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September 23, 2014

Keeping Kids Healthy at the Computer

Kids need to learn healthy habits for working at a computer. These habits will protect them from injury through their working life. Parents play a crucial role in helping kids acquire healthy habits for computer use. Parents can follow the

MVP approach:

Manage computer time - time can fly by when you're working or playing at a computer. Parents may want to monitor how long the computer is used and try to limit continuous use to blocks of no more than 30 minutes and encourage children to do something different for a few minutes. Taking frequent, short breaks allow the muscles to recuperate and this prevents fatigue-related injuries. It is a good idea to do some simple stretching exercises to reduce fatigue during these breaks.

Vary the activities to use different muscle groups - encourage children to use computers in different ways so that effort is shared by different muscle groups. You may want to teach keyboard shortcuts that can be used instead of constantly using a mouse, or explain how to use voice-activated software so that they can alternate typing and speaking while at the computer. Teach children to change their body positions periodically- every 30 minutes your child should briefly stand up, walk around and rest the muscles used in typing and mouse work. Encourage children to look at objects at different distances, for example, looking out of a window for a few minutes to allow the eye muscles to rest.

Posture during computer use is especially important - help your children to sit and work in a relaxed, neutral posture.

Source: Cornell University Ergonomics Program http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/default.htm

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Issue with Printer Friendly Grade Roster

Please be aware that after the SIS upgrade on September 13th & 14th, it was discovered that the Faculty Center Printer Friendly Grade Roster was missing the student name.  ITS in Richmond has customized a resolution and it will be moved to production this Friday, September 26th.

Subway Open for Night Classes!

Teaching a night class?

Finding your students dazed and glazed over with hunger halfway through?

The Subway in the new student life center is here to help. Subway is open for night classes until 9pm daily and serving normal menu items. So nudge your students or come on out yourself, fuel your brain, and conquer those classes refreshed!

DMV 2 Go

Can't get to the DMV? The DMV is coming here!

The DMV mobile unit will be in parking lot 1 in front of the Natural Science Center on Thursday, October 16th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The wireless office on wheels offers all DMV services:

  • Apply for or renew your ID card - children and adults.
  • Apply for or renew your driver's license - take road and knowledge tests; get your picture taken, reinstate driving privileges.
  • Get a copy of your driving record.
  • Obtain vehicle titles, license plates, decals, transcripts.
  • Order disabled parking placards or plates.
  • Recently moved? Stop in to upgrade your address on your DMV record. At the same time you can update your voter registration address and organ donor status.
  • And much more!

Students or Advisees unsure of what to do at the Transfer Fair?

Do you have students or advisees that need help planning their transfer to a 4 year college or university? Tell them about the upcoming Transfer Advising Q & A sessions! These sessions are designed to help our students prepare for Transfer Fair Week (October 6-9th) and will include basic information on transferring as well as tips on what questions to ask an admissions rep and how to plan ahead for transferring.

Sessions Held in Business Science 320 on the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 25, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 1, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

o   Follow up session to discuss any additional questions post-Transfer Fair or to assist students unable to attend the Fair

Questions? Contact:

Business, Technology & Trades: Lacey Carey - lcarey@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6210

Liberal Arts & Social Science: Mandy Garcia - mgarcia@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6710

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Yvonne Campbell - ycampbell@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6099


JDRF Bake Sale – 9/25

The Virginia Western JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team will be hosting a BAKE SALE on Thursday, September 25th, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 3rd floor Student Life Center.

You can help by donating items for sale, working the table and purchasing items.

Donations should be dropped off in Student Activities by Wednesday night. Contact Monica at mcg29263@email.vccs.edu to let her know what items you'll be donating and/or when you can work the table.

Give directly to our JDRF team: http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?team_id=159222&pg=team&fr_id=3930

Thank you for your help!

September 22, 2014

The 14th Annual Fall Waterways Cleanup

The Clean Valley Council needs your help to clean up the Valley! Use this link to register -

Register Online Here

When: Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Where: Throughout the Roanoke Valley and Botetourt County

Time: Cleanup - 8:30am to 11:30am

Picnic Celebration 11:30 - 1:30pm

On Saturday, October 4, 2014, volunteer teams from all over the Roanoke Valley will join forces to remove trash from our streams, creeks and rivers and their vicinities. Clean your favorite spot along a stream, tributary or river (or get to know a new one). In 2010, nearly 780 volunteers collected 31 tons of trash and 355 tires! Volunteers found hoards of bottles, cans, cigarette butts and plastic as well as many other items such as an animal skull, bikes, a desoto hubcap, bait cans, diapers, a full furniture suite, toys, tires and more.

An after cleanup celebration will be held at Wasena Park. Our sponsors will be supplying food, drink, and great music!

Please join in by registering your team today. This is a "surf and turf" event so you may choose to work in your neighborhood, park or special site if you can't work near a stream or river. We don’t want small fries on the rivers but they can help in a park or by a small stream. Supplies are provided. Register online or download a registration form and mail or fax in to the CVC.

Thanks in advance for being part of the team that keeps our Valley, streams and rivers clean! We couldn't do it without our fantastic, dedicated volunteers.

Employee Giving Campaign – Last Week!

Congratulations to the winners of last week’s Employee Giving drawing: Brent Via ($50 Kroger gift card), Becky Queen (Subway gift card) and Nicole Bell (Subway gift card).

This week is your last chance to contribute to the 2014 Employee Giving Campaign, which wraps up this Friday, Sept. 26. Gifts for our final drawing include a $25 Amazon gift card.

Also keep in mind the challenge pledge issued last week. Three anonymous faculty donors have said they will match any Employee Giving Campaign funds that are donated to the Baja Club (up to $3,000 total).

Your options to donate:

Remember, if you donate any amount, you’ll get a thank-you gift – a smart phone “wallet” that attaches to the back of your cell as a handy place to store an ID or credit card. The wallet comes with a Virginia Western logo.

Why should you give? How does payroll deduction work? These questions and more are answered on our FAQ page: http://virginiawestern.edu/foundation/giving/empgiving.php

Questions? Contact Carole Tarrant, the foundation’s coordinator of development, at ctarrant@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6281.


Military Student Center

The Military Student Center is now open in A122. There will be an official grand opening soon, but feel free to stop by and check out the new "one-stop shop" for military-related students.

Safety / Workers’ Compensation Tip of the Week….

September is National Preparedness Month. The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is “Be Disaster Aware….Take Action to Prepare!”  During the month of September, you will receive information via the Daily Bulletin to help you increase your emergency preparedness awareness.

A great way to stay on top of local emergencies is to sign up for wireless emergency alerts.  Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency.  This short video will show you the importance of registering for emergency alerts:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDpcGypv2_U&feature=youtu.be

Virginia Western uses VWAlert to immediately contact you during a major crisis or emergency.  VWAlert delivers important emergency alerts, notification to you on all your devices, including email, cell phone, pager and smartphone.

If you are not currently registered, you may sign up by:

  • Sending a text message to 411911, keyword VWCC
  • Or Clicking Here to register online.


Please contact Heidi McClintic (hmcclintic@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6331) in the Human Resources Department for additional information concerning Workers' Compensation and/or safety in the workplace.   Remember….Safety First!