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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.

Virginia Retirement System Member News

The September Member News for Virginia Retirement System members contains informational articles on the following:

  1. Chart Your Course for Retirement: Your MBP Is Available Now
  2. Make a Commitment to Your Future During Save for Retirement Week  October 19-25
  3. Take Advantage of VRS Resources When Planning Your Future
  4. Hybrid Retirement Plan Members: Don’t Miss Your Match
  5. Optional Group Life Rates Change
  6. Plan 1? Plan 2? Hybrid Retirement Plan? Know Your Plan
  7. When Am I Eligible for a Refund?
  8. Featured FAQ: Can I borrow from my VRS member account?

Access Member News at www.varetire.org/mnews.  If you would like to receive an email with a link when each monthly issue becomes available subscribe to Member News to receive it directly.

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Schuh at dschuh@virginiawestern.edu or 857-7962.

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.

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 4, 2014

Virginia Retirement System (VRS) 2014 Member Benefit Profiles are Ready!

Your Member Benefit Profile (MBP) helps you chart your retirement strategy. This is your online VRS benefits statement providing important information about your retirement and other benefits as of June 30, 2014, and you can find it in your myVRS online account.

View your MBP now. Go to www.varetire.org/myVRS to log in or create a secure online account.

September 3, 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.

Some disasters strike without warning, and family members may not all be in the same place.  How will you get in touch with each other?  Where will you meet?  How will you get out of your house in case of a fire?  What if your neighborhood is being evacuated?  It is important to make a plan now so that you will know what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency.

Call a Family Meeting and Make a Plan!

  • Pick the same person for each family member to call or email.  It might be easier to reach someone who’s out of town.
  • Text, don’t talk, unless it’s an emergency.  It may be easier to send a text, if you have a phone, and you don’t want to tie up phone lines for emergency workers.
  • Create a fire escape plan that has two ways out of every room and practice it twice a year.
  • Choose a meeting spot near your home, then practice getting there.
  • Choose a spot outside of your neighborhood in case you can’t get home.  Practice getting there from school, your friends’ houses, and after school activities.
  • Keep your family’s contact information and meeting spot location in your backpack, wallet or taped inside your school notebook.  Put it in your cell phone if you have one.

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 2, 2014

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.

 

VWCC Employment Opportunities

Human Resources is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Accounting Faculty
    • Deadline:  09/19/2014 by 5pm (EST)
  • Admissions Office Manager
    • Deadline:  09/12/2014 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.

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.