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November 18, 2015

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!

November 11, 2015

Learning Resources Updates

Mystery Book at the Library

(Click to solve the mystery!)

InfoGuides – SUCCESS for every program!

InfoGuides are designed to assist students find resources, books, videos as well as reserve books and eBooks. InfoGuides can help them find resources for specific instructors or classes, as well as general information for finding statistics, resources, databases, and more!

Important Note from the Testing Center

Please make sure your students remember to always bring a photo ID when coming to take a test in the Testing Center. This can be their Virginia Western student ID or their Driver’s License. Thanks so much!

Science Center News

Do your students 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 of any students who would like additional help with 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 Brown Library).

We look forward to seeing you!

November 5, 2015

the i. counselor- SPREAD THE WORD!

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:

November 3, 2015

Need Help with NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is here once again. The Library has all kinds of books on creativity and writing, available to you to check out for free! Come by the top floor for these titles and so many more:

  • Polishing Your Prose: How to Turn First Drafts into Finished Work
  • Dan O'Bannon's Guide to Screenplay Structure: Inside Tips from the Writer of Alien, Total Recall, and Return of the Living Dead
  • Writing Down the Bones
  • Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little
  • The Art of the Short Story
  • Writing Metrical Poetry: Contemporary Lessons for Mastering Traditional Forms
  • Breathing Life Into Your Characters
  • Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives
  • The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
  • Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel: Everything You Need to Know to Create Great Graphic Works

The Library is also a great place to have a Write-a-thon, whether you want a space to host a large group of fellow writers or if you'd just like a quiet place to go write on your own. We're open M-Th: 8am-8pm, Fri: 8am-5pm, and Sat: 9am-1pm. Stop by today!

November 2, 2015

What is OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER) – These are courses that utilize low-cost or no cost educational materials to teach the course.  OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.   Additional information for instructors can be found here:

Also, Students can now easily identify these courses on our schedule: Spring - Low Cost Classes

October 28, 2015

Dauntless Raven Submissions from Faculty and Staff Sought

The Dauntless Raven, VWCC's literary magazine, is seeking submissions from faculty and staff.

Please submit your literary and visual art and encourage your students to submit as well!

Submissions should be sent to

Visit the website at for more information.

International Festival Needs Participants! Meeting TH 11/5

Want a feel for the world? Interested in international culture? Join us in the International Students Club!

The Third Annual International Students Festival - on November 20th from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m in Whitman Auditorium. Needs representatives from all of the different cultures and countries represented here on campus to run booths and share their cultures through music, costumes, and performances!

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this 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!

Please contact the student representatives listed below if you can contribute!

Kapil Sapkota:
Madeline Eckermann:
Timmy Nguyen:

The International Students Club meets every other Thursday from 2 - 3 p.m. in the Student Life Center, with the next meeting on TH Nov. 5th.

Join the Spanish conversation group,“ !Hablemos Español!

Beginning October 30, 10:00 a.m., we are going to start a conversation group to develop and improve your Spanish proficiency skills, as well as learning more about this great multicultural world. Spanish is one of the most practical language to learn today because it is the second most spoken language in the U.S.A. and fourth in the world.

Join us on Friday 30th at 10:00 am in Duncan 205. All proficiency levels are welcomed!

For more information: Prof. Scott,

October 23, 2015

Free books for your students!

There are still copies available of the Roanoke Valley Reads book, Factory Man, by former Roanoke Times reporter, Beth Macy. Please feel free to mention this in class and direct your students to the top floor of the library. They are free and for your students to keep. We also have two copies available for faculty/staff check-out.

Brown Library and Student Activities have partnered once again to hold a book giveaway of the featured Roanoke Valley Reads selection. Roanoke Valley Reads is a community-wide reading experience that brings people together, promotes tolerance and understanding of differing points of view, and emphasizes the importance of literacy.

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,

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