NOVA’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) hosted its 2013 Welcome Back event on Monday, August 19, in advance of the August 21 start of classes. The theme of this year’s event was “Teamwork.” Following an opportunity to catch up with colleagues over coffee or tea, faculty and staff heard opening remarks from MEC Provost Brian Foley. In addition, new members of the faculty and staff were introduced and various members received Campus Council Awards.
The Office of Student Services presented information on CARE Team referrals, Disability Services, Retention, and The Difference Between Grievances and Grade Appeals, with special guest Donna Patchett from NOVA Legal Affairs.
New Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Justin Miller discussed Campus Emergency Procedures, COOP (Continuity of Operations Plans) and other policies that are in process and will be coming through the pipeline soon, such as a NOVA laptop policy, contagious diseases policy and blood borne pathogens policy. NOVA Police representative, Lieutenant John Weinstein, discussed revised active shooter policies and campus security. NOVA Clery Act liaison Stephen Brunelle also discussed revised reporting requirements for the Clery Act. To learn more, visit http://blogs.nvcc.edu/cleryact/ or contact Brunelle at SBrunelle@nvcc.edu.
Foley wrapped up the morning session by saying that teamwork is a prominent highlight of life at the MEC. There is always room to grow in this area as well.
“Teamwork is easy to talk about but harder to do,” Foley said. “We need to talk through differences. I am always amazed at what I learn when I talk to people directly instead of relying on email and voicemail communication. The key to teamwork is communication.”
Afternoon plenaries included breakout sessions on Blackboard grading and Fostering Peer-to-Peer Accountability with MEC students delivered by Dr. Phil Magalong.