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September 17, 2013

We Are Western PRIZES!!

We Are Western Prize Patrol

Be on the lookout for the We Are Western Prize Patrol on Thursday, September 18!

We Are Western 2013--the 2013 Employee Giving Campaign--is an opportunity to invest in the future of our students.

Donations fund the Employee Annual Giving Scholarship, Employee Family Scholarship, Student Emergency Fund, Student Book Fund, CCAP or any other initiative of the employee’s choosing. 100% of your gift benefits Virginia Western’s students. The goal is 100% employee participation, and no gift is too small!

The Educational Foundation board and local companies donate great prizes to reward you for you participation in the campaign! The first drawing will be held today, and your contribution/pledge must be received by noon to be entered to win:

  • We Are Western T-shirts
  • $25 gift certificate to Longhorn Steakhouse
  • $50 gift certificate to Stop In Food Stores (for gasoline or convenience)
  • Designated Employee parking in location of your choice for remainder of Fall 2013 semester

Marketplace Exchange Notice

Department of Human Resources Management, Office of Health Benefits, has mailed to all current state employees and retirees eligible for and/or participating in the state’s group healthcare plan a Marketplace Exchange Notice entitled, “New Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Options and Your Health Coverage”.  Virginia Western Community College mailed the same notice to all college part-time employees and adjunct faculty not eligible for the state’s group healthcare plan.

The distribution of the notice is a requirement under the Affordable Care Act and the information contained therein is intended primarily for the uninsured; however, the insured may be interested in the Marketplace for reasons such as:

  • If their employment based healthcare is not affordable; or
  • as an alternative to COBRA if coverage is lost; and
  • to compare Medicare supplements as a retiree.

The Marketplace Exchange does not impact eligibility for employment based healthcare as a full-time employee for the Commonwealth of Virginia or as a retiree from the Commonwealth participating in the state’s retiree group healthcare plan.

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

Bridging Cultures Kickoff Party!

Monday, Sept. 23rd, 10am-11am, front steps of Brown Library

FREE books to the first 200 students! (Current VWCC only.)  Students will be able to choose from one of the following titles: In the Country of Men (the Bridging Cultures book discussion book), Persepolis, Dreams of Trespass, and House of Stone. Refreshments provided.

Come celebrate Brown Library's newest special collection, the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. Included in this award is a collection of 25 books and three films centered around Islamic art, literature, history, politics, current events, and religion, as well as a one-year subscription to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database. We are the only Virginia community college to win this great grant from the NEH!

Please encourage your students to attend the Kickoff as well as the rest of the events scheduled this Fall:

  • 9/24, 2pm, Whitman Theater: Film Series—Prince Among Slaves (open to public)
  • 10/8, 2pm, Whitman Theater: Film Series—Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (open to public)
  • 10/14, 6:30pm, Natural Science Center: Book Discussion—In the Country of Men (open to public)
    • “The truth couldn’t be kept away, it was cunning, sly-natured, seeping through at its own indifferent pace.” In Hisham Matar’s debut novel, a Libyan boy must come to terms with difficult truths about Libya, loyalty, and truth when his father disappears. On the surface a story of the violence and absurdity of life during the rule of Muammar al-Qaddafi, In the Country of Men describes the politics of childhood more than the politics of nations. Just as the plot brilliantly unfolds in unpredictable ways, we are catapulted forward to the next decade. We are left to reflect on the ties that bind us all—the universal embarrassments and frustrations of childhood, the challenge of constructing meaning from memory, and the presence of unavoidable truths. Led by Steven Salaita, Associate Professor of English at Virginia Tech.
  • 10/22, 2pm, Whitman Theater:  Film Series—Persepolis (open to public)
  • 11/5, 2pm, Whitman Theater: Film Series—Koran by Heart: Once Chance to Remember (open to public)

Please contact Kalyca Schultz with any questions.

Governor’s flag order for the Commonwealth of Virginia

Pursuant to President Barack Obama’s Presidential Proclamation to lower the United States flag honoring the victims of the tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard, I do hereby order that the flags of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia are to be flown at half-staff on all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

I hereby order that the flags shall be lowered immediately and remain at half-staff until sunset on September 20, 2013.

Sincerely,
Robert F. McDonnell

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS & ALUMNI

Apply TODAY for:

  • Marketing Design and PR Associate– PT
  • Employment Specialist-Full-Time/Part-Time
  • Customer Care Rep-Part-Time
  • Direct Mail Processer-Full-Time
  • Production Assistant-Part-Time
  • Care Attendant-Full-Time
  • E-Commerce Specialist-Seasonal/Part-Time
  • Server-Part-Time

 or any of the other 140+ positions available on our job bank. Register for THE HALL CAREER CENTER's online job bank to view position descriptions, company details, & application process. Check out the Career Center's televisions located in the library and on the 2nd floor of the Thomas Center for JOB BLAST listings weekly.

Registration Instructions:

  1. GO TO VWCC HOME PAGE   www.virginiawestern.edu.
  2. Click on Hall Career Center (Top and Center of homepage).
  3. On the left side click JOB BANK.
  4. Click on STUDENT/ALUMNI.
  5. Click on REGISTER.
  6. Fill in template (starred fields are required; use your school email address in the primary email field).
  7. Click SUBMIT. An email verification link will be sent to the primary email.
  8. Log in to your email and follow the link verify your account and set a password.
  9. You will then be taken into the job bank.
  10. Upload RESUME to apply( need help?- check homepage for Resume Power Hours)

Contact THE HALL CAREER CENTER if you have any questions- 540.857.7298/ careercenter@virginiawestern.edu

Business Etiquette Luncheon

When: Wednesday , October 16, 11:30am – 2:00pm
Where: Hotel Roanoke

Come learn about proper dining etiquette for business meals and enjoy a wonderful meal all for FREE!!! 

 PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

at the Hall Career Center – Thomas Center Room 202
or for more information 857-7298 or careercenter@virginiawestern.edu

 SPACE IS LIMITED, REGISTER TODAY!!!

Bridging Cultures Kickoff Party!

Monday, Sept. 23rd, 10am-11am, front steps of Brown Library

FREE books to the first 200 students! (Current VWCC only.)  Students will be able to choose from one of the following titles: In the Country of Men (the Bridging Cultures book discussion book), Persepolis, Dreams of Trespass, and House of Stone. Refreshments provided.

Come celebrate Brown Library's newest special collection, the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. Included in this award is a collection of 25 books and three films centered around Islamic art, literature, history, politics, current events, and religion, as well as a one-year subscription to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database. We are the only Virginia community college to win this great grant from the NEH!

Please encourage your students to attend the Kickoff as well as the rest of the events scheduled this Fall:

  • 9/24, 2pm, Whitman Theater: Film Series—Prince Among Slaves (open to public)
  • 10/8, 2pm, Whitman Theater: Film Series—Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (open to public)
  • 10/14, 6:30pm, Natural Science Center: Book Discussion—In the Country of Men (open to public)
    • “The truth couldn’t be kept away, it was cunning, sly-natured, seeping through at its own indifferent pace.” In Hisham Matar’s debut novel, a Libyan boy must come to terms with difficult truths about Libya, loyalty, and truth when his father disappears. On the surface a story of the violence and absurdity of life during the rule of Muammar al-Qaddafi, In the Country of Men describes the politics of childhood more than the politics of nations. Just as the plot brilliantly unfolds in unpredictable ways, we are catapulted forward to the next decade. We are left to reflect on the ties that bind us all—the universal embarrassments and frustrations of childhood, the challenge of constructing meaning from memory, and the presence of unavoidable truths. Led by Steven Salaita, Associate Professor of English at Virginia Tech.
  • 10/22, 2pm, Whitman Theater:  Film Series—Persepolis (open to public)
  • 11/5, 2pm, Whitman Theater: Film Series—Koran by Heart: Once Chance to Remember (open to public)

Please contact Kalyca Schultz with any questions.

Special Offer for Faculty and Staff from Domino’s Pizza

Beginning on Monday, September 16th, faculty and staff will receive a 20% discount on any food items purchased from Domino’s Pizza.  Domino’s now has a full service menu that includes pizzas, wings, sandwiches, and many other items.  If you haven’t been there to eat in a while, please consider it for lunch!

You can either sit in the Campus Commons area and engage with our students or sit under one of the umbrellas in the new Courtyard.  Either way, you are sure to enjoy your lunch break! 

The 20% discount offer is good indefinitely.   

 

American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Monday, September 23

11 am to 4pm

Parking Lot I (Outside Natural Science Center)

Save a life!  Give blood!  Appointments or walk-ins welcome!

Contact Natasha Lee at nlee@virginiawestern.edu for an appointment.

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)