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January 22, 2015

Room Reservations

Need a room for a meeting or event? It's easy to find the room you need. The college's online calendar and reservation system is fully automated so you can find what you need, when you need it.

Use this link to review the reservation instructions: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/facstaff/docs/FacStaffCalendarInst.pdf. Please pay close attention to the section on start and end dates.

Use is link to add your reservation: http://calendar.activedatax.com/virginiawestern/OpenEntryFacility.aspx?fid=1. If you need the room unlocked or support from the Media Geeks please be sure to include that under the Resources section.

Follow this link to search all locations across campus. You can search by date, location or keyword. This link shows all academic and non-academic events going on at the college. http://calendar.activedatax.com/virginiawestern/CalendarNOW.aspx?fromdate=2/1/2013&todate=2/28/2013&display=Month

Note: Whitman Theater is room M106, HR Training Room is room F002 and the Natural Science Center is N101.

PLEASE NOTE: For tables, chairs, extra trash cans or ice please use the FMS work order system, Maintenance Connection. See Hunter Wright (hwright@virginiawestern.edu) or Pat Rhodes (prhodes@virginiawestern.edu) if you have any questions.

Contact Tara Nepper with any questions

Jennifer Pittman Welcome Reception

Please join Dr. Sandel for an afternoon dessert reception to welcome Jennifer Pittman, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, to Virginia Western. The reception will be Thursday, January 29th from 2:30-4pm in the 1st floor lobby of Fishburn Hall. Take this opportunity to swing by to say hello to Jennifer and enjoy a delicious afternoon treat. We hope to see you there!

SIS/HRMS System Outage

SIS/HRMS (the PeopleSoft Student Information/Human Resources Systems) will be unavailable from 6 p.m. Saturday, January 24 to 8 a.m. Sunday, January 25 as the VCCS Systems Office in Richmond relocates these systems to the new data center.

MyVWCC and Blackboard will remain available.  Please contact the Virginia Western Help Desk (helpdesk@virginiawestern.edu or 857-7354) if you have any questions.

Please plan accordingly.

FREE Professional Development Opportunity!

You are invited to participate and present in the FantasTech Virtual Conference event held online February 6 – 13, 2015! FantasTech is the virtual conference for technology enhanced teaching and learning. Faculty and administrators will share and learn the best practices in distance, blended, and technology facilitated learning. Our theme this year is New Horizons for Teaching and Learning. Each year, the NMC Horizon Report identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. We invite you to join us in the conversation!

FantasTech is offered synchronously (live) in AvayaLive Engage virtual environment. It is free for all college and university educators! Live sessions will be scheduled at various times of the day and evening. Most sessions will be recorded for asynchronous viewing within the environment and on the Web site after the conclusion of the conference. The links above will provide access to registration, proposal submission, schedule, and the conference environment when it opens.

The FantasTech Virtual Conference is an outgrowth of the Virtual Conference of J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

LASS Colloquium 2015

LASS Colloquium 2015

Please join us for the first college wide Spring Colloquium brought to you by the School of Liberal Arts and Social Science. Our colloquium will be held in Whitman Theatre (note the location change) on Monday, January 26th from 12-2:00.   We have a great event scheduled!  All are welcome. Plan to come and go as your schedule permits.  The faculty presenters that we have lined up are as follows:

Brad Burkholder – A Reading of Published Poems

Sue Thomas – A Driving Tour With Car-Art (Sue is the Recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award)

Annemarie Carroll – Helping Students Manage Class Anxiety

Thelma Simpson and Alexander Scott – How We Teach Difficult Grammar Topics in Spanish Class (Thelma is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award)

Ann Moser and Amy White – Teaching Biology using the novel Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver.  A combination of biology and English!

This is a great professional development opportunity and a great way to see what LASS faculty members are doing in the classroom!  See you there!

Amy Anguiano

Post 9/11 Veteran Research Study

A retired Air Force sergeant and doctoral candidate at Liberty University in the School of Education is conducting a study of student veterans who have previously attended a western Virginia community college.  The purpose of the study is to understand the experiences of student veterans who have stopped attending college.  By interviewing student veterans, the researcher hopes to improve the experiences of future veterans.

The researcher has provided the following description.

What to expect:  Individuals will be asked to participate in 1 or 2 confidential interviews and a focus group.  The interview(s) and focus group should each last about one hour and I will audio record these for later analysis.  I will also ask you to complete an anonymous survey that should take less than 10 minutes.  Any information you provide would be confidential, and you can drop out of the study at any time.  Participants will receive a $35 gift card.

Qualifications:  U.S. military veterans discharged since September 11, 2001 and who were enrolled in a western Virginia community college for at least 12 semester credits and subsequently decided to quit without graduating.  Participants must be at least 18 years old with a minimum of 90 days active-duty service.

If you, or someone you know, might be interested, please contact Don Cavendish at GCavendish@liberty.edu or call/text STUDY to (540) 759-4878.

This study is being conducted under the supervision of the School of Education at Liberty University and has Institutional Review Board approval from both Liberty University and Virginia Western Community College.

The Community Health Survey

The 2015 Roanoke Valley Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is now being conducted in Roanoke and Salem Cities as well as Roanoke, Botetourt, and Craig counties. The last CHNA was conducted in 2012. Based on the findings in 2012, Carilion Clinic and Healthy Roanoke Valley partners have been working to improve access to healthcare services, better coordinate care and promote wellness in our communities over the past three years.

It is important that we understand the needs of those we serve in the community. In 2012, we learned a great deal from a Community Health Survey that was completed by 4,000 community members. In 2015, we would like to reach as many if not more individuals with the survey.

The 2015 Community Health Survey will be available through April 30, 2015 for all residents, 18 years of age and older, living in the cities of Roanoke and Salem, or the counties of Roanoke, Botetourt, and Craig. Our target population includes low-income individuals, uninsured or underinsured individuals, and those living with chronic illnesses.

Participants who complete the survey will get the chance to win one of five $10 Kroger gift cards. It takes about 15 minutes to complete and the survey may be accessed online at the link below:


Come to the Fitness Center today for our Wellness Workshop!

Thursday, January 22nd 12:00PM – 12:45PM 

Fitness Tools to Build Your New Body

Need some ideas for how to use the tools in the fitness center? This workshop is for you! Come prepared to try out the bands, medicine balls, weighted bars, jump ropes, and dumbbells. Come prepared ready to workout!

 Next Workshop: Thursday, January 29th 12:00PM – 12:45PM

Basic Nutrition for Get Fit Challenge 2015

Learn why a healthy diet is important and how to make dietary changes for better health and weight management. Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats will be explained, as well as, how to put them together for healthy meals/snacks. Learn why "diets" succeed and fail and how to be on the look for less reputable programs. How to exercise, along with nutrition, fits into a healthy lifestyle will also be covered. Feel free to bring your lunch -- light refreshments will be provided.


Rapids Mens Basketball Tonight!

Come out and support your Virginia Western's Mens Basketball team tonight as they take on Roanoke College's JV  team at 7pm!

All home games are played in the Humanities Gym (H100) and are free and open to the public.

TED Talk Thursday – 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. Thursday at 1pm on the 3rd floor of the Student Life Center (S307)

This week's talk: 

Brené Brown:The power of vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

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)