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August 25, 2014

Join the JDRF Walk!

Join the Virginia Western team in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at the Taubman Museum at noon on Sunday, September 28th. Our team goal is $1500 and we need your help to make that happen!

Together, we will turn Type One into Type None. Contact Josh Meyer or Tara Nepper to sign up or donate to our team: http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?team_id=159222&pg=team&fr_id=3930

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin — a hormone essential to turning food into energy. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.

With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure. That's why JDRF holds more than 200 Walks across the country every year to raise money for JDRF — the only global organization with a strategic research plan to end T1D.

The JDRF Walk has raised more than $1 billion through the hard work and generosity of supporters like you. Every dollar JDRF directs toward research comes from our donors. So, the more our walkers raise, the closer we get to reaching our goal of a world without T1D.

AHA Heart Walk – October 18th

The 2014 Heart Walk will be Saturday, October 18th at 10a.m. at River’s Edge Park South. Our team goal is $1,500 and we need your help! Stop in Marketing, pick up a walker packet and get started today! The walk is four miles and can walkers, runners and bikers are encouraged to attend. Strollers and dogs (on a lease) are welcome.

Can't walk but want to donate? Purchase a Red Passion Heart for $10. All hearts will be placed on a banner for display during our walk. See Tara Nepper (tnepper@virginiawestern.edu) to purchase your heart today!

Click here to donate or join our team! http://www.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1091677&lis=1&kntae1091677=1D93A17BA4A34DDFBA7C889EA0B7C5FF&team=5970853&tlteam=0

Did you know that Heart Disease is the number one killer of women and men in America? Stroke is the number four cause of death in the U.S. Heart Disease and stroke claim more lives than all cancers combined.

As a result of local American Heart Association fundraisers major medical breakthroughs such as CPR, anti-rejection drugs, angioplasty, drug-coated heart stents and hypothermia therapy have been discovered and help in saving lives.

Attention Nine-Month Faculty

We are looking for two nine-month faculty members to serve on the Employee Recognition Committee this year. Previously, this has been a staff-only committee. Please note that this is a volunteer opportunity that is in addition to the governance and project committee assignments finalized during in-service. If you are interested in serving on the Employee Recognition Committee this year, please contact Denise Schuh or Rachelle Koudelik-Jones.

The Make-Your-Own-Challenge Challenge

As a way to help you stay motivated during this fall semester, the CommonHealth Committee is holding the first ever Make-Your-Own-Challenge Challenge. Because we all have different ways we would like to make improve, change or learn, this challenge is what YOU make it. We will help provide a buddy, tips, inspiration and perhaps a little something at the end. Some challenges you may want to try:

  • Walking
  • Overall fitness
  • Break a bad habit
  • Healthier eating
  • Quit smoking
  • Or anything else!

Look for our upcoming monthly challenges to help you stay on track:

  • September - Reducing Stress
  • October - Walking
  • November - Stair Climbing
  • December - Healthy Snacks and Lunches

Sign up by emailing Tara Nepper with your challenge and if you would like to be paired with a buddy who has a challenge similar to yours. No one's challenge will be made public and you will not be required to share results. Look for weekly encouragement in the Daily Bulletin.


Committee Membership

Committee Membership for 2014-15 has been posted to the VW Connect Governance site. If you have any questions regarding membership, please contact Rachelle Koudelik at rkoudelikjones@virginiawestern.edu.

VCCS Paul Lee Professional Development Mini-Grant Opportunities

The VCCS offers two types of grants.

The first is the Paul Lee Professional Development Grant, where a combination of time and expenses is possible, with maximum funding for time at eight credits. Most time is funded at four credits.

The second is the Paul Lee Workshop Mini-Grant with a maximum award of $1,500.

For detailed information see the link below.

Note, the application deadline is November 1, 2014 for spring projects.


If you have questions, need assistance please do not hesitate to contact Marilyn Herbert-Ashton (mherbert-ashton@virginiawestern.edu).
Please note that all requests for external funding must go through the Grants Office.

For additional information about grants and funding please visit the Grants Development web page at http://virginiawestern.edu/grants/  or VW Connect at https://vwconnect.vw.edu/sites/ia/grants/default.aspx.

One Minute Wonder – Your iPad as an Extended Monitor

Learn how to use your iPad as an extended monitor in today's App of the Week. http://youtu.be/g5-0dWJywjE?list=PLDMmkT9JmcjPKVZAKagK41MI1kWkzXWfR

Making a room reservation or calendar submission

Need a room for a meeting or event? It's easy to find the room you need. The college's online calendar and reservation system is fully automated so you can find what you need, when you need it.

Follow this link to search all locations across campus. You can search by date, location or keyword. This link shows all academic and non-academic events going on at the college. http://calendar.activedatax.com/virginiawestern/CalendarNOW.aspx?fromdate=2/1/2013&todate=2/28/2013&display=Month

Use this link to review the reservation instructions: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/facstaff/docs/FacStaffCalendarInst.pdf. Please pay close attention to the section on start and end dates.

Use is link to add your reservation: http://calendar.activedatax.com/virginiawestern/OpenEntryFacility.aspx?fid=1. If you need the room unlocked or support from the Media Geeks please be sure to include that under the Resources section.

Note: Whitman Theater is room M106, HR Training Room is room F002 and the Natural Science Center is N101.

PLEASE NOTE: For tables, chairs, extra trash cans or ice please use the FMS work order system, Maintenance Connection. See Hunter Wright (hwright@virginiawestern.edu) or Pat Rhodes (prhodes@virginiawestern.edu) if you have any questions.

Contact Tara Nepper with any questions.

We Are Western! First week’s prize winner!

The winner of the first week’s prize in the 2014 Virginia Western Employee Giving Campaign was library specialist Sandra Kelly. Sandra won an iPad Air, 16GB with Wi-Fi. This prize was generously provided by Optical Cable, whose CEO, Neil Wilkin, serves as treasurer of the VWCC Educational Foundation board.

This week’s prize is a $50 VISA gift card donated by Jason Bingham, a VWCC Educational Foundation board member and vice president for Trane North America.

If you’ve already donated to the 2014 campaign (thank you!), your name will automatically be entered in every week’s drawing through the close of the campaign Sept. 26. If you haven’t donated, please do so by noon this Friday, Aug. 29, to be considered for the VISA card drawing. (And watch for more prizes to be offered in future weeks!)

Your options to donate:

Give online: Go to http://virginiawestern.edu/employeegiving/ and click on the link in the yellow box at the center of the page. (It’s labeled, “The Employee Giving Campaign has begun!”)

Stop by: Pick up a donation form at the Educational Foundation office on the third floor of Fishburn Hall.

Payroll deduction: Go to http://virginiawestern.edu/foundation/giving/empgiving.php  and print out the donation form.

Remember, if you donate any amount, you’ll get a thank-you gift – a smart phone “wallet” that attaches to the back of your cell as a handy place to store an ID or credit card. The wallet comes with a Virginia Western logo.

Why should you give? How does payroll deduction work? These questions and more are answered on our FAQ page: http://virginiawestern.edu/foundation/giving/empgiving.php

Questions? Contact Carole Tarrant, the foundation’s coordinator of development, at ctarrant@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6281.


Reminder: Signs, Furniture, Allergies, and more!

Signs: As we prepare for Fall Semester please remember not to tape or post temporary signs on painted walls, doors or other finishes as the adhesive damages surfaces. Permanent signs, plaques, certificates, awards, or other similar items should not be hung in public areas or corridors. Art work or posters should not be added to buildings with established décor.

Furniture: Most of the buildings built or refurbished within the past 10 years have an established décor for finishes including furniture. Furniture for these projects has been purchased with Commonwealth Bond money. This requires furniture stay within the building for which it was purchased. Furniture, files and other items should not be transferred from one building to another.

Allergies: Within buildings, plug-in and regular air fresheners, scented candles, plants are discouraged due to negative effects on people with allergies or asthma. Soil can contain mold spores that are air borne and negatively impact people who are immune compromised.

Appliances: Space heaters, non UL commercial rated microwaves, toaster ovens, hot pads, personal refrigerators and other heat generating appliances are regulated by fire codes. Use of space heaters and appliances also confuses the mechanical systems and are an inefficient use of energy.

Safety: As required by the building codes and fire regulations, corridors and stairs are to be kept free of all obstructions as they are part of safe exit in an emergency or fire.