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January 19, 2016

International Students Club Meet and Greet: Wed. 1/27 from 4-6

Want a feel for the world? Interested in international culture? Faculty and staff are invited to join the International Students Club for a pizza meet-and-greet on Wed. 1/27 from 4-6 in the Student Activities area by Subway.

Contact Annie Woodford at if you have questions.

January 18, 2016

Educational Foundation Book Assistance Fund Closed

The Virginia Western Educational Foundation spring semester 2016 Book Assistance Fund is closed. No more book assistance applications will be accepted this semester.

We are pleased to have awarded 31 students over $9,700.00 in funding to purchase needed textbooks or access codes in our campus bookstore.

A huge thank you to all of the Virginia Western employees who support the Book Assistance Fund through their generous donations to the Employee Giving Campaign and to our partner Follett Corporation, Virginia Western's bookstore retailer.

The Educational Foundation will offer the Book Assistance Fund again in fall semester 2016.

December 9, 2015

Library Updates

Free Fiction Fun at Brown Library

Come to the top floor of Brown Library and end the semester with some “Free Fiction Fun.” The library has some used paperback book donations to give away to students, staff, and faculty. We’ve got selections from the Goosebumps and The Hardy Boys series, as well as some classic titles like To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone With the Wind, and Lord of the Flies. Hurry before all the good ones are gone.


Monday-Thursday, 8am to 8pm

Friday, 8am to 5pm

Saturday, 9am to 1pm

Closed on Saturday, December 19

Open 8am to 5pm on December 21 and 22

H A P P Y H O L I D A Y S !

December 7, 2015

Poinsettia Sale

Horticulture club


Friday, December 4     3:00 – 5:00 PM

Saturday, December 5     10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Monday, December 7     3:00 – 5:00 PM

at the Virginia Western Greenhouse

Poinsettia plants will be decorated with foil, ribbon and a bow. Poinsettias make a great Christmas gift to be enjoyed throughout the Christmas season and beyond.

Our poinsettias are sold in four sizes:

6” singles, $6.00 each                         Oval Planter, $15.00 each              

7 ½” doubles, $10.00 each               Hanging Baskets, $20.00 each

Also available: Fresh greenery arrangements, wreaths and swags. Tropical houseplants in hanging baskets and 4.5" and 6" containers.

Thank you for supporting the VA Western Horticulture Club and the Community Arboretum.

November 18, 2015

Learning Resources Updates

Mystery Book at the Library

(Click to solve the mystery!)

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.

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