On January 26, C-SPAN Founder and CEO Brian Lamb came to NOVA’s Alexandria Campus to spend the day with students and faculty. The event was arranged by the Cable Center and was part of their Cable Mavericks Lecture Series. Lamb met with three different classes: a communications class and an open forum with students combined from a communication class and a political science class. Then, he had lunch with a variety of student leaders and faculty. The day was a smashing success as Alexandria faculty, staff and students met with a true expert on modern communications and politics.
C-SPAN is a nationally recognized forum for politicians, academics and journalists to discuss all of the issues of the day without any filter between them and the audience. Furthermore, C-SPAN encourages America's citizens to call in with questions for the "experts." C-SPAN airs U.S. Congressional hearings and debates, and they archive videos online so that the public can view them easily.
Lamb was able to share with Alexandria Campus students his experiences in creating C-SPAN and in how he goes about running a multi-channel media forum without any partisan spin or leaning. His presentations to the NOVA classes were open and he encouraged many students to share their personal experiences. With the back-and-forth between students and Lamb, it is fair to say that both took away a lot from the exchange. NOVA learned more about C-SPAN, and Lamb learned about how diverse NOVA is, how engaged its students are and how valuable community colleges are to the world of higher education. Hopefully this is the beginning of a fruitful experience between C-SPAN, the Cable Center and NOVA.
Special thanks to the following: C-SPAN and Lamb; the Cable Center, the Cable Mavericks Lecture Series and Dolly Wolf and Christen Adams of the Cable Center for coordinating the day, as well as Dean Jim McClellan, Professor Lucy Holsonbake, Assistant Dean Brenda Lewis-Holmes, Professor Joseph Windham, College Photographer Kevin Mattingly and Assistant Professor Jack Lechelt for coordinating the day for NOVA.
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.