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Annual Recognition Dinner

The NVCC Educational Foundation is hosting their 21st Annual Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at The Hilton McLean in Tysons Corner. The keynote speaker will be General Barry McCaffrey.

Winter Catering Dinner

Winter Catering Dinner

On December 3, 2015, the NVCC Educational Foundation invited area restaurants, hospitality companies, and members of the VCCS Foundation Board to join the Educational Foundation, Hospitality Management Faculty, and President Scott Ralls in the final exam presentation of the hospitality management program. 21 students meal planned, prepared, designed tablescapes, menus, drinks, and service for 36. The event was to bring in the industry to showcase the talented students of NOVA and the education they receive. The evening ended with a tour of the kitchens led by Chef Mike Herbert.

50th Anniversary Gala

Anniversary Gala Scott Ralls

The NVCC Educational Foundation hosted the 50th Anniversary Gala, Celebrating 50 Years of Northern Virginia Community College, on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at The Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. The Keynote Speaker was oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard, who discovered the Titanic. With over 450 attendees, the Gala showcased NOVA student talent with student speaker Roma Diseati, an Ignite student, who graduated in May. The evening started with the Town Crier of Old Town Alexandria proclaiming the important dates and facts of NOVA. The Fairfax County Color Guard presented colors, while 2015 NOVA Idol winner, Jasmine Bryant, sang the National Anthem. Don Strehle, President of the Educational Foundation Board was the master of ceremonies and had the honor of introducing NOVAs 5th President, Dr. Scott Ralls. Dr. Ralls then toasted the college and congratulated them on their 50th anniversary. The evening ended with Dr. Robert Ballard talking about his ocean exploration and his advocacy and training for students to become oceanographers.


Prince William's 12th High School to be Named for Senator Charles Colgan
Member of the NVCC Educational Foundation Board of Directors, Senator Charles Colgan will have the 12th high school in Prince William County named after him. Senator Colgan was chosen due to his commitment to public education. He has served NOVA through his support of the opening of the Woodbridge and Manassas Campus.
Reva Savkar Invited by the White House at the National Teacher Appreciation Day Ceremony

Reva Savkar at podium

Reva Savkar, Associate Professor of Chemistry (pictured), was invited to the White House on May 5, 2015 to share her passion for teaching at Northern Virginia Community College. She was introduced by Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education. She talked about her role as a teacher and what NOVA means to the students.

Friends of the College Society Memberships
You are invited to join the Friends of the College Society (FOCS) of Northern Virginia Community College. The FOCS is an annual membership society of donors who provide annual unrestricted gifts of $250 and higher. Memberships are open to individuals, foundations, businesses and corporations. You can contribute to one of the three gift club levels through the Foundation: the Horse and Hound Club for $1,000 and more, the English Saddle Club for $500 - $999, and the Tally-Ho Club for $250 - $499. By joining the FOCS, you support NVCC in its mission of meeting the educational, training and service needs of northern Virginia residents. As a Friend of the College, you will be entitled to special privileges in recognition of your commitment to NVCC. Special events are held throughout the year for members to interact with the college community.
Dedication of the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center

The Schlesinger Center was formally dedicated on October 19, 2001. The Center includes the 1,000 seat Mary Collier Baker theatre, four seminar rooms, the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery and the multi-purpose Wachovia Forum area. In two separate reviews in the Washington Post, the concert hall received outstanding marks for its acoustic quality.

For rental rates and further information, please contact Linda Vitello at 703.845.6156 or visit the Schlesinger Center Web page.

MICRON Recognized as Leader in Philanthropy


Micron Technology received the prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy at a luncheon held on April 21 at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond. Other leading philanthropists selected by community colleges across the Commonwealth were also honored.

Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, the 10th annual event honors philanthropists from the statewide foundation and each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges. This year's class of distinguished philanthropy leaders contributed a combined total of more than $12 million dollars to Virginia's Community Colleges.

Micron Technology has had a strong commitment to NOVA. Micron supported our STEM initiatives, Robotics Camp, annual dinners, 5K Fun Run and our SySTEMic Solutions program since the corporation opened for business in Manassas in 2007. Micron has also provided volunteer support and leadership with one of its employees serving on our Foundation’s board of directors.

Micron is a responsible and generous member of the community and one of the strongest benefactors of NOVA. Micron has given over $500,000 annually for purchases tables at the NVCCEF's Annual Dinner, and has a representative sitting on our Foundation Board.

NOVA and its Educational Foundation are very appreciative of the many contributions Micron has made to the SySTEMic Solutions program, summer robotics, training programs and general support of the College for nearly 10 years. NOVA and Micron partnered many years ago to strengthen and improve the quality of life in the region.

In her keynote remarks, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe said, "I applaud you for being recognized today, but I challenge you to think of this as a beginning, not an end. Like you, I think our community colleges might just be capable of doing anything. But they cannot do it alone."

VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois said, "We pay tribute to fellow Virginians who, through leadership, partnership and wise philanthropy, are helping us address the Commonwealth's unmet needs in higher education and workforce development. These distinguished individuals are sharing with us from their hearts, from their hands, and from their experiences. They give of themselves."

Tiffany Riggs, who received a Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship last year that honored philanthropy leaders Valley Proteins Inc., said she had no idea how she could ever afford college. "But because of the generosity of all the amazing people in here, that has changed. The scholarship from Wells Fargo has not only helped me pay for my classes this year, but has changed my life."