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September 2, 2014

VWCC Employment Opportunities

Human Resources is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Accounting Faculty
    • Deadline:  09/19/2014 by 5pm (EST)
  • Admissions Office Manager
    • Deadline:  09/12/2014 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.

2014 Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations are Now Being Accepted

The Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement Award Committee is requesting nominations for the 2014 Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement Award. The deadline for submitting nominations is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 26, 2014.

Each year, three (3) eligible employees are selected to receive this award based on exceptional achievements, extraordinary accomplishments, outstanding initiative or superb performance resulting in significant benefits to Virginia Western Community College. This award is designed to acknowledge significant, specific contribution or accomplishment beyond regular expectations of an employee or beyond normal work duties. Group awards are permissible but are subject to policy provisions.

This year, nominations will be received by Human Resources through 5 p.m. on September 26, 2014. During the nomination period, eligible employees may be nominated for accomplishments and achievements that would merit an outstanding achievement award through such criteria as:

  • Completing a major project under budget.
  • Consistently providing exceptional customer service to internal or external customers.
  • Completing a major project before the deadline under extraordinary time pressure.
  • Developing and implementing strategies to resolve a work unit problem.
  • Contributing to a one-time, outstanding effort, which benefited the work unit or the college.
  • Specific accomplishment that improves internal processes, saving time or money.
  • Resourcefulness, initiative, on-going contributions or other standards of excellence that assist the college achieving its mission.

In order to be nominated an employee must meet these eligibility requirements:

  • Have attained non-probationary employment status in a full time classified position.
  • Part-time wage employees must have at least one year of service. Part-time employees with a job code in the 89000 series are not eligible.
  • Have no active Written Notices; and for part time wage employees, no disciplinary actions taken by the supervisor within the previous year.
  • Not be a 2012 or a 2013 former recipient of the Award (an employee may only receive this Award once every two years). Those employees are: Mayra Vazquez-Miller, Pam Conner, Kalyca Schultz, Sandra Kelly, Faith Janney, James Gettys, Joan Ayers, Sandy Holland, Sue Clark, or Brenda Fichtner.
  • No provisions of this policy may be waived without the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Any VWCC employee may nominate an eligible employee for the award by completing a Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement Award Nomination Form and returning it along with the supporting documentation to Denise Schuh in Human Resources by the deadline date and time established. The committee will review the nominations and decide which employees will be awarded this honor based on a standard set of ranking criteria. The awards will be presented at the Employee Service Award Ceremony which is scheduled for Monday, January 5, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Whitman Theater. Individual recipients of the award will receive a monetary award of $500, a trophy, and a certificate of appreciation. Group awards will vary.

To obtain a nomination form, visit VWConnect/Human Resources/Forms/Recognition/2014 Classified Outstanding Achievement Award Nomination Form. If you have questions, please contact Denise Schuh in Human Resources at 857-7962.

August 27, 2014

Safety / Workers’ Compensation Tip of the Week….

September is National Preparedness Month. The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is “Be Disaster Aware….Take Action to Prepare!”  During the month of September, you will receive information via the Daily Bulletin to help you increase your emergency preparedness awareness.

A disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items your household or workplace may need in the event of an emergency.  Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency.  You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you.  You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency.  This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours.  Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately.  You could get help in hours or it may take days.

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer.  Your supply kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has a wonderful checklist online to assist you with preparing your Basic Emergency Supply Kit.  You should also consider having at least two emergency supply kits…..one full kit at home and a smaller portable kit in your workplace, vehicle or other places you spend time.

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.

Achievement Day – Employee Recognition Event – Get Your Free Sundae!

Employee Achievement Day

Natural Science Center

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Remember when we were growing up our parents always taught us that you shouldn’t brag about yourself because it wasn’t socially acceptable? During Employee Achievement Day we are going to break the rules and get caught red handed bragging not only about ourselves but our peers as well! Take the time to brag about your peer and don’t forget let’s not be modest and share with us your achievements on the “Caught Red Handed Bragging Board”! Virginia Western has a lot to brag about their employees so let’s fill up this board! The completed recognition board will be displayed at the schools and divisions throughout the college on a rotating monthly schedule over the next year. Be sure to check it out!

Achievement Day is also a time to recognize that you tirelessly serve college customers each and every day; therefore, on this day our presidential staff and deans want to serve you… ice cream! Our ice cream scoopers will provide you with the base of a sundae for you to make on your own with a variety of condiments that will be available to build your perfect sundae!

Out of our ice cream scoopers, who will be the super scooper? Will it be Dr. Sandel, Dr. Wilmer, Cheryl Miller, Debbie Yancey, Amy Anguiano, Lori Baker, John Anderson or Carole Graham? Make sure to recognize these “scoopers” by completing a red hand in their honor! We have a lot to brag about these extraordinary employees!

August 25, 2014

2014 Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations are Now Being Accepted

The Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement Award Committee is requesting nominations for the 2014 Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement Award. The deadline for submitting nominations is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 26, 2014.

Each year, three (3) eligible employees are selected to receive this award based on exceptional achievements, extraordinary accomplishments, outstanding initiative or superb performance resulting in significant benefits to Virginia Western Community College. This award is designed to acknowledge significant, specific contribution or accomplishment beyond regular expectations of an employee or beyond normal work duties. Group awards are permissible but are subject to policy provisions.

This year, nominations will be received by Human Resources through 5 p.m. on September 26, 2014. During the nomination period, eligible employees may be nominated for accomplishments and achievements that would merit an outstanding achievement award through such criteria as:

  • Completing a major project under budget.
  • Consistently providing exceptional customer service to internal or external customers.
  • Completing a major project before the deadline under extraordinary time pressure.
  • Developing and implementing strategies to resolve a work unit problem.
  • Contributing to a one-time, outstanding effort, which benefited the work unit or the college.
  • Specific accomplishment that improves internal processes, saving time or money.
  • Resourcefulness, initiative, on-going contributions or other standards of excellence that assist the college achieving its mission.

In order to be nominated an employee must meet these eligibility requirements:

  • Have attained non-probationary employment status in a full time classified position.
  • Part-time wage employees must have at least one year of service. Part-time employees with a job code in the 89000 series are not eligible.
  • Have no active Written Notices; and for part time wage employees, no disciplinary actions taken by the supervisor within the previous year.
  • Not be a 2012 or a 2013 former recipient of the Award (an employee may only receive this Award once every two years). Those employees are: Mayra Vazquez-Miller, Pam Conner, Kalyca Schultz, Sandra Kelly, Faith Janney, James Gettys, Joan Ayers, Sandy Holland, Sue Clark, or Brenda Fichtner.
  • No provisions of this policy may be waived without the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Any VWCC employee may nominate an eligible employee for the award by completing a Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement Award Nomination Form and returning it along with the supporting documentation to Denise Schuh in Human Resources by the deadline date and time established. The committee will review the nominations and decide which employees will be awarded this honor based on a standard set of ranking criteria. The awards will be presented at the Employee Service Award Ceremony which is scheduled for Monday, January 5, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Whitman Theater. Individual recipients of the award will receive a monetary award of $500, a trophy, and a certificate of appreciation. Group awards will vary.

To obtain a nomination form, visit VWConnect/Human Resources/Forms/Recognition/2014 Classified Outstanding Achievement Award Nomination Form. If you have questions, please contact Denise Schuh in Human Resources at 857-7962.

VWCC Employment Opportunities

Human Resources is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Campus Security Officer (Part-time)
    • Deadline:  09/05/2014 by 5pm (EST)
  • Accounts Payable Specialist
    • Deadline:  08/29/2014 by 5pm (EST)
  • Dual Enrollment Specialist  (Open to VWCC/VCCS Employees Only)
    • Deadline:  08/29/2014 by 5pm (SET)

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!

Safety / Workers’ Compensation Tip of the Week….

Compared to an industrial work environment, an office can seem like a safe place to work. However, many serious accidents and injuries occur on a regular basis in offices everywhere. Slips, trips and falls are one of the most common causes of workplace injuries. They can occur anywhere whether you are in the production area or in the office.

Office workers can be injured by such things as falls, fires and electric shock. They can receive cuts and bruises from office tools and furniture. They can develop long-term injuries from repetitive work such as keyboarding.

As you go through your day, use these safe work practices:
  • Watch for obstructions which can cause tripping accidents. Cords and cables should not be placed across traffic areas. Even cords going to a power bar located next to a work station can trip a person getting up from the desk.
  • Materials should be stored in designated storage areas, not in boxes on the floor.
  • Briefcases, handbags and other personal items should be stored where no one will fall over them.
  • Keep drawers of desks and cabinets closed.
  • Clean up any spills, such as coffee or water, right way. If a spill cannot be taken care of immediately, arrange a barricade and a sign to warn people. Floors which are wet from cleaning should also be blocked off and marked by warning signs.  Please also contact FMS for assistance with cleaning up larger spills.
  • Load file cabinets from the bottom up. Serious accidents have occurred when top-heavy filing cabinets have fallen over.
  • Use safe lifting techniques. It is just as easy to receive a back injury in the office as it is in the warehouse. To pick up a heavy item, squat down beside it. Use the strength in your legs, not your back, to raise it up. Bend your knees, not your back.
  • Store sharp implements such as scissors, paper knives, and letter openers separately from other items to prevent cuts and puncture wounds.
  • Be alert to electrical hazards, which can cause fires and electrocution. Check for any frayed or damaged cords or plugs. Electrical repairs should be made only by qualified personnel.
  • Don't overload electrical circuits. Extension cords are meant to be used only temporarily, so make sure the area is wired adequately for all of the electronic equipment such as computers, copiers and printers. Breakers which trip frequently are a sign of overloaded circuits.
  • Don't use makeshift scaffolds such as a chair balanced on a desk when you are reaching for something overhead. Take the time to get a stepladder or stepstool.
  • Repetitive strain injuries are increasingly common in offices. When doing work such as computer keyboarding, keep your hands and wrists straight and relaxed. Frequently switch to other tasks to give your hands a rest.

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.

Achievement Day – Employee Recognition Event – Get Your Free Sundae!

Employee Achievement Day

Natural Science Center

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Remember when we were growing up our parents always taught us that you shouldn’t brag about yourself because it wasn’t socially acceptable? During Employee Achievement Day we are going to break the rules and get caught red handed bragging not only about ourselves but our peers as well! Take the time to brag about your peer and don’t forget let’s not be modest and share with us your achievements on the “Caught Red Handed Bragging Board”! Virginia Western has a lot to brag about their employees so let’s fill up this board! The completed recognition board will be displayed at the schools and divisions throughout the college on a rotating monthly schedule over the next year. Be sure to check it out!

Achievement Day is also a time to recognize that you tirelessly serve college customers each and every day; therefore, on this day our presidential staff and deans want to serve you… ice cream! Our ice cream scoopers will provide you with the base of a sundae for you to make on your own with a variety of condiments that will be available to build your perfect sundae!

Out of our ice cream scoopers, who will be the super scooper? Will it be Dr. Sandel, Dr. Wilmer, Cheryl Miller, Debbie Yancey, Amy Anguiano, Lori Baker, John Anderson or Carole Graham? Make sure to recognize these “scoopers” by completing a red hand in their honor! We have a lot to brag about these extraordinary employees!

VALIC Representative to Visit VWCC

Matt Rose, VALIC Financial Advisor, will be visiting the college to answer any questions you may have about the 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan. Eligible employees qualify for a match up to $40 based on their contribution level to the plan. Other topics to discuss may include:

  • Investing for retirement
  • Options available upon retirement
  • Rolling over idle investment accounts and consolidating

Thursday, August 28th

10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Human Resources Testing Room – Ground Floor, Fishburn Hall

Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Mr. Rose directly to schedule an appointment. His email address and cell phone is matt.rose@valic and 540-520-3834.

If this particular day is not convenient, you may contact Mr. Rose to set up an alternate appointment time. Those who already have accounts with VALIC can also feel free to use this time to schedule account reviews.

August 20, 2014

Recipe for a Healthier Heart

We all know ice cream sundaes are good for the soul and guess what, if kept in moderation it won’t hurt your heart either! Sue Perry, CommonHealth Regional Coordinator, will have a work station at the Employee Achievement Day recognition event that will provide you with information on how to help you have a healthier heart. Don’t forget to spend a minute with Sue to obtain valuable information and an incentive for listening!

 

Natural Science Center

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

11:30 – 1:30 p.m.