Friday, December 4, 2009

Subscribe to Our RSS Feed

Stay informed, check out the NOVA RSS feed by clicking on the orange button on the NOVA News & Events website. The NOVA News & Events RSS Feed is posted every Friday. You can also view our top 20 latest RSS Feed entries by visiting us on NOVA iTunes U. Click on our iTunes U link off the NOVA home page. When you’re on our NOVA iTunes U site, scroll down to the NOVA Community section and click on the first track called NOVA News and Events – it will take you to a list of NOVA’s top 20 news feeds all for FREE!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Academic Divisions Changes at Alexandria

During registration for Spring 2010 classes, please note an important change -- there were previously four academic divisions at the Alexandria Campus, but now there are two. The two new redistributed academic divisions are Liberal Arts and Science, Technology & Business.

In addition to all the great existing programs offered by the Alexandria Campus Liberal Arts Division, they've added a new program called Library Technology.

In addition to all the wonderful existing programs offered by the Alexandria Campus Science, Technology and Business Division, they've added a new program called Health.

Your Future in Geoscience

If you enjoy the study of Geography and Geospatial Technology, you’ll want to visit our new comprehensive Geoscience website. GST is a rapidly expanding field which can be applied to virtually any profession. GST joins three technologies (GIS, GPS and RS) to create a visual, geographic representation of any subject matter.

This website is loaded with revealing information on the topic of Geoscience, along with details on NOVA’s GIS Certificate Program, jobs, FAQ, a student gallery, resource materials, events and more.

In addition, you’ll find information about NOVA’s unique Geospatial Career Pipeline Initiative (GCPI) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. When you’re visiting the site, make sure to also check out the Virtual Geography Club.

Blogs at NOVA

Check out the new Blogs at NOVA Web page!

On the Blogs at NOVA page you will find boxes with descriptions, insider information and links to ALL official college-wide blogs. Read updates, make comments and provide feedback on …

Monday, October 26, 2009

NOVA’s Ready for Spring 2010

Be prepared for the next semester; check out our new online Spring 2010 Schedule of Classes! You can search for Spring courses and view other college information. Our interactive Schedule of Classes also includes special notes and prerequisites for each course.

Virtual Academic Advising begins on Monday, November 2 and runs through Thursday, November 5. Academic advising helps you to plan a program that will meet your educational objectives. The Virtual Advising Project is designed to extend academic advising by offering evening hours and an alternate way to reach an advisor for students who are unable to come to campus during Advising Week for whatever reason. Virtual Advisors are available by chat or email. Make sure to have your Student ID number available.

Priority Registration for continuing students starts on November 10 and runs through November 13. On November 5, you will be able to determine your assigned priority registration date. Open registration for Spring classes starts on November 16 for all students. Spring 2010 classes begin on January 11.

Explore NOVA's new Wait List Tutorial feature. It will be available for high-demand courses, not all classes. When you attempt to enroll through Self-Service in a class that is full, you will be given the opportunity to be entered on a Wait List. If a spot in the class becomes available, students on the wait list would gain entrance to the class on a first-come-first-served basis. If you are on a wait list for a class, you will not be charged tuition for the class until you become enrolled.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Be Prepared

NOVA’s Emergency Preparedness website has been redesigned and updated. This site is loaded with lots of important and valuable information. You will find the latest news on the H1N1 virus, college closings, emergency numbers, alerts, emergency preparedness plan details and much more.

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to sign up for NOVA alerts by clicking on the Register for NOVA Alerts button at the bottom of the Emergency Preparedness home page. NOVA Alert is an awareness system that allows the college to contact you during an emergency by sending text messages to your cell phone, e-mail, BlackBerry, etc.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

NOVA Goes Mobile

A mobile version of the NOVA website is up and running. NOVA realizes our students, faculty and staff lead very busy lives. In an effort to meet your on-the-go needs, we developed a NOVA mobile site you can easily access from any Web-enabled phone or PDA.

The main categories of the NOVA mobile site are Library, Calendars, Class Search, My NOVA, Campus Maps and Directions, Facilities, Contacts and other links to important details. Additional features include the ability to click-to-call phone numbers, emergency updates and public transportation information.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


A newly revised section of NOVA’s website called Military/Veterans & Their Families is now completed. You will find it listed under both the Current Students and Future Students sections of our website.

The three main categories of the Military/Veterans & Their Families website are Active Duty, Dependents and Veterans. There are many sub pages listed under those categories that offer you important and detailed information on a range of topics like Getting Started at NOVA, AVOTEC, SOC Program, Education Counseling, Military Installation Contacts, MyCAA, Domicile Information, Post-9/11 GI Bill, Survivors' & Dependents’ EAP, Veterans Advisors and more.

We are honored to serve your academic needs.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

NOVA’s Website at Your Fingertips

Find a vast array of NOVA information using our new A to Z Index! Our latest Web feature is located in the footer section of all our main Web pages.

Our A to Z Index allows you to search for endless information on the NOVA website two different ways:
  • By Letter - when you click on a letter at the top of the page you'll be taken to the index section for that alpha letter.
  • By Topic - when you click on a specific topic from the alphabetized list, you'll be taken directly to the landing page for that topic where you'll find more details.
The A to Z Index was created for your convenience; we hope you'll find it helpful.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

News & Events

Extra, extra, read all about it!

Check out our newly redesigned News & Events page. It’s LOADED with content and links to the latest NOVA news.

Interesting page features include a story recap and photo from a NOVA event at the top of the page; a list of our press releases on the right; links to our social networking sites Twitter and Facebook and a button to the NOVA Events Calendar. There are also six organized sections at the bottom of the page showcasing:
  • a running newsfeed of NOVA related stories
  • a list of upcoming NOVA events
  • an interactive poll
  • a link to our weekly NOVA News podcast
  • the latest issue of Intercom
  • a recognition section honoring NOVA faculty and staff
In addition, you will find our media contacts staff list and our comprehensive online press kit.

Visit the News & Events page daily for all your NOVA college-wide updates!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Campus Resources

The Campus Resources pages have undergone some design and content changes. The previous format showed an overview of our various services in paragraph format. Now, the links to important student pages are organized into six categories, bulleted for simplified navigation. The categories are: Student Services, Academic Support, Campus Life, Campus Information, Faculty & Staff and Important Links. We've been hard at work developing this more efficient structure that encompasses all of our student service offerings specific to each campus, including links to some new areas we feel are vital to online student support.

To find the resources available at your NOVA Campus, go to Campus & Centers in the navigation bar on the right, select a campus location and then click on the Campus Resources link. It is our goal to help our students feel plugged-in and aware of the many great resources available to them at NOVA.

Friday, June 5, 2009

NOVA Blogs

Our blogs are a great way to get up-to-the-minute information about different aspects of NOVA. They also offer an open forum where students, faculty and staff can interact.

Here are some of our new blogs that we encourage you to follow and participate in :

Coming Soon: A Transfer blog.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Open Courses on NOVA's iTunes U

Learn something new from our latest Open Courses section on the Northern Virginia Community College iTunes U site. Open Course categories available at this time include:

  • Communication Design (ART 116) taught by Julia Turner - learn the proper techniques for designing for the Web
  • History (HIS 276) taught by Dr. Charles Errico - see the last 50 years of American History come alive in this 26-part series
  • History (HIS 101) taught by Charles Evans - examine the development of western civilization from ancient times to the present

Use the black back arrow button near the top to navigate between podcasts. If you are taken back to the general iTunes U page don't worry, click on the Universities & Colleges link, look for the Northern Virginia Community College listing and click on it.

Make sure to check back for many other exciting Open Courses on our iTunes U channel as they become available in the future.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

New Student Orientation

Visit our freshly updated New Student Orientation (NSO) site. Here you'll find everything you need and want to know about NOVA. On the NSO home page you’ll have access to a list of phone numbers for each campus. There’s also a button that leads you to another page where you’ll see instructions on how-to sign up for a NSO session, a sample agenda of a session, and details about various dates and times sessions are being offered at a NOVA Campus near you.

We want to hear from you! Send us your feedback and suggestions through the comments link below. We will personally reply to all entries submitted.

Monday, April 27, 2009

FAQ Interactive Feature

Do you want your questions answered by actual NOVA students via video? Check out our cool new interactive video FAQ section for Future Students!!! Simply click on any of the questions in green on the left and a lively video feed on the right featuring NOVA students will reveal answers.

We want to hear from you! Tell us what other interactive features you would like to see on the NOVA website. We'll work to make your idea(s) come to life.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Faces of NOVA

Get to know the people at NOVA! Visit our My Story gallery at the top of the NOVA website home page to see our new group of students and faculty members. We update the gallery every fall and spring semester.

Photos and narratives of five NOVA students and two faculty members are featured in this rotating section. Click on the Find Out More button to read their complete and unique perspectives on the college.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Social Media Outlets Expanded

NOVA now has a presence on a variety of social media sites including iTunes U, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn andTwitter due to the collaborative efforts of Marketing and Communications and the Technology Applications Center (TAC). Make sure to look at the special boxed section of social media links called Connect With NOVA on at the bottom of the College’s Website under the Current Students, Future Students and Faculty & Staff home pages.

Connect with fellow NOVA fans on our Facebook and MySpace NOVAaccess pages and see postings for a variety of college events. We hope you will enjoy these new NOVA Web tools!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Revised Sections Update

Check out the new landing page for Current Students. We hope the arrangement of information will make it easier for you to find what you need. The NOVA Web team is working on revisions to most of the major landing pages on the site. Be sure to send us your comments by clicking on the Comments link below.

You will also notice the Transfer site and Career Services site have been revised. Last but not least, check out details on how to participate in Athletics. Be sure to read the Sports News for the latest happenings with NOVA teams.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Social Media Outlets

We’re proud to announce our debut on YouTube and iTunes U!!!

Check out our YouTube channel, NOVAaccess. Here you’ll find a brief introduction about NOVA, along with a range of exciting video clips covering student activities, testimonials, interviews and special events like the Native Pride Dancers performance.

We also invite you to turn up the volume and explore our channel on iTunes U - Northern Virginia Community College. Did you know NOVA was the second college in the state of Virginia to be approved and listed by Apple on iTunes U? While surfing our channel, you’ll find podcasts on a variety of dynamic topics including: a shout-out from President Templin, how to get started at NOVA, instructional segments, guest lectures, events, training and tips. Don’t miss our popular 60-Second Chef series, filled with entertaining and instructional cooking segments.

Be sure to check back for the latest update on our Facebook, MySpace and Twitter pages!