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July 17, 2013

Fall 2013 In-Service

As a college, we have many exciting things going on right now. It is an amazing time to be a part of our college community. Our upcoming in-service will be an opportunity to update you on the many achievements and celebrate this excitement. Additionally, we have arranged for a guest speaker to guide us in preparing for our up-coming SACSCOC on-site visit. There will be a variety of sessions for both faculty and staff during this visit. For more details, the in-service letter and agenda are available and posted at http://www.virginiawestern.edu/stuaffairs/inservice.php

Staff Senate Luncheon Winners

Congratuations to John Collins (Culinary Arts), Karin Cole (Records), and Kalyca Schultz (Library) who won the lovely flowers donated by Jackie Rearick at the Staff Senate Luncheon/Meeting.

Appointments are Now Available – Biometric Screenings on Campus!

WellAdvantage will be on the college campus Friday, September 13th from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. to conduct the biometric screenings for eligible persons.  Screenings will be conducted in the Human Resources Training Room on the ground floor of Fishburn Hall.

As a reminder, biometric screenings must be completed between August 1 and October 31 either onsite or at a participating LabCorp, or have been done at a physician’s office between April 1 and October 31, to count toward premium rewards for the second half of the plan year.  You must have had a completed health assessment to qualify for the premium reward, but it is not required should you wish to participate in the biometric screening.

Employees and non-Medicare retiree group participants who are enrolled in COVA Care, COVA HDHP or COVA HealthAware health plan, their spouses and adult dependents are eligible for the screenings.  To learn more, visit: http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/hbenefits/BiometricFAQs.pdf.

Click here to schedule an appointment for the onsite screening and then follow these navigational instructions:

  • Log-on using your user ID and password that was created when you took the health assessment.
  • Under “Welcome to MyActive Health” click, “Click here”.
  • Review the fields, confirm and complete any blank fields,
  • Read: 1) Terms and Conditions, 2) Patient Consent Form, and 3) Privacy Statement.
  • Click both radio buttons above “Save and Continue”.
  • Click “Save and Continue”.
  • Under “Select Your Screening Option” click “Click to Continue” next to “On-Site”.
  • Next to “State”, select VA from the drop down menu: 
  • Next to “City”, select Roanoke. 
  • Scroll down to September 13, 2013 and click “Check Availability” next to VA Western Community College.
  • Select a time.
  • Click “Register”.
  • You will receive an email registration confirmation.

On the same website, you will be able to retrieve forms for the biometric screening for use at LabCorp or your physician’s office. 

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


Information Item 2: Desktop Virtualization at VWCC

What is desktop virtualization?  Desktop virtualization is the latest technology in which all software programs, applications, processes and data are stored on a server (in M270 here at VWCC) and run centrally.  Thin Clients are being installed throughout the campus which will serve as the interface between the user and actual network located in M270 where all software and data is stored. 

Desktop virtualization benefits the college with energy savings and more efficient management of software and other resources.

For the user, desktop virtualization allows access to the college’s network remotely as long as you are in a location with adequate Internet service.  Just log into your “virtual machine” and have access to all your VWCC work files.

If you do not currently have a virtual desktop (AKA remote access), please contact the Help Desk and request one be created for you.

2013 Fall Picnic

Please join us for our Faculty and Staff Annual Fall Picnic on Monday, August 19th to celebrate the beginning of a new college year and the opening of the new Center for Science and Health Professions (CSHP).  We will enjoy a barbeque-style lunch buffet from noon to 2 p.m. in the plaza between the Business Science Building and the CSHP.  Tours of the CSHP will be available, come join the celebration.

In order to avoid having everyone sign in and to ensure the correct quanity when ordering food, please use the following link to reserve your space at the picnic. http://survey.vccs.edu/wsb.dll/s/41gf6e. Please register by Friday, August 16th.

Blackboard IM Workshop and Registration Form


The Department of Distance Learning & Instructional Technology will host a one-day Blackboard IM workshop for VWCC faculty, adjunct faculty, and staff.

Blackboard Collaborate Enterprise IM (aka Blackboard IM) is an instant messaging tool used at VCCS colleges. Blackboard IM includes advanced features such as video chat, screen sharing, and a robust whiteboard, which allow everyone at our institution to collaborate and communicate quickly and easily.

Time: Friday July 26, from 8:30am to 4:00pm (Breakfast and Lunch will be provided)
Location: Webber Hall 312
Dr. Brian Finnegan (from Blackboard, Inc.)
Registration Form: Click here to Register the Workshop

Blackboard IM Workshop Agenda: This workshop is designed for VWCC Faculty and Staff to use Blackboard IM to support learning interaction and communication. The morning session (from 9am to noon) is designed to focus on VWCC faculty members to use BB IM. And the afternoon session (from 1pm to 4pm) is designed to focus on VWCC staff to use BB IM. Click here to View the Detailed Workshop Agenda

If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Halpin at CHalpin@virginiawestern.edu

Staff Senate Summer Meeting/Luncheon – TODAY!

The Staff Senate Summer Meeting/Luncheon will be held TODAY at 11:30 a.m. in the Natural Science Center. Plan now to attend!

Questions? Contact Rick Robers at rrobers@virginiawestern.edu.