NOVA Hosts Fall Convocation for Faculty and Staff

NOVA Hosts Fall Convocation for Faculty and Staff

On August 16, faculty and staff from all of NOVA’s six campuses gathered at the Ernst Center on the Annandale Campus for the College’s Fall Convocation. The theme this year was “Renewing Our Commitment to Access and Success.” Speakers focused on the importance of community colleges and the impact that NOVA makes on the Northern Virginia region and its 77,000 students. During the event, there … Continue reading NOVA Hosts Fall Convocation for Faculty and Staff

NOVA Honors Faculty and Staff for Outstanding Service

NOVA Honors Faculty and Staff for Outstanding Service

At Fall Convocation, NOVA presented eight faculty and staff with the 2016 Outstanding Service Award for consistently performing their jobs at the highest levels. Recipients received a check for $1,500. Awards were presented by Donald Strehle, president of the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation Board of Directors. Selection is based on recommendations from NOVA’s College Awards Committee, peers, supervisors and a personal statement from … Continue reading NOVA Honors Faculty and Staff for Outstanding Service

Loser-Savkar Faculty Professional Development Fellowship Announced

Loser-Savkar Faculty Professional Development Fellowship Announced

Reva A. Savkar, Annandale associate professor of chemistry and winner of the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and husband, Bob Loser, retired ELI instructional designer, have announced the creation of the Loser-Savkar Faculty Professional Development Fellowship to provide $1,000 grants to full-time 9-month teaching faculty in support of their professional development activities. Applicants for the fellowship will submit proposals for consideration and Loser-Savkar Fellows … Continue reading Loser-Savkar Faculty Professional Development Fellowship Announced

Aakesson Restores NOVA Seal

Aakesson Restores NOVA Seal

John Aakesson, an adjunct professor in the Liberal Arts Division, offered his unique talent and skill of antique restoration to revitalize a historic 300-pound NOVA wooden seal at the Annandale Campus. As a master wood carver, Aakesson said he received an inquiry through his division to restore the wooden seal that had been visibly worn out for quite some time. Originally the NOVA seal was … Continue reading Aakesson Restores NOVA Seal

Loudoun Looks to Another Great Year at Annual Convocation

Loudoun Looks to Another Great Year at Annual Convocation

NOVA is about to kick off another great year. The College held its annual convocation on August 16. In addition, each campus holds a convocation to welcome back faculty. Loudoun Provost Julie Leidig welcomed her team back on August 18 to the dynamic campus. Leidig began by introducing campus leadership, Natural and Applied Sciences Dean Barbara Canfield, Associate Dean Laura Jacyna, new Communications and Human … Continue reading Loudoun Looks to Another Great Year at Annual Convocation

Alexandria Hosts Olympics-themed Campus Convocation

Alexandria Hosts Olympics-Themed Campus Convocation

On August 18, the Alexandria Campus kicked off the fall 2016 semester and welcomed faculty, staff and newly appointed Provost M. Annette Haggray during its campus convocation at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. The morning started with a light breakfast and resource fair in the Forum Gallery where faculty and staff were given the opportunity to speak with different departments and … Continue reading Alexandria Hosts Olympics-Themed Campus Convocation

NOVA Excels at Hispanic College Institute (HCI)

NOVA Excels at Hispanic College Institute (HCI)

Academic Advisor Amy Zuaso, Pathway Connection Counselor Viridiana Acosta, Education Support Specialist Rommel Aguilar, High School Outreach and Community Liaison María Nieto-Shahsavarian and Pathway to the Baccalaureate Transition Counselor Mónica Gómez represented NOVA at the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN) Hispanic College Institute (HCI). The White House recently recognized VALHEN and the Hispanic College Institute (HCI) as a “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education,” listing the program in its national online catalog … Continue reading NOVA Excels at Hispanic College Institute (HCI)

Classified Staff Leadership Academy: Engage, Transform, Succeed

Classified Staff Leadership Academy: Engage, Transform, Succeed

On July 27 to 29, six members of the NOVA classified staff participated in the 2016 Classified Staff Leadership Academy at the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) office in Richmond. Those who attended included Director of Campus Operations Anil Manchanda (AL), Campus Registrar/ Student Services Manager Margaret Omwenga (AN), High School Outreach Coordinator Cathy Hall (LO), Administrative Assistant Cindy Clink (MA), Computer Lab Manager Imran … Continue reading Classified Staff Leadership Academy: Engage, Transform, Succeed

Alexandria Partners to Host Resource Fair for Skilled Immigrants

Alexandria Partners to Host Resource Fair for Skilled Immigrants

On August 5, NOVA’s Alexandria Campus partnered with the City of Alexandria to host a resource fair for skilled immigrants called “Rebuild Your Professional Career in the U.S.” at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. The purpose of the event was to provide a forum for conversation and the opportunity for community members and professionals to share their experience and learn about … Continue reading Alexandria Partners to Host Resource Fair for Skilled Immigrants

Annandale Geographer Consults on Travel Books

Annandale Geographer Consults on Travel Books

Geography Instructor David B. Miller advised National Geographic recently on two travel books. National Geographic recruited Miller to review more than 50 maps and to make text comments where geographic information needed to be updated. The first book, “Coastal Alaska: Ports of Call & Beyond,” is a perfect destination if you are suffering from the Washington, D.C., area’s heat. August temperatures are in the low … Continue reading Annandale Geographer Consults on Travel Books

Annandale Accounting Professor Appointed to Statewide Board

Annandale Accounting Professor Appointed to Statewide Board

Jill Mitchell, Annandale associate professor of accounting, was reappointed to the Board of Directors of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) for 2016 -2017 as an at-large director. Mitchell was appointed to the VSCPA Board for the first time last year and, as a certified internal auditor, she is the only non-certified public accountant serving on the board, which meets quarterly. “This is … Continue reading Annandale Accounting Professor Appointed to Statewide Board

Year Up Graduates First Class of Woodbridge Students

Year Up Graduates First Class of Woodbridge Students

Twenty-five students from NOVA graduated as the first cohort from the Year Up National Capital Region (NCR) – Woodbridge location on July 29 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC. Woodbridge Campus students Jasmine Baker, Michael Deberry Jr., Beemnet Dinare, Miguel Ephraim, Timothy Freeman, Christian Galvan, Lorena Garcia, Ajani Grant, Rania Jaffa, Reeyia Jaffa, RaVaughn Jones, Courtney Jones, Bushra Kabir, Bazal Kabir, Bishal Karki, Christopher … Continue reading Year Up Graduates First Class of Woodbridge Students

STEM Camps for Underrepresented Students

STEM Camps for Underrepresented Students

On July 27 at West Potomac High School, NOVA SySTEMic Solutions had the privilege to recognize AT&T Services, Inc. (AT&T), Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) and Ft. Belvoir for their contributions in enhancing STEM camp opportunities for underrepresented students from Mt. Vernon High School. Representatives from each organization were on hand to show support and offer their insights and advice to students who are prospective … Continue reading STEM Camps for Underrepresented Students

Assistive Technology Across the Campus Workshop

Assistive Technology Across the Campus Workshop

On July 26, the Alexandria Campus Learning and Technology Resources Division hosted the Assistive Technology Across the Campus (ATAC) Workshop. The workshop was a collaboration between Disability Support Services (DSS), the Alexandria Library and Technology Innovation Learning Teaching (TILT). The workshop introduced faculty and staff to a wide range of assistive technology, as well as discussed best practices for assisting students with disabilities that require technology accommodations. The … Continue reading Assistive Technology Across the Campus Workshop

NVCC Educational Foundation’s 20th Annual Recognition Dinner

NVCC Educational Foundation’s 20th Annual Recognition Dinner

The Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation (NVCCEF) is holding their 20th Annual Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, September 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. The keynote speaker will be Kathleen Parker, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a nationally syndicated columnist on politics and society for the The Washington Post. In addition, we will hear from President Scott Ralls, Foundation Board President … Continue reading NVCC Educational Foundation’s 20th Annual Recognition Dinner

Annandale to Host Susan Muaddi Darraj for Fall for the Book

Annandale to Host Susan Muaddi Darraj for Fall for the Book

The Annandale Campus will participate in the 2016 Fall for the Book event, a week-long, multiple-venue, regional festival that brings people of all ages together in celebration of books and literature. Annandale will welcome novelist Susan Muaddi Darraj on Wednesday, September 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.in the President’s Dining Room of the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center. Darraj is the author of … Continue reading Annandale to Host Susan Muaddi Darraj for Fall for the Book

NOVA Takes Back the Tap

NOVA Takes Back the Tap

As part of NOVA’s continued commitment to the environment and sustainability, the College installed five new water bottle filling stations last semester. Currently, there are a total of 14 filling stations available College wide – two at Alexandria, two at Annandale, two at Loudoun, one at Manassas, six at Woodbridge and one at Medical Education. The stations make it easy to refill and reuse your … Continue reading NOVA Takes Back the Tap

Benefit Deductions for Returning 9-Month Faculty on the 18 Pay Cycle

To ensure benefit premiums were current through the summer months, premiums for the months of May and June for participating 9-month faculty members on the 18 pay cycle were deducted on the May 16, 2016 payroll for the following benefits: Health, Optional Group Life, UNUM Long Term Disability and other miscellaneous voluntary benefits. Premiums due for the months of July and August will be deducted … Continue reading Benefit Deductions for Returning 9-Month Faculty on the 18 Pay Cycle