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April 22, 2015

You’re Invited to a Reception!

Virginia Western's School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is holding a reception to honor Sarah Martin and Bob Crawford.

Friday, May 1st,

from 1:00-3:00pm

in the Fralin Center, HP208

Please stop by to congratulate both Sarah and Bob on their retirement and thank them for the many years of service to our students, faculty and staff. Light refreshments will be provided.

Volunteer opportunity sponsored by the VWCAN

We’re looking for a few good volunteers!!

When: Thursday, April 23, 2015 9am-1pm
Where: Bethany Hall: 1109 Franklin Rd SW Roanoke, VA 24016
Why: Clean- up day!! Trust House is working with Bethany Hall to do some spring cleaning! Please join us and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty! Breakfast in the form of coffee and/or doughnuts will be provided! Hope to see you there!!

Please call or email Juli Kent, Development Manager at Trust House with any questions or if you are interested.
540.344.8060 x 105
giving@trusthouseroanoke.org
www.trusthouseroanoke.org

April 17, 2015

Blackboard Learn Upgrade Outage: May 16th

Beginning at 6 pm on Saturday, May 16th until approximately 6 am Sunday, May 17th, Blackboard will be upgraded to the latest October 2014 release of Learn 9.1 and unavailable to users. Please be sure to notify your students of this brief outage so they can plan accordingly. This is a smaller update with minor changes in Blackboard compared to the feature rich April 2014 release. For detailed information about the new enhanced features, please visit this page.

April 16, 2015

Removing Spring 2014 Courses

It is now time to remove all Spring 2014 courses and before. All Spring 2014 (and prior) courses will be removed from the production Blackboard environment on May 22, 2014.

The criteria for removal at this stage is:

1. Course ID ending in "SP14"
2. Or created before January 1, 2014

Procedure:

- April 16, 2015 - Title of courses is changed to include "Will delete May 22, 2015" and courses are made unavailable

- All courses are archived (this is an ongoing standard procedure)

- May 22, 2015 (and following) - all flagged courses will be removed from production

Courses that are “deleted” will no longer be accessible to the instructor for access in Blackboard. The current VCCS policy allows courses to be accessible to instructors in 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 require an exception, for example for an uncopyable cartridge-based course that students still require access to, please contact Carrie Halpin at CHalpin@virginiawestern.edu including the course id *and reason*.

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

April 8, 2015

Tell Your Students – Scholarships Are Available for Fall Semester 2015!

Faculty and staff, please share this message with your students.  There are many, many scholarships available for qualified students for fall semester 2015. Scholarships are awarded for programs of study such as nursing, business, culinary arts, history, horticulture, academic merit or financial need.

Visit https://www.virginiawestern.edu/foundation/scholarship/ to apply. The deadline to submit the application is Friday, May 15, 2015, 4 p.m.

Questions? Contact Carolyn Payne, Scholarship & CCAP Coordinator at cpayne@virginiawestern.edu or 540-857-6371.

Psychology Lecture Series: What is Health Psychology?

The Psi Beta - Psychology Club is hosting another Psychology lecture series event this Thursday, April 9th at 3:30 in the Natural Sciences Center.  Glen Kent will be talking about the area of Health Psychology which ties in with other psychology specializations, as well as, areas of health care and wellness.  If you think your student might be interested please let students know. If interested, please consider join us!

Glenn Kent’s brief bio:

Glenn Kent earned his master’s degree in Neuropsychology and doctoral degree in Health Psychology at the University of Cincinnati, where he taught courses on psychology and nutrition. His experience as a university wellness director, health care administrator, personal trainer and fitness entrepreneur speaks to a lifelong commitment to the study of health. Currently, Glenn is a researcher and assistant professor of Health Psychology at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA. His research interests focus on Triune Health, his model of well-being along three dimensions:  movement, eating, and psychology. His findings aim to prevent or reduce the causes of chronic diseases, especially obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, in an effort to increase longevity and quality of life. Dr. Kent also recently began exploring the field of behavioral economics, with a focus on answering questions related to decision-making and behavior change in all facets of life. Finally, Glenn is the owner of Fitness Motive, a Roanoke-based health company focusing on psychological approaches to wellness.

 

March 31, 2015

TOTAL Workshop in Spring 2015

The deadline to register the last TOTAL Workshop in Spring 2015 is Friday, April 3. This is 3-week workshop about: Implementing Open Educational Resources (OER). This workshop is a good opportunity to help to fulfill your faculty evaluation plan requirements.

Instructions for Accessing VCCS TOTAL Courses via the Knowledge Center:

  1. Login to the VWCC Knowledge Center: https://covkc.virginia.gov/vwcc/
  2. Go to Learning Center >> Course Catalog
  3. Enter Keywords: VCCS:TOTAL in the Search Text box. Click Search.
  4. Click on the course link of the course in which you would like to enroll, e.g. VCCS: TOTAL Implementing Open Educational Resources Workshop
  5. Click on the BRCC section.
  6. Click Enroll. You will see that your status changes to “Enrolled.” You will also see a statement confirming the date you enrolled: e.g. You enrolled in this item on 1/21/2015.
  7. After enrolling, you will be able to see the course(s) in which you are enrolled in the Scheduled Training box located on My Homepage: Home >> My Workspace >> My Homepage.

If you have questions or need assistance regarding the Knowledge Center, please contact Sarah Miller, Heidi McClintic or Carly Johnson in Human Resources. If you have any questions about the workshop format and content, please contact Carrie Halpin in eLearning & Instructional Technology (eLIT).

March 24, 2015

STAFF SENATE MEETING THIS THURSDAY

NEXT STAFF SENATE MEETING – THURSDAY, MARCH 26TH

The next Staff Senate Meeting will be this Thursday, March 26th from 10:00am – 11:00am in the Natural Science Center.

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, March 25th to Pam Cox (pcox@virginiawestern.edu) or Marla Whiteside (mwhiteside@virginiawestern.edu.)

STAFF SENATE MEETING THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 26TH

NEXT STAFF SENATE MEETING – THURSDAY, MARCH 26TH

The next Staff Senate Meeting will be this Thursday, March 26th from 10:00am – 11:00am in the Natural Science Center.

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, March 25th to Pam Cox (pcox@virginiawestern.edu) or Marla Whiteside (mwhiteside@virginiawestern.edu.)

March 16, 2015

Boots2books 5K Glow Run

Early registration is now open for the Boot2books 5k Glow Walk/Run. New this year, we are also offering a Tough Run team event.

The race is May 1st at 8:00 PM. Wear your best glow in the dark costumes and accessories. Come for the race, but make sure you stay for the after-party. Live DJ, free BBQ from Mission BBQ, lots of prizes.

Register before April 10th for discounts. All proceeds will go to the Educational Foundation's Veterans Assistance Fund.

Visit http://www.virginiawestern.edu/community/boots2books.php for more information, and to register. And tell your friends!!