NOVA Volleyball Reaches Regional Championship

NOVA Volleyball Reaches Regional Championship

NOVA’s women’s volleyball team advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 20 Division II championship game, but fell 3-0 to the reigning champions, Hagerstown Community College. NOVA advanced to the title game with a 3-0 victory over Frederick Community College (25-18, 25-21 and 27-25) in the semifinals. “We had a great season and have much to be proud of,” said NOVA Head Coach … Continue reading NOVA Volleyball Reaches Regional Championship

NVCC Educational Foundation Annual Dinner

NVCC Educational Foundation Annual Dinner

On September 11, the NVCC Educational Foundation sponsored its 17th Annual Recognition Dinner at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. The keynote speaker was Apollo 13 astronaut, Fred Haise, who served as the lunar module pilot during the ill-fated 1970 space mission. He retired as president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services (GTS), a wholly owned subsidiary company of The Northrop Grumman Corporation, and was awarded the … Continue reading NVCC Educational Foundation Annual Dinner

Alexandria Throws a Touchdown to Student Success

Alexandria Throws a Touchdown to Student Success

In the spirit of the fall football season, the Alexandria Achieving the Dream (ATD) team sponsored NOVA’s Student Success Week with “Touchdown to Student Success” activities. Laura Franklin, ATD Alexandria Campus chair, kicked off the event by wearing her favorite football jersey and sharing with faculty and students the impact of ATD on student achievement. Faculty, staff and students produced short videos clips and shared … Continue reading Alexandria Throws a Touchdown to Student Success

NOVA Names Steve Mrowka to Athletic Director Post

NOVA Names Steve Mrowka to Athletic Director Post

Steve Mrowka has been named the College’s inaugural coordinator of student athletics and recreation. Mrowka takes over the helm of NOVA athletics from Brian Anweiler, who serves as the college-wide student life coordinator. Anweiler led NOVA’s transition from club sports to intercollegiate athletics in 2011, and the school is now in its second season as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). … Continue reading NOVA Names Steve Mrowka to Athletic Director Post

Amy Gilley: Teaching in a Divided City

Amy Gilley: Teaching in a Divided City

“One of the most challenging teaching experiences of my life,” said Dr. Amy Gilley, associate professor of film and theatre studies at Annandale. Gilley has been living in Mostar, in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) since September 2013, while teaching at the University of Mostar and conducting research on landscape and public spaces as a Fulbright Scholar. The Fulbright program, a competitive international education … Continue reading Amy Gilley: Teaching in a Divided City

Minority Mentoring Program Kick-off Dinner

Minority Mentoring Program Kick-Off Dinner

A new Minority Mentoring Program at the Manassas Campus aims to partner minority and female students with leaders of the community. Students are paired with mentors, closely related to their fields or interest, with the goal to foster a relationship that will extend beyond academia into the student’s personal growth and career. The first year’s program includes 23 students from all different majors. The mentors … Continue reading Minority Mentoring Program Kick-Off Dinner

Honors Awards Presented at NOVA-Manassas

Honors Awards Presented at NOVA-Manassas

The Manassas Campus recently acknowledge recipients of the Honors Program ExxonMobil Awards, given to outstanding students in NOVA’s challenging Honors Program. In front of a large audience of family members, students, faculty and staff, Manassas Honors Chair, Rebecca Hayes, presented awards to Christine Alford, Dawn Boyd and Diego Placido. Each student received a $250 ExxonMobil Scholarship. Honors students are eligible to apply for the scholarships which are … Continue reading Honors Awards Presented at NOVA-Manassas

Marion Lobstein Donates Flora of Virginia to NOVA Libraries

Marion Lobstein Donates ‘Flora of Virginia’ to NOVA Libraries

Nature lovers at NOVA can now easily identify Virginia plants, thanks to Marion Lobstein, longtime biology professor at NOVA’s Manassas Campus. Lobstein donated copies of the long-awaited ‘Flora of Virginia’ to each of NOVA’s six libraries in honor of her friend and colleague Nicky Staunton. “Nicky and I are founding members of the Virginia Native Plant Society,” Lobstein said. “Nicky served two terms as president … Continue reading Marion Lobstein Donates ‘Flora of Virginia’ to NOVA Libraries

NOVA Participates in NOVA and VCCS Student Leadership Events

Students Participate in NOVA and VCCS Student Leadership Events

Student access, and success and excellence were highlighted during two leadership development programs that students from all six NOVA campuses recently attended. More than 70 student leaders participated in the NOVA Student Leadership Retreat held September 27-29 at Adventure Links in Clinton, Va. The weekend consisted of activities geared toward building leadership skills, effective communication, team-building, trust-building and interdependency. Students and staff also had the opportunity … Continue reading Students Participate in NOVA and VCCS Student Leadership Events

Career Workshop Provides Helpful Tools to NSMH Members

Career Workshop Provides Helpful Tools to NSMH Members

On October 22, Hospitality Management Program Assistant Professor, DeQuan Smith (AN), and Career Counselor, Stephanie Allen (AN), hosted a professional development workshop for the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH). The presentation included resume tips and professional etiquette for securing employment in the hospitality profession. “The workshop was a success. I am glad that NOVA’s faculty showed a vested interest in us. I have no idea … Continue reading Career Workshop Provides Helpful Tools to NSMH Members

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

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’ Session

      Tablet Tuesday (New) Introducing Tablet Tuesday, where you can learn more about Blackboard Mobile Learn, Panopto and Blackboard Collaborate apps on an iOS and Android device. Panopto (iOS) and Blackboard Collaborate (iOS and Android) Barbara Helmick, TAC Trainer Nikkia Anderson, Instructional Technologist for Hybrid Instruction Tuesday, December 3 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fairfax 4, 3922 Pender Drive, Room 149 This Tablet … Continue reading Upcoming TAC’s ‘Lunch and Learn – Brown Bag’ Session

Support NOVA L.E.A.D.S. for the Holiday Toy Drive

NOVA L.E.A.D.S. (Leadership, Education, Advocacy, Development and Service) is a team of individuals who have joined together with the same goals in mind: to give back to the community. NOVA L.E.A.D.S. members strive to give back to the community, build relationships among diverse professionals and create opportunities for collaboration. The members are delighted to announce the second annual NOVA L.E.A.D.S. Holiday Toy Drive benefiting the Boys and … Continue reading Support NOVA L.E.A.D.S. for the Holiday Toy Drive

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