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Northern Virginia Community College Students Help at Cable Hall of Fame Celebration in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nine Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) students had the opportunity to experience this year’s Cable Hall of Fame Celebration, held June 10 at The Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., first-hand as student ambassadors. Ahlam Bouaffia (Burke), Samuel Guyidde (Alexandria), Jelena Jovic (Arlington), Razan Mahgoub (Fort Belvoir), Tony McKenna (Arlington), Cheryl Robeck (Washington, D.C.), Christos Vodas (Alexandria), Matt Wills (Falls Church), and Caitlin Uze (Arlington), all students at NOVA’s Alexandria campus, were selected to represent the school, and helped The Cable Center greet, direct and check-in guests, answer questions and assist with event set-up, as well as attend The Cable Show the next day. The Cable Center hosted the 16th annual Cable Hall of Fame, which honors those in the cable industry who have made a lasting contribution to the advancement of the industry, in conjunction with The Cable Show 2013.

“The Cable Center was thrilled to welcome these NOVA students to the Cable Hall of Fame celebration, and we were delighted they could be on hand to help ensure the event ran smoothly,” said Jana Henthorn, senior vice president of academic and industry outreach for The Cable Center. “NOVA has been a phenomenal partner over the past few years, and their students have risen to assist us on many occasions with grace and diligence. As we gathered with leaders from throughout the cable industry to recognize this year’s Cable Hall of Fame honorees, this was a tremendous opportunity for the students to meet, listen, learn and network with top executives.”

The Cable Center began its relationship with Northern Virginia Community College in 2008, when it brought Brian Lamb, executive chairman of C-SPAN, 2000 Cable Hall of Fame inductee, and the 2013 recipient of The Cable Center’s Bresnan Ethics in Business Award, to the College for a Cable Mavericks lecture. Lamb was eager to share his experiences and expertise with community college students, and NOVA welcomed him with red carpet treatment. The partnership between The Cable Center and NOVA has continued to grow, and the College also provided student ambassadors to assist at The Cable Center’s Masters Forum event in New York the past two years.

“This is a great opportunity for students to acquire not only leadership experience,” said Caitlin Uze, 25, who graduated in May from NOVA with an associate degree in general studies. “But also to meet some amazingly, influential people in the cable industry.”

And Uze should know. After participating as a student ambassador at a Cable Center event two years ago, the experience led her to secure an internship and then permanent position as an associate producer at C-SPAN.

”Our collaboration with The Cable Center has been invaluable to us in terms of how it has helped to elevate the educational level and provide experiential life experiences for our students that could not have happened otherwise,” said Lucy Holsonbake, an instructor in the communication studies and theatre program at NOVA-Alexandria. “These students represent the true character of NOVA, and are so appreciative of this genuine opportunity they had to learn and have fun while working to help The Cable Center. It also gave them the chance to demonstrate their sense of service by giving back to the cable industry.”

“It has been very rewarding to be able to work with the students at NOVA,” Brian Lamb said. “These students are our industry’s future customers, employees, and creative thinkers. There are so many opportunities and innovations that are available to them within the cable industry, and I am delighted to be able to help them to see a career path in this industry that has been so wonderful to me.”

The students participated as part of The Cable Center’s DeSorrento Opportunity for Excellence Award, which honors the memory of Justin DeSorrento by identifying motivated students who are interested in entering the cable industry.

The Cable Hall of Fame Celebration is sponsored by A+E Networks, Discovery Communications and One World Sports. Media sponsors include CableFAX, Multichannel News, and MediaBiz.  For more information on the Cable Hall of Fame Celebration, visit www.cablecenter.org, or call 303-871-7473.  

Media Contact: Jennifer Gonzalez | 703-425-5839 | jgonzalez@nvcc.edu

Media Contact: Joanne Dant | 720-205-2454 | jdant@cablecenter.org

About The Cable Center 
Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is a nonprofit organization serving the cable telecommunications industry.  The Cable Center is the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry, and of the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources. Please visit www.cablecenter.org for more information.

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.