NOVA’s Annandale Campus will host a Heritage Celebration at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 22 to celebrate 50 years of the Campus.
NOVA President Scott Ralls will dedicate a sign at the historic site on campus where the original farmhouse once stood. The property was sold to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the Annandale Campus by the Pruitt family.
The original 76.88-acre parcel was purchased for what was then called the Central Campus in 1966 for $1 million. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new campus was held in front of the farmhouse at noon on October 31, 1966.
The Campus opened its doors for classes in the first building – the CS Building – for the first time on October 2, 1967. A dedication ceremony for the new Central Campus was held at 1:00 p.m. on October 30, 1967, with Governor Mills Godwin and Chancellor Dana Hamel speaking.
The dedication will feature special guests including chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and NOVA Alumna Sharon Bulova and the first Virginia Community College System Chancellor Hamel. The dedication will be followed by a reception and a special presentation by the Annandale Campus Lyceum Committee in the Mark R. Warner Student Services Building.
Mathematics Professor David Conroy, who has taught at NOVA since 1968, and Adjunct Professor Floyd Schwartz, who has taught continuously at NOVA since 1967, will also conduct the Lyceum Legacy Lecture with the participation of Hamel.
The ceremony is free and open to the public. The community, students, faculty, staff and NOVA alumni are welcome to attend.