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Student organizations at NOVA offer you the opportunity to join together in governmental, cultural, political and/or special interest issues settings and to assume various leadership roles in carrying out the mission of the group.

The Differences Between a Club/Organization and Interest Group

There is a distinct difference between clubs and interest groups. The College officially recognizes clubs; Interest Groups are groups formed on a temporary basis and are not officially recognized by the College. Further clarification can be found below for the differences between clubs versus interest groups:

Clubs Can...

  • generate funds through fundraisers and donations
  • have an account through the Office of Student Life
  • use the College name to show its affiliation with the College
  • request funding from the Office of Student Life and the College for programs and club activities
  • reserve College facilities and utilize College resources for a variety of programming opportunities
  • be featured in various publications of the College (Student Handbook, Newspaper, etc.)

Interest Groups Cannot...

  • generate funds through fundraisers and donations
  • have a club account through the Office of Student Life
  • use the College Name to show its affiliation with the College
  • request funding from the Office of Student Life and the College for programs and clubs activities
  • be featured in publications of the College, BUT they can reserve College facilities for meetings only
Picking the Right Student Club or Organization for You

Student organizations are an excellent way to meet new people and learn more about the campus. In addition, student organizations are a place where you can try out new interests and gain new skills. They also enhance the education you receive in the classroom and can provide you with valuable leadership experience.

NOVA's Annandale Campus has several student organizations that include recreation, academic, social, religious, cultural and general interest groups. All have a common goal of furthering your education. It may be very difficult for you to decide which organization to join. As you make your choice, think carefully about what you hope to gain from the experience and how much time you have to devote to the organization and its activities.

Consider the following before joining an organization:

  • Talk to other students, advisors, professors and counselors to help you explore your interests and identify activities in which you can become involved.
  • Look around at what is available. The personal benefits exceed the time demands of involvement. Participate in several activities before making any major commitments.
  • Explore with a friend. Having someone with you will make a new situation more comfortable and fun. Whether you attend an activity alone or with a friend, introduce yourself to the person who is leading the activity and to people around you.
For Faculty, Administrators and Staff: Becoming a Club Advisor

If you are a faculty, administrator or staff member on campus and would like to get more involved with clubs, organizations or interest groups on campus, please consider becoming an advisor! Throughout the year, students decide they would like to begin new clubs and organizations on campus -- if you are interested in becoming a student advisor please contact the Office of Student Life.

The Office of Student Life believes that student involvement in planning campus programs significantly enhances the value of these programs. We encourage you to contact us at 703.323.3147 or stop by our office in Room 226, on the upper level of the CF Building.

The Role of Faculty Advisor

All student organizations are required to have a full-time teaching or administrative faculty member as an advisor. Any full-time member of the faculty or administration is eligible to serve as an official advisor to the organization. If a student organization cannot locate a faculty advisor, the Office for Student Activities Coordinator may serve as a temporary advisor for a maximum period not exceeding one calendar year.

The advisor of a student organization shall maintain a liaison with the Student Activities Coordinator. As an advisor, you take an active interest in the organization and become familiar with the policies and procedures of the Campus and the College. The advisor should ensure that the organization attempts to fulfill the stated aims as stated in the organization constitution. Student organization officers are responsible for keeping advisors well informed of activities and programming initiatives. Courtesy copies of minutes, request forms and reports should be submitted to the Advisor.

The Advisor shall help determine that planned expenditures do not exceed the budget as discussed by the organization. Advisors of all organization are required to approve and sign all official forms for expenditures from their organizational accounts and other financial reports of the organization. The signature of the advisor on financial reports and/or forms in no way implies personal or financial responsibility on the part of the advisor.

If the advisor wishes to resign her/his position as advisor, she/he should notify the organization and the SACO Coordinator in writing one month before her/his resignation becomes effective. An advisor may be requested to resign her/his organizational position as defined by the organization constitution and by-laws. Student organizations will keep the SACO Coordinator informed of any change in the status of the advisor.


Clubs & Organizations - Alexandria

The Office of Student Life’s goal is to enhance the overall educational experience of students through development of, exposure to, and engagement in programs and activities that facilitate the growth of the whole student.  These activities could be intellectual, social, recreational, cultural, multicultural and spiritual in nature. Program offerings pertain to leadership, governance, community service, healthy lifestyles and organizational development.

Contact and Hours:

Bisdorf Building, Room 134
3000 Dawes Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22311
Phone: 703.845.6218
Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Email: alstudentlife@nvcc.edu

Clubs & Organizations - Annandale

Every student at the Annandale Campus has the potential and opportunity to become a student leader. There are many benefits to becoming involved in student leadership. In addition to learning more about yourself, your strengths and interests, you gain valuable skills. The friendships you develop, working together as a team on projects and goals, often remain long after graduation. The satisfaction of working as a team toward a common goal and knowing that you have made a positive contribution to your community is huge. 

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Clubs & Organizations - Loudoun

Every student at the Loudoun Campus has the potential and opportunity to become a student leader. There are many benefits to becoming involved in student leadership. In addition to learning more about yourself, your strengths and interests, you gain valuable skills. The friendships you develop, working together as a team on projects and goals, often remain long after graduation. The satisfaction of working as a team toward a common goal and knowing that you have made a positive contribution to your community is huge. 

Organizations may be established within the College for any legal purpose. For information on the procedures for establishing official clubs and organizations contact the Student Life Office at 703.450.2616.

Clubs & Organizations - Manassas

If you are interested in joining a student organization or creating an interest group please contact Cari Dresser at 703.530.3046 or cdresser@nvcc.edu.

There are many opportunities for involvement at the Manassas campus. By getting involved at NOVA, students develop invaluable leadership skills and friendships that will last beyond graduation.

Don't be bored. Get involved! Getting involved in the campus community has been shown to increase retention and completion rates. By getting involved in student organizations, you can develop invaluable leadership skills and friendships that will last beyond graduation.

Clubs & Organizations – Medical

Every student at the Medical Education Campus has the potential and opportunity to become a student leader. There are many benefits to becoming involved in student leadership. In addition to learning more about yourself, your strengths and interests, you gain valuable skills. The friendships you develop, working together as a team on projects and goals, often remain long after graduation. The satisfaction of working as a team toward a common goal and knowing that you have made a positive contribution to your community is huge. 

Clubs, Organizations and Interest Groups

Dental Hygiene Club (DNH)
Advisor: Dawn Southerly, dpsoutherly@nvcc.edu

Diagnostic Imaging Club (RAD)
Advisor: Jarice Risper, jrisper@nvcc.edu

Emergency Medical Services Club (EMS)
Advisor: Kathleen Deal, kdeal@nvcc.edu

Health Information Management Leaders of Tomorrow (HIMLOT)
Advisor: Toni Jackman, tjackman@nvcc.edu

Medical Laboratory Technology (MeLT) Club
Advisor: Stefanie Thompson, mthompson@nvcc.edu

Nurses Student Association (NSA)
Advisor: Kenya Fluellen kfluellen@nvcc.edu

Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Nu Psi Chapter (PTK)
Advisor: Maria Nieto-Shahsavarian, mnietoshahs@nvcc.edu
Co-advisor: Patricia Martin-Mattocks, pmartinmattocks@nvcc.edu

Physical Therapist Assistant Society (PTA)
Advisor: Patty Ottavio. pottavio@nvcc.edu

Respiratory Care Practitioners Student Association (RTH)
Advisor: Terry Clark, tclark@nvcc.edu

Student Occupational Therapy Association (OTA)
Advisor: Megan Cook, megancook@nvcc.edu

What Is the Difference Between a Club or Organization and an Interest Group?

There is a distinct difference between clubs and interest groups. The College officially recognizes clubs; Interest Groups are groups formed on a temporary basis and are not officially recognized by the College. Further clarification can be found below for the differences between clubs versus interest groups:

Clubs Can ...

  • generate funds through fundraisers and donations
  • have an account through the Office of Student Activities
  • use the College name to show its affiliation with the College
  • request funding from the Office of Student Activities and the College for programs and club activities
  • reserve College facilities and utilize College resources for a variety of programming opportunities
  • be featured in various publications of the College (Student Handbook, Newspaper, etc.)

Interest Groups Cannot...

  • generate funds through fundraisers and donations
  • have a club account through the Office of Student Activities
  • use the College Name to show its affiliation with the College
  • request funding from the Office of Student Activities and the College for programs and clubs activities
  • be featured in publications of the College, BUT they can reserve College facilities for meetings only
Clubs & Organizations - Woodbridge

The Campus Student Activities Office works with students, faculty and staff to coordinate activities and events, which integrate social, cultural and recreational experiences into the collegiate experience. It also handles leadership development -- encouraging students to become active members of the campus community. In addition to assisting student clubs and publications, the Student Activities Office works with individual students, informal groups, faculty and staff to develop new activities and services to meet the needs of our diverse student body.

The Student Activities Office coordinates a variety of programs and activities, ranging from cultural programs and events to special workshops, lectures and special interest activities. If you are interested in joining an organization or participating in any of the on-campus events/activities, please stop by the Office of Student Activities, Seefeldt Building (WC), Room 158 or call 703.878.5729.

Black Student Alliance: BSA members work to foster understanding of their culture and heritage in the campus community as well as sponsor programs, events, activities, and raise funds for charities and other organizations.
Advisor: Lando Lowe llowe@nvcc.edu

Christian Student Union: Is a Christian outreach and fellowship organization for students on campus.
Advisor: Donna Clark dclark@nvcc.edu

Circle K International: CKI is an international collegiate service organization that promotes service, leadership, and fellowship. With over 13,250 members, it is the largest collegiate service organization of its kind in the world.
Advisor: Rommel Aguilar raguilarcardenas@nvcc.edu

Criminal Justice Club: Promotes professional, academic, and public awareness of criminal justice studies. Promotes professional attitudes and supports students of the ADJ degree program, encouraging academic excellence and integrity for those who seek to join.
Advisors: Kim Crawford kcrawford@nvcc.edu, Lisa Riggleman lriggleman@nvcc.edu, Dennis Staszak dstaszak@nvcc.edu

Filmmaking Club: Promotes filmmaking and photography at NOVA by bringing together filmmakers, actors, musicians, art designers, prop-makers, editors and all kinds of creative folks who share a passion for making movies.
Advisors: Bryan Brown babrown@nvcc.edu, Chris Stallings cstallings@nvcc.edu

Gaming Club: Is a social interest group whose primary objectives include meeting other students who share similar interests in all kinds of gaming, and to encourage an atmosphere of friendly, competitive gaming.
Advisor: Chris Arra carra@nvcc.edu

Go Green: Strives to raise awareness, education, and grassroots leadership for all on the Woodbridge Campus concerning Green practices and opportunities.
Advisors: Missy Nystrom mnystrom@nvcc.edu, Jennifer Taylor jjtaylor@nvcc.edu

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Club: LGBT Club is for people of all genders, sexualities, orientations, and expressions. Our goal is to provide a confidential and safe space by promoting education and resources and fostering respect for diversity.
Advisor: Kelly Cochran kcochran@nvcc.edu

Muslim Student Association: Is a Muslim outreach and fellowship organization for students on campus.
Advisors: TBA

Phi Theta Kappa: PTK recognizes and encourages scholarship among community and students, provides leadership training, and promotes an interchange of ideas and ideals. Members are listed on the National Dean’s list and are often eligible for transfer scholarships.
Advisor: Theana Kastens tkastens@nvcc.edu

Student Government Association: The SGA represents the rights, welfare and interests of the campus student body to the campus administration. Officers support and promote activities to improve the quality of student life through supporting student organizations, relaying student concerns, and assisting in the implementation of solutions in cooperation with campus administration.
Advisor: Tamaica Jackson tjackson@nvcc.edu, Christal Edwards cmedwards@nvcc.edu

Students for Sensible Drug Policy: SSDP is part of an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities. It empowers students to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies for a safer and more just future.
Advisor: TBA

Tutors Club: Tutors Club hosts workshops, hold fundraisers, attend conferences, volunteer tutoring hours, and support Academic Assistance Services at the Woodbridge Campus. Tutors Club seeks enthusiastic students with a desire to help.
Advisors: Emily Hodkinson ehodkinson@nvcc.edu, Chris Stallings cstallings@nvcc.edu

Clubs & Organizations - Extended Learning Institute (ELI)

Taking online courses should not exclude you from student involvement and leadership opportunities. Student Life for online students or “ELIfe” is your resource for getting engaged outside of the virtual classroom while taking classes at NOVA.

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