The annual Distinguished Alumni Reception recognizes the accomplishments of an exemplary alum from each of the academic programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Those honored are nominated by department chairs, faculty and staff, based on criteria that includes professional accomplishments, awards, philanthropy, service and contributions to the college and university community. In Fall 2017, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages honored Charlotte Calobrisi.
Charlotte holds a bachelor of arts in French and a master of arts in foreign languages from Mason; a Master of Science in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University, and she has completed Ph.D. coursework in Applied Linguistics, also at Georgetown.
She has worked in various roles at Northern Virginia Community College since 1989, beginning as a faculty member teaching English as a Second Language and French, and has served the college in various leadership roles, including as assistant dean of English as a Second Language and American Sign Language, special assistant for dual enrollment, and special assistant for NOVA’s reaffirmation of accreditation. Charlotte became dean of the Division of Languages and Literature in 2011, a position she held until taking the role of interim provost of the Annandale Campus in February 2015. In July 2016, she took on the role of associate vice president of human resources and equity and diversity. During her tenure at the college, Charlotte has also served on multiple college and state committees and participated in community activities.