Annandale Campus Hosts Student Services Day of Learning Event
April 6, 2009
On March 20, the Annandale Campus hosted the Student Services Day event, where student services faculty and staff gathered to listen to guest speakers and participate in various student-centered workshops. This year’s theme was to “Kick it Up a Notch,” which was aimed at discussing best practices in counseling and advising as well as how NOVA can improve resources available to students.
The first guest speaker was President Robert G. Templin, Jr. who gave a presentation about the importance of student services, especially now during this tough economic time. He emphasized that now, more than ever, NOVA has both a responsibility to students as well as a great opportunity to see more and more students.
Following Templin’s sentiment was keynote speakerCordelia Washington, who is the chair of the Division of Counseling, Health and Wellness at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. Washington’s keynote presentation, titled “Shifting Paradigms: Moving from Point A to Infinity,” focused on maximizing resources in challenging global times for a new generation of students.
After the presentations, the attendees met in groups and attended several workshops that featured Washington’s “Nuts and Bolts for Kicking it Up a Notch,” which was an interactive session for attendees to brainstorm and outline ideas for curriculum development and enhancement.
The event continued with discussions about creating a meaningful first-year experience and followed with new student orientation breakout sessions. It was truly a meaningful experience for all who attended.
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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 60,000 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.