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May 12, 2014

Summer TOTAL Workshops for Professional Development

VWCC has joined a consortium with BRCC, NRCC, WCC, VWCC, and VHCC to maximize resources and offer as many TOTAL classes to faculty as possible as NOVA will not be offering any TOTAL courses this summer. Therefore, when registering for the VCCS TOTAL courses offered this summer through the Southwest Consortium, please select the BRCC section as stated in Step 5 of the instructions below.

Each workshop focuses on a single topic for your professional development plan. Registration is open and closes at noon on May 16 for the May 19 workshops, and closes at noon on July 3 for the July 7 workshops. The schedule is:


May 19, 2014 - VCCS: Using Best Practices in Online Teaching (Please select BRCC Section) - 4 weeks - Ramona Coveny and Ken Fairbanks

May 19, 2014 - VCCS: Designing Rubrics and Providing Feedback (Please select BRCC Section) - 4 weeks - Carrie Halpin and Don Taylor

July 7, 2014 - VCCS: Preparing Student Learning Objectives (Please select BRCC Section) - 2 weeks - Ramona Coveny

July 7, 2014 - VCCS: Developing Collaborative Activities (Please select BRCC Section) - 2 weeks - Ian Griffin

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, e.g. VCCS: TOTAL Designing Rubrics and Providing Feedback Workshop
  5. Click on the BRCC section.
  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).

Professional Development Award Letters – 2014-2015

2014-2015 Professional Development Award Letters have have been distributed. Your award is contingent upon receipt of the Acceptance Form (included with your Award Letter). Please return your completed Acceptance Form to Kathy Holland by the end of the day, Thursday, May 15th.

National Police Week

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed the first proclamation recognizing May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as National Police Week, “to pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to voice our appreciation for all those who currently serve on the front lines of the battle against crime.

This year the Roanoke Valley Police Memorial Service will be held at Melrose Baptist Church 3520 Peters Creek Road, NW Roanoke. The service is set to begin at 7:00 PM sharp. We welcome all those wishing to attend and pay tribute to the fallen officers of the Roanoke and New River Valleys.





Maintenance Connection (FMS Work Order System) Upgrade

Maintenance Connection, the FMS work order system, will be upgraded Friday, May 16 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There may be intermittent interruptions in accessibility to Maintenance Connection during the upgrade but it will be minimal. Should you have trouble submitting a work order during this time, please try after 1 p.m. once the upgrade is complete.

If you have a saved Favorite/Bookmark to the current FMS/Maintenance Connection Work Order System, you will need to refresh it after 1 p.m. Friday.  Click on the Maintenance Connection link on the right hand side of this page after 1 p.m. Friday, May 16 to update your Favorite/Bookmark.

Help Desk Closing 5/14 From 12:00-2:00pm

Wednesday, May 14, the Help Desk will be closed from 12:00 - 2:00pm for an IET departmental meeting.

Next Staff Senate Meeting – May 16, 2014 – Elections to be Held

The next Staff Senate Meeting has been scheduled for May 16, 2014, 10:00am – 11:00am in the Natural Science Center, N101.

Elections will be held for the co-chair position currently held by Tara Nepper and the recorder position held by Nicole Bell. Nominations can be sent via e-mail to Marla Whiteside, Tara Nepper or Nicole Bell.

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

At least one person from each office/department is asked to attend but all full- and part-time classified staff are eligible and encouraged to attend Staff Senate. Staff Senate is supported by the college’s administration.

Agenda items may be submitted to Marla Whiteside (mwhiteside@virginiawestern.edu) or Nicole Bell (nbell@virginiawestern.edu).

Open Enrollment Ends May 23rd!

Open Enrollment began May 1, 2014 and ends at 5 p.m. on May 23, 2014:

  • If you are happy with your health care elections and plan provider you do not need to do anything during open enrollment. If you would like to make a change in providers, or the optional buy-ups, you must make this change during open enrollment.
  • If you want to add or remove eligible family members, you must take action during open enrollment.
  • You may also waive health care coverage during open enrollment.
  • If you have a medical or dependent care flexible spending account and want to continue (or initially participate) in the next plan year, you must re-enroll and/or enroll during open enrollment.

Changes or enrollments you make to your plan during open enrollment will take effect July 1, 2014.

There will be two employee meetings to discuss open enrollment and changes to the plans, which are minimal this plan year. Both employee meetings will be held in the Human Resources Training Room:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

1:00 p.m.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

10:00 a.m.

If you have any questions or need an enrollment form, please contact Denise Schuh at 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu.  Employees may also use EmployeeDirect to make their election changes at http://edirect.virginia.gov.

COVA Care Plan Members: 

NEW plan ID cards will be mailed to your home address.  The new cards will not be valid until July 1, 2014.  Be sure on July 1, 2014 to destroy your old plan id card!!

Come Join the the International Students Club at Local Colors on Sat. May 17th

Local Colors is a vibrant festival celebrating the diverse range of cultures present in the Roanoke Valley. This year's featured country will be Syria, and the festival will last from 11-5 in Downtown Roanoke's Elmwood Park. Please visit http://localcolors.org/ for more information.

VWCC's own International Students Club will host a booth this year at Local Colors informing the community about the presence of their club here on campus as well as providing basic information about educational opportunities here at VWCC.

We would love to have members of our campus community join us or stop by and say hello. If you think you could help inform the community about VWCC services or would like to help in any way, please contact Annie Woodford at awoodford@virginiawestern.edu.



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: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/foundation/scholarship/index.php

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.

CCAP 2014 Diploma Campaign

2014 Diploma Campaign

During the month of May, Kroger and Stop In Food Stores are partnering with Virginia Western Community College to support the Community College Access Program (CCAP) and make college possible for local high school graduates.

Stop by any local Kroger or Stop In Food Stores location and donate $1 or $5 when you check out. All proceeds directly benefit CCAP and help bolster the economic base of the Roanoke Valley.