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February 10, 2014

VALIC Financial Advisor to Visit Virginia Western

Do you have questions about the 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan?  Have you enrolled in the plan?  Did you know that full-time employees qualify for a $40/month match if you contribute $80/month to a sheltered annuity?  Do you have any questions about investing for retirement?  Do you have money with a former employer or funds in an idle account that you would like to consolidate?

Matt Rose, our VALIC representative, will be on campus on Tuesday, March 4th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Human Resources Testing room in Fishburn Hall to assist you and answer any questions you may have.

Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.   Contact Matt Rose, VALIC Financial Advisor directly to schedule an appointment at either matt.rose@valic or 540-520-3834.

If this particular day is not convenient, you may contact Mr. Rose to set up an alternate appointment time.  Those who already have accounts with VALIC can also feel free to use this time to schedule account reviews with him.

Virginia Retirement System – New Hybrid Retirement Plan – Informational Session Schedule Revisions

Open Enrollment for VRS Members

January 1, 2014 – April 30, 2014

The VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan combines the features of a defined benefit plan and a defined contribution plan.

Who is Eligible to Opt-In?

At Virginia Western, only current VRS members are eligible to opt-in.  Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) and Virginia Law Officers' Retirement System (VaLORS) are not eligible to opt-in.

Is The Plan Right For You?

You can answer this question by attending one of the following informational sessions all located in the Human Resources Training Room in Fishburn Hall:

Monday, February 17, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Current VRS members are not affected by the new plan; however, you do have the opportunity to opt-in. If you do not wish to opt-in, you do not need to do anything!

If you are considering opting into the plan, you are strongly encouraged to attend one of these informational sessions.

Your decision to enroll in the Hybrid is irrevocable.


Thinking of riding your bike to campus?

Virginia Western has bike racks in the following locations:

1 Police Station

1 Webber Hall 1st floor near Soda Machine - 1st floor plaza

1 Duncan Hall

1 Bookstore (near parking lots)

1 Brown Library

1 Fishburn Hall Four Season

1 Business Science Four Season


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

Try the Honeybaked Difference!

Try Heavenly Ham's delicious menu items with these opportunities:

  • 10% off any in-store purchase (with student or faculty ID
  • Western Wednesdays!  All VWCC students/faculty get 2 punches for every box lunch purchase.  Ten punches equal a FREE BOX LUNCH!
  • Happy Hour
  • All sodas HALF PRICE after 3p.m.! Monday through Friday only.

Visit them online at MyHoneyBakedStore.com

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

Calendar Tip – Unlocking Doors

When adding a reservation to the college's online calendar, don't forget to select the resources needed to have your room ready.

If you've made room reservations and have not selected the resource for Campus Police to unlock your doors that means someone else is double checking for you. Please don't leave this to chance!

Please refer to these instructions which will help you make sure your needs are met. http://www.virginiawestern.edu/facstaff/docs/FacStaffCalendarInst.pdf

On page 12 you'll find instructions on using the Resources section of the calendar. Be sure to use this to make sure your room is unlocked by Campus Police, need support from the Media Geeks or require a guest wireless password.

Thank you and please contact Tara Nepper with any questions.

Friends of the Arboretum Garden Tour

Are you weary of winter? Then think about heading south with the Friends of the Arboretum to explore the beautiful, historic gardens of Charleston, South Carolina. Deadline to register is February 21, 2014. For trip information and registration, click here: www.virginiawestern.edu/arboretum

Advising the Undecided Student–Session Today

Gain some insight on steps to take, questions to ask and resources to consider as you advise your "undecided" students. Attend an Advising the Undecided Student professional development session. These sessions will be held in the Natural Science Center on:

  • Monday, February 10 from 12-1
  • Thursday, February 13 from 2-3
  • Friday, February 14 from 9-10

New Horizions 2014 Registration Deadline

The dealine for registering for New Horizons at the early bird rate in February 19, 2014.  The college will pay the early bird registration fee for any full-time faculty or staff who requested this on their Professional Development Application.

The webside to register is  http://www.event.com/events/2014-vccs-new-horizons-conference-participant-registration/event-summary-fd69b6a28adf45a3a390c20e2d132b4a.aspx.

Mailroom and Print Services Relocation

Mailroom and Print Services are joining forces and will be moving into Anderson Hall in the space formerly occupied by the Dental Hygiene Program.  By combining these two operations into one department, we will eliminate redundancy and increase efficiency of mail and print services.

The postage meter machine will be moved into the new space on Thursday, February 13th and Friday, February 14th.   To facilitate this move, outgoing mail will not be available after noon on Thursday, February 13th or at all on Friday, February 14th.    UPS will not be available until Monday, February 17th.  The new Mail and Print Services space in Anderson Hall contains a new mailbox for each area/division on campus.  Mail delivery to all areas on campus will continue until the transition is complete.  However, once complete each area/division will pick-up and deliver their outgoing mail to Anderson Hall.

To further streamline mail delivery to the campus, we will begin the process of having the mail delivered to the campus by the U. S. Postal service and eventually eliminate the need for a post office box.  Eliminating the post office box will take some time.  To start the process, we are asking everyone to begin by changing the address on their email contact information.  This process will take several months to a year. Do not order new business cards or letterhead stationary until your current supplies are depleted.  The address that should be used for each area is listed below for your convenience.  Please notice that all of the addresses use Roanoke, VA  24015 for the city, state and zip code.

I appreciate everyone’s cooperation and support of this new process and look forward to having an Open House to introduce everyone to the new area.

Street Addresses for all Major Buildings

  • Anderson Hall
    3097 Colonial Ave., SW
  • Brown Library
    3095 Colonial Ave., SW
  • Business Science Building
    3099 Colonial Ave., SW
  • Chapman Hall
    3094 Colonial Ave., SW
  • College Services Building
    3054 Colonial Ave., SW
  • Craig Hall
    3092 Colonial Ave., SW
  • Duncan Hall
    3090 Colonial Ave., SW
  • Fishburn Hall
    3093 Colonial Ave., SW
  • Fralin Center
  • 3091 Colonial Ave, SW
  • Greenhouse
    3102 Colonial Ave., SW
  • Humanities Building
    3082 Colonial Ave., SW
  • Student Center
    3096 Colonial Ave., SW
  • Thomas Center
    3074 Colonial Ave., SW
  • Webber Hall
    3098 Colonial Ave., SW
  • PE Building
    No legal address

You Make the Difference Employee Recognition Event

Join in as the college collaboratively celebrates and recognizes your contributions that lead to the success of the college and the students that we serve!

 “You Make the Difference” Employee Recognition Event
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Natural Science Center
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

All employees are invited to stop by to socialize and praise their peers at this event.  Catered by A Cut Above Catering, an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages will be provided.

Following the ceremony there will be award drawings!  Awards are limited to employees that have received a “You Make the Difference” card issued by their peer(s) or supervisors from March 2013 through February 2014. Remember to bring your cards with you to the ceremony.  If you prefer, you may deliver the cards prior to the ceremony by placing them in a collection box located in Human Resources.

A supply of “You Make the Difference” are located in the Human Resources Office.