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October 14, 2013

Welcome New Hires

Congratulations to the following employee who has moved from a part-time to a full-time position!

  • Linda Whitlock began a full-time position on 10/10/2013 as the Academic Link Tutor Coordinator for The Academic Link in the Learning Technology Center.

Please take a minute to stop by and say HELLO to the following new face at Virginia Western!

  • Brent Via began on 10/10/2013 as the Advising Center Manager for the Advising Center in Student Services.

Welcome to Virginia Western!!!

Calendar Tip

When entering a reservation on the college calendar, don't forget to click "Add Info" after entering the event and contact name. Failure to click "Add Info" will leave the contact name blank on the calendar.


Questions about making room reservations using the college's online calendar? Contact Tara Nepper at tnepper@virginiawestern.edu


Commonwealth of Virginia Defined Contribution Plan (457) New Record Keeper Transition

The Commonwealth of Virginia has selected ICMA-RC as the third-party record keeper for the 457b defined contribution plan.  The transition from the current record keeper, ING, will begin in late December 2013 and will be completed approximately January 10, 2014.

An ICMA-RC representative will be on campus providing general information and key dates to remember during the transition.  Participants of the 457 are invited to attend to learn these important details:

ICMA-RC Transitional Meeting

Human Resources Training Room, Fishburn Hall

Thursday, November 14, 2013

2 – 3 p.m.

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


Employee Flu Shot Clinic Onsite: Thursday, October 24th

Flu shots are now available free through the Commonwealth of Virginia healthcare plans.

CVS Pharmacy

Human Resources/Workforce Development Training Room, Fishburn Hall

Thursday, October 24, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • All employees and retirees, their spouses and covered children are welcome!
  • Children age 9 and under must have a prescription to receive the vaccine from their doctor.
  • Plan members who bring a COVA Care or COVA HDHP health insurance card will receive flu shots at no cost!
  • There is a $31.99 charge for employees without insurance.

Appointments will be made in five (5) minute intervals.  Please arrive five (5) minutes early to allow time for forms completion.

Contact Denise Schuh for an flu shot appointment at either 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu.

Book Discussion Monday!

Bridging Cultures Book Discussion: In the Country of Men

Don’t miss this exciting book discussion, led by Virginia Tech Professor Steven Salaita, author of six books and numerous articles. 10/14, 6:30pm, Natural Science Center. Open to the public; refreshments provided.

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.

This book is part of 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. The books and films are available to be checked out from the Circulation desk on the top floor of the library.

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

Online Virginia Retirement System Member Benefit Profiles are Ready!

Your Member Benefit Profile (MBP) helps you map your retirement strategy. This is your online Virginia Retirement System (VRS) benefits statement providing important information about your retirement and other benefits as of June 30, 2013, and you can find it in your myVRS online account.

Retirement income on target? One of your MBP’s most important features is a retirement income analysis. This feature shows a total retirement income estimate compared to a retirement income target of 80 percent of your compensation. The retirement income estimate combines your estimated unreduced benefit, a Social Security estimate and, if you are a participant, an estimated annuity from your Commonwealth of Virginia 457 Deferred Compensation Plan account. Your analysis includes tips for “closing the gap” between your estimated retirement income and your 80 percent benchmark.

View your MBP now. Go to www.varetire.org/myVRS to log in or create a secure online account. Also see About myVRS for more information.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a meeting to review your retirement benefits, please contact Denise Schuh in Human Resources at 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu.