STEM Transfer Day Event September 6th

Are you currently exploring or pursuing a STEM major? Would you like to learn more about George Mason University?

Join the upcoming STEM Transfer Day going on September 6th, 10am–2:30 pm at George Mason University!

Tour both the campus and Mason’s labs and STEM facilities, explore Mason’s interdisciplinary STEM programs of study, Speak with Mason’s faculty and Transfer Ambassadors, and learn about academic and experiential learning opportunities.

There is free parking and LUNCH! Register today:

Know Your Assignment and Testing Due Dates

Know Your Assignment and Testing Due Dates

One of the assumptions students have about an online class is that the work can be completed and submitted anytime. Although you can complete the work at your convenience, you must maintain pace and submit the assignments/exams by the due date. Failure to do so, can result in being withdrawn without a tuition refund.

To stay on track and maintain pace, NOVA Online courses have firm assignment and exam due dates so it is important to sign in on the start date and become familiar with the course requirements. Pay close attention to your due dates. Students who do not log in and participate in their online learning class by the First Assignment Due Date (last day to drop with a tuition refund-census date) will be administratively deleted from the class. There will be no record of the class and tuition will not be refunded.  Likewise, many classes have checkpoints where you can be dropped if you are not maintaining pace with your assignments.

Promote your success:

  • Log into your class on the start date. Log in and take time to review your assignments and course calendar. Familiarize yourself with the deadlines and record them in your planner or use the Canvas calendar.


  • Develop a plan to maintain pace. Need help with time management, take a few minutes to watch our free Time Management workshop, click here.


  • Stay engaged, think of your online class as a campus class and log in regularly. Review the discussion board and course announcements—


  • Do not wait until the last day to take your exams or submit your assignments – you never know what might come up at the last minute.

With proper planning and dedication, you can promote your success!

Promote Your Safety and Practice Situational Awareness

Situational awareness is one of the most proactive things you can do to avoid troubling confrontations.  Helpful strategies for this are reviewed in the August Edition of the NOVA Public Safety Newsletter.  The Newsletter advises to always be aware of what’s happening around you so you can take evasive actions in a crisis. Don’t forget to scan all 720-degrees around you: in front, behind, below and above. Penelope wants you to enjoy stellar security by practicing “out of this world” situational awareness.

We encourage you to read this and other safety tips and strategies in the monthly Public Safety Newsletter found at,


Join NOVA’s First Female Rugby Team

If you are in the NOVA area and interested in joining a NOVA sports team, this may be the option for you. NOVA has started its first ever Female Rugby Team. No prior experience is necessary to join!

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Contact Michael McMillon at for more info on how to get involved! 

Check out the NOVA Athletics Website for other recreational opportunities available to you! —–>



Student Government Association Leadership Training Summer 2019

Yesterday, each Student Government Association attended a cross-campus leadership training. They shared connections, discussed setting an agenda for the upcoming semester, learned tips and tricks for surveying students, and did some very important self reflection on how to combat holding inherent biases.

You’ll notice some quirky pictures below because there has to be some fun when Student Life is involved! The group completed different team building activities like human charades and a game called “the maze”. 

Overall, we left the day feeling excited and energized for the upcoming semester! 

To learn more about getting involved with any one of the campus Student Government Associations, email 
with your name and campus of interest! 

Northern Virginia Artisans Invited to Participate in New Loudoun Exhibit

Calling all Artisans who work or live within the Loudoun Area!!! 

You are Invited to Participate in a New Exhibit
Artisans Showcase Focuses on Three-Dimensional Work

Potters, sculptors, jewelers, and artisans of all kinds are encouraged to participate in a rare exhibit for three-dimensional work. The Loudoun Arts Council and Thomas Balch Library invite all artisans working or living in Loudoun County to apply for the first Loudoun Artisans’ Showcase, a curated exhibit held in the central Mercer Room at the historic Library from September 3rd through 30th, 2019.

Functional or non-functional pieces in any medium will be considered. Space is a limiting factor; the interiors of the two display cases measure approximately 27” wide x  78” long x 10” high. Choose your best work that will fit within these measurements. You may enter up to three items for the $10 application fee. The deadline to apply is midnight, Friday August 9th, 2019.

Questions? Please email LoudounArts for more information. (Click the hyperlink in green)

Data Center Operations Information Sessions

Join NOVA for an informational session on the new Data Center Operations degree program . Learn about admissions, financial aid, and more!

Tuesday, July 16th

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

NOVA’s Signal Hill Center, Room 150
21335 Signal Hill Plaza, Sterling

Pre-Register Here:


NOVA Manassas Campus Open House

NOVA Manassas is hosting an Open House on Friday July 5th 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Free Pizza and NOVA Swag + a chance to speak with a NOVA Manassas Advisor. Hope to see you there! RSVP: at

For directions to the Manassas Campus visit our website here:


Where Are The Best Summer Study Spots?

Summer courses. They can be a drag, but they also come in handy when you are making up credits, or trying to finish your degree plan in a short amount of time.

We found a blog post on listing the best summer study spots!   The article recommends studying outside to soak up some sun and we agree! We decided to create our own list of fab study spots to try out. Drop a comment below with your favorite summer study spot suggestions.

Take advantage of outdoor spaces- patios, backyards, or local parks! 

Forbes Magazine points out that exposure to sunlight elevates your mood and helps strengthen your immune system. Use that summer time shine! If you’re in the Northern Virginia area,  don’t forget each campus has plenty of outdoor space to utilize. Being on campus can help keep your mind in grind mode.

Speaking of space on campus, our libraries have open summer hours!

Check out our summer library schedule from May 20 – August 11. Outside campus operating hours, branch out and visit a local public library.  LibWeb does the work for you in finding a nearby library location.

Cafe’s and coffee shops are a great environments to get work done.

Free Wifi, background music, and unlimited access to caffeine.. what more can you ask for?! Check out Northern Virginia Mag’s Guide to Coffee Shops in you’re in the area.

We hope some of our suggestions work for you this summer. Don’t be afraid to try new spaces, and when you find a spot that fits your needs, utilize it! Enjoy, and happy summer studying!

Any suggestions? Drop your fav summer study spot in the comments below!

Join the Business Student Interest Group!

Interested in Business Related Topics?

Join the Business Student Interest Group for NOVA Online.  Engage in business related discussions, guest interviews, article sharing, tips, and more- online!

To join or to find out more information contact the group leader, Kaleigh, at