say that he has … Continue reading “Moose” Visits All 35 Virginia State Parks

Dr. Julie Leidig welcomes Loudoun faculty attending Adjunct Professional Development Day.

Fall Adjunct Professional Development Day at the Loudoun Campus

An audience of 197 faculty members gathered on August 18 in the Waddell Auditorium to listen as Loudoun Provost Julie Leidig welcomed the adjunct faculty back to the Campus for the start of the fall semester. Leidig was followed by Sandi Nicholson and Susan Johnson who praised the achievements of the 24 members of the Adjunct Professional Development Leadership Team and highlighted upcoming professional development … Continue reading Fall Adjunct Professional Development Day at the Loudoun Campus

Teachers from Beijing pose with NOVA faculty and staff. Front row: Director of the American Culture and Language Institute Heidi Adamson, Campus and Community Outreach Specialist Ramunda Young, Dean of Students Mark Kidd. Also pictured is Associate Vice President of Global Studies Paul McVeigh (in center with tie) and Interim Provost Christine Holt (dark green shirt).

Chinese Teachers Visit Manassas Campus

On Thursday, August 23, 25 vocational and technical teachers from Beijing visited the Manassas Campus for an impromptu tour and information session led by Director of the American Culture and Language Institute (ACLI) Heidi Adamson. The teachers visited the recently opened Parrish Hall and various computer and biotech laboratories. During the tour, they were pleasantly surprised and honored to meet Associate Vice President of Global … Continue reading Chinese Teachers Visit Manassas Campus

Meet Your CETL Faculty Associates

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) has kicked off its 2012-13 year with a reassigned time staff of nine faculty associates representing all campuses. CETL faculty associates are strong faculty members who are the face of CETL on the campuses. They have a high interest in pedagogy and are available to help all faculty. Your campus CETL faculty associates can answer questions, … Continue reading Meet Your CETL Faculty Associates

MEC Provost Brian Foley greets a packed house for MEC Orientation.

Medical Education Campus Student Orientations

For the third year, the Medical Education Campus (MEC) hosted Student Orientations. The MEC welcomed 323 incoming Nursing and Allied Health students who attended one of five different sessions offered. This was the first year that Nursing and Allied Health participated in combined orientation events. Students were welcomed by MEC Provost Brian Foley, Dean of Students Beatrice Veney, Dean of Allied Health Andy Cornell and … Continue reading Medical Education Campus Student Orientations

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Leidig Contributes Her Parking Spot to Fundraise for Special Olympics

Provost Julie Leidig has donated her reserved parking spot to help fundraise for NOVA’s Dulles Plane Pull team. The Dulles Plane Pull is an annual fundraising event for Special Olympics Virginia. Loudoun’s Phi Theta Kappa and Honors Club are helping raise money by selling raffle ticket for the Provost’s parking spot for 30 days. “The Loudoun Campus is full of community-minded students, staff and faculty, … Continue reading Leidig Contributes Her Parking Spot to Fundraise for Special Olympics

New Staff Joins the ELI Team

The Extended Learning Institute (ELI) team would like to extend a warm welcome to the new staff. This is a talented group of individuals and we are excited to have them join the team. Please welcome them to NOVA. Amanda Morley is the new student life specialist. She is responsible for managing the in-person and virtual student activities and programming for ELI. Morley previously worked … Continue reading New Staff Joins the ELI Team

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Volunteers Greet Students

Many Loudoun Campus employees volunteered time to welcome students during the first week of the fall semester. The provost, deans, faculty and staff all dressed in yellow t-shirts with the words “How May I Help You?” on the front of the shirts and then took shifts greeting students. This is the second year that the Provost’s Office has organized this effort. “It is inspiring to see … Continue reading Volunteers Greet Students

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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

VRS Member Benefit Profiles Now Available

The Member Benefit Profile is a valuable document that can help participants in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) plan for retirement. The 2012 Member Benefit Profiles (MBPs) for Plan 1 employees are now available in myVRS. Plan 1 employees are those employees hired on or after July 1, 2010, or who have an active VRS account as of that date. Employees must first log in … Continue reading VRS Member Benefit Profiles Now Available

Non-Vested Plan 1 Employees

Because plan provisions will change for Plan 1 employees who are not vested by January 1, 2013, the Member Benefit Profiles for these employees do not include retirement projections but do provide a summary of other information from their member records. For more information about changes affecting non-vested Plan 1 employees to take effect January 2, 1013, please go to www.varetire.org and click on the … Continue reading Non-Vested Plan 1 Employees