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Northern Virginia Community College    Professor DuBose The information on this page is for anyone interested in learning. This would include high school, college and university students along with life long learners.

I do not friend students in my classes, but welcome you all to use the resources provided on this page.

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If you are aware of any students who are not able to register because of a parking ticket(s), please share the following...

If you are aware of any students who are not able to register because of a parking ticket(s), please share the following information with them.

NOVAs parking office is forgiving parking citations, during the week of March 2-6, in exchange for perishable food items, in support of the Birdhouse. See the attached flyer.

The Birdhouse is our on campus food pantries located at each of the NOVA campuses. So, spread the word!

NOVA 24 hour Student Support Center

NOVA 24 hour Student Support Center

National Alliance Of Mental Illness (NAMI) Parent Support Partner Services

National Alliance Of Mental Illness (NAMI) Parent Support Partner Services

Women in Technology Job Fair information.

Women in Technology Job Fair information.

Information about the Alexander campus Food Pantry which has been renamed “The Birdhouse.”

Information about the Alexander campus Food Pantry which has been renamed “The Birdhouse.”

The October 11th deadline for this scholarship is approaching fast.

The October 11th deadline for this scholarship is approaching fast.

Eat, Talk, Listen & Learn at NOVA Alexandria September 12, 2019.  Be there!

Eat, Talk, Listen & Learn at NOVA Alexandria September 12, 2019. Be there!

It's that time of year again.  A full filled event for the whole campus.  The Student Life Kickoff at the Alexandria cam...

It's that time of year again. A full filled event for the whole campus. The Student Life Kickoff at the Alexandria campus is Wednesday, September 18, 2019. See you there!

Northern Virginia Community College    Professor DuBose

Northern Virginia Community College Professor DuBose


Greetings NOVA Students:

Welcome back to the beginning of the Fall, 2019 semester. Some things you may want to consider, especially if this is your first time in college, are:

1. Be prepared for emergencies while on campus, view the emergency preparedness video on NOVAs website

2. Be attentive to your attendance in your classes, show up, on time, prepared to learn

3. Be aware of your professors/instructors expectations, ask questions if you are not sure

4. Read the syllabus, more than once, you will receive a syllabus for each class, knowing when things are due is very important, especially if you can hand in no work late

5. Learn Canvas, you will not get through NOVA without having to use Canvas at some point, so put some time and effort into knowing the new software

6. Use your financial aid wisely, make sure you have the books & supplies you need for your classes

7. It is always better to read the assigned pages prior to coming to class, you will get more out of the lecture

8. If you are using a Mac computer make sure you know how to convert your assignments to upload them into a PC

9. Librarians help more then you know, when using the library ask for help

10. There are no dumb questions, ask for help when you need it, NOVA has resources to help you succeed

Now go out and have a wonderful, challenging, hard working, fun filled academic year!

Professor DuBose

Get ahead of the game!  Don't wait until your last semester to start checking out your transfer institutions. Later this...

Get ahead of the game! Don't wait until your last semester to start checking out your transfer institutions. Later this month the Annandale campus will be hosting the following university's. Stop by speak with the transfer representatives to make sure you're on track. Don't leave this important task as a last minute to do!


UVA Information Session
Date: Wednesday, September 12
Info Session 1: 9am to 10am
I for Session 2: 11am to 12pm

Location: Bisdorf AA 196

Contact: Trevor Blair [email protected]

NOVA Alexandria JOB FAIR  Friday, April 6th 1-3pm Open to All!

NOVA Alexandria JOB FAIR Friday, April 6th 1-3pm
Open to All!


Greetings NOVA Students

L.L. Bean Holiday Hiring Event
One day only!
Saturday, October 21
9am - 12pm and 5pm - 8 pm

Now hiring for the seasonal team. They are looking for people who love the outdoors and thrive in a fast paced workplace. They offer competitive pay and a generous employee discount.

The local L.L. Bean Store:

Tysons Corner Center
1961 Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA 22102


Greetings NOVA Students!

The NOVA Alexandria Campus Open Computer Lab is teaming up with the SPS and IT members to host a "Fix Your Computer" day. This FREE event is open to all students, faculty and ALL community members.

Is your computer or Laptop driving you crazy?
Is your computer or Laptop filled with viruses/malware?
Do you feel your computer has been hacked?
Do you get suspicious messages on your screen?
Is your computer or Laptop out of order? Doesn't work?

This is the event for you!!

date: Sunday, October 15th
time: 10 - 2:00pm
location: Alexandria Campus (Bisdorf AA-332)
contact: Abid Mahmood [email protected]


Alexandria Campus Transfer Fair

date: Tuesday, October 31
time: 10 - Noon
location: Rachel M. Schlesinger Hall

Over 50 colleges and universities will be represented. Come and learn about admission requirements, majors available and financial aid opportunities at your transfer institution(s).


Disability Awareness Month
Tuesday, October 17th

Speaker: Cindy Lumpkin, the LD is on a mission to dispel myths and misunderstandings, and to inspire others to continue to strive for their academic and overall success!

time: 2:30 - 3:30pm
where: Bisdorf AA-158
contact: Tracy Bell, Disability Counselor, Alexandria campus

If you need accommodations for this event please contact [email protected]

Northern Virginia Community College    Professor DuBose

Northern Virginia Community College Professor DuBose


Studying Math is Different from Studying Other Subjects:

Math is learned by doing the problems. If you are assigned to do only the odd number problems for homework do the even ones as well. The more you practice the better the comprehension.

Each class builds upon what you learned in the last class. You cannot afford to miss any math classes. When you are not there you miss important material that the next class will build upon.

Sometimes the professor will review or go over pass material before moving on to the next concept. This is a good time to bring up difficulties you may have encountered in the homework.

Stop thinking like a high school student! Take responsibility for keeping up with all assigments/homework.

Stop studying just to pass a test! Spend more time studying. Focus on comprehension as well as retention.

Stop stressing over the test! Test will seem harder because you may have more material to cover in a college level math course.


Tips for studying for math courses:

Recognize what you don't know, and asking for help is how to get your instructor to help you with what you don't know.

Attend every class and take complete notes. Professors provide test questions based on what is covered in class as well as the examples in the textbook.

Be an active participant in the course. Read ahead in the book to make sure you are prepared when you see the material the instructor is going over in class.

Ask questions in class, especially if the instructor is covering something in the textbook that you did not comprehend.

Go to the professors office hours. Instructors are pleased to see you come with questions about the lecture you did not understand. Please do not expect the instructor to go over everything that was covered in class.

When you go to the instructors office hours be specific with what you do not understand. Do not expect the professors to try to ascertain where you got lost doing your homework or the lecture.

If you know that math is not your strongest subject area do math every day not just the day before class.

Study for comprehension and not just to pass the next quiz or exam. If you have a math course coming behind the one you are in you want a good foundation in the pre-requisite to ensure you do well in the next course.

Never tell yourself you can not do math less it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Tell yourself you can do anything you set your mind to and do it!

If you're planning to be outside for the Solar Eclipse today please make sure you are wearing the proper eyewear and DO ...

If you're planning to be outside for the Solar Eclipse today please make sure you are wearing the proper eyewear and DO NOT look directly at the sun without the proper glasses or with the naked eye.


As the Summer, 2017 semester ends and the Fall, 2017 semester begins in eleven days here's a tiny bit of advise for students returning to their respective campuses:

Allow yourself to make mistakes
Do not allow doubt to kill your dreams/plans
Take time to realize your potential
Be authentic
Start small - small dreams turn into big accomplishments
Be aware of others and how you might be of help to them
Always work hard and be willing to ask for help when needed
Always give your best
Never give up
Believe in yourself

Some days will be long and yes, some task will be harder then others. Take it slow, you are right where you are suppose to be at this time in your life. Do not remain in the same place, always look ahead at where you want to be and where you want to go. And, never be afraid to make adjustments!

Good visions for a wonderful academic year 2017/2018 will never come around again. Make the most of it!


12-step plan: What to do if your candidate lost on Election Day

Millions of Americans recently learned their candidate for president lost. Donald Trump's win spurred outrage and threats to leave America from opposing voters. Before we heal as a nation, we’ve got to start healing as individuals. It will take patience, empathy and effort. To help with that, USA TODAY sought out expert advice on how to deal with post-election dejection.

Here’s the 12-step action plan:

1) Feel free to scream. Just don’t do it in a public place. “If you are really, really upset and want to yell, go in the bathroom and close the door and yell,” says psychotherapist Fran Sherman. “You have to get it out.” This type of “verbal vomit” can be helpful, she says: “I equate it to when you are sick to your stomach and you let it out and you feel better.” Not a screamer? Aerobic activity, which will release feel-good endorphins, is a good way to shed some angst, she says.

2) Practice acceptance. Feel better after that therapeutic scream? Good. Now you can think more clearly and face the facts. “You don’t have to like it to accept that it’s the reality,” says psychologist Vaile Wright, who is a member of the American Psychological Association's Stress in America team. “Say to yourself, ‘I don’t like this outcome, but this is the way it is and I’m going to move forward.' Fighting it is just going to prolong one’s disappointment.”

3) Take action. Decide what you can do to make a difference, says Wright. For instance, volunteer with a group that supports an election issue that was important to you. “Disappointment can motivate us to action – ideally in a positive way,” she says. This can make people feel empowered, adds psychologist Mary Alvord. “You’re not helpless, you’re not a victim,” she says. “Focus on what you can control. ...Take your passion and put it into some kind of action.” Listen to the below podcast with psychologist Mary Alvord on how to cope with the stress that comes along with Election Day results:

4) Create an exit plan. No — not to leave the country. Have a strategy that lets you gracefully exit any anxiety-provoking political conversation, politely change the topic or ably defuse tension. It may be saying something like, “We’ve got to take this one day at a time,” agreeing to disagree on a subject or offering your own post-election stress-relieving tips, says psychologist Nancy Molitor. “The idea is to not escalate the conversation and to remain neutral,” she says.

5) Heed your early-warning signs. “Pay attention to your body and your brain,” says Molitor. “If you start to think, ‘This person is an idiot’ and ‘I can’t believe they are saying this,’ recognize that it’s only going to escalate.” There are signs when we start to get worked up, such as a tight throat, a dry mouth, a tight back or a shrill voice, so “know your triggers,” she advises.

6) Manage your exposure. “We all know who those problem people are in our lives, whether it’s the guy in the cubicle next to us at work or the cousin on Facebook who keeps talking about a candidate,” Molitor says. If certain in-person conversations, social media posts or TV outlets fuel aggravation or depression, then avoid those or limit exposure. “If two people at work are spouting things, then avoid getting into a conversation with them,” she says. “Don’t engage.”

7) Think broadly. “Try to understand that people are not crazy just because they are supporting another side,” Molitor says. “It doesn’t make them a villain.” Practice kindness and empathy, says David Palmiter, a professor of psychology at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. Sure, it can be challenging at times, but “it is possible to be empathetic with someone and disagree with their thoughts,” he says. “People who are therapists learn that quickly.”

8) Build a support system. It’s OK to vent — people want their feelings to be heard and acknowledged, says Palmiter. Just do it in a healthy, self-controlled way. “Talk to other people who you think are positive and support you,” advises psychologist Alvord.

9) Slow down and self-soothe. This is an ideal time to try meditation. “It’s not nearly as hard as people think,” says psychologist Elaine Ducharme. Too woo-woo for you? Then employ other relaxation methods such as listening to music, lying on a beach or even riding a motorcycle, if that’s what gives you some inner peace, she says.

10) Be thankful. Think of what you are grateful for, even if it’s just small things, says psychotherapist Sherman. It can be “I’m grateful that it’s a sunny day” or “I’m grateful to have good friends,” she says. “When you feed your brain that positive information, you feel better.”

11) Get some perspective. “Turn on a comedy, watch a classic movie or turn off the TV and go for a walk,” suggests Molitor. “Be with your animals or kids or grandkids. Do something to get out of that silo.” Remember, “there are checks and balances in the system,” she says, so “try to keep the big picture. ... Life will go on. It may go on differently, but it will go on.”

12) Model good behavior. This is a great opportunity to show children how to deal with disappointment. "We can teach kids to be a gracious loser," says Alvord. That good behavior can go beyond educating kids. "Whether or not you are in a leadership position, have co-workers or fellow students, we all set examples for each other with positive ways to cope," she says. And there is a payoff for all that discipline: "Typically, we feel good when we help others, and we definitely feel a sense of accomplishment when we exhibit self-control," Alvord says. Here's an added bonus: By doing those things, we strengthen our own resilience, she says.

FAFSA Is FREE money for College!

October 1, 2016 was the first date you can fill out the FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic school year.

These students filled out the FAFSA and they want you to do the same. The FAFSA is now available. It's easier and faster than every to fill out. Get started ...


Good Morning

Eight quick tips to make your mornings easier.
If morning chaos and pain make you want to throw your hands up in defeat and crawl back in bed, get proactive. A successful morning requires not only streamlining tasks in the a.m., but also plenty of planning the night before. Try these tips to help you get up and at ‘em and out the door on time.
 Set your electric blanket or heating pad to come on shortly before wake-up time to help loosen stiff joints.
 Program your coffee maker to have coffee ready when you are.
 Lay out your outfit, accessories, and dressing aids. Pre-tie your necktie or scarf so you can slip it over your head.
 Make sure you have “grab-and-go” breakfast foods, like hard-boiled eggs and fresh fruit.
 Lay your morning dose of anti-inflammatory or pain-relief medicine next to your bed with crackers and water. Take it when your alarm goes off, hit the snooze button – it can start working before you get up.
 Have kids prepare and put their lunches in the fridge.
 Make sure homework is checked, papers are signed, and backpacks and briefcases are packed and by the door.
In the morning, open your blinds as soon as you get up; the natural light will help you wake up

Source: Arthritis Today


Resume & Job Search Basics:

Thursday, Oct. 20, 5-7 pm
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22201).

Resume Writing Best Practices have changed dramatically in the last few years. You'll need the most up-to-date information on how today's resumes are screened to get you the interview you want. In this interactive workshop, you'll learn about the various types of resume formats and which will work best for you. You'll also gain an understanding of today's Hidden Job Market, ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems), Online Job Boards, recruiters, and social media. You'll leave with extensive information that will help you stand apart from the competition.

Free & open to the public.

Sign up here.

Edythe Richards, MA, MBTI®MP, GCDF
NorthernVirginia Community College/
Arlington Employment Center
Direct: (703) 228-1476

NASA Virginia Space Grant Consortium-Home Page

Virginia Space Grant Consortium Announces Scholarship Opportunity for Students Attending Virginia’s Community Colleges!

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Community College STEM Scholarship Program. The VSGC desires to increase the number of talented community college students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Please help us disseminate this material to any eligible students and encourage them to apply. The VSGC is especially seeking applications from underrepresented minorities, females, and persons with disabilities.

The Community College STEM Scholarship Program provides $2,000 scholarships to students enrolled at any campus at a Virginia Community College and pursuing a degree in STEM.

Eligible applicants will demonstrate an interest in a STEM career that supports NASA’s mission (please see our website for details), have at least a 3.0 GPA, and have completed at least one semester of coursework prior to the award. Awardees must be enrolled full-time for the entire 2017-2018 academic year.

You may reproduce the flyer as needed. Complete program information including student eligibility and a link to the online application are available at: Applications are due March 13, 2017.

If you require further information please contact us at [email protected] or (757) 766-5210.

Virginia Space Grant Programs


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