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Press Releases - 2019

Press Releases

Northern Virginia Community College Will Hold Inaugural “Spring Into NOVAarts Festival”

For the first time ever, all the arts NOVA has to offer will be under one roof creating an interactive event filled with spectacular performances.

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will host its inaugural Spring Into NOVAarts Festival on March 30, 2019, at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center located on the NOVA Alexandria Campus at 4915 East Campus Drive in Alexandria, Va. The event runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. featuring the talented students of the NOVAarts program and student organizations, through a walking, progressive and all-encompassing performance showcase. The festivities include a different event in each part of the Schlesinger Center – music ensembles, a dance group, theatrical performances, live drawing events, a portrait station, student films, fine arts, interior designs and graphic designs. All of NOVA’s arts will be under one roof, for the first time in its history.

Northern Virginia Community College Will Host Human Library Project

Human “books” will tell their stories about successes, adventures, struggles and achievements to participants at the event

While libraries contain physical books that are repositories of human knowledge, human beings themselves represent a living library of experience. Each individual’s story contributes a chapter to our collective understanding of the issues that unite and, increasingly, divide every member of our global community. On Thursday, March 28, Northern Virginia Community College is bringing human “books” to the community by hosting the Human Library Project, an international event held on college campuses across the world. The program will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the NOVA Alexandria Campus, Bisdorf Building, Room AA-158.

Prestigious National Award Recognizes Once Homeless Northern Virginia Community College Student

With a story that includes years of homelessness and challenging family issues, 19-year-old Niketas Koussis is transforming adversity into action. Today, Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society (PTK) awarded Koussis, a student at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), with two of the nation’s top scholarships recognizing outstanding academic achievement among college students.

Niketas Koussis

From Dancing to Debits, Northern Virginia Community College Faculty Member Goes From a Career in Ballet to Teaching Accounting and Wins Statewide Outstanding Faculty Award

Jill Mitchell is the only community college winner for this year’s State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) awards.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) recently announced that Jill Mitchell, Associate Professor of Accounting at Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) Annandale Campus, was selected for the 2019 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards (OFA).

From Dancing to Debits, Northern Virginia Community College Faculty Member Goes From a Career in Ballet to Teaching Accounting and Wins Statewide Outstanding Faculty Award

Northern Virginia Community College to Host VEX Robotics State Championship for Elementary, Middle and High School Students

Top student teams from the Commonwealth will compete for a spot at the VEX Robotics World Championship in April.

NOVA SySTEMic, Northern Virginia Community College’s STEM Outreach Program, will host 140 robotics teams from across the Commonwealth as they compete in the VEX Robotics Virginia State Championship, called States19. The event will take place on Friday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 2 from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at Meadow Event Park at 13191 Dawn Boulevard, Doswell, VA 23047. The competition is open and free to the public.

Northern Virginia Community College Celebrates Black History Month With Many Exciting Events

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) proudly honors Black History Month by hosting several special events, including one with the President and CEO of The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Baltimore, Md., and a soul food dinner and tribute to Fairfax Police Officers that caps off the month’s festivities. The remaining list of events for the month of February are listed below.

Frances Villagran-Glover Named Northern Virginia Community College’s New Vice President of Student Services

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is pleased to announce that Frances Villagran-Glover has been named as the vice president of student services. She will be responsible for the overall planning, coordination and evaluation of all student services and programs. Villagran-Glover has more than 25 years of experience working with diverse student populations in K-16 settings and has a proven track record of creating strategies to improve student success, as well as expertise in management and implementation of organizational integrations.

Dr. Melvyn D. Schiavelli Named Interim President of Northern Virginia Community College

The Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, Dr. Glenn DuBois, announced today that Dr. Melvyn D. Schiavelli will become the interim President of Northern Virginia Community College effective March 15, 2019. Schiavelli currently serves as the executive vice president of NOVA, overseeing Academic & Student Services. This appointment marks the second time that Schiavelli will be the college’s interim president.

Dr. Melvyn D. Schiavelli Named Interim President of Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College Seeks Input in the Search for a New President

At the end of last year, Northern Virginia Community College President Scott Ralls announced he would be leaving the College in March 2019 to become the president of Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC. The initial stages of the search process to select the next president of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) are now underway.

Northern Virginia Community College Has the Most Students Named as Semifinalists for Prestigious 2019 Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is excited to announce that 17 of our students have been named semifinalists for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke “Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship”. This marks an unprecedented number of NOVA students, representing 21% of the 80 selected as semifinalists nationwide from 1,500 applications, hailing from 369 community colleges in 45 states and DC.

Northern Virginia Community College to Host Annual MLK Day of Service on Jan. 21

This month, the 10th Annual MLK Day of Service won’t be a day “off” at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) – it’s a day “on” filled with community service and helping residents of the D.C. Metro-area. On Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. NOVA’s Center for Design, Media and the Arts, located at 3301 Netherton Drive in Alexandria, VA, will be a gathering spot for staff, students, friends, and family members to participate in projects that will benefit students, Alexandria residents and the homeless population.

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