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February 18, 2013

You Make The Difference Employee Recognition Event

Join in as the college collaboratively celebrates and recognizes your contributions that lead to the success of the college and the students that we serve!
“You Make the Difference” Employee Recognition Event
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Natural Science Center
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

All employees are invited to stop by to socialize and commend their peers at this event. Catered by A Cut Above Catering, an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages will be provided.

Following the event there will be award drawings! Awards are limited to employees that have received a “You Make the Difference” card issued by their peer(s) from March 2012 through February 2013. Remember to bring your cards with you to the event. If you prefer, you may deliver the completed cards prior to the event by placing them in a collection box located in the Human Resources Office.

A supply of “You Make the Difference” cards are located in the Human Resources Office.

Using Panopto to improve student grades and improve learning habits

The Media Geeks would like you to take a few minutes to watch our video about how using Panopto can help students get better grades and improve study habits (So the students say!)  http://youtu.be/BmXrUz9cp7o 

And if that's not enough to convince you to at least give it a try, here is a recent quote from a professor here at VWCC (name withheld to protect the innocent):

Here is a testimonial from someone who thinks that technology will be the downfall of civilization . . . I have used Panopto to keep from getting behind in my MWF lectures in XXXX when we are out for snow days.  I have been taping my class lecture on Thursday if there is snow in the forecast and then posting it for my Friday classes when we miss, so am able to keep all my classes on the same schedule and not get too far behind in the MWF sections.

So, I have to admit, that yes, this technology is very useful and that even I can figure out how to use it if I try.

Hall Career Center- Helping students find Employment!

The Hall Career Center is hosting a number of events to help students find employment.

1. Lowe's Application Sessions:

  • What: Lowe's Employment Application & Screening Sessions
  • When: Wednesday, February 27th
  • Time: 2 sessions- 1:00-2:00 & 4:00-5:00
  • Where: W217
  • Registration: Yes in the Hall Career Center

Meet & talk with the HR representative from Lowe's about available positions, requirements, and get help with the application process during these sessions.

 2. Focused Career Fair open to majors in:

 ***MEDICAL, HEALTH TECH, LAB SCIENCES, FITNESS, & WELLNESS RELATED PROGRAMS***

What:  Health Technology & Wellness Career Fair
When: Thursday, February 28th, 2013; 12-4
Where: VWCC Gym

 Register for this event in THE HALL CAREER CENTER- Thomas Center G202

3. VA State Trooper Informational Session:

  • What: VA State Trooper Informational Session 
  • When: Tuesday, 02/19/13 from 12:30-1:30pm 
  • Where: W308
  • Registration: Yes in the Hall Career Center

 Get the "real" scoop on what it takes to become a VA State Trooper

**Pre-registration is required by Monday, 02/18/13 by 5:00pm**

4. One of the LARGEST Career Fairs:

 The purpose of the Career Premiere Fair  is to share information with college students and graduates about career and internship opportunities at participating organizations.

  • What: Career Premiere Fair
  • When: Thursday, March 28, 2013 From 11:00-3:00
  • Where: Salem Civic Center
  • Registration: Yes in the Hall Career Center
  • Open to: ALL Students

Pre-registration required by Thursday,  3/21/13

5. Chamber of Commerce Career Focus Dinners:

The Chamber of Commerce host visits to different companies throughout the Roanoke Valley. This allows students to visit and walk through a company while listening to a presentation from the companies HR department. The presentation includes the hiring process, what departments the company has, a Q & A session and much more..... Sign up in the Hall Career Center TODAY and visit one of the following companies:

*Transportation provided to ALL dinners*

  • Coca-Cola- March 7; 4:30-7pm
  • StellarOne Bank- March 14; 4:30-7pm
  • WSLQ FM Broadcasting- March 21; 4:30-7:00
  • Western VA Water Authority-April 4; 4:30-7pm

Pre-registration required ONE week before each dinner.

6. Lunch Leads

Learn how your credit can affect your employment!

  • What: -Money Management International on Credit
  • When: March 14; 12:00-1:30
  • Where: Natural Science Center
  • Registration: Yes in the Hall Career Center
  • Open to: ALL students
  • FREE LUNCH PROVIDED

Pre-registration required by – Monday, 03/11/13

 **Please contact the Hall Career Center for registration/information 540-857-7298**

 
 

Dual Enrollment Coordinator

Please help me to welcome Dr. Kathryn (Kathy) Beard, our new Dual Enrollment Coordinator. Kathy is extremely well qualified for this position. She comes to us from Roanoke County Schools, where she was the CTE Coordinator. She has taught Dual Enrollment classes for us in the past and is familiar with both transfer and non-transfer courses and programs. Dual Enrollment is an important and rapidly changing area for our college. I look forward to Kathy’s leadership in this area.

Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer

 

 

SPRING BREAK

At this point, we have missed three Fridays due to inclement weather and many of you have had questions about the impact that this will have on Spring Break. For those classes meeting on a MWF meeting schedule, there will be no affect at this time. For those classes or labs that meet only on Fridays (Full-Time Friday classes and Friday Science labs), please plan to meet at your regularly scheduled time on the Friday of Spring Break (March 8th) to make up the missed class time.

Monthly PeopleSoft HRMS Training

The Human Resources and Payroll Departments will now be offering monthly PeopleSoft training for both Employee Self-Service and Manager Self-Service.  All employees (full and part-time) are encouraged to attend, with manager approval, the training session that best meets their schedule to obtain assistance with PeopleSoft HRMS.

At this time, there is no new information regarding PeopleSoft HRMS, these sessions are targeted to new employees and managers, and anyone else who might need a refresher.

The next training session will be held on Monday, February 18th  in M-320.

  • Employee Self-Service training will be held from 2pm - 3pm.
  • Manager Self-Service training will be held from 3pm - 4pm.

To view a complete list of training sessions, please click here.

If you have questions about completing your timesheet and/or your leave balances, please contact Dorrisa Williams (dmwilliams@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6634) in the Payroll Department.

If you have questions about leave policies, please contact Heidi McClintic (hmcclintic@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6331) in the Human Resources Department.

What is “Navigate: Get THERE through Team Advising”?

“Navigate: Get THERE through Team Advising” is the title of our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that is being developed during this academic year.

Come learn more about this preliminary five year action plan. We will share the preliminary details and get your feedback during these Faculty/Staff focus groups. They will be held on the following dates and times:

• Monday, February 18, 2013, in the Natural Science Center from 12-1 pm

• Monday, February 18, 2013, in the Natural Science Center from 2-3 pm

We will also hold Student Focus Groups next week. Thanks for stopping by the NSC to learn more about the preliminary plan and to share your thoughts.

Important Spring 2013 Drop Dates

Important spring 2013 drop dates to share with students:

  • Last Day to Register/Add a Class - January 13
  • Last Day to Drop and Receive Refund - January 24
  • Last Day to Apply for Spring Graduation - February 8
  • Last Day to Withdraw Without Grade Penalty - March 21

You Make The Difference Employee Recognition Event

Join in as the college collaboratively celebrates and recognizes your contributions that lead to the success of the college and the students that we serve!

 “You Make the Difference” Employee Recognition Event
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Natural Science Center
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

  • All employees are invited to stop by to socialize and commend their peers at this event.  Catered by A Cut Above Catering, an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages will be provided.
  • Following the event there will be award drawings!  Awards are limited to employees that have received a “You Make the Difference” card issued by their peer(s) from March 2012 through February 2013. Remember to bring your cards with you to the event.  If you prefer, you may deliver the completed cards prior to the event by placing them in a collection box located in the Human Resources Office.
  • A supply of “You Make the Difference” cards are located in the Human Resources Office.