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February 5, 2016

Important Date Reminders for 2016

Do you need reminders for submitting your timesheet on time? Do you want reminders for VWCC holiday closings? Do you want to know when you will be paid?

Then, Outlook calendar import files may be right for you. The Help Desk creates easily importable files each year for full-time and part-time employees’ timesheets due and pay dates. Adjunct pay dates and VWCC holidays are also available. And, for you managers, there are full-time and part-time timesheet approval due dates too.

Be sure to open the “Importing a Calendar Date File into Outlook” PDF file for instructions. All of this can be found on the network at “H:\\Calendar Date Files”. If you need assistance accessing or importing these file, please call the Help Desk at 540-857-7354.

February 4, 2016

State Vehicle Reservations

- Please read if you have ever, or will ever, reserve a vehicle!

Please note the following information when reserving a state vehicle:

  1. Use THIS LINK to reserve. DO NOT use the calendar reservation link.
  2. The driver of the vehicle must be listed. If more than one vehicle is needed please make two separate reservations so that the driver for each vehicle may be listed. THIS IS NEW!
  3. Follow the instructions to make sure your vehicle is reserved.
  4. List the city you are traveling to in the "Event Description" box.
  5. If no vehicle is selected, one will be selected for you.
  6. PLEASE make your vehicle reservation as far in advance as possible.

Failure to follow these instructions may delay approval of your request.

February 3, 2016

i. Counselor

The life of a college student can be stressful and at times even overwhelming. Let students know that VWCC has an intervention counselor to assist them as needed. Sheri Meixner, LCSW is located in the Student Life building, room 207. Telephone 857-6711 email:

The Great FAFSA Fill Out!

Virginia Western Community College is hosting the Great FAFSA Fill Out!

Students applying for financial aid to attend college beginning with the 2016 fall term can get free information and assistance. Experienced financial aid staff from area colleges & universities will be available to answer your questions and assist you in completing and submitting the FAFSA application to any college or university.

Here’s a quick checklist to help you prepare to complete your FAFSA!!! If possible, collect the following items and bring them with you to the event:

  • Social security number (parent & student)
  • Driver’s license (if applicable)
  • Bank and investment statements
  • Completed or preliminary student & parent (estimated) 2015 federal tax returns
  • W-2 forms and any non– taxable income documentation received in 2015
  • Parents of dependent students are strongly encouraged to attend this event as a parent’s signature is required on all dependent students FAFSA’s.

Please visit our financial aid question and answer website for frequently asked questions!

  • Saturday, February 13
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Third floor, Webber Hall
  • Drop in, no appointment needed

For more information please contact VWCC Financial Aid Office at (540) 857-7331

Community College Survey of Student Engagement

This spring, Virginia Western has an opportunity to participate in a national survey focused on teaching, learning, and retention in community colleges, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). The project is part of the Center for Community College Student Engagement and the Program in Higher Education Leadership at The University of Texas at Austin.

Research shows that the more actively engaged students are — with college faculty and staff, with other students, and with the subject matter being learned — the more likely they are to persist in their college studies and to achieve at higher levels. Identifying what our students do in and out of the classroom, knowing their goals, and understanding their external responsibilities can help us create an environment that can enhance student learning, development, and retention.

The survey will be administered in classes randomly selected by the Center to ensure a representative sample and to preserve the integrity of the survey results. Instructors whose classes are selected for survey administration will receive specific information from the Institutional Effectiveness Office later this month.

Virginia Western is intent on being a leader in higher education, and this survey can assist us in improving course completion rates, as well as the rate of student persistence to the completion of their educational goals. The results will also be used to assess the success of our QEP, Navigate. We will share the results during fall in-service.

To learn more about CCSSE visit

Thank you,
Dr. Robert H. Sandel

Faculty & Staff Regalia Rental

As in recent years, the college will again be paying for the faculty and staff regalia rentals. If you wish to rent regalia for the May 13, 2016 graduation ceremony please download the form and return to the Records office no later than March 11, 2016.
After March 11 you will have to contact Oak Hall on your own to rent regalia.

February 2, 2016

Congratulations Ted Polfelt!

Virginia Western Community College culinary arts instructor Ted Polfelt has been named the 2016 American Culinary Federation Southeast Region Chef of the Year.

He was notified of the award on Jan. 30 in Atlanta. According to a news release from VWCC, Polfelt faced off against three other chefs and came away the winner at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts during the ACF Southeast Regional Culinary Salon.

Polfelt, who teaches in the Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program, will represent the ACF Southeast region in the national competition at the Cook, Craft, Create Convention & Show in Phoenix on July 15-19. The national winner will receive the title of 2016 USA Chef of the Year along with a $5,000 top prize.

“Winning the title of Southeast Chef of the year is truly an honor,” Polfelt said in the news release. “Any competition to me is always more about the drive of personal education and the goal of being a better cook today than I was yesterday.”

According to the news release, during the competition Polfelt had 1 hour, 40 minutes to create a main course with pheasant for the four judges. Polfelt served stuffed pheasant breast over farro with kale, Bold Rock cider-braised thigh, with glazed butternut squash, cider jus and an olive oil crisp.


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

  • Reference and Instruction Librarian
    • Deadline:  02/05/2016 by 11:59pm (EST)
  • Vice President of Workforce Development Services
    • Deadline:  02/12/2016 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 OPENINGS".  Feel free to contact HR, 857-7282, with any questions.

Art Gallery Reception February 2, 5:00 until 7:30

The reception for the 2016 Art/Communication Design Faculty Exhibition will be held in the Humanities Gallery (H212) February 2 from 5:00 until 7:30. All are welcome.

You Make the Difference Employee Recognition Event

The “You Make the Difference” recognition program is a way for co-workers and supervisors throughout the year to acknowledge employees on the spot who strive to truly make a positive difference at Virginia Western. Valuing and appreciating the efforts made by employees to meet and/or exceed the college’s mission, vision, and core values are critical to the success of the college.

Join in as the college celebrates and recognizes your positive contributions that lead to the success of the college and the students that we serve!

“You Make the Difference” Employee Recognition Event

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Natural Science Center 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

All employees are invited to stop by to socialize and praise their peers at this event.  An assortment of desserts and fruit will be provided for your enjoyment!

Following the ceremony there will be award drawings from those employees that have received a “You Make the Difference” card issued by their peer(s) or supervisors from March 2015 through February 2016. Remember to bring your cards with you to the ceremony for your chance to be a recipient of an award.

Throughout the year, “You Make the Difference” cards can be obtained in the Human Resources Office.

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