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April 27, 2015

Elimination of – Change to Faculty/Staff Email

Were you hired at VWCC before 2009?  If yes, continue reading.

Many faculty and staff are reporting they are receiving SPAM email to an old email address (one ending in which they once used.  (example:

IET (Information and Educational Technologies) will be removing this domain ( on Friday, May 15, 2015.

You need to ensure that legitimate emails are being sent to your email address.

How do you do that?  Use one of the Barracuda Archive Tools at this link to search for emails going to your old email address.  Contact senders and provide your email address before May 15, 2015.

Contact the Help Desk if you have any questions.

INSTRUCTORS!!!- PLEASE NOTE-Office of Disability Services- EMAIL CHANGE

Instructors, please note the Office of Disability Services has changed their email address to

Please forward all tests for proctoring to this email address, as our former email address is now inactive.

Special End-of-the-Semester Hours in Brown Library

The Academic Link (main floor of Brown Library) and Library Services (top floor of Brown Library) are having special hours to support students through the end of this semester:

April 20 – May 2

Monday through Thursday: 8am to 8pm

Friday: 8am to 5pm

Saturday: 9am to 1 pm

May 4 – May 9 (Exam Week)

Monday through Thursday: 8am to 8pm

Friday: 8am to 2pm

Saturday: 9am to 1pm

wellness workshop

Thursday, April 30th 12:00PM- 12:45PM

Mindless Eating - A Different Approach to Weightloss
Fascinating research by Peter Wansink, Ph.D. published in his books "Mindless Eating" & "Slim by Design", will be presented. His studies ask questions such as: Does the size of a plate/cup/bowl effect how much you eat? What is the effect of eating while watching TV? How does the arrangement of food in your pantry/refrigerator affect what and how much you eat. Learn how to change your environmental versus relying on will power to lose weight or improve your diet.

Contact Fitness Center Manager at for
more information

Free Classes at the Fitness Center!

Free Classes at the Fitness Center!

Join us at the Fitness Center for Free classes every week!

Hip Hop Cardio: Mondays 8:30am-9:30am Dance to the beat and burn calories.

Hard Core: Mondays 9:30am - 10:00am An intense 30 min workout for the power house.

Mindful Meditation: Mondays 12:00pm-1:00pm Stop breathe observe and connect with your inner experience.

Step it Up: Tuesdays 11:30am - 12:30pm Get your heart pumping! This class utilizes a raised surface, choreography.

Yoga: Tuesdays 12:30pm-1:30pm ,Wednesdays 11:00am-11:50am and  5:30pm-6:30pm Intermediate stretch and flow class. Internal focus for energizing and calming.

Sculpting Blast: Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm and Thursdays 8:30am - 9:30am A weight-based class targeting specific muscles. Uses medicine balls, weights, and bands.

Buns, Guns, and Guts: Wednesdays 12:30pm-1:30pm Focuses on booty, arms, and abs. Uses hand weights and mild cardio.

Salsa Dancing: Thursdays 2:30pm-3:30pm Learn the steps while giving your body workout and have fun. No partner needed

Pilates: Thursdays 5:30pm-6:30pm Lengthen and strengthen your entire body using core muscles and incorporating strength training.

Zumba Fitness: Fridays 12:30pm-1:30pm Dance-based fitness that use a fusion of Latin and International rhythms with easy-to-follow moves.

Please be sure to bring your Student ID and wear non-black soft soled shoes. For more information contact the Fitness Center Manager at

Final Call: Last Week to Submit Your Application for the Classified Fellowship!

The Chancellor is pleased to announce a fellowship program for community colleges and system office classified staff for the 2015-2016 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:

  • Financial support for tuition and mandatory fees.
  • One semester or one academic year leave of absence with ¾ pay.
  • Continuation of insurance, retirement, the State’s portion of health insurance, and seniority.

To be eligible to apply, classified employees must:

  • Be employed three (3) consecutive years (as of the date of the application) in a full-time state-funded classified position at a community college or in the system office.
  • Be enrolled or accepted in a degree program from a Virginia state-supported institution of higher education.
  • As an employee of VWCC, be recommended by Dr. Sandel.

To apply:

  • Submit a completed application form. Include:  1.) Three (3) letters of endorsement; 2. ) verification of acceptance in a degree program; and, 3.) transcripts (if currently enrolled in a program).

Application must be received by VCCS on or before  May 1, 2015

For questions or to receive an application, contact Denise Schuh in Human Resources at either 857-7962 or

April 24, 2015

Testing Center Extended Hours

April 27th - May 9th the Testing Center will have extended hours.

We will be open:

Monday - Thursday 8am - 8pm

Friday 8am - 5pm

Saturday 9am -1pm

We stop handing out tests a half hour before closing. All tests must be finished by closing time. No children are allowed in the Testing Center.

Please let your students know!

Job Fair – Tuesday April 28

The Hall Associates Career Center is hosting a Job Fair:

Tuesday, April 28, from 10am - 2pm, on the 3rd floor of the Student Life Center.

Please encourage your students to stop by and see what these employers have to offer:

Friendship Retirement Community

HopeTree Family Services

Wells Fargo

Verizon Wireless


And more!

Please contact Kitty Walls in the Career Center if you have any questions.

857-7298 or

VA Jobs Upgrade: New Web Address for Applicants

VA Jobs, the Recruitment Management System for the Commonwealth of Virginia, has been upgraded! 

Applicants can access all VWCC job postings in VA Jobs by going to the VWCC Human Resources, Career Openings webpage and clicking on Career Openings at VWCC

The main VA Jobs site for applicants to search jobs at any state agency is: 

If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources.  

Health Care Premium Reward Information Now Available for the 2015-2016 Plan Year

Premium rewards for the upcoming plan year starting July 1, 2015 is available to employees and their covered spouses enrolled in the COVA Care or COVA HealthAware Plan on or before July 1, 2015.

As a reminder, the premium reward is a reduction in the health care premium of $17/month for a covered employee and $17/month for a covered spouse.

If you are already receiving a premium reward, you will be required to:

  • Update your online health assessment no earlier than March 1, 2015, and no later than June 30, 2015, to continue your reward without a break.

If you are enrolled in COVA Care or COVA HealthAware and not currently receiving a premium rewards, you must:

  • Complete a health assessment no earlier than March 1, 2015, and
  • submit a biometric screening with measurements no earlier than April 1, 2013.

Participants who are newly eligible for premium rewards must:

  • Complete a health assessment no earlier than March 1, 2015, and
  • submit a biometric screening with measurements no earlier than April 1, 2013.

Complete the required healthy action(s) by June 30, 2015 to begin the rewards on July 1, 2015 by visiting:

If the requirements are not completed by June 30, 2015, eligible members can complete the health assessment and/or the biometric screening during the plan year. The member’s premium reward will be effective the first of the month after both requirements are completed, submitted and accepted.

Contact ActiveHealth at 1 (866) 938-0349 if you need additional information.

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