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 organizations on the Alexandria Campus.
With an Olympics theme and the help of the Technology Innovation Learning and Teaching (TILT) staff, the convocation committee aired a video of Haggray’s predecessor Dr. Ron Buchanan passing a mock Olympics torch to various deans and campus administrators before Haggray received the torch live during convocation.
Schlesinger Center Galleries Director Mary Welch Higgins welcomed them to the arts center and encouraged faculty to use the space and arrange tours with students during the semester as the center continues to bring in interesting art shows and concerts.
In her convocation address, Haggray acknowledged the work of Alexandria’s great faculty and staff and thanked the convocation committee for their efforts. Haggray also welcomed the faculty and staff and expressed her excitement to join the NOVA Alexandria Campus family.
“I’m in the right place, and I’m truly very excited to be here,” Haggray said. “I came with a lot of history and experience in community colleges, but every college is unique. I will spend some time getting to know you, getting to know who we are and where we need to be.”
This year’s event included presentations from faculty on topics including changing and improving our mindsets when approaching instruction and mindfulness and meditation – or being in the now and appreciating that moment. Convocation also highlighted recent student success – specifically the success of Professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher’s film students who participated in a collaborative film project with Gebre-Egziabher’s former students in Ethiopia.
Faculty and staff also participated in games inspired by “Minute to Win It” and raffles in a team building effort and to get excited about the new academic year.