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September 15, 2014

Free “Roanoke Valley Reads Book” for VWCC Students

In celebration of Roanoke Valley Reads 2014, Brown Library and Student Activities are partnering to provide 30 free copies of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet for current VWCC students. Book giveaway times are at 11:00am and 5:00pm on Thursday, September 18. The first 15 students who bring their student ID or class schedule to the top floor of Brown Library at or after the designated times and ask for the book will receive a free copy.

Faculty and staff --- We didn’t forget about you! Two copies of the book are on reserve now at the Circulation Desk and available for you to check out.

Roanoke Valley Reads is a community-wide reading experience that brings people together, promotes tolerance and understanding of differing points of view, and emphasizes the importance of literacy.

September 12, 2014

Free “Roanoke Valley Reads Book” for VWCC Students

In celebration of Roanoke Valley Reads 2014, Brown Library and Student Activities are partnering to provide 30 free copies of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet for current VWCC students. Book giveaway times are at 11:00am and 5:00pm on Thursday, September 18. The first 15 students who bring their student ID or class schedule to the top floor of Brown Library at or after the designated times and ask for the book will receive a free copy.

Faculty and staff --- We didn’t forget about you! Two copies of the book are on reserve now at the Circulation Desk and available for you to check out.

Roanoke Valley Reads is a community-wide reading experience that brings people together, promotes tolerance and understanding of differing points of view, and emphasizes the importance of literacy.

Planned Outage: SIS/HR, Mobile SIS, Online Admission Application, and SIS Archive

Information Technologies Services (ITS) in Richmond has scheduled an outage of SIS/HR, Mobile SIS, Online Admission Application, and SIS archive from 8 p.m. Saturday, September 13 until 11 a.m. Sunday, September 14. Additionally, ImageNow, VA Education Wizard, and all SIS/HR interfaces will be unavailable during this time period. Necessary maintenance will be performed on these systems during this time.

Please refrain from running batch processes during the outage.

September 10, 2014

STAFF SENATE MEETING – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH – REVIEW/REVISION OF BY-LAWS

NEXT STAFF SENATE MEETING – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH – REVIEW/REVISION OF BY-LAWS

The next Staff Senate Meeting will be Thursday, September 18th from 10:00am – 11:00am in the Natural Science Center, N101.

At this meeting, we will review, and if necessary, provide motions to revise the committee’s by-laws.

Future Staff Senate Meeting information is as follows:

  • Thursday, October 16th 10:00am – 11:00am in F002
  • Thursday, January 22nd 10:00am – 11:00am in F002
  • Thursday, March 26th 10:00am – 11:00am in N101
  • Thursday, May 21st 10:00am – 11:00am in N101

(Note: Staff Senate Meeting information can also be found on the website in the Faculty and Staff Full Calendar)

Prior meeting minutes may be found on VWConnect through this link: https://vwconnect.vw.edu/sites/governance/Shared%20Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx?RootFolder=%2Fsites%2Fgovernance%2FShared%20Documents%2FStaff%20Senate

At least one person from each office/department is asked to attend, but ALL full and part-time classified staff are eligible and encouraged to be a part of Staff Senate. Staff Senate is supported by the college’s administration.

Agenda items may be submitted no later than Wednesday, September 17th to Pam Cox (pcox@virginiawestern.edu), Marla Whiteside (mwhiteside@virginiawestern.edu), or Valerie McKnight (vmcknight@virginiawestern.edu.)

September 9, 2014

STAFF SENATE MEETING – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH – REVIEW/REVISION OF BY-LAWS

NEXT STAFF SENATE MEETING – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH – REVIEW/REVISION OF BY-LAWS

The next Staff Senate Meeting will be Thursday, September 18th from 10:00am – 11:00am in the Natural Science Center, N101.

At this meeting, we will review, and if necessary, provide motions to revise the committee’s by-laws.

Future Staff Senate Meeting information is as follows:

  • Thursday, October 16th 10:00am – 11:00am in F002
  • Thursday, January 22nd 10:00am – 11:00am in F002
  • Thursday, March 26th 10:00am – 11:00am in N101
  • Thursday, May 21st 10:00am – 11:00am in N101

(Note: Staff Senate Meeting information can also be found on the website in the Faculty and Staff Full Calendar)

Prior meeting minutes may be found on VWConnect through this link: https://vwconnect.vw.edu/sites/governance/Shared%20Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx?RootFolder=%2Fsites%2Fgovernance%2FShared%20Documents%2FStaff%20Senate

At least one person from each office/department is asked to attend, but ALL full and part-time classified staff are eligible and encouraged to be a part of Staff Senate. Staff Senate is supported by the college’s administration.

Agenda items may be submitted no later than Wednesday, September 17th to Pam Cox (pcox@virginiawestern.edu), Marla Whiteside (mwhiteside@virginiawestern.edu), or Valerie McKnight (vmcknight@virginiawestern.edu.)

August 28, 2014

2014 VaBug Conference Announced! Call for Proposal Open!!

TIME TO REGISTER!

The Virginia Blackboard Users Group (VaBUG) announces its fifth annual conference, to be held at the Holiday Inn at Valley View in Roanoke, VA on Friday, October 24, 2014!

The conference will once again have free registration.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS!

The VaBUG Conference Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2014 Annual Conference.
The VaBUG conference is a great opportunity for Blackboard users to discover, discuss, learn, and share best practices. In order to afford its members the best possible personal and professional development opportunities, they are asking instructors, administrators, staff members, and any other interested members to submit proposals for concurrent sessions for this year’s conference. What exciting ways have you been utilizing Blackboard in the past year?
The concurrent sessions will be scheduled for 50 minutes (this includes time for questions and answers). Sessions will be organized along the following tracks:

  • Blackboard administration
  • Instructional design
  • Faculty best practices
  • K-12 best practices

Please consider participating as a presenter, and pass this message along to someone you feel may be interested in participating.

For more information, please visit their site at http://vabug.org

August 27, 2014

WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS

Project Managment Professional Exam Prep Certification (BUSC 2507 - 64484 AC1) Thursdays (6:00pm-9:30pm) 9/11/14 - 12/11/14
http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/programs/pmp.php (visit http://www.pmi.org/CareerDevelopment/Pages/Obtaining-Credential.aspx for more information). Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

 

August 18, 2014

Late Opening Today for Top Floor of Library

Library Services (top floor of Brown) will open at 11am on Monday, August 18th, in order to accommodate an In-Service staff meeting for the department.

August 15, 2014

Late Opening Monday for Top Floor of Library

Library Services (top floor of Brown) will open at 11am on Monday, August 18th, in order to accommodate an In-Service staff meeting for the department.

July 30, 2014

Summer 2013 Blackboard Course Deletion

It is now time to remove all Summer 2013 courses and before. All Summer 2013 (and prior) courses will be removed from the production Blackboard environment on August 15, 2014.

The criteria for removal at this stage:

  1. Course ID ending in "SU13"
  2. Or created before May 1, 2013

Procedure:

  • On July 30, title of courses is changed to include "Will delete August 15, 2014" and courses are made unavailable on Blackboard.
  • All courses are archived (this is an ongoing standard procedure) by VCCS ITS.
  • August 15, 2014 (and following) - all flagged courses will be removed from production.

Courses that are “deleted” will no longer be accessible to the instructor for access on Blackboard. The current VCCS policy allows courses to be accessible to instructors on Blackboard for three previous semesters and then the courses can be restored only by a Blackboard administrator. This is done by instructor request. So if you should need course content from an earlier semester, it can be restored.

If you have any questions, please contact the department of eLearning & Instructional Technology (eLIT) at eLIT@virginiawestern.edu