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October 31, 2014

WellGOnomics: How You Move Matters Facilitated Classroom

Department of Human Resources Management, CommonHealth, has a new employee health campaign called WellGOnomics: How You Move Matters.

This campaign focuses on ergonomics. Ergonomically incorrect work and home environments or movements can cause an increase in injuries, aches, and pains. Sue Perry, our CommonHealth Regional Coordinator, will help employees focus on how you move throughout the day and how to evaluate your activities, such as electronics use, sitting, standing, driving, and lifting.

Let Sue Perry show you how to stop, think, and evaluate before you move to prevent injuries. Participants will receive an incentive compliments of CommonHealth. There are two separate sessions available for you to choose from!


Human Resources Training Room – Fishburn Hall

Thursday, November 20, 2014

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

The facilitated classroom on WellGOnomics is a CommonHealth Event.  CommonHealth events permit Virginia Western employees who are scheduled to work during the event to be authorized to take up to one hour of paid time per month in order to participate provided their supervisor permits the employee to attend.

TODAY!!! Chili Cook-Off and Halloween Costume Contest 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Fralin Center

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

For the Chili Cook-Off, come and sample a variety of chili prepared by your co-workers. Then vote for your favorite! Prizes will be awarded for the first and second place winners! Admission to the cook-off is $3, which lets you sample all chilis. We have fourteen chili chefs who will be tantalizing your taste buds with some great recipes including "Some like it hot", "Chili Chili Bang Bang" and "Now that's Darn Good Chili". Canned sodas donated by PepsiCo 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. Employees who bring food donations will be entered into drawing for a prize!

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!

New CommonHealth Challenge Announced – Take Part and Keep Moving!

Now that you have increased your steps by walking or counting steps during the month of October, keep moving in November! Join the stair-climbing challenge sponsored by the VWCC CommonHealth Committee. Find out details at a kick-off meeting on Monday, November 3 at 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday, November 4 at 3 p.m.; both meetings will be held in the HR Training Room (Room 02) in Fishburn Hall. Be sure to keep track of the number of stairs that you climb over the weekend – Saturday, 11/1 and Sunday, 11/2 - as you should add those stairs to your challenge sheet when received.

Stair climbing builds muscles, strengthens bones and leads to greater cardiovascular health. Your body also releases natural pain relievers (endorphins) during a stair climb. You can do this activity outdoors while enjoying the colorful autumn trees, cooler temperatures OR indoors enjoying the warmth and cover of an enclosed stairway. Alternatives to stair-climbing are also available to those with knee or hip constraints. Climb onboard as we continue moving during the month of November to improve overall wellness. Join the challenge and receive a pedometer as your incentive (compliments of CommonHealth).

If you cannot attend one of the kick-off meetings and are interested in participating in the challenge, please email sshelton@virginiawestern.edu to receive challenge sheets and other helpful information.

The Stair-Climbing Challenge kick-off on Monday, 11/3 at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday, 11/4 at 3 p.m. is a CommonHealth Event. Since the kick-off 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. Further activity for this challenge is not intended to be done during the employee’s normal work hours unless the employee is on an approved break or on their lunch break.

Free Zumba Classes!

Boo-gie away with Zumba Fitness!

The Fitness Center will be offering FREE Zumba classes for all currently enrolled students, faculty & staff!

What: Zumba Fitness
Where: Fitness Center Studio
When: Fridays at 8:00AM
Please be sure to bring your Student ID and sneakers. For more information contact the Fitness Center Manager at dvanvierssen@virginiawestern.edu

National Roll Call – November 11th

Join the Armed Forces Student Association on November 11th starting at 11:30am for a reading of the National Roll Call. We will be honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation during Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. If you would like to help honor those men and women please contact Matthew Jones (mjones0373@email.vccs.edu) or visit the Military Student Center in Anderson room 122 to sign up

TED Talk Friday – Sponsored by the Madison Society

The Madison Society will be sponsoring this weeks TED talk. Come enjoy a TED talk that touches upon the Madison Society'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: Megan Washington - Why I live in mortal dread of public speaking
Megan Washington is one of Australia's premier singer/songwriters. And, since childhood, she has had a stutter. In this bold and personal talk, she reveals how she copes with this speech impediment—from avoiding the letter combination “st” to tricking her brain by changing her words at the last minute to, yes, singing the things she has to say rather than speaking them.

More about the Madison Society

The Madison Society is a political science, oration and debate club. Our mission is to provide civic engagement and leadership opportunities for our members and fellow students through our activities including; our weekly on-campus meetings by the voice and vote of our members Fridays at 10:00 a.m., we provide direct engagement with political candidates and current officials, we have bi-annual  debates and a formal dinner where we will host a public speaker that we feel best represents our mission and goals. This club will prepare you for real life applications and will serve as a strong resume builder. If there are questions about joining Madison or have questions regarding leadership opportunities please contact Ben Corbett at bcorbett@virginiawestern.edu or call (540) 309-8162.

October 30, 2014

Free Classes at the Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is offering the following classes throughout the month of November:


Yoga -Meditative Posture Flow: Mondays 2:00pm-3:00pm Intermediate stretch and flow class. Internal focus for energizing and calming.

Yoga Workout: Thursdays 5:30pm-6:30pm Come prepared to build a sweat, build core strength and stamina.

Salsa Dancing: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30pm-3:30pm Learn to groove and burn calories at the same time. No partner necessary.

Mindful Meditation: Mondays 12:00pm-3:00pm Stop breathe observe and connect with your inner experience.

Zumba Fitness: Fridays 8:00am-9:00am Dance-based fitness that use a fusion of Latin and International rhythms with easy-to-follow moves

Pilates: Thursdays 5:30pm-6:30pm Lengthen and strengthen your entire body using core muscles and incorporating strength training

Hip Hop Cardio: Wednesdays 12:00pm-1:00pm Dance to the beat and burn calories.

Please be sure to bring your Student ID and wear soft soled shoes. For more information contact the Fitness Center Manager at dvanvierssen@virginiawestern.edu



Please remember to come by the "open house" retirement reception for Carlton Mabe that is scheduled for Monday, November 3 from 4 - 7 p.m. The reception is being held in the Fralin Center for Health Professions in room HP210. Be sure to drop by at any time and stay as long as you want!

Spring In-Service Mini Conference

As part of our Spring 2015 In-Service activities, we will be offering a Mini-Conference. Please take a moment to indicate the topics that would interest you from the list below. We want to provide professional development opportunities that are meaningful to faculty and staff.


The Virginia Collection @ Brown Library

Virginia Western’s Brown Library has a special collection of books, the Virginia Collection, that are all about Virginia or written by Virginia authors. Many of the books are historical in nature and are rare gems that we are fortunate to have. Others, while they may be historical and informative, certainly pass for interesting as well:

Stop by today to check these and many other interesting titles out!