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December 19, 2012

Blackboard Interface will be Upgraded to the New 2012 Theme on Dec. 19, 2012

The department of Distance Learning and Instructional Technology is planning to  switch Blackboard to the new 2012 theme on December 19, 2012. The 2012 theme is a part of the upgraded Blackboard version 9.1 Service Pack 9.

Please let us know if you have any question about this upgrade.

Carrie Halpin

December 18, 2012

New Travel Mileage Rate

To all VWCC Employees:

The Office of Fleet Management has announced an increase in the personal mileage rate from .555 to .565 beginning January 1, 2013.  Employees who travel on state business when a state vehicle is not available or accessible or when use of the employee’s vehicle is considered cost beneficial to the state are entitled to the .565 mileage reimbursement rate.  The fleet rate of .246 remains unchanged.

For employees that travel after January 1, 2013, please use the new form available on VW Connect.  The new form is titled Travel Reimbursement Form (effective January 1, 2013) and is available by clicking on the Financial and Administrative Services link and then clicking on Travel on the left-hand side of the webpage.  The old Travel Reimbursement Form (effective July 1, 2011) will remain on the webpage for the next month so that employees that travel prior to January 1, 2013 can still submit travel vouchers on the old form.

If there are any questions regarding the change, please let me know.


Cheryl C. Miller,

Thank you


Dear Family,

Thank you so much for the wonderful times I have experienced as a part of the VWCC family. After 42 years of teaching, I can truly say that these eight years at Virginia Western have been the best of my career.

I would like to express my appreciation to all of you who attended my retirement party last week and for your kind words, sweet cards and notes, and loving hugs. It was a pleasure chatting with you, and I hope we will be able to stay in touch.

May each of you have a Blessed Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a restful vacation.

Linda Davis

Your voice was heard! – QEP Title Survey Results

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) title survey ended on Friday, 12/14/2012 at 5 pm.  The title which has been selected for our Advising Teamwork QEP is: "Navigate:  Get THERE through Team Advising."  Thanks to everyone who completed the survey.  If you have questions or concerns related to the QEP, please contact Kristel Clark at kclark@virginiawestern.edu or 540-857-6218.

A Semester of Service

Beginning next semester the Virginia Western Volunteer Center will start  'A Semester of Service' to provide students the opportunity to serve their community through group involvement that builds relationships, expands the mind and enriches the spirit . 

Each month the volunteer coordinator will coordinate one or two service project events, taking a small group of students to volunteer at the designated organization. 

Service projects will typically be held on a weekday afternoon for one or two hours.  We will take a school vehicle and leave from campus.  Projects will be posted once they are scheduled. 

Students who wish to volunteer on a particular day will need to contact Lori Mier, Volunteer Coordinator at lmier@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6688 to sign up.

January Service Project:

Nursing home residents often look forward to scheduled activities including card games, crafts and musical performances.  When volunteers visit, the residents receive extra one-on-one attention which can be rewarding for everyone involved.

Spend time with residents at the South Roanoke Nursing Home playing Uno! 

Wednesday, January 30, 2012

We will leave VWCC around 1:30 p.m. and return around 3:15.  Please contact Lori Mier, Volunteer Coordinator at lmier@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6688  to attend this service event.

Student ID Office Hours- Spring 2013


January 7-January 10, 2013 Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thomas Center, Second Floor Lobby

Limited Office Hours will be available after January 17. Specific hours to be announced!

All students must bring a Government Issued Photo ID (i.e. Driver’s License, Passport) AND a current copy of their class schedule.

Students who already have a student ID can receive a Spring 2013 enrollment sticker during these hours. Student IDs with a current enrollment sticker (Spring 2013) are REQUIRED for free Valley Metro service and for technology check-outs in the Brown Library.

For information or questions, contact Nick Owens in Student Activities at 857-7958 or nowens@virginiawestern.edu

December 17, 2012


  • BOOKS FOR SALE: PSY 200, LSC Colh (Virginia Western Cc) PSY 200 Custom Package; King; ISBN:9780077684433; Condition: Very Good (used 1 semester only); PRICE: $50; (Includes online access code) MTH 163 and MTH 166, PreCalculus (w/out MyMathLab/MyStatLab Access); Sullivan; ISBN:9780321716835; Condition: Very good; PRICE: $80 Aaron Holloway, call at 540-278-3261 or email bholloman6677@gmail.com
  • MATH BOOK FOR SALE Applied Business Mathematics class BUS 125. Practical Business Math Procedures 10th Edition by Jeffery Slater. In excellent condition with all other books and CD included. I paid $228, asking $100. Contact Rachel at (540)815-1458 via call or text.
  • NURSING TEXTBOOKS FOR SALE: Some books have a little wear and some have tears on the edges but nothing that diminishes the use of the book at all. Most are in great condition. There are also many NCLEX-RN Exam prep books and study guides and I believe all the CDs and DVDs are here also. I am also including the game that is strictly for Registered Nurses and really does help. $450 for everything. There are also a few boxes listed of drug cards and NCLEX exam cards which are very beneficial. My contact information is alaw8692@email.vccs.edu
  • BOOKS FOR SALE: ENG112 - “Literature A Portable Anthology Second Edition”, Condition: Good, Price: $30. BIO101-102 - “Biology Concepts & Connections Seventh Edition”, Condition: Excellent!, Price: $100. HLT110 - “Connect Core Concepts in Health Twelfth Edition”, with CONNECT card! Condition: Fair, Price: $50. HMS251 - “Addiction Treatment a strengths perspective Second Edition”, Condition: Great, Price: $60. MEN101-102 - “Interviewing and Change Strategies for Helpers Sixth Edition”, Condition: Excellent! Price: $80. MEN221 - “Groups a Counseling Specialty 6th Edition”, Condition: Excellent! Price: $75. PSY200 - “Experience Psychology”, Condition: Excellent! Price: $80. PSY120 – “Looking Out Looking In 13th Edition”, Condition: Excellent! Price: $65. PSY215 - “Abnormal Psychology Eighth Edition”, Condition: Excellent! Price: $100. PSY220 - “Behavior Modification Principles & Procedures Fifth Edition”, Condition: Excellent! Price: $120. PSY230 - “Life-Span Human Development 7th Edition”, Condition: Excellent! Price: $100. SOC200 - “Society the basics”, Condition: Good, Price: $70. Cell: 540-580-4890 (text or call) Email: cml2606@email.vccs.edu or lollipop2269@yahoo.com
  • MATHEMATICS, NINTH EDITION FOR SALE - Mathematics, Ninth Edition by Karl J. Smith, Used once. Paid $165; asking $100, Excellent condition. Contact pph25@email.vccs.edu.


Do you have an item to post FOR BUY/SALE/TRADE/FREE? Please submit your information ready to post with complete contact information to publicrelations@virginiawestern.edu.

VWCC Employment Opportunity

Human Resources is currently accepting applications for the following position:

    • Head Athletic Coach, Part-time (Women's Volleyball)
      • Deadline:  Open Until Filled

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".  Please feel free to contact HR, 857.7282, with any questions.

Blackboard Interface will be Upgraded to the New 2012 Theme on Dec. 19, 2012

The department of Distance Learning and Instructional Technology is planning to  switch Blackboard to the new 2012 theme on December 19, 2012. The 2012 theme is a part of the upgraded Blackboard version 9.1 Service Pack 9.

Please let us know if you have any question about this upgrade.

Carrie Halpin

Help Desk Holiday Hours

Below are the Help Desk hours of operation for the week of December 17 and the week we return from break.

Please note the Help Desk will be staffed during the morning of Thursday, 12/20 even though the college is “closed” in case you need technical support.

Monday, Dec. 17 and Tuesday, Dec. 18: 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. (our normal hours)
Wednesday, Dec. 19: 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 20: 7:45 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, Jan. 2: noon to 6 p.m. (The Help Desk staff will attend in-service.)Thursday, Jan. 3: 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 4: 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Our normal hours of operation will resume Monday, January 7, 2013.