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Three Perspectives, a seminar focused on Iraqi economic reconstruction, the status of women in Iraq and the issues of conflict resolution and development of democratic institutions in Iraq, was a standing-room-only event at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College Nov. 29.

Guest speakers Sam Kubba, president of the Iraqi-American Chamber of Commerce, James Hanlon, senior advisor to the Iraqi governing council and Zainah Alwani, NVCC professor of Arabic and comparative religion gave individual presentations as well as participate in a panel discussion. The seminar is part of the Loudoun Campus's Tea and Pedagogy series, which is sponsored by the Loudoun Campus Humanities Division. All Tea and Pedagogy events are free and open to the public. For more information about the series, contact Dr. Beverly Blois at 703-450-2503 or visit the college's Web site at http://www.nvcc.edu.

U.S. Sen. George Allen (R-VA) has nominated several local students to attend United States Service Academies including Adam Smith, of Ashburn, who has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Smith attends Broad Run High School where he serves on the Student Council Association Advisory Board. In addition, Simmons is the vice president of the Academic Competition Team and a member of the SIGNET Program. Smith is the son of Christopher and Candace Smith.