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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.

March 13, 2014

Washington National (formerly Conseco) to Visit VWCC Employees

A representative from Washington National (formerly Conseco) Insurance Co. will be at the college on March 17-19 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 17-19 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.

VWCC – OSHA New Chemical Labels and Safety Data Sheet Training

In accordance with new OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Act) standards regarding labeling of chemicals and other potentially hazardous materials, Virginia Western has released an online course available via the Knowledge Center titled “VWCC – OSHA New Labels and Safety Data Sheets Training (December 2013)”.  This course is designed to fulfill the OSHA requirement that all employees must be trained on the new labeling system and Safety Data Sheet standards.  This online course will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

This training is in accordance with new OSHA standards to conform to a world-wide means of identifying and labeling chemicals and hazardous substances. This brings the United States into a communication system consistent with other countries around the world. The new system is called the “Global Harmonized System (GHS)”, and all American employers and employees are to undergo this training for and comply with the conversion to the GHS over the next two years. However, employee training on this new standard must occur now.

IMPORTANT:  All current employees are required to complete this course as soon as possible.  Instructions for accessing and completing the training are below.  DO NOT USE FIREFOX/MOZILLA WHEN ACCESSING THE KNOWLEDGE CENTER.  YOU MUST USE INTERNET EXPLORER.

SUPERVISORS:  Please ensure all of your employees take this training course, especially those that do not have a VWCC Employee Email address.  All full-time and part-time (including student, non-student and Federal Work-Study) are required to take this online training.

  1. Login to the VWCC Knowledge Center:  https://covkc.virginia.gov/vwcc
    1. All Full-Time employees have KC accounts already established.  If you are unsure of your Login ID and/or Password, please click the appropriate “Forgot….” link.
    2. Part-Time employees may or may not have a KC Login ID already established.  If you are unsure of your Login ID, please click the Forgot Login ID link.  If you are not able to find your Login ID, please do not create one.  Email one of the three Human Resources employees listed below who will search for your Login ID.  They will respond to you via email with either (1) your ID or (2) instructions on how to establish one.  This additional step will prevent duplicate KC Login IDs from being established.
  2. Click Learning Center
  3. Click Course Catalog
  4. Enter Keyword VWCC in the Search Text box. Click Search.
  5. The following course will appear: VWCC – OSHA New Labels and SDS Training (December 2013). Click on the course link.
  6. Click Enroll
  7. Click Enroll one more time (Suggested:  Leave Course Credit Option as Credit and Course Mode Option as Normal.)
  8. Click Access Item
  9. Another white internet page should display.  It may take a few moments for the course to start playing.  Please be patient.
  10. Once the training is complete, please click the X in the upper right-hand side of the screen.
  11. Click OK when you are asked “Are you sure you want to exit this course?”

After you have taken the course, to confirm that you have taken the course for credit:

  1. Login to the VWCC Knowledge Center:  https://covkc.virginia.gov/vwcc
  2. Click My Workspace
  3. Click My Transcript
  4. You can view all of the courses you have taken through the Knowledge Center under Learning History

If you have questions or need assistance, please EMAIL ONE OF THE FOLLOWING --- Heidi McClintic HMcClintic@virginiawestern.edu, Sarah Miller SAMiller@virginiawestern.edu, or Carly Johnson CJohnson@virginiawestern.edu, in Human Resources.

 

Welcome New Hire!!!

Please take a minute to stop by and say hello to the following new face at Virginia Western!

  • Lorrie Danco began on 03/10/2014 as a part-time  Admin and Office Specialist for the School of Health Professions.

Welcome to Virginia Western!

March 11, 2014

VRS Hybrid Informational Sessions

Open Enrollment for VRS Members

January 1, 2014 – April 30, 2014

The VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan combines the features of a defined benefit plan and a defined contribution plan.  VRS members may opt-in to the plan during the open enrollment period.

Who is Eligible to Opt-In?

At Virginia Western, only current VRS members are eligible to opt-in.  Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) and Virginia Law Officers' Retirement System (VaLORS) are not eligible to opt-in.

Is The Plan Right For You?

You can answer this question by attending one of the following informational sessions all located in the Human Resources Training Room in Fishburn Hall:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Current VRS members are not affected by the new plan; however, you do have the opportunity to opt-in. If you do not wish to opt-in, you do not need to do anything!

If you are considering opting into the plan, you are strongly encouraged to attend one of these informational sessions.

Your decision to enroll in the Hybrid is irrevocable.

 

Annual Leave Donation Request

In accordance with Department of Human Resources Management Policy 4.35 “Leave Sharing”, Virginia Western Community College is seeking employees who wish to donate their annual leave.  Annual leave donations received will be applied to supplement the pay of a fellow employee who has exhausted all of their leave during their absence to care for a family member who has a serious health care condition.  Annual leave donations will cease when the employee returns to work; or, if still absent from work, Family Medical Leave has been exhausted or no longer qualifying.

  • Annual leave donations are required by policy to be in minimum increments of 8 hours.
  • Only annual leave may be donated.
  • Leave that has been processed may not be reclaimed.

If you are interested in donating your annual leave, or if you have any questions, please contact Denise Schuh in Human Resources at 857-7962.

March 10, 2014

VWCC Employment Opportunities

Human Resources is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Administrative and Office Specialist III
    • Deadline:  03/14/2014 by 5pm (EST)
  • Coordinator of Development
    • Deadline:  03/21/2014 by 5pm (EST)
  • Radiation Oncology Faculty
    • Deadline:  03/28/2014 by 5pm (EST)

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

March 5, 2014

Washington National (formerly Conseco) to Visit VWCC Employees

A representative from Washington National (formerly Conseco) Insurance Co. will be at the college on March 17-19 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 17-19 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.

February 26, 2014

2014 You Make the Difference Award Recipients

The following employees are the recipients of “You Make the Difference” awards:

Pottery Set (matching plate, bowl, and mug) – hand thrown and donated by Barbara Wright

Pam Woody

Pottery Mugs – hand thrown and donated by Barbara Wright

Ray Braley

Pottery Vase – hand thrown and donated by Barbara Wright

Michele Hilts

Premier Earrings – donated by Natalie Talbott, Independent Distributor

Dana Asciolla

Premier Necklace – donated by Natalie Talbott, Independent Distributor

Brent Via

Avon Goody Bag – donated by Becky Chauncey, Independent Consultant/Distributor

Debbie LaRocca

2013 Spring Fling T-Shirt – donated by Sue Thomas

Carly Johnson

$20 Gift Certificate to the 2014 VWCC Plant Sales – donated by Clark BeCraft, Horticulture/Arboretum

Lane Compton

House Plant – donated by Clark BeCraft, Horticulture/Arboretum

Debra Thomas

Tara Nepper

Kathy Holland

Brandon Pearson

Darlene Foley

Edyee Bernier

VWCC Logo Mugs

Josh Meyer

Marty Sullivan

Nicole Bell

Debbie Mayo

Dr. Sandel

$25.00 Gift Card

Wendy Holmes

Heidi McClintic

William Alexander

Angela Webb

Two Movie Tickets to Regal Grande Theatres

Heather Hunter

Sue Clark

Bonny Wheeler

Craig Harris

Lacey Carey

Tommy Amos

Tony Maiolo

Butch Sink

Lynn Hurt

Dan Semones

Special One-Month Parking

Permits must be displayed on your dashboard.  Lost permits will not be replaced.  Recipients of the parking passes must contact either Pat Rhodes or Craig Harris to make arrangements and have approval for a parking place of your choice.  Permits are non-transferrable.  If you do not intend to utilize your parking pass, please return the pass to Human Resources.

March 2014 - Dorrisa Williams

April 2014 – Becky Chauncey

May 2014 – Mary Powers

June 2014 – Laura Overbay

July 2014 – Doug Parsons

August 2014 – Shivaji Samanta

September 2014 – Jason Garnett

October 2014 – Pam Conner

November 2014 – Hillary Holland

December 2014 – Cheryl Hilton

January 2015 – Mark Dudley

February 2015 – Martha Richardson

 

Please pick up your award in the Human Resources Office.

A sincere thank you to the donors of awards, and to everyone at the college for making a difference then, now, and every day!

 

You Make the Difference Employee Recognition Event

Join in as the college collaboratively celebrates and recognizes your contributions that lead to the success of the college and the students that we serve!

 “You Make the Difference” Employee Recognition Event
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Natural Science Center
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

All employees are invited to stop by to socialize and praise their peers at this event.  Catered by A Cut Above Catering, an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages will be provided.

Following the ceremony there will be award drawings!  Awards are limited to employees that have received a “You Make the Difference” card issued by their peer(s) or supervisors from March 2013 through February 2014. Remember to bring your cards with you to the ceremony.  If you prefer, you may deliver the cards prior to the ceremony by placing them in a collection box located in Human Resources.

A supply of “You Make the Difference” are located in the Human Resources Office.