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April 18, 2013

Public Service Week Celebration Award Recipients

On April 17th the college celebrated Public Service Week.  Employees came for ice cream, to play games, and to recognize their co-workers and peers.

Cake Walk

Everyone had a blast clucking like a chicken to the Chicken Dance Song in hopes of plucking a cake.  Here are the lucky recipients:

Timmy Stockton – Cherry Pie

Amy Balzer – Red Velvet Cake

Carol Rowlett – Chocolate Fudge Pie

Crystal Kennedy – Cannoli Cake

Jelly Bean Guessing Game

A jar of gourmet jelly beans was up for the count of 1036 beans.  Debbie Mayo had the closest guess at 1052 beans!  That’s the way to do it!  Enjoy your candy!

Peer-to-Peer Recognition

Employees college-wide were recognized for their achievements, hard work, knowledge, and team work on the Employee Wall of Fame.  The Employee Wall of Fame will be proudly displayed during the traditional Public Service Week (May 6 – May 10th) in breezeway of the college’s pedestrian bridge.  Three completed bricks on the Employee Wall of Fame were randomly selected to receive a $25 gift card.  The recipients of the recognition award are:  Tara Nepper, Jim Poythress, and Kathy Holland.  Congratulations!

Sneak Peek Before Open Enrollment

Open enrollment is a time to make changes to your health care and to continue or begin a flexible reimbursement account.  This year, open enrollment will begin May 1, 2013 and will end on May 24, 2013.  The changes and/or enrollments you make will effective on July 1, 2013. Significant changes will be occurring for the upcoming plan year including in part:

  • A new health plan offering called COVA HealthAware.
  • Upon completion of certain requirements, Premium Incentives and/or Premium Rewards for employees and their spouse.
  • Major change to the basic dental plan – basic dental will now only include preventative services.
  • Provider changes for the prescription plan and the flexible reimbursement accounts.
  • Provider change for disease management and other programs.
  • Premium increases.
  • New card issued for all members.
  • Plus more!

During the week of April 22nd you will be receiving at home the Department of Human Resources (DHRM) “Spotlight” newsletter detailing plan and provider changes including the new monthly premiums.  Review this information carefully and let’s get together and discuss the changes:

Open Enrollment Sneak Peek

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Human Resources Training Room, Fishburn Hall

2 p.m. 

Open Enrollment Sneak Peek

Monday, April 29, 2013

Human Resources Training Room, Fishburn Hall

Two separate sessions:  9 a.m. and also at 2 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Schuh in Human Resources at 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu.

Don’t forget! 

  • DHRM will be hosting an employee regional open enrollment meeting on May 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Whitman Theater. 
  • Additional open enrollment meetings will be facilitated by VWCC during open enrollment on May 8th, 20th, and 21st.  Look for details on upcoming Daily Bulletins.
  • One-on-one open enrollment counseling sessions may be requested by contacting Denise Schuh.

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win!

Library Tip of the Day

Did you know you can checkout iPads, laptops, and handheld GPS units? We love technology here at the library! For more information on all the cool tech we have available, check out this blog post.

National Library Week Events:

  • Reading Flash Mob: Bring a book, comics, magazines, graphic novel and READ. Front steps of library, 11:15am on the dot, Friday, April 19th.
  • Word of the Week: Stop by the library to find out our mystery word. Create your own fun definition and enter to win a B&N gift card! (One student winner, one faculty/staff winner.)
  • Library Find-a-Word
  • Snapshot VA
  • Library Survey: Turn in a completed survey and enter for a chance to win $25!

We’ll also have a table at Spring Fling on Friday, April 19th—see you there!

Welcome New Hires!

Please take a minute to stop by and say hello to the following new faces at Virginia Western!

  • Angela Baughman began on 04/10/2013 as a full-time Facilities Project Coordinator for FMS.
  • Adam Bailey began on 04/10/2013 as a full-time Education Support Specialist for Financial Aid/Student Services.

Lot 11 Behind Business Science Building Closed

Parking Lot 11 behind the Business Science Building will be closed tomorrow. The lot will be used to accommodate Spring Fling vendors.

Baja Team Competition Schedule

The Baja Team left yesterday afternoon on their way to Cookeville, Tennessee and the Baja SAE Collegiate Design Series.

The competition schedule:

April 18

  •  Briggs & Stratton Early Inspection

April 19

  • Tech Inspection
  • Design Judging
  • Break Check

April 20

  • Acceleration Event
  • Sled Pull Event
  • Land Maneuverability Event
  • Suspension and Traction Event

April 21

  • Endurance Race


Good luck to the team as they go through the inspection process today! Check Facebook for updates throughout the competition.

Faculty: Gary Young


  • Bryan Johnson
  • Sarah Mellas
  • Will Fortune
  • Keoni Dade
  • Chuck Brady
  • Josh Nielsen
  • Colin Butler

Do Your Students Know About Scholarships



…between them and their dreams of a college education

Scholarships Available Apply by May 17

The Virginia Western Educational Foundation has over $150,000 in scholarship funds available—based on academic excellence, financial need and specific programs—to help you reach your educational goals.  You don’t have to qualify for financial aid to receive Educational Foundation scholarships.

Deadline: 4 p.m., May 17, 2013

Requirements: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, high school graduate or have a GED, and be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits at Virginia Western in Fall 2013.

Apply Online: www.virginiawestern.edu/foundation/scholarship

Many scholarships have additional requirements, so it is important to read each scholarship description carefully when applying.

VWCC Recycling to be Restored

VWCC recycling will resume within 2 weeks. Negotiations with a new vendor to pick up paper and plastics have been successful. The new service comes with a significant cost but restores VWCC's commitment to recycle. New pick-up containers will be placed outdoors on north and south campus where the contents of our bins within buildings will be deposited using the same process we had previously established. The new vendor is reputable and reliable. Please continue to encourage people on campus to use the VWCC recycling bins.

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling on Campus May 23, 2013

A detailed evaluation tells you everything you need to know and do.  TIAA-CREF’s individual counseling session for employees will help you answer these questions:

  • Are you setting realistic goals for key life events and retirement?
  • Can you better balance your spending priorities to help you save more for your financial goals?
  • What investment mix and strategy is best for you to increase your portfolio’s potential, including protecting against cost-of-living increases?
  • What retirement income options best fit your situation?

This individual counseling session will help you simplify your retirement by:

  • Consolidating your retirement accounts to make managing your holdings easier, particularly when it comes to tax preparation.
  • Reviewing your retirement income options to provide you with the most flexibility possible.

Individual Counseling Session

Thursday, May 23, 2013

2:00 – 5 p.m.

Fishburn Hall, Human Resources Testing Room, Ground Floor

To make an appointment, RSVP as soon as you can by registering at www.tiaa-cref.or/letstalk1  or 866-843-5640 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

VCCA Outstanding Faculty and Staff Award Nominations

VCCA Annual Conference will be held from October 3, 2013-October 5, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Hotel and Conference Center in Virginia Beach, VA. 

Please email dasciolla@virginiawestern.edu  your nomination for the Faculty and Staff award by Friday April 19, 2013. A ballot will be sent out next week, so that the voting may begin.

Virginia Community College Association Showcase Awards Criteria

Please note:  In order to qualify for this VCCA Showcase Awards the nominee must be/become a member of the VCCA for the 2013-2014 membership year.

The VCCA Executive Committee has adopted a procedure to be followed in the selection of the outstanding faculty and support staff award recipients.  Realizing that several colleges in the VCCS are multi-campus institutions, it also is important to give these campuses the opportunity to recognize outstanding faculty and support staff at each of their campus locations.


1. Be/become a member of the VCCA for the 2011-2012 membership year

2. Full-time, part-time, professional teaching faculty status

3. Excellence in teaching

4. Significant contributions to education in general

5. Significant contributions to the community college

6. Professional/personal development involvement

7. Length of time at the college/campus (to be used as a tiebreaker only)


1. Be/become a member of the VCCA for the 2011-2012 membership year

2. Full-time or part-time support staff status

3. Significant contributions to education in general

4. Significant contributions to the community college

5. Professional/personal development involvement

6. Length of time at the college/campus )to be used as a tiebreaker only)