Alexandria Welcomes Lucinda Lumpkin for Disability Awareness Month

Alexandria Welcomes Lucinda Lumpkin for Disability Awareness Month

On October 17, the Alexandria Campus welcomed Learning Disabilities Coach Lucinda Lumpkin to speak about her experiences with dyslexia. The event was held in recognition of National Disability Awareness Month and was sponsored by Disability Services and the Office of Student Life. According to the International Dyslexia Association, “Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people … Continue reading Alexandria Welcomes Lucinda Lumpkin for Disability Awareness Month

David Johns Speaks at Manassas

On February 28, the Office of Student Life hosted David Johns as part of its Black History Month celebration. Johns most recently served as the Executive Director of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. This initiative is “a cross agency effort aimed at identifying evidence-based practices that improve student achievement, and developing a network that shares these best practices.” During his address, Johns spoke … Continue reading David Johns Speaks at Manassas

Loudoun Honors Veterans

Loudoun Honors Veterans

On November 10, the Loudoun Campus hosted an appreciation event for its campus veterans. This event was hosted by the Office of Student Life and the Student Ambassadors. Thank you cards and food were provided as students, faculty and staff took time to attend and extend their sincere gratitude to our veterans. Additionally, a banner was created by the Student Ambassadors in which participants could … Continue reading Loudoun Honors Veterans

Alexandria Livestreams Rain Dove Performance

The Alexandria Campus Student Life Office and Pride NOVA Club streamed a live performance featuring national guest speaker, Rain Dove. Dove’s presentation was motivational and interactive; she focused on understanding societal design and construction (heavily breaking down gender as an example), how it limits us and how individuals can overcome limits to be truly free once and for all. Dove shared her personal journey from farm girl to a … Continue reading Alexandria Livestreams Rain Dove Performance

NOVA Day at the Medical Education Campus

NOVA Day at the Medical Education Campus

NOVA Day at the Medical Education Campus is annually celebrated as an opportunity for new and returning students to familiarize themselves with one another and campus organizations. This year, approximately 400 MEC students, faculty and staff attended the event on September 15 to commemorate the beginning of fall semester. The MEC Office of Student Life hosted NOVA Day along with many other programming activities, service … Continue reading NOVA Day at the Medical Education Campus

Manassas Play Day a Success

Manassas Play Day a Success

It was a beautiful sunny day for Manassas Play Day. A cool breeze followed students around the Howsmon Patio where there were plenty of fun activities for them to engage in. Student Life put on a wonderful display with popcorn, cotton candy, barbecue lunch, petting zoo, dunk tank, climbing wall, arts and craft stations and an amusement ride. Several NOVA divisions were present to answer … Continue reading Manassas Play Day a Success

MEC Office of Student Life Positively Impact Students

MEC Office of Student Life Positively Impact Students

At the start of each semester, the Office of Student Life, under the leadership of Patricia Martin-Mattocks and with the help of club advisers make a remarkable effort to enhance the student learning experience by programming activities, service projects and club opportunities to the student body of the Medical Education Campus (MEC). Already at mid-semester, feelings vary among the MEC students. For Michael Cabrera, a … Continue reading MEC Office of Student Life Positively Impact Students

Manassas Hosts Sam Killermann for Ally Week

In celebration of Ally Week, the Manassas Office of Student Life hosted Sam Killermann, a comedian and social justice advocate, on October 21. The event took place at the Manassas Campus but was livestreamed to the Alexandria, Annandale and Medical Education campuses. The Loudon Campus attended in person. In addition, it was livestreamed online for anyone who could not attend at a campus. NOVA-TV has … Continue reading Manassas Hosts Sam Killermann for Ally Week

Professional Development Series for Students

Today’s students seek more out of higher education than just classroom knowledge. Current research on the importance of professional readiness and a growing nontraditional student population reinforces the notion that students are placing an increased emphasis on the employment-related benefits of post-secondary education. There are few resources for students which address the social and soft-skills gaps needed in professional environments. The Office of Student Life, … Continue reading Professional Development Series for Students

1st Annandale STEM Fair

1st Annandale STEM Fair

Annandale Campus had its first STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Fair April 23. The event was an exciting success with 42 official entries, over 120 participating students, and more than 180 attendees. The event was hosted by Dr. Ritu Kansal, with the wonderful support and teamwork of many faculty including Assistant Dean Ben Wang, Dr. Peter Williams, Dr. Don Goral, Dr. Karen Bushaw-Newton, Professor Alpana Das, Dr. … Continue reading 1st Annandale STEM Fair

History of Women in Jazz at Alexandria

History of Women in Jazz at Alexandria

The Alexandria Student Life Office invited Galen Abdur-Razzaq to speak about the “History of Women in Jazz” and give a performance of “Notes at Noon.” Abdur-Razzaq is a talented flutist from Montclair, New Jersey, who has performed both domestically and internationally for more than 30 years. He is also an arranger, composer, director, educator and writer. Abdur-Razzaq’s interactive lecture highlighted the significant contribution of women … Continue reading History of Women in Jazz at Alexandria

MEC Observes National Alcohol Awareness Week

MEC Observes National Alcohol Awareness Week

Each October, several activities and educational initiatives aimed at raising alcohol awareness are sponsored by the Medical Education Campus (MEC) Office of Student Life. Among the featured activities this year were a walk-and-turn field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test. The Student Life table was a great way to have a good time between classes, increasing awareness of alcohol’s effects on the body,” said J.M. McKeel, … Continue reading MEC Observes National Alcohol Awareness Week

Red Flag Campaign and Clothesline Project at the MEC

Red Flag Campaign and Clothesline Project at the MEC

NOVA’s Sexual Assault Services Office and the Student Life Office sponsored the Red Flag Campaign and the Clothesline Project display at the Medical Education Campus (MEC) as part of Sexual Assault and Sexual Health Awareness. During the week of October 6, scheduled events were designed to raise public awareness about dating violence. Red Flag is a public awareness campaign to address dating violence and promote … Continue reading Red Flag Campaign and Clothesline Project at the MEC

Student Life Welcomes Students to the MEC

Student Life Welcomes Students to the MEC

The Office of Student Life hosted two events to welcome day and evening students at the start of Fall 2014 semester. On August 21 from noon to 2:00 p.m., and on August 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., new and returning students joined the festivities planned by Student Life Senior Advisor Patricia Martin-Mattocks. MEC Provost Anne Loochtan graciously greeted the students. Full of energy and enthusiasm for … Continue reading Student Life Welcomes Students to the MEC

MEC Student Life Office Making Things Happen

MEC Student Life Office Making Things Happen

The Student Life Office, under the leadership of Senior Advisor Patricia Martin-Mattocks, takes administrative responsibility for multicultural programming, leadership support services, campus entertainment, nine student organizations and one interest group. All these activities are designed to promote leadership opportunities, innovative programs and meaningful relationships outside the classroom. On June 26, Martin-Mattocks and Student Life sponsored a great cookout event highlighting not only delicious food, but healthy … Continue reading MEC Student Life Office Making Things Happen

International Week at the MEC

International Week at the MEC

The Medical Education Campus (MEC) International Week, spearheaded by Student Life, coincided with Advising Week and the emphasis on the College’s new Start Strong policy. The week focused on education as one of the greatest investments, and respect and appreciation for other cultures. The festivities included shared travel experiences and trivia questions about the world. There was a beautiful display of artifacts and flags from many countries … Continue reading International Week at the MEC

“Play It Safe” at Alexandria

“Play It Safe” at Alexandria

Spring Break is considered a high-risk week, so members of the Alexandria Office of Student Life felt the urge to spread a simple message: “Play It Safe.” On March 5, Alcohol Awareness Day was successfully held in the cafeteria. The United Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County, the Fairfax Alcohol Safety Action Program, NOVA Police, the Office of Student Conduct and professor, David Fernandez, accepted the invitation … Continue reading “Play It Safe” at Alexandria

Manassas Hosts “Stay Alive, Don’t Text and Drive” Event

Manassas Hosts ‘Stay Alive, Don’t Text and Drive’ Event

On November 6, the Manassas Campus Office of Student Life sponsored an event to highlight the dangers of texting and driving. Using a car equipped with a simulator, students were able to take a virtual drive to learn how texting behind the wheel negatively affects reaction times. Student Life Specialist, Marcie Schreibman, said the simulator effectively demonstrates the “Stay Alive, Don’t Text and Drive” message. … Continue reading Manassas Hosts ‘Stay Alive, Don’t Text and Drive’ Event