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March 13, 2014

Calendar Error Message

Have you received this message lately?

"The facilities you selected are either completely or partially reserved for another event. Please change your filters or your date selection and try again."

If so, please continue to select the desired room, be sure to click "CONFIRM ROOM SELECTION" and continue with your reservation. If a conflict does exist you will not be able to move forward. If you are receiving this message as an error, you will be able to proceed as normal.

This is an issue with Active Data and they are working to correct the problem.

Calendar Reservation Instructions - http://www.virginiawestern.edu/facstaff/docs/FacStaffCalendarInst.pdf

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


Are you interested in a degree in General Studies?
Do you have any family or friend interested in getting one?
Have you or they considered Full Time Friday(ftf) program?
Virginia Western Community College’s Full-Time Fridays program will have its third cohort for Fall semester 2014 , if group is met. FTF’s students enjoy the benefits of one on one personalized advising and a unique program that strives to help students reach their higher educational goals. For more information about enrolling in Full-Time Fridays, : contact coordinator Alexander Scott at ascott@virginiawestern.edu or 540-857-7247 or visit http://www.virginiawestern.edu/academics/fridays.php
Full-Time Fridays (ftf) program allows students to earn an Associate of Science Degree in General Studies while balancing priorities to their work, families and life in general. Full-Time Fridays will give you the opportunity to earn a General Studies degree in just two years through on-campus courses on Fridays, coupled with hybrid classes.
Full Time Friday is your path to your education one day a week.

Washington National (formerly Conseco) to Visit VWCC Employees

A representative from Washington National (formerly Conseco) Insurance Co. will be at the college on March 17-19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Human Resources Testing Room representing new life benefits and supplemental health benefits. In 10 minutes the representative will review their plans and special money back provisions. No appointment is needed.  As this is a work-related event, no leave usage to attend is required; however, as always, please check with your supervisor for approval to attend.

Everyone that comes by for a one-on-one presentation the vendor will provide a free gift with no obligation to purchase.  The vendor is also providing breakfast food and a special food treat on St. Patrick’s Day.  Washington National states if they see at least 40 VWCC employees that they will raffle off a flat screen TV.

The following is an excerpt provided by Washington Mutual:

Top 10 Reasons why you should visit with your Washington National Representative on

March 17-19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Human Resources Testing Room

Fishburn Hall

  1. Washington National (formerly Conseco) Insurance Company (WNIC) will return all your premiums back to you if you don’t use the benefit. (Ask your rep for more info).
  2. WNIC Solutions Cancer protection …with Return of Premium (Get your money back)!
  3. WNIC Pulse Protection Heart & Stroke plan …with Return of Premium (Get your money back)!
  4. WNIC Accident plan …! Great protection for families with children!
  5. WNIC Term Life Assure and Universal Life Insurance plan …with coverage for the whole family!
  6. Designed to help protect you against the potential negative financial impact catastrophic illness can have on your family’s future!
  7. Competitive group rates for you and your family…
  8. WNIC (formerly Conseco) has been providing supplemental benefits to Virginia State Employees for over 50 years!
  9. Free gifts for just listening to our presentation!
  10. If we see 40 employees a Flat Screen TV will be raffled!!!!!

As the vendor is an approved Fringe Benefits Network Provider, if you are a full-time employee, premiums may be taken from your paycheck on a post-tax basis.

Please contact Denise Schuh at 857-7962 with any questions.

VWCC – OSHA New Chemical Labels and Safety Data Sheet Training

In accordance with new OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Act) standards regarding labeling of chemicals and other potentially hazardous materials, Virginia Western has released an online course available via the Knowledge Center titled “VWCC – OSHA New Labels and Safety Data Sheets Training (December 2013)”.  This course is designed to fulfill the OSHA requirement that all employees must be trained on the new labeling system and Safety Data Sheet standards.  This online course will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

This training is in accordance with new OSHA standards to conform to a world-wide means of identifying and labeling chemicals and hazardous substances. This brings the United States into a communication system consistent with other countries around the world. The new system is called the “Global Harmonized System (GHS)”, and all American employers and employees are to undergo this training for and comply with the conversion to the GHS over the next two years. However, employee training on this new standard must occur now.

IMPORTANT:  All current employees are required to complete this course as soon as possible.  Instructions for accessing and completing the training are below.  DO NOT USE FIREFOX/MOZILLA WHEN ACCESSING THE KNOWLEDGE CENTER.  YOU MUST USE INTERNET EXPLORER.

SUPERVISORS:  Please ensure all of your employees take this training course, especially those that do not have a VWCC Employee Email address.  All full-time and part-time (including student, non-student and Federal Work-Study) are required to take this online training.

  1. Login to the VWCC Knowledge Center:  https://covkc.virginia.gov/vwcc
    1. All Full-Time employees have KC accounts already established.  If you are unsure of your Login ID and/or Password, please click the appropriate “Forgot….” link.
    2. Part-Time employees may or may not have a KC Login ID already established.  If you are unsure of your Login ID, please click the Forgot Login ID link.  If you are not able to find your Login ID, please do not create one.  Email one of the three Human Resources employees listed below who will search for your Login ID.  They will respond to you via email with either (1) your ID or (2) instructions on how to establish one.  This additional step will prevent duplicate KC Login IDs from being established.
  2. Click Learning Center
  3. Click Course Catalog
  4. Enter Keyword VWCC in the Search Text box. Click Search.
  5. The following course will appear: VWCC – OSHA New Labels and SDS Training (December 2013). Click on the course link.
  6. Click Enroll
  7. Click Enroll one more time (Suggested:  Leave Course Credit Option as Credit and Course Mode Option as Normal.)
  8. Click Access Item
  9. Another white internet page should display.  It may take a few moments for the course to start playing.  Please be patient.
  10. Once the training is complete, please click the X in the upper right-hand side of the screen.
  11. Click OK when you are asked “Are you sure you want to exit this course?”

After you have taken the course, to confirm that you have taken the course for credit:

  1. Login to the VWCC Knowledge Center:  https://covkc.virginia.gov/vwcc
  2. Click My Workspace
  3. Click My Transcript
  4. You can view all of the courses you have taken through the Knowledge Center under Learning History

If you have questions or need assistance, please EMAIL ONE OF THE FOLLOWING --- Heidi McClintic HMcClintic@virginiawestern.edu, Sarah Miller SAMiller@virginiawestern.edu, or Carly Johnson CJohnson@virginiawestern.edu, in Human Resources.


Welcome New Hire!!!

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

  • Lorrie Danco began on 03/10/2014 as a part-time  Admin and Office Specialist for the School of Health Professions.

Welcome to Virginia Western!

APPLY NOW – For Professional Development (DEADLINE MARCH 16, 2014

Virginia Western supports many professional development opportunities for faculty and staff (http://http://Virginia Western supports many professional development opportunities for faculty and staff (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz5WJEWbf5I&feature=youtu.be).).

Professional development activities include on-campus training, VCCS opportunities for conferences and grants (http://www.vccs.edu/careers/office-of-professional-development/), non-VCCS travel and training, and educational aid for courses offered both on campus and at other institutions.

The Professional Development Committee has worked hard to improve the professional development funding process for 2014-15. Changes to the process include simplification of the application, inclusion of an option for attending more costly national conferences, and an automated submission process. Professional development funding is available to all full-time faculty and staff through this application process.

To apply for funding, please click on the 2014-15 Professional Development Application.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, March 16, 2014.

Free Movie Tomorrow: Disney’s Frozen

Friday,  March 14: Frozen

2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Whitman Theatre

(Free Frozen treats and hot chocolate provided!)

Encountering Everest-like conditions and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from an eternal winter. Rated PG.

Remember Students, Faculty and Staff are welcome to attend and bring family and friends! Contact Natasha Lee at nlee@virginiawestern.edu for more information.

FYI: This event location has been moved to Whitman Theatre since the paper activities bulletin was published. Whitman Theater is the correct location.

College Online Calendar System Training

Need to brush up on using the college's online calendar and reservation system, or just want a refresher?

  • March 17 at 10-11 a.m.
  • March 17 at 2-3 p.m.
  • March 19 at 10-11 a.m.

All training will take place in the HR Training Room, F002 on the ground floor of Fishburn Hall. Please contact Tara Nepper (tnepper@virginiawestern.edu) with questions.

Relay for Life – this weekend!

Only 2 more days before our Virginia Western Keep Calm and Cure On team participates in Relay for Life. What is Relay for Life? It’s a walk to raise money for cancer research.

So far out team has raised over $1300! We are on our way to reaching our goal of $1500!

Want to help?

Virginia Western team members raising $20 or more will receive a free t-shirt! Shirts will be available in the Marketing Office on Friday, March 14th or picked up at the walk on Saturday.