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March 3, 2015


The Link Lab located in M302 (Business Science Building, Third Floor) will be closed during Spring Break, March 8th - March 15th.

The lab will reopen on Monday, March 16th, at 8:00 a.m.

Enjoy your break; we look forward to serving your academic needs when we return.

Division of Student Services will be closed Wednesday, March 11

The division of student services which includes admissions, records, financial aid, advising, program advising, career services, student activities, Pathways (TRIO), disability services and intervention counseling will be closed all day on Wednesday, March 11 for a professional development activity.

Alternative Spring Break Service Trip

Alternative Spring Break Service Trip: March 10th-12th

Encourage your students* to give back this spring break at a 3-day, 2-night community service focused cultural immersion experience!

Lodging at Hungry Mother State Park’s historical bunkhouse.

$25 all-inclusive fee ($10 deposit due Friday March 6th)

*We are also looking for faculty/staff participants.

Contact Erin Wynd at erw2112@email.vccs.edu for more information.

You Make The Difference Employee Recognition Event

The “You Make the Difference” recognition program is a way for co-workers and supervisors throughout the year to acknowledge employees on the spot who strive to truly make a positive difference at Virginia Western. Valuing and appreciating the efforts made by employees to meet and/or exceed the college’s mission, vision, and core values are critical to the success of the college.

Join in as the college celebrates and recognizes your positive contributions that lead to the success of the college and the students that we serve!

 “You Make the Difference” Employee Recognition Event

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Natural Science Center 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

All employees are invited to stop by to socialize and praise their peers at this event.  This year, the event will not be catered; however, a small assortment of snacks will be provided for your enjoyment!

Following the ceremony there will be award drawings from those employees that have received a “You Make the Difference” card issued by their peer(s) or supervisors from March 2014 through February 2015. Remember to bring your cards with you to the ceremony for your chance to be a recipient of an award. Awards will be limited to one-month special parking passes, movie passes procured from FY2013, and donations provided by your peers.

Throughout the year, “You Make the Difference” cards can be obtained in the Human Resources Office.

March 2, 2015


The Link Lab located in M302 (Business Science Building, Third Floor) will be closed during Spring Break, March 8th - March 15th.

The lab will reopen on Monday, March 16th, at 8:00 a.m.

Enjoy your break; we look forward to serving your academic needs when we return.

Success 2021 Focus Group Survey

As you know, Virginia Western has begun to develop a new strategic plan, Success 2021, which will guide our activities over the next several years. If that plan is to be successful, it is crucial that it include the perspectives of all members of the college community.

Many of you recently participated in one of the internal focus groups; however, we want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to provide input. We therefore hope you will take a few minutes to complete the survey linked below by Friday, March 6th. If you participated in one of the focus groups and want to complete the survey as well, we welcome your additional thoughts.


I realize that time is a precious commodity; however, your contributions are vital to the development of a viable strategic plan, so please take advantage of this opportunity.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important endeavor.

#1 Hit Series, “The Colloquiums”

This week we have a whole new set of installments in our #1 hit series “The Colloquiums”


Geology is an Interactive Interdisciplinary Subject By Anna Balog http://youtu.be/Sdp0LihyxTA

Anna shares with us how Geology is a vital part of STEM education and how it depends on other STEM program



Mechatronics And The PACE-ME Grant by Dan Horine  


Dan explains what the PACE-ME grant is and what it means to the teaching of Mechatronics in the region.


The New Biotechnology Program By Stacie Deaver


Stacie explains about the new Biotechnology Program now being offered by Virginia Western Community College.



The New SDV that is coming to Town By Ashley Gess


Ashley explain what the new SVD is and how it will help in student outcomes.



Water Quality and Bugs in the Water by Toni Pepin


Toni demonstrates to faculty how she teaches water sample collecting , analysis, the counting and categorizing of organisms in the classroom



Autonomous Robotic Competition and the LEWAS Grant By George Studtmann


George updates faculty on what his program is doing and about plans for using the LEWAS Grant.


Water Sampling with Engineering Students and DNA Extraction By Amy White


Amy explains to faculty how her program collects; with assistance from the Engineering Department, water samples and how they analyze them. She explains how and why she teaches both the older and newer methods of DNA analysis to her students.

Bone Density and Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Tests Available at the Fair!


Bone Density - $15.00

Prostate Specific Antigen - $20.00

Contact Denise Schuh at dschuh@virginiawestern.edu for an appointment.


Bone Density- for women – screening for osteoporosis- using the Achilles Express Vetra Sonometry Machine – no x-ray is used. The bare heel is placed in the machine and ultrasound assesses the loss associated with the disease.

PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) - for men – screening for prostate cancer- A small sample of blood is taken from the arm and sent to our laboratory. A report is sent to the individual’s home after being reviewed by a physician.

2015 Employee Benefits and Health Fair

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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

Human Resources Training Room – Ground Floor, Fishburn Hall


Wellness Workshop TODAY

TODAY - Monday, March 2nd 5:00PM – 5:45PM

Crossfit - Build Your Beach Body
What is crossfit? Crossfit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies, military special operations units, martial artists, and elite and professional athletes worldwide. Come find out what it is and why it may be right for you too! Be prepared for a "mini" crossfit type workout!

Next Workshop - Wednesday, March 25th 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Bikes for Beginners

Learn the rules of the road, how to stay safe, how to change a tire, repair a flat...and more!

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

Fitness Center: Hours During Spring Break

The Fitness Center is staying open during the spring break on reduced hours and with some classes available.

Monday - Thursday:  8:30 AM - 6:30PM

Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:00PM

The following schedule is of classes:

Monday--->    Hip-Hop Cardio: 8:30AM - 9:30 AM and Hard Core 9:30 AM-10:00 AM

Tuesday--->    Step it Up: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM and Sculpting Blast 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Wednesday--->    Buns, Guns, and Guts: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM and Yoga 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Thursday--->     Pilates: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Friday--->    Zumba: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM