NOVA Psychology Professor Awarded Fulbright to Hungary

NOVA Psychology Professor Awarded Fulbright to Hungary

NOVA Professor Amy Coren arrived in Pécs, Hungary (about 100 miles southwest of Budapest) at the beginning of September to begin her Fulbright fellowship in teaching and research at the Institute of Psychology and the Faculty of Law at Hungary’s oldest university – the University of Pécs, founded in 1367. Coren is proud to be one of only five people from American universities who were … Continue reading NOVA Psychology Professor Awarded Fulbright to Hungary

NOVA Faculty Accompany Students to Music Conference

NOVA Faculty Accompany Students to Music Conference

On March 31, eight students from the College Music Society student chapter at the Alexandria Campus attended the 47th College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. The conference featured lecture-recitals, workshops and paper presentations from university professors, graduate students and scholars. The keynote address was given by Dr. Lois Svard of Bucknell University on “What Neuroscience Can Tell Us About … Continue reading NOVA Faculty Accompany Students to Music Conference

Callan Bentley Named President of Geological Society of Washington

Callan Bentley Named President of Geological Society of Washington

The Geological Society of Washington (GSW) recently named Geology Assistant Professor Callan Bentley president of its organization. Bentley has been a member of GSW for almost 15 years and will serve as president of the organization for 2017. GSW was founded in 1893 in an effort to promote the increase and dissemination of geological knowledge. The organization also facilitates and organizes a number of formal … Continue reading Callan Bentley Named President of Geological Society of Washington

Anderson Honored for Helping Cardiac Arrest Victim at Metro Station

Anderson Honored for Helping Cardiac Arrest Victim at Metro Station

Debra Anderson, a biology and health science adjunct instructor at the Woodbridge Campus, was one of two individuals honored on February 7 by Alexandria Fire Chief Robert C. Dubé, Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld and Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik for saving the life of a cardiac arrest victim at the Braddock Road Metro Station in Alexandria. On January 31 at approximately 9:30 … Continue reading Anderson Honored for Helping Cardiac Arrest Victim at Metro Station

NOVA Students Can Win $100 Awards for Learning about Personal Finance

During the 2016-2017 academic year, NOVA students who successfully complete Financial Avenue courses will be entered in drawings for forty $100 grants and bookstore gift cards that can be used for educational costs at NOVA. The Financial Aid Office will randomly select winners after each completion period has ended. Each course typically takes about 45 minutes to complete and covers topics such as budgeting, saving, credit … Continue reading NOVA Students Can Win $100 Awards for Learning about Personal Finance

Current and Retired NOVA Faculty and Staff Cruise Danube River

Current and Retired NOVA Faculty and Staff Cruise Danube River

A group of 21 current and retired NOVA faculty, staff and administrators, along with family and friends, enjoyed a cruise on the Danube River this summer. The Avalon cruise was booked for the group by Talula Guntner, professor emerita of Travel and Tourism. The 11-day tour began with three days in Prague, Czech Republic, before traveling by motor coach to meet the Avalon Illumination on … Continue reading Current and Retired NOVA Faculty and Staff Cruise Danube River

New IT Professor at the Annandale Campus

New IT Professor at the Annandale Campus

Several new faculty members have started work at the Annandale Campus beginning in the fall semester, including Ghada Abdelmoumin, associate professor in information technology. Abdelmoumin received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical power engineering from Alexandria University, a public research institution that is the second largest university in Egypt. She earned two Master of Science degrees, one in computer science from Western Illinois University … Continue reading New IT Professor at the Annandale Campus

Thornett Publishes Article in “Earth Island Journal”

Thornett Publishes Article in “Earth Island Journal”

Geography Professor Robert C. Thornett published an article in the May 19 online edition of “Earth Island Journal.” The article focuses on the unique potential for Bolivia and Paraguay together to become a global center of electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, due to their unique combination of natural resources: lithium and renewable energy. Bolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flats are home to the world’s largest deposits of lithium, the critical component of lithium … Continue reading Thornett Publishes Article in “Earth Island Journal”

Thornett Publishes Article in the Solutions Journal

Thornett Publishes Article in the Solutions Journal

Geography Professor Robert C. Thornett published an article in the March issue of the Solutions Journal focusing on an innovative new Traditional and Natural Medicine Program designed to improve public health in Rosario, Argentina. The program sources medicinal plants from Rosario’s globally-recognized Urban Agriculture Program. In addition, the article discusses how Rosario has drawn on the agricultural know-how of thousands of rural migrants, including many of indigenous Guaraní heritage, to make urban farming … Continue reading Thornett Publishes Article in the Solutions Journal

Two Loudoun Faculty Start Monthly Readings in Reston

Loudoun English faculty Nathan Leslie and Meredith Reynolds are off to something great with their monthly event, Reston Readings, at Reston’s Used Book Shop. The event, which happens the last Sunday of each month at 5:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted), has its own Facebook page and has welcomed nearly 100 people in its first couple of months. The most recent event occurred on March 20, … Continue reading Two Loudoun Faculty Start Monthly Readings in Reston

NOVA Film Professor and Fulbright Scholar Inspires Students

NOVA Film Professor and Fulbright Scholar Inspires Students

When Lucy Gebre-Egziabher learned she would be teaching film studies in her home country of Ethiopia as a Fulbright Scholar, she referred to the opportunity as a double blessing. Gebre-Egziabher, assistant professor in NOVA’s Communication Studies and Theater Department, taught film studies and conducted a “From Script to Screen” seminar at Rift Valley University, the largest private university in Ethiopia. She also assisted the university’s Communication and … Continue reading NOVA Film Professor and Fulbright Scholar Inspires Students

New Professional Development Course

NOVA faculty are invited to participate in a new professional development course this spring semester: EDU 295 – The Science of Learning. This is a 12-week, three-credit online course offered through the Extended Learning Institute beginning February 15. Participants will explore the empirical research and neurocognitive theories of learning, and relate them to their own learning and teaching experiences. Participants will seek answers to questions … Continue reading New Professional Development Course

New Professional Development Course

NOVA faculty are invited to participate in a new professional development course this spring semester: EDU 295 – The Science of Learning. This is a 12-week, three-credit online course offered through the Extended Learning Institute beginning February 15. Participants will explore the empirical research and neurocognitive theories of learning, and relate them to their own learning and teaching experiences. Participants will seek answers to questions … Continue reading New Professional Development Course

New Professional Development Course

NOVA faculty are invited to participate in a new professional development course this spring semester: EDU 295 – The Science of Learning. This is a 12-week, three-credit online course offered through the Extended Learning Institute beginning February 15. Participants will explore the empirical research and neurocognitive theories of learning, and relate them to their own learning and teaching experiences. Participants will seek answers to questions … Continue reading New Professional Development Course

Geography Professor Explores Innovations in South America

Geography Professor Explores Innovations in South America

Geography Professor Robert Thornett spent seven weeks last summer in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil researching innovations, thanks in part to a Virginia Community College System Paul Lee Grant. Among the results of the trip is a recent article on a new, innovative program for street recyclers in Brazil, titled “In Brazil, A City’s Waste Pickers Find Hope in a Pioneering Program.” “The millions of … Continue reading Geography Professor Explores Innovations in South America

Alexandria Professors Present at FLAVA Conference

Alexandria Professors Present at FLAVA Conference

Alexandria professors Martha Davis, Laura Franklin and Dali Tan greeted participants with “Ni hao!” as they entered their session titled, “Target Language: 90% Plus,” at the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) Conference on October 26. With Davis and Franklin as her students, Tan demonstrated how the exclusive use of the target language of instruction – in this case, Mandarin Chinese – helps students develop … Continue reading Alexandria Professors Present at FLAVA Conference

Loudoun Announces Reward and Recognition Faculty

Loudoun Announces Reward and Recognition Faculty

As part of a college-wide effort last academic year, NOVA full-time faculty who go above-and-beyond in the classroom, for the College, Campus and in the community were nominated and selected for recognition. In contrast to the College’s Faculty of the Year selection process, only faculty members and staff (not students) can nominate their colleagues. Every campus submitted nominees to the college selection committee. Loudoun Provost … Continue reading Loudoun Announces Reward and Recognition Faculty

NOVA Faculty Shine at Latino Summit

NOVA Faculty Shine at Latino Summit

Pathway to the Baccalaureate Transition Counselor Mónica Gómez and High School Outreach and Community Liaison María Nieto-Shahsavarian represented NOVA at the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN) Hispanic College Institute (HCI) and at the first Latino Summit hosted by Governor Terry McAuliffe. The HCI is a highly successful summer residential program that prepares Hispanic students in the Commonwealth of Virginia to enter and succeed in … Continue reading NOVA Faculty Shine at Latino Summit

Collegewide Disability Services Director Estela Landeros Dugourd and Assistive Technology Coordinator Stephanie E. Gernert made a presentation at the 2015 Conference for the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) in St. Paul, Minnesota, July 15. Their two-hour program, “How to Apply Principles of Universal Design in Teaching: Online and in the Classroom,” drew 50 attendees who thoroughly enjoyed the session and gave them rave reviews on their presentation and handouts. Attendees enjoyed a series of hands-on activities to illustrate universal instructional design concepts. Dugourd and Gernert appreciated the feedback as they prepare to replicate this training for NOVA faculty. Dugourd and Gernert’s presentation was selected as one of only two sessions (out of 13) recorded for the conference’s live broadcast. The dynamic duo have subsequently been invited to speak at other colleges in the coming months, as well as at Virginia’s AHEAD Chapter’s Conference.

Disability Services Staff Makes a Splash at Conference

College-wide Disability Services Director Estela Landeros Dugourd and Assistive Technology Coordinator Stephanie E. Gernert made a presentation at the 2015 Conference for the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) in St. Paul, Minnesota, July 15. Their two-hour program, “How to Apply Principles of Universal Design in Teaching: Online and in the Classroom,” drew 50 attendees who thoroughly enjoyed the session and gave them rave … Continue reading Disability Services Staff Makes a Splash at Conference

NOVASTARTALK Collaboration Continues

NOVASTARTALK Collaboration Continues

NOVA faculty Dr. Shaoyu Chi (CS), Instructional Designer Angela Gunder (CS) and Dr. Laura Franklin (AL) have been collaborating on NOVASTARTALK, a grant-supported hands-on technology workshop for language teachers in less-commonly taught languages. The program, in its eighth year, is part of a National Security Language Initiative program nationwide. At NOVASTARTALK, teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean and other languages learn to make target … Continue reading NOVASTARTALK Collaboration Continues

NOVA Screenwriting Duo’s Movie Airs

NOVA Screenwriting Duo’s Movie Airs

NOVA faculty members Lisa Nanni-Messegee (LO) and Todd Messegee (AN) are the screenwriters on a romantic comedy scheduled to air on the PixL channel. ”Romantically Speaking” will be shown multiple times on PixL. Produced by Larry Levinson Productions and directed by Ron Oliver, the film stars Heather Morris, known for her role as Brittany, the blonde cheerleader on “Glee.” “Romantically Speaking” also stars Jonathan Bennett (“Mean Girls”), … Continue reading NOVA Screenwriting Duo’s Movie Airs

NOVA Forensics Team Continues Successful Season

NOVA Forensics Team Continues Successful Season

On January 24 and 25, an exciting intercollegiate speech and debate tournament took place on the Alexandria Campus. Faculty and students from various colleges and universities gathered in the Donald L. Bisdorf building for the third annual Richard J. Ernst Invitational. Student competitors endured two days of tough competition in a variety of public speaking, debate and literature performance events. The NOVA Forensics team served … Continue reading NOVA Forensics Team Continues Successful Season

NOVA Celebrates Cultural Diversity

NOVA Celebrates Cultural Diversity

NOVA faculty, staff, students and Board members participated in a “Celebration of Cultural Diversity” sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Foundation, Inc., on January 24 in Reston, Virginia. Manassas Provost Roger Ramsammy, Assistant Professor Kate Al-Shamma and Equity and Diversity Director Everett Eberhardt were among those recognized in the program for contributing to the success of the event. The evening’s entertainment was performed … Continue reading NOVA Celebrates Cultural Diversity

Woodbridge Professor Publishes Novel

Woodbridge Professor Publishes Novel

Robert Bausch’s new novel “Far as the Eye Can See” was released November 4. The novel is receiving great reviews and earned a rarely awarded “starred review” from Kirkus Reviews. Bausch has taught English composition, literature and creative writing for 39 years at the Woodbridge Campus. His other works which have garnered critical acclaim include “On the Way Home,” “The Lives of Riley Chance, Almighty … Continue reading Woodbridge Professor Publishes Novel

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CETL Professional Development – Register Now!

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) has so much to offer NOVA faculty. The CETL Teaching Institute (new) The CETL Teaching Institute (CTI) is a series of half-day, monthly sessions during the 2014-2015 academic year. The sessions are designed to provide an opportunity to systematically review faculty teaching practices, expand pedagogical content knowledge, develop courses with an insight to NOVA students, become interconnected with … Continue reading CETL Professional Development – Register Now!