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April 1, 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!


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

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!

2013 Employee Benefits and Health 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.





Book Drive/Early Childhood Literacy Awareness Days


The Virginia Western Volunteer Center and the Early Childhood Education Department is holding a children's book drive/Awareness Day to serve literacy needs in our community.

Please bring new or gently used books for Pre-K through 5th grade students!

When: Wednesday, April 3, 11-2 & Thursday, April 4, 2-5

Where: Craig Hall, outside the Campus Bookstore

The Campus Bookstore will be offering a new book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, at a reduced price.  This is one of Virginia's pre-selected children's books for Week of the Young Child.

All books will be donated to TAP Head Start.

Django Unchained – Tomorrow

Get a second chance to see Django Unchained - one of this year's most talked about films!!

Popcorn available before the show! Admission is FREE for everyone!

Django Unchained

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django is a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him a face-to-face with German born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. In the meantime, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda, the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.

Tuesday, April 2

1:45 PM

Whitman Theater


Coming Soon:

Silver Linings Playbook

Wednesday, April 17

2 PM


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

2013 Employee Survey

The 2013 Employee Survey will be open for your feedback until Friday, April 12th. Please take this opportunity to provide your input on all aspects of the college at the following link:  http://survey.vccs.edu/wsb.dll/s/41gf08

Your opinions matter! Concerns expressed in previous Employee Surveys have been addressed through such items as:
- changes in our governance structure
- strengthened oversight of dual enrollment courses
- improved parking lot safety
- increased food options

Help our college continue to meet the needs of both employees and students by providing your input.  If you have any questions about this anonymous survey, please contact the IEO at ie@virginiawestern.edu.