- Green from the Ground Up: How Loudoun Campus Is LEED-ing a Revolution| 12/4/2013
- Loudoun Leads: Campus Boasts First Student Representative to College Board| 12/4/2013
- Affordable Care Act Debate Reaches from Capitol Hill to Campus| 12/4/2013
- Finding 40 Years of History at Loudoun| 12/4/2013
Green from the Ground Up: How the Loudoun Campus Is LEED-ing a Revolution
Students at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College have been watching it for months - across the mud and Dasani bottles of the drained pond, a screaming-orange safety fence and a seemingly deserted work site. But now, on a brilliant, blue-sky day, warm for November, there's action everywhere, the Higher Education Building construction site is as full of life as an ecosystem.
It began in September, but construction of the Higher Education Building was mostly buried underground as the project sank huge columns - wider than a phone booth and 32 feet down to bedrock to anchor what will be the sweeping glass, stone, and steel structure, being built to face the LR Building. According to the blueprints, it will look like an immense and gleaming airport people carrier and conform to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) principles. Those principles, required now by all Virginia public buildings, are designed by the US Green Building Council, one of many groups that certifies green buildings by defining sustainable construction and design elements - energy and water saving strategies like low-flow plumbing fixtures, glass walls that help carry light throughout the space, and green roofs, walls, and rain gardens to unite the building with its environment.
Affordable Care Act Debate Reaches from Capitol Hill to Campus
The recently passed Affordable Care Act is redefining the meaning and role of an adjunct, or a part-time, professor at many colleges across America. While adjuncts, prior to the Affordable Care Act, were not offered health insurance, the enacting of the Affordable Care Act means an employer offers health care insurance to 30 hours a week. For many community colleges, including Northern Virginia Community College, this means calculations and adjustments.
Loudoun Leads: Campus Boasts First Student Representative to College Board
Lyons Sanchezconcha, Student Government Association Vice-President of Academic Affairs, President of Honors Club and student at the Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun Campus, has been appointed as the college-wide student representative on the NOVA College Board.
According to the college web site, NOVA’s College Board comprises of 11 members who are appointed by and typify nine cities and counties in Northern Virginia. Board members assure that NOVA is amenable to higher education and workforce needs present in our service region within procedures, statewide policies, and regulations govern by the State Board for Community College. The College Board also welcomes opportunities to further advance the college’s most important values of access, opportunity, and student success.
Finding 40 Years of History at Loudoun
Virginia Community College Loudoun Campus underway, the history of this campus is being written as we read it. About a year and a half ago, Professor of History Beverly Blois suggested that there should be a commemoration for this history. With the 40th anniversary of this campus of this campus being in the fall of 2014, and the 50th anniversary of NOVA as a whole in 2015, many among the faculty and administration saw it fitting that a project to record this history be undertaken. In spring 2013, a group of volunteers, interns, faculty and staff brought this to realization as the NOVA Loudoun Campus History project.