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September 26, 2013


Local Master Gareners are sponsoring an OPEN ARBORETUM DAY at the Community Arboretum 

Saturday, September 28, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Free Family Event     Light refreshments provided

Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions and provide instructional tours of the plant collections in the Arboretum. Learn about a variety of gardening topics including,  composting methods, propagation, rain water collection and water-wise gardening. Participants will be introduced to the All America Display Garden and learn about annual and perennial plants that perform well in the Roanoke area.

Hope to see you at the Arboretum!

Sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Community Arboretum at Virginia Western Community College

SACSCOC On-Site Visit Oct. 1-3

Just a reminder that our SACSCOC on-site visit is Oct. 1-3. During this visit, please be polite and friendly to the review team if you meet with them either formally or informally. Please answer all of their questions honestly, but only answer the question that is asked. No tangents please.

As a review, our QEP is on team advising and is called “Navigate”. The QEP will be the focus of this visit.

Thank you to everyone as preparing for this visit has truly been a campus-wide effort.

Hot Topic, October 2



WHEN:  Wednesday, Octoer 2; 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Duncan 206
FACILITATOR:  Ms. Mickey Webb

This session will help students determine how much money is needed to attend college, how to make the most of financial aid for the future they want, what types of aid is available and most importantly will  inform them on how to borrow loans responsibly. Tickets will be given to students needing proof of attendance when extra credit is offered by their instructor(s).

Advising Retention Services
Chapman Hall, Room 105


QEP Fact of the Day

Did you know that the first piece of Navigate was implemented this summer through the registration room? This registration room enabled students to self-register and greatly reduced student wait time in Chapman Hall for the summer.

Please Delete old Panopto Recordings

Panopto Lecture Capture has proven to be very popular!  We're using the system a bit more at this point than we had predicted.   While this is a wonderful thing, it is starting to create some disk space issues.   We are committed to growing disk space as needed for instruction, but we'd rather not spend our budget to save unnecessary files.   That's where YOU come in.

Please take a look at your recordings and delete any recordings you're certain you don't need.  For now, it's okay to hold on to anything less than three years old that you think you might need.  Just get rid of the stuff you're certain is trash!

Don't Sell Yourself Short

Video files more than three years old should, in most cases, be deleted and re-recorded with the most up to date material.   Yes, we know that in some cases the information is exactly the same.   However, students forced to watch old videos often comment about the perceived value of those video recordings.  We hear comments like "If the instructor doesn't care enough to update the recording (replace the videotape, etc.), why should I care about the material?".      If you look substantially different, or the slides and information you are showing on the video don't match your current class information, you should update your recordings, even if it's been less than three years!

Remember: the use of Lecture Capture is an additional instructional tool, NOT a replacement for current, up to date, dynamic instruction!

Thanks for all your help and support!

The Media Geeks





Didn’t pack lunch? No time to fix supper?

Pick up whatever you need at Domino’s Pizza!

Try one of the delicious Oven Baked Sandwiches such as Philly Cheesesteak, Italian Sausage & Peppers, Mediterranean Veggie, Italian, Chicken Parm, Buffalo Chicken, or Chicken Habanero. $5.99 or $4.79 with your discount!

QEP Fact of the Day

Did you know that the topic of advising and the ultimate focus of Navigate: Get THERE Through Team Advising was chosen and developed through a two year process that involved faculty, staff and students?

Car wash tickets for sale!

Tanglewood Autowash tickets are for sale for $9 each.  Proceeds to benefit the Virginia Western Men's Basketball team!  Contact Ray Bare at 540-728-1563 or rbare@virginiawestern.edu if interested.  Tickets can be delivered on campus to supporters.


SAILS (Student Assistance & Intervention for Learning Success)

On Monday, September 30th, faculty and staff will see a SAILS icon appear in their My VWCC accounts.  Unless you are a faculty member teaching developmental education courses, you can disregard this icon at this time.

If you are teaching a developmental education course this semester, you will receive information and training regarding the use of this system in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, please contact Brooke Ferguson or Lori Baker.

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!