Help Select a Theme for Commencement

Help Select a Theme for Commencement — Wes Moore Author and NOVA Keynote Speaker

NOVA’s 51st Commencement will be celebrated on May 13, 2017, and the Commencement Committee is working hard to organize a special event for our graduates. To get the party started, the committee is asking all faculty and staff to help select a theme for the ceremony. Nationally recognized author Wes Moore has accepted NOVA’s invitation to be our keynote speaker and he will encourage our … Continue reading Help Select a Theme for Commencement — Wes Moore Author and NOVA Keynote Speaker

Loser-Savkar Fellowship Committee Announces First Fellow

Loser-Savkar Fellowship Committee Announces First Fellow

The Loser-Savkar Fellowship Committee recently announced that its first fellow will be Biology Professor Gillian S. Backus. The fellowship was established by husband and wife professors Robert Loser and Reva Savkar. Backus teaches biology as well as anatomy and physiology at the Loudoun Campus. She requested support from the fellowship to attend the 2017 Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) Summer Institute. … Continue reading Loser-Savkar Fellowship Committee Announces First Fellow

Post-Election Conference at Alexandria

Post-Election Conference at Alexandria

After what many are calling the most divisive presidential election in American history, the NOVA Institute for Public Service (IPS) hosted its annual Post-Election Conference at the Alexandria Campus. More than 200 students, faculty, staff and community members attended and participated in the event, which consisted of two panel discussions throughout the course of the day. Dr. Jimmie McClellan, Alexandria Liberal Arts dean, was the … Continue reading Post-Election Conference at Alexandria

Annandale Hosts Luncheon to Celebrate Veterans

Annandale Hosts Luncheon to Celebrate Veterans

On November 8, the Annandale Campus hosted a luncheon to acknowledge and celebrate veteran students. The event was held in the President’s Dining Room of the Richard J. Ernst Community and Cultural Center where Provost Pam Hilbert spoke in honor of veterans to the more than 50 people who attended the event. “Thank you all for coming. We appreciate those of you who are veterans, … Continue reading Annandale Hosts Luncheon to Celebrate Veterans

Veterans Day Luncheon at the MEC

Veterans Day Luncheon at the MEC

On November 11, the Medical Education Campus (MEC) hosted a Veterans Day Luncheon in honor of veterans, dependents and active duty members who served in the United States Armed Forces. Several students, faculty and staff participated in the program sponsored by the MEC Student Life and the Office of Military and Veterans Services (OMVS). NOVA Associate Director of Communications and Enrollment Support for College Financial … Continue reading Veterans Day Luncheon at the MEC

NOVA Goes to the State Department

NOVA Goes to the State Department

On October 26, NOVA sent a delegation of students (primarily Honors Program students) to the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to attend the John C. Whitehead Conference on Diplomacy. The first conference of its kind, the DOS hosted students from across the country who are interested in learning about careers in diplomacy. NOVA students were joined by college students from 23 different states, including a … Continue reading NOVA Goes to the State Department

Loudoun Honors Veterans

Loudoun Honors Veterans

On November 10, the Loudoun Campus hosted an appreciation event for its campus veterans. This event was hosted by the Office of Student Life and the Student Ambassadors. Thank you cards and food were provided as students, faculty and staff took time to attend and extend their sincere gratitude to our veterans. Additionally, a banner was created by the Student Ambassadors in which participants could … Continue reading Loudoun Honors Veterans

Alexandria Livestreams Rain Dove Performance

The Alexandria Campus Student Life Office and Pride NOVA Club streamed a live performance featuring national guest speaker, Rain Dove. Dove’s presentation was motivational and interactive; she focused on understanding societal design and construction (heavily breaking down gender as an example), how it limits us and how individuals can overcome limits to be truly free once and for all. Dove shared her personal journey from farm girl to a … Continue reading Alexandria Livestreams Rain Dove Performance

Alexandria Celebrates International Education Week 2016

International Education Week is an opportunity to experience our diverse world in all of its uniqueness. The Alexandria Campus provides the ideal setting to bring people from all backgrounds together in a peaceful learning environment. As our world grows smaller, international events that commandeer the daily news programs are a constant reminder of global connectedness. The U.S. Department of Education promotes international education programs in … Continue reading Alexandria Celebrates International Education Week 2016

Rebecca Kamen Presents “The Butterfly Effect: Cajal as Catalyst”

On November 8 at the Alexandria Campus Rebecca Kamen, artist and professor emerita, delivered a presentation titled “The Butterfly Effect: Cajal as Catalyst” to an audience that included current and retired faculty as well as students of Spanish, art history and biology. The interdisciplinary presentation was sponsored by the Divisions of Liberal Arts and Mathematics, Science and Engineering. Kamen presented images of her sculptures inspired … Continue reading Rebecca Kamen Presents “The Butterfly Effect: Cajal as Catalyst”

English Honors Enrichment Experience

On October 25, Professor Alexander Purugganan and two Honors option students, Andrea Barreiro and Kyle Hall, took part in an outside class excursion at Old Town Alexandria’s Ghost and Graveyard Tour. This tour was sponsored by the NOVA Honors Program. Dr. John Sound, the Alexandria Honors chair, and Professor Stacy Rice, the College-wide Honors coordinator, were responsible for arranging the tour. As students of Introduction … Continue reading English Honors Enrichment Experience

Reflect, Renew and Recharge at the 12th PUP Conference

The 12th annual Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP)’s Conference is a conference presented by your colleagues. PUP is free to NOVA faculty and staff. PUP is an exciting, award-winning, professional development conference. This year’s theme is “Reflect, Renew and Recharge: Creating a Lasting Impact for Our Students.” PUP 2017 will be held at the Annandale Campus on January 3, 2017.  Please remember you still have … Continue reading Reflect, Renew and Recharge at the 12th PUP Conference

Faculty’s Role in Campus Emergency Planning and Response

For most community college students in Virginia, professors are the face of the College. That is just the reality of a student’s experience; they see their instructors more than anyone else on a campus. As a result, faculty are likely to be the ones that students will depend upon if an emergency situation arises on that campus. Therefore, faculty should play an important role in … Continue reading Faculty’s Role in Campus Emergency Planning and Response

Nominations Open for NOVA Student Excellence Awards

NOVA has two outstanding opportunities to recognize exceptional students during the 2016-2017 academic year. The “Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges” publication and the NOVA SEAL Award Honor. The “Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges” is a national publication that recognizes students from across the United States for academic excellence. NOVA’s SEAL Award recognizes our students that best exemplify service, engagement, … Continue reading Nominations Open for NOVA Student Excellence Awards

President’s Sabbatical Award

The Personnel Services Committee invites full-time faculty to apply for the President’s Sabbatical Award. The award is designed to foster creative energy by providing faculty with a one-semester sabbatical leave with full pay. Each academic year, a maximum of three faculty members, one of whom can be on a 12-month contract, can receive the award. Award proposals should be no more than 1,000 words and specify how … Continue reading President’s Sabbatical Award

VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan Auto-Escalation

The Hybrid Retirement Plan includes an auto-escalation feature that will automatically increase Hybrid members’ voluntary contributions by 0.5 percent every three years, beginning January 2017, and continuing until members reach the maximum 4 percent in voluntary contributions. Benefits of Voluntary Contributions Voluntary contributions allow members to accumulate savings on a pretax basis, increase savings through the employer match and work toward income replacement during retirement. … Continue reading VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan Auto-Escalation