NOVA Congratulates 2017 Graduating Class

NOVA Congratulates 2017 Graduating Class

NOVA celebrated its 51st graduation on Sunday, May 14. U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered the commencement address to about 1,500 graduating students at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va. The 2017 commencement theme was “Believe, Aspire, Achieve.” Kaine said that he always tries to say yes when asked by one of his staffers to officiate at their wedding, and when asked by a college or … Continue reading NOVA Congratulates 2017 Graduating Class

Faculty Celebrate First Year Experience

Faculty Celebrate First-Year Experience

Twenty faculty members from across the College reflected on their first year of full-time teaching during a celebratory event on April 26. Faculty shared their teaching and learning reflections around three questions. What surprised me? What inspired me? What touched my heart? Student stories were shared emphasizing the tenacity and commitment of students to overcome challenges. President Scott Ralls addressed the faculty and congratulated them on … Continue reading Faculty Celebrate First-Year Experience

Annandale Hosts Annual Green Festival

Annandale Hosts Annual Green Festival

More than 300 students and community members registered to participate in the 2017 Green Festival on April 25 at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus. The festival included panel discussions, an information fair, a screening of the film “A Plastic Ocean,” giveaways, a raffle for a kayak and a keynote address from National Geographic’s Sandra Postel. The Green Festival takes … Continue reading Annandale Hosts Annual Green Festival

Manassas ATD Committee Hosts “Does Your Mindset Need a Fix?” Event

Manassas ATD Committee Hosts Event “Does Your Mindset Need a Fix?”

The Achieving the Dream (ATD) Committee at the Manassas Campus hosted a panel discussion titled “Does Your Mindset Need a Fix?” on April 19. The event was a collaboration between the ATD Committee and the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) of Manassas. During the event, panelists including ATD co-chairs Chris Hafen and Maryellen Ryan, Manassas student Nermeen Shawky, and LLI members Mary Foster, Ann Cain and … Continue reading Manassas ATD Committee Hosts Event “Does Your Mindset Need a Fix?”

NOVA Physics Present at the National, State and Campus Level

NOVA Physics Present at the National, State and Campus Level

NOVA Society of Physics Students (SPS) sponsors undergraduate research in physics, funded by the national SPS and the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation (NVCCEF). This spring, students won competitions for both SPS and NVCCEF grants. NOVA SPS students, who are students of Professor Emeritus Walerian Majewski, are doing innovative experimentation in magnetic levitation and investigate properties of fundamental particles of nature. Cioli Brazandeh and … Continue reading NOVA Physics Present at the National, State and Campus Level

ELI Completes 4th Semester of the eLEAD Student Leadership Program

ELI Completes 4th Semester of the eLEAD Student Leadership Program

This spring, Student Life through the Extended Learning Institute (ELI) completed their fourth semester of the eLEAD Student Leadership Program. This initiative was created to provide leadership development opportunities for online learning students who might not have access to these types of programs on campus. This co-curricular opportunity is a four-week asynchronous program delivered via Blackboard. The overall goal is to foster a sense of … Continue reading ELI Completes 4th Semester of the eLEAD Student Leadership Program

Woodbridge Presents Motivational Student Talk: "If I Could Turn Back Time"

Woodbridge Presents Motivational Student Talk: “If I Could Turn Back Time”

On April 3, Assistant Professor Megan Davies hosted a presentation titled, “If I Could Turn Back Time” in the Woodbridge Campus Lakeside Theater. The focus was to consider what could have been done differently if you could relive something from your past. Three NOVA graduates, Kelly Goheen, Christine Delude Shriner and Janice Riley shared their stories to motivate students. Current NOVA students were able to … Continue reading Woodbridge Presents Motivational Student Talk: “If I Could Turn Back Time”

NOVA Students Compete in Regional Math Tournament

In April, a group of NOVA students competed in the ninth Student Mathematical Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament (SMMART) at Carroll Community College in Westminster, Maryland. NOVA Math Assistant Professor Kumnit Nong took two teams of students to the competition that, over the years, has become a popular event among college students. NOVA students competed against 12 community colleges, and a total of 26 teams participated in … Continue reading NOVA Students Compete in Regional Math Tournament

School Supply Drive at Annandale

School Supply Drive at Annandale

At the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year, the Counseling staff at the Annandale Campus decided to give back and volunteer within the local community. As a result, a partnership was developed with Annandale Terrace Elementary School, a Title 1 school located only minutes from campus. During the fall semester, eight counselors visited Annandale Terrace and conducted career exploration lessons in different kindergarten classes. Each lesson … Continue reading School Supply Drive at Annandale

Two NOVA Students named Jack Kent Scholars

Two NOVA Students Named 2017 Jack Kent Cooke Scholars

NOVA is pleased to announce that two 2017 graduates, Martha Gizaw and Amanullah Waheed, have been awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $40,000 per year for tuition, books, living expenses and required fees for the final two to three years necessary to earn a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. Gizaw and Waheed … Continue reading Two NOVA Students Named 2017 Jack Kent Cooke Scholars

Woodbridge Honors First WISE Cohort

Woodbridge Honors First WISE Cohort

On April 20, Women in Search of Excellence (WISE) held an end-of-year recognition ceremony for its first cohort of members at the Woodbridge Campus. WISE is a mentoring program that supports the educational success and leadership abilities of students. Several WISE members and NOVA faculty and staff were honored for their commitment and academic achievements. The accomplishments of WISE members have made a significant impact … Continue reading Woodbridge Honors First WISE Cohort

NOVA Forensics Team Shines at Nationals

NOVA Forensics Team Shines at Nationals

NOVA’s Forensics Team competed valiantly at the 2017 Phi Rho Pi National Tournament. After the week-long competition in debate, public speaking and literature performance events, students from the team emerged successful and victorious. Winners included Kouamy Brown (AL) and Tilford Clark (AL) who took home NOVA’s first gold medal in Dramatic Duo Performance; Jordan Drake (MA) and Sofia De La Pena (AN) won the bronze medal … Continue reading NOVA Forensics Team Shines at Nationals

Dr. Joseph Windham Student Voices Conference Showcases Research

Dr. Joseph Windham Student Voices Conference Showcases Research

Thirty-five NOVA students presented projects, research and academic studies during the annual Dr. Joseph Windham Student Voices Conference on April 20 at the Alexandria Campus. More than 40 people attended the event to engage in a learning experience on some of the students’ major achievements during spring 2017. The Dr. Joseph Windham Student Voices Conference gives students the opportunity to showcase their academic work of … Continue reading Dr. Joseph Windham Student Voices Conference Showcases Research

Annandale Campus Acknowledges Student Accomplishments

Annandale Campus Acknowledges Student Accomplishments

During its 2017 Student Achievement Awards Ceremony, NOVA’s Annandale Campus acknowledged 50 students for their accomplishments and for receiving prestigious scholarships to continue on their educational journeys. The ceremony was hosted at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus. Annandale Campus Provost Pam Hilbert opened the ceremony by congratulating the students and thanking everyone who supports them including family, friends, faculty … Continue reading Annandale Campus Acknowledges Student Accomplishments

Loudoun Hosts VMATYC Conference

Loudoun Hosts VMATYC Conference

NOVA hosted the 31st Annual Conference of the Virginia Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (VMATYC) on March 31 and April 1. Mathematics faculty from all the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) colleges attended the conference at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus. Dr. Bruce Wahl, incoming VMATYC president, who teaches math at the Alexandria Campus, hosted the event. Following the keynote address by Amy Getz from the Dana Center … Continue reading Loudoun Hosts VMATYC Conference

Medical Education Campus Hosts Multicultural Education Week

Medical Education Campus Hosts Multicultural Education Week

The Medical Education Campus (MEC) Multicultural Education Week, spearheaded by Student Life and a few student clubs and organizations, coincided with the celebration of the National Library Week this year. Among the events planned, the MEC Library hosted its annual Student Breakfast on April 10 to kick-off the Library Week. They also sponsored a button designing contest, lunchtime games and selfies with Sam the Skeleton, … Continue reading Medical Education Campus Hosts Multicultural Education Week

Woodbridge Hosts Nationwide Hackathon

Woodbridge Hosts Nationwide Hackathon

Approximately 308 students from various colleges, universities and high schools across the country gathered on the Woodbridge Campus to participate in the second annual Innovation Hackathon event, held at the Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training (RCWET) on April 21 to 23. Innovation Hackathon, a 36-hour-long competition offered hands-on experience to students interested in cybersecurity and secure coding methods. Participants came prepared for the … Continue reading Woodbridge Hosts Nationwide Hackathon

Artist John M. Adams Discusses Schlesinger Center’s First Wall Drawing

Artist John Adams Discusses Schlesinger Center’s First Wall Drawing

More than 20 students, faculty and community members gathered in the Forum Gallery of the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at the Alexandria Campus on April 19 for a discussion and demonstration led by local artist John Adams. Adams – who created and executed the Schlesinger Center’s very first wall drawing “Terminal Flux” – discussed his past art experience as well as … Continue reading Artist John Adams Discusses Schlesinger Center’s First Wall Drawing

Alexandria Career Fair and NOVA Workforce Featured on NBC4

NOVA Workforce was highlighted on NBC4 on April 4. The feature was about the Alexandria Campus Career Fair and the benefits of NOVA’s jobs and internships database. The feature was a collaborative effort with Student Services at the Alexandria Campus. The NOVA Workforce Business Engagement Team showcased the database and the valuable way in which it serves students. There are over 6,000 employers using this … Continue reading Alexandria Career Fair and NOVA Workforce Featured on NBC4

Liberal Arts Week at the Annandale Campus

On April 17, the Annandale Campus kicked off Liberal Arts Week, showcasing the liberal arts degree, disciplines and classes. There were a variety of events, including a major fair, where students were able to meet liberal arts faculty, get advising help and learn about disciplines within liberal arts. Students were very actively involved in the week. The History Club participated in the major fair by … Continue reading Liberal Arts Week at the Annandale Campus

Speak Up 2017 at the Woodbridge Campus

The Communication Studies and Theatre Department at the Woodbridge Campus had the pleasure of hosting the fourth annual Speak Up competition on April 13. This event welcomed students from various academic backgrounds to compete in the categories of speech and original performance poetry. The prize winners for the category of speech included Wendy Caicedo (first), Michael O’Halloran (second), Muneeza Syed (third) and Jennifer Allen (honorable mention). … Continue reading Speak Up 2017 at the Woodbridge Campus

NOVA Cultural Interaction in the Classroom

Suzanne Neff’s Intercultural Communication class met with Carol Ischinger’s English as a Second Language (ESL) 32 class this semester. The first time they met, each student partnered with a student from the other class. The ESL students were especially interested in learning about different classes they could take and their partners’ educational goals. The Intercultural Communication students wanted to learn about the countries and cultures … Continue reading NOVA Cultural Interaction in the Classroom

Lyceum Presents “On Being a Peace Maker” by Colman McCarthy

On March 23, the Annandale Campus Lyceum Committee welcomed Colman McCarthy. McCarthy’s presentation was titled “On Being a Peace Maker.” He is an award-winning peace activist, pacifist, animal rights activist, teacher of courses on nonviolence and the literature of peace. He is a former columnist for The Washington Post who has written seven books on peace and pacifism. Some of McCarthy’s titles include: “Strength Through … Continue reading Lyceum Presents “On Being a Peace Maker” by Colman McCarthy

NOVA Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

NOVA Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Thirteen NOVA faculty will be honored at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) International Excellence Award dinner event in Austin, Texas, on May 27 as part of their annual conference. NISOD recognizes faculty from community colleges across the country for their excellence in teaching and learning. NOVA faculty were nominated by their campus provosts and approved by NOVA President Scott Ralls. Established … Continue reading NOVA Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

NOVA Clothesline Project Brings Awareness to Sexual Assault

NOVA Clothesline Project Brings Awareness to Sexual Assault

On April 11 and 12, NOVA Sexual Assault Services (SAS) visited the Alexandria Campus for the Clothesline Project. The Clothesline Project raises awareness of the impact of sexual assault and domestic violence. Shirts are created for display to show support for victims of sexual violence. Staff, students and community members were invited to create shirts to show support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. NOVA … Continue reading NOVA Clothesline Project Brings Awareness to Sexual Assault