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NOVA Students and Community Invited to Participate in National Writing Day

The November 2 event will celebrate and explore the importance of writing and communication.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Oct. 25, 2018) - Northern Virginia Community College is launching National Writing Day on November 2, 2018, at the Annandale Campus. The inaugural event will emphasize the importance of writing, education, and communication and is open to students, faculty, and staff. It will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the NOVA Annandale Campus, Ernst Center, CE Forum.

“We want to instill in our students the absolute necessity of developing good communications and writing skills,” says Dr. Rima Gulshan, Professor of English and Chair of the National Writing Day Committee at NOVA’s Annandale Campus. “We all spend a lot of our day writing. We send dozens of text messages. We write and answer emails. We write grocery lists and comments on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. We are all writers in our everyday life, even in our digital-centric culture. Being able to communicate is central to our human experience.”

Dr. Pamela Tipton Hilbert, of Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus, will deliver the Provost address for National Writing Day.

Dr. David J. Skorton, the 13th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, will be the keynote speaker. He will be joined by a panel of distinguished communicators:

  • Dr. Steven Stockum, Economist for leading economic competition policy advisor, Washington, DC
  • Patricia Guadalupe - Bilingual multimedia journalist, Washington, DC
  • Dr. Daniel Sheehy, Director and Curator Emeritus, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Autria Godfrey, Emmy-winning news anchor, WJLA Channel 7

“There will be an interactive session where students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to ask questions from the speakers and panelists,” says Dr. Guilshan. “They are all very much looking forward to that. We’ll also have some fun giveaways for our students.”

The National Writing Day event is free for NOVA students, faculty, and staff.

Story Source: Rima Gulshan, Ph.D, Professor of English, Northern Virginia Community College | rgulshan@nvcc.edu | 703.323.3158

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.

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