This week at NOVA Online!

Happy Monday! Who was hoping for a little extra snow this morning!?

Is today the first day of your NOVA Online course? Review the Critical Enrollment Dates blog post to make sure you get off to a great start. Join us for today’s NOVA Online Orientation webinar or request a recording!

Join our Virtual Student Union– NOVA Online’s VSU has a new look! Are you taking online classes and looking to connect with other students outside of a classroom setting? Check out our Virtual Student Union or VSU. This is an engagement hub where NOVA Online students have access to create a profile, join discussion forums and connect with other students. In celebration of our new site launch, students will be eligible for raffle prizes once they create an account and interact on the site. Drawings will be done weekly and monthly through the fall semester. Join now!

Engage in your Community! Did you miss our Community Involvement Fair? Check out our community volunteer booklet to learn more about the variety of non-profits participating and volunteer opportunities available: Community Volunteer Booklet. Email us at and tell us where and when you are volunteering and we will send you a FREE NOVA Student Life T-shirt to wear!

Financial Avenue – Financial Literacy Contest – Twenty $100 NOVA bookstore gift cards towards educational costs at NOVA will be given-away throughout the 2016‐2017 academic year to randomly selected students NOVA Online who successfully complete Financial Avenue web‐based financial literacy modules! For more information visit Financial Aid’s Financial Literacy Blog. Official contest rules and registration to participate can be found here.

Want to write for the NOVA Online Student Blog? Share your story? Connect with your peers? Send us a writing sample to get started. Email NOVA for more information.

This week at NOVA Online!

October is Transfer Month at NOVA Online! Check the NOVA Online Student Life Calendar and the blog for webinars and virtual transfer fairs to speak with transfer representatives from several colleges and universities.

Do you have any questions or problems with your Blackboard course site? View these short videos from blackboard to give you a reminder of how to submit an assignment, post on discussion board, check grades, and other blackboard tips you will need throughout the semester. The 24/7 NOVA Online IT Help Desk is available for you too! Give them a call at 703.764.5051. Students With Books And Digital Tablet Sitting At TableThere is one more chance to start a Fall semester course! More classes begin Monday, October 19. Check the schedule of classes in NOVA Connect and follow this tutorial to help you search for online classes through NOVA Online. Make sure you change the date to reflect the term you are looking to register for (fall ’15).

Fall into Service: Community Volunteer Fair! Join us at the Annandale campus today, Monday, October 5 from 11-2pm for our 1st annual community volunteer fair. Meet different non-profit organizations within the Northern Virginia area and learn more about volunteer opportunities available.

Participate in a New Student Orientation Webinar – This one hour webinar is required for new-to-college students aged 17-24. New Student Orientation will focus on academic and career goals, reading degree plans, and registering for classes. All are welcome. Use your VCCS username/password to register and email NOVA with any questions.

Career Focused Webinars – Join NOVA Online Career Counselor for webinars this week. Focus on your Career Planning and Exploring your Career Options schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday will give you a deeper look into your career options.

Cash Course Financial Literacy Contest– Have you heard? Twenty $100 NOVA bookstore gift cards towards educational costs at NOVA will be raffled off throughout the 2015‐2016 academic year to randomly selected students NOVA Online who successfully complete CashCourse web‐based financial literacy modules!  Official contest rules and registration to participate can be found here: Cash Course Contest Registration.

Mark your calendar – Advising Week and Spring Registration will be here soon! Look for upcoming webinars to help you plan and register for your spring semester.