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October 17, 2014

TED talk friday – Sponsored by the Psychology Club

The Psi Beta Honor Society & Psychology club will be sponsoring this weeks TED talk. Come enjoy a TED talk that touches upon  the Club's mission and hear about the many offerings (and projects) they have in store for our campus this semester. Friday at 1pm on the 3rd floor of the Student Life Center (S307)

This week's talk: 

Dan Ariely - What makes us feel good about our work?
What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.

More about the Psi Beta Honor Society & Psychology club

Psi Beta Honors Society - A national honors society for students in two-year colleges. Promotes excellence among psychology students in scholarship, leadership, research and community service.

Psychology Club - Provides social, academic and service opportunities for students interested in psychology. Psi Beta (see Honors Societies) is a national psychology honors society for students in 2-year colleges. You do not have to be a member of Psi Beta to be a member of the Psychology Club.

For more information please contact our faculty sponsor Lora Vasiliauskas (lvasiliauskas@virginiawestern.edu)

Rapids Basketball Pep Rally today!

Virginia Western Rapids Basketball Pep Rally


6:30 PM in Humanities Gymnasium

Skills Challenge, 3 Point Shootout, Dunk Contest

Admission is free.  Please donate one can of food for a local food shelter.

AHA Heart Walk – October 18th

The 2014 Heart Walk will be Saturday, October 18th at 10a.m. at River’s Edge Park South. Our team goal is $1,500 and we need your help! The walk is four miles and can walkers, runners and bikers are encouraged to attend. Strollers and dogs (on a lease) are welcome.

Can't walk but want to donate? Purchase a Red Passion Heart for $10. All hearts will be placed on a banner for display during our walk. See Tara Nepper (tnepper@virginiawestern.edu) to purchase your heart today!

Click here to donate or join our team! http://www.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1091677&lis=1&kntae1091677=1D93A17BA4A34DDFBA7C889EA0B7C5FF&team=5970853&tlteam=0

Did you know that Heart Disease is the number one killer of women and men in America? Stroke is the number four cause of death in the U.S. Heart Disease and stroke claim more lives than all cancers combined.

As a result of local American Heart Association fundraisers major medical breakthroughs such as CPR, anti-rejection drugs, angioplasty, drug-coated heart stents and hypothermia therapy have been discovered and help in saving lives.

International Students Club needs participants!

The International Students Club will hold a festival celebrating all of the different cultures here on campus. If you would like to participate in any fashion, please contact Yadav Sapkota (student contact) at ys2550@email.vccs.edu or Annie Woodford (faculty contact) awoodford@virginiawestern.edu

VWCC Bookstore Sale!


Visit us October 21st-22nd and save on select merchandise!!

October 16, 2014

Blackboard, Panopto, Collaborate Training Sessions Begin

We have five sessions offered for the next five weeks. Each session will be offered twice a week to hopefully give adjunct for both this semester and next the opportunity to take advantage of the training. The training sessions are listed on the link: http://bit.ly/1yOrdag with descriptions of the sessions, days, and times for the sessions. Please note that if we do not have five registrants for a session, it will be cancelled.  You must register for the sessions on the link provided.

The eLearning and Instructional Design Department

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

You will be sharing the road with many others so read these walking safety tips for a safe and fun walk.

  • Don't Make Your Own Path. This is not the time to get creative and blaze your own trail. Stay on paths that are designated for walkers (and most likely bicycles). Try to avoid walking on a roadway. If you must walk on a roadway, face oncoming traffic.
  • Don’t walk alone if you can avoid it. If you do have to walk alone, let someone know where you are going and when you’ll be back.
  • Carry Identification. Bring your cell phone with you and carry ID. Remember to program ICE into your cell phone. ICE stands for “in case of emergency” and emergency personnel will call the number that is attached to the ICE programmed into your phone.
  • Shine At Night. If you walk at night, wear bright or reflecting clothing so that others, especially motorists, can see you.
  • Always Be Aware Of Your Surroundings. Attackers look for those who are not paying attention. This means that you shouldn’t talk on your cell phone while walking. Walking and talking will draw your attention away from the road, where it needs to be.

For more walking safety tips <http://www.the-fitness-walking-guide.com/walking-tips.html>

TOTAL Workshop Credits vs. VaBUG Conference

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 attended, VWCC faculty will receive one-week or two-weeks of TOTAL workshop credits. To receive the TOTAL Workshop credit hours, please email the completed form to eLIT@virginiawestern.edu or mail it to eLearning and Instructional Technology department by 5:00pm EST no later than Oct. 31, 2014

One-Week TOTAL Workshop Credit: Attend THREE sessions
Two-Week TOTAL Workshop Credits: Attend FIVE sessions
Note: Keynote speech counts as one session.

Free Registration is still open: Register for conference
Here is the conference: Agenda and Session details

Marijuana Summit

Virginia's Marijuana Summit - A Conversation in the Commonwealth welcomes you to join the conversation! The Summit will be held at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. This is a statewide conference with limited seating so please register early. There will be national and state researchers sharing the scientific and social impact of the marijuana industry.

Marijuana Summit: A Conversation in the Commonwealth. Register today!


Monday November 3, 2014 from 8:15 AM to 4:30 PM EST


Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
2 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA 24016

Chili Cook-Off and Halloween Costume Contest Friday, October 31, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Fralin Center

The CVC Campaign Committee invites all employees to participate in a Chili Cook-Off and Halloween Costume Contest.

For the Chili Cook-Off, come and sample a variety of chili prepared by your co-workers. Then vote for your favorite! Contact Shana Roche (SRoche@virginiawestern.edu) by Friday, October 24, if you would like to enter a pot of chili in the contest. Prizes will be awarded for the first and second place winners! Admission to the cook-off is $3, which lets you sample all chilis. Drinks will be provided.

Proceeds from the event will go to Feeding America Southwest Virginia, one of the area charities eligible to receive donations through the campaign. For every $1.00 donated, Feeding America provides the equivalent of 6 meals or $12 worth of food. In addition, you are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations for Feeding America. Items needed include: peanut butter, soup, beans, rice, 100% juice, pasta, and canned meat, fruit, and vegetables.

We'll also have a Halloween Costume Contest, with a prize awarded for best costume. All participants in the contest will gather at noon for the judging. So pick out your costume and join in this fun event!