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July 2, 2014

Fall 2014 Tuition Payment Plan – Sign Up TODAY!

To help meet educational expenses, Virginia Western Community College is pleased to participate in Nelnet’s tuition payment plan. For a non-refundable fee of $25.00, Nelnet allows monthly, interest-free tuition payments. The earlier students enroll the more payment options they may have. The payment plan for Fall 2014 will begin on July 1, 2014.

If a payment plan is not established or if tuition is not paid by JULY 24, 2014 students who registered early for classes will be dropped and will need to repeat the registration process. Financial Aid students are protected from enrollment cancellation up to the amount of their Financial Aid award. Financial Aid students should pay any differences between their total award and the amount due to prevent enrollment cancellation.

Payment plan sign-up instructions and deadlines will be posted on the Student Bulletin, Facebook, Twitter, www.virginiawestern.edu and on the VWtvs located across campus.

Step by step directions on how to enroll in a payment plan are available at http://www.virginiawestern.edu/studenthelp/student/tuitionpaymentplan.php

2014 REMAINING HOLIDAY OBSERVANCES and 2015 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

TO: ALL COLLEGE EMPLOYEES
FROM: ROBERT H. SANDEL

The remaining 2014 college holiday observances are noted below. The days shown in red font are additional authorized holiday closures built into our alternate holiday schedule.

2014 VWCC Alternate Holiday Schedule – Remaining Holidays
Independence Day Friday, July 4, 2014
Labor Day Monday, September 1, 2014
Added Thanksgiving Break (1/2 day) Wednesday, November 26, 2014 (close at noon)
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 27, 2014
Day after Thanksgiving Friday, November 28, 2014
Added Christmas Break Monday, December 22, 2014
Added Christmas Break Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Christmas Break Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Christmas Day Thursday, December 25, 2014
Christmas Break Friday, December 26, 2014
Christmas Break Monday, December 29, 2014
Christmas Break Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Christmas Break Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The 2015 VWCC Alternate Holiday Schedule is now available. This schedule includes two and one-half additional authorized days. Please note the closure on January 2, 2015.

2015 VWCC Alternate Holiday Schedule
New Year’s Day Thursday, January 1, 2015
Added New Year’s Break Friday, January 2, 2015
Memorial Day Monday, May 25, 2015
Independence Day Friday, July 3, 2015
Labor Day Monday, September 7, 2015
Added Thanksgiving Break (1/2 day) Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (close at Noon)
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 26, 2015
Day after Thanksgiving Friday, November 27, 2015
Added Christmas Break Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Christmas Break Thursday, December 24, 2015
Christmas Day Friday, December 25, 2015
Christmas Break Monday, December 28, 2015
Christmas Break Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Christmas Break Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Christmas Break Thursday, December 31, 2015

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Shelton in Human Resources. You may access the holiday schedules on VW Connect on the Human Resources page.

Dean of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

I am very excited to announce that Amy Anguiano has accepted the position of Dean of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LASS). Amy is well qualified for this position. She holds a Masters in Communication from Northern Illinois University and has served as Interim Dean of LASS for two years. Prior to serving as Interim Dean, she served as the program head of the Communication Studies and Theatre program. Additionally, she has been a full-time faculty member teaching communication studies since 2007 and an adjunct faculty member from 2004-2007.

In her interview, Amy demonstrated her experience with community college leadership and more specifically an understanding of the leadership needs of LASS. She presented herself as an advocate for the faculty with the desire to make LASS, VWCC, and the students successful. She has direct experience working with dual enrollment and distance learning and is credited with developing public speaking as a successful distance learning course that meets the needs of students in the digital age.

I feel extremely confident passing the torch of leadership of LASS to Amy. Please help me congratulate Amy on her new position.

Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer
Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs

Plus 50 Pre-Conference Workshop on Engaging Adult Learners

The VWCC Plus 50 Initiative and the Academic Link are co-sponsoring a free pre-conference workshop on best practices for engaging adult learners. The workshop will be held on July 24, one day prior to the 2014 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference and will run from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. The workshop is open to all VWCC employees though faculty and tutors will find it especially relevant.

Entitled From Pedagogy to Andragogy: Best Practices for an Engaged Learner, the workshop will be presented by Melissa Maybury Lubin, Ph.D., the director of the Virginia Tech Richmond and Hampton Roads Centers. “Andragogy,” according to Dr. Lubin, is “. . . a flexible, enhanced, inclusive mode of learning that promotes a positive environment for learning for both children and adults.” In this workshop, Dr. Lubin, who earned her Ph.D. in Adult Learning and Human Resource Development at Virginia Tech, will draw on her experience and expertise in developing and engaging adult learners to help attendees understand how “the principles of andragogy [can] inform the practice of teaching in our interactions with adult learners.”

The workshop will provide a foundation and context for the mini-technology conference the following day, so if you’re planning to attend the mini-conference, please make plans to attend the workshop, as well. If you aren’t attending the mini-conference, please plan to attend the workshop anyway – particularly if you teach or tutor. You’ll be glad you did!

Time: Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 2 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: HP208
Registration is now open at: https://docs.google.com/a/email.vccs.edu/forms/d/1uuHBV9PB-SNqB0P9DIYahYIBFrJW3hp_N1SK8yfgVLQ/viewform

Staff Senate Luncheon on July 16

The Staff Senate will hold our annual meeting/luncheon on Wednesday, July 16th beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Fralin Center.

Come join us for a fun Mexican-themed lunch (Catered by Chipotle) with games, prizes, salsa dancing and more!

Have a dessert that is your specialty? Bring your favorite dessert for our Dessert Contest! No need to sign up in advance, just bring it to the room before 11:30 a.m. Cold items can be kept in the refrigerator in room HP204 (Catering Kitchen).

All full and part-time classified staff are invited and encouraged to attend!

IN ORDER FOR US TO KNOW HOW MUCH FOOD TO ORDER, PLEASE REGISTER! You only need to complete the information marked with the red asterisk http://calendar.activedatax.com/virginiawestern/EventRegistration.aspx?Rid=134&Iid=836557&Frm= This link has been fixed!

More information to come! Get over the Hump by joining us on Wednesday, July 16th! Questions? Contact Tara Nepper.