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Outstanding Service to the College 2008

Connie Childress
Division Administrative Coordinator - Annandale

Connie Childress

“The thing I like best about working at NOVA is the interaction with the students. I worked for a Major General in the U.S. Army for years before I became a stay-at-home mother and while I loved that job, the atmosphere here at NOVA is different than your typical office. When a student leaves my office whom I have managed to help and they are always so appreciative it’s a really good feeling. A nice new office with a window, great fellow staff members and terrific faculty to work with – what else could I ask for? The combination makes for a great working environment.”

Ralph Eckerlin
General Biology

Ralph Eckerlin

“I have a BA in Biology from Rutgers University (1960), an MS degree in Zoology from the University of Miami (1962), and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Connecticut (1975).”

“I enjoy helping students and watching them grow and succeed.”

Kimberly Nicely
Administrative Support/Adjunct for Health Information Management

Kimberly Nicely

“What I enjoy most about working for NOVA is the stimulating interaction that comes from a widely diverse student population with just as widely diverse goals, objectives, wants and needs. I enjoy the challenges of establishing a positive learning environment conducive for our students in achieving their goals.”

Jeff Petraca
Director of Technical Applications

Jeff Petraca

“My reaction when I won this award was honored, humbled and overwhelmed. I feel my efforts where part of a team and that the team contributes to the success.”

“I enjoy helping students, faculty and staff to have access to information that provides a better learning and work experience.”

Natalie Safley
Assistant Dean of Speech and Drama - Loudoun

Natalie Safley

“Teaching is my passion; at NOVA I am able to focus on teaching. Other institutions prefer instructors to focus on research; here the focus is on teaching and learning.”

“ I was surprised and humbled. There are so many instructors at NOVA that go above and beyond each day, never receiving any recognition. I feel honored to receive this award and hope to “pay it forward” by nominating a deserving colleague.”

Vi Le
Fiscal Technician

Vi Le

“I started working at the college since March 1990 as a P-14 accountant for the first two years and then as a full-time P-3 accountant.”

“I enjoy helping students and I like the area, the working environment and staff members.”