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April 4, 2014

Digital Photography

Digital Photography (PHTG 2201 - AC1) Tuesday 5/6/14 - 6/10/14 (6:30pm-8:30pm) This five week class will cover what symbols mean; proper exposure; lighting and portraits; composition and landscapes; processing your images. Instructor: Teena Cook. For more details contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

April 2, 2014

VWCC Employment Opportunity

Human Resources is currently accepting applications for the following position:

  • Financial Aid Advisor (Education Support Specialist II)
    • Open to VWCC Employees Only
    • Deadline:  04/08/2014 by 5pm (EST)

For more details about our application process and/or to complete the online application, please visit our website:  www.virginiawestern.edu/hr and select "CAREER OPENINGS".  Feel free to contact HR, 857.7282, with any questions.

March 31, 2014


KIDS College Summer Youth Programs - Early registration discount through May 30th! Follow link for more details http://www.virginiawestern.edu/kidscollege  Contact: Paulette Parkhill pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu or (540) 857-6514

Summer 2014 Classes:

Intro to Basics, Families Creation and Advanced Revit Techniques (CADD 2153 AC1) Thursday (6:00pm-9:45pm) 4/10/14 - 5/29/14  http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/programs/business_professional.php Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

QuickBooks for Business Workshop (ACCT 2195 - AC1) Thursday 5/1/14 - 5/15/14 (6:00pm-9:00pm) Click for more details: http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/conted/quickbooks.php - Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Digital Photography (PHTG 2201 - AC1) Tuesday 5/6/14 - 6/10/14 (6:30pm-8:30pm) This five week class will cover what symbols mean; proper exposure; lighting and portraits; composition and landscapes; processing your images. - Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Eric Stiles, a former supervisor and head tailor/fitter for Giorgio Armani, Polo Ralph Lauren is coming to Roanoke! Sewing/Construction & Pattern Drafting classes (LLRN 2700 - 6 sessions, one per week for 6 consecutive weeks on THURSDAYS) 5/29/14 - 7/10/14 (No Class July 3) Must meet 20 minimum registrations. Click this link for more details- http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/sewing.php  Contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Home Inspection Training Course now available! Online Home Study Course or 3-day in classroom course includes online Home Study Course; Class dates: July 25-27, 2014; 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM  Follow this link for more details: http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/programs/homeinspection.php

March 28, 2014

Local Book Featured in People Magazine and Available at Brown Library

Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening by local author, Carol Wall, is featured in the “Books” review section of the March 10th issue of People Magazine. The review calls the book “a profoundly moving memoir that tells the story of an unexpected friendship and the rewards of reaping what we sow.”

Two copies of this popular new book are available on the top floor of Brown Library. See a library staff member at the Circulation Desk, and check out this featured selection for a 2 week period.

Come to Brown Library and “Get your READ on!”

March 24, 2014

Popular Local Book on Reserve at Brown Library

Brown Library has two copies of the popular new book, Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by local author and retired Roanoke Catholic English teacher, Carol Wall. The book, recently featured in the Roanoke Times, tells the story of Wall’s unlikely friendship with Kenyan immigrant, Giles Owita, who has a Doctorate in Horticulture from Virginia Tech. Go to the Circulation Desk on the top floor of Brown Library to check out this book for two weeks.

The library also has a large collection of beautiful and informative horticulture and gardening resources to support the college’s Horticulture programs and to appeal to gardening enthusiasts. Just a few of the available titles are listed below:

Books in Print

  • Flora of Virginia by Alan S. Weakley, J. Christopher Ludwig, and John F. Townsend
  • The Nature-Friendly Garden: Creating a Backyard Haven for Plants, Wildlife, and People by Marlene A. Condon
  • Flowers A to Z: Buying, Growing, Cutting, Arranging by Cecelia Heffernan
  • Sustainable Horticulture: Today and Tomorrow by Raymond P. Poincelot


  • The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan
  • Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter

Magazines and Journals in Print

  • Fine Gardening
  • Garden Design
  • Horticulture: Magazine of American Gardening
  • Mother Earth News: The Original Guide to Living Wisely

Come to Brown Library and “Get your READ on!”

Important Update about Respondus LockDown Browser

A change has been made to how Respondus LockDown Browser locks students into an exam. Students were previously locked into an exam until they submitted it for grading. This will now be an optional exam setting for LockDown Browser, with the default set to "off". The new default setting will require students to submit a reason for exiting the exam early, which can then be viewed by the instructor. Here is how it works: http://www.respondus.com/products/lockdown-browser/studentexit.shtml

If you have questions about this new update, please contact Carrie Halpin at CHalpin@virginiawestern.edu

VWCC TOTAL Workshops Announcement

NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) will offer the following TOTAL workshops in April:

Start Date Workshop Title Length of workshop
April 7 Using Best Practices in Online Teaching 4 weeks
Establishing Social Presence 3 weeks
Designing Rubrics and Providing Feedback 4 weeks
Making Your Courses Accessible 4 weeks
Captioning Media 3 weeks

The TOTAL professional development workshops are intended for faculty who teach (or want to teach) blended and online courses.   Each workshop focuses on a single topic, so you can build an individualized professional development plan by selecting only the workshops you need.  We suggest taking one workshop at a time; all workshops are offered multiple times during the year.  See the TOTAL project website for workshop descriptions.

The workshops are facilitated online in Blackboard and involve reading/viewing of resource materials, application assignments, and interaction with colleagues.   Each workshop requires about 5 hours of work a week.  Assignments are due weekly (sometimes mid-weekly) and are graded.  If you complete all assignments and achieve an 80% or higher average, you receive a VCCS certificate of completion.

Registration is now open via Knowledge Center, and closes at noon on Friday, April 4.

Instructions for Accessing VCCS TOTAL Courses via the Knowledge Center:

  1. Login to the VWCC Knowledge Center: https://covkc.virginia.gov/vwcc/
  2. Go to Learning Center >> Course Catalog
  3. Enter Keywords:  VCCS Total in the Search Text box. Click Search.
  4. Click on the course link of the course in which you would like to enroll.
  5. Click on the specific section in which you would like to enroll.
  6. Click Enroll.  You will see that your status changes to “Enrolled.”  You will also see a statement confirming the date you enrolled:  e.g. You enrolled in this item on 1/13/2014.
  7. After enrolling, you will be able to see the course(s) in which you are enrolled in the Scheduled Training box located on My Homepage:  Home >> My Workspace >> My Homepage.

If you have questions or need assistance regarding the Knowledge Center, please contact Sarah Miller, Heidi McClintic or Carly Johnson in Human Resources.  If you have any questions about the workshop format and content, please contact Carrie Halpin or Ramona Coveny in eLearning & Instructional Technology (eLIT).

March 21, 2014

Mark Your Calendar – Virginia Employee Public Service Week!

Every May, state agencies across Virginia will celebrate the hard work and dedication that state employees provide to the Commonwealth of Virginia through recognition events in honor of Virginia Employee Public Service Week.

Due to the operational challenges that Virginia Western faces during the traditional recognition period, we will be celebrating Virginia Employee Public Service Week on Wednesday, April 9, 2014:

Virginia Public Service Week

Fralin Center, Multi-purpose Room

11:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wildwood Smokehouse will cater this event providing you pulled chicken and pork, BBQ beans, potato salad, cole slaw and a dinner role.

For your additional pleasure, an assortment of challenges will be available:

  • Jelly Beans Guessing Game   Be the employee to guess the closest amount of jelly beans and win the jar of candy!
  • Name that Employee and Recognition Line-Up  Have fun while you eat by matching recognition statements made on You Make the Difference Cards to the recipient, and identifying pictures of co-workers.  The employee that matches the most correct responses will receive a prize!

You will also have the opportunity to recognize an accomplishment or a noteworthy action of a co-worker on a paper brick wall for the college’s Wall of Fame.  Three (3) employees will be awarded a recognition reward based on the recognition action (brick) completed by your peers.  The VWCC bricks will be proudly displayed on the college's Wall of Fame during the traditional Public Service Week, May 4 – 10th.

Thank you for making a difference!

Horticulture Club Perennial Sale

Welcome Spring! 

The 2014 Perennial Sale is this Saturday, March 22, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

at the Community Arboretum on the City Garden Deck

Prices start at $4.50 for select 4.5" potted perennials.

Look for newer cultivars and your favorite varieties of the following perennials:

Astilbe, Bleeding Heart,  Coral Bells, Coreopsis, Daylily, Dianthus, Fern, Geranium, Hosta, Lamium, Lavender, Salvia, Shasta Daisy...

Hope to see you at the sale and thank you for supporting the VWCC Horticulture Club and the Community Arboretum

March 19, 2014

Washington National Visit Extended through Thursday!

"I never thought I would need supplemental cancer insurance. I wish I had taken advantage of it before I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Our insurance through the state is very good but it doesn't cover all costs associated with cancer treatment." Tara Nepper

Only 28 more employee visits needed for a 32" Flat Screen TV Raffle!

A representative from Washington National (formerly Conseco) Insurance Co. will be at the college on March 18-20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Human Resources Testing Room representing new life benefits and supplemental health benefits. In 10 minutes the representative will review their plans and special money back provisions. No appointment is needed.  As this is a work-related event, no leave usage to attend is required; however, as always, please check with your supervisor for approval to attend.

Everyone that comes by for a one-on-one presentation the vendor will provide a free gift with no obligation to purchase.  The vendor is also providing breakfast food and a special food treat on St. Patrick’s Day.  Washington National states if they see at least 40 VWCC employees that they will raffle off a flat screen TV.

The following is an excerpt provided by Washington Mutual:

Top 10 Reasons why you should visit with your Washington National Representative on

March 18-20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Human Resources Testing Room

Fishburn Hall

  1. Washington National (formerly Conseco) Insurance Company (WNIC) will return all your premiums back to you if you don’t use the benefit. (Ask your rep for more info).
  2. WNIC Solutions Cancer protection …with Return of Premium (Get your money back)!
  3. WNIC Pulse Protection Heart & Stroke plan …with Return of Premium (Get your money back)!
  4. WNIC Accident plan …! Great protection for families with children!
  5. WNIC Term Life Assure and Universal Life Insurance plan …with coverage for the whole family!
  6. Designed to help protect you against the potential negative financial impact catastrophic illness can have on your family’s future!
  7. Competitive group rates for you and your family…
  8. WNIC (formerly Conseco) has been providing supplemental benefits to Virginia State Employees for over 50 years!
  9. Free gifts for just listening to our presentation!
  10. If we see 40 employees a Flat Screen TV will be raffled!!!!!

As the vendor is an approved Fringe Benefits Network Provider, if you are a full-time employee, premiums may be taken from your paycheck on a post-tax basis.

Please contact Denise Schuh at 857-7962 with any questions.