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 Studies Dean Kat Hitchcock, Associate Dean Lisa Stelle, Dean of Students Debbie Wyne, Student Success Coordinator/Acting Coordinator of Counseling Titus Lane, Dean of Learning and Technology Resources Randy Fournier, Director of Campus Operations Sally Wrenn and Director of Off-Campus Sites Laura Siko.
In addition to welcoming new faculty, Leidig also said farewell to others. Leidig offered her congratulations to Loudoun Campus community members as well, including (but not limited to):
- Miguel Corrigan, awarded a second Fulbright Scholarship and visited Morocco and Senegal this summer
- Barbara Crain, awarded a President’s Sabbatical to trace paths of refugees in Greece and Germany
- Tregel Cockburn, named to the State Board for Veterinary Medicine
- Cathy Hall and Diane Schrenzel, received Outstanding Service Awards for Classified Staff
- Robyn Russo and Allison Correll, awarded a Virginia Community College System grant to work on Writing Across the Curriculum
- Johanna Debrecht, appointed production manager of a national math journal, MathMATYC
- Kristyn Moskey, awarded Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professorship for a project on improving teaching for 21st Century students
- Gillian Backus, one of seven national SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Leadership Fellows
Leidig also provided renovation and hiring updates and asked faculty to note important upcoming dates, including the renaming of the HEC building on September 8 for Former President Robert G. Templin, Jr., and Loudoun County STEM Day on Saturday, October 1.
As part of an effort to assist students experiencing personal stresses, Leidig announced Achieving the Dream’s Working Family Success Network initiatives. Each campus now offers a food pantry as well as Student Emergency Grants. There are also two new pilot programs for students on the autism spectrum. Adaptive College Experience (ACE) and College Steps will provide mentorship for students on the spectrum.
To keep teaching and learning in progress during inclement weather (The Farmer’s Almanac forecasts a snowy winter), Leidig encouraged faculty to be prepared to teach via Blackboard in the event classes are cancelled for an extended period.
Jack Zegeer, Loudoun’s financial aid advisor, discussed new federal regulations that will not provide financial aid for courses that are outside a student’s declared program of study. It is important to ensure students understand this new requirement to avoid surprises.
In conclusion, Leidig encouraged attendees to invite her to classes and attend Provost Brown Bag and Town Hall meetings. She encouraged faculty and staff to look to the future, be “aspirations-focused and results-oriented.”
She closed with a quote she once read, “’Every organization is perfectly structured for exactly the result it is getting. ’Let’s make sure we’re structured in the best way to get the best result.’”