NOVA’s 3rd Annual College-wide Honors “Big Thing”

NOVA’s 3rd Annual College-Wide Honors “Big Thing”

The NOVA Honors Program was proud to host the third annual College-Wide Honors “Big Thing” at the Annandale Campus on August 26. This welcome back event was attended by over 150 people, including Honors students, faculty, staff and administrators. Dr. Paul Fitzgerald, Annandale Honors chair, and his Honors students arranged a day of fellowship and learning as new and current members of the Honors community attended panel … Continue reading NOVA’s 3rd Annual College-Wide Honors “Big Thing”

Manassas Honors Presents Lecture by Harris-Scott

Manassas Honors Presents Lecture by Harris-Scott

The Manassas Honors Club hosted a fascinating lecture by Professor Pearl Harris-Scott March 30. Harris-Scott’s talk was titled “Kabuki to Anime: 100 Years of Japanese Popular Culture.” She wove an intriguing narrative, explaining how modern day anime has evolved from Kabuki theater and highlighting connections between American and Japanese pop culture. She also discussed how historical changes are reflected in Japanese film; for example, the … Continue reading Manassas Honors Presents Lecture by Harris-Scott

NOVA Honors Annual Pinning Ceremony

NOVA Honors Program Annual Pinning Ceremony

The NOVA Honors Program welcomed 40 new students to the College’s rigorous Honors Program at the annual Pinning Ceremony hosted by the Annandale Campus on February 12. More than 100 people celebrated the academic commitment made by NOVA Honors students to complete the Honors core curriculum of 18 credits of Honors courses with at least a 3.275 GPA. Annandale Provost Barbara Saperstone was the guest speaker … Continue reading NOVA Honors Program Annual Pinning Ceremony

Honors Program Participates in PUP Conference

Honors Program Participates in PUP Conference

At the Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) Conference, a NOVA Honors Program student panel led faculty in an engaging and honest discussion on the College’s Honors Program and Honors classes. Representing the Annandale, Alexandria, Loudoun and Manassas campuses, the students spoke about what they feel are the benefits of Honors and the challenges faculty face when creating an Honors class. Students overwhelmingly agreed that one … Continue reading Honors Program Participates in PUP Conference

Honors Program Holds 2nd ExxonMobil Honors Symposium

Honors Program Holds Second ExxonMobil Honors Symposium

The NOVA Honors Program held its second ExxonMobil Honors Symposium November 14 to give Honors Program students the opportunity to present original research to Honors faculty and their peers. Students gave 10- to 15-minute presentations using PowerPoint or Prezi to discuss their research findings. Six Honors students were awarded a $250 cash prize for their efforts thanks to the generosity of ExxonMobil, which provides funding for … Continue reading Honors Program Holds Second ExxonMobil Honors Symposium

Kastens Writes Article for The Washingtonian Magazine

Kastens Writes Article for The Washingtonian Magazine

An article written by Assistant Professor Theana Kastens, who teaches Honors English at the Woodbridge Campus, will be featured in the January issue of The Washingtonian. The article will appear on the back page of the magazine under the “First Person” column. The article addresses the changing aspects of interpersonal relationships as considered in the growing trend of online dating. Kastens, an interdisciplinary doctoral student at … Continue reading Kastens Writes Article for The Washingtonian Magazine

Honors Is Not Just for the Ivy League

Honors Is Not Just for the Ivy League

NOVA has a robust Honors Program for motivated, high-achieving students. This program began in 1985 and is intended to provide driven students with an enriched program of study. In the 2013-2014 academic year, the College began the Honors Scholars program to further highlight the importance of honors study. The Honors Core Curriculum includes English, humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral science, physical and life sciences/mathematics, interdisciplinary seminar and … Continue reading Honors Is Not Just for the Ivy League

NOVA Honors Study Abroad to London

NOVA Honors Study Abroad to London

The NOVA Honors Program designed its first-ever Honors Study Abroad to London this past May. Honors Program students were recruited from NOVA’s six campuses, and 25 students, ages 17 to 37, journeyed to London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cambridge and Oxford for two weeks to learn about Shakespeare and English history. This unique study abroad class began meeting, attending plays and events in early March in the U.S. … Continue reading NOVA Honors Study Abroad to London

Honors Program Highlights Student Achievements

Honors Program Highlights Student Achievements

Alexandria Provost Ronald Buchanan welcomed Honors students and faculty from all five campuses to the Alexandria Campus for the Annual Honors Celebration: A Night of Scholarship on April 8. About 100 students, along with their parents and Honors faculty from Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas and Woodbridge Campuses, gathered to celebrate the academic achievements of the College-wide Honors Program students. Students were recognized for their academic triumphs in the program. … Continue reading Honors Program Highlights Student Achievements

First Honors Pinning Ceremony

First Honors Pinning Ceremony

On February 6, the NOVA Honors Program hosted the first Pinning Ceremony at the Ernst Center on the Annandale Campus. Virginia Tech (VT) University Honors Associate Director Christina McIntyre served as the keynote speaker and talked about the importance of community as students reflected on their progress through the Honors Core Curriculum. She also discussed the Honors transfer agreement offered to graduating Honors Program students who wish to attend University Honors … Continue reading First Honors Pinning Ceremony

Honors Faculty Nurturing Students at Alexandria

Dr. Elizabeth Lanthier (PSY), Dr. Margaret Emblom-Callahan (BIO) and professor Shonette H. Grant (ENG) handpicked promising students from their Honors courses to present their work at the fall Honors Symposium hosted by the Alexandria Campus Honors Committee on November 20. The purpose of the symposium was to promote the work of Honors students and provide a venue for students to practice their presentation skills.  After working with … Continue reading Honors Faculty Nurturing Students at Alexandria

Honors Welcome Back Events

In January, Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, and Manassas hosted “Honors Welcome Back” events for returning and prospective Honors students. To nobody’s surprise, the old proverb proved true: “If you feed them, they will come.” The events provided students, faculty, and counselors an opportunity to mingle, share some food and drink, and discuss updates from the Honors Program. Honors College Chair Stacy Rice said, “It was good … Continue reading Honors Welcome Back Events

Woodbridge Honors Students Debate Controversial Topic

Woodbridge honors faculty member Vincent Ng organized a debate on the topic “Parents Should Be Allowed to Screen Fetuses for Inheritable Diseases.” On October 24, approximately 100 interested students and faculty gathered in the Woodbridge Campus Theatre to hear two debate teams from Ng’s honors biology class. The debate format modeled those held at the Oxford Union. Ng, who attended many of these debates, said, … Continue reading Woodbridge Honors Students Debate Controversial Topic