Updated -- 12 / 4 / 13
Loudoun Campus Closes 2013 with Look to New Additions in New Year
An artist's rendering of the proposed addition to the Loudoun Campus
STERLING, Va.-- At Northern Virginia Community College, like campuses across the Country, it can be hard to think of anythign but a nice, long holiday break when Decemeber rolls in. But here at The Loudoun Lantern, we've seen that the Loudoun Campus is not slowing down in the closing days of 2013.
For example, Loudoun has earned some new bragging rights, as a student from our campus was selected to be the first college-wide student representative on the NOVA Board. Jose has the story of Lyons Sanchezconcha.
Also, that big hole over by the pond means big plans for the future. Liz has a story about how we're "LEED-ing" the way with green building for our new Higher Education Center.
Of course, we do know you're planning to reward yourself for writing (or grading! ) all those final exams. Over in Lifestyle, Daniel has a great set of tips for enjoying tasty holiday treats...while still fitting into your pants!
And remember, it's never to ealry to make a good new year's resolution ... like joining us! Learn how you can come have fun while gaining marketable media skills.
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
With the construction for a new center of higher education building on the Northern 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.
Dr. Blois, who was involved in the 20th anniversary oral history project, saw that many people around this area have stories to tell which need to be gathered. Prof. John Kincheloe echoes this sentiment. “People need to know about the history of this institution, they can benefit from it. We learn from those who have come before us, and if we know where we come from, we can better understand where we are going,” he said
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.
The profile of adjuncts forms a diverse blend of professors. Adjuncts can be organized into three categories—older adjuncts who may be retired from their first career and teaching for enjoyment, younger adjuncts, hoping to make full-time professor status, and adjuncts who work full time at another job.
Adjuncts with full-time jobs or those that are retired often say an adjunct position is the ultimate part-time career in addition to their full-time job because of the flexibility. Many of these types of adjuncts are less affected by the Affordable Care Act because their full-time job provides their health insurance.
Conversely, newer adjuncts hoping move up to a full-time position are most affected, as their teaching loads may be reduced to be sure that their working hours – which includes preparation times – does not exceed the act’s limits.
VIEWPOINT: A Spectacle Like No Other
When you follow the world of politics, you should expect to sometimes come across tales of seedy debauchery and hidden vices brought to light, after which the politician and his staff scramble like cockroaches exposed to a blinding flashlight. We’ve had politicians cheat on their wives with other women, cheating with other men, seeking sex in chatrooms, misappropriating funds, not paying campaign staff, and even lewd pictures.
However, I personally believe that the Rob Ford scandal is, far and away, the most awe-inspiring display of complete incompetence and lack of self-awareness that I have ever seen from a public official. What makes it even better is, when you look into his history, it’s almost par for the course for him. This man makes public meltdowns look like an art form.
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