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April 15, 2013

“Navigate: Get THERE through Team Advising” Updates

Open Forums:

•         Thanks to everyone who attended the Open Forum sessions last week.  If you were not able to attend and would like to learn more about our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), please access the following link:    http://www.virginiawestern.edu/about/ie/documents/NavigateOverview.pdf

Spring Fling—Friday, April 19, 2013:

•         Students in Steve Huff’s ART 287 participated in a QEP logo contest that was designed by the IA Committee.  The winning logo will be presented during the Spring Fling Awards ceremony at 2 pm on the bridge.  Thanks to all involved with this contest.

•         Members of the QEP-Assessment committee will help to staff a table to gather baseline assessment data from students.  Faculty and staff may also complete a very short survey and be eligible for prize drawings!  Please stop by our table between 11 am and 2 pm, and learn more about “Navigate:  Get THERE through Team Advising”.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns about Navigate: Get THERE through Team Advising, please contact Kristel Clark, QEP Coordinator, at kclark@virginiawestern.edu at 540-857-6218.

Early Childhood Book Drive Club Winner

The Campus Body of Christ Club won the book drive club competition with a donation of 86 children’s books! 

On behalf of the Early Childhood Education Department and the Volunteer Center, THANK YOU!

All books will be donated to TAP Head Start.

Welcome New Hires!

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

  • Sara Bowman began on 04/15/2013 as a part-time Administrative & Office Specialist for the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Do Your Students Know About Scholarships



…between them and their dreams of a college education

Scholarships Available Apply by May 17

The Virginia Western Educational Foundation has over $150,000 in scholarship funds available—based on academic excellence, financial need and specific programs—to help you reach your educational goals.  You don’t have to qualify for financial aid to receive Educational Foundation scholarships.

Deadline: 4 p.m., May 17, 2013

Requirements: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, high school graduate or have a GED, and be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits at Virginia Western in Fall 2013.

Apply Online: www.virginiawestern.edu/foundation/scholarship

Many scholarships have additional requirements, so it is important to read each scholarship description carefully when applying.

2013 – 2014 Membership Drive for the VCCA

Dear Colleagues,

 The 2013 – 2014 membership drive for the VCCA is upon us, which means that it’s time to join or renew your Virginia Community College Association membership!

The Virginia Community Colleges Association is the longest serving professional development venue in the 43-year history of the VCCS, and it provides many excellent opportunities for networking and new learning experiences. Nowhere else can you gather with others who believe as you do, who believe in the mission of the community colleges in Virginia, and who seek to gain new perspectives in their professional development. 

Supported by Chancellor DuBois, the VCCA is an organization of like-minded individuals who believe in the value of higher education and the value that an educated populace brings to their colleges, communities, and to the state as a whole. The Virginia Community College System is a vital component of the economic wellbeing of the Commonwealth. The VCCA is the only organization within the System that is open to anyone who shares in the commitment to the community colleges, be they administrators, faculty, classified staff, part-time employees, students, or just friends of Virginia’s community colleges.

 2013 – 2014 Membership Contest Dates: Now through June 14 

At the 2012 VCCA Annual Conference Assembly of Delegates Meeting, the elected delegates voted to increase the annual membership dues. Dues for faculty and support staff have been increased to $25 beginning with the 2013-2014 membership.

  • Be one of the FIRST to join VCCA or renew your membership and your name will be entered in a drawing for a $50 check! 
  • College contacts that send in at least 7 early memberships will also be entered in a drawing for a $50 check!
  • 2013-2014 Membership dues are $25 for faculty and support staff.

 The drawing will take place on or just after June 25!

Click on this link and select Membership from the top menu bar to access the Membership form: http://www.vccaedu.org/   

Please print and return to Dana Asciolla with your dues. Please email if you have any questions. dasciolla@virginiawestern.edu

 You are encouraged to submit your membership through your VCCA college contact so they can maintain an accurate list of current members. 

 Join or renew today. Don’t wait…Just do it!

Plan ahead for the 2013 VCCA 31st Annual Conference, October 3 - 5, 2013,

at The Holiday Inn Virginia Beach Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center in VA Beach

VCCA Outstanding Faculty and Staff Award Nominations

VCCA Annual Conference will be held from October 3, 2013-October 5, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Hotel and Conference Center in Virginia Beach, VA. 

Please email dasciolla@virginiawestern.edu  your nomination for the Faculty and Staff award by Friday April 19, 2013. A ballot will be sent out next week, so that the voting may begin.

Virginia Community College Association Showcase Awards Criteria

Please note:  In order to qualify for this VCCA Showcase Awards the nominee must be/become a member of the VCCA for the 2013-2014 membership year.

The VCCA Executive Committee has adopted a procedure to be followed in the selection of the outstanding faculty and support staff award recipients.  Realizing that several colleges in the VCCS are multi-campus institutions, it also is important to give these campuses the opportunity to recognize outstanding faculty and support staff at each of their campus locations.


1. Be/become a member of the VCCA for the 2011-2012 membership year

2. Full-time, part-time, professional teaching faculty status

3. Excellence in teaching

4. Significant contributions to education in general

5. Significant contributions to the community college

6. Professional/personal development involvement

7. Length of time at the college/campus (to be used as a tiebreaker only)


1. Be/become a member of the VCCA for the 2011-2012 membership year

2. Full-time or part-time support staff status

3. Significant contributions to education in general

4. Significant contributions to the community college

5. Professional/personal development involvement

6. Length of time at the college/campus )to be used as a tiebreaker only)

A Librarian is a Powerful Search Engine with a Heart

Library Tip of the Day

Students can find the articles they need for their research papers from home!

Our library databases contain thousands of newspaper, magazine, and journal articles (Information that you can trust!).  To access this information from home, just enter your user name and password — the same user name and password that you use for My VWCC.

National Library Week Events:

  • Reading Flash Mob: Bring a book, comics, magazines, graphic novel and READ. Front steps of library, 11:15am on the dot, Friday, April 19th.
  • Word of the Week: Stop by the library to find out our mystery word. Create your own fun definition and enter to win a B&N gift card! (One student winner, one faculty/staff winner.)
  • Library Find-a-Word
  • Snapshot VA
  • Library Survey: Turn in a completed survey and enter for a chance to win $25!

We’ll also have a table at Spring Fling on Friday, April 19th—see you there!

Salsa Dancing Classes Classes

Free Dance Classes!

The new campus club, Virginia Western Latin Movements, is offering free salsa classes for all students, faculty and staff! No experience or partner necessary!

For more information contact Gabriela Plazarte at gnp230@email.vccs.edu.

Instructor: Edgar Ornelas, founder of SalsaNoke.

Where: Humanities H100 Gym

When: Thursday 18th and 25th of April, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join the club's facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/415122768574829/

Spring Fling – This Friday! Fun, Food, Music and More!

Virginia Western’s Spring Fling 2013!

Relax and enjoy Virginia Western's Annual Spring Event!

Friday, April 19
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Court of Four Seasons (in front of Brown Library)
Everything is Free!

Make Your Own License Plates
Wax Hands
Spin Art Frisbees
Zumba Demo at 11:30 am
Live Music!

Picnic Lunch and Homestead Creamery Ice Cream

Student Organizations & Campus Departments

Businesses/Community Organizations
Special giveaways and promotions for students!

Spring Fling Art Show
Juried Student Art Show on the Pedestrian Bridge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Opportunity to win cash prizes! Pick up an entry form in the Art Gallery!

For more information - contact Natasha Lee, Student Activities Coordinator at 857-6326 or nlee@virginiawestern.edu

It’s Time to Play Ball!

Cheer on the Salem Red Sox on April 27th at 6 p.m. as they take on the Lynchburg Hillcats. Come early and watch Dr. Sandel throw out the first pitch. Employees and students get in free with a current Virginia Western ID.