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October 13, 2014

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign Contest Sponsored by CVC

Pledge your CVC donation online between now and October 15th and you will be automatically entered to win 4 one-day park hopper park passes to Disney World!

Passes give admission to all of these theme parks for one day:  Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.

Passes are valid until August 1, 2016 and are valued at $496.

A winner will be randomly selected via the online giving donors list after October 15th. CVC will notify the winner directly.

PAPER PLEDGE and Continued Giving DONORS Can Win Too! CVC has three special prizes for you as well (submit your paper pledge by October 15th to be entered into this contest):

A pack of four passes to Massanutten Waterpark (indoor and outdoor features), valued at 152.00, valid until September 2015.

 OR

A pack of four packs tickets to the Historic Byrd Theatre, valid until December 2015.

For a directory of CVC charities to pledge your donation online, visit www.cvc.virginia.gov

For questions about enrolling in EmployeeDirect, please see “Getting Started” and “FAQs” on the EmployeeDirect website or contact Denise Schuh at 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu.

VWCC agency number: 286

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 10, 2014

Safety / Workers’ Compensation Tip of the Week….

Getting plenty of sleep is a very important part of your personal safety. Most people need 7.5 - 8.5 hours of sleep each 24-hour day.

Sleep loss built up slowly over several nights can be as harmful as sleep loss in one night. Both produce a decline in performance such as slower reaction times, failure to respond to changes, and the inability to concentrate and make reasonable judgments.

Research that tested a fatigued state from continuous hours of wakefulness against blood alcohol levels concluded that:
  1. 17 hours awake is equivalent to a blood alcohol content of .05
  2. 21 hours awake is equivalent to a blood alcohol content of .08
  3. 24-25 hours awake is equivalent to a blood alcohol content of .10

In addition to fatigue caused by shortened periods of sleep, the quality of sleep during the day is not the same as during the night. People have a natural tendency to be awake during the day. Every person has a circadian rhythm - an internal biological time clock. This rhythm follows body temperature and changes our level of mental alertness.

Typically, in a 24-hour period, our alertness is reduced between the hours of 3:00 and 5:00 during the day and the night. So during night shifts, workers are fighting against their natural rhythm to stay awake at a time when they would naturally sleep.

How about you? Do you get enough sleep? It is important that you do for your safety and the safety of your coworkers.

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!

Employee Flu Vaccine Appointments are Now Being Scheduled

Employee flu vaccine appointments are now being scheduled for a VWCC onsite clinic to be held on October 22, 2014!

COVA health plan members can receive free flu vaccine utilizing your prescription benefit in one of two ways:

  1. Pharmacist ONSITE at Virginia Western Community College by appointment:

CVS Pharmacy

Human Resources Training Room, Fishburn Hall Ground Floor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • All employees and retirees, their spouses and covered children are welcome!
  • Children age 9 and under must have a prescription to receive the vaccine from their doctor.
  • Plan members who bring a driver’s license and their COVA health insurance card will receive flu shots at no cost!
  • There is a $31.99 charge for employees without insurance.
  • Appointments will be made in five (5) minute intervals. Please arrive five (5) minutes early to allow time for forms completion.

For an appointment, contact Denise Schuh at either 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu

Or,

  1. By participating pharmacies:

Flu shots will not be covered when administered by a non-participating pharmacy, non-approved onsite Virginia Department of Health visit, or third party vendor at the pharmacy. Be sure to verify with the pharmacy before you have your flu vaccine that they offer it at no cost with your health care plan.

You can receive a free flu vaccine by your physician at a doctor’s office and it will be covered as part of your wellness benefit under your major medical; however, you may pay for the doctor’s appointment.

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.

 

October 6, 2014

Employee Flu Vaccine Appointments are Now Being Scheduled

Employee flu vaccine appointments are now being scheduled for a VWCC onsite clinic to be held on October 22, 2014!

COVA health plan members can receive free flu vaccine utilizing your prescription benefit in one of two ways:

  1. Pharmacist ONSITE at Virginia Western Community College by appointment:

CVS Pharmacy

Human Resources Training Room, Fishburn Hall Ground Floor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • All employees and retirees, their spouses and covered children are welcome!
  • Children age 9 and under must have a prescription to receive the vaccine from their doctor.
  • Plan members who bring a driver’s license and their COVA health insurance card will receive flu shots at no cost!
  • There is a $31.99 charge for employees without insurance.
  • Appointments will be made in five (5) minute intervals. Please arrive five (5) minutes early to allow time for forms completion.

For an appointment, contact Denise Schuh at either 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu

Or,

  1. By participating pharmacies:

Flu shots will not be covered when administered by a non-participating pharmacy, non-approved onsite Virginia Department of Health visit, or third party vendor at the pharmacy. Be sure to verify with the pharmacy before you have your flu vaccine that they offer it at no cost with your health care plan.

You can receive a free flu vaccine by your physician at a doctor’s office and it will be covered as part of your wellness benefit under your major medical; however, you may pay for the doctor’s appointment.

September 29, 2014

Employee Flu Vaccine Appointments are Now Being Scheduled

Employee flu vaccine appointments are now being scheduled for a VWCC onsite clinic to be held on October 22, 2014!

COVA health plan members can receive free flu vaccine utilizing your prescription benefit in one of two ways:

  1. Pharmacist ONSITE at Virginia Western Community College by appointment:

CVS Pharmacy

Human Resources Training Room, Fishburn Hall Ground Floor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • All employees and retirees, their spouses and covered children are welcome!
  • Children age 9 and under must have a prescription to receive the vaccine from their doctor.
  • Plan members who bring a driver’s license and their COVA health insurance card will receive flu shots at no cost!
  • There is a $31.99 charge for employees without insurance.
  • Appointments will be made in five (5) minute intervals. Please arrive five (5) minutes early to allow time for forms completion.

For an appointment, contact Denise Schuh at either 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu

Or,

  1. By participating pharmacies:

Flu shots will not be covered when administered by a non-participating pharmacy, non-approved onsite Virginia Department of Health visit, or third party vendor at the pharmacy. Be sure to verify with the pharmacy before you have your flu vaccine that they offer it at no cost with your health care plan.

You can receive a free flu vaccine by your physician at a doctor’s office and it will be covered as part of your wellness benefit under your major medical; however, you may pay for the doctor’s appointment.

September 26, 2014

Deadline is Today! 2014 Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations are Now Being Accepted

The Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement Award Committee is requesting nominations for the 2014 Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement Award.  The deadline for submitting nominations is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 26, 2014.

Each year, three (3) eligible employees are selected to receive this award based on exceptional achievements, extraordinary accomplishments, outstanding initiative or superb performance resulting in significant benefits to Virginia Western Community College.  This award is designed to acknowledge significant, specific contribution or accomplishment beyond regular expectations of an employee or beyond normal work duties. Group awards are permissible but are subject to policy provisions.

This year, nominations will be received by Human Resources through 5 p.m. on September 26, 2014.  During the nomination period, eligible employees may be nominated for accomplishments and achievements that would merit an outstanding achievement award through such criteria as:

  • Completing a major project under budget.
  • Consistently providing exceptional customer service to internal or external customers.
  • Completing a major project before the deadline under extraordinary time pressure.
  • Developing and implementing strategies to resolve a work unit problem.
  • Contributing to a one-time, outstanding effort, which benefited the work unit or the college.
  • Specific accomplishment that improves internal processes, saving time or money.
  • Resourcefulness, initiative, on-going contributions or other standards of excellence that assist the college achieving its mission.

In order to be nominated an employee must meet these eligibility requirements:

  • Have attained non-probationary employment status in a full time classified position.
  • Part-time wage employees must have at least one year of service. Part-time employees with a job code in the 89000 series are not eligible.
  • Have no active Written Notices; and for part time wage employees, no disciplinary actions taken by the supervisor within the previous year.
  • Not be a 2012 or a 2013 former recipient of the Award (an employee may only receive this Award once every two years).  Those employees are:  Mayra Vazquez-Miller, Pam Conner, Kalyca Schultz, Sandra Kelly, Faith Janney, James Gettys, Joan Ayers, Sandy Holland, Sue Clark, or Brenda Fichtner.
  • No provisions of this policy may be waived without the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Any VWCC employee may nominate an eligible employee for the award by completing a Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement Award Nomination Form and returning it along with the supporting documentation to Denise Schuh in Human Resources by the deadline date and time established.  The committee will review the nominations and decide which employees will be awarded this honor based on a standard set of ranking criteria.  The awards will be presented at the Employee Service Award Ceremony which is scheduled for Monday, January 5, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Whitman Theater. Individual recipients of the award will receive a monetary award of $500, a trophy, and a certificate of appreciation. Group awards will vary.

To obtain a nomination form, visit VWConnect/Human Resources/Forms/Recognition/2014 Classified Outstanding Achievement Award Nomination Form. If you have questions, please contact Denise Schuh in Human Resources at 857-7962.

September 25, 2014

VWCC Employment Opportunities

Human Resources is currently accepting applications for the following position:

  • Nursing Faculty (RN)
    • Deadline:  10/10/2014 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.

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!