Asante Clarke

Busy Brown Bag Series at Manassas

On October 25, Barbara Lash and Asante Clarke held a discussion on student engagement as part of the Manassas Campus Achieving the Dream Brown Bag Series. A large group shared teaching styles and insights to help each other learn new ways to keep their students actively involved. Fall 2012 has been a busy semester for the series which has featured Michael Carrington and Barbara Hopkins … Continue reading Busy Brown Bag Series at Manassas

Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 9 Upgrade

Do not forget that the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) will upgrade our current Blackboard 9.1 to Service Pack 9 (SP9). The upgrade is scheduled to occur November 17-18. Upgrading to SP9 provides instructors with new features focused on automatic regrading, updated rubrics, activity reports and better course-to-course navigation. NOVA’s Technology Applications Center (TAC) will offer a variety of “Blackboard Updates” trainings to faculty and … Continue reading Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 9 Upgrade

Marcus Engel

Marcus Engel Discusses Compassion With MEC’s Future Healthcare Workers

Author and speaker Marcus Engel visited the Medical Education Campus on October 25 to share his personal experience and discuss the importance of medical personnel treating their patients with great respect, care and compassion. Engel was in a horrific car accident at the age of 18 when a drunk driver hit the car in which he was a passenger. The accident left him totally blind. … Continue reading Marcus Engel Discusses Compassion With MEC’s Future Healthcare Workers

Mike Ricker discusses psychological implications of horror.

Alexandria Faculty Presents at Honors Symposium

Faculty from the Alexandria Campus presented at the fall Honors Symposium on Horror on Wednesday, October 24 at the Schlesinger Center. Hosted by the Alexandria Campus Honors Committee, the event included presentations by faculty from five different disciplines on an aspect of horror. Mike Ricker (psychology) presented “Psychological Perspectives on Horror,” Robert French (art history) presented “Off with their heads! Representations of Decapitation,” Alex Purugganan (English) presented “Cannibalism as Metaphor: The Savage ‘Other’ and Class Consumption,” Jarrod Waetjen (humanities) presented “Defining … Continue reading Alexandria Faculty Presents at Honors Symposium

Two Student Mentors flank OPPSS Director

Office of Pregnant and Parenting Student Support Raises Flag on Domestic Violence

The Office of Pregnant and Parenting Student Support (OPPSS) kicked off its RED FLAG campaign on October 1. This public awareness campaign addresses intimate partner/dating violence and is designed with a “bystander intervention” strategy which encourages friends and others to say something when they see warning signs or “red flags” for intimate partner or dating violence. OPPSS operates under the direction of the MEC’s Nursing … Continue reading Office of Pregnant and Parenting Student Support Raises Flag on Domestic Violence

NOVA Workforce Catalog Cover

Winners Announced for “Name the WDD Catalog” Contest

The “Name the WDD Catalog” contest was launched to all NOVA staff by the Workforce Development Division on September 25. The contest had a fantastic response, with more than 140 names and slogans submitted by NOVA staff. Almost 400 NOVA staff members voted on the submissions. The winning name/slogan combination was preferred by more than 60 percent of the voters. The winning entry and winners of the … Continue reading Winners Announced for “Name the WDD Catalog” Contest

NOVA Welcomes Its First Sustainability Officer

Since 2007, NOVA’s Environmental Concerns Committee, the “Green Committee,” has guided the College in implementing projects and ideas that are environmentally sustainable. In 2011, the Committee recognized that in order to fully pursue a sustainable path, be a leader among peer institutions and keep up with nearby institutions, NOVA needed to a hire a sustainability officer. The Committee developed a job description, made a recommendation … Continue reading NOVA Welcomes Its First Sustainability Officer

Cynthia Williams

Things You Never Knew

In the “Things you never knew about your colleagues” category, Cynthia Williams (MEC), executive assistant to Provost Brian Foley, is also a dancer. Williams placed both first (in a dance partnership with a fellow student) and second (in a partnership with her instructor) in the Tri-State Connection Hand Dancing competition. What is hand dancing, you say? “D.C. Hand Dancing,” “D.C. Hand” or “D.C. Swing” is … Continue reading Things You Never Knew

Post-Election Conference

The Alexandria Campus is hosting a Post-Election Conference on November 13 and 14. All events will take place in the Schlesinger Center and directions can be found by clicking here. Questions can be directed to Linda Rodriguez at Conference Schedule Tuesday, November 13 8:15 a.m. – Light Breakfast Reception 9:15 a.m. – Opening Remarks Dean Jim McClellan Liberal Arts Division NOVA Alexandria Campus 9:25 a.m. – Introduction of … Continue reading Post-Election Conference

NOVA Jazz Night

NOVA Jazz Night at Carlyle Club

The Alexandria Campus Music Department will present the second annual NOVA Jazz Night at the Carlyle Club in Old Town Alexandria on Thursday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature performances by the NOVA Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble directed by John Kocur (AL). Admission is free and there is no minimum purchase in the lounge area. Dinner is served beginning at 6:30 p.m. ($25 … Continue reading NOVA Jazz Night at Carlyle Club

Cold Moonlight

Sam Miller’s “Night Windows” at the Schlesinger Center Gallery

You are invited to the Schlesinger Center Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Gallery to see Sam Miller’s “Night Windows” featuring lighted sculpture. This exhibition will run from Friday, November 16 to Thursday, December 20. The opening reception will be Sunday, November 18 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with artist’s talk at 5:00 p.m. “Night Windows” is an exhibition of three-dimensional, mixed media constructions … Continue reading Sam Miller’s “Night Windows” at the Schlesinger Center Gallery

Join NOVA’s Speakers Bureau

NOVA is currently updating the Speakers Directory and looking to add speakers for the 2012-2013 edition. If you have a personal or professional interest in a particular subject, we want to hear from you. Our speakers serve as roving ambassadors for the College, presenting short programs at meetings of local educational, service or cultural organizations. Everyone is welcome to become a part of NOVA’s Speakers … Continue reading Join NOVA’s Speakers Bureau

Leave Sharing Request

Myndi Pruett (MA) has 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 clicking here. Please complete the form by printing and submitting it to Human Resources by fax to 703-323-3155. Leave must be donated in eight-hour increments and only annual leave may be donated. If you need other assistance or have … Continue reading Leave Sharing Request

President’s Sabbatical Award

The December 3 deadline is fast approaching for applications for the President’s Sabbatical Award. Applicants will need to complete form 105-100 that requires the signature of their provost. In addition, they will need to write a 1,000-word statement, including a 50 word executive summary, describing how the sabbatical will benefit their professional development and serve the College and our students. Both nine and 12-month faculty who have completed … Continue reading President’s Sabbatical Award

VCCS Fellowship and Professors Programs Available

NOVA faculty members have consistently distinguished themselves by winning the top teaching awards. This year the college nominees for the prestigious SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award are Callan Bentley, Rebecca Kamen, Robert Bausch and Jane Serbousek. It is time now for eligible faculty to consider applying for three other opportunities. The Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship Program provides paid leave and tuition assistance for doctoral degrees in leadership/higher education … Continue reading VCCS Fellowship and Professors Programs Available

Plan Limits for 403-b and 457 Defined Contribution Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the new plan limits for the 403-b and 457 defined contribution plans for the tax year 2013. Effective January 1, 2013, the annual general limit for both plans has increased from $17,000 to $17,500. The age 50 and over annual catch up option remains at $22,500. Employees may make changes to the 403-b contribution amounts by completing a … Continue reading Plan Limits for 403-b and 457 Defined Contribution Plans

2013 Classified Staff Emeritus Awards

It is time to start thinking about your dear, departed colleagues who have gone on to a better place, that is, the ones who have retired! While we may envy their carefree existence, we can still obligate them to show up at NOVA one more time by nominating them for the Classified Staff Emeritus Award. Many of those retiring from NOVA have done so after … Continue reading 2013 Classified Staff Emeritus Awards


Spread the News: NOVACard Advantage Works

Please remind students of the great values available through the NOVACard Student Advantage. They can save up to 40 percent at top stores and find discounts at more than 80 great national brands. Exclusive discounts of up to 40 percent on everyday expenses are available near the campuses, online and with nationwide chains through the NOVACard with the Student Advantage program. Adding Student Advantage to … Continue reading Spread the News: NOVACard Advantage Works