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August 3, 2015

Fall 2014 ID Office hours

The Student ID office is located in the Student Life Center, Room S307.

The ID office will be open on Monday, August 24. 

Fall ID office schedule (minus holidays and school closings):

Monday – Thursday        8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday                                 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Students who need a new ID need to bring a copy of their fall schedule with their name on the schedule printed August 3 or later. Phone or tablet schedules from the Virginia Western app are also acceptable. Students must bring a government issued photo ID along with their EMPLID number.

Students with Virginia Western IDs just need to bring a paper or electronic copy of their schedule to get their Fall 2015 sticker. Students that lost their ID within the last year have to bring a $5 replacement fee receipt from the Cashiers Office in Chapman to the ID office.

Faculty and Staff just need to bring their completed ID request form.

Questions about IDs, email Nick Owens at

July 31, 2015

Virginia Western in the news

The Marketing Department would like to share this week’s VWCC news:

Bowers: Northwest Roanoke deserves to be crime-free
The Roanoke Times, July 29, 2015

Fanatical Botanical: Fantastic Ferns
The Roanoke Times, July 29, 2015

Roanoke Pinball Museum opens its doors
The Collegiate Times, July 28, 2015

Grandin Theatre Foundation Receives $50,000 Fasade Grant
The Roanoke Star, July 27, 2015 The Roanoke Star - 29 July 2015

Nonprofit looks to put 'Roanoke back to work' with job rally
The Roanoke Times, July 27, 2015

Virginia Western Express expedites the college admission process  
WSLS10, July 27, 2015

Givens Books has reopened with new owners
The Roanoke Times, July 26, 2015

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Thank You

Dear Virginia Western Family,

Thank you for being part of my life for 23 years. It has been a joy and a pleasure being part of Virginia Western. I have been blessed with many long lasting friendships that began here. Virginia Western is by far the best place that I have ever worked. Thank you for all that you have done for me! All of you will hold a special place in my heart.

See you around.....................


July 30, 2015

You are invited: Baby Celebration for Chris Johnson (IET Help Desk)

You are all invited to stop by the Help Desk on Wednesday, August 5, between 2 and 4 p.m., to wish Chris and Ripley Johnson well as they prepare to welcome their baby girl, River, in September.

Light refreshments will be served.

Fitness Center Re-opening for Faculty/Staff on August 11th

Good news! The Fitness Center will be re-opening to Faculty/Staff on Tuesday, August 11th and will be operating with summer hours until August 24th when we will switch to Fall hours. We thank you again for your patience as we complete our updates and preventative maintenance!

As a reminder Summer hours are as follows:

Monday -Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday: 8am  - 3pm
Friday: Closed

Please contact Dani at or 540-857-6570 with any questions.

July 29, 2015

Thank you!

Thank you to all of those that came together to make the Virginia Western Express Open House a success. We had a wonderful outpouring of faculty and staff who planned and worked at the event. We registered 73 students for 319 credits or 26.58 FTE during the course of the day. Those students all commented about how useful this event was and how helpful all of you were. Thank you for your work and support!

Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer

Interim Dean – STEM Division

Please welcome Amy White as the Interim Dean of STEM for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Summer 2015 Grades and Last Date of Attendance Reminder

Summer 2015 Grades
Grades for the summer 2015 term are due by 9:30 a.m. on July 31. Grade rosters for 5 WK1 and dynamic classes that have already ended may have the final grades entered now. Please remember to save your grade roster(s) in the "Approved" status.
Please follow the instructions for populating the Last Date of Attendance field at:
Additional information on recording grades is available online at
Contact: Lorry Conklin or Karin Cole

July 28, 2015

Free Professional Development Opportunity

On Aug. 11, the Academic Link will host Transforming Good Tutors into Great Tutors, a workshop on metacognition presented by Léonard Geddes of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Mr. Geddes, who is Associate Dean of Co-Curricular Programs and Director of the Learning Commons at Lenoir-Rhyne, is a sought-after speaker who has presented in numerous venues, including the Kellogg Institute and the Chancellor’s Institute of the VCCS. He developed The LearnWell Projects as a platform to provide practical, research-based support for college and university faculty. Mr. Geddes also created the ThinkWell‐LearnWell™ Diagram, a metacognitive tool that helps students’ develop deep thinking and learning skills.

Transforming Good Tutors into Great Tutors is designed primarily for tutors, but this free workshop is also open to all faculty, advisors, academic success coaches, and other interested staff. The workshop is a great professional development opportunity, and the information and strategies provided can be adapted for use in the classroom, as well as in academic coaching and advising sessions. Workshop attendees will gain a thorough understanding of metacognition and the role it plays in student academic success and will learn how metacognitive strategies can be incorporated into tutoring, coaching, or classroom instruction.

Mr. Geddes has had great success in using the ideas and strategies he will be presenting in the workshop to help Lenoir-Rhyne’s athletes significantly improve their GPAs and achieve success both academically and on the playing field. Check out this short video, then sign up for the workshop and find out how you can use the metacognitive tools and strategies he’s developed to have a similar impact on the students you work with.

When: Aug. 11, 2015

Time: 8am-12noon

Location: Fralin Center Multi-Purpose Room (HP208/210)

Register: Click on this Link

Removing Summer 2014 Courses

It is now time to remove all Summer 2014 courses and before. All Summer 2014 (and prior) courses will be removed from the production Blackboard environment on August 7, 2015.

The criteria for removal at this stage is:

1. Course ID ending in "SU14"
2. Or created before May 1, 2014


- July 17, 2015  - Title of courses is changed to include "Will delete August 7, 2015" and courses are made unavailable

- All courses are archived (this is an ongoing standard procedure)

- August 7, 2015 (and following) - all flagged courses will be removed from production

Courses that are “deleted” will no longer be accessible to the instructor for access in Blackboard. The current VCCS policy allows courses to be accessible to instructors in Blackboard for three previous semesters and then the courses can be restored only by a Blackboard administrator. This is done by instructor request. So if you should need course content from an earlier semester, it can be restored. If you require an exception, for example for an uncopyable cartridge-based course that students still require access to, please contact Carrie Halpin at including the course id *and reason*.

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