Ralls believes community colleges are the workforce engine for the community and wants NOVA to be the seam in a seamless education from high school through NOVA to four-year universities. He intends to build on NOVA’s ties with George Mason University where most of the transfer students are from NOVA. He praised the SySTEMic Solutions Program that started at the Manassas Campus and now serves students across Northern Virginia.
Ralls applauded the student diversity at Manassas and the support that faculty and staff give students in their daily lives and encouraged everyone to continue to structure programs with the end in mind so students can see their success.
After Ralls’ presentation, Provost Roger Ramsammy gave the annual state of the Campus discussion. He discussed the upcoming move to Battleview Technology Center located at the corner of the Campus. The new building will bring all programs and classes that are currently housed at Manassas Innovation Park back to the Campus to better accommodate students. The target date for the center opening is January 2016.
Ramsammy also highlighted the many faculty and staff who have received awards over the last year. The awards and recipients included Provost’s Awards to Dr. Ia Gomez, Dr. Anne Kuhta, Essala Lowe and Deborah Rosen; NVCC Education Foundation Service to the College Awards to Dr. Mary Ann Schmitt and Loretta Gray; College-wide Recognition Award for Teaching recipients included Cathleen Cogdill, Dr. Vashti Bryant, Maryellen Ryan and Dr. Geeta Jadhav; College and Community Service Awards to Barbara Lash and Kelly Usher; Scholarly and Creative Engagement Award to Susan Givens and Kathyrn O’Sullivan; and the Institutional Responsibility Award recipients were Gomez and Alicia Tucker.
Other highlights included: Dr. Ruth Stewart as the editor-in-chief of The Northern Virginia Review; Nicole Mancini, who led NOVA’s Cross Country team to win the NJCAA Region 20 Cross Country Champions; Aimee Olivas who published “Survival Time: A Handbook for Surviving a Violent Incident;” Rosemary Gallick’s piece, “Raging Sea” appeared on the cover of The Northern Virginia Review and she also received the Delegate Harry Parrish Innovation and Initiative Award; Troy Dean Kurz was published in “Trick or Treat! A Collection of Spooky Stories;” and the Global Learning Center received the Innovative Practice/Partnership of the Year Award at the Prince William Chamber 2015 Business Awards.
There were also several 2015 Advancement Grant recipients including: Kristina Boberg (Zoology and Biology Curricula Through Models and Live Animal Specimens), Dr. Greg Perrier (Enhancements to NOVA’s Virtual Campus), Barbara Lash (Art Department Publication to Promote Program and Art Exhibits), Dr. Russ Carter (Polygraphs for the Administration of Justice Program) and Nina Lord (NOVA Play Day 2016).
Special thanks to NOVA’s TV Center for filming the presentation. To watch the video, go online.