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May 27, 2015

NEW VCCS AUTHOR LIBRARY

Following a move to the Arboretum Campus, the VCCS has set aside space for a VCCS Author Library and would like your help in filling it. If you have authored books or other materials and would be willing to donate a copy, the VCCS would love to include your work. For any donations, please sign and date the book/materials, and if you'd like to include a short note about your donation to the VCCS, that is appreciated as well.

Donations can be sent to:

Christopher D. Lee
Human Resources Department
Virginia Community College System
300 Arboretum Place, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23236

Contact Jennifer Pittman in Human Resources with any questions.

May 26, 2015

TIAA-CREF Financial Advisor to Visit VWCC for Individual Counseling

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling

HR Testing Room, Ground Floor – Fishburn Hall

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You can discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA-CREF financial consultant on a confidential basis. The consultant is available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals by investing in financial products such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

A detailed evaluation tells you everything you need to know and do. TIAA-CREF’s individual counseling session will help you answer these questions:

  • Are my investments properly allocated?
  • Am I on track to meet my retirement goals?
  • Am I saving enough?
  • How and from where do I draw retirement income?

Employees participating in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) and/or a 403b with TIAA-CREF are encouraged to schedule a counseling session. Those employees not yet participating in a 403b and are interested are also invited.

Space is limited, so please rsvp as soon as you can. Register at:

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Schuh at dschuh@virginiawestern.edu or 857-7962.

No-Show Rosters: First 5 Week and 10 Week courses

This summer, Virginia Western is expanding the pilot of the Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal System (IIWS) which allows faculty to submit no-show and withdrawal rosters online.

During this summer's expanded pilot, instructors must submit rosters online for processing, but paper rosters must also be submitted to the Records Office to verify accuracy. Please submit the same information online and on the paper roster.

First 5 Week Classes
No-Show Roster Link Emailed to Instructors: May 27, 2015
No-Show Roster Due through IIWS: May 30, 2015
Paper No-Show Rosters Due to Records Office: June 1, 2015

10 Week Classes
No-Show Roster Link Emailed to Instructors: May 29, 2015
No-Show Roster Due Through IIWS: June 2, 2015
Paper No-Show Rosters Due to Records Office: June 3, 2015

Please remember no-show and withdrawal roster reporting is required to comply with federal regulations.

Instructors who have not completed verification will not receive no-show roster emails.

Contact: Cathy Swain (cswain@virginiawestern.edu), Melanie Crouch (mcrouch@virginiawestern.edu) or Brooke Ferguson (bferguson@virginiawestern.edu).

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Training sponsored by Alleghany Highlands Community Services. Training provided by Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • June 1st and 2nd
  • Duncan Hall, rooms D101 and D102

Participants must be present all day both days. Lunch will be on your own.

There is no cost to attend however you must register in order to attend. Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PWGNGYR.

*1.5 Continuing Education Units available for a $30 fee from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Contact: Andrea Dilly, adilley@ahcsb.org or Kristi Holt at kholt@ahcsb.org.

Technology Research Study

The following research project has been approved by the Virginia Western IRB (Institutional Review Board).

Greetings!
My name is Mike Murphy and I am a student at Virginia Tech in the PhD program of Instructional Design and Technology as well as the CIO / Director of Technology Services at Blue Ridge Community College. As part of the requirements of my degree, I am studying the conditions that facilitate the implementation of technology in the community college setting for my dissertation.
I am emailing you to request your participation in this study. If you are a faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) at a VCCS community college, I ask that you please participate in this study by completing the following survey:
https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eysJ9EaHXGGDb2R

This survey will ask questions regarding the technologies you use within your instruction and for some reasons you made these choices. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, no personally identifiable information will be collected, and all answers remain anonymous.
Thank you for your consideration in participating in this study.
Sincerely,
Mike Murphy
PhD Student – Instructional Design and Technology
Virginia Tech

May 22, 2015

Technology Research Study

The following research project has been approved by the Virginia Western IRB (Institutional Review Board).

Greetings!
My name is Mike Murphy and I am a student at Virginia Tech in the PhD program of Instructional Design and Technology as well as the CIO / Director of Technology Services at Blue Ridge Community College. As part of the requirements of my degree, I am studying the conditions that facilitate the implementation of technology in the community college setting for my dissertation.
I am emailing you to request your participation in this study. If you are a faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) at a VCCS community college, I ask that you please participate in this study by completing the following survey:
https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eysJ9EaHXGGDb2R

This survey will ask questions regarding the technologies you use within your instruction and for some reasons you made these choices. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, no personally identifiable information will be collected, and all answers remain anonymous.
Thank you for your consideration in participating in this study.
Sincerely,
Mike Murphy
PhD Student – Instructional Design and Technology
Virginia Tech

LINK LAB – M302 UPDATED OPEN TUTORING HOURS FOR IT STUDENTS

Beginning next week, the open tutoring hours available in the Link Lab - M302 will be as follows:

  • Monday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Note: New Monday hours will begin June 1st, as campus is closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25th.)
  • Tuesday 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

As a reminder, the hours of operation for the Link Lab - M302 are:

  • Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Summer Tutoring Availability

One-on-one tutoring will be available for TRIO/Pathways students this summer. TRIO/Pathways students who are interested in tutoring should come to the Resource Desk in the Link Learning Commons (main floor Brown Library) and complete a Tutor Request form. Tutoring will be available for all students  on a walk-in basis in the Math Center, Science Center, Writing Center, Accounting Lab, and M302 (for IT students). For location and hours of availability, please contact the Academic Link at 540-857-6442 or email tutoring@virginiawestern.edu.

Health Care Premium Reward Information Now Available for the 2015-2016 Plan Year

Premium rewards for the upcoming plan year starting July 1, 2015 is available to employees and their covered spouses enrolled in the COVA Care or COVA HealthAware Plan on or before July 1, 2015.

As a reminder, the premium reward is a reduction in the health care premium of $17/month for a covered employee and $17/month for a covered spouse.

If you are already receiving a premium reward, you will be required to:

  • Update your online health assessment no earlier than March 1, 2015, and no later than June 30, 2015, to continue your reward without a break.

If you are enrolled in COVA Care or COVA HealthAware and not currently receiving a premium rewards, you must:

  • Complete a health assessment no earlier than March 1, 2015, and
  • submit a biometric screening with measurements no earlier than April 1, 2013.

Participants who are newly eligible for premium rewards must:

  • Complete a health assessment no earlier than March 1, 2015, and
  • submit a biometric screening with measurements no earlier than April 1, 2013.

Complete the required healthy action(s) by June 30, 2015 to begin the rewards on July 1, 2015 by visiting:  www.MyActiveHealth.com/cova

If the requirements are not completed by June 30, 2015, eligible members can complete the health assessment and/or the biometric screening during the plan year. The member’s premium reward will be effective the first of the month after both requirements are completed, submitted and accepted.

Contact ActiveHealth at 1 (866) 938-0349 if you need additional information.

Last Day for 2015 Health Care and Flexible Spending Account(s) Open Enrollment!

Open Enrollment will begin May 1, 2015 and end on May 22, 2015!

Reminders:

  • If you would like to make a change in providers, or the available optional buy-ups, you must make this change during open enrollment.
  • If you want to add or remove eligible family members you must take action during open enrollment.
  • You may waive health care coverage during open enrollment.
  • If you have a medical or dependent care flexible spending account (FSA) and want to continue (or initially participate) in the next plan year, you must enroll during open enrollment. You must enroll every year to have a FSA.

Changes or enrollments you make to your plan during open enrollment will take effect July 1, 2015.

There will be eight opportunities to meet and discuss benefits, open enrollment, new rates and changes to the health care plans. The employee meetings will be held in the Human Resources Training Room on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

10:00 .m. and 1:00 p.m.

Monday, May 11, 2015

9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Friday, May 15, 2015

2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

12:45 p.m.

You should be receiving Department of Human Resource Management’s Spotlight within the next week. In the interim, you may access it here.

If you have any questions or need an enrollment form, contact Denise Schuh at 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu.

Paper enrollment and/or changes will be accepted through 5 p.m. on May 22, 2015. Employees may also use EmployeeDirect to make their election changes at http://edirect.virginia.gov through 11:59 p.m. on May 22, 2015.