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October 21, 2014

National Save for Retirement Week

VRS wants you to be aware that National Save for Retirement Week is October 19th – 25th. During this time, explore ways you can save for retirement such as increasing your voluntary contribution to the Hybrid retirement plan (mandatory plan for new full time VRS members as of 1/1/2014), or to a 457b or a 403b. VRS states, “…even a little now will help greatly in the long term.”

Webinars are being offered for employees in the Hybrid or are enrolled in the Commonwealth 457b plan. Visit www.varetire.org for more information or to voluntarily enroll in a 457b plan.

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Schuh in Human Resources at 857-7962.

Lot 15 Blocked 10/28/14

Please be aware that on October 28, 2014 the Staff and Faculty parking area of Lot 15 will be closed for the entire day.  The college will be hosting two important back to back public service events in Whitman Theater on this date.  These events will require parking for a variety of speakers and dignitaries as well as parking for a number of media/satellite vehicles. The first event beginning at 8:00 AM is a forum called "The Face of Human Trafficking" organized by  the 23 Judicial Districts Court Services Unit (although public, sign up is required http://www.streetevent.org/).  The second event beginning at 2:00 PM is a free public seminar about the Ebola Virus.  This second event is a collaborative effort between Virginia Western and the Virginia Department of Health.

Auction for Animals

On Wednesday, November 12th, from 10:00am - 2:00pm, in the Natural Science Center, you will have the opportunity to help local animals from the Roanoke Valley SPCA and the American SPCA.

The Commwealth of Virginia Campaign Committee is holding a Silent Auction and we need your items!

Are you crafty or artistic? Donate an item you have made.

Are you cleaning out your basement? Maybe you have gently used items you no longer need or want. Donate those!

Did you get a gift from someone that is "just not you"? Donate it to a worthy cause!

Do you have your own business? Donate an item from your inventory or a gift certificate.

Please contact Faith Janney (fjanney@virginiawestern.edu or 76332) or Melissa Williams (mwilliams@virginiawestern.edu or 76139) if you have questions or items you would like to donate.

Thanks so much for your help!

VWCC Bookstore Sale!


Visit us October 21st-22nd and save on select merchandise!!

Brown Library Circulation Services for Faculty

Library Circulation services are located on the top floor of the Brown Library Building. Services supporting faculty include:

  • Course Reserves: Materials that you and the division office staff provide for your students to use in the library or for short checkout periods. Materials may include, but are not limited to, textbooks, fiction and non-fiction books, audio/visual materials, course readings, and physical objects, such as rocks for Geology and skulls for Dental Hygiene. Contact Jim Gettys by phone 857-6941 or by e-mail.
  • Assignment Alert!: When you let us know about your assignments in advance of your students coming to the library, we can identify relevant print and electronic resources to support the assignment and provide thoughtful, meaningful assistance to your students. Please see the Faculty Services Infoguide for additional information.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL): Allows you and your students to obtain books, journal articles, and other materials that are not available in Brown Library. Faculty requests are honored for materials used for work-related inquiry or to support the mission of the college. The library website has ILL request forms you can submit online or feel free to contact Faith Janney by phone 857-6332 or e-mail.
  • Magazine Route: You can request to have a print magazine or journal regularly sent to your office when it comes off the current periodical racks, then send it back to the library when you finish reading it. Contact Pam Conner by phone 857-7314 or by e-mail.

The Brown Library Circulation staff looks forward to assisting you and your students!

Employee Flu Vaccine Appointments are Now Being Scheduled

Employee flu vaccine appointments are now being scheduled for a VWCC onsite clinic to be held on October 22, 2014!

COVA health plan members can receive free flu vaccine utilizing your prescription benefit in one of two ways:

  1. Pharmacist ONSITE at Virginia Western Community College by appointment:

CVS Pharmacy

Human Resources Training Room, Fishburn Hall Ground Floor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • All employees and retirees, their spouses and covered children are welcome!
  • Children age 9 and under must have a prescription to receive the vaccine from their doctor.
  • Plan members who bring a driver’s license and their COVA health insurance card will receive flu shots at no cost!
  • There is a $31.99 charge for employees without insurance.
  • Appointments will be made in five (5) minute intervals. Please arrive five (5) minutes early to allow time for forms completion.

For an appointment, contact Denise Schuh at either 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu


  1. By participating pharmacies:

Flu shots will not be covered when administered by a non-participating pharmacy, non-approved onsite Virginia Department of Health visit, or third party vendor at the pharmacy. Be sure to verify with the pharmacy before you have your flu vaccine that they offer it at no cost with your health care plan.

You can receive a free flu vaccine by your physician at a doctor’s office and it will be covered as part of your wellness benefit under your major medical; however, you may pay for the doctor’s appointment.

October 20, 2014


Please remember the retirement reception for Carlton Mabe scheduled for Monday, November 3 from 4 – 7 p.m. in Health Professions Building room HP210. Please put this date and time on your calendar and plan to attend!  If you have not already done so, please RSVP to sshelton@virginiawestern.edu by October 27.

We hope that you will also remember to take part in the special video that is being made for Carlton. Since Carlton had to leave before saying goodbye to his VWCC family, the Media Geeks  is preparing a special video to include campus sites as well as messages from VWCC peers, offices, etc. To schedule a time for a group or individual message to be recorded for this special video, email the help desk at helpdesk@virginiawestern.edu with the date and time that suits you or your group and the location. The help desk will enter a ticket and a member of the Media Geeks will be there at the date, time and location specified or they will contact you to reschedule if they cannot meet you at that time. Please participate in the video by scheduling either your individual or group recording soon.

Thanks for your help in making the reception for Carlton a special one that he will remember and laugh about for a long time!

Fall 2014 Graduation Application Deadline and On-Line Cap & Gown Order Information

Please pass the following information along to your faculty for potential fall graduates. Thank you.

The deadline for applying for fall graduation is November 14, 2014. Students should see their faculty advisor and complete their graduation application before the deadline.

If a graduate plans on attending the graduation ceremony, they need to complete the on-line cap and gown order form.  When assisting a student with their graduatation application, if they have a question about the on-line cap and gown order process, we have learned that the following steps will allow the order to be processed:

  • on the "Checkout" page, click the "Continue" button on the left side of the screen before clicking the "Submit Order" button; and
  • check the box for "Terms & Conditions" right above the "Submit Order" button,
  • then click the "Submit Order" button.

If your students have questions about the on-line order process, please direct them to the Records Office at 857-7236.

Free Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy

Friday October 24: Guardians of the Galaxy

2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Whitman Theater


From Marvel Comics. Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser. Run time: 2 hr 2 min. Rated: PG-13.

All faculty, staff, students and their guests are welcome to attend. All movies are free!

Contact Natasha Lee, Student Activities Coordinator, with questions at nlee@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6326

Free Yoga Classes!

Bend it with Yoga classes!
The Fitness Center will be offering FREE Yoga classes for all currently enrolled students, faculty & staff!

What: Free Yoga
Where: The Fitness Center
When: Mondays 1:30-2:30pm & Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm

Mats & blocks are provided. No registration required, 30 person limit per class. For more information contact the Dani van Vierssen at 540-857-6570 or dvanvierssen@virginiawestern.edu