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November 12, 2012

Free Professional Development Workshop at CVCC

Efficiency + Organization
Increased Productivity, Less Work, and More Fun!

Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
CVCC Room 3212, Bedford Hall
1:00-4:00 PM
Lunch at 12:00 Noon

In this Hands-on workshop, participants will learn ways to improve their workflow and save time every semester in dealing with their syllabi and course calendars. Ian Taylor will provide training through two of his productivity modules, Syllabus Formulation and Calendar Organization.

Syllabus Formulation
Minimize the amount of work required to update syllabi for new course sections each semester
Identify static (unchanging) and dynamic (changing by course/semester) information
Revise syllabi to minimize replicated work.

Calendar Organization
Create a digital course calendar for scheduling assignments and course section dates to easily share with students
Use technology to prevents unnecessary replications or work

What to bring to the workshop
Course Syllabus (digital format), Existing Course Calendar
Writing supplies (pen/paper or digital device)
VCCS login information

This event is sponsored by the CVCC Distance Education Center and Central Virginia Regional Center for Teaching Excellence

Register by Nov. 27!!  Call 434-832-7743

5 more days — Countdown to Blackboard 9.1 SP 9 Upgrade

The countdown has begun for the upgrade of Blackboard to version 9.1 Service Pack 9 starting noon Saturday November 17 and ending Sunday November 18 at 2:00 pm. During the upgrade, Blackboard will be unavailable to faculty and students as has always been the process in previous upgrades. Be sure you alert students even though alerts have been posted in the Blackboard portal page!!

Even though the VWCC Testing Center is open until 1:00pm November 17, Blackboard testing will conclude at noon.

Updating Your Mailing Address

Attention ALL employees (Full and Part-Time, Faculty and Staff):

To make sure Payroll has your current mailing address for W2 purposes, please review and update your address no later than December 14th, 2012.   

To Edit an address:

  • Log-in to PeopleSoft.
  • Click "Main Menu".
  • Click "Self Service".
  • Click "Personal Information Summary".
  • Click "Change Home/Mailing Addresses" button.
  • Then click the “Edit” button to the right of the address which needs to be updated.
  • Fill out the form with your new mailing address information.  You must list the same address in the HOME and MAILING address variables.  Please ensure you are using proper USPS format and abbreviations.  The Postal code MUST be in the nine-digit format. Use this link to find your code: http://zip4.usps.com.
  • Residence/Juris Code should be the city or county location of the corresponding address.
  • List effective date of address change next to “On this date”.
  • Click “Save”.
  • Click “Ok”.
  • Click “Return to Personal Information” when verification of Address is complete.

Additionally, please submit all address changes to the Human Resources Department. This can be done by emailing Heidi McClintic (hmcclintic@virginiawestern.edu) from your VWCC Employee Email Account (or you can use your VCCS Student Email account if you do not have an Employee Email Account with our college) with the request.


Radiography Club – Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Radiography Club Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser!

Saturday, November 17
8 am to 10am
Bonsack Applebees

All you can eat pancakes and sausage, plus unlimited coffee, tea or water!

Tickets are $6. See any Radiography Club member to buy tickets. Students are on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Anderson 140.

For more information, contact Ashleigh Overstreet, club president, at aro227@email.vccs.edu.

LUNCH LEADS: General Business SIGN UP TODAY!!!

Wondering what the people doing the hiring are looking for, what does your potential employer want to see on your resume, or what type of skills are they looking for in their employees? Sign up today and find out ALL this information and much more!

WHEN: Thursday, November 15   12:30-2:00

WHERE: Natural Science Center

WHAT: Lunch and Information Provided!

Last day to sign up is Tuesday, November 13th

*Limited seating, Hall Career Center Passport Event*



Time to do some holiday cleaning!! Goodwill donation boxes are  located inside all over campus! Stop by any location and you will find a "white" box for the your donations!  We have placed a 24hr drop box located in parking lot #7 (Webber lot) for your donations! There will also be a Goodwill truck on campus Wednesday, November 14th, from 8am -noon if a tax receipt is needed. The donation boxes will be here until Friday, November 16th!

*Attention Staff: In return for our donations the Hall Career Center will receive vouchers from the Goodwill so that we may help those students in need of dress attire for interviews or  job fairs.

Special thanks to all that have donated!!!!!

Operation Blue Star Bedlam Video

The video of Operation Blue Star Bedlam, which was shown in the Hotwash last week, is now available on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.  A big THANK YOU to B. Bagby and the Media Geeks for their hard work and dedication to making the video.

You may view the video at:         VWConnect > Crisis Management > Videos & Resource Libraries > Operation Blue Star Bedlam > YouTube Video of Event. This site can only be accessed from a desktop on campus or from your virtual desktop off campus.

Your Exercise Planning Team,

  • Mike Shelton, Human Resources Director
  • Craig Harris, Chief of Campus Police
  • Heidi McClintic, Human Resources Analyst


“THE CITY DARK” screening in Whitman Theater


 a search for night on a planet that never sleeps

'THE CITY DARK is a feature documentary about light pollution and the disappearing night sky. It premiered in competition at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize for Best Score/Music. After moving to light-polluted New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks: “Do we need the dark?” Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawai’i, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights—including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above. Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, philosophers, historians, and lighting designers, THE CITY DARK is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.'

Screening in Whitman Theater

 November 13 at 10 a.m. and noon (58 minute classroom version)

November 13 at 7 p.m. (84 minute full length version)

November 14 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (58 minute classroom version)

Free Admission. 

Sponsored by :

The Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society , Virginia Western Sustainability Committee and Virginia Western

Hot Chocolate Wednesday

Stop by Chapman Hall (outside the bookstore) to get a free cup of hot chocolate on Wednesday, November 14 from 9:30- whenever it is gone.  Also collecting donations for the Stop Hunger Now event.

If you would like to sign up to volunteer for the SHN event please register at http://events.stophungernow.org/vawestern

Do your slides fit your screen?

Many of you may have noticed that the image on the screen in the classrooms is now wider than it is tall (much like a movie screen or newer television).  This ratio of wide to tall is called "Screen Ratio".  The standard that many of you are used to is 4:3.  This is an image that is nearly square, much like older televisions.  Unfortunately, though this screen ratio is little in use anymore, most PowerPoint slides are still being made to this ratio meaning either your slides don't fill the screen, or are stretched wide in an unappealing manner.   So, what do we do???

In Powerpoint, you can change your slides to be 16:9.  This is much closer to the actual ratio of your image in the classroom (and on most of your computers as well).  Do change the screen ratio:

1. Open PowerPoint

  1. Open PowerPoint
  2. Click on the Design tab at the top of the application
  3. Click on Page Setup
  4. Under "Slides sized for" select "On-screen Show (16:9)

Now your slides will be the right size and ratio.  Please note:  Most slides will look okay, but some are very likely to look very bad.  PowerPoint will do its best to move things around to fit, but it's not usually very good at it.   So, if you resize your slides, be sure to build in some time to tweak them all to make them look good.

If you make new slides, be sure to change to the new 16:9 ratio before you start designing your slides, and everything will turn out alright.

If you've got any questions about this, reach out to the Media Geeks.  We're always happy to help!