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September 28, 2012


The Armed Forces Student Association will be planting a flag garden in the Arboretum in honor of Remembrance Day.  One flag will be planted for each soldier that has been killed in theater since 9/11.  This will be a fund and awareness-raising event.  $1 will plant 1 flag.  Proceeds will be donated to Bentley Conrad, 1-year-old son of Sgt. TJ Conrad. 

Sgt. Conrad was killed in Afghanistan during a demonstration over the burning of Qurans earlier this year.   His wife Holly moved to the Roanoke area so Bentley would grow up with his father’s family.  We want to show them that we have not forgotten the sacrifices they have all made for our country.

The official kick-off will be at the Warm Welcome.  Additional donations will be accepted in the financial aid office, and at various locations around campus during September and October.  We are hoping to have all the flags planted for the entire month of November.   Please let one of us know if you wish to make a donation in honor or memory of a particular soldier.

For more information, please contact Michele Hilts at 857-7395 or mhilts@virginiawestern.edu.

It’s Banned Books Week!

Did you know that September 30th-October 6th, 2012, is the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week? Virginia Western's Student Life Office and Brown Library are partnering on campus yet again to recognize Banned Books Week and the freedom to read!

MONDAY, 10/1   BANNED BOOKS WEEK KICKOFF & Free Book Giveaway!

  • Make Your Own Banned Bookmark. 10am-2pm, Brown Library steps. First 100 participants receive a free banned book. Choice of following titles: The Color Purple (30th anniversary edition), The Hunger Games, or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.


  • Free Film Showing: Smoke Signals. 1pm, Whitman Theatre. Written by Sherman Alexie, author of  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, this award-winning film is "a warm film of friendship and reconciliation, and whenever it refers to historic injustices or contemporary issues in Native American culture, it does so with wry, glancing humor. Smoke Signals is indeed poignant, but above all it's pretty funny." Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by Arnold. Arnold soon left his family (and his tough son Victor), and Victor hasn't seen his father for 10 years. When Victor hears Arnold has died, Thomas offers him funding for the trip to get Arnold's remains, but only if Thomas will also go with him. Thomas and Victor hit the road. 89 minutes.

THURSDAY and FRIDAY, 10/4-10/5

  • Banned Books Word Searches. All day, Main Floor of the Library.


  • Visit Our Displays on the Top Floor. See examples of books that have been banned and find out the reasons behind it.

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

  • Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Call number E185.97.A56 A3 1970
  • Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. Call number PS3537.T3234 A15 1953 (part of a story collection)
  • Voltaire. Candide, or, Optimism. Call number PQ2082.C3 E5 2005
  • Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. Call number PS3563.O8749 B55 1993
  • Lawrence, D.H. Lady Chatterley’s Lover. eBook. 2007.
  • Walker, Alice. The Color Purple: A Novel. Call number PS3573.A425 C6 1982
  • Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. Call number PS3537.A426 C32 1961
  • King, Stephen. Christine. Call number PS3561.I483 C4 1983
  • Eliot, George. Silas Marner. eBook, eAudiobook. 2008.

The 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 books which have been attempted to be banned in libraries across the country. For a short history of attempts at censoring books, please see The Online Books Page Presents Banned Books Online at the University of Pennsylvania. Included in this page are links to the actual texts of these works, available for free online.

Hot Topic, October 3



WHEN:  Wednesday, October 3; 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Webber Hall, 217
FACILITATOR:  Ms. Nancy Francisco

The punctuation mark that causes most concern for students is the comma. This interactive workshop will make the confusing comma less mysterious.

PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR STUDENTS TO ATTEND THESE VERY USEFUL HOT TOPIC SESSIONS. If you would like to offer extra credit to students, they will be given an “extra credit ticket” as verification of their attendance to bring back to class.

Dr. Gloria Lindsay
Retention Services
Chapman Hall, Room 105


A New Citizen in our Midst

Shortly after 11 a.today, Friday, September 28, Dr. Carrie Cao will have taken her oath and become a citizen of the United States. Please join Susan Gibson and me in the joy and congratulations of this moment for Carrie. As part of the process, Carrie will change her name and take her husband's name -- she is now Dr. Carrie Halpin!!! We are so excited and proud that she has taken this step!! It has been a long trek of paperwork, processes, and testing but Carrie is always determined -- one of the qualities we appreciate and admire.  Please don't hesitate to congratulate Carrie as she is very excited about becoming "official".

Ramona Covney

Virginia Western Horticulture Club Plant Sale

Autumn Accents Pansy and Perennial Sale

  • Thursday, September 27 , 12 noon to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, September 28, 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Plant Sale will take place on the new City Garden Deck behind the Natural Science Center.     


  • Pansy & Violas  $1.75 per cell pack or $12.25 per flat
  • Perennials   $4.50 & 5.50 per 4.5" container depending on plant variety.

Revive your outdoor container gardens with pansies and perennials. These plants will give consistent color throughout the fall season and early winter. Pansies are great for fall and early spring color in the landscape. Plant your pansies now and they will bloom well this fall and provide a splash of color early next spring.

Thank you for supporting the Virginia Western Horticulture Club and the Community Arboretum.



  • FOR SALE 2002 FORD MUSTANG 2 door coupe 62,000 miles EXCELLENT CONDITION http://roanoke.craigslist.org/cto/3277754513.html
  • YARD SALE – COLONIAL AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH, October 5th and 6th, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Hundreds of items and lots of furniture, clothes, toys, books, etc.  Also, selling baked goods.  Church is located at the intersection of Colonial Ave. and Rt. 419.  Come and shop and eat.    
  • 2005 HYUNDAI SANTA FE FOR SALE. Asking $9500 OBO. Automatic, black, sunroof, 6 disc changer, automatic windows, 68k miles, new tires, ac/heat, beige interior, and 3.5 liter engine. Great condition! KBB lists at $10,000. Contact Kristly Ciriaco krc26560@email.vccs.edu or text 540-986-8817 for pictures. Need to sell a.s.a.p!
  • FOR SALE- O5 CAMRY (GREY) Only 45k mileage, well cared for. Brand new tires, new inspection sticker, new oil change and new battery. Engine is xle/le, clean and ready to go. Yearly maintenance, inspection and oil changes. Selling for $12,600 (negotiable). Great gas mileage. KBB lists for $14,500. Text  or call 540-355-7611.


  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY WITH MANNA MINISTRIES, every Thursday individuals can get a warm meal, a box of food, cat or dog food, and up to 5 clothing items and toiletries. They need cloths for infants through plus size, shoes, toys, books, hats, jackets, or scarves. Email CCunningham0003@email.vccs.edu


Do you have a church bazaar, yard sale, or item for sale? Submit COMMUNITY NEWS items to publicrelations@virginiawestern.edu


Friday, September 28, 2012

Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • Spectacular Saturdays at the Taubman@ Taubman Museum. Free admittance to the museum and more. For more info – www.taubmanmuseum.org  
  • Physicians on Foot (8:30am) @ Roanoke River Greenway. Numerous Carilion Clinic physicians are lacing up their walking shoes alongside the public in the "Physicians on Foot" weekly walking program. For info - www.carilionclinic.org/walking  
  • Sinkland Farms 19th Annual Pumpkin Festival (10am – 8pm) @ Sinkland Farms. For more info ‐ www.sinklandfarms.com  
  • Layman Family Farm Maze and Pumpkin Festival (10am – 9pm) @ Layman Family Farm. For more info ‐ www.laymanfamilyfarms.com  
  • The 3rd Annual Fink's Diamond Dash (11am – 3pm) @ Elmwood Park. One-day, real world treasure hunt around the city! All locations and challenges will be delivered straight to your cell phone. Grab a teammate, solve challenges, and earn points to win! For more info - www.roanokediamonddash.com  
  • Haley Toyota’s Harvest Festival (11am – 2:30pm) @ Downtown Roanoke. For more info - www.downtownroanoke.org  
  • Big Lick Blues Festival (2pm – 9pm) @ River’s Edge Sports Complex. For more info – www.biglickblues.org  
  • Free Weekly Wine Tasting (12pm – 5pm) @ Wine Gourmet
  • Bluegrass (6pm – 10pm) @ Salem Farmers’ Market. Come bring your instrument, chair and get ready for some parking lot picking. Acoustic instruments only. For more info - http://bluegrass-in-roanoke.com/  

Monday, October 1, 2012

  • SOUTHWEST COUNTY GREENWAY PROJECT OPEN HOUSE on October 1st, 4-7 p.m. at the South County Library to share information and get feedback about the project. The first phase includes turning the land near the Sleep Harris S-turn into a park
  • Monday Fun-Day! (6pm - ???) @ 1906 Ale House. Come out and start off the week the right way with a drink and some good food. This is a great way to meet new people and hang with old ones. For more info hit me up. For more info about this group - http://on.fb.me/IdeWTZ  


FREE PERFORMANCE: September 28 & 29, One Beat will perform at the Jefferson Center. Don’t miss additional community projects, Music Lab workshops, performances and street studio projects throughout the weekend including thirty-two musicians from 21 countries representing hip hop, electronic, roots, jazz, rock, and experimental musicians.

These musicians are coming together to write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways that music can make a positive impact on our communities. From Cambodian MCs to American bluegrass greats like Chance McCoy of Old Crow Medicine Show, to traditional instrumentalists from three continents, One Beat is a cutting-edge iteration of an age-old urge: to connect people and foster mutual respect through music and the arts.

Contact Dylan Locke, dlocke@jeffcenter.org  - 540-343-2624, for questions about One Beat's Schedule of Events.


  • YARD SALE – COLONIAL AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH, October 5th and 6th, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Hundreds of items and lots of furniture, clothes, toys, books, etc.  Also, selling baked goods.  Church is located at the intersection of Colonial Ave. and Rt. 419.  Come and shop and eat.    
  • A BETTER UNDERSTANDING: AUTISM AWARENESS TRAINING, Sunday, October 7, 1-5 p.m., Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Rescue Squad. Contact Leah Coffman (857-6678 or lcoffman@virginiawestern.edu) for more information. 

Do you have a community event to share? Email publicrelations@virginiawestern.edu

September 27, 2012

We Are Western Prize Patrol!

We look forward to seeing many of you today when the We Are Western Prize Team is back on Patrol! Remember, once you donate to the 2012 Employee Giving Campaign, you are entered into all the prize drawings for the remainder of the campaign, which concludes October 5.

The most recent prize drawing was held on Thursday, September 27 and the winners are:

We Are Western T-shirts:

Holly Woodson, Joanie White, Owen Lofthus, Heidi McClintic, Kathryn Boylan, Martha Richardson, David Harrison, Fred Deen, Margaret McDaniel and Patricia Prevo.

Free Parking Space for remainder of Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 academic year: Carlton Mabe

We will be delivering T-shirts and prizes next week.

Increase your chances of winning during the next We Are Western Prize Patrol drawing, which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4. Submit your giving form or donate online by noon next Thursday to be entered to win some of our great prizes. A BIG final prize drawing will be held after the campaign wraps up, so it's never too late to dontate in support of our students.

 And, we're getting that much closer to announcing this year's GRAND PRIZE. Have you guessed what it is yet? If so, put a guess on the Daily Bulletin on Monday or Tuesday. Don't forget the hints over the last several weeks...if you win, you'll probably go see B Bagby; if you don't win, you may only be able to get one of these from Kalyca Schultz; if you win, you'll probably want to get a Hokie cover like Scott Cassell's...

  • Gifts/Pledges up to $25…………..………………..1 entry
  • Gifts/Pledges of $26 - $50………………………...2 entries
  • Gifts/Pledges of $51 - $100……………………….3 entries
  • Gifts/Pledges of $101 - $250………….…………..4 entries
  • Gifts/Pledges of $251 - $499………….…………..5 entries
  • Gifts/Pledges of $500 - $999……………………...6 entries
  • Gifts/Pledges of $1,000 or more…………………7 entries

A downloadable campaign contribution form and secure online contribution form are available at www.virginiawestern.edu/foundation on the Employee Giving Campaign page. If you have any questions, please contact Erik Williams at 857.8914 or ewilliams@virginiawestern.edu. Thank you for being part of our family and supporting our students! We Are Western!


On Monday, October 1, 2012, a new curb side diner will be open on campus. The Rock & Roll Diner will be located on South Campus behind the Humanities Building in parking lot 1.

The diner will offer breakfast foods, salads, sandwiches, tacos and much more!

The Rock & Roll diner will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Come check it out next week.

ADA Parking Lot Improvements

Beginning Monday, October 1st work on ADA parking lot improvements will begin. The contractor will be starting in Lot 1. The work will require removal of some existing concrete near handicap parking and provision of new curb cuts or sidewalk modifications for improved access. As they disclose the entire schedule we will provide updates on location.