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October 13, 2014

VWCC Employment Opportunity

Human Resources is currently accepting applications for the following position:

  • Testing Center Assistant (Part-time)
    • Deadline:  10/17/2014 by 5pm (EST)

For more details about our application process and/or 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.

October 8, 2014

Benefits and Same Sex Marriages

Virginia legally recognizes same-sex marriages and as a result all benefits afforded to a spouse through your employment are now available:

  • In general, eligible employees for the state’s health care plan are full time employees. Qualifying mid-year events in the health care plan may occur outside of open enrollment. A qualifying mid-year event example is when an eligible employee that is enrolled in a health care plan becomes married. With any qualifying mid-year event, such as marriage in this example, a health care participant must submit their health care enrollment request and documentation to enroll their spouse and any other eligible dependents within 60 days of the marriage.  In light of the recent ruling on same sex marriages, an exception has been made for those eligible employees whose same-sex marriage occurred prior to October 6, 2014 regardless if 60 days has passed. These employees will have a special enrollment period that lasts until Thursday, December 4, 2014 to submit their enrollment request to add their same sex spouse and any eligible dependent(s).  Typically, with qualifying mid-year events and the special enrollment, coverage for your spouse and other eligible dependents will be effective the first of the month following the submission of your enrollment request and receipt of dependent documentation routinely required by Department of Human Resource Management for new participants.
  • If you are a full time employee and are covered under the optional life insurance plan or optional additional long-term care plan, you have the ability to purchase coverage for your spouse.
  • Other items to consider when married are tax withholdings, eligible family members under the Family and Medical Leave Act, medical and dependent care flexible reimbursement spending accounts, health care premium rewards, and beneficiary information with your retirement plan(s) and life insurance.

If you have any questions, need to enroll your spouse and/or make changes to your benefits, please contact Denise Schuh at 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu.

 

This Fall, Cozy Up With A Good Book

Free copies of the 2014 Roanoke Valley Reads book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, are all gone... But no worries! We still have two copies available to be checked out on the top floor of Brown Library.

Here are some more suggestions for your fall reading list:

  • A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines – Roanoke Valley’s “Big Read” 2010 book
  • Outcasts United by Warren St. John - Roanoke Valley Reads 2011 book
  • Wish You Well by David Baldacci – Roanoke Valley Reads 2013 book
  • Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening by local author, Carol Wall
  • Factory Man by former Roanoke Times reporter, Beth Macy

Come to Brown Library, and Get your READ on!

October 3, 2014

Safety / Workers’ Compensation Tip of the Week….

Foot protection means guarding your toes, ankles and feet from injury. Believe it or not, your feet have 26 bones for support and 38 joints for movement — in each foot. Feet also have blood vessels, ligaments, muscles and nerves, which is why it hurts when you stub your toe or drop something on your foot. Your feet are a critical part of your body that you use everyday and, in some cases, enable you to do your job effectively.

Protective footwear worn in the workplace is designed to protect the foot from physical hazards such as falling objects, stepping on sharp objects, heat and cold, wet and slippery surfaces, or exposure to corrosive chemicals.

There are two major categories of work-related foot injuries. The first category includes foot injuries from punctures, crushing, sprains, and lacerations. They account for 10 percent of all reported disabling injuries. The second group of injuries includes those resulting from slips, trips, and falls. They account for 15 percent of all reported disabling injuries. Slips and falls do not always result in a foot injury but lack of attention to foot safety plays an important role in their occurrence.

What should workers know when buying footwear for work? Good footwear should have the following qualities:

  • The inner side of the shoe must be straight from the heel to the end of the big toe.
  • The shoe must grip the heel firmly.
  • The forepart must allow freedom of movement for the toes.
  • The shoe must have a fastening across the instep to prevent the foot from slipping when walking.
  • The shoe must have a low, wide-based heel; flat shoes are recommended.

People buying footwear for work should take the following advice:

  • Do not expect that footwear that is too tight will stretch with wear.
  • Have both feet measured when buying shoes. Feet normally differ in size.
  • Buy shoes to fit the bigger foot.
  • Buy shoes late in the afternoon when feet are likely to be swollen to their maximum size.
  • Consider purchasing shock-absorbing insoles when a job requires walking or standing on hard floors.

Please contact Heidi McClintic (hmcclintic@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6331) in the Human Resources Department for additional information concerning Workers' Compensation and/or safety in the workplace.   Remember….Safety First!

The International Students Club Festival Needs Participants

The International Students Club will hold a festival celebrating all of the different cultures here on campus. If you would like to participate in any fashion, please contact

Yadav Sapkota (student contact) at ys2550@email.vccs.edu

or Annie Woodford (faculty contact) awoodford@virginiawestern.edu

October 2, 2014

Free “Roanoke Valley Reads” Book for VWCC Students

Brown Library still has copies of the Roanoke Valley Reads 2014 featured book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, available for current VWCC students. Please direct students to take their student ID or class schedule to the top floor of the library to get a free book (courtesy of Student Activities and Brown Library).

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 29, 2014

TOTAL Workshop Credits vs. VaBUG Conference

VaBUG Conference: Free Registration!

The fifth annual Virginia Blackboard User Group (VaBUG) conference will take place on Friday, October 24, 2014 in Roanoke, VA at the Holiday Inn at Valley View. The VaBUG conference is a great opportunity for Blackboard users to discover, discuss, learn, and share best practices. In addition, representatives from Blackboard will be on hand to answer your questions, demonstrate new and upcoming features, and receive your feedback regarding your experiences with Blackboard.

Based on how many sessions you attend, VWCC faculty will receive one-week or two-weeks of TOTAL workshop credits. These credits will contribute to satisfying the “Professional Development Objectives for Faculty Teaching Hybrid and Online Courses” as outlined in the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9).

The conference will once again have free registration, so that is even more reason to mark your calendar now. Your conference registration includes a continental breakfast, catered lunch, keynote speaker, and access to all concurrent sessions. 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

More information, please visit their site: http://vabug.org/

VaBUG Conference: Free Registration!

The fifth annual Virginia Blackboard User Group (VaBUG) conference will take place on Friday, October 24, 2014 in Roanoke, VA at the Holiday Inn at Valley View. The VaBUG conference is a great opportunity for Blackboard users to discover, discuss, learn, and share best practices. In addition, representatives from Blackboard will be on hand to answer your questions, demonstrate new and upcoming features, and receive your feedback regarding your experiences with Blackboard.

Based on how many sessions you attend, VWCC faculty will receive one-week or two-weeks of TOTAL workshop credits. These credits will contribute to satisfying the “Professional Development Objectives for Faculty Teaching Hybrid and Online Courses” as outlined in the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9).

The conference will once again have free registration, so that is even more reason to mark your calendar now. Your conference registration includes a continental breakfast, catered lunch, keynote speaker, and access to all concurrent sessions. 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

More information, please visit their site: http://vabug.org/

September 26, 2014

Horticulture Club Plant Sale

Fall Accent Pansy and Perennial sale at the Arboretum Friday, September 26, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM and Saturday, September 27, 9;00 AM - 12:00 PM.

The sale will be located on the City Garden Deck behind the Natural Science Center.  Plant your pansies in the landscape now for fall color and they will reward you with an explosion of color in early spring of 2015. We have varieties of Coral Bells and Sedum for fall planting or to add color and texture to your container garden.

Hope to see you at the sale.

What Does a Banned Book Look Like?

Did you know that September 21 – 27 is the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week?

This week celebrates the freedom we have to express our opinions – even if the opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. Banned Books Week brings attention to the challenges that have been presented to this freedom by celebrating the books that have been attempted to be banned in libraries across the country.

Brown Library has many of these books which have been challenged and banned, including:

  • Isabel Allende— House of Spirits (print only)

  • Maya Angelou— I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (print only)

  • Suzanne Collins— Hunger Games (eAudio only)

  • Robert Cormier— Chocolate War (eAudio only)

  • Barbara Ehrenreich— Nickle and Dimed (print only)

  • Aldous Huxley— Brave New World (eAudio, print)

  • Harper Lee— To Kill a Mockingbird (print only)

  • Lois Lowry— The Giver (eAudio only)

  • Mark Mathabane— Kaffir boy : the true story of a Black youth’s coming of age in Apartheid South Africa (print only)

  • Toni Morrison— Beloved (eBook, print)

  • Toni Morrison— Bluest Eye (print only)

  • Toni Morrison— Song of Solomon (eBook, print)

  • Stephenie Myer— Twilight (eAudio only)

  • Philip Pullman— His Dark Materials series (eAudio only)

  • JD Salinger— Catcher in the Rye (print only)

  • John Steinbeck— Of Mice and Men (eAudio, print)

  • Mark Twain— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (eBook, eAudio, print)

  • Jeanette Walls— Glass Castle (print only)

  • Alice Walker— Color Purple (print only)

  • Richard Wright— Native Son (print only)

Come to the top floor of Brown Library, and check one out today!

Mon-Thur: 8am-8pm, Fri: 8am-5pm, Sat: 9am-1pm, Sun: Closed