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May 22, 2015

Summer Tutoring Availability

One-on-one tutoring will be available for TRIO/Pathways students this summer. TRIO/Pathways students who are interested in tutoring should come to the Resource Desk in the Link Learning Commons (main floor Brown Library) and complete a Tutor Request form. Tutoring will be available for all students  on a walk-in basis in the Math Center, Science Center, Writing Center, Accounting Lab, and M302 (for IT students). For location and hours of availability, please contact the Academic Link at 540-857-6442 or email tutoring@virginiawestern.edu.

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.

Last Day for 2015 Health Care and Flexible Spending Account(s) Open Enrollment!

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

Reminders:

  • 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.

May 21, 2015

LOA offers “Fan Care” program

LOA is once again offering fans or air conditioners to seniors to help combat heat stress brought on by high temperatures. As the thermometer starts to climb, the risk of heat stress increases. Hot weather can strain older persons’ bodies, especially the heart. Some prescription drugs may also reduce their ability to handle the hot weather.

The danger signs of heat stress include dizziness, rapid heartbeat, nausea, throbbing headache, lack of perspiration, chest pains, weakness, breathing problems, cramps and confusion. Older persons should seek medical advice if these symptoms occur. Proper precautions can make the heat more bearable:

  • Seek cool surroundings (Visit libraries, malls, etc.)
  • Drink extra fluids,
  • Wear light, loose fitting clothing,
  • Reduce physical activity,
  • Avoid hot foods and heavy metals,
  • Avoid alcohol, and
  • Take cooling baths and showers.

Seniors interested in receiving fans from the “Fan Care” program can call the LOA central office for more information at 540-345-0451. LOA starts accepting applications for the program on May 15. To be eligible for Fan Care persons must meet the following criteria:

  • Live in Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Botetourt County, Salem, or Craig County,
  • Be 60 years of age or older,
  • Have a need for cooling assistance,
  • Meet monthly income guidelines

The Cooling Assistance Program, which provides air conditioners to elderly with medical conditions requiring cooling assistance, will begin accepting applications also on May 15. Persons must meet the requirements for Fan Care.

Donations toward the purchase of fans and air conditioners are being accepted at LOA’s central office, 706 Campbell Ave., Roanoke, VA 24038-4205. The LOA also accepts donations of NEW fans and air conditioners for distribution. For more information or to make a donation visit us on the web at: http://www.loaa.org/fan-care/

The annual “Fan Care” program is sponsored locally by Virginia Power, American Electric Power and LOA Area Agency on Aging.

Actors Wanted!

A short film called 'Forgiveness" is being produced in Roanoke between June 5th and June 8th and the film's producers are looking for some local folks to fill some of the roles. This film is inspired by a visit Andrea Shreeman, Tom Spitnale (co-Writer), and Dave Perry (Cinematographer) took to the Rescue Mission back in November 2014. At that time they were told of a Twin Brain Study that revealed vital information about addictive behaviors. The storyline of the film introduces identical twins Suzanne and Sienna in their early 30's, after years of turmoil brought on by the challenges of addiction. Suzanne has agreed to participate in a Twin Study to help her sister stay clean. But will it stick?

If you have an interest in participating, below is a list of the roles they are seeking to fill:

Movie Storyline: "Forgiveness" Storyline: Suzanne, a young mother, reunites with her previously addicted twin Sienna as part of brain research study.

Movie Characters:

  • CASE MANAGER – (early to mid 20s) Male. Any ethnicity. Baby-faced researcher/grad student with an awkward sense of humor which comes to light as he attempts to ease Suzanne’s discomfort.
  • LAB TECHNITIAN – (late 20s – early 50s) Non Caucasian preferred. Suzanne’s only human interaction while going through the addiction study. Calm but somewhat mechanical voice.
  • JANITOR – (age 55+) African American preferred. Confident and steady figure with the air of someone who has been doing his job for years. Non-speaking.
  • CHILD FEMALE TWINS – (girls 5 - 11) Female. With female parent preferred. Part of the same study as Susanne and Sienna. Non-speaking.
  • ADULT MALE TWINS - (late 20s-early40s) Male. Able to convey a close affinity and understanding through nonverbal organic cues. Part of the same study as Susanne and Sienna.
  • EXTRAS – (any age) Hospital background and researchers. Non-speaking.

For additional information on the film, visit their website by clicking on the following link: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=65db41d396faceb89918386ef&id=f348e63387&e=455cb31d52

If interested, contact Andrea Shreeman by calling 310-877- 5042 or by email to andrea@shree.tv and help make movie magic happen in the Star City!

Bob Bob Clement, Neighborhood Services Coordinator Office of Neighborhood Services Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building 215 Church Avenue SW, Room 312 North Roanoke, VA  24011 P: (540) 853-5210   (F): (540) 853-6597

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Summer Tutoring Availability

One-on-one tutoring will be available for TRIO/Pathways students this summer. TRIO/Pathways students who are interested in tutoring should come to the Resource Desk in the Link Learning Commons (main floor Brown Library) and complete a Tutor Request form. Tutoring will be available for all students  on a walk-in basis in the Math Center, Science Center, Writing Center, Accounting Lab, and M302 (for IT students). For location and hours of availability, please contact the Academic Link at 540-857-6442 or email tutoring@virginiawestern.edu.

May 20, 2015

VWCC EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Human Resources is currently accepting applications to fill the following vacant positions:

  • Nursing Faculty (RN/LPN)
    • Deadline:  06/01/2015 by 11:59pm (EST)

Open to VWCC Employees Only:

  • Administrative and Office Specialist III
    • Deadline:  05/29/2015 by 11:59pm (EST)

For more details about our application process and/or to complete the online application, please visit our website:  www.virginiawestern.edu/hr and select "CAREER OPENINGS".  Feel free to contact HR, 857-7282, with any questions.

Contact: Human Resources

MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY CLOSING

Virginia Western Community College will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. We will reopen for normal operations on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

Memorial Day calls for each of us to remember our country’s history and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms.

Our next holiday closing will be on Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of Independence Day. You may find the remainder of the 2015 college holiday schedule on the Human Resources page on VWConnect.

Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day holiday weekend!

Dr. Robert Sandel

Testing Center Summer Semester Hours

For the Summer Semester the Testing Center hours will be as follows:

  • Monday & Tuesday 8am-8pm
  • Wednesday & Thursday 8am-6pm
  • Friday 8am-5pm
  • Saturday 9am -1pm

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

Please let your students know!

Memorial Day Blood Drive – Thursday

Virginia Western Community College

Honor our Veterans Blood Drive

Thursday, May 21

10:30am – 2:30pm

Student Life Center – 3rd Floor 

 

Information and sign-up online at www.vablood.org

Thank you gift for all presenting donors!

Walk-ins ALWAYS welcome!

 When you present to donate at VWCC, you will receive a customized card to notify a veteran of your gift of life. After Memorial Day, VBS will deliver the cards to patients at the VA hospitals we serve.