NOVA hosted its 8th Annual 5k Race for the Nation and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, August 22 in Chambersburg, PA. This family-friendly race is USATF-certified and boasts chip timing, along with over $1,000 in cash prizes to the top three men and women in the Open and Masters divisions. This year’s participants were also entered into a drawing for a large variety of door prizes.
NOVA started the Race for the Nation in 2008, and donates the proceeds to its scholarship program for Navajo students and Chambersburg area youth sports. The NOVA Scholar program provides college scholarships to Navajo students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), all computer-related fields of study, and disciplines that are crucial to business functions, such as Accounting, Marketing, Business Management, Finance, Communications, etc…
A big thank you to all the participants, sponsors and volunteers who took part in this year’s 5k Race for the Nation and 1 Mile Fun Run!
NOVA Corporation has won another new task order with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The task order falls under the DISA IT Enterprise Support Service (DESS) IDIQ, and is NOVA’s second task order win under the same IDIQ this quarter.
Under the task order, NOVA will be providing senior level UNIX/Linux System Administration and SharePoint Administration Subject Matter Expertise at the Defense Enterprise Computing Center in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (DECC MECH). The work is set to start July 20th, 2015.
NOVA Corporation has been a vendor partner to DISA’s Defense Enterprise Computing Center in Mechanicsburg (DECC MECH) since the early 2000s, and very recently received another task order to perform configuration management services there.
NOVA has been in business since 2004, as a federal, commercial and tribal IT services provider. NOVA is a subsidiary of Diné Development Corporation, and has corporate headquarters in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; Columbia, Maryland; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and on the Navajo Nation reservation in Window Rock, Arizona.
NOVA Corporation is investing in 2 Navajo students this summer through its internship program. The internship program is part of NOVA’s overall mission to give back to the Navajo Nation by creating additional Navajo IT human resources. The students are working in NOVA’s Albuquerque, New Mexico and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania offices.
Intern, Malcolm Bob, comes to NOVA from Diné College in Tsaile, AZ, and is working in NOVA’s IT Department, in Albuquerque, NM. Bob’s duties include such tasks as handling trouble tickets, creating mailboxes for email and resetting laptops. Bob is a former recipient of a scholarship from NOVA Corporation through the NOVA Scholar program. Bob will return to Diné College in the fall to continue pursuing his degree in Business Administration.
Intern, Pablo John, is pursuing a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Finance at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. John is working in the Contracts and Procurement Department in NOVA’s Chambersburg, PA offices this summer. John is assisting with various proposal efforts and learning contracts management software. John is a current NOVA Scholar.
Both gentlemen have plans to use what they learn at NOVA and in college to benefit the Navajo Nation. NOVA’s Senior Vice President, Clara Pratte says, “Empowering Navajo students through scholarships and internships is an integral part of our mission. We have plans to open a training center in our Albuquerque office to provide career development and certifications to Navajo students. Our goal is to give these students the skills to go out and get amazing jobs so they can turn around and use those skills to help develop the economy on the Navajo Nation.”
Innava Data Solutions data center hosted its anticipated grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony June 3, 2015at its facility in Mesa del Sol’s Innovation Park. More than 150 guests were in attendance at the state of the art, energy efficient data center.
At 133,000 sq ft, Innava Data Solutions is New Mexico’s largest data center. The first phase of internal construction is complete, featuring 6000 square feet of data center space containing 256 specially-designed DAMAC racks. When fully built out, the Innava data center will offer 80,000 square feet of BICSI Class F3 space in an area with low power costs and a low risk of natural disaster. Innava is built as a Tier III-rated facility with an uptime rate of 99.98%, and is capable of Tier IV facility upgrade, where applicable.
Innava President, Don Cox said, “We have designed a fully customizable data center with the resources to meet the operational needs of our federal and commercial customers. We are proud of what this agile, responsive and ground-breaking data center means for New Mexico and for the Navajo Nation.” Innava is a subsidiary of NOVA Corporation, a Navajo Nation-owned information technology company. One of the future phases of construction for Innava includes a training facility where Navajo students can come receive IT training and certifications. John Snider, CEO of NOVA Corporation, said, “This innovative data center is the realization of years of planning, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. Innava is the epitome of NOVA’s two missions: providing unparalleled IT solutions and giving back to the Navajo Nation.”
DAMAC, the creator of Innava’s custom racks, and a manufacturer of cutting-edge data center infrastructure equipment for 30 years, was present today. During the ceremony, DAMAC presented NOVA Corporation with a check for $11,500 to be utilized for NOVA’s scholarship program. Each year, NOVA donates college scholarships to Navajo students pursuing degrees in the fields relating to information technology and business.
Strategic partners for the Innava construction project include: Schneider Electric, B & D Industries, Bridgers & Paxton, Brycon Corporation, E & M International, Inc, ICSI, Powerline Technologies, Richardson & Richardson, Yearout Mechanical, Western States Fire Detection Co, DDC-ITS, DDC-CS, PNM
NOVA Corporation has won a new contract supporting the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) in Ogden, Utah. This is NOVA’s 3rd task order win under the DESS (DISA Information Technology Enterprise Support Services) Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract awarded to NOVA approximately two years ago. NOVA will be providing system, security and database administration technical support for the Defense Enterprise Computing Center (DECC) in Ogden. Along with providing technical expertise and support for various Database Management Systems (DBMS), operating systems and software applications, NOVA will be tasked with system management, system processing strategies, hardware and software applications processing, applications set-up, processing and recoveries, database administration, computer performance analysis, workload balancing, analysis and planning, and system automation. NOVA is partnering with Unisys Corporation and Woodbury Technologies to complete the work, which started April 8th, and has a one base year period with two option years. The total potential dollar value for this contract is $18 million. NOVA CEO, John Snider said, “The best compliment we can get is repeat business because of a job well done. I’m proud of our team for continuing to provide such high quality and multifaceted support for this integral contract vehicle. As always, one of our main goals is to provide complex problem management and streamline processes to help the government function as efficiently as possible, and our team in Ogden is getting it done.”
NOVA Corporation welcomes Clara Pratte as Senior Vice President of the company. “After careful consideration, NOVA Corporation is excited to name Clara Pratte Senior Vice President.” said John Snider, President and CEO, “Clara’s knowledge of federal contracting, procurement, and IT operations makes her an ideal candidate to join the leadership team of NOVA Corp.”
Ms. Pratte was most recently the Executive Director at the Navajo Nation Washington Office where she led the Navajo Nation’s federal advocacy efforts including assisting in the successful settlement of the Navajo Nation’s trust litigation claims resulting in the largest tribal trust settlement award in U.S. history. Previous to the Navajo Nation Washington Office Ms. Pratte was the National Director for the Office of Native American Affairs at the U.S. Small Business Administration and an IT Business Liaison and International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ms. Pratte holds both a BS in Business from the University of Arizona and a Masters from Carnegie Mellon University. Ms. Pratte is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation from Tse Si Ani (Lupton), AZ and is Kinyaani (Towering House Clan).
Clara Pratte said, “I’m very pleased to join the NOVA team. This is a great organization with a proven history of industry leadership and commitment to providing benefits to its owner, the Navajo Nation.”
From left: Liz Kaplan (El Ranchito House Administrator), Mary Spring (El Ranchito Development Director), Susan Merhege (NOVA Marketing), Alexandra Edison (NOVA IT) and Paulette Wauneka (NOVA Quality Management)
NOVA Corporation, has given a gift of $5000 to El Ranchito de los Niños. El Ranchito de los Niños is a children’s home located in Los Lunas, NM, that offers a family farm setting and strives to keep siblings together.
NOVA made the donation as part of its annual Keshmish Drive (“Keshmish” is Christmas in the Navajo language). Employees were given the opportunity to donate with NOVA Corporation matching each employee contribution. The NOVA team was pleased to present a check for $5000 to the children’s home just before Christmas.
NOVA CEO, John Snider said, “El Ranchito de los Niños has a vital and positive impact on the lives of area children, and in particular, Native American children. Once I heard that this outstanding resource receives no state or federal funding, and survives solely on donations, it was clear they should be this year’s recipient of our annual Keshmish Drive.”
Mary Spring, Development Director at El Ranchito de los Niños, said, “Words cannot express how thrilled and grateful we are to receive such a generous gift from NOVA. We appreciate their visits to play with the children and their financial support. This $5000 donation will go a long way toward helping us with operational costs and providing for our children. We appreciate that NOVA, a Navajo company, is reaching out to help Navajo children, along with the other children here at El Ranchito de los Niños.”
For more information about El Ranchito de los Niños, visit: http://www.elranchitonm.org/.