Financial Aid and Pathway Find Their Strengths

Financial Aid and Pathway Find Their Strengths

On October 26 at the Annandale Campus, NOVA Financial Aid and members of the NOVA Pathway to Baccalaureate team participated in a “Strengths Finder” workshop. Lori Stohs of Lori Stohs Consulting facilitated the workshop, and the day focused on “StrengthsFinders 2.0” (Clifton, Gallop Press 2007), a personalized online strengths assessment tool. Participants spent the day conducting a myriad of activities and discussions facilitated by Stohs with … Continue reading Financial Aid and Pathway Find Their Strengths

MEC Celebrates Veterans Day

MEC Celebrates Veterans Day

The Medical Education Campus (MEC) is known for being a campus where many of the students are adults returning to college to change their life or career direction. Many students already hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Also, many NOVA students have already given years of their lives to military service. Recently, members of the MEC community joined together to honor students, staff or family … Continue reading MEC Celebrates Veterans Day

NOVA and FCPS Continue Partnership

NOVA and FCPS Continue Partnership

On November 7, NOVA hosted the third annual Partnership Training Day with the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) system. Annandale Assistant Coordinator for Early Engagement, Wes Hillyard, coordinated the event at the Ernst Center and served as master of ceremonies. After check-in and breakfast, Hillyard welcomed more than 50 FCPS high school counselors, career center specialists, employment transition representatives and administrators, along with private high school … Continue reading NOVA and FCPS Continue Partnership

Great Turnout for Advising Week at Annandale

Great Turnout for Advising Week at Annandale

The week of November 4- 8 was Advising Week at NOVA. Student services and academic personnel staffed tables at all NOVA campuses to help students gain an understanding of the resources available to them at the College and campus levels. At the Annandale Campus, numerous tables were set up throughout the lobby of the Student Services (CA) building. One of the faculty members who met … Continue reading Great Turnout for Advising Week at Annandale

MEC Facilitates Good Health Through Achieving the Dream

MEC Facilitates Good Health Through Achieving the Dream

On November 6, the Medical Education Campus Achieving the Dream (ATD) Committee hosted a student success program called, “Great Healthcare Begins with Student Success: An Achieving the Dream Celebration.” A panel of current and former NOVA students discussed how they achieved their personal and professional dreams, and how they navigated barriers to their educational goals. The panel consisted of NOVA alumni and current students; Imran Kukdawala, manager … Continue reading MEC Facilitates Good Health Through Achieving the Dream

Manassas Achieving the Dream Sponsors Student Success Week

Manassas Achieving the Dream Sponsors Student Success Week

During the last week of October, the Manassas Achieving the Dream (ATD) team celebrated student success. During the week, students were asked to write factors that attributed to their success or tips for other students on how to succeed at NOVA on ‘bricks’ that were posted together to form a Success Wall in Howsmon Hall. The Manassas Campus also hosted a video competition to give … Continue reading Manassas Achieving the Dream Sponsors Student Success Week

Woodbridge Honors Class Visits Venter Institute

Woodbridge Honors Class Visits Venter Institute

On October 30, Professor Vincent Ng took his Honors Biology 101 class to visit the James Craig Venter Institute, the most advanced genomics research facility in the world. In 2001, Venter and his team published the first full-scale human genome using a new technology. The team published the genome sequence one year ahead of National Institutes of Health funded collaborative projects involving more than 100 … Continue reading Woodbridge Honors Class Visits Venter Institute

Manassas Hosts “Stay Alive, Don’t Text and Drive” Event

Manassas Hosts ‘Stay Alive, Don’t Text and Drive’ Event

On November 6, the Manassas Campus Office of Student Life sponsored an event to highlight the dangers of texting and driving. Using a car equipped with a simulator, students were able to take a virtual drive to learn how texting behind the wheel negatively affects reaction times. Student Life Specialist, Marcie Schreibman, said the simulator effectively demonstrates the “Stay Alive, Don’t Text and Drive” message. … Continue reading Manassas Hosts ‘Stay Alive, Don’t Text and Drive’ Event

2013 Post-Election Conference at Alexandria Campus

2013 Post-Election Conference at Alexandria Campus

At 9:30 a.m. on November 7, less than two days after polling places closed in the 2013 General Election in Virginia, and while votes were still being counted by local electoral boards, the NOVA Institute for Public Service began a Post-Election Conference. The Institute is part of the Alexandria Campus Liberal Arts Division. The morning program featured two expert panels on “National Implications of the … Continue reading 2013 Post-Election Conference at Alexandria Campus

NOVA Students Attend NSMH Regional Conference

NOVA Students Attend NSMH Regional Conference

Professor DeQuan Smith and members of the NOVA National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) recently loaded up vans and headed to Atlanta, Ga., with one thing in mind: opportunity. On this trip to the NSMH Regional Conference, the 24 students were engaged in a weekend full of professional development and networking opportunities for the College, as well as for their own future professional development … Continue reading NOVA Students Attend NSMH Regional Conference

Faculty and Students Visit Keegan Theatre

Faculty and Students Visit Keegan Theatre

On November 2, Assistant Professor of English, Chalet A. Jean-Baptiste, and her students, mostly Honors students, went on a field trip to the Keegan Theatre in Washington, D.C. The field trip has become part of her English 125 (Intro to Literature) course and every year students learn about literature that focuses on a particular theme. This year’s themes are nature, the environment and science fiction … Continue reading Faculty and Students Visit Keegan Theatre

Writing Workshop for Manassas Honors with Renowned Author

Writing Workshop for Manassas Honors With Renowned Author

On October 28, author Solveig Eggerz conducted a writing workshop on the Manassas Campus for Dr. Ruth Stewart’s Honors ENG 111 students. Eggerz’s novel, “Seal Woman,” has garnered several awards including first prize for fiction from the Maryland Writers Association. A published chapter from her soon-to-be released novel, “Curve of the Earth,” also won first prize in Virginia’s Golden Nib contest. Eggerz regularly gives workshops in the Washington, D.C. area, including her popular “Character and Conflict” workshop in memoir writing … Continue reading Writing Workshop for Manassas Honors With Renowned Author

A Unique, Eye-Opening Faculty Exchange

A Unique, Eye-Opening Faculty Exchange

Between October 12 and 26, Barbara Crain (LO) had the pleasure of hosting Nana Kwame Baah-Koran from Ghana as part of the Loudoun Campus’ VACIE-VCCS Faculty Exchange Program. During this time, she learned that her very gracious guest was not only the head of the math department at Sunyani Polytechnic but was also very interested in different teaching techniques, so they kept very busy. Baah-Koran … Continue reading A Unique, Eye-Opening Faculty Exchange

NOVA Faculty Attend CST Peer Group Conference

NOVA Faculty Attend CST Peer Group Conference

NOVA was well-represented at a Virginia Community College System Communication Studies and Theatre Arts Peer Group Conference held on November 8 and 9 in Richmond, Va.  Participants included Kate Al-Shamma, Margaret Benson-McCarthy, Gordon Curry, Jeremiah Donovan, Amy Fisher, Lucy Gebre-Egziabher, Jenny Hodges, Brenda Holmes, Amber Koeckritz, Charles J. Korn, Jenny Lopez, Josh Pachter, Araceli Palomino, Nan Peck, Jennifer Rainey, Kim Taylor-Wilson, Philip Tirpak, Nathan Turner, David … Continue reading NOVA Faculty Attend CST Peer Group Conference

Last Week of Woodbridge Art Faculty Show

This is your last week to see “Past Continuous” on exhibit. There will be a reception on Thursday, November 21 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Gallery at the Woodbridge Campus, Arts & Sciences Building, Room 123. Participating artists are Melissa Hill, Sarah Irvin, Nathan Loda, Anne Smith and Sarah Zuckerman. “Past Continuous” represents a thematic endeavor among graduate students in the MFA program … Continue reading Last Week of Woodbridge Art Faculty Show

PUP Conference Registration is Open

PUP Conference Registration Is Open

The Ninth Annual Power UP your Pedagogy (PUP) Conference is open for registration. All faculty and professional staff are cordially invited. The theme for the 2014 PUP Conference is the “21st Century of Teaching & Learning.” It will be held on January 8 and 9 on the Annandale Campus, with the Cluster Meetings as part of the agenda. There is an exciting conference planned, including interactive peer presentations in a … Continue reading PUP Conference Registration Is Open

Science Seminar: A Unique Environmental, Musical Event

All students, staff and faculty are cordially invited to a NOVA environmental science and musical event. Please join us for an ecologically themed concert featuring music reflecting on the environment performed by Dr. Jonathan D. Kolm and vocalist Katherine Riddle. In addition, Dr. Jayant A. Sathaye will present an environment-themed lecture, “Climate Change Mitigation and Impacts: Technologies and Policies.” The talk will provide background information and an overview of global energy and … Continue reading Science Seminar: A Unique Environmental, Musical Event

CETL Workshop & Talk – Registration Open

CETL Workshop & Talk – Registration Open

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and the NOVA Sustainability Office are very proud to announce an event where pedagogical practices are seen in the context of civic issues and environmental sustainability. You do not want to miss it! “How We Learn on Campus Tells Us About Life Issues in Our Larger World” is a case study in using the campus as a … Continue reading CETL Workshop & Talk – Registration Open

Eric Garner Paintings on Display at Manassas

Eric Garner Paintings on Display at Manassas

Paintings by Fine Arts Adjunct Eric Garner are on display at the Manassas Campus until November 26. Garner’s work reflects an interest in patterning and visual systems, with influences ranging from American quilts, Islamic arts and African textiles to infrastructure design conventions. “This series started as an investigation of the patterns on the landscape created by infrastructure and development as seen from an aerial perspective,” Garner said. … Continue reading Eric Garner Paintings on Display at Manassas

Fall 2013 Student Learning Outcomes Workshops

The Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment will be offering a series of faculty workshops on writing effective learning outcomes, designing assessment methods, gathering and summarizing assessment results and analyzing learning outcomes to improve and enhance student learning. Each workshop is 90 minutes and provides information, examples and hands-on practice useful for assessing and improving student learning. To register or view complete workshop descriptions go to … Continue reading Fall 2013 Student Learning Outcomes Workshops

TAC Training Is Available

Upcoming TAC’s ‘Lunch and Learn – Brown Bag’ Sessions

    Curious about NOVA’s Island in Second Life? “Off on an Adventure: Exploring the Education Potentials on NOVA’s Island in Second Life” Dr. Greg Perrier, Associate Professor, Biology, Manassas Campus November 22 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fairfax 4, 3922 Pender Drive, Room 149 Since 2007, NOVA has had a campus in the virtual world called Second Life. NOVA routinely has more than 300 … Continue reading Upcoming TAC’s ‘Lunch and Learn – Brown Bag’ Sessions

Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Grant FY2014

NOVA’s Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce the availability of professional development grants for adjunct faculty members who teach at least one course at the College during the 2013-2014 academic year. The maximum grant award is $1,500 (less FICA, federal and state income tax if applicable). Applicants may submit more than one proposal; however, only one grant will be awarded to any individual. Interested adjunct … Continue reading Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Grant FY2014

Chancellor’s Faculty Programs Applications Available

NOVA faculty members have consistently distinguished themselves by winning the top teaching awards. This year the College nominee for the prestigious SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award is Callan Bentley. Now is the time for eligible faculty to consider applying for two other opportunities. The Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship Program provides paid leave and tuition assistance for doctoral degrees in leadership/higher education or discipline specific programs. The fellowship provides between $7,500 … Continue reading Chancellor’s Faculty Programs Applications Available

President’s Sabbatical Award

December 1 is the deadline for applications for the President’s Sabbatical Award. This award is a golden opportunity to receive a semester sabbatical with full pay and benefits. In the past, recipients have used the sabbatical to write books, compose music, develop art exhibits, and devise new and inventive teaching strategies. The sabbatical is not intended for completion of doctoral work. Both teaching and professional faculty members, … Continue reading President’s Sabbatical Award