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October 30, 2014

TOMORROW!!!! Chili Cook-Off and Halloween Costume Contest

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

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 FOR NOVEMBER

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 Salsa Dancing Classes!

Find your rhythm with Salsa Dancing!
The Fitness Center will be offering FREE Salsa Dance classes for all currently enrolled students, faculty & staff!
What:Salsa Dancing!
Where: Fitness Center Studio
When: Tuesdays/Thursdays from 2:30pm - 3:30pm
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

Toys for Tots Toy Drive!

The Armed Forces Student Association and the Human Rights Club have sponsors the Toys for Tots drive here on campus throughout November! The boxes have been placed at the locations listed below, only new and unwrapped toys are being accepted for this drive.
Help make a difference in a child's life today!
3rd Floor Student Life Center
Military Student Center (A122)
3rd Floor of Webber (BTT Division Office)
Humanities Gym
Main Floor of Fralin
(Please note that Toys for Tots Boxes are not trashcans, please respect the cause and the goal of bringing joy into a child's life for the Holidays and dispose of your trash correctly)

October 29, 2014

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.

If you need the room unlocked or support from the Media Geeks please be sure to include that under the Resources section.
Note: Whitman Theater is room M106, HR Training Room is room F002 and the Natural Science Center is N101.

Contact Tara Nepper with any questions.

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.

Red Cross Blood Drive – In Honor of VWCC Employees

There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive in honor of VWCC Employees who are fighting cancer or are cancer survivors on December 3 from noon to 4 p.m. Twenty-five percent of all blood collected by the Red Cross goes to cancer patients.

We are looking for employees who would be willing to be featured on posters we will be creating to advertise this event which will be open to all faculty, staff and students.

Mark this date and time on your calendar and plan to participate in this blood drive in honor of your VWCC family!  Please contact Natalie Talbott at ntalbott@virginiawestern.edu or 7-6124 if you would like to be honored on December 3.

 

 

 

 

Free meditation Classes

Significant research shows that mindful meditation is an excellent treatment for the stresses and anxieties of today’s daily life. Stop, breathe, observe, and connect with your inner experience. Join us for Meditation throughout November on Mondays at 12:00-1:00PM in the Fitness Center.

Mr. Armstrong, the class instructor, has had over 40 years of experience in meditation. His practice originated in Asia and he now leads a meditation practice in Roanoke called the Bridge of Compassion Sangha. Mr. Armstrong also teaches Taiji, a mindful movement practice, at VWCC and includes it in his meditation practice.

Meditation classes will consist primarily of sitting meditation (silent or guided), walking meditation, and some short readings on the practices.

Free Yoga Classes!

Bend it with Yoga classes!
The Fitness Center will be offering FREE Yoga classes for all currently enrolled students, faculty & staff!

What: Free Yoga
Where: The Fitness Center
When: Mondays 1:30-2:30pm & Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm

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

October 28, 2014

Only Three Sessions left for Blackboard Assessment, Panopto, Collaborate

We have three sessions offered for the next three 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. So far we only have two registered for the Assessment session.

We just learned that the trainings may be used on your faculty assessment forms.

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