New Faculty Class of 2016-2017 Start Strong

New Faculty Class of 2016-2017 Start Strong

NOVA welcomed 34 new teaching faculty this semester. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), in partnership with the Office of Academic and Student Support Services and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, hosted a New Faculty Orientation seminar on August 17 with packed sessions geared to help new faculty start strong. Topics included student services, advising, NOVA CARES, disability services, Title IX, educational technology and assessment. President Scott Ralls … Continue reading New Faculty Class of 2016-2017 Start Strong

Robert G. Templin, Jr. Higher Education Center Dedication

Robert G. Templin, Jr. Higher Education Center Dedication

The Loudoun Campus will proudly host the dedication ceremony for its newest building, the Robert G. Templin, Jr. Higher Education Center on Thursday, September 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Not even a year in existence, the state-of-the-art building has been recognized in Loudoun County for design excellence demonstrated in a residential, commercial, retail or public-sector structure. In March, the NOVA Board strongly supported … Continue reading Robert G. Templin, Jr. Higher Education Center Dedication

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

6th Annual Faculty Mentorship Program Kickoff - Teacher2Teacher

6th Annual Faculty Mentorship Program Kickoff – Teacher2Teacher

On August 18, the Manassas Campus held the sixth Annual Kickoff Event for the Mentorship Program Teacher2Teacher/New Full-time and Adjunct Faculty Orientation. New faculty networked and participated in activities with Manassas colleagues throughout the day. New faculty members met their mentors and were offered various perspectives and insights into teaching/learning and received additional resources. Kickoff highlights: Manassas Campus Faculty Traveling Resources Fair “Step Right Up” … Continue reading 6th Annual Faculty Mentorship Program Kickoff – Teacher2Teacher

Preschoolers Explore Careers at the MEC Health Education Day

Preschoolers Explore Careers at MEC’s Health Education Day

Sixty preschoolers enrolled at Annandale Christian Community for Action’s (ACCA) Child Development Center visited the Medical Education Campus (MEC) on August 10 for a full day of interactive learning about nutrition, healthy eating habits and health care careers. ACCA, a preschool center serving diverse and low-income families in the Northern Virginia area, partnered with the MEC to offer children, ages 3 to 5, a learning … Continue reading Preschoolers Explore Careers at MEC’s Health Education Day

Let’s Get Quackin’ – Manassas Hosts Annual Convocation

Let’s Get Quackin’ – Manassas Hosts Annual Convocation

On August 18, the Manassas Campus ushered in the new academic year with great energy and lots of laughs. Interim Provost Molly Lynch welcomed the Howsmon Lecture Hall filled with faculty and staff. The relaxed tone was set when laughter erupted at Lynch’s video of an excited dog eagerly anticipating a jaunt in the ocean. She likened this high energy behavior to that of faculty waiting to … Continue reading Let’s Get Quackin’ – Manassas Hosts Annual Convocation

MEC Welcomes Back Faculty and Staff for Fall 2016

MEC Welcomes Back Faculty and Staff for Fall 2016

NOVA’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) hosted its annual Welcome Back event on Thursday, August 18, with the theme “Remaining MEC Strong.” MEC Provost Anne Loochtan offered words of encouragement to faculty and staff to kick off the fall semester. “This year is going to be great,” Loochtan said. “The MEC has a wonderful environment that is truly unique and special. The academic programs we offer … Continue reading MEC Welcomes Back Faculty and Staff for Fall 2016

Dr. Carmen Figueroa in Salamanca

Dr. Carmen Figueroa in Salamanca

Dr. Carmen Figueroa, foreign languages professor at the Woodbridge Campus, received a grant for two consecutive years to visit Salamanca, Spain, for professional development during the summers of 2015 and 2016. Last summer, she attended Mester Academy, where she learned teaching didactic skills and how to teach Spanish using technology. Figueroa also studied about the Spanish Civil War, the architect and sculptor Santiago Calatrava and … Continue reading Dr. Carmen Figueroa in Salamanca

Current and Retired NOVA Faculty and Staff Cruise Danube River

Current and Retired NOVA Faculty and Staff Cruise Danube River

A group of 21 current and retired NOVA faculty, staff and administrators, along with family and friends, enjoyed a cruise on the Danube River this summer. The Avalon cruise was booked for the group by Talula Guntner, professor emerita of Travel and Tourism. The 11-day tour began with three days in Prague, Czech Republic, before traveling by motor coach to meet the Avalon Illumination on … Continue reading Current and Retired NOVA Faculty and Staff Cruise Danube River

New IT Professor at the Annandale Campus

New IT Professor at the Annandale Campus

Several new faculty members have started work at the Annandale Campus beginning in the fall semester, including Ghada Abdelmoumin, associate professor in information technology. Abdelmoumin received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical power engineering from Alexandria University, a public research institution that is the second largest university in Egypt. She earned two Master of Science degrees, one in computer science from Western Illinois University … Continue reading New IT Professor at the Annandale Campus

Ia Gomez Selected as Honorary Committee Member for VA BIO Conference

Ia Gomez Selected as Honorary Committee Member for VA BIO Conference

Manassas Science and Applied Technologies Associate Dean Ia Gomez has been selected among leaders in the life science community as honorary committee member for the Virginia Bio Conference, to be held on September 29 at the INOVA Center for Personalized Health in Fairfax, Virginia. The conference is organized by the Virginia Biotechnology Association, also known as VA BIO. The Virginia Biotechnology Association, formed in 1992, … Continue reading Ia Gomez Selected as Honorary Committee Member for VA BIO Conference

Medical Laboratory Technology Second Jumpstart Orientation

Medical Laboratory Technology Second Jumpstart Orientation

The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program welcomed incoming students with a MLT Jumpstart Orientation at the Medical Education Campus (MEC). The event was primarily focused on creating a strong foundation for student success. Presentations included a program handbook review and computer access by MEC faculty and staff, library resource training by Diane Kearney and Kristin Snawder, student success and counseling services by Fahmeen Faruki, retention counseling with Tonda Shine, degree progress … Continue reading Medical Laboratory Technology Second Jumpstart Orientation

VCCS Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Conference

Do you have ideas for engaging and supporting multicultural professionals in the workplace or successfully enhancing retention and success rates of minority students? Please share them with your colleagues throughout the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). The VCCS Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Conference is next month. The conference goal is to build capacity and advocacy for the success of our diverse student body and … Continue reading VCCS Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Conference

Fisher Gallery Presents “Évoluer” Art Show

Fisher Gallery Presents “Évoluer” Art Show

The Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Center Concert Hall and Arts Center will exhibit unique drawings and painting by Tanya Ziniewicz in the show “Évoluer.” The show will be on display in the gallery from Friday, July 29 to Sunday, September 11 with an artist’s reception on Saturday, August 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  “Évoluer” is made … Continue reading Fisher Gallery Presents “Évoluer” Art Show

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus is honored to exhibit the works of artist Raye Leith in her show, “Blueprints,” on display in the Forum and Passage galleries from Friday, July 29 to Sunday, September 11. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Saturday, August 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Leith has been painting and drawing for five decades. She is fueled by a basic desire for connection and communication. Leith is an eclectic artist who also has experience in theatre design. “In these drawings I call ‘Blueprints,’ I’ve interwoven larger-than-life portraits with miniature cityscapes and expansive landscapes,” Leith explained. “I’ve skewed the portraits to express a sense of gravitational disorientation, and I’ve juxtaposed them with soaring expanses and apocalyptic disasters. Minute detailing in the pocket spaces between human forms creates unexpected shifts of spatial perspective.” Leith’s individual portraits that will be on display in the Passage Gallery are developed from her weekly model studies. “I do the drawings on Lanaquarelle 300-pound paper using indigo and ivory-colored NuPastels. I’ve favored these pastels for three years for the unique way the crystalline dust absorbs and refracts light to create an especially rich and deep blue,” she said. “For me this blue is soulful — spiritual and expansive. It also brings to mind an earlier age of architectural blueprints and cyanotype photography, two media with which I feel a kinship.” Leith received her Bachelor of Arts in ceramics from Hamilton College and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has exhibited in New York, Washington, D.C., Italy and Germany. The Forum Gallery is on the first level of the Schlesinger Center, and the Passage Gallery is on the second floor outside of the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery. The galleries are open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and during events in the concert hall. For more information about art shows and concert hall events, call the Schlesinger Center at 703.845.6156.

Schlesinger Center to Exhibit Raye Leith’s Drawings in “Blueprints”

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus is honored to exhibit the works of artist Raye Leith in her show, “Blueprints,” on display in the Forum and Passage galleries from Friday, July 29 to Sunday, September 11. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Saturday, August 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Leith has been painting and drawing for five decades. … Continue reading Schlesinger Center to Exhibit Raye Leith’s Drawings in “Blueprints”

New NOVA Business Card Design Is Coming

New NOVA Business Card Design Is Coming

The Purchasing Office is proud to announce that there is a “new look” for NOVA’s business cards. The vendor estimates that the remaining stock of the current design will be gone in approximately 30 days. Upon stock depletion, the vendor will take about three days to switch the website and production and then begin printing with the new design. In addition to the redesign, prices … Continue reading New NOVA Business Card Design Is Coming

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

Tuition Assistance Process Update

Updated tuition assistance forms are now available on NOVA’s Forms Library. Please access the form from NOVA’s Forms Library to ensure you have the most up-to-date version for your tuition assistance request. After a trial run of two revised tuition assistance forms last fall, Human Resources has made some further improvements. One of the improvements includes important eligibility information built in to the forms as … Continue reading Tuition Assistance Process Update