Callan Bentley Receives Outstanding Faculty Award

Callan Bentley Receives Outstanding Faculty Award

Assistant Professor of Geology Callan Bentley (AN) has been honored with a 2015 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and Dominion Resources. Bentley has taught environmental science and geology for nearly 15 years in secondary and postsecondary education, with nine of those years at NOVA. He has won many awards for his teaching including NOVA’s Golden Apple Award … Continue reading Callan Bentley Receives Outstanding Faculty Award

NOVA Gathers to Ignite Student Success

NOVA Gathers to Ignite Student Success

The Ernst Center was abuzz with new ideas to support student success as faculty, staff and students gathered for NOVA’s first Ignite event. Held on October 24, Ignite NOVA presenters were tasked with delivering quick-fire talks about teaching and learning. Participants left energized by the discussions and were inspired to create meaningful change in their classrooms, disciplines and academic communities. Ignite NOVA, an initiative by … Continue reading NOVA Gathers to Ignite Student Success

Woodbridge Arts and Science Building Wins Big

Woodbridge Arts and Science Building Wins Big

The NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association Northern Virginia Awards Gala celebrates significant new contributions to Northern Virginia by the commercial, industrial and mixed-use real estate community.  At the 2014 gala, Woodbridge Provost Sam Hill received the Award of Excellence for the Woodbridge Arts and Science Building in the category of Best Building, Build-to-Suit Institutional Facility over $20 Million. According to the judges, “the project … Continue reading Woodbridge Arts and Science Building Wins Big

Whitmire Directs Music for Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting

Whitmire Directs Music for Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting

Dr. Mark Whitmire (AL) was selected to direct music for the Lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree that took place December 5 in Richmond, Virginia. Following the tree lighting ceremony, Whitmire and his choir performed carols and holiday music as Governor Terry McAuliffe and his wife, Dorothy, greeted hundreds of guests at the annual holiday open house. Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the Virginia Capitol was the first … Continue reading Whitmire Directs Music for Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting

Honors Program Holds 2nd ExxonMobil Honors Symposium

Honors Program Holds Second ExxonMobil Honors Symposium

The NOVA Honors Program held its second ExxonMobil Honors Symposium November 14 to give Honors Program students the opportunity to present original research to Honors faculty and their peers. Students gave 10- to 15-minute presentations using PowerPoint or Prezi to discuss their research findings. Six Honors students were awarded a $250 cash prize for their efforts thanks to the generosity of ExxonMobil, which provides funding for … Continue reading Honors Program Holds Second ExxonMobil Honors Symposium

Kastens Writes Article for The Washingtonian Magazine

Kastens Writes Article for The Washingtonian Magazine

An article written by Assistant Professor Theana Kastens, who teaches Honors English at the Woodbridge Campus, will be featured in the January issue of The Washingtonian. The article will appear on the back page of the magazine under the “First Person” column. The article addresses the changing aspects of interpersonal relationships as considered in the growing trend of online dating. Kastens, an interdisciplinary doctoral student at … Continue reading Kastens Writes Article for The Washingtonian Magazine

Institute for Public Service Hosts Conference

Institute for Public Service Hosts Conference

The day after midterm elections, students, faculty, staff and community members gathered at the Alexandria Campus to hear from politicians, journalists and political scientists about the significance of the results and the future implications. The NOVA Institute for Public Service (IPS) hosted the conference. Alexandria Liberal Arts Dean Jim McClellan started the morning by welcoming the audience, introducing the program and sharing some details from … Continue reading Institute for Public Service Hosts Conference

NOVA Values International Education

NOVA Values International Education

NOVA joined the nation in celebrating International Education Week November 17 to 21. As host to students from over 131 countries, the College provides a unique opportunity to bring people from all backgrounds together in a peaceful learning environment. NOVA endeavors to provide a range of opportunities for faculty, staff and students to learn about the history, languages, geography, literature, art and global issues of … Continue reading NOVA Values International Education

“What You Can’t See and Other Matters” at Manassas

“What You Can’t See and Other Matters” at Manassas

On December 3, the Manassas Campus held a reception for Jean Lauzon who is exhibiting her paintings in the Colgan Hall gallery until the end of January. Formerly a NOVA adjunct, Lauzon currently serves as a department chair at Germanna Community College. In addition to NOVA faculty, staff and students, several of Lauzon’s Germanna colleagues attended the event. Called “What You Can’t See and Other … Continue reading “What You Can’t See and Other Matters” at Manassas

Woodbridge 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

Woodbridge Second Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

On November 25, the Woodbridge Campus celebrated the second annual “Sharing a Tradition of Thanksgiving Celebration” to let local and international students experience Thanksgiving. Assistant Professor Megan Davies organized the event again this year. Dean of Students Michael Turner and Executive Assistant to the Dean Kathy Fullerton supported the event and played key roles in making the day successful. The Woodbridge Campus Global Studies Committee … Continue reading Woodbridge Second Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

NOVA Attends NIH Community College Day

NOVA Attends NIH Community College Day

On November 25, Medical Education Campus Nursing faculty Daria Amato and Victoria Blount and Manassas Biology Professor Gunjan Sharma took their classes to the 14th Community College Day at the National Institutes for Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The NUR 221 clinical students and Honors BIO 101 students appreciated the opportunity. The trip was filled with helpful information for students. They attended seminars and two … Continue reading NOVA Attends NIH Community College Day

Bozarth and Green Club Visit National Geographic Museum

Bozarth and Green Club Visit National Geographic Museum

Dr. Christine Bozarth and NOVA students visited the National Geographic Museum for an event sponsored by the Alexandria Campus Green Club, a student environmental group. Students learned about the global food production system at the new exhibit called “FOOD: Our Global Kitchen.” The exhibit explores the complex and intricate food system that brings food from the farm to the table. The tour encompasses the entire … Continue reading Bozarth and Green Club Visit National Geographic Museum

Video on Demand: Author Marcus Engel at the MEC

Video on Demand: Author Marcus Engel at the MEC

In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Week, Marcus Engel, author of “The Other End of the Stethoscope,” spoke at the Medical Education Campus October 29. After being blinded and suffering catastrophic injuries because of a drunk driver, Engel witnessed health care from the patient end of the stethoscope. Through 300 hours of reconstructive facial surgery and years of hospitalization, rehab and recovery, Engel experienced “the good, … Continue reading Video on Demand: Author Marcus Engel at the MEC

Video on Demand: Science Seminar by Dr. Peter Williams

Video on Demand: Science Seminar by Dr. Peter Williams

“The Sun: Our Very Own Stellar Laboratory,” presented by Dr. Peter Williams, is available on NOVA TV Center’s Video on Demand. The presentation describes the observational characteristics of the sun and its various atmospheric layers as well as the sun’s far-reaching influence via the solar wind. Williams’ descriptions give viewers insight and understanding into the role of nuclear fusion in the production of energy and … Continue reading Video on Demand: Science Seminar by Dr. Peter Williams

Community Based Organizations Program Welcomes New Staff

Community Based Organizations Program Welcomes New Staff

Dr. William Kosanovich, Community Based Organizations (CBO) program director, has been working to build a new team and inspire an experienced group of skilled players. Kosanovich is happy to welcome new staff to the team. Joining veteran CBO specialists Susanne Stevenson and Debi Butler are Ken McGhee and Dawn Titafi. McGhee, the new financial aid and student services coordinator, is very knowledgeable about federal regulations … Continue reading Community Based Organizations Program Welcomes New Staff

Register for Power Up Your Pedagogy

Register for Power Up Your Pedagogy

The 10th Annual Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) Conference is open for registration. All faculty and professional staff are cordially invited to the conference on January 7 and 8, 2015, on the Annandale Campus. PUP is an exciting, award-winning, professional development conference that brings all NOVA faculty together. The conference is for faculty and by faculty. Conference attendees will learn invaluable new insights about best teaching practices and tips. Conference … Continue reading Register for Power Up Your Pedagogy

457 and 403(b) Contribution Limits Increased for 2015

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced limits on the amounts participants may contribute to the 457 and 403(b) tax-deferred retirement savings plans in 2015. The new limits effective January 1, 2015, are $18,000 for employees under the age of 50 and $24,000 for employees age 50 and over. Changes to 457 deferrals may be made online using participants’ log-in information or by calling Deferred … Continue reading 457 and 403(b) Contribution Limits Increased for 2015