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October 16, 2013

Information regarding October 23 Dedication Event

Virginia Western Community College invites members of the Roanoke Valley and our college community to celebrate the advancement of community college education on Wednesday, October 23. The Dedication of the Center for Science and Health Professions in honor of Horace G. and Ann H. Fralin will begin with a formal speaking program at 4:30 p.m. Invited speakers will begin arriving on campus at approximately 3 p.m. and guests will begin arriving by 4 p.m.

Please plan to park in the following parking lots on October 23:

  • Chapman Hall (lot 1/1E)
  • Thomas Center (lot 4)
  • Webber Hall (lot 7)
  • Top of hill behind Anderson Hall (lot 8E)

To accommodate the increased traffic, the following parking lots/spaces will be reserved for the entire day:

  • Fishburn Hall (lot 5)
  • Administrative lot (lot 6)
  • Spaces along McNeil Drive
  • Center for Science and Health Professions (lot 8)
  • Colonial Avenue/College Services (lot 9)
  • Tennis Courts/Whitman Theater (lot 15)--tentative based on completion

Thank you for your consideration in planning for this historical moment for the College. Please join Dr. Robert Sandel, the Educational Foundation and the entire community in this exciting celebration.

Roanoke Valley Reads Kickoff

Thursday, October 17th is the official kickoff to a month of Roanoke Valley Reads programming! Some featured events include:

  • A talk by Wish You Well author, David Baldacci. Oct. 17, 7pm, Shaftman Performance Hall at the Jefferson Center. Modern Appalachian Music provided by Maestro David Stewart Wiley & Jeff Midkiff. Seating is first come, first served.
  • Appalachian Storytelling. Oct. 22, 6:30pm, Franklin County Library.
  • A talk by Ed Sala, who plays Judge Henry Atkins in the new movie adaptation of the book. Oct. 23, 6:30pm, Williamson Road branch library.
  • From Book to Film: a talk by producer Sara Elizabeth Timmons. Oct. 24, 7pm, Taubman Museum of Art.
  • WVTF Book Club Discussion of Wish You Well. Oct. 29, 7pm, WVTF/Radio IQ Broadcast Center.

Roanoke Valley Reads is a community-wide reading experience that brings people together, promotes tolerance and understanding of differing points of view, and emphasizes the importance of literacy. Brown Library previously participated in the Big Read Roanoke Valley 2010 and Roanoke Valley Reads 2011.

For more information about the featured book, Wish You Well, or for more events related to it, head to Roanoke Valley Reads 2013.

Farewell Carol Ann Childress

VWCC and the VCCS are mourning the loss of Carol Ann Childress, 52. Carol worked at VWCC in the "Data Center/Computing Center" for many years and was employed by the VCCS working at the Greenfield Center until her death. Carol would have had 30 years of state service in February 2014. Carol was truly dedicated to the Virginia Community College System and the support of all the Enterprise Systems (SIS, HRMS, AIS, Blackboard, G-mail) used by faculty, staff and students.

Family visitation will be Thursday, October 17 at Oakey's South Chapel from 1 to 2 p.m. followed immediately by the funeral services.

Virginia Western wins most VCCA Excellence in Communication Awards

Virginia Western took home the most awards of any college at the annual Virginia Community College Association (VCCA) Excellence in Communications Competition in early October. The College's Marketing Office, Educational Foundation and Media Geeks combined for 16 total awards across 14 categories.

Virginia Western received the following awards:

  • First, second AND third place the Outdoor Transit/Billboard category;
  • First AND third place in the Poster category;
  • First place the Television Advertising;, Catalog and New Media /Social Media (produced by Media Geeks) categories;
  • Second place in the Magazine Advertising, Special Event  and Publication External/Internal categories;
  • Second AND third place in the Total Advertising/PR Campaign categories; and
  • Third place in the Newspaper Advertising, Brochure and Annual Report (produced by Educational Foundation) categories.

Please congratulate members of the Marketing Office-especially Joe Collins and Tara Nepper; Ruth Cassell of the Educational Foundation; and B Bagby and the entire Media Geeks team for their excellent work!

-Josh Meyer

October 23 Parking Notice

Virginia Western Community College invites members of the Roanoke Valley and our college community to celebrate the advancement of community college education on Wednesday, October 23. The Dedication of the Center for Science and Health Professions in honor of Horace G. and Ann H. Fralin will begin with a formal speaking program at 4:30 p.m. Invited speakers will begin arriving on campus at approximately 3 p.m. and guests will begin arriving by 4 p.m.

Please plan to park in the following parking lots on October 23:

  • Chapman Hall (lot 1/1E)
  • Thomas Center (lot 4)
  • Webber Hall (lot 7)
  • Top of hill behind Anderson Hall (lot 8E)

To accommodate the increased traffic, the following parking lots/spaces will be reserved for the entire day:

  • Fishburn Hall (lot 5)
  • Administrative lot (lot 6)
  • Spaces along McNeil Drive
  • Center for Science and Health Professions (lot 8)
  • Colonial Avenue/College Services (lot 9)
  • Tennis Courts/Whitman Theater (lot 15)--tentative based on completion

Thank you for your consideration in planning for this historical moment for the College. Please join Dr. Robert Sandel, the Educational Foundation and the entire community in this exciting celebration. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by today to events@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6689.

Stop the bullying!

Rosalind Wiseman author of the best selling book "Queen Bees and Wannabes: Ending Mean Girl Behavior in High School, College and Beyond"

Lecture at Hollins University in the Niederer Auditorium, Wetherill Visual Arts Center on Monday, October 28th at 7:30p.m. with a book signing to follow.

Any questions, please contact Natasha Lee at nlee@virginiawestern.edu or ext. 857-6326.

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

SouthEast ShakeOut

At 10:17 a.m. on October 17, 2013, millions of people will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in The Great SouthEast ShakeOut, the region's largest earthquake drill ever! All colleges and universities have been encouraged to participate in the drill.  Virginia Western has been registered and is looking to you for voluntary participation.  We ask that you look over the ShakeOut link and determine if your participation may be something we can count on.  This is strictly a voluntary venture on your part.  If as a staff or faculty member you wish to join in, all you need to do is click the link (ShakeOut Drill Video) either in your classroom or in your office on October 17 at 10:17 AM and play along.

Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you live, work, or travel. The ShakeOut is our chance to practice and discuss how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared. The goal is to prevent a major earthquake from becoming a catastrophe for you, our organization, and our community.

Why is a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill important?  You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking knocks you down, or something falls on you.

Feedback: if you are a “prepper” and decided to participate (good for you!!) please send an email and let me know how the event was received by you, your counterparts, and/or students.

Thank you and have fun with this event!!

Craig S. Harris

 

WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS

QuickBooks for Business Workshop (ACCT 2195 - AC2) Thursday 11/14/13 - 12/5/13 (6:00pm-9:00pm) - Lean tips and tricks for using QuickBooks to manage your accounting records, freeing up time for you to grow your business. This in-depth workshop will help you succeed! Pre-Req: ACC-110 or prior experience using QuickBooks. Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Industrial Maintenance Technician (17 Weeks, 20 Hours/Week, 340 Total Hours) This VWCC Quick Connect Intensive Industrial Maintenance Technician's program introduces students to the knowledge and skills they will need to work in manufacturing or industrial plants. Entry level industrial maintenance technicians call upon a variety of skills in electronics, mechanical and digital systems to repair and maintain large and complex machines. Through on-line, classroom and hands-on training, students will build skills in an array of mechanical, electrical and technological areas including welding and maintenance, mechanical systems, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, and electrical control systems. Students will use a variety of resources including Tooling University from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. For additional program information, please contact Leah Coffman at 857-6678; James Smith at 857-6273; or contact a VWCC Career Transition Coach at 857-6296 (Deb Squire) or 857-6279 (Amanda Decker)

VWCC Quick Connect: Welding & AWS Certification http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/programs/welding.php
Students will learn GMAW and FCAW welding methods. Credentials from this class include an OSHA 10 Certification, a Commonwealth of Virginia Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), and an American Welding Society (AWS) Certification. The course meets over 64 hours. Dates, times, and frequency will be determined each semester. At the end of the course, students will weld inspection coupons which will be forwarded to a Certified Welding Instructor (CWI). Successful students will receive an AWS certification. An additional three hours are required for CRC testing. For more information, contact James Smith at 540-857-6273 or jesmith@virginiawestern.edu.

 

An Ophthalmic Assistant is a person who works with an Ophthalmologist or Optometrist to provide patient care by performing many different eye related clinical functions. Their Work provides the ophthalmologist/optometrist with important information to help diagnose and treat patients.

This training will provide the technical information in the classroom to secure a job as an Ophthalmic Assistant.  Some basic “hands on” skills with equipment will also be covered. This class focuses on the information/academics needed to work in the field.  There are many pieces of equipment used on the job you will learn about but will not do “the hands on” in using the equipment until you are employed. This class will give you a distinct advantage on others applying for the job of Ophthalmic Assistant.  You will know about the job, the medical aspects of the job, and the demands of the job that an applicant without the training will not have.

The class will be held 2 nights per week (TBD) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 12 weeks. Classes are scheduled to begin in January, 2014. Cost: $750. If you are interested or want more information contact: Dan Semones at dsemones@virginiawestern.edu, 540-857-6476.

Wireless Access for College Visitors

Recently changes were made the college’s wireless network. As a result of those changes, Virginia Western no longer offers free, open wireless. Visitors to Virginia Western will be able to access wireless service on campus using VWCCGuest using a password.

How do I obtain a password for my campus visitors?

When submitting the online calendar reservation, select “I would like to request resources for my event”. Select IET, Help Desk, Guest Password. Your password will be sent by email within two weeks of your scheduled event.

Questions? Contact the Help Desk or Tara Nepper