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May 22, 2015

Technology Research Study

The following research project has been approved by the Virginia Western IRB (Institutional Review Board).

Greetings!
My name is Mike Murphy and I am a student at Virginia Tech in the PhD program of Instructional Design and Technology as well as the CIO / Director of Technology Services at Blue Ridge Community College. As part of the requirements of my degree, I am studying the conditions that facilitate the implementation of technology in the community college setting for my dissertation.
I am emailing you to request your participation in this study. If you are a faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) at a VCCS community college, I ask that you please participate in this study by completing the following survey:
https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eysJ9EaHXGGDb2R

This survey will ask questions regarding the technologies you use within your instruction and for some reasons you made these choices. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, no personally identifiable information will be collected, and all answers remain anonymous.
Thank you for your consideration in participating in this study.
Sincerely,
Mike Murphy
PhD Student – Instructional Design and Technology
Virginia Tech

LINK LAB – M302 UPDATED OPEN TUTORING HOURS FOR IT STUDENTS

Beginning next week, the open tutoring hours available in the Link Lab - M302 will be as follows:

  • Monday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Note: New Monday hours will begin June 1st, as campus is closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25th.)
  • Tuesday 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

As a reminder, the hours of operation for the Link Lab - M302 are:

  • Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

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 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.