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December 3, 2012

Employee Recognition Goody Bags

To celebrate the difference you make each and every day, the Employee Recognition Committee will be happily and festively delivering fun-filled goody bags to employees that are present on Wednesday, December 5th!

Think of what some of the candies in the bags signify:

Starbursts ®

Because you burst with “S”ervice, “T”eamwork, “A”chievement and “R”esults!

Swedish Fish

  “Fish Philosophy” – remembering to:  Play, Make Their Day (customers), Being There (co-workers), and Choosing Your Attitude! 

Jolly Rancher

The importance to have a sense of humor and/or to share a laugh with co-workers every day!

Life Savers Gummies ®

Being there for your co-workers and making the customer’s day! 

Bubble Gum

The team always sticks together and supports each other!

Tootsie Roll

Each employee is a “roll” model for others!

Nestles ® Crunch Bar

Each of you can be counted on during a crunch time!


For your commit “mint” to your work! 

Dum Dums ®

We learn from our mistakes and from that become a better employee! 

M & M’s ®

M”eaningful contributions & “M”aking the difference! 

Can you think of what your candy in the bag you received could represent? 

Be on the lookout for Recognition STAR (Service, Teamwork, Achievement and Results) buttons that are in six of the goody bags!  The recipient of the special button will be awarded a VWCC logo item. Present your button, attached receipt, and employee ID badge to Denise Schuh in Human Resources not later than December 14th to claim your award.

So that the reindeer and elves roaming the campus know who you are don’t forget to wear your employee badge on Wednesday, December 5th beginning at 10:00 a.m.!

On behalf of Dr. Sandel, the Employee Recognition Committee would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication in supporting the college’s mission, vision, and goals!

Holiday Luncheon

Don't forget the Holiday Luncheon is this Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you have not signed up but still wish to attend, please contact Tara Nepper (tnepper@virginiawestern.edu).

Wear your favorite holiday sweater be it new or old!


Office of Pregnant/Parenting Student Services

  • Monetary gifts: checks may be made payable to VWCC Educational Foundation, note OPPSS in memo, gift cards, cash
  • Other items: Diapers- infant to toddler size, Pull ups, Wipes, Pacifiers, Bottles, Babywear, Clothing- newborn to toddler- onesies, tshirts, Coats- infant to toddler , 2t-6 sizes, Blankets, Books, puzzles- infant to pre school, Small toys, Car seat, Stroller, Diaper bag/Tote bag, Insulated bags- for nursing mothers, Gift cards- for transportation, food assistance, WEPA cards- VWCC printing, Monetary donations- can be used for bookstore credit, cab vouchers, child care assistance

Roanoke Valley SPCA

  • See the list attached for needed donation items. Located Baldwin Avenue, NE. Services include animal adoption, foster care, low-cost spay and neutering, community outreach. http://www.rvspca.org/

Family of Mariam Ndarugiriye

  • Cash, Wal-Mart and Kroger gift cards. Anything that would assist a family taking in eight children unexpectedly during this holiday season.  

Welcome New Hires!

Please take a minute to welcome the following new employees:

  • Sharon Stinette began on 11/30/12 part-time in Institutional Advancement as the Community Arboretum Outreach and Education Coordinator.
  • Anita Chocklett began on 12/3/12 part-time at the Greenfield Center as an Admin and Office Specialist.
  • Valarie Pickle began on 12/03/12 part-time in the School of Natural Science and Mathematics as an Admin and Office Specialist.

Welcome to the Virginia Western family!

Holiday Pops

The College has a limited number of stadium seating tickets for Holiday Pops at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 7th at the Salem Civic Center. Contact Amy Balzer at abalzer@virginiawestern.edu or 77311.

Grades for Fall 2012

Grades for the fall 2012 term are due by 9:30 a.m. on December 20. Please remember to save your grade roster in the Approved status and to also follow the new instructions for populating the Last Date of Attendance field. Additional information on entering grades is available online at http://virginiawestern.edu/studenthelp/faculty/index.php. If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Lorry Conklin or Sharlona Wimmer.

Rock & Roll Diner Closed Today

The Rock & Roll Diner will not be open today due to mechanical problems.

Retirement Reception for Linda Davis

Please join the School of Business, Engineering and Technology in honoring Linda Davis at a retirement reception on Monday, December 10 between 10 and 11 a.m. in the  Natural Science Center. Linda recently announced her decision to retire at the end of the fall semester. We hope that all faculty and staff will be able to drop by next Monday to visit with Linda and  wish her well!

New Book

Dr. Phil Ayers, Philosophy Instructor at VWCC, has authored a new book entitled, MARINE: Featuring the Battle of Hickory May 1967. He shares an intimate part of his life that is meaningful to all Americans, especially combat veterans and their families. This account of his life depicts the horrors of combat and the consequences of war in an individual’s life. Philip believes our younger generation needs to know of our heroes of the past, and the price our Veterans paid for their freedom. History must not be forgotten.
MARINE: Featuring the Battle of Hickory May 1967 (ISBN: 9781624195563) by author Dr. Philip E. Ayers. It is published by Xulon Press, Maitland, FL, copyright 2012. The book is 238 pages in length, and is available for $15.95 through Xulon Press, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles or any book store.

December Blood Drive

 Virginia Western Community College Blood Drive!

Wednesday, December 5

11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Parking lot 1 in front of the Natural Science Center

Free stuff for presenting donors

Contact Lori Mier or Natasha Lee in student activities or log on to www.redcrossblood.org sponsor code 35625 to schedule an appointment

We Are Western Winners!!

THANK YOU!!! The We Are Western 2012 Employee Giving Campaign is complete. With support from much of the Virginia Western family, the Educational Foundation raised over $30,000 to benefit students through scholarship and assistance programs.

Congratulations Debbie LaRocca! You are the proud owner of an iPad3, courtesy of Optical Cable. Thank you for your support!

Congratulations Karen Carpenter! You are the proud owner of a Kindle, courtesy of Educational Foundation board members. Thank you for your support!

We Are Western T-shirts--Lori Baker, Gary Young, Rachelle Koudelik-Jones, Dan Semones, Ramona Coveny, Chad Sartini, Renee Rice, Craig Harris, Michele Hilts and Avis Quinn. Thank you all for your support!

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.

DON'T FORGET...you can give year-round: 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!