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September 24, 2012

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Update

Virginia Western is currently working on our ten year reaffirmation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC).  SACS-COC is the primary accreditation agency for school systems, colleges and universities throughout the southeast region of the United States. As part of this process, Virginia Western is designing a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to improve student learning and/or your learning environment.

In the spring, advising was chosen as the topic for the QEP since it received the most votes from students, faculty, and staff.  The topic was further refined in a survey which ended in August.  The topic of our QEP will be Advising Teamwork.  The QEP Development Team has proposed the following working goal.  Through team advising, students will learn how to set and achieve their own educational success goals.

We are forming additional QEP teams for fall and spring where we want student involvement. If you are interested in learning more about the QEP, there will be a SACS/QEP Update session in the Natural Science Center on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 12-1 pm for all faculty, staff, and students who would like to attend.

If you have questions, suggestions, or concerns related to the QEP, please feel free to contact Ms. Kristel Clark at kclark@virginiawestern.edu or 540-857-6218.

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Check out the following ways you can get all the information you need about Virginia Western:

Student ID Hours

The Student  ID Office will be open weekly:

Mondays: Noon until 2 p.m.
Tuesday: 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Please remember that students need to bring a government-issued photo ID (Driver's License, Passport, etc.) and a current copy of their class schedule to get a new ID or Fall 2012 enrollment sticker.

Contact Student Activities at 857-7958

Student Trips at Virginia Western


Student Activities is excited to offer two Student Trips this semester! Spots are limited, so sign up today!

NC Zoo - Asheboro, NC Sunday, September 30 Walk from Africa’s grasslands to North America’s Arctic coast. Connect with wildlife from two different continents as you explore more than 500 acres of animal habitats!

Visit Washington DC Tuesday, November 20 (First Day of Thanksgiving Break) Spend a day in our nation’s capitol. Visit museums or monuments! Examples include the National Gallery of Art, National Museum of Natural History, or Lincoln Memorial. Most attractions in Washington DC are free.

Both trips are day trips and include transportation on a charter bus. The trip to the NC Zoo also includes the admission to the zoo. Participants must bring money for meals. Limited number of spots available. Sign up with Student Activities to reserve your spot. $10 deposit required at time of sign up.

Contact Natasha Lee, Student Activities Coordinator with questions at 540-857-6326 or nlee@virginiawestern.edu.





Since 1982, One of the region's largest street festivals! Centerfest offers a wide variety of activities to please young and old alike. Artisans and craftspeople from around the state, live music, children's activities along with local organizations will share useful information with visitors.  Also featuring an Art Show, Safety Fair, numerous Police Cars displayed, car show and a Motorcycle Show.  Virginia Western will once again be displaying their police vehicle in hope of raising some money for Special Olympics.  Come out and vote for Virginia Western as the best looking police car in the valley.


September 21, 2012


Friday, September 21, 2012


Saturday, September 22, 2012

  • Spectacular Saturdays at the Taubman@ Taubman Museum, Free admittance to the museum and more. For more info – www.taubmanmuseum.org  
  • Physicians on Foot (8:30am) @ Roanoke River Greenway, Numerous Carilion Clinic physicians are lacing up their walking shoes alongside the public in the "Physicians on Foot" weekly walking program. For info - www.carilionclinic.org/walking  
  • Fired up for a Cure (9am – 3pm) @ Roanoke Civic Center, October is Fire Prevention and Breast Cancer Awareness Month...so our firefighters are stepping it up to help "extinguish" breast cancer! Some of the activities at this event: 5k/10k race, free ice skating, Zumba, free food, free health screenings and many more. For more info ‐ www.firedupforacure.com  
  • City Market Saturdays (11am – 2:30pm) @ Downtown Roanoke, For more info - www.downtownroanoke.org  
  • Biscuit Bash (4pm – 9pm) @ Daleville Town Center, Reunion ~ Adoption Event ~ Fundraiser. Bring your dog & your chair for an afternoon of music, food, kids activities, and fun! All proceeds benefit the Biscuit Fund for abused and neglected animals taken in by Angels of Assisi. For more info - www.facebook.com/events/383980945007194/  
  • Free Weekly Wine Tasting (12pm – 5pm) @ Wine Gourmet
  • Bluegrass (6pm – 10pm) @ Salem Farmers’ Market, Come bring your instrument, chair and get ready for some parking lot picking. Acoustic instruments only. For more info - http://bluegrass-in-roanoke.com/  
  • Movies at Longwood Park Finale (9pm – 11pm) @ Longwood Park – Salem, For more info – www.roanoke.com/eventcalendar/EventDetails.aspx?eventID=32660&dteId=21451  


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • West End Community Market (3pm – 6pm) @ West End Center for Youth - 1210 Patterson Ave SW.
  • Dream Catcher Class (12pm – 1:30pm) @ A Little Bit Hippy, Learn to make a dream catcher from scratch using stashes of leather, sinew, beads and feathers. Class is $20 and all supplies are included. For more info - www.facebook.com/events/271148019668784/   


  • HUGE MULTI FAMILY YARD SALE: SAT SEPTEMBER 22, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Books, purses, clothes, baby stuff, toys, antiques, holiday items, bake sale. All proceeds from the yard/ bake sale going to my dad battling lung cancer for his medical bills. Directions:419 Electric Rd near McDonalds and Oak Grove Plaza. Neon signs posted at Stoneybrooke Road. Follow signs from Stoneybrooke to Castlerock turn LEFT on Castlerock to Longhorn turn RIGHT onto Longhorn veer right go up hill follow signs down to 3315 LONGHORN RD.
  • A Better Understanding: Autism Awareness Training, Sunday, October 7, 1-5 p.m., Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Rescue Squad. Contact Leah Coffman (857-6678 or lcoffman@virginiawestern.edu) for more information. 
  • 9th Annual Family Day Dinner,  Monday, September 24th, Salem Family YMCA, 6-8 p.m. The Prevention Council of Roanoke County, and the Salem Family YMCA, invites you to join us for the 9th Annual Family Day Dinner Celebration. Adults - $6.25, Youth (13 and under) - $4.00, Families 6+ - $25.00. Go to familydaypc4y.eventbrite.com to reserve a spot at “our table” for dinner! Come share dinner together.  Please forward to family and friends.

Submit COMMUNITY EVENTS TO publicrelations@virginiawestern.edu.




  • MINUS THE BEAR Concert Tickets $54 OBO, Concert is in Richmond, Monday, September 30. Call or text 540-589-9064.
  • 2005 HYUNDAI SANTA FE FOR SALE. Asking $9500 OBO. Automatic, black, sunroof, 6 disc changer, automatic windows, 68k miles, new tires, ac/heat, beige interior, and 3.5 liter engine. Great condition! KBB lists at $10,000. Contact Kristly Ciriaco krc26560@email.vccs.edu or text 540-986-8817 for pictures. Need to sell a.s.a.p!
  • FOR SALE- O5 CAMRY (GREY) Only 45k mileage, well cared for. Brand new tires, new inspection sticker, new oil change and new battery. Engine is xle/le, clean and ready to go. Yearly maintenance, inspection and oil changes. Selling for $12,600 (negotiable). Great gas mileage. KBB lists for $14,500. Text  or call 540-355-7611.
  • FREE COMPOSTED HORSE MANURE – you haul. Contact lcoffman@virginiawestern.edu.
  • FOR SALE: NAPIER SPORTZ TRUCK TENT FOR A CHEVY SILVERADO (REGULAR BED). Used once. Paid $260; asking $225 OBO. Contact lcoffman@virginiawestern.edu.
  • BURGUNDY QUEEN SLEEPER COUCH and matching chair for sale. Asking $75.00. Great for efficiency or small apt. with roommates. Must go getting new furniture. contact Christine at cpo263@email.vccs.edu
  • KINCAID ROCKER RECLINER FOR SALE - emerald green over size. Excellent Condition. $300.00 Firm. Must have own transportation for pick-up.Jean Gniazdowski  jbarker5021@email.vcc.edu
  • FREE KITTENS 10 weeks old, 3 black males and 1 tortoise shell female. They are litter trained and ready to go! Contact Kriesten at kab2040@email.vccs.edu.
  • SEVERAL ITEMS FOR SALE, PRINTERS: HP printer/scanner, Lexmark printer, Lexmark printer/scanner, price neg. CLOTHING: Wedding dress for sale; beautiful size 6 petite with veil, shoes size 6 also to match. Price neg. LADIES NEW SHOES:  Etienne Aigner sandals size 5 ½ $20.00, Michelle D bronze metallic dress heels size 6 ½ medium $45.00, shoe boots with Bling-Blings and black suede pencil heels size 6 $45.00 – prices firm. BOOKS: Eng 7 books, 4th Edition $25.00, Evergreen: A guide to Writing with Reading, 7th edition $25.00, Microsoft Office 2003 Shelly Cashman Series 2nd edition, SAM disc included $10.00. FURNITURE: Lazy Boy sleeper sofa, worn, new mattress $75.00 firm. Contact Jean Gniazdowski at jbarker5021@email.vccs.edu
  • DROID RAZR MAXX CELL PHONE brand new unused through Verizon Wireless for sale. Selling for $450. Contact me at kww2297@vccs.email.eduKenny W Wheeler
  • NOOK SIMPLE TOUCH READER WI-FI for sale, never opened, $80. Theresa Brooks tmb2905@email.vccs.edu
  • COLEMAN ROADTRIPO GRILL LXE in the box, two 20,000 BTU burners and two side tables. They  sell for around $199.00, selling for $140, just in time for tailgate parties!  55 gallon aquarium and stand for $120 with pumps filters, hoods, a vacuum hose, nets, gravel, and other related "stuff" for an additional $30. Sindi Jones/Art Dept. cljones@virginiawestern.edu


Do you have a church bazaar, yard sale, or item for sale? Submit COMMUNITY NEWS items to publicrelations@virginiawestern.edu

September 20, 2012

Student Activities/Trips Signups

Are you interested in signing up for a Student Activity or Student Bus Trip, but haven't been able to make it to the offices in the Thomas Center?

The Student Activities Office will be set up on the bridge on Monday, September 24 and Tuesday, September 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you are interested in signing up for a bus trip to the North Carolina Zoo or Washington DC Day Trip, please remember to bring your $10 deposit ($10 will be returned the morning of the trip).

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


2012 Heart Walk – Web Registration

Are you interested in joining a Virginia Western Team for the 2012 American Heart Association Heart Walk?

Register to participate online!

Step 1- Go to: www.roanokenrvheartwalk.org

Step 2 - Register: - Click on the "Register" button. Select "Join a Team" and follow the instructions (Select Virginia Western CC Team).

Step 3 - Ask people to support your participation!

Contact Natasha Lee, Student Activities Coordinator, with questions at nlee@virginiawestern.edu or 540-857-6326.

The 2012 Heart Walk will take place on November 3 at Green Hill Park. The team will participate in the heart walk and help raise money for the local American Heart Association.


U.S. Secretary of Education to hold town hall at Virginia Western

Please mark your calendar and plan to be in Whitman Theater at 10:40 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, as U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan leads a town hall discussion that will explore indicators of college and career readiness.

This is an extremely rare opportunity to interact with our national policymaker for education. Share this information with students and other employees so they can be involved too.

Secretary Duncan will be here as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s third annual back-to-school bus tour. Also participating in the town hall will be Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier, Virginia Western faculty, students, regional employers, and local community members.

The highlight of the town hall will be the release of the “Adult College Completion Toolkit,” a collection of resources designed to connect state administrators and local practitioners to the strategies, resources, and technical assistance tools resulting from the Department’s work in the area of adult education. The toolkit focuses on three key areas: access, quality, and completion. Four target student populations include veterans, adult basic education students, incarcerated individuals, and skilled immigrants.

US Department of Education Bus Tour - www.ed.gov/bustour

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