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August 22, 2014

Brown Library Welcomes You!

Brown Library welcomes all students, faculty, and staff back to campus. We invite everyone to visit our building and take advantage of the resources and services.

Library Services are on the top level (2nd floor) of the library building. This floor is a “quiet floor” that is the perfect peaceful location for reading and quiet study. Five comfortable study rooms are available for currently-enrolled students to use. Traditional print resources (books, magazines, newspapers, and journals) are also available on this floor, along with access to library databases and other electronic resources and guides. Our Circulation and Reference staff members look forward to serving you.

The Academic Link occupies the main level (1st floor) of the library building. This floor, known as the Link Learning Commons, is home to VWCC’s tutoring/academic success programs such as one-on-one and group tutoring programs and the walk-in Math Center. Computers and study rooms are available for collaborative active learning. The Link Learning Commons is a comfortable and invigorating place to study, learn, and work.

The Ground Floor (GF) of the library building hosts the Testing Center, the walk-in Writing Center, and the Link Lab in room B17. The Testing Center administers the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) for English & math, as well as make-up tests, and proctored exams for all asynchronous distance learning courses. The Writing Center provides assistance with papers for any class. The Link Lab-B17 computers are available for student use.

Come see us soon!

Employee Giving Campaign

As we prepare to welcome thousands of eager students to campus today, the Educational Foundation would like to take this moment to thank you for all that you do to support our students, both in and out of the classroom and office! We have officially kicked off our 2014 Employee Giving Campaign, and once again WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to ensure our students have the opportunity at a brighter future. Soon, each of you will receive a letter that will include a campaign contribution form and business reply envelope for your convenience. We hope that you will consider contributing at whatever level you feel is appropriate, our goal is 100% participation!

To help us reach our goal, our Educational Foundation board and local companies have once again donated some wonderful incentives! The first drawing will be held for an iPad Air, 16GB with Wi-Fi on FRIDAY, AUGUST 22ND. We will need to receive your contribution/pledge by noon THIS FRIDAY to be entered into the drawing. Next week's prizes will be announced on Monday. 

Other drawing opportunities will be announced next week. You can find the 2014 Employee Campaign contribution form and contribute securely through check or credit card online at www.virginiawestern.edu/employeegiving by clicking on Employee Giving Campaign. If you have any questions, please contact Carole Tarrant at 857-8914 or ctarrant@virginiawestern.edu. WE ARE WESTERN!

August 21, 2014

Expression of Gratitude from Sylvia Foster 

Dear VWCC family,

I would like to express my gratitude for your support during my husband Robert Foster’s long illness. Your prayers and words of encouragement got us through this very difficult journey. Robert is home with the LORD now. That journey is over.

As most of you know, Robert went into cardiac arrest February 12, 2014. By GOD’s grace he woke up from that after being in a comma for 8 days. GOD’s grace allowed him to be with us for an additional 6 months. We had that time to get even closer. I know that was the agreement GOD had with Robert when He allowed him to return to us from that dreadful heart attack. The kids and I miss him dearly. It is starting to set in that he is no longer here. I know that I will have to lean totally on GOD along with my family and friends.

I want to also thank everyone at VWCC for your support during the funeral services. Robert’s home going was wonderful and he would have been pleased with the service. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we go through the days of missing him. I have to really uplift my staff in Printing and Mail Services. I am truly blessed to have that team to work with.

I love each and every one of you! May GOD’s blessings continue to flow throughout the entire VWCC campus.

Sincerely,

Sylvia, Brian and Kimberly Foster

Parking lot 7

Parking lot 7 has been repaved for the fall classes.  Due to the weather this week the project is running a little behind.  The contractor is paintig the spaces this morning.  The lot should be opened by 9:00 at the lastest.

Thank You for your patience

FMS

Fitness Center Orientations & Hours of Operation

Fitness Center Orientations

Get a sneak peak of the Fitness Center and grab some free Virginia Western swag at a Fitness Center Orientation! The Fitness Center will be offering hourly drop-in Orientations on

Thursday, August 21st from 11:00am – 6:00pm
and
Friday, August 22nd from 8:00 am – 3:00pm.

Orientations will include a tour of the Center, guidelines for facility use and will allow you the chance to fill out necessary paperwork to use the Fitness Center. Please bring your Student/Staff IDs with you! Orientations will also be offered by appointment throughout the semester.


Fitness Center Hours

The Fitness Center will be open for use for all currently enrolled students, faculty and staff starting on Monday, August 25th with the limited hours of:

 Monday- Thursday: 12:00pm - 7:00pm & Friday: 7:00am - 1:00pm

 We will be extending the hours gradually, so we thank you for your patience as we transition into this beautiful new space! For more information please contact Dani van Vierssen at 857-6570 or dvanvierssen@virginiawestern.edu

Constitution Day Events

September 17th, Constitution Day!

Join the Student Activities Department for an afternoon with Patrick Henry and James Madison as they argue the ratification of the US Constitution. The debate starts at 12:15 on Sept. 17th  in the Student Life Center, 3rd Floor, and stick around after the debate is over and speak with two of the most well known Virginians in history.

Fall IDs begin today

 

The new Student ID Office is located in Room S307 of the Student Life Center

Fall ID office schedule (minus holidays and school closings):

Monday – Thursday        8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday                                 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 Students who need a new ID need to bring a copy of their fall schedule with their name on the schedule printed July 28 or later, phone or tablet schedules from the Virginia Western app are also acceptable. Students must bring a government issued photo ID along with their EMPLID number.

 Students with VWCC IDs just need to bring a copy of their schedule to get their Fall 2014 sticker. We no longer have open computer terminals next to our ID office, so students must have their schedules before they come to the office.

Faculty and Staff just need their ID request form.

Questions about IDs, email Nick Owens at nowens@virginiawestern.edu

Virginia Western business cards

New employees and current employees needing additional business cards may request them through Print Services. Please provide the following information in addition to number of cards requested:

Name

Title

Phone number

Cell number (if applicable)

Fax (if applicable)

Email address

The "We'll Take You There" business card design and associated fonts/font sizes is the only approved layout for Virginia Western business cards. The design was established through the IA Committee process and approved by the Executive Committee. Please do not request alternative designs, as Print Services will be unable to fulfill them. Any changes to the business card design/policy must go through the committee process.

Employee Giving Campaign – We Are Western!

As we prepare to welcome thousands of eager students to campus today, the Educational Foundation would like to take this moment to thank you for all that you do to support our students, both in and out of the classroom and office! We have officially kicked off our 2014 Employee Giving Campaign, and once again WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to ensure our students have the opportunity at a brighter future. Soon, each of you will receive a letter that will include a campaign contribution form and business reply envelope for your convenience. We hope that you will consider contributing at whatever level you feel is appropriate, our goal is 100% participation!

To help us reach our goal, our Educational Foundation board and local companies have once again donated some wonderful incentives! The first drawing will be held for an iPad Air, 16GB with Wi-Fi on FRIDAY, AUGUST 22ND. We will need to receive your contribution/pledge by noon THIS FRIDAY to be entered into the drawing.

Other drawing opportunities will be announced next week. You can find the 2014 Employee Campaign contribution form and contribute securely through check or credit card online at www.virginiawestern.edu/employeegiving by clicking on Employee Giving Campaign. If you have any questions, please contact Carole Tarrant at 857-8914 or ctarrant@virginiawestern.edu. WE ARE WESTERN!

Have you deleted your Panopto recordings?

The Panopto Lecture Capture has a limited amount of storage space, and it's running out. In order to maintain a cost-effective storage model, it was originally agreed upon that only THREE years of recordings would be maintained! Right now, there are a lot of recordings that are nearly four years old, many of which have not been viewed by a student in more than one year.

Video files more than three years old should be deleted and, if still relevant, re-recorded with the most up to date material. Yes, we know that in some cases the information is exactly the same. However, students forced to watch old videos often comment about the perceived value of those video recordings. We hear comments like "If the instructor doesn't care enough to update the recording (replace the videotape, etc.), why should I care about the material?". If you look substantially different, or the slides and information you are showing on the video don't match your current class information and textbook, you should update your recordings, even if it's been less than three years!

Remember: the use of Lecture Capture is an additional instructional tool, NOT a replacement for current, up to date, dynamic instruction!

Thanks for all your help and support!

The Media Geeks