VCCS Launches New Online Tool to Help Service Members Earn More Credit

VCCS Launches New Online Tool to Help Service Members Earn More Credit

Veterans and military students now have an easier time earning credit for prior learning thanks to a new online tool launched by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) the day before Veterans Day. The Credits2Careers Veterans Portal allows students to upload their joint services transcript to see instantly how many academic credits their work experience could translate into more than 1,700 community college programs. Woodbridge Provost Sam … Continue reading VCCS Launches New Online Tool to Help Service Members Earn More Credit

PASS Alexandria Program Presentation at VCCS Peer Conference

PASS Alexandria Program Presentation at VCCS Peer Conference

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Peer Conference for Developmental Education, Student Services, Learning Assistance Professionals and Early Childhood Development occurred November 16 and 17 at the Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center in Glen Allen, Virginia. The Alexandria Counseling Department represented by Dr. Sherri Anna Brown (Associate Dean of Students), Keith Wynn (Academic Success Counselor) and Ty Lane (Academic Success Advisor) presented on the … Continue reading PASS Alexandria Program Presentation at VCCS Peer Conference

STEM Takes Flight Workshop

STEM Takes Flight Workshop

Earlier this year, professors Tim Eichers (LO) and Matthew Westerhoff (MA) participated in a professional development workshop at NASA Wallops Flight Facility along with 18 other faculty members from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). This three-day, residential workshop focused on the integration of STEM in the NASA workplace with the purpose of assisting faculty in educating students on the importance of teamwork, technical skills … Continue reading STEM Takes Flight Workshop

McAuliffe Visits NOVA for VCCS Cybersecurity Discussion

McAuliffe Visits NOVA for VCCS Cybersecurity Discussion

On September 13, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) hosted its inaugural meeting for its Cybersecurity Advisory Board at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus. Governor Terry McAuliffe and NOVA President Scott Ralls also participated in the discussion. The purpose of the newly-formed advisory board is to ensure that the Commonwealth’s two-year cyber curriculum imparts the real-world skills … Continue reading McAuliffe Visits NOVA for VCCS Cybersecurity Discussion

Savkar and Loser Represent NOVA at Event at Governor’s Mansion

Savkar and Loser Represent NOVA at Event at Governor’s Mansion

Reva A. Savkar, recently retired Annandale associate professor of chemistry and winner of the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and her husband, Professor Emeritus Bob Loser, retired Extended Learning Institute (ELI) instructional designer, were invited to the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Va., on September 7 for a reception hosted by Governor Terry McAuliffe. They were the only faculty members at the reception that honored … Continue reading Savkar and Loser Represent NOVA at Event at Governor’s Mansion

Loudoun Hosts VMATYC Conference

Loudoun Hosts VMATYC Conference

NOVA hosted the 31st Annual Conference of the Virginia Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (VMATYC) on March 31 and April 1. Mathematics faculty from all the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) colleges attended the conference at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus. Dr. Bruce Wahl, incoming VMATYC president, who teaches math at the Alexandria Campus, hosted the event. Following the keynote address by Amy Getz from the Dana Center … Continue reading Loudoun Hosts VMATYC Conference

Rosemary Gallick Selected as Featured Artist for New Horizons

Rosemary Gallick Selected as Featured Artist for New Horizons

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) recently announced that Professor Rosemary Gallick (MA) will be the featured artist at New Horizons 2017, set to take place at the Hotel Roanoke April 12 to 14. Gallick teaches art and art history at the Manassas Campus. Thirty-two VCCS artists competed for the honor of being the featured artist. Gallick’s “Raging Rapids” stood out to the judging panel … Continue reading Rosemary Gallick Selected as Featured Artist for New Horizons

Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Conference

Based on feedback from the Diversity, Inclusion, and Student Success Conference held in October, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Office will be coordinating a webinar series to make conference presentations available to a broader audience. The first webinar will take place on Thursday, January 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Details for the first webinar, featuring a presentation by NOVA faculty Dr. Monique Colclough, can be found online. The flyer in this … Continue reading Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Conference

Faculty Reflect, Renew, Recharge at 12th PUP Conference

Faculty Reflect, Renew, Recharge at 12th PUP Conference

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, held the 12th Annual Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) Conference on January 3 and 4. This year’s theme was “Reflect, Renew and Recharge: Creating a Lasting Impact for Our Students.” On January 3 the conference was held at the Ernst Center at the Annandale Campus … Continue reading Faculty Reflect, Renew, Recharge at 12th PUP Conference

Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Conference

Based on feedback from the Diversity, Inclusion, and Student Success Conference held in October, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Office will be coordinating a webinar series to make conference presentations available to a broader audience. The first webinar will take place on Thursday, January 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Details for the first webinar, featuring a presentation by NOVA faculty Dr. Monique Colclough, can be found online. The flyer in this … Continue reading Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Conference

Facilities Planning Builds Thanksgiving Spirit

Facilities Planning Builds Thanksgiving Spirit

Facilities Planning and Support Services on the Annandale Campus put their skills to good use. The department recently conducted a friendly competition by staff to create a structure using donated canned goods and nonperishable food items. Over 300 total food items were collected and subsequently donated to Food for Others, a local food bank. The project management team, from Suite 311, replicated the NOVA Nighthawks … Continue reading Facilities Planning Builds Thanksgiving Spirit

Faculty’s Role in Campus Emergency Planning and Response

For most community college students in Virginia, professors are the face of the College. That is just the reality of a student’s experience; they see their instructors more than anyone else on a campus. As a result, faculty are likely to be the ones that students will depend upon if an emergency situation arises on that campus. Therefore, faculty should play an important role in … Continue reading Faculty’s Role in Campus Emergency Planning and Response

Man Up, Year Up and WISE Present at VCCS Diversity Conference

Man Up, Year Up and WISE Present at VCCS Diversity Conference

On October 7, representatives from the Man Up, Year Up and WISE programs presented “Helping Minorities and Women Achieve Their Dreams Through Support, Guidance and Encouragement” at the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Conference in Richmond. Woodbridge Campus Provost Sam Hill accompanied the group and introduced each speaker. The attendees were very engaged and asked numerous questions at the end … Continue reading Man Up, Year Up and WISE Present at VCCS Diversity Conference

VCCS Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Conference

Do you have ideas for engaging and supporting multicultural professionals in the workplace or successfully enhancing retention and success rates of minority students? Please share them with your colleagues throughout the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). The VCCS Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Conference is next month. The conference goal is to build capacity and advocacy for the success of our diverse student body and … Continue reading VCCS Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Conference

VCCS Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Conference

Do you have ideas for engaging and supporting multicultural professionals in the workplace or successfully enhancing retention and success rates of minority students? Please share them with your colleagues throughout the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). The VCCS Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Conference is next month. The conference goal is to build capacity and advocacy for the success of our diverse student body and … Continue reading VCCS Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Conference

Classified Staff Leadership Academy: Engage, Transform, Succeed

Classified Staff Leadership Academy: Engage, Transform, Succeed

On July 27 to 29, six members of the NOVA classified staff participated in the 2016 Classified Staff Leadership Academy at the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) office in Richmond. Those who attended included Director of Campus Operations Anil Manchanda (AL), Campus Registrar/ Student Services Manager Margaret Omwenga (AN), High School Outreach Coordinator Cathy Hall (LO), Administrative Assistant Cindy Clink (MA), Computer Lab Manager Imran … Continue reading Classified Staff Leadership Academy: Engage, Transform, Succeed

Shared Services Center’s Initial Operations to Benefit VCCS Colleges

Shared Services Center’s Initial Operations to Benefit VCCS Colleges

This summer, Virginia’s community colleges will open a shared services center in Botetourt County, a central component of a longer-term Virginia Community College System (VCCS) effort to increase efficiency by removing administrative burdens from Virginia’s 23 community colleges and the Richmond-based system office. NOVA will be an active participant. Among the expected benefits are an increase in efficiency through standardization, greater customer focus including student … Continue reading Shared Services Center’s Initial Operations to Benefit VCCS Colleges

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

Invitation to VCCS Regional Workshop

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) has announced five upcoming regional workshops focused on search committees, recruitment and diversity for hiring managers. The System Office Human Resources staff will be offering these one-day workshops focused on streamlining and improving the search committee process, proactive recruitment techniques, and diversity support activities. The program is designed for academic program heads, deans, directors and all hiring managers. Participants can expect … Continue reading Invitation to VCCS Regional Workshop

Invitation to VCCS Regional Workshops

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) has announced five upcoming regional workshops focused on search committees, recruitment and diversity for hiring managers. The System Office Human Resources staff will be offering these one-day workshops focused on streamlining and improving the search committee process, proactive recruitment techniques, and diversity support activities. The program is designed for academic program heads, deans, directors and all hiring managers. Participants can expect … Continue reading Invitation to VCCS Regional Workshops

Errico Gives State of the Faculty Address in Richmond

On November 6, Dr. Charles Errico delivered the keynote presentation to an audience of over 150 participants at the New Faculty Orientation in Richmond, Virginia. Errico is chair of the Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Committee (CFAC). His wide-ranging state of the faculty address discussed enrollment and retention trends in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and the impact that the chancellor’s performance-based funding model will have on … Continue reading Errico Gives State of the Faculty Address in Richmond

NOVA Attends VCCS Distance Education Peer Group Conference

The Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) Distance Learning Peer Group held a conference on October 9 and 10 at Reynolds Community College’s Parham Campus. The conference provided an opportunity for educators to come together to collaborate, problem-solve, learn and innovate with the focus on enhancing the success of their students and colleges. Several of NOVA’s staff presented constructive and instructional workshops during this year’s meeting on … Continue reading NOVA Attends VCCS Distance Education Peer Group Conference

NOVA Represented at VCCS 2015 Leadership Academy

NOVA Represented at VCCS 2015 Leadership Academy

Six individuals were nominated from NOVA to attend the four-day 2015 Faculty and Administrators Leadership Academy held by the Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) Office of Professional Development. There were 40 attendees representing the 23 VCCS colleges. Presenters included presidents Edna Baehre-Kolovani (Tidewater), John Capps (Central Virginia), Gene Couch (Virginia Highlands), Elizabeth Crowther (Rappahannock), J. Mark Estepp (Southwest Virginia), Jack Lewis (New River), John J. … Continue reading NOVA Represented at VCCS 2015 Leadership Academy

Hubbard Receives VCCS Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship

Hubbard Receives VCCS Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship

Adult Career Pathways Program Associate Director Christina Hubbard has been awarded the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship for the 2015-2016. The purpose of this fellowship is to allow recipients to prepare for future positions within the VCCS by earning their doctoral degrees. During the year, Hubbard will pursue her research agenda by focusing her attention on qualitative research related to disadvantaged adult … Continue reading Hubbard Receives VCCS Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship

TOTAL Workshops Available

NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) announces its schedule of Topics in Online Teaching and Learning (TOTAL) workshops for the summer semester:   Start Date Workshop Title Length of workshop June 1 Blackboard Basics    3 weeks Writing Directions    2 weeks Designing Meaningful Discussion Activities    3 weeks June 22 Using Best Practices in Online Teaching    4 weeks Designing Rubrics and Providing Feedback    4 weeks July 13 … Continue reading TOTAL Workshops Available