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December 5, 2012

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Update

Great progress has been made this semester by the Advising Teamwork QEP development team and committees. A big thank you to all the faculty, staff, and students who have worked on the project this semester. Work will continue in spring 2013 to develop the full implementation plan. Below is an overview of the progress to date.

  • Our working goal of “Through team advising, students will learn how to set and achieve their own educational success goals” was decided.
  • The preliminary outcomes were developed. They are: (The student will be able to ...)
    • Identify appropriate advising resources related to their goals.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the advising structure.
    • Develop an academic plan
  • The IA committee is focusing on logo creation. They also have developed and approved three suggested titles for the QEP. A survey will be circulated in the daily bulletin in the coming days, for you to vote on the best title.
  • A target audience, first year students who are enrolled in a degree program and taking SDV, was chosen, and it was decided that this group will be targeted beginning with fall 2014.
  • A preliminary implementation plan was completed and shared with the Executive Staff. This preliminary plan will be shared with the campus community at the Wednesday, December 12, 2012, QEP/SACS update session (at noon in the Natural Science Center). This session is open to all faculty, staff, and students who would like to learn more about the project.

If you have questions, suggestions, or concerns related to the QEP, please feel free to contact Kristel Clark at kclark@virginiawestern.edu or 540-857-6218.

Special Notice Concerning College Deliveries

When submitting eVA orders, please be sure to indicate the Ship To Address on your orders.  This is accomplished by clicking on the drop down menu next to Ship To: and choosing one of the address selections listed in the link below:


Companies have delivered packages to the FMS building with no indication of who the package is for and during hours when the college is closed.  When at all feasible, packages should be delivered directly to the buildings and/or department or division.  If packages are delivered to FMS directly, receiving hours are 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Packages are not received when the college is closed on weekends or on holidays.  If a fork lift is needed in order to offload an order, an advanced notice of 24 hours is required.

Best practice would suggest that we make vendors aware of our holiday closings and request delivery prior to the holiday break on 12/19/12 at 12 o'clock noon or after January 2, 2013 when we return. This can be done by adding a comment to the order and clicking in the box that makes it visible to the vendor.

Tutors Needed

The REACH office provides support for students with disabilities, and we are looking for a few good tutors! We pay $9 to $11 an hour based on education level. While we are interested in hiring for all subjects, upper level math and the sciences are especially needed.

If you know of past or current successful students who may be interested, would you mind referring them to our office? They can contact Rick Robers at rrobers@virginiawestern.edu or 857-7286. They can also pick up an application in Webber Room 212.

Campus Leadership

An announcement was made to the faculty and staff in BET on Monday by Jim Poythress concerning the leadership of BET. Because of the individual nature that Jim has with his academic school, we felt it best that Jim communicate first with BET before a campus announcement was made. But as word is getting out, it is important now to update the campus. While Jim is still officially Dean of Business, Engineering, and Technology, for the immediate future he will lead the Workforce Development and Economic Development areas of the college but not lead the academic school. BET will be led on an interim basis by Debbie Yancey until a more permanent situation is established.

Please direct any business associated with Workforce to Jim Poythress and any business related to BET to Debbie Yancey.

Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer

Need a Federal Work-Study for the Spring semester?

There is still a need for positions on campus for Federal Work-Study (FWS) eligible students! We have a handful of students who are looking for positions! Current work-study students can assist in a variety of ways depending on specific departmental needs.If you'd like more details or clarification on what type of assistance a work-study student can provide to you, please contact me!

This is a great opportunity to help the student utilize their work-study award, which is a valuable source of financial aid, and gain employment skills as well as helping staff manage daily activities!

Please send a Personnel Requisition to me at ahuffman@virginiawestern.edu so that we can get your position posted! You can find the form in VWConnect under HR Forms or I'll be happy to email you one. Thank you for your assistance!

VWCC Employment Opportunity

Human Resources is currently accepting applications for the following position:

  • Administrative and Office Specialist II (Part-time)
    • Deadline:  12/10/2012 by 5pm (EST)

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.


Workforce Development http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/index.php

Foundations of AutoDesk Revit (CADD 2151) - This 6 week course (24 hrs) will focus on the basic tools needed to work with Revit Architecture. Management of Projects in the Revit Environment will be discussed throughout this course. With the parametric nature of Revit, Building Information Management (BIM) is integrated throughout the course. The class begins with the fundamentals of the user interface and Revit commands. The program streamlines the design process with a 3D central model. Class Dates: Mondays 6:00-10:00pm - 1/7/13-2/11/13.  http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/revitfoundations.php Contact Paulette Parkhill pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

iPad for Business Workshop (held at VWCC Main Campus in Fishburn Hall F002)–January 10, 2013 (9:00am-11:00am) Limited Seating - Advanced Registration Required To register: http://events.vastartup.org/events/843 For more details: Contact Paulette Parkhill pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

QuickBooks for Business (ACC 295) - This in-depth workshop will help you succeed! - Tips and tricks for using QuickBooks to manage your accounting records, freeing up time for you to grow your business. Are you a small business owner who would like to learn computerized accounting? Have you been using QuickBooks and would like to learn how to use it better? - Class Dates: Friday evenings 5:30pm – 10:00pm – January 18, 25 and February 1, 2013 (Be sure to register early)http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/quickbooks.php  Contact: Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

MS Office Skills – The Next Level (ITEC 2348) – Held at the Franklin Center - Learning key tips and tricks can greatly improve your efficiency and productivity. Numerous shortcuts, WORD 2010 ribbon basics, quick access toolbar, pictures, adding borders and shading paragraphs, mail merge the easy way. EXCEL 2010 ribbon basics, quick access toolbar, removing duplicates in lists, formulas and filters. Class Dates: Thursday evenings 6:00pm – 9:00pm – January 24 – January31, 2013 (Be sure to register early)Contact Paulette Parkhill (540) 857-6514 pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

SAT Test Prep Course - Building Skills for Better Scores (EDUC 2150) 6 Week Classes meet on: Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 4:30pm to 6:30pm Spring Session Dates: 1/29/13 - 3/8/13 or 3/12/13 - 5/3/13 For more details: http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/satprep.php Contact Paulette Parkhill pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

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!

Student Tuition Payment Plan

For your information to distrubute to students:

Spring 2013 Tuition Payment Plan – Sign Up TODAY!

To help meet educational expenses, Virginia Western Community College is pleased to participate in Nelnet’s tuition payment plan.  For a non-refundable fee of $25.00, Nelnet allows monthly, interest-free tuition payments. The earlier students enroll the more payment options they may have. The payment plan for Spring 2013 will begin on November 12, 2012.

If a payment plan is not established or if tuition is not paid by December 6, students who registered early for classes will be dropped and will need to repeat the registration process. Financial Aid students are protected from enrollment cancellation up to the amount of their Financial Aid award. Financial Aid students should pay any differences between their total award and the amount due to prevent enrollment cancellation.

Payment plan sign-up instructions and deadlines will be posted on the Student Bulletin, Facebook, Twitter, www.virginiawestern.edu and on the VWtvs located across campus.

Step by step directions on how to enroll in a payment plan are available at http://www.virginiawestern.edu/studenthelp/student/tuitionpaymentplan.php