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March 24, 2014

College Budget Process

The college budget process for Fiscal Year 2014 -2015 is now open.  All college employees are encouraged to participate in the process by communicating with their respective Dean or Department Head to identify funding needs and to facilitate the submission of such requests.  Requests may be submitted from now through the deadline of April 18, 2014.

All requests for funding regardless of the source, including equipment trust fund (ETF) must be submitted through the budget process.

-Cheryl Miller, Vice President of Finance

Thank You!

Thank you to the students, faculty, and staff that participated in the QuickSearch activity at Brown Library! Your feedback is important to us and we appreciate your interest in the library.

We also want to send a HUGE thank you to the VWCC Marketing Office and Bubblecake for sponsoring the gifts for this activity.

Thanks to everyone involved, this activity was a great success and provided invaluable feedback on an important library tool.

~Marci @ Brown Library

Alumni Association Open House coming up

Join the Virginia Western Alumni Association for an Open House at the Fralin Center for Science and Health Professions. Come and learn about all the health professions programs housed in the Fralin Center, speak with Roanoke Valley health professions service providers at the vendor fair, and enjoy free refreshments and prizes. The event is open to the public. Please invite your students and others who are interested in attending! 

What: Virginia Western Alumni Association Open House

Date: Saturday, March 29

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Location: Fralin Center

Tickets on sale for CCAP Jazz Honor Band

Make College Possible and plan to attend the CCAP Jazz Honor Band presented by Trane on Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in Jefferson Center's Shaftman Performance Hall. All proceeds benefit Virginia Western's Community College Access Program. Reserve your ticket today!

WHAT: CCAP Jazz Honor Band Concert presented by Trane

WHEN: Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: The Jefferson Center--Shaftman Performance Hall

COST: $12, special rates available for students and groups of 10 or more

TICKETS: Available online at http://www.jeffcenter.org/ccap-jazz-honor-band

INFO: Selected high school jazz students from Roanoke Valley high schools participating in CCAP will perform. Brandon Lee, a renowned jazz trumpeter will be the guest conductor.

Popular Local Book on Reserve at Brown Library

Brown Library has two copies of the popular new book, Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by local author and retired Roanoke Catholic English teacher, Carol Wall. The book, recently featured in the Roanoke Times, tells the story of Wall’s unlikely friendship with Kenyan immigrant, Giles Owita, who has a Doctorate in Horticulture from Virginia Tech. Go to the Circulation Desk on the top floor of Brown Library to check out this book for two weeks.

The library also has a large collection of beautiful and informative horticulture and gardening resources to support the college’s Horticulture programs and to appeal to gardening enthusiasts. Just a few of the available titles are listed below:

Books in Print

  • Flora of Virginia by Alan S. Weakley, J. Christopher Ludwig, and John F. Townsend
  • The Nature-Friendly Garden: Creating a Backyard Haven for Plants, Wildlife, and People by Marlene A. Condon
  • Flowers A to Z: Buying, Growing, Cutting, Arranging by Cecelia Heffernan
  • Sustainable Horticulture: Today and Tomorrow by Raymond P. Poincelot


  • The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan
  • Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter

Magazines and Journals in Print

  • Fine Gardening
  • Garden Design
  • Horticulture: Magazine of American Gardening
  • Mother Earth News: The Original Guide to Living Wisely

Come to Brown Library and “Get your READ on!”

Tomorrow: Mandela

Tuesday, March 25: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

2 p.m.  and 6 p.m.  - Whitman Theater

Cosponsored with the Human Rights Club

Based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society. Rated PG-13.

Students, faculty, staff and their guests are welcome! Contact Natasha Lee for more information at nlee@virginiawestern.edu.

Important Update about Respondus LockDown Browser

A change has been made to how Respondus LockDown Browser locks students into an exam. Students were previously locked into an exam until they submitted it for grading. This will now be an optional exam setting for LockDown Browser, with the default set to "off". The new default setting will require students to submit a reason for exiting the exam early, which can then be viewed by the instructor. Here is how it works: http://www.respondus.com/products/lockdown-browser/studentexit.shtml

If you have questions about this new update, please contact Carrie Halpin at CHalpin@virginiawestern.edu

VWCC TOTAL Workshops Announcement

NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) will offer the following TOTAL workshops in April:

Start Date Workshop Title Length of workshop
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
Captioning Media 3 weeks

The TOTAL professional development workshops 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.

The workshops are facilitated online in Blackboard and involve reading/viewing of resource materials, application assignments, and interaction with colleagues.   Each workshop requires about 5 hours of work a week.  Assignments are due weekly (sometimes mid-weekly) and are graded.  If you complete all assignments and achieve an 80% or higher average, you receive a VCCS certificate of completion.

Registration is now open via Knowledge Center, and closes at noon on Friday, April 4.

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 (eLIT).

Bookstore Sale!

Clearance Week Event at the Virginia Western Bookstore! From March 24th-28th, save big on clearance-marked items which include tanks, tees, sweatshirts and more! Stop by and shop!