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NOVA’s 2nd Annual National Writing Day Celebration to Feature Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Josh White; Newseum Exhibit Writer, Christy Wallover; and NASA’s Public Engagement Lead, Andrea Jones

Northern Virginia Community College to host 2nd Annual Writing Day celebration on October 18, 2019 from 11:00AM to 1:00 PM ET in the CE Forum at the Ernst Center on the college’s Annandale Campus located at, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003. Dr. Pamela Hilbert will be delivering the Provost Address at the event.

“We at NOVA strive to ensure that all of our students graduate with excellent writing and communication skills – no matter their chosen discipline,” says Dr. Rima Gulshan, Professor of English and Chair of the National Writing Day Committee at NOVA’s Annandale campus. “This event is a wonderful opportunity for students learning, critical thinking, reflection and for taking writing across the curriculum to new levels,” says Gulshan.

This interactive and student-centered event will emphasize the importance of writing, accessible education and communications skills, with a focus on writing across different curriculums. The event will also feature a robust Q&A session for students with three panel speakers, who will explain the role effective and critical writing skills play across different industries and sectors. The speakers are subject experts in the fields of STEM, geology, science, explanatory journalism, history, music, political science, criminal justice, emergency management and military history.

The event speakers include:

  • Josh White, The Washington Post's America Desk Editor: Mr. White has been with the Post since 1998 and has most famously contributed to the publication’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting massacre, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. He is also known for headline news coverage like the Washington-area sniper case and as a military correspondent covering the Pentagon.
  • Christy Wallover, The Newseum’s Exhibit Writer: Ms. Wallover, a strong researcher and storyteller, presents intricate chapters in history and oversees the complex process of weaving artifacts and images into the exhibit script to create a rich, insightful narrative. This includes exhibits on Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement and music.
  • Andrea Jones, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Public Engagement Lead: Ms. Jones is a part several planetary science missions and research teams including; NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite onboard the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, and a member of two teams in NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). She is a Planetary Geologist and is the Space Science Lead for Earth to Sky, an interagency partnership between NASA, the National Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

For more information, please contact:

Rima Gulshan, Ph.D, Professor of English,
Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the largest public institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls nearly 80,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield (Medical Education Campus) and Woodbridge, through NOVA Online and high school dual enrollment. We offer more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs to help our students reach their academic and professional goals through university transfers and access to the most in-demand careers. At NOVA, we strive to ensure that every student succeeds, every program achieves and every community prospers. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, visit our website, www.nvcc.eduor call 703.323.3000.