Campus Clubs and Organizations

From the Office of Student Life 

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Every student at the Medical Education Campus has the potential and opportunity to become a student leader. There are many benefits to becoming involved in student leadership. In addition to learning more about yourself, your strengths and interests, you gain valuable skills. The friendships you develop, working together as a team on projects and goals, often remain long after graduation. The satisfaction of working as a team toward a common goal and knowing that you have made a positive contribution to your community is huge.

Clubs, Organizations and Interest Groups

Dental Hygiene Club (DNH)
Advisor: Dawn Southerly,

Diagnostic Imaging Club (RAD)
Advisor: Jarice Risper,

Emergency Medical Services Club (EMS)
Advisor: Kathleen Deal,

Health Information Management Leaders of Tomorrow (HIMLOT)
Advisor: Toni Jackman,

Medical Laboratory Technology (MeLT) Club
Advisor: Stefanie Thompson,

Nurses Student Association (NSA)
Advisor: Kenya Fluellen

Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Nu Psi Chapter (PTK)
Advisor: Maria Nieto-Shahsavarian,
Co-advisor: Patricia Martin-Mattocks,

Physical Therapist Assistant Society (PTA)
Advisor: Patty Ottavio.

Respiratory Care Practitioners Student Association (RTH)
Advisor: Terry Clark,

Student Occupational Therapy Association (OTA)
Advisor: Megan Cook,

What Is the Difference Between a Club or Organization and an Interest Group?

There is a distinct difference between clubs and interest groups. The College officially recognizes clubs; Interest Groups are groups formed on a temporary basis and are not officially recognized by the College. Further clarification can be found below for the differences between clubs versus interest groups:

Clubs Can …

  • generate funds through fundraisers and donations
  • have an account through the Office of Student Activities
  • use the College name to show its affiliation with the College
  • request funding from the Office of Student Activities and the College for programs and club activities
  • reserve College facilities and utilize College resources for a variety of programming opportunities
  • be featured in various publications of the College (Student Handbook, Newspaper, etc.)

Interest Groups Cannot…

  • generate funds through fundraisers and donations
  • have a club account through the Office of Student Activities
  • use the College Name to show its affiliation with the College
  • request funding from the Office of Student Activities and the College for programs and clubs activities
  • be featured in publications of the College, BUT they can reserve College facilities for meetings only

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Snowed In- Organize and Optimize

For many students unexpected time off may feel like a blessing. Time to relax and repose. However the avid learner will recognize that this “extra” time is illusory. As a student you will still be expected to keep up with your assigned materials. What you miss is vital instruction time. For our Allied Health and Nursing students, this means time away from practice labs and clinical rotations. Each hour spent in lab or clinical is a vital learning opportunity. Time snowed in is best spent practicing your skills and reviewing.

We recommend that when faced with extra time you do some of the following.

 1. Organize

We often fail to realize how important good organization is. This will mean different things to different people. However the key is to understand that you must optimize your time and workspace to best leverage your learning style and available resources.

This might mean cleaning your desk, moving furniture or organizing and digitizing notes. Knowing when things are due, and where things are will save you a great deal of time going forward.

The point here is not to model your workspace after some ideal, but to model it after your ideal.  This may visually translate into a spartan desktop, or a chaotic maelstrom.

2. Inventory

Part of the effort to organize will involve inventorying. This basically means assessing your physical resources as well as you intellectual resources. Are you really good at memorizing and recalling information? Great! But do you struggle with contextualizing that information? Do you have enough pens, batteries and the entire minutia required for studying well? Have you set an appointment to speak to a disabilities or academic success counselor?
Another part and possibly most crucial part of the inventory, is to understand realistically how long it takes you to complete a given task. If you know it takes you a day to read a chapter make a note of it. Knowing the boundaries of your abilities will help you push those boundaries further.
The greater detail in your personal inventory the better organized you’ll become.

3. L.S.E

After you have organized and inventoried your life, you will almost be ready to tackle your assignments. Having organized and inventoried, the first thing you will need is a copy of your syllabus from each course. In addition you will have any in class and online announcements related to your class easily accessible.

Make a list of all pending work. This includes projects, exams, and the areas of weakness you identified earlier. Next to each establish a deadline and level of priority. You should also write down the how much time you realistically take on the task.

Armed with your list of task, deadlines, priorities and projected times to completion you will be able to make an accurate schedule. Order your list of task by deadline and then priority.

This last part is pretty straight forward, but the most challenging. Now you need to honor your schedule which given the level of detail and attention should allow you to flow effortlessly from task to task.

Becoming a successful student directly translates into becoming a better worker. Having a toolkit that allows you to prioritize and manage your time is one of the keys to having a successful career in any field. Next time you have “extra” time, try executing these simple tips. You’re work productivity should increase and your stress reduced.

NOVA Free Tax Preparation Workshops – Springfield (MEC) Campus


IRS-certified volunteers will help ensure you receive the maximum tax refund and help determine if you are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. If you or your family earned less than $54,000 in 2015, you may qualify for this free service.

Please make sure to bring the following items:

  • Photo ID for you and your spouse if filing jointly
  •  Social Security cards or Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for everyone in the family
  •  Voided check for direct deposit
  • Proof of health insurance coverage, i.e. form 1095A, insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid card. All income statements for self and dependent: W-2, W-P, W-2G, 1099, etc.
  • Expense documents: dependent care, education-related expenses, home mortgage interest payments, student loan interest payments


Free Tax Prep Workshops are located at other NOVA campuses and are open to all students and the community:

  • February 2016
  • February 1st from TIME, Annandale Campus, LOCATION
    February 8th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM, Alexandria Campus, Bisdorf Building, Room 334C
  • February 15th from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Loudoun Campus, Room 249J
  • February 22nd, from 10:00 – 4:00 PM, Manassas Campus Howsmon Hall, Room 110 (STUDENTS ONLY)
  • February 22nd, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM, Manassas Global Learning Center
  • February 29th from 10:00 – 2:00 PM, Woodbridge Campus, Seefeldt 329
  • February 29th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM, Springfield Campus (MEC), Computer Labs 327 & 330


March 2016

  • March 7th from 10:00 – 2:00 PM, Woodbridge Campus, Seefeldt 329
  • March 14th from TIME, Annandale Campus, LOCATION
  • March 21st from 4:00 – 8:00 PM, Alexandria Campus, Bisdorf Building, Room 334C
  • March 28th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Loudoun Campus, Room 249J


April 2016

  • April 4th from 10:00 – 4:00 PM, Manassas Campus, Howsmon Hall Room 110 (STUDENTS ONLY)
  • April 4th from 4:00-8:00 PM, Manassas SkillSource Center
  • April 11th from 10:00 – 2:00 PM, Woodbridge Campus, Seefeldt 329

Monday, February 29, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST) – Add to Calendar
NOVA Springfield (MEC) Campus – 6699 Springfield Center Drive, Computer Labs 327 & 330 Springfield, VA 22150 – View Map

Free Money Management Workshop

Want to get Financially Fit?

Come join us March 3rd 2016 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM in room 154. We will be hosting a Money Management Workshop to help you stay financially fit this spring and future semesters.

Thursday March 3rd, 2016

2:30-3:30 PM

Room: 154

 As an added bonus we will be raffling a Fitbit to workshop participants.

 Requirements to enter the raffle:

  • Must be a NOVA student
  • Enrolled in spring 2016 classes
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