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March 18, 2013

Virginia Employee Public Service Week Celebration!

Every May, state agencies across Virginia will celebrate the hard work and dedication state employees provide to the Commonwealth of Virginia through a recognition event in honor of Virginia Employee Public Service Week.

Due to the operational challenges that Virginia Western faces during the traditional recognition period, the college will be celebrating Virginia Employee Public Service Week on Wednesday, April 17, 2013:

Virginia Employee Public Service Week Celebration

Natural Science Center

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 

Ice cream will be provided by the Homestead Creamery truck just outside of the Natural Science Center.   Be sure to bring your employee badge and sign-in at that time to receive your treat! 

For your additional pleasure, an assortment of games will be available within the Natural Science Center! 

  • Cake Walk (4 times:  1:30, 2:00, 2:30, and 3:00) – play the game for your opportunity to win a yummy cake!
  • Jelly Bean Guessing Game   Be the employee to guess the closest amount of jelly beans in the jar and win the jar of candy!
  • Name that Baby  Identify your co-workers as children.  The employee that guesses the most correct responses is a genius and will have their name displayed as the winner adjacent to the Wall of Fame!  Do you want your baby picture displayed for this game?  Send it to Human Resources not later than April 12th – be sure to include a note with your name on it to identify yourself!
  • Corn Hole
  • Jinga (giant tumbling towers)

Employees will also have the opportunity to recognize a work-related accomplishment or noteworthy action of a co-worker on a paper brick wall for the college’s Wall of Fame.  The Wall of Fame will be displayed during the traditional Virginia Employee Public Service Week (TBA). Three (3) employees will be awarded a recognition gift based on the recognition action (brick) completed by your peer.

Thank you for making a difference! 

A special thank you is extended to Carlton Mabe and Tara Nepper for their contributions to this event, and also to the dedicated members of the Employee Recognition Committee!

Free Showing of “The Invisble War”

To kick off National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Armed Forces Student Association and OPPSS are showing The Invisible War, an award-winning documentary on sexual assault in the military. There will be 2 showings on March 26th at 2 and 5 PM in Whitman Theater, with a short Q&A session to follow each.

The movie is a late addition to the Career Center passports, so extra credit may be available for attendance.

These showings are open to the public. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated.

For more information, please contact Michele Hilts at 857-7395 or Gwen Johnson at 857-6685.

Threads of War – free lecture at the Greenfield Center (Daleville)

Dressing like the people of the Civil War era can be fun and add a new level of respect and appreciation for the daily life of that time.  Join the Greenfield Center for a free lecture on the “Threads of War”.  Ann Turner, owner of Alter Plus, will discuss the history of Civil War uniforms – both North and South – and why Civil War garments were made the way they were.

Harry Gleason, Buchanan Town Revitalization Manager, will also discuss the Buchanan Civil War History Weekend coming up April 26 – 28. 

Lecture details:   Monday, March 25, 2013
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Cost: FREE
RSVP: Call 966-3984 to reserve your spot

Volunteer/Internship Opportunity!

The Feeding America Hunger Study will start next month- VOLUNTEER AND INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES are available! Volunteers are needed to help with the client survey by working in teams to visit assigned food distribution sites throughout Southwest Virginia to randomly select clients for a computer-based interview. Teams of 3 to 4 will be paired with a food pantry, shelter, or soup kitchen to conduct client interviews. This great opportunity allows volunteers to learn more about hunger in their community.

Feeding America Southwest VA is holding an Information Session on Monday, April 8 from 12-1 PM in the Natural Science Center.  If you are interested and can't make the information session you can pick up a FASWVA volunteer information form in the Volunteer Office, Thomas Center room 210 or email Lori Mier, lmier@virginiawestern.edu.

Using Panopto to help students learn

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.

Tomorrow: A Thousand Cranes – A Play About Peace

The Barter Players present: A Thousand Cranes


Whitman Theater

Two Showtimes: 11:15 am and 2:15 pm

Runtime approx. 1 hour

Free admission for everyone!

This is the true story of twelve-year-old Sadako Sasaki, who was stricken with “radiation sickness” (leukemia) ten years after the bombing of her city, Hiroshima. Her quest to fold a thousand origami cranes in pursuit of a wish for peace has inspired people around the world. This play pulls from traditional forms of Japanese drama to celebrate Sadako’s hope for peace in the world.

Information and instructions for folding cranes on the study guide for this play, located at: http://www.bartertheatre.com/young_audiences/players_tour.php.

For more information, contact Natasha Lee, Student Activities Coordinator at nlee@virginiawestern.edu or 540-857-6326.

You Can Be Your Own Hero!

Virginia Western Community College and Defensive Options Training
are sponsoring an interactive self defense seminar

Saturday, April 6, 2013

2:00 until 6:00 p.m.

Gymnasium in the Humanities Building

Seminar is open and free to all VWCC students and staff and community members

You CAN be your own hero

2013 Employee Health and Benefits Fair

2013 Employee Benefits and Health Fair

April 10, 2013

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Human Resources/Workforce Training Room


Free snacks and drinks – free onsite screenings – free chair massages and more!


Free Combo Screening through CommonHealth

Appointment required.  See online registration details below.

Open to covered employees!

Cholesterol (Total and HDL)

Body Mass Index

Diabetes Risk Assessment

Blood Pressure

The CommonHealth free screening is available to the following covered employees (employees do not need to be enrolled in the health insurance program):

  • Full-time classified employees.
  • Full-time faculty and adjunct faculty.
  • Retirees (and their spouses) are also eligible to participate.
  • Full-time classified and full-time faculty family members 18+ years, living permanently in the employee's household are eligible. These include spouses; and/or dependents that are under 26 years and are non-self supporting.
  • Wage employees (no family members are eligible to participate).

Lewis Gale Medical Center

Appointment required.  Contact Denise Schuh.

Open to all employees, retirees, and family members for a nominal fee!

Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA for men) - $20.00


Come play Carilion’s interactive prize wheel!

Free chair massages are being provided by Daniel’s Institute of Massage and the Healing Arts! No appointment necessary.

Vendors will be on site to provide professional expertise to meet your every need!

Plus free healthy snacks! Compliments of National Food and Vending!

CommonHealth will be offering a “Think FAST about Stroke” learning station where you will find information on stroke prevention and early warning signs.

The 2013 Employee Benefits and Health Fair you won’t want to miss…mark your calendar today!

Contact Denise Schuh at dschuh@virginiawestern.edu to schedule an appointment for your PSA screening with Lewis Gale.  To schedule your free combination screening through CommonHealth, visit their online registration at http://www.maximhealthsystems.com/pickatime/?id=1061Note that the online registration process closes April 2nd.




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

VWCC Employment Opportunities

Human Resources is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Adjunct Faculty:  Computer Applications/Information Systems Technology, Culinary Arts, Welding
    • Deadline:  Open Until Filled
  • Nursing Instructor (RN)
    • Deadline:  4/1/2013 by 5pm (EST)
  • Procurement & Inventory Assistant, Culinary Arts (Part-time)
    • Deadline:  3/22/2013 by 5pm (EST)

For more details about our application process and/or to complete the online application process, please visit our website:  www.virginiawestern.edu/hr and select "CAREER OPENINGS".  Feel free to contact Human Resources, 857-7282, with any questions.