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October 17, 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.

Know anyone interested in attending UVA?

Representatives from the University of Virginia will be on campus on October 29th to meet with students interested in transferring. They will be holding two information sessions in the Natural Science Center at 11am and 1pm. Faculty and staff are encouraged to promote this event to students who are interested in attending the University of Virginia. No sign-up necessary, but if you have questions about the event you should contact Steven Chichester in Chapman 105.

Free Movie Tuesday, 2pm: Persepolis

Don't miss the Bridging Cultures Film Series!

  • 10/22, 2pm, Whitman TheaterPersepolis (2007)
    • Poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution.
  • 11/5, 2pm, Whitman TheaterKoran by Heart: Once Chance to Remember (2011)
    • Captures the drama of the annual International Holy Koran Competition, following three extraordinary ten year olds who have dedicated their lives to honoring their families, countries, and culture through memorization of the religious text.

These films are part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys award granted to Brown Library by the NEH. They are available to be checked out on a reserve basis from the Circulation desk on the top floor of the library.


Participate in WE ARE WESTERN DAY ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18. Wear your We Are Western T-shirt or campaign button and show your spirit for making college possible for our students! If you have already participated in the campaign and have not received a button or T-shirt, please stop by the Educational Foundaiton office today so you may participate in We Are Western Day.

The We Are Western '13 Employee Giving Campaign is wrapping up and we want to make sure you are included! 

The final We Are Western Prize Patrol drawing will be held tomorrow as well.

  • We Are Western T-shirts
  • $25 gift certificate to Applebee's
  • $30 gift certificate to Amazon

A downloadable campaign contribution form and secure online contribution form are available at www.virginiawestern.edu/foundation on the Employee Giving Campaign page. If you have any questions, please contact Erik Williams at 857.8914 or ewilliams@virginiawestern.edu. Thank you for being part of our family and supporting our students! We Are Western!

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