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October 2, 2012

ADA PARKING LOT IMPROVEMENTS TO BEGIN THIS WEEK

The projects entail changes to existing handicap parking spaces.  Improvements include: Van accessible spaces, curb cuts, some sidewalk work near spaces, definable path way pavement markings, parking space signage and replacement of two ramps.  The work may disrupt several handicap parking areas and some adjoining spaces for about 2 weeks at each individual location.  However, several areas may be impacted simultaneously due to construction process.  Basically a demo crew will start at one location and move to the next followed immediately by an installation crew to construct the area removed.  The demo work will be noisy as they will be removing concrete.  The installation crew will need space to store gravel and bring in concrete trucks.  A dumpster may be located here or there for the debris.  These improvements will update handicap spaces to meet current codes and regulations.  The entire project is estimated to take 10-12 weeks and will impact both North and South campus in a domino fashion. 

The contractor plans to begin in Lot 1 and 1E and then move to ramps near Fishburn and Anderson along with Lot 5 and Lot 6.  These will be sequenced.

Those with a handicap hang-tag should be reminded that they are able to park in any open space regardless of the yellow or white pavement markings.  They should anticipate temporary inconvenience during this construction and allow extra time for finding a suitable space and for travel to their destination on campus.  This is an unfortunate short term consequence for long term gain.  Please assist FMS in any way to get word out about this campus wide project.

Thanks,

Kevin 

Kevin Witter - Architect/Professor

Director of Facilities, Planning, and Development

3054 Colonial Ave, SW

Roanoke, VA  24038

PH: 857-7341

Act now to be eligible for FINAL We Are Western prize drawing!!!

Now is your chance to donate to the We Are Western 2012 Employee Giving Campaign, support Virginia Western's students through scholarship and assistance programs, and be entered into all the prize drawings for the remainder of the campaign.

Enter now and be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE drawing on Oct. 24! Stay tuned for details.

We Are Western is an opportunity to invest in the future of our students. Donations fund the Employee Annual Giving Scholarship, Employee Family Scholarship, Student Emergency Fund, Student Book Fund, CCAP or any other initiative of the employee’s choosing. 100% of your gift benefits Virginia Western’s students. The goal is 100% employee participation, and no gift is too small!

The next We Are Western Prize Patrol drawing will be held on Wednesday, October 10. Submit your giving form or donate online by noon next Wednesday to be entered to win the great prizes donated by Educational Foundation board members:

  • We Are Western T-shirts
  • $20 Java Connection Java Bucks
  • $25 Red Robin gift card
  • $25 Home Depot gift card(s)

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!

Free Movie for Banned Books Week

TODAY ONLY Wednesday at 1pm in Whitman Theater, Student Life and the library will be hosting a free movie showing of Smoke Signals, a film written by Sherman Alexie (author of the banned book, 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.

ALL WEEK

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

Want to learn more about Banned Books Week? How about find a list of Banned Classics or the most frequently Banned Books of the 21st century?

Brown Library also 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.

Blood Drive – Next Monday

This fall the time will change, the weather will change and the leaves will change, but the need for blood will not change. Help support local hospitals and patients this season by donating blood and be the change that helps save local lives.

Blood Drive
Monday, October 8
9:00am – 2:00pm
Natural Science Center

Sign up online at www.vadonor.com
Walk-Ins Welcome!

For more information, contact Natasha Lee at 857-6326 or nlee@virginiawestern.edu.

Thank you from Institutional Advancement

As we move into a new week, I feel it is important to take the time to reflect on the successes the College recently celebrated.

The major gift announcement honoring the $5 million investment in Virginia Western Community College by the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust is a reflection of your dedication to Virginia Western’s students.

As Dr. Sandel expressed, “This transformational gift marks history for Virginia Western and for the residents of the Valley. This gift marks a moment in time.”

Thank you for facilitating the success of this moment in time and engendering a campus environment that has led vital members of the Roanoke region to perceive Virginia Western as a jewel, coined by Mr. W. Heywood Fralin on Tuesday, September 18.

I look forward to upcoming opportunities for continued collaboration.

Best Regards,

Angela Falconetti

 

Retirement Notice

I wanted to let you know that Bill Salyers retired at the end of last week. Bill served as our Dual Enrollment Coordinator for more than ten years. In that time, he moved this program forward in many ways. Bill established many of the guidelines including the calendar that we use to administer the program. He created the program’s website. And, he took us through the difficult process of implementing the VCCS required placement testing. Dual Enrollment would not be where it is today without Bill’s leadership and for that we are grateful. Please help me in wishing Bill the best in his retirement.

To facilitate communication, we have established a dual enrollment email account. That address is dualenrollment@virginiawestern.edu. Please use this address when communicating electronically.

Thanks!

Elizabeth

Donations Needed!

Donations are needed for the Stop Hunger Now Food Packaging Event that will take place on campus November 28, 2012!  Please encourage students to donate $1.00.  We need to reach our goal of $2,500.

Donation locations:

  • Volunteer Center - Thomas Center, room 210
  • Humanities Building - Room H111
  • Bookstore
  • Chapman Hall - Room 105
  • Webber Hall - Business, Engineering & Technology Office
  • Anderson Hall - Room 114- Science & Math Division Office

 

Fall 2012 Graduation Application Deadline – Extended

The Fall 2012 Graduation application deadline has been extended to November 30, 2012. Students will need to pay a $15.00 graduation application fee at the time of application (at the Cashier’s Office in Chapman Hall, Room C104; the receipt should be brought to the Records Office in Chapman Hall, Room C107.) Graduation applications are available in each of the Academic School offices.