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Who We Are and What We Do

NOVA's Public Information Officers strive to maintain the College’s image and increase public awareness of the College. They accomplish this by coordinating all news released by NOVA and making sure it adheres to the College’s standards.

Public Information Staff:
Jennifer Gonzalez
Public Information Officer
Carlene Mackereth
Public Information Officer
Kathy Thompson
Public Information Officer

All press releases concerning the College are written and distributed by the Public Information Office. No members of NOVA faculty or staff have the authority to issue press releases. NOVA’s policy on Publicity and Media Relations is detailed in Section 7.4100 of the Faculty Handbook.

Press Releases, Media Alerts and Public Service Announcements


Are you hosting an upcoming conference or other event? Did you win an award? Are your student(s) doing something unusual?

Please contact the Public Information Office whenever you have news to share. To make it easy, we created a simple form. The information you provide will be considered for use in press releases, media advisories, public service announcements and event listings in the local media.

Media Relations

microphoneThe Public Information Office is the official source of NOVA information for the media.

All calls from the media should initially be directed to the Public Information Office at 703.323.3196, so one of the Public Information Officers can determine the best way to fulfill a reporter’s request.

If you are contacted directly by a reporter, faculty or staff as an expert in your field, please inform the Public Information Office so responses can be coordinated and any resulting media mentions can be monitored.

Crisis Communications

loudspeakers The Public Information Office also coordinates media relations and college-wide communications during an emergency in conjunction with NOVA’s emergency management team.

Detailed plans for managing crisis communications during an emergency incident are documented in these two works: Crisis Communications Guide and Crisis Communications and Preparedness.


newspaper NOVA’s employee newsletter, Intercom, is published every Friday during the fall and spring semesters, and every other week during the summer session.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to share news with their colleagues by emailing articles and photos to the Intercom editor, Alison Nooks. Learn more about the Intercom submission guidelines.

NOVA News & Events

student events The News & Events Web page is a great source for information about NOVA. All College press releases and media alerts are posted on this site.

You will also find NOVA in the News, with links to media reports about NOVA faculty, staff, students and alumni. Intercom stories and other articles about your colleagues are located on this Web page, as well as the college-wide events calendar. Click on the link for Press Kit to access an abundance of useful college information.