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October 11, 2013

SACS Follow-Up & Celebration

I just wanted to follow up on our SACS visit. It is rare that one can say that their accreditation visit was fun, but the last day of ours was. It was extremely positive and wonderful affirmation of the hard work and dedication that so many at the College have invested in the process and in the logistics of the visit. Our efforts were rewarded. Those efforts and the pain that we went through to get to this point were well worth it. The visiting team did look at our faculty credentialing files, our assessment reports, and our syllabi. All of these were asked for and reviewed. So thank you to all who worked so hard to submit this information. And thank you to the QEP teams that developed “Navigate.”

While impossible to thank everyone that contributed or participated, I wanted to take a moment to publically thank the IE Office of Rachelle, Carol, Sarah, and Jenifer. These four put countless hours into this project over an extended period of time. Their efforts made this success possible. I would also like to thank the Executive Staff for their support throughout the process.

Now, the caveat is that although this stage of the process is complete, SACS never ends. We will continue to complete yearly IE plans, collect assessments, and verify faculty credentials. All of these things need to be part of the fabric of what we do. It is also time to focus on implementing Navigate. I have to say that I was extremely proud of Virginia Western as I listened to the exit interview and recognized that we have chosen a QEP topic that can really make a difference for our students. We are truly a student-centered college.

As we move forward with Navigate and with making assessment a part of our culture, I think that it is important for us to stop for a moment and really celebrate. To do this, we are planning a party. Save the date of Friday, Nov. 1 from 3-5 PM for this celebration. We are planning to have a band and food. More details to come as we get closer. This is a great opportunity for us to come together as a campus, celebrate our success, and recognize that all of us were part of that success in some way or another. Virginia Western rocks so come rock with us on Nov. 1!

Elizabeth

Faculty/Staff Instructional Technology Training Registration Form

 

The department of Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (DLIT) will offer a series of instructional technology training sessions between Oct. 21 and Nov. 5. Here are the training topics:

  • Blackboard Course Content Management and Discussion Board
  • Blackboard Grade Center
  • Brown Bag Session: Impatica for PowerPoint
  • Blackboard Online Testing
  • Record Lectures and Tutorials using Panopto Lecture Capture System
  • Create Online Web Meetings/Office Hours Using Blackboard Collaborate
  • Respondus and Respondus Lockdown Browser

Detailed information about training session content can be found on the registration form. To register, please go to this page.

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

RESEARCH STUDIES – NEW STUDIES ADDED!

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.

 

Are you a daily cigarette smoker?
Earn up to $120 for 3 study visits. This is not a treatment study. Confidential research study. Call text or email 540-315-0205, arrc@vtc.vt.edu.

Are you interested in QUITTING SMOKING?
Earn up to $20-$30 per session. Confidential research study. This is not a treatment study. Call text or email 540-315-0205, arrc@vtc.vt.edu.

 

UNSAFE BEHAVIOR STUDY

Do you use cocaine sometimes? Have you used cocaine recently?
Adult volunteers needed for an important, confidential 2 visit decision-making study involving brain imaging $400 maximum compensation. Not a treatment study. All information is completely confidential. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Call, text or email 540-315-0205 or arrc@vtc.vt.edu
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

 

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.eduhttp://info.vtc.vt.edu/vets