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September 24, 2014

Want to Read a Banned Book?

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

September 22, 2014

Safety / Workers’ Compensation Tip of the Week….

September is National Preparedness Month. The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is “Be Disaster Aware….Take Action to Prepare!”  During the month of September, you will receive information via the Daily Bulletin to help you increase your emergency preparedness awareness.

A great way to stay on top of local emergencies is to sign up for wireless emergency alerts.  Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency.  This short video will show you the importance of registering for emergency alerts:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDpcGypv2_U&feature=youtu.be

Virginia Western uses VWAlert to immediately contact you during a major crisis or emergency.  VWAlert delivers important emergency alerts, notification to you on all your devices, including email, cell phone, pager and smartphone.

If you are not currently registered, you may sign up by:

  • Sending a text message to 411911, keyword VWCC
  • Or Clicking Here to register online.

Resources:

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!

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.

September 10, 2014

Asian Studies Book Collection on Display in Brown Library

Brown Library is currently displaying the beautiful new books provided through the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures-Asian Studies Grant. This collection was acquired thanks to Virginia Western’s participation with UVA in a program called, “Understanding the Non-West: Strengthening Global Humanities at Virginia’s Community Colleges.” The goal is to boost global humanities in Virginia’s community colleges and enrich appreciation for the cultural traditions, literature, and cinema of India, China, Japan, Eastern Asia, and Russia.

This special collection is on display and available for check-out on the top floor of the Brown Library Building:

Mon-Thurs: 8am-8pm

Fri: 8am-5pm

Sat: 9am-1pm

Hybrid Overview, Understanding Your Plan Investments, and 457/401a Distribution Strategies

Janice Parker, Defined Contribution Plans Specialist of ICMA-RC, will be at the college on Wednesday, September 10th. Ms. Parker will provide a singular presentation that will be held at two separate times and she will also provide individual counseling sessions.

The presentation discussion will be on the following: Hybrid Overview, Understanding Your Plan Investments, and Distribution Strategies. Individual counseling will be available for those that need to inquire about roll-overs, allocations, and/or any other concerns you may have regarding the Hybrid or your individual 457 or 401a account.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Human Resources Training Room – Fishburn Hall

Schedule:

10:00 – 11:00 Facilitated Presentation

11:00 – 12:00 Individual Counseling

1:00 – 2:00 Facilitated Presentation

2:00 – 3:00 Individual Counseling

If you would like to set up an individual counseling session, please contact Ms. Parker toll free at 855-253-1202 or by email at jparker@icmarc.org. Appointment times may also be made following each presentation.

September 9, 2014

Free Professional Development Oppotunity: VaBug Conference

This is a free professional development opportunity for our faculty and staff.

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 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 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.

Call for Proposals: The conference theme this year is "Broadening Educational Horizons", so we are looking for sessions that focus on using Blackboard to better reach learners and expand the reach of learners' knowledge. 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/

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

September 8, 2014

Safety / Workers’ Compensation Tip of the Week….

September is National Preparedness Month. The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is “Be Disaster Aware….Take Action to Prepare!”  During the month of September, you will receive information via the Daily Bulletin to help you increase your emergency preparedness awareness.

As you prepare for an emergency or disaster, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities.  As part of tailoring your plans, consider working with others to create networks of neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers who will assist each other in an emergency.  Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, pets or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment.  Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.

Resources:

CERT – Community Emergency Response Team

Roanoke Valley CERT members undergo an intensive training program that provides basic response skills needed for fire safety, light search and rescue, community disaster support, disaster medical operations and traffic control.  Emergency services personnel are best equipped to respond to emergencies.  Roanoke Valley CERT members are trained to support the area’s first responders.  During non-emergency situations, Roanoke Valley CERT members educate their communities about disaster preparedness through outreach opportunities.

Upon completion of the CERT program, members will be able to:

  • Describe the types of hazards that are most likely to affect their homes and communities.
  • Take steps to prepare for a disaster.
  • Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in homes and workplaces.
  • Conduct triage under simulated disaster conditions.
  • Perform head-to-toe patient assessments.
  • Employ basic treatments for various wounds, and apply splints to suspected fractures and sprains.
  • Describe ways to protect rescuers during light search and rescue operations.

For additional information or to join the Roanoke Valley CERT, please send your contact information or call (540) 985-0131, extension 502.

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!

VWCC Employment Opportunity

Human Resources is accepting applications for the following position:

  • Associate Vice President of Human Resources
    • Deadline:  09/19/2014 by 5pm (EST)

For more details about our application process and/or to 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.

Hybrid Overview, Understanding Your Plan Investments, and 457/401a Distribution Strategies

Janice Parker, Defined Contribution Plans Specialist of ICMA-RC, will be at the college on Wednesday, September 10th. Ms. Parker will provide a singular presentation that will be held at two separate times and she will also provide individual counseling sessions.

The presentation discussion will be on the following: Hybrid Overview, Understanding Your Plan Investments, and Distribution Strategies. Individual counseling will be available for those that need to inquire about roll-overs, allocations, and/or any other concerns you may have regarding the Hybrid or your individual 457 or 401a account.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Human Resources Training Room – Fishburn Hall

Schedule:

10:00 – 11:00 Facilitated Presentation

11:00 – 12:00 Individual Counseling

1:00 – 2:00 Facilitated Presentation

2:00 – 3:00 Individual Counseling

If you would like to set up an individual counseling session, please contact Ms. Parker toll free at 855-253-1202 or by email at jparker@icmarc.org. Appointment times may also be made following each presentation.