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September 5, 2013

Student Life Center – Construction Update

The steel structure for this building is nearly complete. Next steps in the construction will enclose the space with exterior walls (building envelope) and layout exterior patios, plazas and stairs. This building will house the Fitness Center, REACH, Career Center, Student Activities and food court areas. Its anticipated opening is Fall Semester 2014.

Lot 15 – Construction Update

Construction of Lot 15 is well underway. To facilitate installation of an underground storm water line the service driveway and parking area directly behind Business Science Building will be closed intermittently the week of September 9th. Further plans to refurbish this areas pavement, sidewalk and the access to the Whitman Theater foyer will occur at a later time and require the closing of that area for about 7 days. That notification will be posted when known. When complete, Lot 15 will park about 52 cars, be nicely landscaped and lighted. It will be available for faculty/staff parking by day and students/events in evenings.

National Preparedness Month

College Community members:
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a good time for all citizens to take advantage of resources that are available to help prepare for the next disaster or emergency. NPM, now in its tenth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign encouraging households, businesses, and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.

The theme for this year’s National Preparedness Month is "YOU Can Be the Hero." However, the “YOU Can Be the Hero” theme doesn’t mean we suggest everyone run into burning buildings! It means that we as individuals and communities must do our part to become safer by following some of the common sense advice on Ready.Gov.

Below we have placed a link to Ready.gov, a FEMA website that contains a significant amount of preparedness information for both home and work. Be safe and be prepared.

Craig S. Harris


IE Forms and Information

Most IE information is now available from the main Virginia Western website, to give broader access for off-campus use. From the main page (http://virginiawestern.edu), click on "Faculty and Staff" at the top of the page, then scroll down to the Departments and click on Institutional Effectiveness. Alternatively, you can just search the website for Institutional Effectiveness.  From the Institutional Effectiveness page, you may access the following information:

 - Quick Facts gives a simple breakdown of our enrollment and our financial aid awards. Further detail, including graduation rates, is available through the Institutional Research section, in the Virginia Western Factbook.

Planning and Assessment provides the assessment manuals that include the most recent templates for IE plans and assessment reports, as well as the general education rubrics and cover sheets.

 - Survey Information gives trends data for each of our regular institutional surveys (Discover Orientation, SDV, Graduate, Alumni, and Employee).

 - Institutional Review Board (IRB) provides information about conducting research projects at Virginia Western.

 - Governance and SACS Reaffirmation give general information on these topics.  Specific information about governance, such as the committee calendar, membership, bylaws, and minutes, are available on the Governance portion of VW Connect.

Certain types of IE information are currently only available on VW Connect.  This information generally contains interpretation of data specific to Virginia Western, such as general education assessment results, program reviews, and SACS compliance narratives.  For your convenience, the IE page on VW Connect also includes links to all of the information on the main website described above.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for the 2013 Classified Outstanding Achievement Award!

The Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement Award Committee is requesting nominations for the 2013 Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement Award.  The deadline for submitting nominations is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2013.

Each year, classified employees are selected to receive this award based on exceptional achievements, extraordinary accomplishments, outstanding initiative or superb performance resulting in significant benefits to Virginia Western Community College.  This award is designed to acknowledge significant, specific contribution or accomplishment beyond regular expectations of an employee or beyond normal work duties.

This year, nominations will be received through 5 p.m. on September 13, 2013.  During the nomination period, eligible employees may be nominated for accomplishments and achievements that would merit an outstanding achievement award through such criteria as:

  • Completing a major project under budget.
  • Consistently providing exceptional customer service to internal or external customers.
  • Completing a major project before the deadline under extraordinary time pressure.
  • Developing and implementing strategies to resolve a work unit problem.
  • Contributing to a one-time, outstanding effort, which benefited the work unit or the college.
  • Specific accomplishment that improves internal processes, saving time or money.
  • Resourcefulness, initiative, on-going contributions or other standards of excellence that assist the college achieving its mission.

In order to be nominated an employee must:

  • Have attained non-probationary employment status in a full time classified position.
  • Part-time wage employees must have at least one year of service.
  • Have no active Written Notices; and for part time wage employees, no disciplinary actions taken by the supervisor within the previous year.
  • Not be a 2011 or a 2012 former recipient of the Award (an employee may only receive this Award once every two years).  Those employees are:  Mike Lucas, Mayra Vazquez-Miller, Heidi McClintic, Sarah Olson, Michelle Webb, Marla Whiteside, Pam Conner, Kalyca Schultz, Sandra Kelly, Faith Janney, James Gettys, Joan Ayers, and Sandy Holland.
  • No provisions of this policy may be waived without the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Any VWCC employee may nominate an employee for the award by completing a Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement Award Nomination Form and returning it to Human Resources along with the supporting documentation by the deadline date and time established.  The committee will review the nominations and decide which employees will be awarded this honor based on a standard set of ranking criteria.  The awards will be presented at the Employee Service Award Ceremony which is scheduled for Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the Whitman Theater. Recipients of the award will receive a monetary award of $500, a trophy, and a certificate of appreciation.

To obtain a nomination form, visit VWConnect/Human Resources/Forms/Recognition/2013 Classified Outstanding Achievement Award Nomination Form or contact Human Resources at 857-7962.






Educational Foundation Book Fund Update

The Educational Foundation Book Fund is depleted for Fall 2013. Thank you to all faculty and staff for coordinating with your students to ensure that they have everything they need to be successful in school.

Your support of the We Are Western Employee Giving Campaign is critical, as the funds raised directly benefit the Book and Emergency Funds, among other initiatives to improve the lives and academic success of students at Virginia Western. Thank you for your generosity and committment to our students.

For more information about the Employee Giving Campaign, click here.

If you need assistance, please contact Carolyn Payne at 857-6371. Thank you!

Hot Topic, September 11


WHEN:  Wednesday, September 11; 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Duncan 206
FACILITATOR:  Ms. Edna Whittier

This session will help your students find what their particular style of learning is and how to adopt strategies for working in class, studying, and taking exams to maximize strengths as well as develop weaker learning styles.

Tickets will be given to bring back to class if extra credit is offered.

Retention Services
Chapman Hall, Room 105



Commonwealth of Virginia! Achieve Beyond 2015: Surfing the Boundaries Excellence in Communications Competition

It’s  a great day in  the Commonwealth of Virginia!  Achieve Beyond 2015: Surfing the Boundaries Excellence in Communications Competition is on.

 To date, 13 colleges have submitted close to 150 entries.   As host institution for the competition, Thomas Nelson Community College thanks  all entrants.  Your special efforts to participate despite heavy workloads are greatly appreciated.

 Thomas Nelson is proud to coordinate the competition and has, therefore, declined participation.

 We have invited professionals from broadcast media, communications, marketing, social media, video production, writing, advertising and special events to serve as judges.  They include representatives from Daily Press,  Wavy TV 10- NBC Affiliate, WTKR Channel 3 CBS Affiliate, Cox Communications, Entercom Communications,  BD &E Agency, etc.

Entries will be judged on overall creativity, marketing execution, effectiveness and impact of message.

 Judging will take place  August 15-30.  Winners will be notified during the  2013 VCCA Conference taking place October 3-5, 2013.  Plus, a list of winners will be posted on the VCCA’s web site on October 7, 2013.

 Good luck to all the entries!

Thomas Nelson Community College

Office of Public Relations and Marketing

Don’t Wait Register Now For The 2013 VCCA Conference

This year’s Virginia Community Colleges Association annual conference will be held in Virginia Beach at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach/Norfolk Hotel and Conference Center, October 3-5, 2013.

Conference Registration

The conference registration fee for VCCA members is $225, and for non-members is $275.00. The registration fee includes registration packet, speakers, concurrent sessions, refreshment breaks, and meals. There is a online registration form here: http://www.vccaedu.org/

Conference registration forms and payment of registration fees are due by September 20, 2013.  I will need to receive your registration form by 5pm Thursday 9/5/13 in order for the payment to be made by the college. Any later registration please be prepared to pay at the door with your personal check. You will be able to turn this in for reimbursement.

Lodging Reservation

Go to Hotel’s website - http://www.hivabeachnorfolk.com/. On the right hand side of the home page you will see Make a Reservation

Enter your check in dates (conference dates are October 3-5, 2013), enter number of nights then click book now.  You will probably get the following message:  There are no rooms available for your requested travel criteria…etc.  On the right hand side, under group code enter VCC and click on modify search.  It will now say Virginia Community C and list the rooms available to check out.

When requesting your room only choose days within the conference.  To extend your stay before or after the conference and receive our group rate, you will need to contact the hotel at 757-499-4400. The hotel is offering our group rate of $84.00 per room, per night, exclusive of tax (13% state tax and $1.00 occupancy fee) for three days prior to and three days after our event.

We look forward to seeing you at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach/Norfolk Hotel and Conference Center for this year’s VCCA annual conference.

Please email Dana Asciolla if you have questions. dasciolla@virginiawestern.edu

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 full day registered participants.
First Come basis so register early. Attend day 1 or 2. Should your schedule not permit attending all day you may attend the session that meets your need.

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