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August 16, 2013

Parallel SARF Test

Last Friday at 4:00 PM, IET and all its partners concluded the parallel SARF testing.  It has been a great success. We want to thank everyone for their participation. From this point forward please submit the paper version of the SARF, which can be found on VWConnect.  More information regarding when the electronic version will be available again will be posted in the Faculty and Staff Daily Bulletin in the coming months.

In-service Breakfast Reception to Honor Jim Poythress

Please join me at the In-Service Breakfast Reception to honor Jim Poythress as the new Vice President of Workforce Development Services. The reception will be held in the Campus Commons on Monday, August 19th from 8am-9am, immediately before the In-Service General Session. Be sure to stop in to congratulate Jim and enjoy a light breakfast.
Robert H. Sandel

Come Celebrate the Grand Opening of Center for Science and Health Professions

Grand Opening!

The Center for Science and Health Professions officially opens for classes on Wednesday, August 21. Celebrate the first day of Fall 2013 classes and the Grand Opening of Virginia Western's state of the art science and health builidng with food, fun and free stuff! All events take place in the CSHP Courtyard unless otherwise noted.


Wednesday, August 21 Center for Science and Health Professions Courtyard

7-9 a.m. Coffee and Krispy Kreme

7:30 a.m. Dr. Sandel Officially Opens the Doors of the Center for Science and Health Professions

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch by La Cove Restaurant

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Photo Booth

2-4 p.m. Deb's Lemonade in Commemorative Color Change Virginia Western Cups (keep the cup :)

3:30-5:30 p.m. Photo Booth

4:30 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings Parking Lot 8 (in front of CSHP)

Please join Virginia Western students, faculty and staff at this special Grand Opening event!

2013 Fall Picnic – don’t forget to register!

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

Life Safety Information on Stairs, Corridors and Exits

Stairs: Stair towers are fire rated safety zones. Life Safety Codes prohibit placing furnishings or anything within required fire exit stair towers. Doors are either closed or held open by magnets which unlatch for door closure if the fire alarm is triggered. In Center for Science and Health Professions the west and north stair towers are required fire exit stairs. The east stair is a communication stair meant to facilitate the connection between levels. This stair is allowed to have some furnishings within its area as it is not a required fire exit.
Corridors: Corridors are designed for fire escape and must meet minimum code established widths without obstructions. It is only possible to put furnishings in a corridor if the exit pathway is not diminished and the articles are fire retardant. Furnishings in these locations cannot be moved or increased in size without causing problems. Improper temporary set-ups can violate the life safety code and cause dangerous safety situations. The college has some designated temporary set-up zones to comply with safety regulations.
Exits: Building exists to a ground level or lobbies are always considered a life safety exit. These exits cannot be blocked for any reason or purpose. They provide escape pathway from the building in an evacuation type emergency. These doors are easily identified by their panic push bar hardware. As an additional safety feature the hardware on VWCC exterior doors has also been replaced to prevent any locking of these doors by other methods other than the door key.

VWCC Stormwater Management

Stormwater management is an important part of college conservation and sustainability. Stormwater drains capture and control surface water run-off. These drains are checked and cleaned quarterly. This water is filtered by the college’s 5 rain gardens before being stored for slow release to the streams by detention ponds. One landscaped rain garden is in the center of the new Center for Science and Health Professions plaza. This building also has extensive underground rainwater detention as will Lot 15 when complete. These measures all serve to improve our environmental quality both on campus and beyond our borders. Every new construction project also has a state approved erosion and sediment control plan (E&S Plan) that is maintained by the contractor to prevent excessive sediment from leaving the site. The college maintains an MS4 permit and submits annual reports to the Commonwealth’s Department of Environmental Quality. Requirements and reporting are rigorous.

Virginia Western Directory Photos at Inservice

The College will have a photographer on hand from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Monday, August 19, to take directory photos of faculty and staff. The photographer will be stationed around the multi-purpose room in the Center for Science and Health Professions. Please stop by if you haven't had a picture made or if you wish to update your old one.