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Press Releases - 2019

Press Releases

Ribbon Cutting for NOVA’s Mobile Health and Wellness Unit to Highlight the College’s Expansion of Community Services and Outreach

The Northern Virginia Community College Medical Education Campus (MEC) is hosting a celebratory ribbon cutting event from 12:00p-2:00p on August 27, 2019. It will occur in the Foley Forum (first floor), 6699 Springfield Center Dr., Springfield VA 22150. The event will celebrate the college’s outreach to bring preventative health services to all corners of Northern Virginia.

MEC Mobile’s inaugural service outreach at the Culmore Multicultural Day in April at Bailey’s Crossroads

‘Gabriel’s Revolt,’ a Northern Virginia Community College Produced Student and Faculty Film to Air August 2nd on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD

A Northern Virginia Community College produced film will broadcast on WETA TV 26, the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital, on August 2nd, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. The NOVA organized passion project, ‘Gabriel’s Revolt’ that spanned over eight years was fueled by the dedication and commitment of the faculty and students here at the college. This historically accurate timepiece was shot at all the original sites where the protagonist had visited centuries ago.

Alex Cooley

Northern Virginia Community College and The United States Marine Corps Partner, in Collaboration with Amazon Web Services, to Develop a New Course of Study

The New Program Will Focus on Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) have partnered, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), to develop a new course of study in Data Intelligence focused on cloud computing, data analytics, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI).

Andrew Ko, Global Managing Director, AWS Education

Northern Virginia Community College Faculty Member Will Be Featured on CBS ‘Whistleblower’ About Her History Exposing Fraud in the Federal Government

The season finale of the CBS show ‘WHISTLEBLOWER’ will air on Friday, June 28, 2019, at 8pm EST, and will feature Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) adjunct faculty member, Bunny Greenhouse. Greenhouse, a former Chief Contracting Officer for the United States Army Corps of Engineers testified before Congress in 2005 about irregularities in contracts between Halliburton and the federal government.

Northern Virginia Community College Cloud Computing Students Participate on Panel for Amazon Web Services’ Public Sector Summit in Washington, D.C.

The annual Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Public Sector Summit was held in Washington, DC from June 11th to June 12th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center bringing together users from government, education, and non-profit organizations. Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA’s) innovative Cloud Computing degree program, which was announced during last year’s AWS public sector summit, was the first two-year Cloud-focused degree in the nation.

Sebastian Valenzuela, Colin Arnett, Provost Chad Knights & Trung Ngo (left to right)

Northern Virginia Community College Student Who Was Recently Granted Political Asylum, Receives Prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholarship

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) student, Taima Al-Iriani, is one of 61 recipients of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. This highly competitive national scholarship will provide Al-Iriani with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete her bachelor’s degree.

Northern Virginia Community College Leader Selected as a 2019-2020 Aspen Presidential Fellow

40 Exceptional Leaders Tapped to Participate in Highly Selective Program Amid Looming Shortage of Community College Presidents

Dr. Julie Leidig of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) has been selected by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program to join the 2019-2020 class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a leadership program aimed at preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success, both in college and in the labor market.

Northern Virginia Community College Student, Ons Ameur, Receives Emerging Honors Scholar of the Year Award

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) student, Ons Ameur, received the 2019 Virginias Collegiate Honors Council Emerging Honors Scholar of the Year Award at the Virginias Collegiate Honors Council (VCHC) Spring Conference on April 6 in Harrisonburg, Va. The honor is given to the best and brightest emerging Honors students who have completed 54 or fewer credits at a post-secondary institution.

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.