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January 14, 2014

Give Up! for Food for Thought

Food For Thought: An Edible Education Partnership, administered by the Virginia Western Educational Foundation, is featured this month as the recipient of Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op’s community awareness and fund raising program, Give Up! 

Through Give Up! you may “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar and contribute your change to Food For Thought throughout the month of January.  Money raised will be put toward the purchase of garden tools, seeds, gloves and boots for James Madison Middle School.

To learn more about Food For Thought, Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op and the Give Up! Program, see:  http://roanokenaturalfoods.com/give-up/, www.foodforthoughtva.org, or like us on Facebook!


2014 Faculty & Staff Innovation Grants Available

The 2014 Innovation Grant Application is now available on the Educational Foundation's page on VW Connect. The deadline to apply for a 2014 grant is March 28, 2014.  These grants are offered by the Educational Foundation to encourage academic enrichment activities.

Faculty and staff should consider proposing innovative projects, novel approaches, and creative activities that support the College’s vision statement:

As a student-oriented center for lifelong learning, Virginia Western Community College will meet the needs of our diverse community by providing comprehensive educational programs and workforce development.

Awards will be made on May 1, 2014. If awarded, the mid-term report for the Innovation Grant will be due on Sept. 17, 2014 and final report will be due April 1, 2015.

Frequently asked questions:

Who can apply?  All members of the Virginia Western Community College faculty and staff may apply.  Faculty must have been at the College for at least 2 yrs. of continuous service, September-June.

What is the typical amount of an Innovation Grant award?  Awards range from $1,000.00 - $7,000.00

What is the length of the application?  Applicant must provide a cover sheet with supervisor’s name, detailed description (should not exceed 3 pages), explanation of how success of the project will be measured, timetable, budget, additional information (i.e. brochures, videos, etc. that elucidate the application.)

How difficult is it to secure this grant?  Awards are based on the quality and uniqueness of the projects submitted.  Therefore, degree of difficulty in securing an Innovation Grant depends on the number of applicants with outstanding projects for consideration.Make sure your grant stands out!!

Please contact Carolyn Payne at cpayne@virginiawestern.edu with any questions.

Educational Foundation Student Assistance Programs

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION BOOK FUND - These funds are designed to help students purchase textbooks.  These funds DO NOT assist students with required items for classes such as art supplies, knives, or other equipment. The application is available on the Educational Foundations VWConnect page.


  1. Request for funding should come to the Educational Foundation from the student's professor or counselor -- NOT THE STUDENT.  The maximum award may not exceed $400.  The Educational Foundation began processing book fund applications on January 8.
  2. The form must be completed by the student and by YOU, the student's Virginia Western professor or counselor.
  3. The student must also write a letter of thanks addressed to the Educational Foundation Board noting how these funds will help him/her meet his/her goals.
  4. Please FAX this completed form AND the letter of thanks to the Educational Foundation at 857.6370.
  5. The Educational Foundation will contact YOU, the person recommending the student, so that you can contact the student. The process is usually complete within 24 hours.
  6.  Students will pick up textbooks from the Virginia Western Campus Bookstore and must bring one form of photo I.D.(ex. Driver's license or VWCC I.D).


EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND - These funds are designed to address exceptional financial hardship faced by new and continuing Virginia Western students that could affect their continuing education. Examples of types of emergencies to consider: house fire, medical issues, assistance with temporary housing for a student left homeless, etc. These funds are limited, so please carefully consider each student’s request.


  1. The application for Student Emergency Funds is available on the Educational Foundation’s VWConnect page. Emergency Fund application requests may be made for up to $500. Requests for food gift cards may be made for up to $100. Requests for gas gift cards may be made for up to $50. A student may only apply once for emergency funds within a semester and for only one type of assistance, so please consider which type of funding would best help the student.
  2. The Educational Foundation began processing emergency fund applications on January 8.
  3. The student must complete the Student Information section on the reverse side of the application, and attach copies of the bill(s) to be paid, if applicable.
  4. The student’s instructor/counselor must complete the Instructor/Counselor Recommendation section on the reverse side of the application.
  5. Once completed, submit the application to a member of the Student Emergency Fund Advisory Council – Avis Quinn, Chad Sartini or Sheri Meixner. The advisory council member will send the completed form to the Educational Foundation.
  6. The Educational Foundation will contact the advisory council member once the application is processed.

Relay for Life

Join the Virginia Western Keep Calm and Cure On team at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life on March 15th at Cave Spring Middle School! Donate or sign up today at http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=61889&pg=team&team_id=1556278. Spread the word so that we can put an end to cancer!

Questions? Contact Tara Nepper (tnepper@virginiawestern.edu)

ODU Needs Your Help Supporting Senior Citizens

ODU is participating in the annual Soup for Seniors project sponsored by the Local Office on Aging. ODU and VWCC staff in the Thomas Center are collecting cans of soup and boxes of crackers for distribution to homebound seniors. “Winter is a difficult time for our older homebound neighbors and the choice between food and heat can be hard,” said Aimee Lawson, Director of Public Relations for the LOA Area Agency on Aging in Roanoke. “A bowl of hot soup on a cold day can go a long way in making sure no senior goes hungry.” "Due to recent budget cuts, the LOA had to cut bag meals for snow days and holidays from its budget. This makes the bag of soup and crackers all that more important to our Meals on Wheels recipients."

The goal for this year’s Soup drive is for 42,000 cans of soup to be delivered to more than 3,500 local residents. In addition to soup, LOA and AARP suggest the donation of canned meats such as tuna, canned vegetables, peanut butter, oatmeal, and canned fruit. (No glass containers.)

This is an excellent way for our campus community to reach out to our fellow citizens. Please bring your donations to the Thomas Center, Room 106 by January 31. All donations will be delivered to the LOA distribution center on February 3. Thank you in advance for your support! For more information, please contact ODU at ext. 76976.

VWCC TOTAL Workshops Announcement

Register now for VCCS Topics in Online Teaching and Learning (VCCS TOTAL) workshops via the VWCC Knowledge Center.  The first registration deadline is this Friday (1-17-2014) at 12:00 noon.

The VCCS TOTAL professional development workshops, currently offered through Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), are intended for faculty who teach (or want to teach) blended and online courses.  Each workshop focuses on a single topic, so you can build an individualized professional development plan by selecting only the workshops you need.  We suggest taking one workshop at a time; all workshops are offered multiple times during the year.  See the TOTAL project website for workshop descriptions.

NOVA Schedule of TOTAL workshops for Spring 2014:

Beginning January 20

  • Establishing Social Presence - 3 weeks
  • Preparing Student Learning Objectives - 2 weeks
  • VCCS Blackboard Basics - 2 weeks
  • Implementing Open Educational Resources - 3 weeks

Beginning February 10

  • Facilitating Discussion Forums - 4 weeks
  • Using Best Practices in Online Teaching - 4 weeks
  • Writing Directions - 3 weeks
  • Captioning Media - 2 weeks

Beginning March 17

  • Developing Collaborative Activities - 2 weeks
  • Time Management Strategies - 2 weeks
  • Designing Meaningful Discussion Activities - 3 weeks
  • VCCS Blackboard Basics - 2 weeks
  • Copyright, Fair Use & TEACH Act - 2 weeks

Beginning April 7

  • Using Best Practices in Online Teaching - 4 weeks
  • Establishing Social Presence - 3 weeks
  • Designing Rubrics and Providing Feedback - 4 weeks
  • Making Your Courses Accessible - 4 weeks

Instructions for Accessing VCCS TOTAL Courses via the Knowledge Center:

  1. Login to the VWCC Knowledge Center: https://covkc.virginia.gov/vwcc/
  2. Go to Learning Center >> Course Catalog
  3. Enter Keywords:  VCCS Total in the Search Text box. Click Search.
  4. Click on the course link of the course in which you would like to enroll.
  5. Click on the specific section in which you would like to enroll.
  6. Click Enroll.  You will see that your status changes to “Enrolled.”  You will also see a statement confirming the date you enrolled:  e.g. You enrolled in this item on 1/13/2014.
  7. After enrolling, you will be able to see the course(s) in which you are enrolled in the Scheduled Training box located on My Homepage:  Home >> My Workspace >> My Homepage.

If you have questions or need assistance regarding the Knowledge Center, please contact Sarah Miller, Heidi McClintic or Carly Johnson in Human Resources.  If you have any questions about the workshop format and content, please contact Carrie Halpin or Ramona Coveny in eLearning & Instructional Technology.

External Survey for Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty

A doctoral student has asked for our participation in a research study. This study has been approved by the IRB at Virginia Western and at his own university. Please consider completing the survey linked at the bottom of his explanation of the study.

The purpose of the study is to determine community college faculty perceptions regarding the importance of the six Behavior Engineering Model variables (information, resources, incentive, knowledge and skills, capacity, motives) in the work environment and to determine if significant differences exist between survey respondents based on gender, age group, years of experience teaching at this community college, current employment status (full-time or part-time faculty) and highest education level in your teaching field.

The study will generate data for community college management use in making informed decisions regarding future professional development initiatives and demonstrate the value of using a systematic human performance technology approach for determining faculty perceptions of the importance of the variables.

Your opinion is valuable and participation in this voluntary survey is greatly appreciated. Submission of the survey indicates your consent to participate. For the purpose of confidentiality and to protect the rights of participants, names will not be collected. As an additional measure to protect your identity, the survey is administered through a non-affiliated third party. The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete Again, THANK YOU for participating and making a difference!
To complete the survey, please click on the following link.

Please complete and submit this survey not later than 1/31/2014.

2014 Outlook Calendar Payroll Updates Available

All employees want to ensure that they enter their payable time and leave absence requests into the HRMS system by the due date every pay period.

Information and Educational Technologies (IET) with the help of Payroll and Human Resources has created new calendar date files for 2014 which you can import into your default Outlook calendar to serve as a reminder that you need to enter your payable time or leave absence requests.

Follow the directions located at http://virginiawestern.edu/iet/helpdesk/howtos.php under Import a Calendar Date File into Outlook.

Note: You can only import the files to Outlook, not Outlook Web Access (OWA), although they are viewable in OWA after loading them into Outlook.

Please contact the Help Desk if you have any questions.

Don’t Forget: Navigating SIS professional development

Come to the Natural Science Center for the first Navigate professional development session of 2014. This session will offer tips and tricks for navigating SIS when advising students as well as a question and answer session led by Brooke Ferguson. Sessions are offered:

  • Monday, January 13 from 12-1
  • Thursday, January 16 from 2-3
  • Friday, January 17 from 9-10