NOVA Portrait Project Highlights Diversity

NOVA Portrait Project Highlights Diversity

Achieving the Dream, Student Life and the Liberal Arts Division at the Alexandria Campus helped to support the NOVA Portrait Project. The primary purpose of the NOVA Portrait Project is to showcase diversity at NOVA. The project this year focused on English as a Second Language (ESL) students at the Alexandria Campus. John Kinney, ESL professor, made 25 photographic portraits of students from countries such … Continue reading NOVA Portrait Project Highlights Diversity

Loudoun Hosts 2nd Annual Your Student Success Conference

This fall, the Loudoun Campus held its second annual Your Student Success Conference (YSSC), part of the “Stay Strong” student success initiative co-sponsored by members of Achieving the Dream and Student Services. Laura Siko, enrollment management director, and Karen Doheney, Loudoun’s Achieving the Dream Committee co-chair, headed up the planning team for the three-day conference that introduced students to resources on Campus, such as the … Continue reading Loudoun Hosts 2nd Annual Your Student Success Conference

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?”

Supporting Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines

Supporting Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines

On March 24, the Achieving the Dream (ATD) Core Team hosted its second annual college-wide professional development workshop focused on supporting reading and writing across the disciplines. The event was held at Pender and attended by 45 participants including faculty from multiple disciplines and staff who provide academic support services. Topics for the event were chosen based on feedback from participants following last year’s professional … Continue reading Supporting Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines

Achieving the Dream (ATD) Reads

The College Achieving the Dream (ATD) committees across the campuses are reading “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol S. Dweck and the Medical Education Campus (MEC) group will make brief observations as they make their way through it. Dweck explains “how we can learn to fulfill our potential by understanding and exploring the two different types of mindsets, fixed and growth.” The fixed mindset requires … Continue reading Achieving the Dream (ATD) Reads

Loudoun ATD Committee to Host “TED and Pedagogy” Series

A love for teaching and learning at its heart, the Loudoun Campus Achieving the Dream (ATD) Committee has put together a fantastic series of “TED and Pedagogy” sessions. These one-hour conversations focus on foundational attitudes and ideas that enhance teaching and invigorate student learning and are designed to leave attendees feeling energized and inspired. January’s session, “The Power of Believing That You Can Improve,” was … Continue reading Loudoun ATD Committee to Host “TED and Pedagogy” Series

Manassas Achieving the Dream Committee Hosts Carnival

Manassas Achieving the Dream Committee Hosts Carnival

The Manassas Campus Achieving the Dream (ATD) Committee sponsored an Academic Success Winter Carnival on January 17. The event introduced students to campus resources as they participated in a Bingo Scavenger Hunt, visiting all of the offices across the Campus and engaging with faculty at the Faculty Networking Event held in Howsmon Hall. Prizes were offered for students who achieved BINGO, including a grand prize … Continue reading Manassas Achieving the Dream Committee Hosts Carnival

Faculty Glimpse the Strength of NOVA Students

Faculty Glimpse the Strength of NOVA Students

NOVA’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) held Friday Conversations, in conjunction with Achieving the Dream, on November 18 at the Loudoun Campus. The highlight was a student panel featuring students from all backgrounds, ages and bringing widely diverse life experiences. Sixty-five registered to hear the perspectives of 15 students. There were four Man Up students, a formerly homeless female veteran, a student … Continue reading Faculty Glimpse the Strength of NOVA Students

Friday Conversation Series: Inform, Initiate, Inspire

Friday Conversation Series: Inform, Initiate, Inspire

In partnership with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and NOVA’s Achieving the Dream (ATD) campus teams, the Friday Conversations Series provides a space for faculty and staff to have open, productive dialogue about timely and complex issues facing NOVA. These three-hour series are designed to inform the NOVA community, initiate a dialogue and inspire action. Date: November 18 Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (sign in at 9:30 a.m.) Location: LO Campus, … Continue reading Friday Conversation Series: Inform, Initiate, Inspire

Friday Conversation Series: Inform, Initiate, Inspire

Friday Conversation Series: Inform, Initiate, Inspire

In partnership with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and NOVA’s Achieving the Dream (ATD) campus teams, the Friday Conversations Series provides a space for faculty and staff to have open, productive dialogue about timely and complex issues facing NOVA. These three-hour series are designed to inform the NOVA community, initiate a dialogue and inspire action. Date: November 18 Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (sign in at 9:30 a.m.) Location: LO Campus, … Continue reading Friday Conversation Series: Inform, Initiate, Inspire

Manassas Hosts October Brown Bag Sessions

Manassas Hosts October Brown Bag Sessions

On October 12, the Manassas Campus hosted a day of Brown Bag Sessions titled “Our Teaching & Learning. Our Health. Our Campus and College Community.” These October Brown Bag sessions were facilitated by a variety of speakers who encouraged participants to explore the multifaceted issues associated with academic life. Topics included “The Graphic Syllabus: Communicating Your Course Via Visualization” by Dr. Bo Yang; “Arthritis: Get … Continue reading Manassas Hosts October Brown Bag Sessions

Achieving the Dream: Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines

Achieving the Dream: Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines

The Achieving the Dream (ATD) Core Team hosted a campus-wide professional development event on April 1 to enhance communication and awareness of reading and writing across the curriculum. The event was held at the Ernst Center on the Annandale Campus and attended by 53 faculty members from multiple disciplines and support services. The origin of the discussion was a need that has been voiced to … Continue reading Achieving the Dream: Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines

Manassas Achieving the Dream Hosts a Lunch and Learn

Manassas Achieving the Dream Hosts a Lunch and Learn

The Manassas Campus Achieving the Dream (ATD) Committee hosted a lunch and learn as part of spring semester startup activities on January 6. Faculty had expressed interest in learning ways to reduce stress for students in the classroom (while still maintaining academic rigor) as a means to increase student success. The importance of faculty managing their own stress before entering the classroom was also noted. To address these issues, … Continue reading Manassas Achieving the Dream Hosts a Lunch and Learn

NOVA Gathers to Ignite Student Success

NOVA Gathers to Ignite Student Success

The Ernst Center was abuzz with new ideas to support student success as faculty, staff and students gathered for NOVA’s first Ignite event. Held on October 24, Ignite NOVA presenters were tasked with delivering quick-fire talks about teaching and learning. Participants left energized by the discussions and were inspired to create meaningful change in their classrooms, disciplines and academic communities. Ignite NOVA, an initiative by … Continue reading NOVA Gathers to Ignite Student Success

Faculty Invited to Ignite NOVA Teaching and Learning

Faculty Invited to Ignite NOVA Teaching and Learning

On October 24, faculty from across NOVA will take the microphone and share their visions for supporting student success in a mere five minutes. To increase the challenge, each five-minute talk will be accompanied by 20 slides that auto-rotate every 15 seconds. NOVA faculty are encouraged to sign up for this exciting professional development opportunity for a diverse set of perspectives on revolutionizing teaching and learning. … Continue reading Faculty Invited to Ignite NOVA Teaching and Learning

Ignite® Talks Are Coming to NOVA

Ignite® Talks Are Coming to NOVA

If you had five minutes to share your passion, what would you say? And what if your presentation featured 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds? Welcome to Ignite NOVA, an initiative by NOVA’s Achieving the Dream (ATD) Core Team that seeks to build community and foster connections in the classroom. Created by O’Reilly Media and MAKE Magazine, Ignite events consist of a rapid-fire … Continue reading Ignite® Talks Are Coming to NOVA

Student Voices Open 2014 College Convocation

Student Voices Open 2014 College Convocation

As part of NOVA’s Achieving the Dream (ATD) initiative, students were given a prominent role during this year’s Convocation. Nine current and former NOVA students, representing all six campuses, participated in a panel called “From Dreams to Goals to Success.” Students shared their academic experiences and gave their perspectives on the challenges community colleges face. They also discussed the various types of support that faculty and … Continue reading Student Voices Open 2014 College Convocation

NOVA Attends Achieving the Dream Inaugural Forum

NOVA Attends Achieving the Dream Inaugural Forum

Vice President George Gabriel, Deborah Rosen, Mark Mannheimer, Keri Bowman and Christina Hubbard attended the Achieving the Dream (ATD) “Working Families Support Network” (WFSN) Inaugural Forum in Indianapolis from June 22 to 24. NOVA will implement an approach to the WFSN strategy beginning this summer in connection with ATD, Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and three other VCCS colleges. NOVA was selected to be the coordinating … Continue reading NOVA Attends Achieving the Dream Inaugural Forum

Ramsammy Hosts School District Leaders at Manassas

Ramsammy Hosts School District Leaders at Manassas

Manassas Provost Roger Ramsammy recently hosted a meeting with four area school leaders in an effort to communicate NOVA’s Achieving the Dream (ATD) policy changes that will affect area school districts. Prince William County Schools Superintendent Steven L. Walts, Manassas City Public Schools Superintendent Catherine B. Magouyrk, Manassas Park Public Schools Superintendent Bruce McDade and Fairfax County Public Schools College Success Coordinator Marcy Miller Kneale … Continue reading Ramsammy Hosts School District Leaders at Manassas

Teacher2Teacher Thrives at Manassas Campus

Teacher2Teacher Thrives at Manassas Campus

Teacher2Teacher, the Manassas Campus pilot mentoring program, was an Achieving the Dream (ATD) initiative designed to help new full-time and part-time faculty transition successfully into the Manassas learning community. The pilot program was implemented in Fall 2010 and continued through the 2012-2013 academic year. The program gave the Campus the opportunity, with ATD’s support, to test the mentoring design’s effectiveness. Manassas Provost Roger Ramsammy gave … Continue reading Teacher2Teacher Thrives at Manassas Campus

NOVA at DREAM 2014

NOVA at DREAM 2014

A team of faculty and staff represented NOVA at DREAM 2014: The Achieving the Dream (ATD) Annual Institute on Student Success in Orlando, Fla., from February 23 to 27. The conference attracted more than 1,600 participants from community colleges across the country who gathered to share ideas about student success. ATD is a national initiative developed to increase student success rates at community colleges. NOVA … Continue reading NOVA at DREAM 2014

Loudoun Celebrates Achieving the Dream Success

On October 31, the Loudoun Campus came together to celebrate the success of Achieving the Dream initiatives at NOVA. It was a true team effort, involving Loudoun High School Outreach Coordinator, Cathy Hall; Math Instructor, Johanna Debrecht; Communications Instructor, Lisa Nanni-Messegee; Student Life Coordinator, Tiffney Laing; Math Instructor, Sharis Ahmadi; Pathway Counselor, Jessie Green; English Instructor, Laura Young; Business Instructor, Mike Brazie; English Instructor, Steve Clarke and Vice President of Student Government, Lyons Sanchezconcha. Working alongside this committee, Garrett Hill coordinated … Continue reading Loudoun Celebrates Achieving the Dream Success

Alexandria Throws a Touchdown to Student Success

Alexandria Throws a Touchdown to Student Success

In the spirit of the fall football season, the Alexandria Achieving the Dream (ATD) team sponsored NOVA’s Student Success Week with “Touchdown to Student Success” activities. Laura Franklin, ATD Alexandria Campus chair, kicked off the event by wearing her favorite football jersey and sharing with faculty and students the impact of ATD on student achievement. Faculty, staff and students produced short videos clips and shared … Continue reading Alexandria Throws a Touchdown to Student Success

MEC Facilitates Good Health Through Achieving the Dream

MEC Facilitates Good Health Through Achieving the Dream

On November 6, the Medical Education Campus Achieving the Dream (ATD) Committee hosted a student success program called, “Great Healthcare Begins with Student Success: An Achieving the Dream Celebration.” A panel of current and former NOVA students discussed how they achieved their personal and professional dreams, and how they navigated barriers to their educational goals. The panel consisted of NOVA alumni and current students; Imran Kukdawala, manager … Continue reading MEC Facilitates Good Health Through Achieving the Dream

Manassas Achieving the Dream Sponsors Student Success Week

Manassas Achieving the Dream Sponsors Student Success Week

During the last week of October, the Manassas Achieving the Dream (ATD) team celebrated student success. During the week, students were asked to write factors that attributed to their success or tips for other students on how to succeed at NOVA on ‘bricks’ that were posted together to form a Success Wall in Howsmon Hall. The Manassas Campus also hosted a video competition to give … Continue reading Manassas Achieving the Dream Sponsors Student Success Week