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March 4, 2013

Food Vendors Closed for Spring Break

All on campus food vendors will be closed during the week of spring break--March 4-8, 2013.


During this week of Spring Break, our cleaning company will be buffing tile floors around campus. Please be careful when you see a "Wet Floor" sign as the floor may be extremely slick. We appreciate your patience during this cleaning process. Becky Chauncey

2013 – 2014 Membership Drive for the VCCA

Dear Colleagues,

 The 2013 – 2014 membership drive for the VCCA is upon us, which means that it’s time to join or renew your Virginia Community College Association membership!

The Virginia Community Colleges Association is the longest serving professional development venue in the 43-year history of the VCCS, and it provides many excellent opportunities for networking and new learning experiences. Nowhere else can you gather with others who believe as you do, who believe in the mission of the community colleges in Virginia, and who seek to gain new perspectives in their professional development. 

Supported by Chancellor DuBois, the VCCA is an organization of like-minded individuals who believe in the value of higher education and the value that an educated populace brings to their colleges, communities, and to the state as a whole. The Virginia Community College System is a vital component of the economic wellbeing of the Commonwealth. The VCCA is the only organization within the System that is open to anyone who shares in the commitment to the community colleges, be they administrators, faculty, classified staff, part-time employees, students, or just friends of Virginia’s community colleges.

 2013 – 2014 Membership Contest Dates: Now through June 14 

At the 2012 VCCA Annual Conference Assembly of Delegates Meeting, the elected delegates voted to increase the annual membership dues. Dues for faculty and support staff have been increased to $25 beginning with the 2013-2014 membership.

  • Be one of the FIRST to join VCCA or renew your membership and your name will be entered in a drawing for a $50 check! 
  • College contacts that send in at least 7 early memberships will also be entered in a drawing for a $50 check!
  • 2013-2014 Membership dues are $25 for faculty and support staff.

 The drawing will take place on or just after June 25!

Click on this link and select Membership from the top menu bar to access the Membership form: http://www.vccaedu.org/ 

Please print and return to Dana Asciolla with your dues. Please email if you have any questions. dasciolla@virginiawestern.edu

 You are encouraged to submit your membership through your VCCA college contact so they can maintain an accurate list of current members. 

 Join or renew today. Don’t wait…Just do it!

Plan ahead for the 2013 VCCA 31st Annual Conference, October 3 - 5, 2013,

at The Holiday Inn Virginia Beach Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center in VA Beach.

VWCC Employment Opportunities

VWCC Employment Opportunities

Human Resources is currently accepting applications for the following positions:


×        Administrative and Office Specialist III

  • Deadline:  03/08/2013 by 5 pm (EST)

×        Mail Room Assistant (Part-time)

  • Deadline:  03/11/2013 by 5:00pm (EST)

×        Nursing Instructor

  • Deadline:  03/22/2013 by 5:00pm (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”.  Feel free to contact HR, 857.7282, with any questions.

Help Desk Spring Break Hours

The Help Desk will be open from 7:45 am - 5:30 pm during Spring Break from Monday, March 4 - Thursday, March 7 and 7:45 am-5:00 pm on Friday, March 8.

Normal hours will resume on Monday, March 11.

Virginia Western Basketball Saturday!

Virginia Western Blue Stars Basketball

Saturday, March 9

The Women will play New River Community College at 11:00 AM and Lord Fairfax Community College at 1:30 PM.

The Men will play at 2:45 PM against Lord Fairfax Community College and 5:15 PM against New River Community College.

See you there!

VWtv Slide Instructions

Need a slide on the VWtv? Use this easy link below to get your information out.

VWConnect > Institutional Advancement > Office of Communications > VWtv slide - https://sites.google.com/site/vwmediageeks/vwtv-request

Remember to keep your VWtv slide message short and to the point. You only have six seconds to catch their attention.

Remember - this link is on VWConnect so it can only be accessed through an on-campus computer or through the virtual desktop if off campus.

Fit PowerPoint slides to your screen size

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!

Research Study- Highlight Your College Success

Did you work with a Virginia Western career coach while in high school? A study is being conducted to explore your college success. Participants will complete a questionnaire and a one-on-one interview. If you have completed 12 credit hours, have a 2.0 GPA, worked with a career coach and you want to highlight your college success contact Melinda Hill at mhill@virginiawestern.edu or call 540.819.2231.

Teaching and Learning with Technology Committee announcement:

The Teaching and Learning with Technology Committee is excited to offer some small grant opportunities to encourage innovative and emerging technology in teaching and learning. These awards are typically NOT funded by the VCCS’s Professional Development Initiatives, the Equipment Trust Fund or the College’s regular operating budget. Faculty and staff should consider proposing innovative and emerging technology projects that support the College’s vision statement.  The window for submission is short so PLEASE, we encourage any and all innovative ideas.  Deadline for submission is Friday, March 15th at 4 pm.  Follow the link below to apply: