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April 16, 2014

National Library Week – Tip of the Day

What leads to overall student success? The incorporation of information literacy skills across curricula. Brown Library wants to partner with faculty and staff to promote information literacy. Here’s one of the ways we can work together.

Tip #2: Request a library presentation to complement an assignment.

A library staff member can support a class assignment by providing a related library presentation or by providing guided research sessions. Just determine when the library instruction will be most meaningful to your students, and then fill out our online form to request instruction. Thank you for attending the library session with your students so that you can provide direction and encourage student participation.

Library Contest!

Students, faculty, and staff --- Enter the library’s “How Many Books?” contest. Guess how many books in print are in the Circulating collection on the top floor of the Brown Library Building. The student and the faculty/staff member who makes the closest guess (without going over the actual number of books) will win a prize! Go to the top floor of the library and look at the Circulating collection; then submit a contest entry form at either the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk. The contest runs April 15 through April 19, 4:00pm. Winners will be notified on Monday, April 21.

Happy National Library Week!

Lego Movie – Next Week

Friday, April 25: The Lego Movie

2 p.m.  and 6 p.m.

Whitman Theater

FREE

Students, Faculty and Staff, and friends/family are welcome!

Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. Rated PG.

For more information, contact Natasha Lee in Student Activities at nlee@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6326.

Blue Ridge Music Festival is fast approaching!

The Salem Civic Center is pleased to be able to offer a discount again this year for faculty, staff and students for the Blue Ridge Music Festival on May 31, 2014, at the Salem Stadium.

This festival features Brantley Gilbert, Travis Tritt, Thomas Rhett, Parmalee and many more! The festival starts at 11 am and is sure to be a full day of fun and music!

Advance general admission tickets are currently priced at $40. The $5 discount (final price per ticket $35) is available in two ways:

1)      Faculty, Staff and Students can come to the Salem Civic Center Box Office (bring your VWCC ID) and provide the password SUNNY or

2)      Tickets are available for online purchase through Ticketmaster.com utilizing the special discount password SUNNY

Special discount ends April 30!

Thunder Valley Family Night

Thunder Valley Family Night!

Wednesday, April 23

4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thunder Valley on Lee Highway

Come out to our spring family fun night! Thunder Valley's Indoor Track, Lazer Tag, Mini Golf, Arcade and Playroom will all be open for Virginia Western students, faculty and staff and their family! First 15 people will get 10 free tokens for the arcade!

Thunder Valley's kitchen will be open for business!

Changes to the Travel Estimate Worksheet

The Travel Estimate Worksheet has been updated and now includes instructions for completing the form, as well as helpful guidance to employees regarding travel reimbursements.

The new Travel Estimate Worksheet is available by clicking on Financial and Administrative Services, Travel and Travel Estimate Worksheet (Revised April 11, 2014) or by clicking on the link below:

https://vwconnect.vw.edu/sites/finance/Shared%20Documents/Travel.aspx?PageView=Shared

When submitting your Travel Estimate Worksheet, please keep in mind that it must be submitted in advance to your travel. If requesting approval for lodging rates in excess of the per diem amount, you must provide justification for the overage (up to or exceeding 150%) of the rate. If the rate exceeds 150% of the per diem amount, approval from the Department of Accounts is required in advance of your travel. When you submit your Travel Estimate Worksheet, please attached the per diem calculator, along with any other documentation associated with your travel request (i.e. conference program or agenda). Once your Travel Estimate Worksheet is fully approved, it will be returned to you. Financial Services will no longer be keeping a copy.

When submitting your travel voucher reimbursement form, you will need to attach your pre-approved Travel Estimate Worksheet (original), the per diem calculator, a lodging receipt, an agenda for the conference that shows the meals provided, and any other receipts you seek reimbursement for (i.e. parking, tolls, airline baggage fees). If claiming reimbursement for personal vehicle mileage, please include documentation of the miles traveled (i.e. map quest, google maps, or other source).

IMPORTANT: Please keep in mind that all travel reimbursements must be submitted within 30 days of the date of travel. Any reimbursements submitted more than 30 days after the date of travel may not be reimbursed in accordance with CAPP Topic 20335 Travel.

If you have any questions or need help in completing either the Travel Estimate Worksheet or the Travel Voucher Reimbursement Form, please contact Becky Chauncey at extension 77202.

Thank you for your continued support.

-Cheryl Miller, Vice President of Finance

Virginia Western marketing and advertising survey

Please take less than 10 minutes to complete a brief survey regarding your perceptions on Virginia Western's marketing, advertising and brand. We value your feedback and want to know what you think about the college's image in the community!

Click the following link or copy and paste it into a browser to complete the survey:

http://www.instant.ly/s/M3ZDW/nav#p/186a0

Navigate Advising

Now that the Navigate Advising Team is fully staffed, please remember that returning students who are continuing in their program of study will be referred to their faculty advisor if they need academic planning assistance. Returning students who are considering a program change will be referred to the Program Advisor responsible for their prospective major. New students and non-curricular students should be referred to the Advising Center to meet with a New Student Advisor.

Please refer students needing assistance searching for available class times, processing enrollment in courses, or printing an Advisement Report to the Registration Room in Duncan 212 (Monday-Thursday 8:00-5:30pm; Friday 8:00-5:00pm). The Registration Room will be available April 11th through May 16th and June 23rd through August 27th.

Thank you in advance for your continued commitment to the success of our students!

Next Staff Senate Meeting – April 23, 2014

The next Staff Senate Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 10:00am – 11:00am in F002. We will have a member of the web team there to give us an overview of the college’s web page and answer questions.

Nominations for the co-chair position currently held by Tara Nepper and the recorder position held by Nicole Bell will be accepted starting at the this meeting. Elections will be held at the May meeting.

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 Marla Whiteside (mwhiteside@virginiawestern.edu) or Nicole Bell (nbell@virginiawestern.edu