All NOVA campuses celebrate NOVA Day as an opportunity for new and returning students to spend time getting to know one another and their campuses. This year, NOVA Day at the Medical Education Campus (MEC) was a remarkable experience. The six-hour event featured a club recruitment fair with most of the student organizations participated. There were activities such as mini-golf, Cornhole and an obstacle course. Students also had the opportunity to create their own stunner shades. The day included music, games, giveaways and a delicious spread of barbecue food.
One of the biggest charms for new students was getting their MEC “passport” stamped while learning about the various campus clubs and organizations. The Student Occupational Therapy Assistants (SOTA) shared techniques on how to properly pack and carry a backpack, and the Medical Lab Tech (MeLT) displayed their new AccuVein, which allows clinicians to verify vein patency by displaying a map of the vasculature on the surface of the skin in real time, and promoted an upcoming blood donor event.
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) showed how to handle emergencies utilizing basic life support equipment, and the Physical Therapist Assistant students did a testing grip “strength in the hand” by squeezing a dynamometer. Other highlights of the day included the aerial picture taken of faculty, staff and students forming a zero as part of the effort to have all six campuses spell “NOVA50” for NOVA’s 50th anniversary.
Overall, the event brought together over 350 students, faculty and staff who all enjoyed the absolutely stellar September weather and celebrated the start of a new semester and year. Sponsored by Student Life and planned by Senior Coordinator Patricia Martin-Mattocks, the event provided a wonderful opportunity to foster a strong sense of community.