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March 31, 2015

Distracted Driving Event – Test your skills!

Know someone who texts or is distracted while driving? Join Roanoke City, Salem and Virginia Western Police Departments for a DISTRACTED DRIVING EVENT.

Wednesday, April 8th 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in parking lot 9 (behind the Bus Stop)

Activities will include the Driving Simulator and the Texting Golf Cart.

Free food coupons for participants while supplies last!

STEM Success Coach – Attention Faculty!

Faculty do you have female students in your math, science, or engineering classes that need academic support? If so, the Academic Link now has a STEM Success Coach that can provide support and academic strategies to these students. If interested, students can visit their coach, Natacia Owens,  in the Academic Link on the main floor of Brown Library or can contact her by email at  No appointment is necessary to sign up for services!

REMINDER: Recruitment Management System/VA Jobs Upgrade April 2015

The Department of Human Resources Management (DHRM) is pleased to announce that the Careers Site for the Commonwealth of Virginia (i.e., Virginia Jobs) will be upgraded in April 2015!  The targeted implementation date is April 21, 2015.  An interim period may exist between 4/15 and 4/21 where the Virginia Jobs system will be down and not visible to applicants.  This time is needed to manage the upgrade.

What Will Be Changing for Applicants?

This upgrade will provide several enhancements for applicants.   These enhancements will provide the ability to attach larger supplemental documents (i.e., more memory/storage space available), bookmark postings to apply to later without having to search for postings again, create a Word-formatted resume directly in the system, and utilize an online help feature to help applicants with questions about how to use the application system.

What You Need To Do To Prepare For The Upgrade:

Applicants should be aware that the upgraded system will require applicants to create a new application to apply to job postings.  This means applications and supplemental documents that already exist in the current system will not transfer to the upgraded system.  As a result, we encourage you to save or print applications that you may have already created so that you can use that information when creating new applications.  You can save or print your existing application by completing the following steps:

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Navigate to the Manage Applications link on the left side of the screen.
  3. Select View Virginia State Employment Application.
  4. Then, save or print your application using your internet browser toolbar.

Be sure to save or print your existing application prior to April 15, 2015. 

DHRM is also posting messaging on the Careers Site for applicants alerting them to the upcoming changes.

Web Browser Recommendations for Upgraded SystemFirefox and Google Chrome are the preferred web browsers for the upgraded RMS (PeopleAdmin 7).  Internet Explorer 11 and above will also work.  However, versions below Internet Explorer 11 do not work effectively with PeopleAdmin 7.

Additional InformationInformation about the RMS Upgrade to PeopleAdmin 7 can now be found on the DHRM website.  The webpage includes general information, frequently asked questions about the upgrade, and resources and tools for employees, managers, and Human Resources.

If you have any questions about the changes and/or status of your application, please contact VWCC Human Resources at or 540-857-7282 or 540-857-7283.

TOTAL Workshop in Spring 2015

The deadline to register the last TOTAL Workshop in Spring 2015 is Friday, April 3. This is 3-week workshop about: Implementing Open Educational Resources (OER). This workshop is a good opportunity to help to fulfill your faculty evaluation plan requirements.

Instructions for Accessing VCCS TOTAL Courses via the Knowledge Center:

  1. Login to the VWCC Knowledge Center:
  2. Go to Learning Center >> Course Catalog
  3. Enter Keywords: VCCS:TOTAL in the Search Text box. Click Search.
  4. Click on the course link of the course in which you would like to enroll, e.g. VCCS: TOTAL Implementing Open Educational Resources Workshop
  5. Click on the BRCC section.
  6. Click Enroll. You will see that your status changes to “Enrolled.” You will also see a statement confirming the date you enrolled: e.g. You enrolled in this item on 1/21/2015.
  7. After enrolling, you will be able to see the course(s) in which you are enrolled in the Scheduled Training box located on My Homepage: Home >> My Workspace >> My Homepage.

If you have questions or need assistance regarding the Knowledge Center, please contact Sarah Miller, Heidi McClintic or Carly Johnson in Human Resources. If you have any questions about the workshop format and content, please contact Carrie Halpin in eLearning & Instructional Technology (eLIT).

Roller Skating Family Fun Night for VWCC!

The Skate Center and Student Activities are proud to present to you a Roller Skating Family Fun Night on April 14th! This is a night reserved just for Virginia Western, and admission is at a discounted rate. So grab your family, friends and skates and come spend an evening on the rink with your community college!

Date: April 14th

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Cost: $3 Admission/$2 Skate Rental (if needed)

Location:  The Skate Center/4121 Brandon Ave Roanoke (Also known as Lee Hi or Apperson Dr)

If any questions, please email Ray Wickersty ( or stop by your Student Activities Department

Group Advising Session for Students

Please pass along to any students who may be interested. We can provide attendance verification if needed!

Do you really know what General Studies is all about? Are you in General Studies now, but aren't sure if it is the best major for your transfer plans? Thinking of changing your major to General Studies? Then come learn more about the General Studies Program at VWCC! Registration recommended – directions below.

Topics Include:

  • What is General Studies & what can I do with it?
  • Transferring to a 4-year school
  • Discussion of other Transfer Majors @ VWCC
  • Planning for program completion/graduation & more!

Come to DUNCAN 201 at a date & time below

  1. Monday, March 30: 5:30 - 6:20 p.m.
  2. Tuesday, March 31: 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
  3. Wednesday, April 1st: Noon - 12:50 p.m.

Questions: Contact Mandy Garcia - Program Advisor for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences at or 857-6710

Registration: To register follow the link to the directions and instead of selecting an appointment time with Mandy Garcia select the group session you wish to attend from my schedule (3/30 @ 5:30; 3/31 @ 2:00 or 4/1 @ Noon): If you cannot access this please email me from your student email account with the date you wish to attend.

March 30, 2015

Attention Faculty!

Female STEM students now have Natacia Owens as a STEM Academic Success Coach.

Please refer your students to her for study techniques and support for their VWCC courses.  She can be contacted at or 540-857-6820.

VWCC I.D. Office Open

Starting Monday, March 30th the VWCC I.D. office will be reopened.

wellness Workshop

Wednesday, April 8th 12:00PM – 12:45PM

Nutrition for Aerobic Exercise & Weight Training
Do highly active people or athletes have different nutritional requirements than more sedentary people?Do athletes/body builders need extra protein/protein powders to build muscle? How do you build muscle? These questions and more will be addressed at this lecture.

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

Hamlet at the American Shakespeare Center

Join the Student Activities Department for Hamlet at the American Shakespeare Center on April 9th. Come and watch as Hamlet struggles to discern reality from illusion in the rotten state of Denmark as he copes with the loss of his father, his mother’s remarriage, and life’s biggest questions.

The trip is only $5 and includes your ticket and transportation on the day of the event. For more information and to sign up contact Natasha Lee

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