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March 27, 2014

VRS Hybrid Open Enrollment

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.  VRS members may opt-in to the plan during the open enrollment period which ends April 30, 2014.

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:

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

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


2014 VCCA Membership Drive

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

Membership and participation brings together all those interested and involved in the mission of the VCCA through individual commissions that comprise the Association.  The six commissions are Black Concerns, Faculty & Instructional Affairs, Learning Resources, Public Relations & Publications, Student Services and Support Staff.  Along with the annual conference, individual commission activities and networking, VCCA showcases outstanding faculty, staff and media annually.

Read more about the membership drive in this letter from The VCCA Executive Committee:


Link to membership application:


Please send completed membership application with dues to Dana Asciolla in the Workforce Department.

Fall 2014 Priority Registration for Military-Related Students

Virginia Western Community College is committed to the educational goals of our military-related population. In an effort to respond to the guidelines provided by the State Council for Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) in regards to course registration, we are pleased to announce that beginning Friday, April 11th an opportunity for priority registration for the fall 2014 semester will be offered to our returning military-related students. This population includes active duty and veteran military students as well as spouses and dependents. Students must be enrolled during the spring 2014 semester to qualify for this opportunity. Students with administrative holds on their records are not eligible for self-registration. Administrative holds may be viewed using My VWCC/Student Center. Eligible students were notified via email to their Virginia Western email account on Monday, March 23rd. Students that do not receive an email notification, but feel that they should qualify for priority enrollment should be referred to the Admissions Office.

Smoking on Campus


The College’s Clean Air Policy currently prohibits smoking in all areas of the south campus except in the designated shelter located adjacent to Humanities in Lot 1E.  The South Campus is described as any area between Colonial Avenue and State Route 220.  This includes Webber, Chapman, Craig and Duncan Halls the Natural Science Center, Arboretum, Greenhouse, Humanities Building and the Thomas Center.  This also includes all parking lots, sidewalks and common areas.

 Smoking on the North side of campus is limited to outside areas that are at least 25 feet from any building entrance.

The discarding of cigarette butts on the ground as litter on campus may subject the person to a criminal fine for littering.

Craig Harris, Chief of Police

Parking changes in Lots 5 & 6

Parking lot 5 (Fishburn Hall) has recently been remarked with new signage. The lot has been primarily designated for "Permit Parking Only." This means that in order to park in these "Permit Parking” spaces the driver is required to have a temporary parking pass placed visibly on the dashboard. These passes can be found on VW Connect and are only to be issued for persons' visiting the campus for short term business. College issued Faculty/Staff hang-tags are not considered permits for these parking spaces and will be subject to parking enforcement in the future.

The remaining spaces in lot 5 are designated as follows; Handicapped (4), Visitor (3), Foundation Division (1), Police/Maintenance (1), Stork (1), and 15 Minute Parking (1). Once again Faculty/Staff Hang-tags are not considered permits for these parking spaces and will be subject to parking enforcement in the future.

Parking lot 6 is reserved during administrative office hours and may only be utilized by designated administrative permit holders, police/maintenance vehicles and handicapped placarded vehicles. Violators will be subject to parking enforcement in the future. Lot 5 and 6 parking ticket appeals for voidance will be notably restricted.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
Virginia Western Campus Police Department

Chancellor’s Fellowship for Classified Employees – Apply Now!

The Chancellor is pleased to announce a fellowship program for community college and System Office classified staff.  For the 2014-2015 academic year, selected classified staff employees will be named as Chancellor’s Fellows to pursue degree studies that will enhance their ability to contribute to the community college mission.

The Chancellor’s Fellowship includes the following:  1) Financial support for tuition and mandatory fees.  2) One semester or one academic year leave of absence with ¾ pay. 3) Continuation of insurance, retirement, the State’s portion of health insurance, and seniority.  This program only supports full-time study.

To be eligible to apply, classified employees must:  1) Be employed 3 consecutive years (as of the date of application) in a full-time state-funded classified position at a community college or the System Office. 2) Be enrolled or accepted in a degree program from a Virginia state-supported institution of higher education. 3) As an employee of VWCC, be recommended by Dr. Sandel.

To apply:  1) Submit a completed application form.  2) Include 3 letters of endorsement. 3) Submit verification of acceptance in a degree program. 4) Submit transcripts if currently enrolled in a program.

Application deadline:  April 15, 2014

Contact Denise Schuh in Human Resources for an application at either 857-7962 or dschuh@virginiawestern.edu.

CCAP Jazz Honor Band April 5

Make College Possible and plan to attend the CCAP Jazz Honor Band presented by Trane. All proceeds benefit Virginia Western's Community College Access Program. Reserve your ticket today!

WHAT: CCAP Jazz Honor Band Concert presented by Trane

WHEN: Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: The Jefferson Center--Shaftman Performance Hall

COST: $12, special rates available for students and groups of 10 or more

TICKETS: Available online at http://www.jeffcenter.org/ccap-jazz-honor-band

INFO: Selected high school jazz students from Roanoke Valley high schools participating in CCAP will perform. Brandon Lee, a renowned jazz trumpeter will be the guest conductor.

Tomorrow: American Hustle

Friday, March 28: American Hustle

2 p.m.  and 6 p.m.

Whitman Theater

Con man Irving Rosenfeld, is forced to work for wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso, and pushed into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Rated R.

Students, faculty, staff and their guests are welcome! Contact Natasha Lee for more information at nlee@virginiawestern.edu.

Know Health Professions Alumni? Invite them to Open House!

Please invite your former  and current students to join the Virginia Western Alumni Association for an Open House at the Fralin Center for Science and Health Professions. Come and learn about all the health professions programs housed in the Fralin Center, speak with Roanoke Valley health professions service providers at the vendor fair, and enjoy free refreshments and prizes. The event is open to the public.

What: Virginia Western Alumni Association Open House

Date: Saturday, March 29

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Location: Fralin Center

Stars vs. Staff Basketball Jam

2014 Stars vs. Staff Basketball Jam

Friday, April 11 at 5:00 PM in Humanities Gymnasium

Faculty & Staff All Stars vs. Virginia Western Athletics

Any part-time or full-time, faculty or staff member is eligible to play, food provided after the game

Donations collected at game for the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Virginia's 9th Street Chapter.

Interested in playing, email Nick Owens at nowens@virginiawestern.edu.