March Newsletter






Parent Connection is an event put together by Pathway Connection and Project Discovery.  The one held on March 11th at Mount Vernon High School had one of our best turnouts – nearly 50 people!  PC Team_SmilesKudos to everyone for putting it together, and even more kudos to the parents for making it out, even those from South Lakes and Arlington High Schools.  We were able to provide program overviews and information regarding college entrance exams and resources.

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Shout Out to PAC and Pathway students who worked tirelessly on the Habitat for Humanity Annandale project to completion.




Special shout out thanks to Cassandra Asekhauno and Amanda Darr for a great Kick-Off Event!

BellweShout out to all of those who made this possible. See full article in the Intercom





The Alexandria Campus Women’s Center co-hosted an “Elect Her – NOVA Women Win” training program on February 13, sponsored by the American Association of University Women and Running Start.  This is the only program that trains college women to run for student government and future political office.  Women students from all six campuses at NOVA participated in the leadership training.  College organizers included Dr. Carolyn Lorente, Director, Women’s Center, Pat Gordon, Pathway Leadership Program Development Specialist, and Annie Birge, Elect Her Student Liaison, Alexandria Student Body President, and  a Pathway student.   Students were led through training exercises designed to identify issues, create a message, learn tips on campaign strategies, create an elevator speech and participate in campaign simulation.   A featured speaker was Allyson Carpenter, a Howard University student who, after participating in an Elect Her training program at Howard last year, ran and won an elected position on the D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commission becoming, at the age of eighteen, the youngest elected official in the history of Washington, D.C.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.  Running Start is a nonprofit organization that brings young women to politics so that they are knowledgeable about the process, invested in the outcome, and interested in participating as elected leaders.   The Alexandria Campus Women’s Center will co-host the Elect Her training program again next year.

Photos:(left to right)  Participants on a Student Government Association Panel:Taylor Lam, Woodbridge Student Body President, Annie Birge, Alexandria Student Body President, Quynh Anh Ton Nu, Annandale Student Body Vice President. Photographer, Traci J. Medlock, Editor-in-Chief, Above the Fold

Accepting Applications for Spring 2015
Accepting Applications for Spring 2015

Peer Mentors – A Bridge to Achieving the Dream

The Pathway Program recruited, interviewed, and trained Pathway students to serve as Peer Mentors in twenty one Pathway SDV 100 classes during Fall, 2014, at all five campuses.  Peer Mentors share their experiences, provide information on campus resources and events, and assist SDV instructors with classroom activities. They are also available to listen and provide encouragement to new students transitioning to college.  Candidates must have completed at least two semesters at NOVA, successfully completed SDV 100, and earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 to be eligible.  New students in classrooms with Pathway Peer Mentors have consistently responded, through class surveys, that they appreciated having a Peer Mentor in their class because they could relate more to someone their own age who had already taken courses at NOVA and, although they were often feeling overwhelmed in their first semester, they appreciated hearing regularly about campus events and activities.  Our Peer Mentors serve an important role in the services that the Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program provides to our new Pathway students and we are very grateful for their leadership and service!


“The Pathway to Transfer”

Pathway students from all five campuses participated in a college trip to Old Dominion University and Hampton University on Friday, November 7, 2014.  Thirty seven students attended information sessions and participated in campus tours at both universities.   These college visits are designed to expose students to the benefits of both public and private universities in urban, suburban and rural settings, in an effort to assist them in their transfer decisions.

HamptonPictureThe trip advisors were: Shanon Bobb, Pat Gordon, Faith Lankford, and Mohammad Amanullah (former Pathway Fellow).   The next college trip is scheduled on Friday, March 20 to visit Virginia Commonwealth University and Mary Washington University.  Students can contact Pat Gordon at to see if there are still seats available.