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April 21, 2014

Distracted Driving Course TODAY at 11 a.m.

April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month, and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today, April 21, you can try out our Distracted Driving Course to see how impaired you may be. Test it out on our golf carts so you don't make a bad decision in your car.

The course will be set up in Virginia Western's Parking Lot 9 along Colonial Avenue. There will be free giveaways from Chick-fil-A.

This event is sponsored by the Roanoke Police Department, The Roanoke County Police Department, VWCC Campus Police, VWCC Justice Club and Chick-fil-A.

Next Staff Senate Meeting – April 23, 2014

The next Staff Senate Meeting has been scheduled for April 23, 2014, 10– 11 a.m. 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).

Scholarship Available!!


Deadline: 4 p.m., May 16, 2014

Requirements: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, high school graduate or have a GED, and be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits at Virginia Western in Fall 2014.

Apply Online: www.virginiawestern.edu/foundation/scholarship

Many scholarships have additional requirements, so it is important to read each scholarship descriptions carefully when applying.

The Virginia Western Educational Foundation has over $140,000 in scholarship funds available for academic excellence or financial need to help you reach your educational goals.  You don’t have to receive federal financial aid to qualify for financial need scholarships.


Pino Gelato Cafe  supports Food For Thought: An Edible Education Partnership between Roanoke City, Roanoke City Public Schools and Virginia Western Community College to create a healthier and happier community.

MONDAY, APRIL 28 & MONDAY, MAY 5 - ALL DAY --- Mention you are with Virginia Western Community College and Food For Thought

Celebrate the end of the semster and support a Virginia Western program.  Dine on gelato, flat bread pizza, sandwiches and salad.  A percentage of all proceeds are to support the James Madison Middle School Food For Thought garden learning center. Pino Gelato Cafe, is located at The Shoppes at West Village, 3565 Electric Road, Roanoke, Va.  For more information on Food For Thought, http://foodforthoughtva.org/

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!

Lego Movie: Friday

Friday, April 25: The Lego Movie

Bring your family: This is Spring Break week for local school districts!

2 p.m.  and 6 p.m.

Whitman Theater

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.

Contact Natasha Lee at nlee@virginiawestern.edu for more information. Everyone welcome!

Schedule for Java the Hutt and Domino’s

Java the Hutt in the Campus Commons will be open through April 28 this semester on its regular schedule.  It will be open until noon during finals, April 29-May 1, then be closed afterwards. The last day for service this semester in Java the Hutt's Brown Library location be April 28.

Domino's Pizza in the Campus Commons will close for the semester after April 28.

Facility Planning and Development Department Relocation

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, the new Facility Planning and Development Department will relocate their offices from the College Services building to Business Science M228. The relocation will involve Kevin Witter, Judy Lienhardt, Angie Baughman, and Harry Stockton. Reggie Walker will remain in the College Services building until mid to late May and then transition to the new space. Each of the employees that are moving will retain their existing telephone extensions and email and should be available by phone and email once their move is complete.

Temporarily, Hunter Wright, will be moving into Judy Lienhardt’s former office in the FMS building and will assume some of the duties that Judy previously performed. Hunter will be the primary contact for phone calls to FMS, work orders, janitorial supplies, picking up or returning the keys for a state vehicle, and fueling. Hunter’s work hours are from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, and 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Fridays. In the event that Hunter is not available, Pat Rhodes will serve as her backup. Hunter Wright’s extension is 76483 and Pat Rhodes’ extension is 76482.

Employees are asked to use the State Vehicle Reservation System at the link below to reserve a state vehicle. State Reservation directions are available on VW Connect in the links section on the right-hand side of the Facilities Management webpage. IMPORTANT: Employees are reminded to please let us know if your reservations are canceled, so that the state vehicle may be placed back in the pool for use by another employee who is traveling.


If you have any questions regarding the move, please feel free to contact Kevin Witter or Pat Rhodes by phone or email.

Thanks for your continued cooperation.

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! This survey will only be used for feedback to inform future marketing campaigns, it is not part of institutional research that will be reported. You also may remain anonymous.

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


We appreciate your support.

-Josh Meyer, Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications

2014-2015 Budget Meeting for Faculty and Staff

Please join the Finance and Facilities Resources Governance Committee for a meeting about the 2014-2015 budget. This meeting is intended for all faculty and staff to come and take part in the budget process. This will be your chance to learn about the overall budget process, the current standing of the budget process, and pending submitted requests which are waiting for approval. The main purpose of this meeting is to give everyone a chance to see, ask questions, and have input about the budget process and the requests that are being asked of our budget. Two goals of the Finance and Facilities Governance Committee are transparency and openness concerning the budget process. This meeting is an effort to move further in this direction and is something that the committee hopes to continue in the future. We hope you will join us.

We will be offering two sessions:

Thursday, April 24th, 2 – 3 p.m.

Friday, April 25th, 10 – 11 a.m.

Both sessions will be in Whitman Auditorium and snacks will be provided!

Sessions will be presented by members of the Finance and Facilities Resources Governance Committee: Bryan Schaubach, Jonathan Bayer, and Carolyn Payne.