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November 24, 2015

Outgoing mail deadline

Please bring all incoming and outgoing mail to the mailroom by 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2015.

Prayers for VWCC family

Dear VWCC Family,

I am soliciting prayers for Joyce Story. She had a heart attack this past Thursday morning. I have just be informed that she is going to have open heart surgery this week.

Thank you,

Sylvia Foster

2015 Remaining Holiday Schedule and 2016 Alternate Holiday Schedule

The end of the Fall semester is quickly approaching, and with it, a reminder of our upcoming holiday schedule and closure dates. Please note that the College will be closed for Thanksgiving Break beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 25, through Friday, November 27.

The College will also be closed for Christmas Break and the New Year beginning Wednesday, December 23, through Friday, January 1, 2016. All college employees will be welcomed back for the Spring semester on Monday, January 4, 2016.

I am also pleased to provide Virginia Western’s alternate holiday schedule for calendar year 2016.

2016 Holidays are as follows:

New Year’s Day Friday, January 1, 2016
Memorial Day Monday, May 30, 2016
Independence Day Monday, July 4, 2016
Labor Day Monday, September 5, 2016

Thanksgiving Break (1/2 day) Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24, 2016
Thanksgiving Break Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Break Thursday, December 22, 2016
Christmas Break Friday, December 23, 2016
Christmas Day (observed) Monday, December 26, 2016
Christmas Break Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Christmas Break Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Christmas Break Thursday, December 29, 2016
Christmas Break Friday, December 30, 2016

I hope that you all enjoy the upcoming holiday season and find some well-deserved rest and relaxation!

Dr. Robert H. Sandel

Welcome (back) Rick Robers!

I am pleased to announce that Rick Robers will return to Virginia Western Community College effective November 25, 2015, to serve as the Enrollment Center Manager.

Rick has nearly 15 years of experience in education, including previous experience at Virginia Western serving as the Tutoring & Accomodations Coordinator in REACH/Student Support Services. In recent years, Rick has been working at Roanoke College with students with disabilities.

Rick is very excited to return to Virginia Western and work with our students, faculty, and staff in this new capacity. Stop by Chapman Hall Room 108 (the Enrollment Center) and welcome him back to the college!

Help Desk Hours – Thanksgiving Week

The Help Desk hours for this week are:

  • Monday, November 23, 2015 -- 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 -- 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 25, 2015 -- 7:45 a.m. to noon


Human Resources is currently accepting applications to fill the following vacant positions:

  • Grant Specialist
    • Deadline:  11/30/2015 by 11:59pm (EST)
  • Math Center Specialist (Part-time)
    • Deadline:  11/30/2015 by 11:59pm (EST)

For more details about our application process and/or to complete the online application, please visit our website: and select "CAREER OPENING".  Feel free to contact HR, 857.7282, with any questions.

November 23, 2015

Welcome Lisa Ridpath – Vice President of Financial and Administrative Services

Many of you have already had the chance to meet and work with Lisa Ridpath, our Vice President of Financial and Administrative Services. I am very pleased to extend a formal welcome to Lisa and to reiterate how fortunate we are that she has joined our college.

Lisa earned both her Bachelor of Business Administration and subsequent Master of Business Administration from Radford University. In addition, she successfully navigated a 22-year career in Finance and Administration at Radford, demonstrating a commitment to continuous learning and growth, and culminating in her role as Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration. Lisa brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise to our college, as well as experience with both federal and state government institutions.

Lisa has been married to her husband, David, for 23 years. They have one daughter, Abby, who is 13 years old and very active as a JV cheerleader for Dalton Intermediate School. Lisa and David enjoy spending time with friends and family, including trips back to the Tidewater area, where Lisa grew up. Both Lisa and her husband enjoy antiquing, with a particular enjoyment for automobilia (vintage signs, gas pumps, car memorabilia, etc.), car shows and vintage toys from the 30s, 40s and 50s, and have an appreciation for both collection and restoration.

Lisa began with us on October 25, 2015 and, in just a short time, has already demonstrated that she will be a key factor in moving our college forward with a focus on student success and completion. Her passion for serving students is evident and her commitment to developing collaborative relationships will positively impact our ability to achieve our vision: a forward-thinking Community College inspiring individual, community and economic transformation. I am thrilled that she is here and look forward to great things to come!

Please join me as I formally welcome Lisa during our College Holiday Luncheon on Friday, December 4. I look forward to seeing all of you there and know that you will enjoy getting to know Lisa as much as I have.

Dr. Robert Sandel

November 18, 2015

Financial Assistance for Noncredit Training

Financial Assistance for Noncredit Training leading to Industry Credentials (FANTIC) is a pilot program through Virginia Western’s Workforce Solutions that is now accepting applications from students who wish to pursue high-demand occupations.

FANTIC will cover the cost of tuition and industry testing for students who would not otherwise be able to receive financial aid. In the past, non-credit CTE or workforce programs have not been eligible for financial aid or funding. This new initiative, led by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), seeks to address that issue and help drive the Commonwealth’s economy through an educated workforce. Virginia Western hopes to serve 144 students in achieving more than 200 credentials with the $200,000 one-year pilot program.

“Virginia Western is a key driver of the economy in the Roanoke Region and we focus on filling the workforce needs that are specific to our industries,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “This new funding will have a tremendous impact on our ability to train students who otherwise would be left behind. They will earn industry-recognized credentials that will lead to solid, high-paying careers.”

Among the programs of study being considered for FANTIC funding at Virginia Western are: Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), Industrial Maintenance, Pharmacy Technician, Medication Aide, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, Basic Manufacturing, Welding, Certified Nursing Assistant and Certified Billing and Coding Specialist. Spring semester begins Jan. 11 and students can register for classes at

FANTIC funding for students is a competitive process. Students must meet income and program eligibility deadlines and submit an application through Virginia Western’s Workforce Solutions. Support is based on eligibility and available funds. For more information on criteria for FANTIC funding, contact Amanda Decker at or 540-857-6279.

Reminder – Staff Senate

The last Staff Senate meeting of 2015 will be Thursday, November 19th in the Natural Science Center from 10-11 a.m. Prior meeting minutes can be found on VWConnect.

The agenda includes an exercise-at-your-desk demo, results from the survey conducted, and volunteer opportunities to make a difference in your community this holiday season.

ALL staff is eligible and encouraged to attend. Staff Senate is supported by the college administration.

Join us for a positive, productive meeting!

Learning Resources Updates

Mystery Book at the Library

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New Graphic Novels, Manga & Anime at the Library!

Did you know you can check out graphic novels, manga, anime, and other films at the Library? It's true!

Due to Virginia Western's participation with UVA in an NEH grant program called, "Understanding the Non-West: Strengthening Global Humanities at Virginia Community Colleges," this new collection is now available to our campus community.

The collection includes both fiction and non-fiction graphic novels, manhwa from South Korea, as well as manga from Japan. The movie collection includes anime and other films from Russia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, and South Korea.

Check out our Instagram and Pinterest to see what's available. Come see us on the top floor of Brown Library today!

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