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April 18, 2014

National Library Week – Tip of the Day

The Association of College and Research Libraries defines information literacy as “the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information.” These critical skills equip students to become independent lifelong learners. Brown Library wants to partner with faculty and staff to promote information literacy. Here’s one of the ways we can work together:

Tip #4: Request an embedded librarian for your course

A library staff member embedded in your Blackboard course can serve as a teaching assistant to help your students with research. The embedded librarian maintains research discussion forums and answers questions by email. This concept gives students help at their point of need and provides additional outreach to online students. Contact Dale Dulaney to get a guest library presentation or post, to get a librarian to join your class for a short period of time, or to get someone to join your class for an entire semester.

An article about Brown Library, written by Adjunct English Faculty and library staff member, Sandra Kelly, appears in the Spring 2014 edition of the VCCS Library System News: http://library.vccs.edu/reference/news.html

Library Contest!

Students, faculty, and staff --- Enter the library’s “How Many Books?” contest. Guess how many books in print are in the Circulating collection on the top floor of the Brown Library Building. The student and the faculty/staff member who makes the closest guess (without going over the actual number of books) will win a prize! Go to the top floor of the library and look at the Circulating collection; then submit a contest entry form at either the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk. The contest runs April 15 through April 19, 4:00pm. Winners will be notified on Monday, April 21.

Happy National Library Week!

Next week: Lego movie

Friday, April 25: The Lego Movie

Bring your family: This is Spring Break week for local school districts!

2 p.m.  and 6 p.m.

Whitman Theater

Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. Rated PG.

Contact Natasha Lee for more information at nlee@virginiawestern.edu.

Changes to the Travel Estimate Worksheet

The Travel Estimate Worksheet has been updated and now includes instructions for completing the form, as well as helpful guidance to employees regarding travel reimbursements.

The new Travel Estimate Worksheet is available by clicking on Financial and Administrative Services, Travel and Travel Estimate Worksheet (Revised April 11, 2014) or by clicking on the link below:

https://vwconnect.vw.edu/sites/finance/Shared%20Documents/Travel.aspx?PageView=Shared

When submitting your Travel Estimate Worksheet, please keep in mind that it must be submitted in advance to your travel. If requesting approval for lodging rates in excess of the per diem amount, you must provide justification for the overage (up to or exceeding 150%) of the rate. If the rate exceeds 150% of the per diem amount, approval from the Department of Accounts is required in advance of your travel. When you submit your Travel Estimate Worksheet, please attached the per diem calculator, along with any other documentation associated with your travel request (i.e. conference program or agenda). Once your Travel Estimate Worksheet is fully approved, it will be returned to you. Financial Services will no longer be keeping a copy.

When submitting your travel voucher reimbursement form, you will need to attach your pre-approved Travel Estimate Worksheet (original), the per diem calculator, a lodging receipt, an agenda for the conference that shows the meals provided, and any other receipts you seek reimbursement for (i.e. parking, tolls, airline baggage fees). If claiming reimbursement for personal vehicle mileage, please include documentation of the miles traveled (i.e. map quest, google maps, or other source).

IMPORTANT: Please keep in mind that all travel reimbursements must be submitted within 30 days of the date of travel. Any reimbursements submitted more than 30 days after the date of travel may not be reimbursed in accordance with CAPP Topic 20335 Travel.

If you have any questions or need help in completing either the Travel Estimate Worksheet or the Travel Voucher Reimbursement Form, please contact Becky Chauncey at extension 77202.

Thank you for your continued support.

-Cheryl Miller, Vice President of Finance

Schedule for Java the Hutt and Domino’s

Java the Hutt in the Campus Commons will be open through April 28 this semester on its regular schedule.  It will be open until noon during finals, April 29-May 1, then be closed afterwards. The last day for service this semester in Java the Hutt's Brown Library location be April 28.

Domino's Pizza in the Campus Commons will close for the semester after April 28.

Virginia Western marketing and advertising survey

Please take less than 10 minutes to complete a brief survey regarding your perceptions on Virginia Western's marketing, advertising and brand. We value your feedback and want to know what you think about the college's image in the community! This survey will only be used for feedback to inform future marketing campaigns, it is not part of institutional research that will be reported. You also may remain anonymous.

Click the following link or copy and paste it into a browser to complete the survey:

http://www.instant.ly/s/M3ZDW/nav#p/186a0

We appreciate your support.

-Josh Meyer, Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications

Navigate Advising

Now that the Navigate Advising Team is fully staffed, please remember that returning students who are continuing in their program of study will be referred to their faculty advisor if they need academic planning assistance. Returning students who are considering a program change will be referred to the Program Advisor responsible for their prospective major. New students and non-curricular students should be referred to the Advising Center to meet with a New Student Advisor.

Please refer students needing assistance searching for available class times, processing enrollment in courses, or printing an Advisement Report to the Registration Room in Duncan 212 (Monday-Thursday 8:00-5:30pm; Friday 8:00-5:00pm). The Registration Room will be available April 11th through May 16th and June 23rd through August 27th.

Thank you in advance for your continued commitment to the success of our students!

2014-2015 Budget Meeting for Faculty and Staff

Please join the Finance and Facilities Resources Governance Committee for a meeting about the 2014-2015 budget. This meeting is intended for all faculty and staff to come and take part in the budget process. This will be your chance to learn about the overall budget process, the current standing of the budget process, and pending submitted requests which are waiting for approval. The main purpose of this meeting is to give everyone a chance to see, ask questions, and have input about the budget process and the requests that are being asked of our budget. Two goals of the Finance and Facilities Governance Committee are transparency and openness concerning the budget process. This meeting is an effort to move further in this direction and is something that the committee hopes to continue in the future. We hope you will join us.

We will be offering two sessions:

Thursday, April 24th, 2 – 3 p.m.

Friday, April 25th, 10 – 11 a.m.

Both sessions will be in Whitman Auditorium and snacks will be provided!

Sessions will be presented by members of the Finance and Facilities Resources Governance Committee: Bryan Schaubach, Jonathan Bayer, and Carolyn Payne.

Earth Day Celebration!

The Biology Department invites you to attend "Disappearing Monarchs: Reasons, Current Solutions, & How Virginians Can Make a Difference." This lecture will be given by Amanda Rose Newton in Whitman Theater on Tuesday, April 22 from 3:30-4:30 pm.

Open Lab Weekend Hours 4/19/14 and 4/20/14

The Open Lab in room M302 will be closed SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014.

The lab will have extended hours on SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

April 17, 2014

Scholarships Available!!

TELL YOUR STUDENTS ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS!

Deadline: 4 p.m., May 16, 2014

Requirements: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, high school graduate or have a GED, and be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits at Virginia Western in Fall 2014.

Apply Online: www.virginiawestern.edu/foundation/scholarship

Many scholarships have additional requirements, so it is important to read each scholarship descriptions carefully when applying.

The Virginia Western Educational Foundation has over $140,000 in scholarship funds available for academic excellence or financial need to help you reach your educational goals.  You don’t have to receive federal financial aid to qualify for financial need scholarships.