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 to participate in a ropes course designed to challenge individuals in a safe and supportive environment.
On October 25-27, nearly 50 students traveled to Virginia Beach for the annual Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Student Leadership Conference. NOVA students attended workshops, heard motivational speakers and had the opportunity to network with student leaders from other VCCS colleges.
Conference presenters from NOVA included Tiffney Laing (LO) and Mat “Tank” McCarl (WO). Laing focused on “Leadership Redefined” and McCarl discussed “Combating Leadership Oppression.”
In addition, Dr. Paul McVeigh, associate vice president of global studies and programs, and Dr. Dali Tan, associate professor of Chinese, presented on “Global Competence: A Learning Opportunity in China.”
Students returned to their home campuses ready to lead and engage fellow students.
Viridiana Acosta (AL), Tom DiCato (AN), Jessica Gardner (AN), Tiffney Laing, (LO), Marcie Schreibman (MA), Frank Maia (MA), Pat Martin-Mattocks (MEC), Amanda Morley (ELI), Mat “Tank” McCarl (WO) and Brian Anweiler (CS) coordinated the activities.