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May 1, 2015
The Academic Link (main floor of Brown Library) and Library Services (top floor of Brown Library) are having special hours to support students through the end of this semester:
April 20 – May 2
Monday through Thursday: 8am to 8pm
Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 1 pm
May 4 – May 9 (Exam Week)
Monday through Thursday: 8am to 8pm
Friday: 8am to 2pm
Saturday: 9am to 1pm
The Writing Center and the Online Writing Center will close at 2 pm on Friday, May 1 and will resume regular hours on Monday, May 18. Papers may be submitted to the Online Writing Center through 2 pm, Friday, May 1. Papers submitted after that time will not be reviewed. The Writing Center staff has enjoyed working with your students this semester and look forward to opportunities to assist them in the summer and fall semesters.
Not sure you know but there are a few of us on campus that are active metal detector hobbyists. We are very respectful of property and love unearthing unknown treasures. We spend quite a bit of time treating the areas searched with due respect. In fact after we leave an area you would probably not know we were ever there digging. We are always looking for new and exciting search areas. If you have a location or older property (barns, vintage home and/or foundation) that you wouldn’t mind us searching around, please email us and let us know. You have our word that any items found (coins, rings, etc…) we will pass on to you. We only ask that we be permitted to clean and photograph the item. We are respectful of the location and are skilled at leaving the area as we found it. If you know of a place that might offer some cool discoveries please let us know. If you’re interested in joining us we can probably work that out as well. Call or email either Craig Harris (Ext. 7797) or Pat Rhodes (Ext. 6482).
Thanks and happy digging!!
Virginia Western Community College is in the process of establishing a Campus CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program for our agency. Trained CERT members fill a vital role in the moments immediately following an emergency on our campus before first responders arrive on scene. Training involves basic disaster preparedness, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, triage and first aid, disaster psychology and terrorism awareness. Campus CERT members also support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects at their campus, both in spreading the word about preparedness and in assisting during response operations.
The first step in organizing the VWCC Campus CERT is to see what employees are interested in joining the team. Currently, this program is not open to students of VWCC, only staff and faculty. Previous knowledge of the subject matters listed above is not required. A positive attitude and a willingness to learn and assist is all that is needed! If you are interested in learning more about the VWCC Campus CERT, please email Heidi McClintic (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Human Resources Department. An informational meeting will be scheduled for late May, but it is necessary to find out which employees are interested in the program now so training can begin to be scheduled.
The Virginia Western Educational Foundation this fall will award its first endowed chair, the Donald G. Smith Endowed Teaching Chair. This honor was conceived in 2006 to recognize and reward outstanding teaching at Virginia Western Community College. It is named for Don Smith, retired CEO of Roanoke Electric Steel Corp.
Every two years, funds provided by the Chair will be awarded to an outstanding instructor of business administration-related coursework. The honored teacher may use the funds ($5,000 annually, for each of two years) to enhance the quality of their curriculum, facilities or instruction in any way they deem necessary (within VCCS policy). At the end of the honored faculty’s term, he/she is expected to publish a report or provide a public forum in his/her field – a presentation, a workshop, bringing in an outside speaker, etc.
Current full-time or adjunct faculty teaching business administration-related coursework at Virginia Western Community College are eligible to apply.
A completed application must be received by the Educational Foundation by May 29, 2015.
The honored teacher will be notified by Aug. 15, 2015, and the award announced at faculty in-service for the 2015-16 academic year.
How to apply
Click on the Educational Foundation link on VWConnect and download the application form. For more information, contact Carole Tarrant, Coordinator of Development for the Educational Foundation, at 76281 or email@example.com.
April 30, 2015
Thank you to everyone that came to celebrate the Virginia Employee Public Service Luncheon on Wednesday, April 29th! It was a great event and well attended.
We wanted to announce the recipients of the movie tickets that were based on the recognition action (brick) completed by their peers.
Jackie Rearick & Fred Aaron
Amy Anguiano won the jelly bean counting contest. The count was 2,160 and she guessed the closest with 2,000.
Don't forget that the VWCC bricks will be proudly displayed on the college's Wall of Fame during the traditional Public Service Week, May 3-9th.
Congratulations to our winners and thank you for making a difference!
Email Archiving: IET (Information and Educational Technologies) is implementing an email archival solution on Friday, May 15! Everyone with a @virginiawestern.edu email account will be impacted so PLEASE READ this announcement.
Effective May 15, one year of email will be retained in your active Outlook or OWA mailbox and all other email is archived. ALL YOUR EMAIL WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE TO YOU, THERE WILL JUST BE A DIFFERENT PROCESS TO SEARCH FOR IT.
This change will take care of the overall mailbox size issues and will substantially speed up the search for all your emails from the Archiver search tool that is already available on your Outlook “Home” Toolbar.
Read the information at this link Barracuda Archive Tools to see how to search for emails using the new Archiver plug-in tool for Outlook or from the Archiver Webpage. You can even search the appropriate app store for ‘Barracuda Archive’ and download an iPhone or Android app to search for emails from your smart phones.
Domain Removal: If you have been at VWCC from before 2009, you still have an active @vw.vccs.eduemail address that is receiving emails even though we switched to @virginiawestern.edu in 2008. On Friday, May 15, IET will be removing the domain @vw.vccs.edu to eliminate the large amounts of SPAM emails being sent to the old domain from your mailbox. In looking at our Barracuda Spam firewall reports, however, it appears many of you (from before 2009) may still have legitimate emails being sent to this OLD email domain. For example, Natalie Talbott’s email name was firstname.lastname@example.org VWCC changed its domain to @virginiawestern.edu and currently both addresses are valid. After May 15th, however, only email@example.com will be valid and any mail sent to the old address, firstname.lastname@example.org will generate an “undeliverable addressee” message to the sender.
What does this mean: If you provided anyone like a state agency, your on-line banking account, mailing lists etc., with an email address before 2009 with the old domain name (@vw.vccs.edu) and did not update it after we converted to @virginiawestern.edu then after May 15 you will no longer receive these emails. In addition, if you had created an iTunes account before 2009, that will have to be updated too.
What do I need to do: If you have been at VWCC from before 2009, you still have an active @vw.vccs.edu email address. You need to ensure that EVERYONE you receive email from has your current email@example.com email address.
How do you search your email to find out if you have valid emails being sent to the old domain? Just use one of the 4 Options provided at Barracuda Archive Tools .
If you had an iTunes account with the old address, please contact the Help Desk on what you need to do to update it.
We realize this is a lot of information but it is imperative that you are aware of these changes so you are not caught off guard on May 15 when you search for an email, don’t receive your monthly statement from your bank, etc.
As always, contact the Help Desk if you have any questions or concerns.
On May 14, 2015 at 4 p.m. the 2015 Law Enforcement Memorial Service will be held at St. John Lutheran Church located at 4608 Brambleton Avenue. This year Virginia Western’s Campus Police Department has the honor of hosting this most solemn event. The service takes place each year during the National Law Enforcement Week to honor the Roanoke Valley Law Enforcement Officers who have been killed in the line of duty. There are probably more of them than you may think who have died. We humbly offer you this invitation to attend, the event is open to the community. The service lasts about 45 minutes and will be followed by great refreshments donated by Mission BBQ. Please come out and support the valley’s law enforcement on this most important day, we would love to see you there.
Craig S. Harris
Mark your calendar for May 8, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. SHRED-IT will be on campus to dispose of all paper documents, floppy disks and also CD's (not in plastic cases) for the employees of VWCC.
The SHRED-IT Truck will be located in the parking lot of Fishburn Hall, Lot #5. It will be accepting your documents from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will need to bring them to the truck. It will be stationed in the parking lot.
This is a service that SHRED-IT provides to VWCC free of charge.