NOVACares and NOVA SAS Sponsor Denim Day

NOVACares and NOVA SAS Sponsor Denim Day

Join NOVACares and NOVA SAS on April 26 in support of Denim Day by wearing your favorite jeans. What is “Denim Day” and why should I wear jeans? In 1999, the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, … Continue reading NOVACares and NOVA SAS Sponsor Denim Day

Kirkland Appointed to a New NCAA Commission on Campus Sexual Violence

Kirkland Appointed to a New NCAA Commission on Campus Sexual Violence

Connie Kirkland, director of NOVACares and Sexual Assault Services, has recently been appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Board of Governors Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence. This new commission was created in September 2016 to review current NCAA procedures and policies regarding how issues of campus sexual violence involving student-athletes and/or athletics personnel are handled. The Commission is co-chaired by Lt. General … Continue reading Kirkland Appointed to a New NCAA Commission on Campus Sexual Violence

NOVACares and Manassas Teacher2Teacher Collaborate on Workshop

NOVACares and Manassas Teacher2Teacher Collaborate on Workshop

The Manassas Campus hosted a Work-life Balance and Self-care Workshop for NOVA faculty and staff on February 12. The professional development workshop was facilitated by Dr. Dahlia Henry- Tett, health and physical education assistant dean and coordinator of the Manassas Campus Faculty Mentorship Program- Teacher2Teacher (an Achieving the Dream initiative). The NOVACares Office and Teacher2Teacher collaborated to explore the age old question, “Can we really … Continue reading NOVACares and Manassas Teacher2Teacher Collaborate on Workshop

New Year, New Semester and Healthier with the MEC

New Year, New Semester and Healthier With the MEC

New Year’s resolutions are fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain. Almost 45 percent of adults steadily make these resolutions, according to Statistics Brain Research Institute. Among the top ones are weight loss, improve finances, exercise, start a new job, healthier eating, better stress management and improve relationships. At the Medical Education Campus (MEC), the first week back to school was very busy. All the welcome … Continue reading New Year, New Semester and Healthier With the MEC

Individuals in Crisis and Dealing With Disruptions at Loudoun

Loudoun Campus, NOVACares and the NOVA Police Department are sponsoring a workshop on dealing with individuals in crisis and those who are disruptive. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, December 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Higher Education Center (HEC) event space of the Loudoun Campus. The event is open to all college faculty and staff. NOVACares Case Manager MaryAnn Raybuck will … Continue reading Individuals in Crisis and Dealing With Disruptions at Loudoun

NOVA Receives Mini- Grant and Hosts First Conference

NOVA Receives Mini-Grant and Hosts First Conference

On October 1, NOVA hosted the first Behavioral Intervention Strategies Conference at the Woodbridge Campus. Despite torrential downpours due to a Nor’easter and Hurricane Joaquin looming on the horizon, over 60 participants from NOVA, Germanna and Lord Fairfax community colleges participated in the specialized day of learning for Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) members. The NOVACares Office, assisted by NOVA’s Grants Office, partnered with Germanna and Lord … Continue reading NOVA Receives Mini-Grant and Hosts First Conference

Kirkland Presents at FBI Headquarters

Kirkland Presents at FBI Headquarters

NOVACares Director Connie Kirkland gave a presentation at the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., October 8. Her presentation, “Domestic Violence in the Workplace,” was given as part of the FBI’s Domestic Violence Month activities. The talk was broadcast simultaneously via a webcast to 3,000 employees nationwide. Sexual Assault Services, a program of NOVACares is sponsoring many activities this month on all of NOVA’s campuses to … Continue reading Kirkland Presents at FBI Headquarters

The Clothesline Project at the Medical Education Campus

Clothesline Project at the Medical Education Campus

Students, faculty and staff showed overwhelming support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as part of the Clothesline Project. The first event was hosted at NOVA’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) on October 5 and 6 and will become a poignant visual display that bears witness to the impact of domestic violence and sexual assault in society. Participants decorated shirts and hung them on … Continue reading Clothesline Project at the Medical Education Campus

NOVACares: I Care, You Care, We All Care

Have you heard of NOVACares? Everyone can help to make NOVA campuses safe. NOVACares provides a way for students, faculty and staff to report any concerning behaviors or communication that they become aware of within the College community. Simply report your concerns online at www.nvcc.edu/novacares. At NOVACares, we are often asked “What happens after I file a report?” All reports are reviewed by the NOVACares Office within … Continue reading NOVACares: I Care, You Care, We All Care

MEC Student Life Facilitates Welcome Week Events

MEC Student Life Facilitates Welcome Week Events

Welcome Week events were planned and coordinated at the Medical Education Campus (MEC) by Student Life Senior Advisor Patricia Martin-Mattocks. Held the week of August 24, events and programs are designed to educate, acclimate and integrate new and returning students into campus life for the current academic year. Students learned what the College and the MEC has to offer. Everything from financial planning, auxiliary services, … Continue reading MEC Student Life Facilitates Welcome Week Events

NAMI “In Our Own Voice” at Woodbridge

NAMI “In Our Own Voice” at Woodbridge

The Woodbridge Campus Psychology Interest Group and Psychology Department welcomed the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) “In Our Own Voice” presentation on March 31. Students were captivated by the personal struggles of those suffering with mental illness as well as learning about a variety of community resources. This was the second time this presentation was delivered. Nearly 70 students attended the event organized by … Continue reading NAMI “In Our Own Voice” at Woodbridge

5th Annual Women Helping Women Event

5th Annual Women Helping Women Event

The Alexandria Women’s Mentoring Program hosted the fifth annual Women Helping Women’s event on February 7. This year’s focus was “Taking Care of Yourself.” Dr. Jill Biden welcomed the 71 participants to the event that featured scholarship information, a personal essay writing workshop and seminars hosted by Dr. Randi Walters, NOVA’s MaryAnn Raybuck and Susan Abramson. The scholarship seminar and essay writing workshop was presented … Continue reading 5th Annual Women Helping Women Event

New Staff Members Join NOVACares

The Office of Student Mental Health and Behavior (NOVACares) proudly announces two staff members have joined the team. Negar Ehsani is the new Sexual Assault Services (SAS) coordinator. Negar has a master’s degree in social work from George Mason University. She has vast experience from her position as sexual assault outreach specialist at the Fairfax County Office for Women and Domestic Sexual Violence Services. Negar comes … Continue reading New Staff Members Join NOVACares

Faculty Resources for Responding to Students in Distress

Have you experienced a disruptive student who has unreasonable demands? Are you comfortable talking to a student who is exhibiting signs of abuse or self-harm? Do you know what to say to a student who appears despondent or “checked out”? NOVA faculty and staff are often the eyes and ears of campus mental health. A significant number of college students will have their academic and … Continue reading Faculty Resources for Responding to Students in Distress

NOVACares is Here for You!

The Office of Student Mental Health and Behavior would like to remind you that NOVACares is a way to report any concerning behavior you see or experience on campus.  Each NOVA campus has a CARE (Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation) team that is tasked with evaluating reported concerns. The team can then develop an intervention plan that provides outreach to those members of the campus … Continue reading NOVACares is Here for You!