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May 29, 2015

SAVE the DATE: 2015 Summer Instructional Technology Mini-Conference Friday, July 24

Following our very successful inaugural Mini-Conference last summer 2014, we have confirmed the date for the 2015 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference here at Virginia Western: Friday, July 24.  This is a no-cost, one-day conference and professional development opportunity for all Virginia Western faculty and staff.

Based on the overwhelmingly positive responses from last year’s post-conference survey, we decided to invite Dr. Peter Doolittle to be our keynote speaker again this year to share his expertise in higher education pedagogy, instructional design and curriculum development that promote effective teaching and learning. A series of breakout sessions will follow the keynote. Topics will include

  • Instructional design for deep learning;
  • Open Educational Resources (OERs) (with a focus on adopting existing OER resources/courses; what VCCS is planning; supporting efforts here on our campus);
  • Future changes to the Blackboard platform, new upgrades to Blackboard Collaborate;
  • Faculty showcases on best practices of online/hybrid course design and development; and
  • Effective teaching and learning practices for adult learners.

And YES, a full lunch and snacks will be included. A complete conference agenda and registration instructions will be distributed in the coming weeks.

Fitness Center Summer Hours!

The Fitness Center will be opening with the following Summer hours starting on May 18th!

Fitness Center Summer Hours of Operations
Monday - Wednesday - 10:00am-6:00pm

Thursday - 8:00am - 3:00pm

Fridays: Closed

*The Fitness Center is closed for operation when the college is closed. Student/Staff ID requried to use the Fitness Center*

TIAA-CREF Financial Advisor to Visit VWCC for Individual Counseling

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling

HR Testing Room, Ground Floor – Fishburn Hall

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You can discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA-CREF financial consultant on a confidential basis. The consultant is available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals by investing in financial products such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

A detailed evaluation tells you everything you need to know and do. TIAA-CREF’s individual counseling session will help you answer these questions:

  • Are my investments properly allocated?
  • Am I on track to meet my retirement goals?
  • Am I saving enough?
  • How and from where do I draw retirement income?

Employees participating in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) and/or a 403b with TIAA-CREF are encouraged to schedule a counseling session. Those employees not yet participating in a 403b and are interested are also invited.

Space is limited, so please rsvp as soon as you can. Register at:

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Schuh at dschuh@virginiawestern.edu or 857-7962.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Training sponsored by Alleghany Highlands Community Services. Training provided by Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • June 1st and 2nd
  • Duncan Hall, rooms D101 and D102

Participants must be present all day both days. Lunch will be on your own.

There is no cost to attend however you must register in order to attend. Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PWGNGYR.

*1.5 Continuing Education Units available for a $30 fee from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Contact: Andrea Dilly, adilley@ahcsb.org or Kristi Holt at kholt@ahcsb.org.

May 28, 2015

New Provider for VSDP Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Plans

Effective May 1, 2015, the Virginia Retirement System has a new third-party administrator for the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP) short and long-term disability plans. The new provider is the Reed Group. Benefit provisions remain the same and no action is required by you.

Claims contact information:

Reed Group

1-877-928-7021

If you have any questions about your short or long-term disability benefits, please contact Denise Schuh at 540-857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu.

No Show Rosters: First 5 Week & 10 Week Classes

This summer, Virginia Western is expanding the pilot of the Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal System (IIWS) which allows faculty to submit no-show and withdrawal rosters online.

During this summer's expanded pilot, instructors must submit rosters online for processing, but paper rosters must also be submitted to the Records Office to verify accuracy. Please submit the same information online and on the paper roster.

First 5 Week Classes
No-Show Roster Link Emailed to Instructors: May 27, 2015
No-Show Roster Due through IIWS: May 30, 2015
Paper No-Show Rosters Due to Records Office: June 1, 2015

10 Week Classes
No-Show Roster Link Emailed to Instructors: May 29, 2015
No-Show Roster Due Through IIWS: June 2, 2015
Paper No-Show Rosters Due to Records Office: June 3, 2015

Please remember no-show and withdrawal roster reporting is required to comply with federal regulations.

Instructors who have not completed verification will not receive no-show roster emails.

Contact: Cathy Swain (cswain@virginiawestern.edu), Melanie Crouch (mcrouch@virginiawestern.edu) or Brooke Ferguson (bferguson@virginiawestern.edu).

May 27, 2015

NEW VCCS AUTHOR LIBRARY

Following a move to the Arboretum Campus, the VCCS has set aside space for a VCCS Author Library and would like your help in filling it. If you have authored books or other materials and would be willing to donate a copy, the VCCS would love to include your work. For any donations, please sign and date the book/materials, and if you'd like to include a short note about your donation to the VCCS, that is appreciated as well.

Donations can be sent to:

Christopher D. Lee
Human Resources Department
Virginia Community College System
300 Arboretum Place, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23236

Contact Jennifer Pittman in Human Resources with any questions.

May 26, 2015

TIAA-CREF Financial Advisor to Visit VWCC for Individual Counseling

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling

HR Testing Room, Ground Floor – Fishburn Hall

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You can discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA-CREF financial consultant on a confidential basis. The consultant is available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals by investing in financial products such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

A detailed evaluation tells you everything you need to know and do. TIAA-CREF’s individual counseling session will help you answer these questions:

  • Are my investments properly allocated?
  • Am I on track to meet my retirement goals?
  • Am I saving enough?
  • How and from where do I draw retirement income?

Employees participating in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) and/or a 403b with TIAA-CREF are encouraged to schedule a counseling session. Those employees not yet participating in a 403b and are interested are also invited.

Space is limited, so please rsvp as soon as you can. Register at:

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Schuh at dschuh@virginiawestern.edu or 857-7962.

No-Show Rosters: First 5 Week and 10 Week courses

This summer, Virginia Western is expanding the pilot of the Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal System (IIWS) which allows faculty to submit no-show and withdrawal rosters online.

During this summer's expanded pilot, instructors must submit rosters online for processing, but paper rosters must also be submitted to the Records Office to verify accuracy. Please submit the same information online and on the paper roster.

First 5 Week Classes
No-Show Roster Link Emailed to Instructors: May 27, 2015
No-Show Roster Due through IIWS: May 30, 2015
Paper No-Show Rosters Due to Records Office: June 1, 2015

10 Week Classes
No-Show Roster Link Emailed to Instructors: May 29, 2015
No-Show Roster Due Through IIWS: June 2, 2015
Paper No-Show Rosters Due to Records Office: June 3, 2015

Please remember no-show and withdrawal roster reporting is required to comply with federal regulations.

Instructors who have not completed verification will not receive no-show roster emails.

Contact: Cathy Swain (cswain@virginiawestern.edu), Melanie Crouch (mcrouch@virginiawestern.edu) or Brooke Ferguson (bferguson@virginiawestern.edu).

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Training sponsored by Alleghany Highlands Community Services. Training provided by Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • June 1st and 2nd
  • Duncan Hall, rooms D101 and D102

Participants must be present all day both days. Lunch will be on your own.

There is no cost to attend however you must register in order to attend. Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PWGNGYR.

*1.5 Continuing Education Units available for a $30 fee from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Contact: Andrea Dilly, adilley@ahcsb.org or Kristi Holt at kholt@ahcsb.org.