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April 28, 2015

Community News Needs You!

Do you have an item to buy/sale/trade/free, an event notice, or other information that isn't VWCC-related but you want to let others know about?

Send your information via email to Tara Nepper at tnepper@virginiawestern.edu. Please note the following:

  • Your item/event will run for two consecutive Fridays
  • Keep your info short and to the point - who, what, when, where
  • Please have your notice ready to copy & paste (no editing will be done unless the post contains too much information)
  • No graphics
  • Make sure any links work

Questions? Contact Tara Nepper.



Virginia Western Community College is in the process of establishing a Campus CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program for our agency. Trained CERT members fill a vital role in the moments immediately following an emergency on our campus before first responders arrive on scene.  Training involves basic disaster preparedness, such  as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, triage and first aid, disaster psychology and terrorism awareness.  Campus CERT members also support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects at their campus, both in spreading the word about preparedness and in assisting during response operations.

The first step in organizing the VWCC Campus CERT is to see what employees are interested in joining the team.  Currently, this program is not open to students of VWCC, only staff and faculty.  Previous knowledge of the subject matters listed above is not required.  A positive attitude and a willingness to learn and assist is all that is needed!  If you are interested in learning more about the VWCC Campus CERT, please email Heidi McClintic (hmcclintic@virginiawestern.edu) in the Human Resources Department.  An informational meeting will be scheduled for late May, but it is necessary to find out which employees are interested in the program now so training can begin to be scheduled.

Testing Center Hours Extended

April 27th - May 9th the Testing Center will be open the following hours:

Monday - Thursday 8am-8pm

Friday 8am-5pm

Saturday 9am-1pm

We stop handing out tests a half hour before closing. All tests must be finished by closing time. No children are allowed in the Testing Center.

Please let your students know!

2015 Health Care and Flexible Spending Account(s) Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment will begin May 1, 2015 and end on May 22, 2015!


  • If you would like to make a change in providers, or the available optional buy-ups, you must make this change during open enrollment.
  • If you want to add or remove eligible family members you must take action during open enrollment.
  • You may waive health care coverage during open enrollment.
  • If you have a medical or dependent care flexible spending account (FSA) and want to continue (or initially participate) in the next plan year, you must enroll during open enrollment. You must enroll every year to have a FSA.

Changes or enrollments you make to your plan during open enrollment will take effect July 1, 2015.

There will be eight opportunities to meet and discuss benefits, open enrollment, new rates and changes to the health care plans. The employee meetings will be held in the Human Resources Training Room on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

10:00 .m. and 1:00 p.m.

Monday, May 11, 2015

9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Friday, May 15, 2015

2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

12:45 p.m.

You should be receiving Department of Human Resource Management’s Spotlight within the next week. In the interim, you may access it here.

If you have any questions or need an enrollment form, contact Denise Schuh at 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu.

Paper enrollment and/or changes will be accepted through 5 p.m. on May 22, 2015. Employees may also use EmployeeDirect to make their election changes at http://edirect.virginia.gov through 11:59 p.m. on May 22, 2015.




April 27, 2015

Apply for new endowed business chair

The Virginia Western Educational Foundation this fall will award its first endowed chair, the Donald G. Smith Endowed Teaching Chair. This honor was conceived in 2006 to recognize and reward outstanding teaching at Virginia Western Community College. It is named for Don Smith, retired CEO of Roanoke Electric Steel Corp.

Every two years, funds provided by the Chair will be awarded to an outstanding instructor of business administration-related coursework. The honored teacher may use the funds ($5,000 annually, for each of two years) to enhance the quality of their curriculum, facilities or instruction in any way they deem necessary (within VCCS policy). At the end of the honored faculty’s term, he/she is expected to publish a report or provide a public forum in his/her field – a presentation, a workshop, bringing in an outside speaker, etc.


Current full-time or adjunct faculty teaching business administration-related coursework at Virginia Western Community College are eligible to apply.

A completed application must be received by the Educational Foundation by May 29, 2015.

The honored teacher will be notified by Aug. 15, 2015, and the award announced at faculty in-service for the 2015-16 academic year.

How to apply

Click on the Educational Foundation link on VWConnect and download the application form. For more information, contact Carole Tarrant, Coordinator of Development for the Educational Foundation, at 76281 or ctarrant@virginiawestern.edu.

Elimination of @vw.vccs.edu – Change to Faculty/Staff Email

Were you hired at VWCC before 2009?  If yes, continue reading.

Many faculty and staff are reporting they are receiving SPAM email to an old email address (one ending in @vw.vccs.edu) which they once used.  (example:  jsmith@vw.vccs.edu)

IET (Information and Educational Technologies) will be removing this domain (@vw.vccs.edu) on Friday, May 15, 2015.

You need to ensure that legitimate emails are being sent to your @virginiawestern.edu email address.

How do you do that?  Use one of the Barracuda Archive Tools at this link to search for emails going to your old email address.  Contact senders and provide your @virginiawestern.edu email address before May 15, 2015.

Contact the Help Desk if you have any questions.

INSTRUCTORS!!!- PLEASE NOTE-Office of Disability Services- EMAIL CHANGE

Instructors, please note the Office of Disability Services has changed their email address to disabilityservices@virginiawestern.edu.

Please forward all tests for proctoring to this email address, as our former email address is now inactive.



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

wellness workshop

Thursday, April 30th 12:00PM- 12:45PM

Mindless Eating - A Different Approach to Weightloss
Fascinating research by Peter Wansink, Ph.D. published in his books "Mindless Eating" & "Slim by Design", will be presented. His studies ask questions such as: Does the size of a plate/cup/bowl effect how much you eat? What is the effect of eating while watching TV? How does the arrangement of food in your pantry/refrigerator affect what and how much you eat. Learn how to change your environmental versus relying on will power to lose weight or improve your diet.

Contact Fitness Center Manager at dvanvierssen@virginiawestern.edu for
more information

Free Classes at the Fitness Center!

Free Classes at the Fitness Center!

Join us at the Fitness Center for Free classes every week!

Hip Hop Cardio: Mondays 8:30am-9:30am Dance to the beat and burn calories.

Hard Core: Mondays 9:30am - 10:00am An intense 30 min workout for the power house.

Mindful Meditation: Mondays 12:00pm-1:00pm Stop breathe observe and connect with your inner experience.

Step it Up: Tuesdays 11:30am - 12:30pm Get your heart pumping! This class utilizes a raised surface, choreography.

Yoga: Tuesdays 12:30pm-1:30pm ,Wednesdays 11:00am-11:50am and  5:30pm-6:30pm Intermediate stretch and flow class. Internal focus for energizing and calming.

Sculpting Blast: Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm and Thursdays 8:30am - 9:30am A weight-based class targeting specific muscles. Uses medicine balls, weights, and bands.

Buns, Guns, and Guts: Wednesdays 12:30pm-1:30pm Focuses on booty, arms, and abs. Uses hand weights and mild cardio.

Salsa Dancing: Thursdays 2:30pm-3:30pm Learn the steps while giving your body workout and have fun. No partner needed

Pilates: Thursdays 5:30pm-6:30pm Lengthen and strengthen your entire body using core muscles and incorporating strength training.

Zumba Fitness: Fridays 12:30pm-1:30pm Dance-based fitness that use a fusion of Latin and International rhythms with easy-to-follow moves.


Please be sure to bring your Student ID and wear non-black soft soled shoes. For more information contact the Fitness Center Manager at dvanvierssen@virginiawestern.edu