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May 14, 2013

Blood Drive -May 28

Donate Blood

Summer is a difficult time for collecting blood. One donation can save up to three lives. Anyone who presents will be entered into the Donor Days Sun, Fun, & Saving lives prize raffle with a winner announced every week!* Visit vablood.org to learn more.

Virginia Western Community College

Tuesday, May 28

10:00am – 3:00pm

Charles L. Downs Natural Science Center

Sign up online at www.vablood.org

Or contact nlee@virginiawestern.edu

Sponsored by Virginia Western Student Activities

Walk-Ins Welcome!

All donors must present a valid ID or VBS donor card at registration.

Visit vablood.org for a list of accepted IDs or call 1-800-989-4438.

Governor’s flag order for the Commonwealth of Virginia

Pursuant with President Barack Obama’s Presidential Proclamation to lower the United States flag in honor and respect of the Peace Officers' Memorial Day on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, I do hereby order that the flags of the United States and of the Commonwealth of Virginia be flown at half-staff on all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in the Commonwealth of Virginia in honor and respect of Peace Officers.

I hereby order that the flags shall be lowered at sunrise on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 and remain at half-staff until sunset.
Ordered this the 14th day of May, 2013.

Robert F. McDonnell

Open Enrollment: Changes to Expect for the New Plan Year

Open enrollment is currently underway and ends by the close of the business day at 5 p.m. on May 24th

Are you ready for the new plan year that begins July 1, 2013?  The following are summary highlights of the most significant changes:


Change #1:  Anthem will administer not only COVA Care, but now will also administer pharmacy and behavioral health benefits.  (Medco and ValueOptions will no longer be vendors.)


  • New cards will be mailed to participants.  Shred your old card on July 1st and be sure to present your new health care card to all providers (doctors, pharmacies, etc.).
  • If you have a prescription mail-order, contact Anthem on July 1st to provide payment information.  Your prescription will transfer unless it is a Class II controlled substance.  Prior authorizations will be honored for 90 days.
  • Check with your pharmacy and behavioral health providers to ensure that they are in network.

Change #2:  The basic dental plan will only provide coverage for preventative and some diagnostics services.  Primary care coverage has been moved under the expanded dental plan.

Action:  If you need to have coverage for yourself and/or family that includes primary care services such as fillings, periodontal work, root canals, simple extractions, and minor oral surgery, etc., you must sign up for expanded dental during open enrollment.

Change #3:  Premium Rewards are being offered to employees and/or their covered spouses that complete an online health assessment during open enrollmentContinuation of the Premium Reward occurs in the fall between August 1 and October 31st by the completion of a biometric screening.  There will be a $34/month reduction in premiums if both the employee and covered spouse complete the assessment.  Otherwise, there will be a $17/month Premium Reward if the employee or covered spouse completes the requirement.

Action:  Visit www.myactivehealth.com/COVA and complete your online health assessment.  Currently covered spouses visit the same website and will use the employee’s 9 digit COVA ID and employee’s name as it appears on the current health care card.  Spouses and employees not yet enrolled will need to contact Active Health at 866-938-0349 to complete the assessment.

Change #4:  Beginning July 1st, the Flexible Reimbursement Accounts (FRA) will be administered by Anthem.  The maximum medical FRA is limited to $2,500.  Dependent FRA maximum remains unchanged. (WageWorks® is no longer the FRA provider.)

Action:  If you want to initially enroll or continue a FRA you must sign up during open enrollment.  Be sure to work with WageWorks® for reimbursements in the July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013 plan year.  You have until June 30, 2013 to spend monies set aside in this plan year and from July 1, 2013 until September 30, 2013 to file for reimbursement.

Change #5:  A new health plan will now be offered called COVA HealthAware administered by Aetna.  COVA HealthAware is a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) that provides pre-funding for both you and/or a covered spouse to help offset the deductible you must meet before the plan begins to pay.  You and/or a covered spouse may also participate in the Premium Rewards and earn additional pre-arranged funding by completing “Do Rights”.

Action:  If you would like more information on this plan, visit www.covahealthaware.com.  If you would like to enroll in this new plan you must do so during open enrollment.

To learn more about these and other changes to your benefit plans, participate in one of the following Open Enrollment Benefits Informational Sessions:

May 20, 2013

Human Resources Training Room

10:00 a.m.


May 21, 2013

Human Resources Training Room

2:00 p.m.

You may also contact Denise Schuh at 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu.


2013 Diploma Campaign

Want to make college possible?

Participate in the 2013 Diploma Campaign to support the Community College Access Program (CCAP) and provide a cost-free college education to high school graduates from across the Roanoke Valley.

Donate online:


Throughout the month of May, at any local location of Kroger or Stop-In Food Stores, donate $1 or $5 to support Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program (CCAP) through the 2013 Diploma Campaign.

The Diploma Campaign launched May 5, and Kroger and Stop-In Food Stores customers have the opportunity to make college possible for local high school students.

Beginning in Fall Semester 2013, CCAP is available region-wide and allows local high school graduates to attend Virginia Western for two years cost-free.  Administered by the Virginia Western Educational Foundation, CCAP now serves Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke Counties and the Cities of Roanoke and Salem.

Graduating seniors of participating high schools are eligible to apply for CCAP. Applicants must have attended the high school in, and have been a resident of, the participating locality in which they are applying for at least two years prior to graduation.

VCCS Google Apps for Education

When students, faculty, and staff log in My VCCS to access their Gmail accounts after the Bb upgrade on May 17th-18th, you will have access to a number of new, powerful teaching and learning tools. During the scheduled outage, not only will Blackboard Learn be upgraded to Service Pack 11 (new features can be found at http://www.virginiawestern.edu/facstaff/it/index.php/distance-learning/whats-new-in-blackboard-9-1-sp11/), but Google Apps for Education will also be expanded from its current set of core apps—Gmail, Docs, Calendar, etc,-- to a broad selection new consumer apps: YouTube, Google+, Maps, Books, Picasa, etc. These new apps will provide VCCS students, faculty, and staff with access to an even more powerful suite of teaching, learning, social, and communication tools that can be used both in and outside of the classroom.

 However, there are some crucial steps that all students, faculty, and staff need to take to successfully access any Google Apps, including Gmail, after the upgrade. First, once these consumer apps are enabled, everyone in the VCCS  domain must click through and agree to a new consumer Terms of Service (TOS) when they next login. No Google Apps can be accessed until users agree to these new TOS. To see these TOS, click here: http://www.email.vccs.edu/terms-of-service.

 Second, when setting up a profile in Google Plus (G+), a Facebook-like social networking service included in the upgrade,  it is especially important that users include a correct date of birth (or at least a date of birth that will make them 13 years old or older). If they include a date of birth indicating they are younger than 13, they will be permanently locked out of all Google services. This cannot be undone without significant effort and additional costs. For more about reactivating a disabled account, click here: http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1333913.

 More information about VCCS Google Apps for Education can be found at http://www.email.vccs.edu/extra-apps.



Early Registration ends May 30th for VWCC KIDS College 2013 (summer camps for 3rd - 12th grades) $avings!! Register before May 30th - Follow link for more details: http://virginiawestern.edu/summercamps/index.html Contact Paulette Parkhill pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

RETIREMENT PLANNING TODAY WORKSHOPS (6:30pm-9:30pm) (Tues. 6/25-7/2 or Thurs. 6/20-27) - Learn how to determine the amount of money you need to retire. Create your own goals for a successful retirment. Eliminate debt and improve cash flow. Class sizes are limited be sure to register today! Advance registration is required. Spouses welcome at no additional charge. Class requires a minimum of 3 registrations or class will be rescheduled or cancelled to run at a later date. Cost $59. Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Industrial Maintenance Technician (17 Weeks, 20 Hours/Week, 340 Total Hours) This VWCC Quick Connect Intensive Industrial Maintenance Technician's program introduces students to the knowledge and skills they will need to work in manufacturing or industrial plants. Entry level industrial maintenance technicians call upon a variety of skills in electronics, mechanical and digital systems to repair and maintain large and complex machines. Through on-line, classroom and hands-on training, students will build skills in an array of mechanical, electrical and technological areas including welding and maintenance, mechanical systems, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, and electrical control systems. Students will use a variety of resources including Tooling University from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. For additional program information, please contact Leah Coffman at 857-6678; James Smith at 857-6273; or contact a VWCC Career Transition Coach at 857-6296 (Deb Squire) or 857-6279 (Amanda Decker).

Library Closing Early Tuesday

Brown Library will be closing at 3pm on Tuesday for a staff meeting.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The hours for the Learning Technology Center are different and are posted here.

Remember, even when the library is closed, you can still access expert assistance, online library resources, and computers for doing class work or research. Check out these alternatives:

Computer Labs on Campus

Off-Campus Access to Research Databases and the Library Catalog

Ask a Librarian Chat Service

Local Public and College Libraries