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January 27, 2014

Join us at 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)

‘Til Death Do Us Part Mystery Theater

When:  Saturday, February 15, 2014 Wine Tasting - 6-6:45pm and Theater - 7:00pm

Where:   The Greenfield Center in Daleville (57 S Center Drive)

Something old, something new, and….oh no, a murder, too?

The Greenfield Center presents ‘Til Death Do Us Part performed by HaeBo Productions! Secret identities, devious plans, zany characters, and unexpected surprises abound as the characters plot and pry to keep the groom from marrying away the $15 million he inherits on his wedding day! Our latest murder mystery theater is filled with an abundance of audience interaction and will surely keep you laughing and guessing! After the inevitable crime, you, the audience, HAVE to help the clueless detective and his colorful assistant find the murderer!

$25 per person includes wine tasting, light hors d'oeuvres, beverage & dessert

For more information call The Greenfield Center 540-966-3984 http://www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce/greenfield/events.php

Post submitted by Faye Sensabaugh.

The VCCA Black Concerns Commission Conference

The VCCA Black Concerns Commission Conference will be held on Thursday, February 27 - Friday, February 28 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Conference registration link

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1czYMHJvgc0KHC1fjVIWH9nCvdNtzC7-OmuD_dVpcRPk/edit

Agenda link

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzNbW6Wm9lsBVFZkcVRsdVROd1k/edit

Please return all forms and payments to Vickie Rogers, BCC Treasurer no later than February 12, 2014.  The mailing address is included on the invoice which you will receive by email after completing the conference registration.  If payment is not received by February 12, 2014, please be prepared to pay at the door with your personal check.   Please don't forget to make your hotel reservations.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Arnold Gayles.

Hotel Reservation Information:

Date: Thursday, February 27 – Friday, February 28, 2014

Location: Holiday Inn Charlottesville– Monticello

Charlottesville, VA

Hotel Rate: $89.99 plus tax

Telephone: 434-977-5100

Group Block: BBC- BCC Conference

For Reservations: Individuals may call the hotel's reservations department directly at 434-977-5100

 

Further inquiries relating to the Black Concern Commission may be directed to:

Arnold.Gayles@southside.edu 

 

 

Panopto Looks Different!

Last week the Media Geeks identified a problem with user recordings failing, without notifying the user.   It would "look" like the recording completed successfully, but then the video would never finish posting on the server.  While this problem was limited to specific users, with specific hardware, Panopto support recommended we update to the latest version to rectify this problem as well as address some other problems in the software.  On Friday, January 24 we applied this update.

Unfortunately, while basic functionality has not changed, there have been some changes in the way the website looks.  If you use the Panopto.VirginiaWestern.edu website, you will see that the icons for sharing, settings, etc. are no longer on the right of your screen.  Instead, you will need to move your mouse over the video you want to work with.  When you mouse over the title of the video, you will see all of the options appear under the title.  Functionality of these options is still the same, only where they are located has changed.

For those using your personal computers, you may be prompted to update the Panopto software next time you record.  You should do this, as it greatly improves the reliability of your recordings.   The Media Geeks will be updating all of the Panopto recording software in the classrooms during Spring Break.  Until then, classrooms should not be prompted to update automatically.  If you do receive a prompt to update the Panopto client in the classroom, please call the Help Desk (77354) immediately and a Media Geek will come to your classroom as quickly as possible to assist you.

The eLearning and Instructional Technology staff is working on updating the Panopto user Guide.  The new, updated document will be posted on the eLIT website shortly.

I apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may cause.  We work hard to limit our upgrades to times where little disruption can occur, but in this time of rapidly changing technology, sometimes a mid-semester upgrade is unavoidable.   All of us in the Media Geeks are committed to assisting you through this change.  Please don't hesitate to contact us for help.

- B Bagby

New Horizons 2014 Registration Deadline

The deadline for registering for New Horizons 2014 at the early bird rate is February 19, 2014. The college will pay the early bird registration fee for any full-time faculty or staff who requested this on their Professional Development Application.

The website to register is http://www.cvent.com/events/2014-vccs-new-horizons-conference-participant-registration/event-summary-a28adf45a3a390c20e2d132b4a.aspx. On the Registration Form, use the name Fred Aaron as the college official authorizing payment and select "College Pay" in the payment window.

Posted by Kathy Holland.

Test Banks are Available on the Internet

Be aware!!!  From the listserv  BLKBRD-L@ASU.EDU, a Blackboard admin and an instructor made this comment:

"Test banks are available to anyone on the Internet now.  I just looked mine up and for $39, anyone (including students) can own it.    See: http://www.testbankcorner.com/   [Use FireFox to view the link]

I guess it was just a matter of time before someone capitalized on this resource!  Unfortunate there are unethical folks like this out there."

Posted by Ramona Coveny.

Spring Federal Work-Study

If you would like to post a Federal Work-Study (FWS) position for the Spring 2014 term, please submit personnel requisitions to Adam Bailey in the financial aid office as soon as possible.  The Personnel Requisition Form can be found on VWConnect under HR Forms, or email Adam at abailey@virginiawestern.edu to request a copy.

Virginia Retirement System – New Hybrid Retirement Plan

Open Enrollment for VRS Members

January 1, 2014 – April 30, 2014

The VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan combines the features of a defined benefit plan and a defined contribution plan.

Who is Eligible to Opt-In?

At Virginia Western, only current VRS members.  Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) and Virginia Law Officers' Retirement System (VaLORS) are not eligible to opt-in.

Is The Plan Right For You?

You can answer this question by attending one of the following informational sessions all located in the Human Resources Training Room in Fishburn Hall:

Monday, February 17, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Current VRS members are not affected by the new plan; however, you do have the opportunity to opt-in. If you do not wish to opt-in, you do not need to do anything!

If you are considering opting into the plan, you are strongly encouraged to attend one of these informational sessions.

Your decision to enroll in the Hybrid is irrevocable.

Paid Internship – STEM Majors

Paid Internships available with the Commonwealth STEM Industry Program (CSIIP) site offered through collaboration of Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Virginia's colleges & community colleges and many other partners. This is a free resource for finding paid internships through an online system for undergraduates in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) majors. One application puts a student in front of a multitude of companies with internships - no company applications to complete unless/until a company makes a student an offer.

Apply through the CSIIP website at www.CSIIP.org

Eligibility:

  •  At least 18 years of age and attending an accredited Virginia college, community college, or university. Virginia residents attending an accredited out-of-state college may apply.
  • Must be enrolled as undergraduate taking at least six (6) credit hours per semester and making demonstrated progress towards a STEM degree.
  • Have completed at least 30 or more post-secondary education credits and are at least of rising sophomore status prior to the internship. Newly graduating seniors in 2014 are also eligible to participate.
  • Majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) field.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.

Staff Senate Meeting & Special Election

The next Staff Senate Meeting will be held on February 13th at 10 a.m. in the Natural Science Center.

Nominations are currently being accepted to fill the co-chair position left vacant by Rick Robers. The term for this position is through May 2015. Nominations may be presented from the floor on February 13th or submitted by email to Tara Nepper (tnepper@virginiawestern.edu) at any time.

Regular elections for the other co-chair position held by Tara Nepper and the recorder position held by Nicole Bell will take place in May. Nominations for those positions will be accepted beginning in April.

Past meeting minutes may be found on VWConnect through this link: https://vwconnect.vw.edu/sites/governance/Shared%20Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx?RootFolder=%2Fsites%2Fgovernance%2FShared%20Documents%2FStaff%20Senate

All full- and part-time classified staff are encouraged to attend Staff Senate. Agenda items may be submitted to Tara Nepper or Nicole Bell (nbell@virginiawestern.edu).