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October 24, 2014

SAILS Midterm Progress Surveys- DUE TODAY!

SAILS Midterm Progress Surveys for regular session courses are due by 11:00pm TODAY, October 24th.  Once the surveys close, they cannot be re-opened, so please make sure to submit by the deadline!

If you have questions about your Progress Surveys, please contact the Program Advisor for your academic school (listed below) or Brooke Ferguson (857.6323; bferguson@virginiawestern.edu).

Mandy Garcia, LASS Program Advisor (857.6710; mgarcia@virginiawestern.edu)

Lacey Carey, BTT Program Advisor (857.6210; lcarey@virginiawestern.edu)

Yvonne Campbell, STEM Program Advisor (857.6099; ycampbell@virginiawestern.edu)

Thank you so much for your commitment to the success of our students!

Lot 15 Blocked 10/28/14

Please be aware that on October 28, 2014 the Staff and Faculty parking area of Lot 15 will be closed for the entire day. The college will be hosting two important back to back public service events in Whitman Theater on this date. These events will require parking for a variety of speakers and dignitaries as well as parking for a number of media/satellite vehicles. The first event beginning at 8:00 AM is a forum called "The Face of Human Trafficking" organized by the 23 Judicial Districts Court Services Unit (although public, sign up is required http://www.streetevent.org/). The second event beginning at 2:00 PM is a free public seminar about the Ebola Virus. This second event is a collaborative effort between Virginia Western and the Virginia Department of Health.

Brown Library’s Faculty Picks of the Week

(Shout out to VWCC faculty and students in the Early Childhood Development program!)

The following new library books, selected by faculty members, are now available for checkout by all students, staff, and faculty.

Come to the top floor of the Brown Library Building, and check them out!

Free Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy

Friday October 24: Guardians of the Galaxy

2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Whitman Theater


From Marvel Comics. Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser. Run time: 2 hr 2 min. Rated: PG-13.

All faculty, staff, students and their guests are welcome to attend. All movies are free!

Contact Natasha Lee, Student Activities Coordinator, with questions at nlee@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6326

Free Zumba Classes!

Boo-gie away with Zumba Fitness!

The Fitness Center will be offering FREE Zumba classes for all currently enrolled students, faculty & staff!

What: Zumba Fitness
Where: Fitness Center Studio
When: Fridays at 8:00AM
Please be sure to bring your Student ID and sneakers. For more information contact the Fitness Center Manager at dvanvierssen@virginiawestern.edu

TED Talk Friday – Sponsored by Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots will be sponsoring this weeks TED talk. Come enjoy a TED talk that touches upon the Connect the Dots mission and hear about the many offerings (and projects) they have in store for our campus this semester. Friday at 1pm on the 3rd floor of the Student Life Center (S307

This week's talk: Daphne Koller - What we're learning from online education
Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free — not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. With Coursera (cofounded by Andrew Ng), each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed.

More about Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots is about applying the golden rule (treat others as you want to be treated) to every part of our lives. With this idea we find novel solutions to social problems and simulate progress. Our immediate goal is to give students an alternative  to textbooks.

October 23, 2014

Media Geeks One Minute Wonder

Jason demonstrates 5 quick shortcuts for using Windows 8:


What Every Parents Should Know About Youth and Substance Abuse

Youth and substance abuse is a very serious issue in our region and parents should raise their awareness about this problem beginning at elementary school age. It is important that parents begin paying attention to the signs of substance abuse behavior early and often.

A panel of experts in substance abuse and addiction will lead this community event and provide a Q&Q session for open discussion about how every parent needs to be aware of this growing problem.

Wednesday, October 29, 7-9 p.m. South County Library, 6303 Merriman Road, Roanoke.

Cherokee Storyteller on Friday, October 31st

Larry Jent, of Cherokee and Sac Fox heritage, is a scholar of Native American and Appalachian culture. He is a storyteller known for his insight and humor. He will be discussing telling stories and the intersection of  Native American and Appalachian culture on Friday, October 31st from 2-3 p.m. in Whitman Theater. Everyone is invited to attend!

Men’s Basketball tonight!

Your Rapids Men's Basketball team will face the Bluefield College JV Rams tonight!

5:30 PM Tipoff

Humanities Gymnasium (H100)

Come out and support your Rapids!