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August 29, 2014

Please Delete 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

Boots2Books 5K Race

Want to help support a great cause? Sign up today to volunteer to help with Boots2Books 5K Run to benefit the Veterans Assistance Fund, hosted by the Virginia Western Armed Forces Student Association. Saturday, August 30, 2014 beginning at 9 a.m. Race starts at Virginia Western campus. Runners will receive a free t-shirt! Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt!

Want to participate as a runner? Register online here, or Download the PDF registration form here to register by mail. (PDF)

Registration Fees: (Before August 15th)

  • General public runner: $30
  • VCCS student or employee: $20
  • Veteran or active military: $15
  • Walker: $10
  • Race-day registration: $35

For more information, contact Virginia Western Armed Forces Student Association president Matthew Jones at mjones0373@email.vccs.edu.

Join the JDRF Walk!

Join the Virginia Western team in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at the Taubman Museum at noon on Sunday, September 28th. Our team goal is $1500 and we need your help to make that happen!

Together, we will turn Type One into Type None. Contact Josh Meyer or Tara Nepper to sign up or donate to our team: http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?team_id=159222&pg=team&fr_id=3930

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin — a hormone essential to turning food into energy. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.

With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure. That's why JDRF holds more than 200 Walks across the country every year to raise money for JDRF — the only global organization with a strategic research plan to end T1D.

The JDRF Walk has raised more than $1 billion through the hard work and generosity of supporters like you. Every dollar JDRF directs toward research comes from our donors. So, the more our walkers raise, the closer we get to reaching our goal of a world without T1D.

Looking for ways to become a better advisor?

Attend the second Advisor Academy workshop.

The workshop is for faculty and staff who engage with students. It will be offered in a series of three Fridays: Friday, September 26, October 3, and October 10 from 12pm – 3pm in the Natural Science Center. Apply through this link (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1tL6bVsnd8xeM97HTZbfRc8V5bHPxRsW4jRfNe872bxg/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link ) by Friday, September 5 if interested in participating.

August 28, 2014

Discount at Foster’s Grille

With a current ID Faculty, staff and students may enjoy a 10% discount at Foster's Grille at Tower's Mall. Discount does not apply to alcohol. http://www.fostersgrille.com/  

International Students Club Meet & Greet

International Students Club Meet and Greet 5:30-7:30 Friday, 8/29 in Natural Science Center

Come join the International Students Club today for good pizza and even better conversation from 5:30-7:30 in the Natural Science Center. All are welcome.

2014 VaBug Conference Announced! Call for Proposal Open!!

TIME TO REGISTER!

The Virginia Blackboard Users Group (VaBUG) announces its fifth annual conference, to be held at the Holiday Inn at Valley View in Roanoke, VA on Friday, October 24, 2014!

The conference will once again have free registration.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS!

The VaBUG Conference Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2014 Annual Conference.
The VaBUG conference is a great opportunity for Blackboard users to discover, discuss, learn, and share best practices. In order to afford its members the best possible personal and professional development opportunities, they are asking instructors, administrators, staff members, and any other interested members to submit proposals for concurrent sessions for this year’s conference. What exciting ways have you been utilizing Blackboard in the past year?
The concurrent sessions will be scheduled for 50 minutes (this includes time for questions and answers). Sessions will be organized along the following tracks:

  • Blackboard administration
  • Instructional design
  • Faculty best practices
  • K-12 best practices

Please consider participating as a presenter, and pass this message along to someone you feel may be interested in participating.

For more information, please visit their site at http://vabug.org

Registration Room CLOSED!

Please be advised that the Registration Room in Duncan 212 is now closed.  Special thanks to Debbie Inman, Tammy Woods, Melinda Hill, Gavin Hollingsworth, Gabe Jones, Reinfred Addo, the Chapman Hall Ambassadors, and the Admissions Office staff for working to provide support to students in the Registration Room throughout the fall registration period!  They assisted over 1500 students during June, July and August!

The Registration Room will re-open in Duncan 212 on November 17th.

The Make-Your-Own-Challenge Challenge

As a way to help you stay motivated during this fall semester, the CommonHealth Committee is holding the first ever Make-Your-Own-Challenge Challenge. Because we all have different ways we would like to make improve, change or learn, this challenge is what YOU make it. We will help provide a buddy, tips, inspiration and perhaps a little something at the end. Some challenges you may want to try:

  • Walking
  • Overall fitness
  • Break a bad habit
  • Healthier eating
  • Quit smoking
  • Or anything else!

Look for our upcoming monthly challenges to help you stay on track:

  • September - Reducing Stress
  • October - Walking
  • November - Stair Climbing
  • December - Healthy Snacks and Lunches

Sign up by emailing Tara Nepper with your challenge and if you would like to be paired with a buddy who has a challenge similar to yours. No one's challenge will be made public and you will not be required to share results. Look for weekly encouragement in the Daily Bulletin.

Million Dollar Arm: This week’s free movie!

Friday, August 29: Million Dollar Arm

2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Whitman Theater

Free!

Friends and family are welcome to attend!

A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. Starring John Hamm. Run time: 2 hr 4 min. Rated PG. Family.

For more information about this movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1647668/


 

Student Activities is excited to announce this semester's movie line-up! All faculty, staff, students and their guests are welcome to attend. All movies are free!

All films will be shown in Whitman Theater (First Floor of Business Science).

Friday September 12: 22 Jump Street

2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. Starring  Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Run time: 2 hours Rated: R. Comedy.

Wednesday October 1: A Most Wanted Man

2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror. Starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams and Willem Defoe. Run time: 2 hr 2 min. Rated: R. Drama.

Friday, October 10: Deliver Us from Evil

2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

NY police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city. Run time: 1 hr 58 min. Rated: R. Horror.

Friday, October 24: Guardians of the Galaxy

2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

From Marvel Comics. Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser. Run time: 2 hr 2 min. Rated: PG-13. Sci-Fi.

Contact Natasha Lee, Student Activities Coordinator, with questions at nlee@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6326.