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April 17, 2015

Blackboard Learn Upgrade Outage: May 16th

Beginning at 6 pm on Saturday, May 16th until approximately 6 am Sunday, May 17th, Blackboard will be upgraded to the latest October 2014 release of Learn 9.1 and unavailable to users. Please be sure to notify your students of this brief outage so they can plan accordingly. This is a smaller update with minor changes in Blackboard compared to the feature rich April 2014 release. For detailed information about the new enhanced features, please visit this page.

Cap & Gown Pick-Up Event- April 22nd in the Natural Science Center

Faculty, staff, and students who ordered regalia for the 2015 Commencement Ceremony may pick up caps and gowns on Wednesday, April 22nd, at the Cap & Gown Pick-Up Event in the Natural Science Center from 8:00am-5:30pm.

Graduating students are required to pick up regalia at this time.  If students are sending someone else to pick up their regalia, they must provide written permission for the regalia to be released.

Faculty & staf who are unable to obtain their regalia on April 22nd may come by the Records Office in Chapman Hall as soon as possible following the event to obtain their cap & gown.  If it is at all feasible to pick-up regalia during the event, that is preferable, as it reduces later duplication of efforts.

Thank you!

Cancelled: Monthly Test of the VW Emergency Broadcast System

Due to Spring Fling activities on Friday, April 17, the regularly scheduled monthly test of the VW emergency broadcast system will be cancelled.

Special End-of-the-Semester Hours in Brown Library

The Academic Link (main floor of Brown Library) and Library Services (top floor of Brown Library) are having special hours to support students through the end of this semester:

April 20 – May 2

Monday through Thursday: 8am to 8pm

Friday: 8am to 5pm

Saturday: 9am to 1 pm

May 4 – May 9 (Exam Week)

Monday through Thursday: 8am to 8pm

Friday: 8am to 2pm

Saturday: 9am to 1pm

Juried Art Show Today!

The Art Club presents the 2015 Spring Fling Annual Juried Student Art Show on the Bridge Friday, April 17 from 10 am - 4 pm.  Please make plans to come out and see this amazing exhibit of student art work.  All Virginia Western Community College students are invited to participate in the show, regardless of their major,  please remind them.  For specific information on how to enter, have them contact sthomas@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6070.  The art will be for sale that day as well.

Spring Fling Today!

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Court of Four Seasons (outside of Brown Library)

This year’s event will be packed with fun, giveaways and activities from college and community organizations! Live music from Charlotte musician Alex Christie. Free games, and Katherine Devine on site for face-painting ($3).

Free picnic lunch and ice cream from Homestead Creamery. Beginning at 11 a.m. ... available first-come, first-served.

Don’t miss the Juried Art Show on the Bridge!

Any questions, please contact Natasha Lee at nlee@virginiawestern.edu

April 16, 2015

Grades for Spring 2015

Grades for the Spring 2015 term are due by 9:30 a.m. on May 11th.

  • Grade rosters for dynamic classes that have already ended may have their final grades entered now.
  • Grade roster(s) should be saved in the "Approved" status.
  • When completing the Last Date of Attendance field, 5/9/15 is the class end date for the regular session classes. This is the date that should be used for regular session classes, not the last class meeting date. For example, a Monday only class would have their last class meeting on Monday, 5/4/15 (which is actually the final exam date), this date should not be used, the 5/9/15 date should be used. Detailed instructions for populating the Last Date of Attendance field are available at: http://virginiawestern.edu/facstaff/docs/LastDateofAttendanceFieldSpring2013.pdf. Additional information on entering grades is also available online at http://www.virginiawestern.edu/studenthelp/faculty/recordgrades.php.
  • Late Rosters/Grades for Regular and Dynamic Classes: If grades were not entered as of the Fully Graded Date because 1) the instructor did not enter regular session grades on time, or 2) the dynamically dated course was not completed by the Fully Graded Date for the term, the school office must notify the Registrar/Records Office. In these situations, the instructor should enter grades via MyVWCC and notify the school office and the Registrar/Records Office when the grades have been completed.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Lorry Conklin or Karin Cole.

LinkLab M302 FRIDAY HOURS for April 17th – May 1st

To better serve the needs of our students, LinkLab - M302 will be open on Fridays, April 17th, 24th and May 1st, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

M302 will be open for the remaining of the semester (not including exam week) on Fridays from 8-5. This includes three Fridays: 4/17, 4/24, and 5/1.

Please inform your students of this change. We hope these extended hours will be beneficial and will aid in assisting students in preparing for final exams and the end of the semester.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email B Bagby at bbagby@virginiawestern.edu or Valerie McKnight at vmcknight@virginiawestern.edu.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding!


Removing Spring 2014 Courses

It is now time to remove all Spring 2014 courses and before. All Spring 2014 (and prior) courses will be removed from the production Blackboard environment on May 22, 2014.

The criteria for removal at this stage is:

1. Course ID ending in "SP14"
2. Or created before January 1, 2014


- April 16, 2015 - Title of courses is changed to include "Will delete May 22, 2015" and courses are made unavailable

- All courses are archived (this is an ongoing standard procedure)

- May 22, 2015 (and following) - all flagged courses will be removed from production

Courses that are “deleted” will no longer be accessible to the instructor for access in Blackboard. The current VCCS policy allows courses to be accessible to instructors in Blackboard for three previous semesters and then the courses can be restored only by a Blackboard administrator. This is done by instructor request. So if you should need course content from an earlier semester, it can be restored. If you require an exception, for example for an uncopyable cartridge-based course that students still require access to, please contact Carrie Halpin at CHalpin@virginiawestern.edu including the course id *and reason*.

If you have any questions, please contact the department of eLearning & Instructional Technology at eLIT@virginiawestern.edu

Cancelled: Monthly VWAlert Emergency Alert Systems Test

Due to Spring Fling activities on Friday, April 17, the regularly scheduled monthly test of the VW emergency broadcast system will be cancelled.