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April 24, 2015

Testing Center Extended Hours

April 27th - May 9th the Testing Center will have extended hours.

We will be open:

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!



Job Fair – Tuesday April 28


The Hall Associates Career Center is hosting a Job Fair:

Tuesday, April 28, from 10am - 2pm, on the 3rd floor of the Student Life Center.

Please encourage your students to stop by and see what these employers have to offer:

Friendship Retirement Community

HopeTree Family Services

Wells Fargo

Verizon Wireless


And more!

Please contact Kitty Walls in the Career Center if you have any questions.

857-7298 or careercenter@virginiawestern.edu


VA Jobs Upgrade: New Web Address for Applicants

VA Jobs, the Recruitment Management System for the Commonwealth of Virginia, has been upgraded! 

Applicants can access all VWCC job postings in VA Jobs by going to the VWCC Human Resources, Career Openings webpage and clicking on Career Openings at VWCC

The main VA Jobs site for applicants to search jobs at any state agency is:  https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com 

If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources.  

Health Care Premium Reward Information Now Available for the 2015-2016 Plan Year

Premium rewards for the upcoming plan year starting July 1, 2015 is available to employees and their covered spouses enrolled in the COVA Care or COVA HealthAware Plan on or before July 1, 2015.

As a reminder, the premium reward is a reduction in the health care premium of $17/month for a covered employee and $17/month for a covered spouse.

If you are already receiving a premium reward, you will be required to:

  • Update your online health assessment no earlier than March 1, 2015, and no later than June 30, 2015, to continue your reward without a break.

If you are enrolled in COVA Care or COVA HealthAware and not currently receiving a premium rewards, you must:

  • Complete a health assessment no earlier than March 1, 2015, and
  • submit a biometric screening with measurements no earlier than April 1, 2013.

Participants who are newly eligible for premium rewards must:

  • Complete a health assessment no earlier than March 1, 2015, and
  • submit a biometric screening with measurements no earlier than April 1, 2013.

Complete the required healthy action(s) by June 30, 2015 to begin the rewards on July 1, 2015 by visiting:  www.MyActiveHealth.com/cova

If the requirements are not completed by June 30, 2015, eligible members can complete the health assessment and/or the biometric screening during the plan year. The member’s premium reward will be effective the first of the month after both requirements are completed, submitted and accepted.

Contact ActiveHealth at 1 (866) 938-0349 if you need additional information.

April 23, 2015

Changes Being Made to VWCC Email System – May 15, 2015 – ALL EMPLOYEES PLEASE READ!

Email Archiving: IET (Information and Educational Technologies) is implementing an email archival solution on Friday, May 15!  Everyone with a @virginiawestern.edu email account will be impacted so PLEASE READ this announcement.

Effective May 15, one year of email will be retained in your active Outlook or OWA mailbox and all other email is archived.  ALL YOUR EMAIL WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE TO YOU, THERE WILL JUST BE A DIFFERENT PROCESS TO SEARCH FOR IT.

This change will take care of the overall mailbox size issues and will substantially speed up the search for all your emails from the Archiver search tool that is already available on your Outlook “Home” Toolbar.

Read the information at this link Barracuda Archive Tools to see how to search for emails using the new Archiver plug-in tool for Outlook or from the Archiver Webpage.  You can even search the appropriate app store for ‘Barracuda Archive’ and download an iPhone or Android app to search for emails from your smart phones.

Domain Removal: If you have been at VWCC from before 2009, you still have an active @vw.vccs.edu email address that is receiving emails even though we switched to @virginiawestern.edu in 2008.  On Friday, May 15, IET will be removing the domain @vw.vccs.edu to eliminate the large amounts of SPAM emails being sent to the old domain from your mailbox.  In looking at our Barracuda Spam firewall reports, however, it appears many of you (from before 2009) may still have legitimate emails being sent to this OLD email domain.  For example, Natalie Talbott’s email name was ntalbott@vw.vccs.edu before VWCC changed its domain to @virginiawestern.edu and currently both addresses are valid.  After May 15th, however, only ntalbott@virginiawestern.edu will be valid and any mail sent to the old address, ntalbott@vw.vccs.edu will generate an “undeliverable addressee” message to the sender.

What does this mean: If you provided anyone like a state agency, your on-line banking account, mailing lists etc., with an email address before 2009 with the old domain name (@vw.vccs.edu) and did not update it after we converted to @virginiawestern.edu then after May 15 you will no longer receive these emails.  In addition, if you had created an iTunes account before 2009, that will have to be updated too.

What do I need to do:  If you have been at VWCC from before 2009, you still have an active @vw.vccs.edu email address.  You need to ensure that EVERYONE you receive email from has your current xxxxxxx@virginiawestern.edu email address.

How do you search your email to find out if you have valid emails being sent to the old domain?  Just use one of the 4 Options provided at Barracuda Archive Tools .

If you had an iTunes account with the old address, please contact the Help Desk on what you need to do to update it.

We realize this is a lot of information but it is imperative that you are aware of these changes so you are not caught off guard on May 15 when you search for an email, don’t receive your monthly statement from your bank, etc.

As always, contact the Help Desk if you have any questions or concerns.

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.

Medical Lab Tech Information Session!

Interested in learning more about the Medical Laboratory Technician program? Join Dr. Jeffrey Gillette at either of the following information sessions:

  • April 24th noon, HP345, Fralin Center
  • April 27th, 5 p.m., HP345, Fralin Center

These sessions are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend. For more information about this program click here.

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

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.

(Scultpting Blast Tuesdays 5:30pm - 6:30pm is cancelled for April 28th and May 5th)

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

(Buns, Guns, and Guts 12:30 - 1:30 is cancelled for April 29th)

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 email dkubik@virginiawestern.edu if you have feedback or requests for classes you would like to see on the Fall semester schedule


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

TED Talk Thursday

The Student Activities Office will be hosting a weekly TED Talk Series this spring in the new Student Life Center!

Join your Student Activities department and fellow students every Thursday at 1pm on the 3rd floor of the Student Life Center (S307) to sip caffeinated beverages, watch selected Ted Talks (www.ted.com) and after, stay for some enlightening (or just plain silly) conversations.

This week's talk: