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September 29, 2015

Women in STEM Club – Initial Meeting

The Women in STEM Club is having an initial meeting for 2015-2016 on Tuesday, October 13th from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Natural Science Center. Our guest speaker is Sarah Glenn, Structural Engineer and Project Manager for AECOM, an international Architectural and Engineering firm with 100,000 employees! Refreshments from Chick Fil A will be served. Come join the club! For more information, contact Sandy Workman, or Yvonne Campbell,

September 28, 2015

International Students Club Festival Needs Participants!

International Students Club
Want a feel for the world? Interested in international culture?
Join us in the International Students Club. Meets every other Thursday from 2pm - 3pm in the Student Life Center, starting October 8, 2015.

Annual International Students Festival – November 20th, 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Students and faculty are invited to attend a celebration of the many diverse cultures found on our campus. Students will have booths set up in Whitman Auditorium with food and decorations representing their different countries. There will be music, performances, costumes, and fun!
Feel free to join us every other Thursday, and if you’d like to participate in the Festival or have any questions, contact our board members:

Kapil Sapkota:
Madeline Eckermann:
Timmy Nguyen:

The Dauntless Raven Needs You!

Interested in helping to put together The Dauntless Raven, VWCC's student literary magazine? We need writers, editors, organizers, marketers, artists, graphic designers, and anyone else willing to help. Please join us for our meetings in the Student Activities office at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Interested in submitting to The Dauntless Raven? Please check out our website for submission guidelines. We welcome any genre of writing or visual art from students, faculty, and staff:

Interested in purchasing your own copy of The Dauntless Raven for $5? Please contact Annie Woodford at or come by Anderson 119.

September 24, 2015

The office formerly known as “REACH”

As you may know, the "REACH" office no longer exists.  REACH was split into two separate offices, the Office of Disability Services & TRiO Pathways. For more information about each office and the services it provides, please see below:




  • Reasonable academic/auxiliary accommodations
  • Academic advising/guidance based on learning and disability needs
  • Proctored testing for students who have testing accommodations


VWCC students with permanent or temporary disabilities are eligible. Examples:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Chronic health impairments
  • Physical disabilities
  • Autism
  • Visual/Hearing impairments
  • Anxiety/Depression/ADHD


Hillary Holland, Disability Counselor/ADA Coordinator

Mandy Jackson, ODS Office Manager

Phone: (540) 857-7286




  • Priority 1-on-1 Tutoring
  • Academic, Career and Personal Counseling
  • Financial & Economic Literacy
  • Scholarship Resources and Assistance
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Financial Aid Education
  • Cultural Trips
  • And More!


VWCC students who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • A first-generation college student (Neither parent/guardian has a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution)
  • Students who meet low-income guidelines (Generally, students receiving PELL, will qualify)
  • Have a disability (Physical, Psychological, or Learning)


Angela Hairston-Niblett, TRiO Pathways Director

Melinda Hill, TRiO Pathways Coach

Rebecca Reed, TRiO Pathways Coach

Mandy Jackson, TRiO Pathways Office Manager

Phone: (540) 857-7314

September 23, 2015

Plant Sale and Fall Workshop

Fall Accent Pansy and Perennial Sale at the Arboretum

  • Friday, September 25, 3 - 5 p.m. 
  • Saturday, September 26, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

The sale will be located on the City Garden Deck behind the Natural Science Center or in the Greenhouse (in the event of rain).  Plant your pansies in the landscape now for fall color. The plants will live through the winter months providing an explosion of color in early spring of 2016. Perennial plants such as Coral Bells, Dianthus and Sedum are also available. These perennials make great additions to your container gardens to provide additional color throughout the fall season and early winter.

Fall Workshop - Love Your Autumn Garden in the Natural Science Center (N101)

  • Friday, September 25, 6 - 8 p.m. 

Discover ways to enhance your fall landscape with trees, shrubs and perennials that provide exceptional fall color. Horticulture Adjunct Professor J.T. Foley will provide ideas for designing and planting container gardens for fall. Arboretum tour (weather permitting)  or  a presentation in N101 highlighting plants with exceptional fall color. Fall Accent Plant Sale will be open immediately following the workshop.

Registration information for workshop may be found at 2015 Fall Workshop Registration . Registration is open or you may register at the door Friday evening.

Hope to see you at the workshop and the sale.

New Graphic Novels, Manga & Movies 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!

Walk-In Science Center

Do you know students who have questions about biology? Can’t figure out what’s going on in chemistry? Anatomy giving them fits? Check out the Academic Link’s walk-in Science Center!

The Science Center is located on the ground floor of Brown Library (access through the Testing Center or Writing Center). The Science Center is open the following hours:

  • Tues: 8:30am-12pm; 1pm-6pm
  • Thurs: 1pm-6pm
  • Fri: 10am-1:30pm
  • Sat: 9am-12pm

If you know students who would like additional help with their science courses, the Academic Link also offers 1-on-1 tutoring, both in-person and online.

For more information about the Science Center or 1-on-1 tutoring, call 540-857-6442, email, or stop by the Resource Desk in the Link Learning Commons (main floor of Brown Library). We look forward to seeing you!

September 21, 2015

Temporary Lot 7 Closures

The design team for VWCC’s new STEM Building is scheduled to perform the necessary soil borings for the project on this coming Friday, 9/25 as well as on Friday, 10/2.  This work will necessitate the complete closure of Parking Lot 7 in front of Webber Hall & the Student Life Center on both of these days.  (While not desirable, this is a small price to pay for VWCC's progress!)  Regular Lot 7 patrons should plan to park in an alternate location & allow extra time for reaching their on-campus destinations on these days.  "Thanks" in advance for your patience and understanding!

Reginald Walker, Project Manager, VWCC Facilities Planning and Development

September 17, 2015

Lunar Eclipse viewing

There will be viewing of the Lunar Eclipse that will occur the night of Sept. 27, 2015 in Parking lot 14 (up on top of the hill) from 8 p.m. to midnight, weather permitting. We will have some of the college's telescopes out for viewing the moon and other celestial objects that may be visible. This is open to anyone interested in viewing the lunar eclipse.

International Students Club Meet and Greet Friday 9/18

Come have pizza on the 3rd Floor of the Student Center and learn about VWCC's multicultural club.

Friday, 9/18 from 6-7:30

Contact Annie Woodford at with questions.

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