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Student Life at NOVA promotes leadership through campus organizations and events

Student members from the Emergency Medical Services Club (EMS) educated MEC students on how to properly care for patients at NOVA Day.

A MEC student eagerly signs up to become a member of the Beta Nu Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).

NOVA Day at the MEC sparked the interest of students to join several campus organizations. 

NOVA Day is annually celebrated as an opportunity for new and returning students to familiarize themselves with one another and campus organizations. This year, approximately 400 students, faculty and staff at the Medical Education Campus attended the event on Sept. 15 to commemorate the beginning of fall semester and gain insightful information about campus groups.

The Office of Student Life hosted NOVA Day along with many other programming activities, service projects and club opportunities throughout the year. With over 10 healthcare related clubs, organizations and interest groups, such as the Dental Hygiene Club (DNH), Diagnostic Imaging Club (RAD), Emergency Medical Services Club (EMS), Medical Laboratory Technology (MeLT) Club and Student Occupational Therapy Association (OTA), the MEC offers every student the opportunity to become a leader and make a positive contribution to the community. 

MEC Senior Advisor of Student Life Patricia Martin-Mattocks said NOVA Day was a shining example of how students learn to properly balance a strenuous course load as well as engage in campus activities. The four-hour event featured a club recruitment fair and entertaining activities such as volleyball, basketball, corn toss and a Pokémon "stuffing" table, which allowed students to build their own playful stuffed animal as a souvenir from the memorable day.

“NOVA Day is a great event to help students take a break from studying to enjoy great food, win prizes, play games and learn how they can contribute to their campus,” Martin-Mattocks said. “When students participate in campus activities and organizations they learn more about themselves and gain valuable skills that could transcend into their professional careers.”

The purpose of Student Life at NOVA is to build a community of learners by facilitating extracurricular and co-curricular programs that support student civic engagement, leadership development, community involvement, teamwork, personal empowerment and retention. A significant number of students are actively involved in campus clubs and organizations throughout each of NOVA’s six campuses, - a total of 315 at the MEC, 400 at Alexandria, 500 at Loudoun, 800 at Annandale, 220 at Manassas and 175 at Woodbridge.

“It’s important for students to understand that community colleges, such as NOVA, offer quality student clubs and organizations for all to participate in and enjoy,” Martin-Mattocks added. “The Office of Student Life provides so many engaging and meaningful campus opportunities throughout the year with a strong focus on teamwork and positivity.”

Those interested in becoming a volunteer or participating in activities, organizations and events at the MEC Campus should contact mecstudentactivitiess@nvcc.edu. For additional information on NOVA’s Office of Student Life visit http://www.nvcc.edu/student-life/.

Media Contact: Kristina Ogburn | 703.503.6338 | kogburn@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.