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NOVA-Manassas kicks off new year and welcomes new faculty

September 1, 2009

Faculty and staff at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College gathered together recently to kick off the start of the 2009-2010 academic year. Provost Hortense Hinton talked about the record number of students expected this fall and challenged faculty to become experts in advising so they can help students reach graduation efficiently.

The meeting also featured an interesting presentation by Supervisory Special Agent Ladislao “Ladi” Carballosa of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Carballosa discussed the FBI’s history, the Bureau’s new office in Innovation Park, and ways the FBI and the College can work together. Student internships and specialized training programs are some of the partnership opportunities being explored.

During the meeting, eight new faculty members were introduced to the campus community:  Denise Booth, Kathleen A. Callahan, Elaine C. George, Dr. Rebecca Hayes, Jennifer M. Hitchcock, Dr. Geeta Jadhav, Chaiya Mohanty Ortiz and William Ruffle.

Denise Booth will teach biology. She holds a master’s degree in microbiology and immunology from Virginia Commonwealth University and has taught at NOVA’s Annandale Campus for more than four years. She also worked at Montgomery College as the biotechnology education coordinator under a National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation grant.

NOVA graduate Kathleen A. Callahan came back to teach English after earning a master’s degree at George Mason University. She also brings teaching experience gained at NOVA and Lord Fairfax Community College. In addition, she worked at Taipei American International School while living overseas. Callahan lives in Warrenton with her husband, Justin, and their three children, 17-year-old Kelsey, 15-year-old Erin and 11-year-old Emily.

Elaine C. George (formerly Wolin) has taught English as a second language at NOVA for more than 12 years and is “thrilled to be joining the Manassas faculty as a full-time instructor.” She brings a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language earned at the Boston University School of Education. George lives in Burke with her 10-year-old daughter, Sarah, and 7-year-old son, Ben. She plays Irish whistle and mandolin with a band called “Mad for the Road.” She also enjoys hiking and letterboxing with her children and golden retriever, Charlie.

Dr. Rebecca Hayes was hired as an assistant professor of history after teaching at the Manassas Campus as an adjunct for a year. Originally from Florida, Hayes earned a doctorate in early modern British history from Florida State University, where she also earned a master’s degree. She taught at Mississippi College for five years before moving to Herndon last year. Hayes will serve as co-sponsor for the Manassas Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. She also plans to continue her research in 17th century British history.

English instructor Jennifer M. Hitchcock brings teaching experience gained at Virginia Tech, George Mason University, American University and NOVA’s Annandale Campus. Before teaching at the college level, Hitchcock worked in public school education and as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. She also has experience teaching English as a second language and working with students with learning disabilities. She holds a master’s degree in English from Virginia Tech. Hitchcock lives in Falls Church with her husband, Vernon Hall, and “loves the outdoors and being active in hiking, backpacking and cycling.”

Assistant professor Geeta Jadhav has taught biology at NOVA as an adjunct for seven years. She earned a doctorate in biology in India and has conducted experiments on gypsy moths at the United States Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Md. She lives in Chantilly with her husband and two daughters and enjoys cooking and drawing.

Spanish instructor Chaiya Mohanty Ortiz earned a master’s degree in Spanish with an emphasis in Hispanic linguistics at the University of California, Riverside. Ortiz has a wide range of experience, having taught at a preschool, high school and many institutions of higher education. She has also taught college survival courses for freshmen. Ortiz recently moved from Southern California to Fairfax with her husband, Javier, and their two children, 11-year-old daughter, Satya, and 9-year-old son, Jordi. She “loves all the trees and lack of earthquakes and fires” in Northern Virginia.

As the former director of the Campus Math Center, math instructor William Ruffle is a familiar face around the campus. He brings a master’s degree in mathematics earned at Alfred University in New York and several years of teaching experience gained at NOVA and in public schools. Ruffle lives in Reston with his wife, Sheri, and their two children, 11-year-old Anna and 8-year-old Paul.

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