Paving Our Pathway Pipelines

Part I of a six-part series outlining opportunities unique to NOVA to further our goal to help every student succeed, every program achieve and every community prosper. I am biased that community colleges are among the most important institutions in our country today. No other institution provides a pathway to the American Dream for so many as community colleges. Yet we have an Achilles heel, … Continue reading Paving Our Pathway Pipelines

Professor Margaret Leary Named 2017 Outstanding Faculty by SCHEV

Professor Margaret Leary Named 2017 Outstanding Faculty by SCHEV

Dr. Margaret Leary, who is an information technology professor at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus and the director of NOVA’s Cybersecurity Credit Program, has been named a 2017 Outstanding Faculty of the Year by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). This award is the Commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. Leary is the 13th NOVA professor to receive this … Continue reading Professor Margaret Leary Named 2017 Outstanding Faculty by SCHEV

President Ralls Congratulates RiVidium Inc. Biotechnology Scholarship Recipient

President Ralls Congratulates RiVidium Inc. Biotechnology Scholarship Recipient

President Scott Ralls congratulates Manassas Campus student Tralena Curan, who was recently awarded a prestigious scholarship by RiVidium Inc., a biotechnology firm located in Manassas, Virginia. Curan is finishing her biotechnology certificate program. She is a single mother of two and put her educational goals on hold while raising her children. Since joining the program, Curan said she has met many people who have encouraged her to … Continue reading President Ralls Congratulates RiVidium Inc. Biotechnology Scholarship Recipient

President Ralls and NOVA Leadership Honor Veteran Faculty and Staff

President Ralls and NOVA Leadership Honor Veteran Faculty and Staff

In recognition of Veterans Day, the faculty and staff of NOVA were honored for their military service at a pancake breakfast hosted by President Scott Ralls and members of the College’s Administrative Council. The event was held November 11 at the Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training at the Woodbridge Campus. Participants enjoyed a full pancake breakfast served by Ralls and other senior leadership. … Continue reading President Ralls and NOVA Leadership Honor Veteran Faculty and Staff

Annandale Hosts Luncheon to Celebrate Veterans

Annandale Hosts Luncheon to Celebrate Veterans

On November 8, the Annandale Campus hosted a luncheon to acknowledge and celebrate veteran students. The event was held in the President’s Dining Room of the Richard J. Ernst Community and Cultural Center where Provost Pam Hilbert spoke in honor of veterans to the more than 50 people who attended the event. “Thank you all for coming. We appreciate those of you who are veterans, … Continue reading Annandale Hosts Luncheon to Celebrate Veterans

Confronted by Our Challenges, Defined by Our Opportunities

As a kid, I always enjoyed team sports more than individual sports, and during my community college career, my appreciation of teams, or cohorts as we sometimes call them, has only increased. Teams support us when we stumble or slow down, challenge us to broaden our thinking and see different perspectives, and push us to go further than we would typically go alone. One of my … Continue reading Confronted by Our Challenges, Defined by Our Opportunities

President’s Sabbatical Award

The Personnel Services Committee invites full-time faculty to apply for the President’s Sabbatical Award. The award is designed to foster creative energy by providing faculty with a one-semester sabbatical leave with full pay. Each academic year, a maximum of three faculty members, one of whom can be on a 12-month contract, can receive the award. Award proposals should be no more than 1,000 words and … Continue reading President’s Sabbatical Award

NOVA Continues Model Partnership with The Posse Foundation

NOVA Continues Model Partnership With the Posse Foundation

On October 25, representatives of The Posse Foundation visited the Annandale Campus for information sessions with veteran students. Along with Posse Trainer Joe Prive, Posse Associate Vice President Lamont Gordon spoke with students about the organization and opportunities. They also met and spoke with President Scott Ralls and Annandale Provost Pam Hilbert. During the brief meeting, Ralls asked Prive and Gordon if there was anything … Continue reading NOVA Continues Model Partnership With the Posse Foundation

Woodbridge Inducts First Class of WISE Members

Woodbridge Inducts First Class of WISE Members

A total of 26 female students were inducted into Women in Search of Excellence (WISE), a mentoring program which supports the educational success and leadership abilities of students. The first induction ceremony was held on October 20 at the Woodbridge Campus. The guest speaker for the event was Dr. Kimberly M. Holmes, director of retention and student success at George Mason University. Organizers plan to … Continue reading Woodbridge Inducts First Class of WISE Members

Communication

Communication; I’ve never worked with or for an organization where people complained that we have too much of it. Open communication is one of the most important characteristics of a healthy, thriving organization. However, all too frequently it falls behind on the daily priority list, even with good intentions. Case in point, I stated in an email earlier that I intended to start a blog … Continue reading Communication

Pathway to the Baccalaureate Receives Example of Excelencia Award

Pathway to the Baccalaureate Receives Example of Excelencia Award

NOVA’s Pathway to the Baccalaureate was the recipient of the 2016 Examples of Excelencia Award at the associate level. President Scott Ralls accepted the award given by Excelencia in Education at a ceremony at the Washington Court Hotel on September 21. Kerin Hilker-Balkissoon, College and Career Pathways executive director, was in attendance as well as Monica Gomez, Pathway transition counselor, and Maria Nieto, Medical Education Campus high … Continue reading Pathway to the Baccalaureate Receives Example of Excelencia Award

NOVA’s Mascot Has Been Named

NOVA’s Mascot Has Been Named

“I’m excited to announce that our NOVA Nighthawk will be known as Ace,” said President Scott Ralls. “Ace evokes many positive meanings, such as a person who excels or the highest score on an exam, and we believe the name fits our mascot perfectly.” A few weeks ago, everyone in the region was invited to rate their favorite names on a scale of one to … Continue reading NOVA’s Mascot Has Been Named

NOVA Names Loudoun Higher Education Center After Former President

NOVA Names Loudoun Higher Education Center After Former President

NOVA recently named the Loudoun Campus’ Higher Education Center after Dr. Robert G. Templin, Jr., the College’s fourth president. Templin was honored for his dedication to the College and advancement of education in the region and nation. Loudoun Provost Julie Leidig hosted the ceremony on September 8. Among those in attendance were Dr. Tony Tardd, former Loudoun Campus provost; Dr. Angel Cabrera, George Mason University … Continue reading NOVA Names Loudoun Higher Education Center After Former President

Governor McAuliffe Hosts Cyber Roundtable at Alexandria

Governor McAuliffe Hosts Cyber Roundtable at Alexandria

Virginia Governor Terry R. McAuliffe hosted a cyber roundtable discussion on August 31 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus. This roundtable was the second in a series of roundtables McAuliffe has organized to promote his Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge initiative as chair of the National Governors Association (NGA). “Since the beginning of my … Continue reading Governor McAuliffe Hosts Cyber Roundtable at Alexandria

NVCC Educational Foundation’s 20th Annual Recognition Dinner

NVCC Educational Foundation’s 20th Annual Recognition Dinner

The Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation (NVCCEF) is holding their 20th Annual Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, September 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. The keynote speaker will be Kathleen Parker, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a nationally syndicated columnist on politics and society for the The Washington Post. In addition, we will hear from President Scott Ralls, Foundation Board President … Continue reading NVCC Educational Foundation’s 20th Annual Recognition Dinner

New Faculty Class of 2016-2017 Start Strong

New Faculty Class of 2016-2017 Start Strong

NOVA welcomed 34 new teaching faculty this semester. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), in partnership with the Office of Academic and Student Support Services and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, hosted a New Faculty Orientation seminar on August 17 with packed sessions geared to help new faculty start strong. Topics included student services, advising, NOVA CARES, disability services, Title IX, educational technology and assessment. President Scott Ralls … Continue reading New Faculty Class of 2016-2017 Start Strong

NVCC Educational Foundation’s 20th Annual Recognition Dinner

NVCC Educational Foundation’s 20th Annual Recognition Dinner

The Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation (NVCCEF) is holding their 20th Annual Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, September 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. The keynote speaker will be Kathleen Parker, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a nationally syndicated columnist on politics and society for the The Washington Post. In addition, we will hear from President Scott Ralls, Foundation Board President … Continue reading NVCC Educational Foundation’s 20th Annual Recognition Dinner

NOVA Hosts Fall Convocation for Faculty and Staff

NOVA Hosts Fall Convocation for Faculty and Staff

On August 16, faculty and staff from all of NOVA’s six campuses gathered at the Ernst Center on the Annandale Campus for the College’s Fall Convocation. The theme this year was “Renewing Our Commitment to Access and Success.” Speakers focused on the importance of community colleges and the impact that NOVA makes on the Northern Virginia region and its 77,000 students. During the event, there … Continue reading NOVA Hosts Fall Convocation for Faculty and Staff

NVCC Educational Foundation’s 20th Annual Recognition Dinner

NVCC Educational Foundation’s 20th Annual Recognition Dinner

The Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation (NVCCEF) is holding their 20th Annual Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, September 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. The keynote speaker will be Kathleen Parker, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a nationally syndicated columnist on politics and society for the The Washington Post. In addition, we will hear from President Scott Ralls, Foundation Board President … Continue reading NVCC Educational Foundation’s 20th Annual Recognition Dinner

NOVA Team Ensures Safety and Coordination for Clinton Visit to NOVA

NOVA Team Ensures Safety and Coordination for Clinton Visit to NOVA

On July 14, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential candidate, visited the Annandale Campus for a one-hour speech, along with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. The College was notified of the candidate’s planned visit a few days before it occurred. Once NOVA learned of Clinton’s proposed visit, a range of daily activities (many lasting until late in the evening) commenced to ensure the safety and security … Continue reading NOVA Team Ensures Safety and Coordination for Clinton Visit to NOVA

Local Workforce Board Chair Elected NOVA Board Chair

Workforce Board Chair to Lead NOVA Board

On May 26, the NOVA Board elected Todd Rowley as its incoming board chair to replace Dr. Michael Wooten whose term ends this spring. Rowley is senior vice president and commercial market executive at Cardinal Bank in McLean, Virginia. He also serves on several important local boards, including serving as chair of the Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board (NVWDB). This gives Rowley a different perspective … Continue reading Workforce Board Chair to Lead NOVA Board

NOVA Celebrates Graduates and 50 Years of Service

NOVA Celebrates Graduates and 50 Years of Service

On May 14, NOVA celebrated the achievement of 7,662 graduates and 50 years of history. Dr. Jill Biden, second lady of the United States and full-time NOVA English professor, addressed the graduates in a packed house at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia. Biden extended congratulations on behalf of President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and herself. She said she … Continue reading NOVA Celebrates Graduates and 50 Years of Service

Four NOVA Graduates Named 2016 Jack Kent Cooke Scholars

Four NOVA Graduates Named 2016 Jack Kent Cooke Scholars

NOVA is extremely pleased to announce that an unprecedented four 2016 graduates have been awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $40,000 per year for tuition, books, living expenses and required fees for the final two to three years necessary to earn a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. The winners are: Derrick Arthur-Cudjoe, Alexandria Campus Nooshin … Continue reading Four NOVA Graduates Named 2016 Jack Kent Cooke Scholars

NVCCEF Celebrates Semmler’s Continued Support

NVCCEF Celebrates Semmler’s Continued Support

On May 5, a group of more than 20 people gathered to have cake and celebrate another milestone in Dr. Richard Semmler’s march to his goal of $1 million in donations to the College and the NVCC Educational Foundation (NVCCEF). Each time, Semmler passes a $100,000 mark, the NVCCEF hosts a celebratory cake. This year President Scott Ralls got to witness what Semmler accomplished, as a dedicated NOVA faculty … Continue reading NVCCEF Celebrates Semmler’s Continued Support

MAN UP Holds End-of-Year Ceremony

MAN UP Holds End-of-Year Ceremony

On April 28, MAN UP held its End-of-Year Recognition Ceremony in the Black Box Theater on the Woodbridge Campus. More than 80 people including students, parents, faculty, staff, NOVA President Scott Ralls, Woodbridge Dean of Students Michael Turner and Woodbridge Provost Sam Hill attended the ceremony. During the event, MAN UP students were recognized for their personal and academic achievements. The highlight of the evening was … Continue reading MAN UP Holds End-of-Year Ceremony