NOVA Launches STEM Initiative

NOVA Launches STEM Initiative

According to “Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements Through 2020” from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, the number of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs will increase by 32 percent in Virginia by 2020, and more than 90 percent of those jobs will require post-secondary education. NOVA is responding to this need by creating a college-wide initiative to encourage more … Continue reading NOVA Launches STEM Initiative

Oral Communication Class Welcomes President Templin

Oral Communication Class Welcomes President Templin

Fifteen students in oral communication (ESL 33) at the Annandale Campus had a special guest on October 29. Instructor Shirley Nuhn and students enjoyed a conversation with President Robert G. Templin, Jr. He spoke about his family and recounted several experiences, including some occurring in their home countries. “I admire all of you,” he told the English language learners. “I admire your courage.” He added … Continue reading Oral Communication Class Welcomes President Templin

NOVA Volleyball Wins NJCAA Region 20 D-II Championship

NOVA Volleyball Wins NJCAA Region 20 D-II Championship

NOVA captured the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association Region 20 Division II Championship with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Frederick (Maryland) Community College at Hagerstown Community College. In what could only be described as a tug of war featuring the two best teams in the region, Frederick and NOVA exchanged blows through the opening four sets. Frederick won the first set 25-22, NOVA claimed … Continue reading NOVA Volleyball Wins NJCAA Region 20 D-II Championship

Woodbridge Professor Publishes Novel

Woodbridge Professor Publishes Novel

Robert Bausch’s new novel “Far as the Eye Can See” was released November 4. The novel is receiving great reviews and earned a rarely awarded “starred review” from Kirkus Reviews. Bausch has taught English composition, literature and creative writing for 39 years at the Woodbridge Campus. His other works which have garnered critical acclaim include “On the Way Home,” “The Lives of Riley Chance, Almighty … Continue reading Woodbridge Professor Publishes Novel

Professor Minnich Discusses Native American History

Professor Minnich Discusses Native American History

The Manassas Honors Club recently sponsored a guest lecture by Sociology Professor Donna Minnich. Minnich, who belongs to the Blackfeet Native American tribe, spoke about “Native American History and Education: A Personal Account.” She detailed the history of the Blackfeet people, specifically the lost generation of children who were taken away from their families and put into government boarding schools against their will to be “civilized” … Continue reading Professor Minnich Discusses Native American History

Loudoun Welcomes Renowned Speakers for National Food Day

Loudoun Welcomes Renowned Speakers for National Food Day

Joel Salatin, subject of the documentary “Food, Inc.,” and Mariam Nasuti, founder of Farm-to-Fork, visited NOVA’s Loudoun Campus on October 24. The Loudoun Green Team sponsored the day-long food awareness forum as part of National Food Day, a nationwide effort that featured over 8,000 events in all 50 states. Salatin was the keynote speaker. He is a nationally renowned farmer from Polyface Farm in the Shenandoah … Continue reading Loudoun Welcomes Renowned Speakers for National Food Day

MEC Observes National Alcohol Awareness Week

MEC Observes National Alcohol Awareness Week

Each October, several activities and educational initiatives aimed at raising alcohol awareness are sponsored by the Medical Education Campus (MEC) Office of Student Life. Among the featured activities this year were a walk-and-turn field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test. The Student Life table was a great way to have a good time between classes, increasing awareness of alcohol’s effects on the body,” said J.M. McKeel, … Continue reading MEC Observes National Alcohol Awareness Week

NOVA Gives 600 Massages at the Marine Corps Marathon

NOVA Gives 600 Massages at the Marine Corps Marathon

Woodbridge Campus massage therapy students gave more than 600 post-race massages to appreciative runners at the 39th Annual Marine Corps Marathon on October 26. As part of the program’s internship, 28 massage students practiced sport massage techniques under the supervision of Instructor Jennifer Sovine, Program Head Nancy Crippen and alumna Sharon Fussell. Program alumni Heather Labe and James Fussell also volunteered to help with event … Continue reading NOVA Gives 600 Massages at the Marine Corps Marathon

CETL’s Teaching Institute: Faculty First-Year Experience

CETL’s Teaching Institute: Faculty First-Year Experience

About 50 faculty members attended the new faculty first-year experience workshops, followed by a session of the CETL Teaching Institute on October 31. Loudoun Provost Julie Leidig led the event with an amazing and informative welcome to the growing Loudoun Campus. Loudoun is thriving with many unique programs and features and leads the way with a shared space for classes with George Mason University. NOVA’s … Continue reading CETL’s Teaching Institute: Faculty First-Year Experience

NOVA Hosts Dutch Delegation through VACIE

NOVA Hosts Dutch Delegation Through VACIE

On October 22, NOVA’s Office of Global Studies and Programs and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning hosted a reception to welcome the visiting delegation of Virginia Colleges International Exchange (VACIE) Program awardees from the Netherlands along with their NOVA faculty partners. The event was well attended by NOVA faculty and staff who had the opportunity to learn about Dutch culture and the … Continue reading NOVA Hosts Dutch Delegation Through VACIE

Woodbridge MAN UP Students Visit VSU’s STEM Day

Woodbridge MAN UP Students Visit VSU’s STEM Day

On October 17, Professor Camisha Parker, First Year Advisor Cedric Howard and Woodbridge students from the Natural Science and Math Department and the MAN UP program participated in STEM Day at Virginia State University (VSU). The students attended workshops and received helpful information about STEM opportunities available at VSU. The group had a special opportunity to meet with Associate Dean Dawit Haile and School of Engineering, … Continue reading Woodbridge MAN UP Students Visit VSU’s STEM Day

Indian Delegation Visits Loudoun Campus

Indian Delegation Visits Loudoun Campus

On October 28, Loudoun Campus hosted an Indian delegation of 13 administrators and faculty who are participating in the Fulbright-Nehru Visiting International Education Administrator Seminar. The seminar is organized by Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)/ Institute of International Education (IIE) and the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) and sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright Scholar Program. The delegates visited to learn more about community college … Continue reading Indian Delegation Visits Loudoun Campus

NOVA Dance Company Thrills in the Park

NOVA Dance Company Thrills in the Park

NOVA Dance Company performed a unique version of “Thriller” for the patrons at the Burke Lake Park Ghost Train October 25 and 26. “Thriller” was choreographed by the company President Caroline Grace Burkhardt, Vice President Staisha Perry and Treasurer Joye Thomas. The dancers dressed as zombies, portraying a ballerina, cheerleader, nerd, dance team member and the classic living dead. After the performance, the audience was … Continue reading NOVA Dance Company Thrills in the Park

Upcoming Alexandria Lyceum Events

The following free events are co-sponsored by the Alexandria Lyceum and the Metropolitan Business Group. Events are held on the Alexandria Campus. “Capital Markets Explained: Between Theory and Practice” Tuesday, November 11 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. AA-196 Presenter Mark Stys is a founding partner and the chief investment officer at WS Wealth Management, LLC. Prior to WS, Stys was the chief investment officer of … Continue reading Upcoming Alexandria Lyceum Events

National Career Development Month

November is National Career Development Month. This is a great time for staff and faculty to think about what we are doing to help NOVA students participate in career development opportunities and navigate the world of work. Here are ways you can help: Encourage students to use the new College Central Network (CCN) to access career advice, to create resumes and online portfolios, publish them … Continue reading National Career Development Month

STEAM Faculty Learning Community Available

STEAM Faculty Learning Community Available

The STEAM Faculty Learning Community from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is exploring teaching at the intersection of the STEM disciplines and the art disciplines. To register for the STEAM Faculty Focus workshop mini-series, go to https://tinyurl.com/STEAMminiseries.  November 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., CG 202, Annandale Campus Workshop: “Art for Science or Science for Art?” and a plenary session and … Continue reading STEAM Faculty Learning Community Available

NOVA Idol 2015 Campus Auditions

Spread the word to your students – NOVA Idol auditions are coming! NOVA Idol contestants must be enrolled in at least one NOVA course during the Spring 2015 semester and in good academic standing. This includes dual enrolled students. High school NOVA Idol contestants must be enrolled in one of the area high schools. Winners from previous years are not allowed to compete again. All … Continue reading NOVA Idol 2015 Campus Auditions

Lunch & Learn: PLACE Portfolio Development

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and the Office for Prior Learning Assessment cordially invite you to a Lunch & Learn session titled “PLACE (Prior Learning Activity for Credit Evaluation) Portfolio Development.” The session will take place November 12 at 12:00 p.m. at the CETL Center (AN CG 218). To register, email cetl@nvcc.edu. Prior learning assessment is a renewed movement in higher … Continue reading Lunch & Learn: PLACE Portfolio Development

Christensen’s “A Pilgrimage of Images” at the Fisher Art Gallery

Christensen’s “A Pilgrimage of Images” at the Fisher Art Gallery

The Schlesinger Center Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery presents Heidi Christensen’s “A Pilgrimage of Images” from November 14 to December 14. A reception is planned for Saturday, November 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and a talk with the artist at 4:00 p.m. “A Pilgrimage of Images” is a mixed media exhibition. Christensen paints in the classic tradition of layering glazes of … Continue reading Christensen’s “A Pilgrimage of Images” at the Fisher Art Gallery

Science Seminar: A Look at Plant-Human Relationships

All faculty, staff and students are cordially invited to a Science Seminar Friday, November 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the CE Theater on the Annandale Campus. NOVA Biology Professor Lisa Williams will discuss “Who Loves You Baby? A Brief Look at Plant-Human Relationships.” Light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the speaker will be from 11:30 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. in the CE … Continue reading Science Seminar: A Look at Plant-Human Relationships

President’s Sabbatical Award Deadline Approaching

Have you been at NOVA for five years or more? Do you have an idea that you want to work on without any other distraction? Would you enjoy a semester with full pay and benefits, no classes and an opportunity to develop that idea? If so, apply for the President’s Sabbatical Award. The December 1 deadline for applications is fast approaching. Applicants need to complete … Continue reading President’s Sabbatical Award Deadline Approaching

Chancellor’s Programs Available – Deadline December 8

Now is the time for eligible faculty to consider applying for the Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship Program and Commonwealth Professorship Program. The Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship Program provides paid leave and tuition assistance for doctoral degrees in leadership in higher education or discipline specific programs. The fellowship provides $7,500 in tuition assistance and a leave of absence up to one year to pursue full-time graduate study. Recipients receive … Continue reading Chancellor’s Programs Available – Deadline December 8