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August 9, 2013

2013 Fall Picnic

Please join us for our Faculty and Staff Annual Fall Picnic on Monday, August 19th to celebrate the beginning of a new college year and the opening of the new Center for Science and Health Professions (CSHP).  We will enjoy a barbeque-style lunch buffet from noon to 2 p.m. in the plaza between the Business Science Building and the CSHP.  Tours of the CSHP will be available, come join the celebration.

In order to avoid having everyone sign in and to ensure the correct quanity when ordering food, please use the following link to reserve your space at the picnic. http://survey.vccs.edu/wsb.dll/s/41gf6e. Please register by Friday, August 16th.

Research Studies

MRI Research Study on Depression

Researchers at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute are conducting a new research study investigating emotional reactions in brain responses in people who suffer from depression. We may first invite you to come in for an interview about some of your experiences and how you are feeling. We may then ask you to come back and do some activities during a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan, which uses a magnet and radio waves (no x-rays!). Counseling may also be available for those who are interested.�
Compensation: Interview: $15/hour Scanning: $20-60 per scanning session plus a high resolution image of your brain. Free counseling.  

If you would like to participate, please contact Cari at 540-526-2032 or email depression@vtc.vt.edu



This study involves characterizing certain students who vary in their altruistic tendencies, and the first part of this characterization is accomplished through a survey. If a student's answers align with our criteria, they could be asked to come in for a follow-up study. Each participant will be compensated if they are chosen for the follow-up.

ELIGIBILITY:  Must be 18 or older

SURVEY LINK:  https://survey.vtc.vt.edu/index.php?sid=52322&lang=en


The Human Neuroimaging Laboratory at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) located in Roanoke, Virginia would like to invite you to participate in a variety of groundbreaking studies!

  • Eligibility:  healthy adults, age 18-64
  • Compensation:  at least $20.00
  • Primary goal:  To study the response of the normal brain to patterns of stimuli, rewards, and decision-making
  • Institute sponsor:  Human Neuroimaging Laboratory labs.vtc.vt.edu/hnl
  • Study timeframe/duration:  1-3 hours per visit

 If you are interested in volunteering, please visit: http://vtcri.info/jkzexq

To contact us via e-mail: signup@vtc.vt.edu; or call 540-526-2034


The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is conducting a brain imaging study on cigarette smokers. Eligible participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Current smokers, age 18-55
  • Smoke at least 5 cigarettes per day
  • Have been smoking for the past year

You will be compensated for your time. Eligible participants typically make $50 for the first session and $30 for the second session, with the potential to earn an additional $75. We have two locations, Blacksburg and Roanoke, and scheduling is very flexible to best accommodate your schedule. If interested, please contact Andre at 540-526-2068 orajplate@vtc.vt.edu for more information.



  • Deployment impacts veterans in many ways
  • We use new FMRI technology to understand how deployment can affect the biology of the brain


  • Have the study described and questions answered by study staff before deciding to participate
  • Participate in a videotaped interview about your life experiences
  • Fill out some questionnaires
  • Complete computer tasks during an fMRI scan which may include:
    • Viewing positive, negative, & neutral images- including some that are combat related
    • Playing simple computer games
    • Be asked to provide a saliva sample for genetic analyses
    • Receive a CD copy of your structural brain scan
    • Be compensated $15 per hour for the interview & questionnaire session and $20 or more for the fMRI scan depending on how you play the game


  • OEF/OIF Veterans who are:
  • Between 18 & 64 years old
  • Free from metal in their body
  • Not claustrophobic


(540) 526-2032, vets@vtc.vt.edu, http://info.vtc.vt.edu/vets

Appointments are Now Available – Biometric Screenings on Campus!

WellAdvantage will be on the college campus Friday, September 13th from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. to conduct the biometric screenings for eligible persons.  Screenings will be conducted in the Human Resources Training Room on the ground floor of Fishburn Hall.

As a reminder, biometric screenings must be completed between August 1 and October 31 either onsite or at a participating LabCorp, or have been done at a physician’s office between April 1 and October 31, to count toward premium rewards for the second half of the plan year.  You must have had a completed health assessment to qualify for the premium reward, but it is not required should you wish to participate in the biometric screening.

Employees and non-Medicare retiree group participants who are enrolled in COVA Care, COVA HDHP or COVA HealthAware health plan, their spouses and adult dependents are eligible for the screenings.  To learn more, visit: http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/hbenefits/BiometricFAQs.pdf.

Click here to schedule an appointment for the onsite screening and then follow these navigational instructions:

  • Log-on using your user ID and password that was created when you took the health assessment.
  • Under “Welcome to MyActive Health” click, “Click here”.
  • Review the fields, confirm and complete any blank fields,
  • Read: 1) Terms and Conditions, 2) Patient Consent Form, and 3) Privacy Statement.
  • Click both radio buttons above “Save and Continue”.
  • Click “Save and Continue”.
  • Under “Select Your Screening Option” click “Click to Continue” next to “On-Site”.
  • Next to “State”, select VA from the drop down menu: 
  • Next to “City”, select Roanoke. 
  • Scroll down to September 13, 2013 and click “Check Availability” next to VA Western Community College.
  • Select a time.
  • Click “Register”.
  • You will receive an email registration confirmation.

On the same website, you will be able to retrieve forms for the biometric screening for use at LabCorp or your physician’s office. 

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


Faculty and Staff ID Hours

Faculty and Staff can get their Virginia Western IDs on Tuesday, August 20 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM or 4:00 - 6:00 PM.

The ID office is located on the 2nd Floor of the Thomas Center.  Bring the Employee Identification Card Request Form completely filled out with supervisor's signatures.  ID forms can be found in HR forms on VW Connect.  The COV ID number is not mandatory, however we can't process IDs without the EMPLI ID number.

Faculty and Staff who don't get their ID on August 20 can come during the Student ID hours that begin on August 21.

Student ID hours can be found at http://www.virginiawestern.edu/services/idcards.php.

Any questions about IDs, email Nick Owens at nowens@virginiawestern.edu.