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October 29, 2014

New CommonHealth Challenge Announced – Take Part and Keep Moving!

Now that you have increased your steps by walking or counting steps during the month of October, keep moving in November! Join the stair-climbing challenge sponsored by the VWCC CommonHealth Committee. Find out details at a kick-off meeting on Monday, November 3 at 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday, November 4 at 3 p.m.; both meetings will be held in the HR Training Room (Room 02) in Fishburn Hall. Be sure to keep track of the number of stairs that you climb over the weekend – Saturday, 11/1 and Sunday, 11/2 - as you should add those stairs to your challenge sheet when received.

Stair climbing builds muscles, strengthens bones and leads to greater cardiovascular health. Your body also releases natural pain relievers (endorphins) during a stair climb. You can do this activity outdoors while enjoying the colorful autumn trees, cooler temperatures OR indoors enjoying the warmth and cover of an enclosed stairway. Alternatives to stair-climbing are also available to those with knee or hip constraints. Climb onboard as we continue moving during the month of November to improve overall wellness. Join the challenge and receive a pedometer as your incentive (compliments of CommonHealth).

If you cannot attend one of the kick-off meetings and are interested in participating in the challenge, please email sshelton@virginiawestern.edu to receive challenge sheets and other helpful information.

The Stair-Climbing Challenge kick-off on Monday, 11/3 at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday, 11/4 at 3 p.m. is a CommonHealth Event. Since the kick-off is an official CommonHealth event, Virginia Western employees who are scheduled to work during the event are authorized to take up to one hour of paid time per month in order to participate provided their supervisor permits the employee to attend. Further activity for this challenge is not intended to be done during the employee’s normal work hours unless the employee is on an approved break or on their lunch break.

Red Cross Blood Drive – In Honor of VWCC Employees

There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive in honor of VWCC Employees who are fighting cancer or are cancer survivors on December 3 from noon to 4 p.m. Twenty-five percent of all blood collected by the Red Cross goes to cancer patients.

We are looking for employees who would be willing to be featured on posters we will be creating to advertise this event which will be open to all faculty, staff and students.

Mark this date and time on your calendar and plan to participate in this blood drive in honor of your VWCC family!  Please contact Natalie Talbott at ntalbott@virginiawestern.edu or 7-6124 if you would like to be honored on December 3.





Free meditation Classes

Significant research shows that mindful meditation is an excellent treatment for the stresses and anxieties of today’s daily life. Stop, breathe, observe, and connect with your inner experience. Join us for Meditation throughout November on Mondays at 12:00-1:00PM in the Fitness Center.

Mr. Armstrong, the class instructor, has had over 40 years of experience in meditation. His practice originated in Asia and he now leads a meditation practice in Roanoke called the Bridge of Compassion Sangha. Mr. Armstrong also teaches Taiji, a mindful movement practice, at VWCC and includes it in his meditation practice.

Meditation classes will consist primarily of sitting meditation (silent or guided), walking meditation, and some short readings on the practices.

Free Yoga Classes!

Bend it with Yoga classes!
The Fitness Center will be offering FREE Yoga classes for all currently enrolled students, faculty & staff!

What: Free Yoga
Where: The Fitness Center
When: Mondays 1:30-2:30pm & Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm

Mats & blocks are provided. No registration required, 30 person limit per class. For more information contact the Dani van Vierssen at 540-857-6570 or dvanvierssen@virginiawestern.edu

October 28, 2014

Only Three Sessions left for Blackboard Assessment, Panopto, Collaborate

We have three sessions offered for the next three weeks. Each session will be offered twice a week to hopefully give adjunct for both this semester and next the opportunity to take advantage of the training. The training sessions are listed on the link: http://bit.ly/1yOrdag with descriptions of the sessions, days, and times for the sessions. Please note that if we do not have five registrants for a session, it will be cancelled. You must register for the sessions on the link provided. So far we only have two registered for the Assessment session.

We just learned that the trainings may be used on your faculty assessment forms.

The eLearning and Instructional Design Department

Cherokee Storyteller on Friday, October 31st

Larry Jent, of Cherokee and Sac Fox heritage, is a scholar of Native American and Appalachian culture. He is a storyteller known for his insight and humor. He will be discussing telling stories and the intersection of  Native American and Appalachian culture on Friday, October 31st from 2-3 p.m. in Whitman Theater. Everyone is invited to attend!

Walking for Fitness and Health – October’s CommonHealth Walking Challenge

October is coming to a close, but the walking challenge doesn't have to end here. The CommonHealth Committee hopes that you will continue to walk and reach for new walking goals.   You may want to try walking some of Roanoke's walking trails.

Roanoke's parks and recreation department (roanokeva.gov) maintains a network of walking trails. There are both paved and unpaved trails, some with wheelchair access. Several of the trails are considered greenways, linking city attractions and amenities.

  • Carvin's Cove Natural Reserve has 46 miles of unpaved trails, including a section of the Appalachian Trail.
  • The Lick Run Greenway takes hikers past the city's Brown-Robertson and Booker T. Washington parks all the way to downtown.
  • The Murray Run Greeway in southwestern Roanoke connects the city's Patrick Henry High School with nearby neighborhoods and the Virginia Western Community College. The greenway is a 2.5-mile unpaved path.
  • The Roanoke River Greenway is an ADA-compliant trail with over five miles of paved access. The trail connects the city's Smith and Wasena parks. Bikers can also use this trail.

For more greenways and an interactive map visit http://www.greenways.org/

Walk On!

Family Photo in the Arboretum Contest Ends This Saturday November 1st!

Family Photo in the Arboretum Contest is currently open and we have some great prizes for the winners!

We are looking for shots of your family in the Arboretum! Cell phone usies, Polaroid shots scanned in, or high end cameras- we want your Family Photos! Contest runs from October 20th - November 1st.

There are categories for amateurs and professionals. Look for the posted links for each submission category. Look for the Official Contest rules and guidelines on our Facebook page 

Like our page, Upload your photos, share with friends and you could win.
There will be at least 2 winners in each category (at least 18 winners)!
If you have any questions please check out our Facebook page or email Chantal Mullen  -  CFurr@virginiawestern.edu

Auction for Animals! Save the Date!

Wednesday, November 12th, from 10:00am-2:00pm, in the Natural Science Center, you will have the opportunity to help local animals from the Roanoke Valley SPCA and the American SPCA. The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign Committee is holding a Silent Auction and we need your items! Crafts, household goods, new or gently used gifts, anything is a great idea for the Auction! If you have items you would like to donate please contact Faith Janney (fjanney@virginiawestern.edu or 76332) or Melissa Williams (mwilliams@virginiawestern.edu or 76139). We need your donations by November 7th. Some of the items we already have are - set of 3 Lenox vases, candy jar from Honeydukes Sweet Shop at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a Home Interiors print of a carousel, a collage of real Delaware wildflowers in a handmade frame, handmade bench, VT desk lamp, and a P. Buckley Moss print. We will also be collecting pet supplies for the local SPCA that day. If you bring in an item your name will be put into a drawing for a gift card from a local restaurant. Below are the items most needed by the shelter: Purina Cat Chow dry food, Purina Kitten Chow Nurturing Formula, Purina canned cat food, Purina Puppy Chow, Pedigree canned dog food, Tidy Cat non-clumping cat litter, paper towels, Tide Free and Gentle He laundry detergent, liquid bleach, Frontline Plus flea and tick control for cats or dogs. Thanks so much for your support!

BREAKING NEWS: Bones Found in Brown Library!

Three skulls and one skeleton have been found at the Circulation Desk on the top floor of Brown Library. This is NOT a Halloween prank. Rumor has it that some Dental Hygiene and Nursing students have been using these bones for individual and group study in the library. If your students are interested in checking out these bones, send them to the Circulation Desk. To check these reserve items out, students must present a current VWCC ID. Students can then take the bones to a second-floor study table or study room for two hours.

So come to the top floor of the library . . . . . . if you dare . . . . . . . “AHHHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!”