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April 23, 2014

Staff Senate Meeting – Today, April 23, 2014

The Staff Senate Meeting is today, April 23, 2014, 10:00am – 11:00am in F002. We will have a member of the web team there to give us an overview of the college’s web page and answer questions.

Nominations for the co-chair position currently held by Tara Nepper and the recorder position held by Nicole Bell will be accepted starting at the this meeting. Elections will be held at the May meeting.

Past 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

All full- and part-time classified staff are encouraged to attend Staff Senate. Agenda items may be submitted to Marla Whiteside (mwhiteside@virginiawestern.edu) or Nicole Bell (nbell@virginiawestern.edu).

April 22, 2014

WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS

Summer 2014 Classes:

KIDS College Summer Youth Programs - Early registration discount available through May 30th! Follow link for more details http://www.virginiawestern.edu/kidscollege  Contact: Paulette Parkhill pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu or (540) 857-6514

QuickBooks for Business Workshop (ACCT 2195 - AC1) Thursday 5/1/14 - 5/15/14 (6:00pm-9:00pm) Click for more details: http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/conted/quickbooks.php - Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Digital Photography (PHTG 2201 - AC1) Tuesday 5/6/14 - 6/10/14 (6:30pm-8:30pm) This five week class will cover what symbols mean; proper exposure; lighting and portraits; composition and landscapes; processing your images. - Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Eric Stiles, a former supervisor and head tailor/fitter for Giorgio Armani, Polo Ralph Lauren is coming to Roanoke! Sewing/Construction & Pattern Drafting classes (LLRN 2700 - 6 sessions, one per week for 6 consecutive weeks on THURSDAYS) 5/29/14 - 7/10/14 (No Class July 3) Must meet 20 minimum registrations. Click this link for more details- http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/sewing.php  Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Project Managment Professional Exam Prep Certification (BUSC - 58672 AC1)  Thursdays  (6:00pm-9:30pm) 6/5/14 - 8/14/14
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

Home Inspection Training Course now available! Online Home Study Course or 3-day in classroom course includes online Home Study Course; Class dates: July 25-27, 2014; 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM  Follow this link for more details: http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/programs/homeinspection.php

Intro to Basics, Families Creation and Advanced Revit Techniques (CADD 2153)  http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/programs/business_professional.php Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

GELATO FOR THE GARDEN!

Pino Gelato Cafe  supports Food For Thought: An Edible Education Partnership between Roanoke City, Roanoke City Public Schools and Virginia Western Community College to create a healthier and happier community.

MONDAY, APRIL 28 & MONDAY, MAY 5 - ALL DAY --- Mention you are with Virginia Western Community College and Food For Thought

Celebrate the end of the semster and support a Virginia Western program.  Dine on gelato, flat bread pizza, sandwiches and salad.  A percentage of all proceeds are to support the James Madison Middle School Food For Thought garden learning center. Pino Gelato Cafe, is located at The Shoppes at West Village, 3565 Electric Road, Roanoke, Va.  For more information on Food For Thought, http://foodforthoughtva.org/

April 21, 2014

Next Staff Senate Meeting – April 23, 2014

The next Staff Senate Meeting has been scheduled for April 23, 2014, 10– 11 a.m. in F002. We will have a member of the web team there to give us an overview of the college’s web page and answer questions.

Nominations for the co-chair position currently held by Tara Nepper and the recorder position held by Nicole Bell will be accepted starting at the this meeting. Elections will be held at the May meeting.

Past 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

All full- and part-time classified staff are encouraged to attend Staff Senate. Agenda items may be submitted to Marla Whiteside (mwhiteside@virginiawestern.edu) or Nicole Bell (nbell@virginiawestern.edu).

April 17, 2014

National Library Week – Tip of the Day

Information literacy is a core component of undergraduate instruction. Brown Library wants to partner with faculty and staff to promote information literacy. Here’s one of the ways we can work together:

Tip #3: Request a LibGuide for your course

LibGuides are librarian-created websites that include resources from the library’s databases and book collections and reliable resources from the Internet. A library staff member will create a specific LibGuide for your class or for a particular topic; contact Dale Dulaney to request a custom guide. Or you can refer your students to existing LibGuides from the library’s website.

Library Contest!

Students, faculty, and staff --- Enter the library’s “How Many Books?” contest. Guess how many books in print are in the Circulating collection on the top floor of the Brown Library Building. The student and the faculty/staff member who makes the closest guess (without going over the actual number of books) will win a prize! Go to the top floor of the library and look at the Circulating collection; then submit a contest entry form at either the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk. The contest runs April 15 through April 19, 4:00pm. Winners will be notified on Monday, April 21.

Happy National Library Week!

Spring 2013 Blackboard Course Deletion

All Spring 2013 (and prior) courses will be removed from Blackboard on May 2, 2014. Blackboard is not designed as a permanent historical archive of course activity. It is a production system for current classes. Keeping old courses can have a negative effect on the performance of the system for current courses and current students. This is why all courses are constantly archived and then eventually removed.

The criteria for removal at this stage:

  1. Course ID ending in "SP13"
  2. Or created before January 1, 2013

Procedure:

  • On April 15, title of courses is changed to include "Will delete May 2, 2014" and courses are made unavailable on Blackboard.
  • All courses are archived (this is an ongoing standard procedure) by VCCS ITS.
  • May 2, 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 at eLIT@virginiawestern.edu

April 16, 2014

National Library Week – Tip of the Day

What leads to overall student success? The incorporation of information literacy skills across curricula. Brown Library wants to partner with faculty and staff to promote information literacy. Here’s one of the ways we can work together.

Tip #2: Request a library presentation to complement an assignment.

A library staff member can support a class assignment by providing a related library presentation or by providing guided research sessions. Just determine when the library instruction will be most meaningful to your students, and then fill out our online form to request instruction. Thank you for attending the library session with your students so that you can provide direction and encourage student participation.

Library Contest!

Students, faculty, and staff --- Enter the library’s “How Many Books?” contest. Guess how many books in print are in the Circulating collection on the top floor of the Brown Library Building. The student and the faculty/staff member who makes the closest guess (without going over the actual number of books) will win a prize! Go to the top floor of the library and look at the Circulating collection; then submit a contest entry form at either the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk. The contest runs April 15 through April 19, 4:00pm. Winners will be notified on Monday, April 21.

Happy National Library Week!

Next Staff Senate Meeting – April 23, 2014

The next Staff Senate Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 10:00am – 11:00am in F002. We will have a member of the web team there to give us an overview of the college’s web page and answer questions.

Nominations for the co-chair position currently held by Tara Nepper and the recorder position held by Nicole Bell will be accepted starting at the this meeting. Elections will be held at the May meeting.

Past 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

All full- and part-time classified staff are encouraged to attend Staff Senate. Agenda items may be submitted to Marla Whiteside (mwhiteside@virginiawestern.edu) or Nicole Bell (nbell@virginiawestern.edu

April 11, 2014

Everybody S – T – R – E – T – C – H

Brown Library is  S – T – R – E – T – C – H – I – N – G  Saturday hours in April and closing at 4:00pm instead of 1:00pm.  The Link Learning Commons (main floor) and Library Services (top floor) will be open as follows:

  • Monday  through Thursday, 8am to 8pm
  • Friday,   8am to 5pm
  • Saturdays in April, 9am to 4pm

The Learning Technology Center (ground floor) will have regular hours which are posted here.

Let the services and resources in the Brown Library Building help you along your road to success!

Next Week is National Library Week!

April 13 - 19, 2014, is National Library Week, a nationwide celebration of libraries and library workers.

Come to Brown Library.

Search our online databases.

Read a book.

Hug a librarian (gently).