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September 29, 2014


The Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program at Virginia Western is pleased to announce that non-credit cooking classes have been added to the fall schedule. Mark your calendar!  All sessions meet on a Saturday from 12 noon until 4 p.m. in the kitchen located within the Claude Moore Complex, 109 N. Henry Street, Roanoke (behind the Roanoke Higher Ed Center). The cost is $50 per session payable upon registering. You will want to register soon to save your seat in these upcoming sessions.

October 11 - Cooking with Beer (HOST 2285, class #71815)

November 8 - Bread Basics - What is Gluten? (HOST 2286, class #71826)

November 22 - Dinner for Two - Basic Cooking Skills (HOST 2287, class # 71830)

December 6 - Gluten Free Cooking (HOST 2288, class #71833)

Click on the following link to be directed to the web class schedule containing more information on each session http://virginiawestern.edu/classes/scheduleDetail.php?subject=HOST&asubject=Hospitality,Culinary (NonCred)&term=2144&longterm=Fall 2014&bookstoreTermID=2144&shortTerm=Fall

Comfortable clothing is suggested and a closed-toe shoe is mandatory.

Call the School of Business, Technology and Trades at 857-7272 if you have questions. Put on your apron and let's get cooking!

TOTAL Workshop Credits vs. VaBUG Conference

VaBUG Conference: Free Registration!

The fifth annual Virginia Blackboard User Group (VaBUG) conference will take place on Friday, October 24, 2014 in Roanoke, VA at the Holiday Inn at Valley View. The VaBUG conference is a great opportunity for Blackboard users to discover, discuss, learn, and share best practices. In addition, representatives from Blackboard will be on hand to answer your questions, demonstrate new and upcoming features, and receive your feedback regarding your experiences with Blackboard.

Based on how many sessions you attend, VWCC faculty will receive one-week or two-weeks of TOTAL workshop credits. These credits will contribute to satisfying the “Professional Development Objectives for Faculty Teaching Hybrid and Online Courses” as outlined in the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9).

The conference will once again have free registration, so that is even more reason to mark your calendar now. Your conference registration includes a continental breakfast, catered lunch, keynote speaker, and access to all concurrent sessions. The concurrent sessions will be scheduled for 50 minutes (this includes time for questions and answers). Sessions will be organized along the following tracks:

  • Blackboard administration
  • Instructional design
  • Faculty best practices
  • K-12 best practices

More information, please visit their site: http://vabug.org/

Do you work with students who want to transfer?

Come to Virginia Western's Transfer Fair, October 6th-9th, from 10:00am - 2:00pm on the 3rd floor of the new Student Life Center.

Meet with admissions counselors from schools all across Virginia like, Virginia Tech, Radford University, Liberty University, Old Dominion, VCU, George Mason, Roanoke College, Ferrum College, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Hollins University, and many more!

Come learn about specific programs offered at four-year schools and have your questions about transferring answered by representatives from the schools you are interested in attending.

Contact Steven Chichester in Chapman 105 with any questions.

Please come! Retirement Reception Honoring Carlton Mabe

A retirement reception for Carlton Mabe is scheduled for Monday, November 3 from 4 – 7 p.m. in Health Professions Building room HP210. Please put this date and time on your calendar and plan to attend!  So that we might adequately plan for this event, please RSVP to sshelton@virginiawestern.edu by October 20.

Funds are being collected for special retirement gifts. If you would like to contribute towards these gifts, please deliver your cash or check (payable to Carlton Mabe) donation to the main office for the School of Business, Technology and Trades.

One special gift in the works, with the help of the Media Geeks, is a special video to include campus sites as well as messages from VWCC peers, offices, etc. To schedule a time for a group or individual message to be recorded for this special video, email the help desk at helpdesk@virginiawestern.edu with the date and time that suits you or your group and the location. The help desk will enter a ticket and a member of the Media Geeks will be there at the date, time and location specified or they will contact you to reschedule if they cannot meet you at that time. Please participate in the video by scheduling either your individual or group recording soon.

Thanks for your help in making the reception for Carlton a special one that he will remember and laugh about for a long time!


On-Line Cap & Gown Orders

If you are assisting a student with their graduatation application and they have a question about the on-line cap and gown order process, we have learned that the following steps will allow the order to be processed:

on the "Checkout" page, click the "Continue" button on the left side of the screen before clicking the "Submit Order" button; and
check the box for "Terms & Conditions" right above the "Submit Order" button.

If they have any questions, please direct them to the Records Office at 857-7236.





Free Yoga at the Fitness Center!

Whether you are a beginner or advanced, this Yoga class is for you!

What: Free Yoga

Where: The Fitness Center

When: Mondays at Noon & Wednesdays at 5:00pm through the month of September

Mats & blocks are provided. No registration required, 30 person limit per class. For more information contact the Dani van Vierssen at 540-857-6570 or dvanvierssen@virginiawestern.edu

Transfer Advising Q & A for Students

Do you have students or advisees that need help planning their transfer to a 4 year college or university? Tell them about the upcoming Transfer Advising Q & A sessions! These sessions are designed to help our students prepare for Transfer Fair Week (October 6-9th) and will include basic information on transferring as well as tips on what questions to ask an admissions rep and how to plan ahead for transferring.

Sessions Held in Business Science 320 on the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 25, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 1, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

o   Follow up session to discuss any additional questions post-Transfer Fair or to assist students unable to attend the Fair

Questions? Contact:

Business, Technology & Trades: Lacey Carey - lcarey@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6210

Liberal Arts & Social Science: Mandy Garcia - mgarcia@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6710

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Yvonne Campbell - ycampbell@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6099

Important Fall Semester Deadlines

Fall 2014 No-Show Roster Schedule for Regular Session Courses

September 2 ~ No-Show Rosters available for pick-up.

September 12 ~ Deadline for faculty to submit regular session no-show rosters to  Division Office.

September 15~ No-Show Rosters due to the Admissions Office.


Fall 2014 Withdrawal Roster Schedule for Regular Session Courses

October 13 ~ No-Show Rosters available for pick-up.

October 24 ~ Deadline for faculty to submit regular session no-show rosters to  Division Office.

October 27 ~ No-Show Rosters due to the Admissions Office.

Walking for Fitness and Health – October’s CommonHealth Walking Challenge

Walking is a lifestyle exercise because it is easy to fit into your daily routine.  It provides many health benefits and it is a great way to lose weight - and keep it off.  A person who walks 10,000 steps a day will burn between 2000 and 3500 extra calories per week.   The CommonHealth Committee challenges you to walk 10,000 steps per day!


To get you moving, Sue Perry, CommonHealth Regional Coordinator, has generously given us a limited number of pedometers for October's Walking for Fitness and Health challenge.  To get your pedometer and learn more, join us, Layne Compton and Cathy Swain, for October's CommonHealth Walking Challenge event.   There will be two kick-off meetings. Hopefully one will fit your schedule.

October 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM in F002, Human Resources Training Room

October 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM in F002, Human Resources Training Room

Join us to find out more details and to learn just how far 10,000 steps will take you.  Bring your walking shoes if you would like to participate in a short walk after the meeting!  We hope to see you there!

Note: The CommonHealth Walking Challenge meetings on October 1st and 2nd are CommonHealth events.  When planning any participation in an activity or event, remember that any activity is not intended to be done during the employee's normal work hours unless the employee is on an approved break, at lunch, or the activity is specifically scheduled as an event in which the employee's supervisor has given the authority for the employee to attend.  If the activity is an official CommonHealth event, Virginia Western employees who are scheduled to work during the event are authorized to take up to one hour of paid time per month in order to participate provided their supervisor permits the employee to attend.