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August 30, 2013

Research Studies

NEUROIMAGING STUDY volunteers needed. Eligible participants must be healthy adults who:
  • Are between 18 and 55 years old
  • Are not claustrophobic
  • Do not have permanent metal implants
  • Can commit to participating in multiple sessions over the course of several months
Participants will:
  • Participate in interview and questionnaires
  • Play computer games during MRI scans
  • Receive a copy of their brain scan
  • Be compensated $15 per hour or more for participating
If you are interested, please contact us at 540-526-2032 or at participate@vtc.vt.edu
  

MRI Research Study on Depression

Researchers at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute are conducting a new research study investigating emotional reactions in brain responses in people who suffer from depression. We may first invite you to come in for an interview about some of your experiences and how you are feeling. We may then ask you to come back and do some activities during a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan, which uses a magnet and radio waves (no x-rays!). Counseling may also be available for those who are interested.

Eligible participants must:

  • Be 18-55 years old
  • Have problems with depression
  • Not taking antidepressants
  • Not have any metal implants
  • Not be claustrophobic
Participants will:
  • Receive free counseling
  • Participate in interviews and questionnaires
  • Play computer games during MRI scans
  • Be paid $15 per hour or more for participating 

Compensation: Interview: $15/hour Scanning: $20-60 per scanning session plus a high resolution image of your brain. Free counseling.  

If you would like to participate, please contact Cari at 540-526-2032 or email depression@vtc.vt.edu

BRAIN PATTERN STUDY

The Human Neuroimaging Laboratory at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) located in Roanoke, Virginia would like to invite you to participate in a variety of groundbreaking studies!

  • Eligibility:  healthy adults, age 18-64
  • Compensation:  at least $20.00
  • Primary goal:  To study the response of the normal brain to patterns of stimuli, rewards, and decision-making
  • Institute sponsor:  Human Neuroimaging Laboratory labs.vtc.vt.edu/hnl
  • Study timeframe/duration:  1-3 hours per visit

 If you are interested in volunteering, please visit: http://vtcri.info/jkzexq

To contact us via e-mail: signup@vtc.vt.edu; or call 540-526-2034

CIGARETTE SMOKERS

The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is conducting a brain imaging study on cigarette smokers. Eligible participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Current smokers, age 18-55
  • Smoke at least 5 cigarettes per day
  • Have been smoking for the past year

You will be compensated for your time. Eligible participants typically make $50 for the first session and $30 for the second session, with the potential to earn an additional $75. We have two locations, Blacksburg and Roanoke, and scheduling is very flexible to best accommodate your schedule. If interested, please contact Andre at 540-526-2068 orajplate@vtc.vt.edu for more information.

OEF/OIF VETERANS NEEDED FOR FMRI STUDIES

WHY PARTICIPATE?

  • Deployment impacts veterans in many ways
  • We use new FMRI technology to understand how deployment can affect the biology of the brain

PARTICIPANTS WILL:

  • Have the study described and questions answered by study staff before deciding to participate
  • Participate in a videotaped interview about your life experiences
  • Fill out some questionnaires
  • Complete computer tasks during an fMRI scan which may include:
    • Viewing positive, negative, & neutral images- including some that are combat related
    • Playing simple computer games
    • Be asked to provide a saliva sample for genetic analyses
    • Receive a CD copy of your structural brain scan
    • Be compensated $15 per hour for the interview & questionnaire session and $20 or more for the fMRI scan depending on how you play the game

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

  • OEF/OIF Veterans who are:
  • Between 18 & 64 years old
  • Free from metal in their body
  • Not claustrophobic

CONTACT:

(540) 526-2032, vets@vtc.vt.edu, http://info.vtc.vt.edu/vets

August 29, 2013

Library Closed for Labor Day Weekend

Brown Library will close on Friday, August 30th, at 5pm and will remain closed throughout the Labor Day weekend. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 3rd, at 8am.

Remember, even when the library is closed, you can still access professional 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

American Association of Community Colleges Plus 50 Encore Grant – Professional Development Workshops

Did you know...that VWCC is now a AACC Plus 50 College?
VWCC is part of a growing number of community colleges across the nation reaching out to Plus 50 Learners, a rapidly growing demographic that faces many challenges (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-eAamtDLaw). To learn how VWCC can become more 'user-friendly' to Plus 50 Learners and ensure their success in classes and with future career pathways - register for our September Professional Development Workshops for all faculty and staff.
Workshop sessions will be held on Wednesday 9/18/2013 and Thursday 9/19/2013 from 9:00am to 4:00pm in Whitman Auditorium. Workshop agenda includes:

  • Creating Hybrid Courses for the Adult Learner
  • Instructional Technology for the Adult Learner
  • Panel Discussion on Advising Adult Learners; a Discussion Guide for Plus 50 Learners; Developing a Toolkit for Special Populations; and Best Practices for Plus 50 Learners
  • Dr. Sheila Newberry from St. Petersburg College in Florida will share her experiences and expertise covering Characteristics of Plus 50 Learners; Adult Learning Theory for Plus 50 Learners; and Classroom Skills for plus 50 Learners.

Lunch will be provided for registered participants.
First Come basis so register early.

For a complete schedule or to register for sessions contact Workforce Development Services (Leah Coffman at 857-6678 or lcoffman@virginiawestern.edu)

Please turn off the projector!

As the Media Geeks have upgraded classrooms with the new touch screens, we've started noticing a serous problem:  Projectors are being left on!  Please remember that leaving a projector running when it is not needed is costing us a significant amount of money in replacement bulbs ($300 each) and electricity.

We are asking for your help.   When you turn off the computer, please ALSO touch the "Shutdown" button on the touch panel, and confirm that you want to shutdown by touching the word "Yes" when prompted.  This will turn off the projector. Simply turning off the computer results in a "black" screen, but this is not the same as the projector being off.

The Media Geeks are asking that you visually confirm that you have turned off the projector by looking at the projector and confirming that  the only colored light on the projector is amber.   If you see a green light next to the word "Lamp" on the projector, it is likely that the projector lamp is still on.

Thank you all for your help!

August 28, 2013

VRS is Coming to a Location Near You!

It is time to register for a member education session near you. These sessions are available to members of the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) and their guests. See below for a listing of available seminars and their times. Register to attend the session that’s right for you!

Greenfield Education & Training Center, Daleville

September 12, 2013*

* Program delivery is subject to adequate registration levels.

Retirement Education Seminar (RES II) 8:30-12:00 p.m.

If you are 5 years or less from retirement, the seminar RES II is right for you. This session focuses on short-term financial planning, long-term care, Social Security and Medicare. You receive a free copy of the award-winning publication Ready or Not - Your Retirement Planning Guide.

Topics presented:

  • Short-Term Financial Planning
  • Long-Term Care
  • Social Security and Medicare

Are You Ready to Retire?: 1:30-3:00 p.m.

This presentation if for members within 5 years of retirement and is designed to walk you through important retirement decisions such as choosing when to retire, choosing a defined benefit payout, and whether to carry long-term care insurance and optional life insurance into retirement.  Other topics covered include benefits after retirement and how to utilize myVRS to plan for retirement.  How to utilize the VRS online application will also be discussed.

To register for a VRS Session, visit http://www.varetire.org/Members/Plan1/Education/Index.asp

 

STEM-H Career & Employment Fair

 Wednesday, September 11, 2013

11:00 am – 2:30 pm

CSHP Multipurpose Room

*** REGISTRATION REQUIRED ***

Through the Hall Career Center - Thomas Center S202

For more information: careercenter@virginiawestern.edu        857-7298

Who should attend?

  • Students and Alumni in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Healthcare fields seeking employment.
  • Students in these fields just beginning training.
  • Those considering a career or training in the STEM-H field.

“Funded by a U.S. Department of Labor ETA grant award. This announcement is the creation of the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the USDOL.”

Posted in Campus News

American Association of Community Colleges Plus 50 Encore Grant – Professional Development Workshops

Did you know...that VWCC is now a AACC Plus 50 College?
VWCC is part of a growing number of community colleges across the nation reaching out to Plus 50 Learners, a rapidly growing demographic. To learn how VWCC can become more 'user-friendly' to Plus 50 Learners and ensure their success in classes and with future career pathways - register for our September Professional Development Workshops for all faculty and staff.
Workshop sessions will be held on Wednesday 9/18/2013 and Thursday 9/19/2013 from 9:00am to 4:00pm in Whitman Auditorium. Workshop agenda includes:

  • Creating Hybrid Courses for the Adult Learner
  • Instructional Technology for the Adult Learner
  • Panel Discussion on Advising Adult Learners; a Discussion Guide for Plus 50 Learners; Developing a Toolkit for Special Populations; and Best Practices for Plus 50 Learners
  • Dr. Sheila Newberry from St. Petersburg College in Florida will share her experiences and expertise covering Characteristics of Plus 50 Learners; Adult Learning Theory for Plus 50 Learners; and Classroom Skills for plus 50 Learners.

Lunch will be provided for registered participants.
First Come basis so register early.

For a complete schedule or to register for sessions contact Workforce Development Services (Leah Coffman at 857-6678 or lcoffman@virginiawestern.edu)

LABOR DAY HOLIDAY CLOSING

Virginia Western Community College will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2013 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. We will reopen for normal operations on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

This holiday falls at a particularly convenient time after the hectic work activities as we enter a new academic year. Hopefully, you may use this long weekend to relax and renew as we head into an exciting and challenging fall semester.

Our next holiday closing will occur during the Thanksgiving period. The college will officially close at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 and will reopen for normal operations on Monday, December 2, 2013. You may find the remainder of the 2013 college holiday schedule on VW Connect at https://vwconnect.vw.edu/sites/hr/default.aspx.

Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day holiday weekend.
Robert H. Sandel

Accounts Payable Reminder

Vendor invoices now serve in the place of receiving reports.

CAPP Topic 20305 entitled Receiving Reports states as follows:

In lieu of a separate receiving report document, a packing slip, delivery receipt, requisition, copy of the purchase order, or electronic receiving report may be used, provided that all of the required information listed in Subsection 200, "Essential Elements of Receiving Reports," are recorded. If one of these methods is used in lieu of a receiving report document, it must be noted as "original."

According to Subsection 200, the essential elements of a receiving report are as follows:

  • Date received
  • Date receiving report was completed
  • Vendor name
  • Purchase order or requisition number, if applicable,
  • Quantity and description of the items received
  • Authorized signature verifying that the items were received in good condition

All invoices must be indicated as “Okay to Pay” or “Received” or “Services Performed Satisfactorily”, etc. and include your signature and the date that the goods or services were received or performed.  The documentation on each invoice is required in addition to submitting a purchase requisition.

CAPP Topic 20310 entitled Expenditures states as follows:

The vendor payment due date is defined as either

  • the date on which payment is due under terms of the contract for provision of goods or services, or
  • if such a date has not been established by a contract, thirty days after receipt of the vendor’s invoice or thirty days after receipt of the goods or services, as specified by the date-stamped receiving report, whichever is later
  • the only exception to this rule is when the vendor offers a % discount for paying the invoice earlier

Important:  The date you indicate on the invoice following your signature is the date that will be used to establish the 30 day due date for the payment to be keyed and for the check to be mailed to the vendor.

 

 

Wireless Access for College Visitors

Recently changes were made the college’s wireless network. As a result of those changes, Virginia Western no longer offers free, open wireless. Visitors to Virginia Western will be able to access wireless service on campus using VWCCGuest using a password.

How do I obtain a password for my campus visitors?

When submitting the online calendar reservation, select “I would like to request resources for my event”. Select IET, Help Desk, Guest Password. Your password will be sent by email within two weeks of your scheduled event.

Questions? Contact the Help Desk or Tara Nepper