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October 27, 2014

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) Weekly Pledge Card Drawing!

The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) weekly pledge card drawing winner on October 24th was Kalyca Schultz who selected a 6” sub compliments of Subway!  Congratulations Kalyca!

Submit your CVC pledge card to Marla Whiteside by noon on Friday, October 31st and you will be entered into a drawing to receive a Relay for Life T-Shirt and your choice of one of the following donations to be redeemed by one of our campus vendors:

  • Slice of pizza and a drink compliments of Dominos
  • 6 inch sub compliments of Subway
  • $5 Java Bucks compliments of Java the Hutt

Other ways to donate include:

  • Donate online
  • Donate non-perishable food, pet supplies, and attend the upcoming college events: Chili Cook Off and Halloween Costume Event on October 31st and Auction for Animals on November 12th

Remember, no amount of giving is too small! Help support our community during the college’s 2014 Give Here – Share There CVC Virginia is for Giving Campaign!

Safety / Workers’ Compensation Tip of the Week….

What is Workers' Compensation??

In the event that you should have an accident or illness that arises out of and in the course of your employment at VWCCyou should report the accident or illness to your supervisor and the Human Resources Department immediately.  The Workers' Compensation Coordinator for our agency is Heidi McClintic.

  • For medical attention of a non-emergent nature, an employee must select a physician from the college's Panel of Physicians Form.
  • Employees sustaining serious (life threatening) injuries should contact Campus Police (857-7979) and/or 911, and seek medical attention at the closest emergency room.  Immediately upon stabilization of the injury, the employee should seek follow-up treatment from a physician on the Panel of Physicians Form.

Workers' Compensation claims are subject to approval by the Commonwealth's Workers' Compensation administrator (currently MC Innovations) and the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission.

Please contact Heidi McClintic (hmcclintic@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6331) in the Human Resources Department for additional information concerning Workers' Compensation and/or safety in the workplace.   Remember….Safety First!

October 22, 2014

VWCC Give Here – Share There: What Speaks to Your Heart?

The 2014 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) is well under way! Our goal at Virginia Western is to raise $1,500 to help CVC reach their statewide goal of $3,700,000! There are multiple ways you can give and no amount is too small! You may choose to donate by a paycheck deduction; lump sum donation; participation in the Chili Cook-Off/Halloween Costume or Auction for Animals fund raising events; donating a gently used item for auction; or by bringing in much needed non-perishable food items and pet supplies.

There are thousands of CVC Charities to choose from, but which charity speaks to your heart? Click here to view testimonials of three of our employees whose real-life experiences have led them to champion a charitable organization.

Don’t forget, our weekly drawing will be Friday, October 24th for those employees who have submitted a paper pledge card to Marla Whiteside in FAS!

Congratulations to the winner of last week’s drawing: Dorrisa Williams

October 21, 2014

National Save for Retirement Week

VRS wants you to be aware that National Save for Retirement Week is October 19th – 25th. During this time, explore ways you can save for retirement such as increasing your voluntary contribution to the Hybrid retirement plan (mandatory plan for new full time VRS members as of 1/1/2014), or to a 457b or a 403b. VRS states, “…even a little now will help greatly in the long term.”

Webinars are being offered for employees in the Hybrid or are enrolled in the Commonwealth 457b plan. Visit www.varetire.org for more information or to voluntarily enroll in a 457b plan.

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Schuh in Human Resources at 857-7962.

Employee Flu Vaccine Appointments are Now Being Scheduled

Employee flu vaccine appointments are now being scheduled for a VWCC onsite clinic to be held on October 22, 2014!

COVA health plan members can receive free flu vaccine utilizing your prescription benefit in one of two ways:

  1. Pharmacist ONSITE at Virginia Western Community College by appointment:

CVS Pharmacy

Human Resources Training Room, Fishburn Hall Ground Floor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • All employees and retirees, their spouses and covered children are welcome!
  • Children age 9 and under must have a prescription to receive the vaccine from their doctor.
  • Plan members who bring a driver’s license and their COVA health insurance card will receive flu shots at no cost!
  • There is a $31.99 charge for employees without insurance.
  • Appointments will be made in five (5) minute intervals. Please arrive five (5) minutes early to allow time for forms completion.

For an appointment, contact Denise Schuh at either 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu

Or,

  1. By participating pharmacies:

Flu shots will not be covered when administered by a non-participating pharmacy, non-approved onsite Virginia Department of Health visit, or third party vendor at the pharmacy. Be sure to verify with the pharmacy before you have your flu vaccine that they offer it at no cost with your health care plan.

You can receive a free flu vaccine by your physician at a doctor’s office and it will be covered as part of your wellness benefit under your major medical; however, you may pay for the doctor’s appointment.

October 20, 2014

Employee Flu Vaccine Appointments are Now Being Scheduled

Employee flu vaccine appointments are now being scheduled for a VWCC onsite clinic to be held on October 22, 2014!

COVA health plan members can receive free flu vaccine utilizing your prescription benefit in one of two ways:

  1. Pharmacist ONSITE at Virginia Western Community College by appointment:

CVS Pharmacy

Human Resources Training Room, Fishburn Hall Ground Floor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • All employees and retirees, their spouses and covered children are welcome!
  • Children age 9 and under must have a prescription to receive the vaccine from their doctor.
  • Plan members who bring a driver’s license and their COVA health insurance card will receive flu shots at no cost!
  • There is a $31.99 charge for employees without insurance.
  • Appointments will be made in five (5) minute intervals. Please arrive five (5) minutes early to allow time for forms completion.

For an appointment, contact Denise Schuh at either 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu

Or,

  1. By participating pharmacies:

Flu shots will not be covered when administered by a non-participating pharmacy, non-approved onsite Virginia Department of Health visit, or third party vendor at the pharmacy. Be sure to verify with the pharmacy before you have your flu vaccine that they offer it at no cost with your health care plan.

You can receive a free flu vaccine by your physician at a doctor’s office and it will be covered as part of your wellness benefit under your major medical; however, you may pay for the doctor’s appointment.

October 15, 2014

CVC Sponsored Contest for Online Pledges has been Extended!

EmployeeDirect, the online method to give, is now back up!  The deadline has been extended!

Pledge your CVC donation online between now and 3 p.m. on October 16th and you will be automatically entered to win 4 one-day park hopper park passes to Disney World!

Passes give admission to all of these theme parks for one day: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.

Passes are valid until August 1, 2016 and are valued at $496.

CVC will notify the winner directly.

For a directory of CVC charities to pledge your donation online, visit www.cvc.virginia.gov

For questions about enrolling in EmployeeDirect, please see “Getting Started” and “FAQs” on the EmployeeDirect website or contact Denise Schuh at 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu.

VWCC agency number: 286

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign Contest Sponsored by CVC

Pledge your CVC donation online between now and October 15th and you will be automatically entered to win 4 one-day park hopper park passes to Disney World!

Passes give admission to all of these theme parks for one day: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.

Passes are valid until August 1, 2016 and are valued at $496.

A winner will be randomly selected via the online giving donors list after October 15th. CVC will notify the winner directly.

PAPER PLEDGE and Continued Giving DONORS Can Win Too! CVC has three special prizes for you as well (submit your paper pledge by October 15th to be entered into this contest):

A pack of four passes to Massanutten Waterpark (indoor and outdoor features), valued at 152.00, valid until September 2015.

OR

A pack of four packs tickets to the Historic Byrd Theatre, valid until December 2015.

For a directory of CVC charities to pledge your donation online, visit www.cvc.virginia.gov

For questions about enrolling in EmployeeDirect, please see “Getting Started” and “FAQs” on the EmployeeDirect website or contact Denise Schuh at 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu.

VWCC agency number: 286

Employee Flu Vaccine Appointments are Now Being Schedule

Employee flu vaccine appointments are now being scheduled for a VWCC onsite clinic to be held on October 22, 2014!

COVA health plan members can receive free flu vaccine utilizing your prescription benefit in one of two ways:

  1. Pharmacist ONSITE at Virginia Western Community College by appointment:

CVS Pharmacy

Human Resources Training Room, Fishburn Hall Ground Floor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • All employees and retirees, their spouses and covered children are welcome!
  • Children age 9 and under must have a prescription to receive the vaccine from their doctor.
  • Plan members who bring a driver’s license and their COVA health insurance card will receive flu shots at no cost!
  • There is a $31.99 charge for employees without insurance.
  • Appointments will be made in five (5) minute intervals. Please arrive five (5) minutes early to allow time for forms completion.

For an appointment, contact Denise Schuh at either 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu

Or,

  1. By participating pharmacies:

Flu shots will not be covered when administered by a non-participating pharmacy, non-approved onsite Virginia Department of Health visit, or third party vendor at the pharmacy. Be sure to verify with the pharmacy before you have your flu vaccine that they offer it at no cost with your health care plan.

You can receive a free flu vaccine by your physician at a doctor’s office and it will be covered as part of your wellness benefit under your major medical; however, you may pay for the doctor’s appointment.

October 14, 2014

Safety / Workers’ Compensation Tip of the Week….

Much of the United States has seen record rainfall over the past several weeks for this time of year. Areas of the country that are typically not exposed to much rainfall have been drenched with sudden storms causing flash flooding in many areas.

More than half of flood fatalities happen on the road. People are drowned when the water is deeper than expected or when they are caught in hidden debris. The engine might conk out when it gets wet or the current sweeps the vehicle off the road.

In many parts of this country, flooding is a driving hazard year-round. Rainfall or snowmelt at a higher elevation can create floods downstream, filling dry ravines with rushing water. Flashfloods come up quickly and can demolish a car. Standing water on a roadway might appear safe to cross and the occupants of the car become trapped by rising water.

If you don't want to find yourself in a spot like this, follow these precautions:

  • Listen to weather and flood warnings.
  • Stay away from flood areas.
  • If you have to go somewhere, check radio and television information for news of which areas to avoid.
  • Do not drive through a flooded area.
  • If you come upon a flooded road, turn around and go another way.
  • Do not walk through flooded areas. Even a few inches of rushing water can knock you off your feet.
  • Be extremely careful whenever you see water over a road. Even shallow water can conceal a washout of a road or bridge, as well as debris being moved by the flood.
  • If you are caught driving in floodwaters, be aware your car may float briefly but will be moved by currents and will sink.
  • Be especially careful at night, when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

Although each emergency is unique, generally the best advice is to get out of your vehicle as soon as it stalls in floodwater. Don't keep trying to start the vehicle. Many deaths have been caused by people trying to move a stalled vehicle. Get out and head for high ground quickly and carefully. You might think your vehicle is a safe place to be during a flood. In fact, it is one of the most dangerous. Six inches (15 centimeters) of water can cause the car to go out of control. In just 18 inches (45 centimeters) the vehicle will begin to float, and then the driver has no way of steering or stopping.

Driving dangers are among many serious hazards related to floods. Downed power lines causing electrocution, unstable building structures, landslides, chemical and biological hazards in areas touched by floodwaters are also threats to life and health.

If you live in a flood-prone area, be prepared. Identify at least two escape routes. Keep emergency supplies packed. Leave home early if you have to get out rather than waiting until travel is dangerous.

Flooding is one of the most common disasters in this country, second only to fire. Learn about the flood history in your area, and be prepared to travel to safety if necessary.

Please contact Heidi McClintic (hmcclintic@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6331) in the Human Resources Department for additional information concerning Workers' Compensation and/or safety in the workplace.   Remember….Safety First!