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Educational Foundation announces Spring scholarship recipients

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation announces that it awarded $137,395 in scholarships to 83 students enrolled in the Spring Semester 2020 at Virginia Western Community College.

Applications are being accepted for Fall Semester 2020 scholarships through May 3, 2020. Students are eligible for awards that range from $500 to full tuition support or assistance with book expenses. Applicants fill out one online application; learn more at https://www.virginiawestern.edu/scholarship/. Virginia Western’s Fall Semester begins on August 24, 2020.

RecipientLocalitySpring 2020 Award(s)
Carstella OsborneAlleghany CountyFriendship Annual Scholarship
Sydney DawsonAmelia CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Raegan GlennAugusta CountyOrrin Clifton Annual Scholarship & Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Kaylee PitsenbargerAugusta CountyMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Brandon CampbellBedford CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Scott CampbellBedford CountyAppalachian Power Endowed Scholarship & Stanard and Betty Lanford Endowed Scholarship
Rachel CarrickBedford CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Courtney ConnerBedford CountyMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Kayla JamersonBedford CountyAlice Becker Hinchcliffe Williams Endowed Scholarship
Jesica MartinBedford CountyEducational Foundation General Scholarship
Kris HarperBotetourt CountyMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Rachel KickuthBotetourt CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Thomas McGrathBotetourt CountyFralin & Waldron, Inc. Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Craig E. Via
Alec RichBotetourt CountyWilliam Bernard Alphin Annual Scholarship
Allison SmithBotetourt CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Laura MontemurroChesterfield CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Michael WhittakerFloyd CountyAl Pollard Memorial Foundation Chefs’ Competition Annual Scholarship
Michael AnthonyFranklin CountyBridging the Gap Endowed Scholarship & Garnett E. and Patsy T. Smith Endowed Scholarship
Brianna BrownFranklin CountyMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Autum FoleyFranklin CountyThe Neall Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship
Taylor KiddFranklin CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Laura LivingstonFranklin CountyMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Kelsey McPhersonFranklin CountyEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship & Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Deana ValadeFranklin CountyMichael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Kyndal GunterHalifax CountyLewisGale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship & Rita Halsey David Radiography Endowed Scholarship
Jacqueline Machuca TiznadoMartinsvilleRefugee and Immigrant Scholarship
Amanda ChrisleyMontgomery CountyAl Pollard Memorial Annual Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Tori KingMontgomery CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Tyler NibblettPittsylvania CountyAlice Becker Hinchcliffe Williams Endowed Scholarship
Antoinette MacklinRichmond CityEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Kimberly ArcherRoanoke CityMichael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Scott BowmanRoanoke CityBusiness, Technology & Trades Annual Scholarship in honor of Deborah A. Yancey
Amber BrownRoanoke CityMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Vanessa DeesRoanoke CityBB&T Endowed Scholarship
Kirstin DeVoeRoanoke CityWalter Darnall Vinyard Endowed Scholarship
Ethan ExlineRoanoke CityRoanoke Electric Steel Corporation Endowed Scholarship
Caleb GibneyRoanoke CityMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
William HobbsRoanoke CityDolores Martin Skelly Endowed Scholarship & The Neall Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship
Elsa LedyardRoanoke CityEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship & Pearman Annual Scholarship
Ebony Lynch-ThomasRoanoke CityFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Sabin MainaliRoanoke CityThe Neall Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship
Harvey MurdochRoanoke CityDonald Willson Memorial Scholarship
Nargis NoorzadRoanoke CityRefugee and Immigrant Scholarship
Lauren OliveiraRoanoke CityDr. Donna Harpold Memorial Annual Scholarship
Reba PickeralRoanoke CityAl Pollard Memorial Annual Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Teri RobinsonRoanoke CityBank of Botetourt H. Watts Steger, III Annual Scholarship
Jamie SieversRoanoke CityMichael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship & Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Meghan SizemoreRoanoke CityEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Locene YarmahRoanoke CityDr. J. Andrew Archer Memorial Annual Scholarship
Devin AgostoRoanoke CountyAl Pollard Memorial Foundation Chefs’ Competition Annual Scholarship
Grey AlphinRoanoke CountyEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship & Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Katie BechtoldRoanoke CountyFralin & Waldron, Inc. Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Craig E. Via & Stanard and Betty Lanford Endowed Scholarship
Michayla BelcherRoanoke CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Tanner BrammerRoanoke CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Noah CollinsRoanoke CountyMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Christina ConstableRoanoke CountyVFCCE Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Rachel DavisRoanoke CountyAlumni Association Annual Book Scholarship & Barry L. Pendrey Memorial Scholarship
Spencer GlowczynskiRoanoke CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Jill HallRoanoke CountyValley Bank Endowed Scholarship
Andrea HarmanRoanoke CountyWalter Darnall Vinyard Endowed Scholarship
Elizabeth HollingsworthRoanoke CountyMichael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Peaceful HtooRoanoke CountyThe Elizabeth and Harry Sellers Annual Scholarship
Elisabeth HutchinsRoanoke CountyEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship & Dr. Elizabeth W. Payne Endowed Scholarship
Carson LillyRoanoke CountyJ.K. and Donna Speas Annual Scholarship
Haley MayhewRoanoke CountyMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Daniel NaryRoanoke CountyEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Andres Peralta MazzitelliRoanoke CountyDr. Donna Harpold Memorial Annual Scholarship
Katrin PolcuchRoanoke CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Brooke RakesRoanoke CountyLewisGale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship & Nursing Endowed Scholarship
Madison SaundersRoanoke CountyPetroleum Marketers, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Laurel SheltonRoanoke CountyBeverly and Leon Harris Teaching and Nursing Annual Scholarship
Selma SosicRoanoke CountyThe Maury L. Strauss Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Canzaeda SoutherlandRoanoke CountyConnie Stephens May Scholarship & Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Rory UnderwoodRoanoke CountyNicholas E. Janney Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Liam WilliamsRoanoke CountyEmployee Family Scholarship
Taylor AlbaneseSalemEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship & Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Brianna BattagliaSalemLewis Gale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship
Jessica GrahamSalemFred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Samuel GreenSalemAl Pollard Memorial Annual Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Landon HyltonSalemFred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship & Petroleum Marketers, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Sara HyltonSalemBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Daniel LemonsSalemAl Pollard Memorial Foundation Chefs’ Competition Annual Scholarship
Alexa WarmeSalemEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship

For information on donating to or establishing a scholarship at Virginia Western, contact Philanthropy Director Amanda Mansfield at (540) 857-6962 or amansfield@virginiawestern.edu.

Campus Update 3/18/20

Dear Virginia Western students,

As information on the COVID-19 pandemic changes on a daily basis, we are dedicated to creating safe educational spaces. Beginning on Monday, March 23, after Spring Break concludes, Virginia Western will only provide online or remote classes. In-person classes, including those held at clinical sites and labs, are suspended unless otherwise noted. Additional specific information for AAS Nursing students will come from your program director. 

We have listed April 6 as the date we plan to reopen, but this is very likely to change based upon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) guidelines. If you are enrolled in a class that relies on a clinical site or hands-on learning in a lab, your faculty member or school will reach out to you directly on next steps.

Starting Monday, campus will only be open to those employees who are not fully teleworking. Students will not be allowed on campus until further notice. If you need assistance accessing a class online or remotely, please contact your faculty member or school directly. Be sure to check your student email frequently and log on to your class in Canvas. We will be sending more information on resources to assist with his transition through email.

We understand that this is an uncertain time and you may feel very real concerns. Sheri Meixner, Virginia Western’s intervention counselor, is available via online meeting or phone to help you. You can set up an appointment with Ms. Meixner by contacting her at smeixner@virginiawestern.edu or 540-857-6711.

Our School of Career and Corporate Training (CCT), which provides short-term training programs and specialized training, is communicating directly with students and clients on the suspension of classes and online delivery.

Thank you for your patience as we adapt our practices to respond to this evolving public health crisis. I am very proud of our fantastic faculty and staff who are working hard to make this transition as seamless as possible.

Sincerely,

Dr. Robert H. Sandel

President

Virginia Western Community College

Governor’s Order to Enforce 10-Patron Limit

Governor Ralph Northam and State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA today issued a public health emergency order prohibiting more than 10 patrons in restaurants, fitness centers, and theaters. The order gives local and state law enforcement the ability to enforce this ban, which was announced by the Governor earlier today, if needed.

“I hope that everyone will have the common sense to stay home tonight and in the days ahead,” said Governor Northam. “This order will ensure that state and local officials have the tools they need to keep people safe.”

Full Release:
https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/march/headline-854500-en.html

Learning Resources for Faculty

Whether this is your first time teaching online or you are a seasoned virtual pro, the Learning Resources Division, OLIT Department, and Media Geeks are committed to helping you continue providing high quality instruction. Listed below are ways that we will support your transition to online teaching.

InfoGuides and Resource Links

·Our brand new GOLF: Get Online Fast InfoGuide will be your one stop place for online teaching information and instructional technology support.

·The Canvas InfoGuides will direct you to resources specific to using the Canvas Learning Management System.

Training Opportunities

There are a number of ways for you to participate in training.  Topics, times and locations are listed on the training page in the InfoGuides.

·In-Person and via Zoom led by Learning Resources staff Erin Leftwich, Joe Bear, Carrie Halpin

oTopics: Zoom Web-conferencing, Panopto Lecture Capture, Canvas LMS, Creating online Tests and Quizzes

·One-on-One Instructional design Consultation: https://carriehalpin.youcanbook.me  During signup, please let Carrie know if you want to meet through Zoom, by phone or in-person

·VCCS Online Webinars – Space is limited and registration is required.

Direct Support:

Erin Leftwich 

eleftwich@virginiawestern.edu

For: Canvas, Canvas Studio, Respondus

Carrie Halpin

chalpin@virginiawestern.edu

For: Instructional Design, Online Teaching, Panopto Lecture Capture, Respondus

Joe Bear

jbear@virginiawestern.edu

For: Classroom Technology, Zoom, Webcams

Chris Porter  Cporter@virginiawestern.edu

Campus update 3/17/20

Dear Virginia Western community,

While our college remains closed on Spring Break, the COVID-19 pandemic has already had a dramatic impact on the ways in which we conduct business. Virginia Western is a community leader and as such, has been home to many large events for our students and for the public. As previously announced, due to guidance from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, we already cancelled all events through at least April 5.

With new national guidance related to minimizing group gatherings to lessen the potential spread of the virus, Chancellor Glenn DuBois announced the cancellation of May college commencements across Virginia’s Community Colleges. That includes special pinning ceremonies as well. This is a difficult step to take, but a necessary one for us to help flatten the curve of this outbreak.

Our commencement ceremony is the culmination of our academic year and gives us a chance to celebrate all the hard work and dedication our students have exhibited to reach their goals. With the evolving nature of this public health crisis, we have not yet determined the best way to reschedule our ceremony. We are, however, committed to honoring the Class of 2020.

We are tremendously proud of our students and all they have accomplished at Virginia Western. Thank you for your support and understanding at this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Robert H. Sandel

President

Virginia Western Community College

Campus Update 3/16/20

Dear Virginia Western community,

We thank everyone for their support and patience during this challenging time with the continued spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). This public health crisis will necessitate an ongoing response from the college and we intend to provide consistent communication with students, employees and the public.

Currently, the college is on spring break and we will transition the majority of classes to remote and online delivery beginning on March 23. Effective immediately, all areas of campus are closed to students and non-employees unless you are specifically instructed to attend an in-person class.

We will remain in the mode of remote and online delivery until at least April 5, although that time period may be extended as needed. A limited number of specific classes will meet in person, in small groups, if essential to the program’s academic mission. Students will be notified by their faculty or school if they are in a class that will meet in person.

Campus events are currently cancelled through April 5. We are not yet rescheduling events. We will provide updates as soon as possible if this date is extended.

Again, thank you for your support at this time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Robert H. Sandel

President

Virginia Western Community College

Virginia Western FAQs for COVID-19

Updated 3/24/20

Is Virginia Western open?

Virginia Western’s campus is closed to students and non-employees until further notice as a result of the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) pandemic. Classes and student services are being provided online and remotely. Please avoid leaving your home unless necessary.

Our goal is for every student currently enrolled at Virginia Western to have the ability to complete their academic semester in a timely fashion while practicing good public health practices such as social distancing.

Please practice social distancing and other measures to reduce the chance of spread of COVID-19. Avoid gathering in large groups and travel unless necessary. Practice every day prevention methods like frequent hand washing, staying at home when sick and covering coughs and sneezes. For more details, visit the CDC’s special web page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html.

How will I be notified of changes?

When Virginia Western changes the status of campus and classes, students will be informed by their college email account, VW Alerts, the Virginia Western website, as well as social media. Be sure to sign up for VW Alert text messages at: https://virginiawestern.edu/alert/index.php.

Will classes be held online?

Virginia Western transitioned the majority of our classes to remote and online delivery beginning on March 23, 2020, following Spring Break. We will remain in a majority remote and online delivery phase until further notice.

Many classes will have a quick and simple transition to Canvas and Zoom meetings, online tools the college already uses. If your class goes to an alternate format, such as online, you will be contacted via your school email.

Regularly check your MyVWCC email for updates. Ensure that you have the ability to connect to an online class by computer or other technology. If you have concerns that you do not have the capability to take a class online, contact your specific faculty member and/or your school’s dean.

Can I access Virginia Western’s internet Wi-Fi if campus is closed to students?

If campus buildings are closed to students, Virginia Western students will be allowed to access the college’s Wi-Fi from their vehicles in the parking lot.

Are there any other resources for free or low-cost Internet?

Comcast in Salem is offering a special offer on Internet Essentials to provide support in the pandemic: https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/internet-essentials-low-income-broadband-coronavirus-pandemic.

There are also numerous Xfinity Wifi hotspots available for free in the Salem area: https://wifi.xfinity.com/.

Cox is also offering coronavirus relief offerings to residential customers: https://newsroom.cox.com/Cox_expands_coronavirus_relief_for_remote_workers_and_students?_ga=2.163327348.974909915.1584557256-641413936.1584557256.

Will Virginia Western continue to host events?

Virginia Western is proactively taking steps to protect the health and well-being of our students, employees and members of the community in light of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). As advised by the Virginia Department of Health and Governor Ralph Northam, the college is limiting public gatherings and large events.

Virginia Western is canceling all campus events until further notice.  The college will provide updates on its website, social media and through the media when public events are allowed on campus again.

Travel

All Virginia Western-sponsored travel, such as class trips, student activity trips as well as work-related travel is cancelled until further notice. The college will provide updates on its website, social media and through direct email when travel is permitted again. As this is subject to change, the college will provide updates.

Can I speak to an advisor?

Yes, you are able to contact your student advisor and schedule an appointment through Navigate for a Zoom virtual meeting. For details, visit https://www.virginiawestern.edu/advising/schedule_an_appointment.php, call (855) 874-6690 or email enroll@virginiawestern.edu.

Is Summer registration still open?

Yes, you can still register for summer classes, which are scheduled to begin on May 26, 2020. Register online today at www.virginiawestern.edu.

Will graduation be held as scheduled?

Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, announced that all 23 community college’s May commencement ceremonies will be cancelled in accordance with CDC and VDH guidelines. This includes pinning ceremonies.

Our commencement ceremony is the culmination of our academic year at Virginia Western and it gives us a chance to celebrate all the hard work and dedication our students have exhibited to reach their goals. With the evolving nature of this public health crisis, we have not yet determined the best way to reschedule our ceremony. We are, however, committed to honoring the Class of 2020.

Where can I find more health information and best practices?

Surely no one is evil enough to scam people during this health crisis, right?

Wrong! Avoid becoming a victim of online scams: https://virginiawestern.edu/iet-services/disaster-related-scams/.

Virginia Western to limit in-person classes, cancel events

A Message From President Sandel

As advised by the Virginia Department of Health and Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia Western is taking steps to limit public gatherings and large groups to lessen the potential spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). We will transition the majority of our classes to remote and online delivery beginning on March 23, following Spring Break.

A limited number of specified classes will continue to meet in person with notification going directly to enrolled students. If you do not receive a specific notification that your class is meeting on campus, do not come to campus.

The college’s campus will remain open to faculty and staff during this time. Campus will closed to non-employees.

We will remain in a majority remote and online delivery phase through at least April 5, 2020. This date is subject to change as it is a fluid public health situation.

Our goal is for every student currently enrolled at Virginia Western to have the ability to complete their academic semester in a timely fashion while practicing good public health practices such as social distancing.

As we proceed, we will continuously re-evaluate and decide whether to reopen campus to students and non-employees. We will provide answers to frequently asked questions and update them on our website www.virginiawestern.edu.

For now, please be aware of these details:

  • Virginia Western is on Spring Break from March 15-22. Students and non-employees are not allowed in campus buildings during this time unless specifically notified by their school office or faculty member.
  • Beginning on March 23, most Virginia Western classes will move to remote or online instruction and remain in that format until at least April 5. Students and non-employees are not allowed in campus buildings during this time unless specifically notified by their school office or faculty member.
  • All campus events are cancelled until at least April 5.
  • Students will be advised by their faculty or schools about the specific remote delivery method for their courses. This information will be sent to students by their Virginia Western email account, which students are expected to check regularly.
  • Students who attend clinical and performance-based (trades) classes will be notified by their Virginia Western email how those classes will continue.
  • Students seeking services such as advising or library should use online assistance. Advisors will be available via scheduled appointments on Zoom. For details, visit https://www.virginiawestern.edu/advising/schedule_an_appointment.php, call (855) 874-6690 or email enroll@virginiawestern.edu.
  • Faculty are expected to maintain their office hours online during this time period.
  • Virginia Western will remain open and operational during this time period and all faculty and staff should maintain their regular work schedules unless otherwise noted.
  • If you have questions about your programs or classes, please contact your school directly.

Thank you for your support as we work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus).

Sincerely,

Dr. Robert H. Sandel
President
Virginia Western Community College

Employee FAQs for COVID-19

Please see below for Employee Frequently Asked Questions
Updated 3/27/20

I am working off campus but may have mail or printing pickups, how can I get them?

To ensure proper social distancing and protect the health of print and mail service employees, please call 540-857-7228 in advance and the staff will place packages or materials outside the door. If you are having difficulty opening your PO Box, staff can open from inside for you while maintaining proper social distancing.

I do not have childcare readily available to respond to the K-12 closure. What do I do?

Talk with your supervisor about your options related to utilizing appropriate paid time off benefits or making alternative work arrangements. Decisions may be made in consultation with Human Resources.

I’d prefer to telework instead of being on campus. Can I do that?

Currently, telework arrangements are made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with your supervisor and Human Resources. While the college wishes to provide flexibility under these unique circumstances, we must also be mindful of ensuring that business operations are not disrupted, as the college is still open.

Can I choose to go home and use leave?

You may leave work and cover your time using paid time off benefits with your supervisor’s approval. However, your supervisor is not required to approve your time off if your department is short on staff or must meet pressing business needs.   

Can I access Virginia Western’s internet Wi-Fi if campus is closed to students?

If campus buildings are closed to students, Virginia Western students will be allowed to access the college’s Wi-Fi from their vehicles in the parking lot.

What do I do if I am sick, or a family member is sick?

If you or an immediate family member are sick, please stay home and notify your supervisor through your normal process. Your supervisor, in consultation with Human Resources, will advise you on next steps.

How can I find online resources for teaching or to telework?

You’re in luck, the IET team has put together a website to help you get started: https://virginiawestern.edu/iet-services/preparing-to-telework/.

If we close, do I continue to work from home?

First, to be clear, even though we have shifted to remote work for the majority of the college, we are not currently closed. If we receive direction from the Governor or local health agencies to close our physical campus, telework agreements will remain active for offsite work, as employees will be expected to be able to support continued operations remotely, as able. Please remember that this is NOT the same as an inclement weather closure. Our physical campus may have restricted access, but our college will continue to function in a virtual capacity.

I’m part time – how does this impact me?

Speak with your supervisor about how your particular job will be impacted and expectations for work. In general, we are working diligently to ensure that our part-time workforce remains actively working. As with our full-time population, remote work is strongly encouraged where feasible and appropriate. For jobs that require presence on campus, work will continue as long as our physical campus remains open.

I’m teleworking – are the expectations of my job the same?

At a high level, yes. Teleworking simply means that you are performing the core responsibilities of your job from a remote location instead of on campus. The specific deliverables and/or work responsibilities you’ve been assigned may be different from what you would typically do from campus, as not all job duties can easily transition to remote work. Your supervisor will have provided you with expectations, and will remain in continued communication with you throughout your telework arrangement. Let your supervisor know if you are uncertain about what to do, or have questions related to your work assignments.

I’m stressing out about trying to work from home. Will there still be resources available to help me?

Yes. Your supervisor is your primary resource – they will be best positioned to talk with you about your specific concerns and how your work objectives may be accomplished. Our Help Desk will continue to be available to assist with technology related questions as well. IET has also shared the following resource to assist with questions related to remote-access capabilities (https://virginiawestern.edu/iet-services/preparing-to-telework/).

Why are some employees continuing to work on campus?

Not all jobs are able to easily translate to telework. As long as our physical campus remains open, employees who need to be on campus to fulfill their job responsibilities may continue to work from the college.

I could work from home, but I’d rather not. Do I have that choice?

In order to most effectively utilize social distancing, all individuals who are able to perform their core responsibilities remotely are strongly encouraged to utilize telework. Individual situations and/or requests must be discussed with your immediate supervisor and the college retains the right to mandate telework for eligible employees at our discretion.

How will telework impact my ability to get my job done?

Ideally, telework will allow for our campus community to continue business without disruption to key operations. Realistically, telework is a new environment for all of us, and there will be bumps along the way. If you are experiencing specific difficulties, make your supervisor and/or the appropriate department aware so that we can assist you in working through them. In general, remember that successful telework will require patience, flexibility, and communication. We are all learning as we go to some extent, so providing that understanding to one another will be key.

I’m worried about COVID-19 in general. What resources are there to assist me?

For our campus community, Sheri Meixner remains available for consultation via phone (540-857-6711) or email (SMeixner@virginiawestern.edu). Anthem provides a wealth of online resources related to EAP. Visit https://resources.powerflexweb.com/1631/login.html and enter “Commonwealth of Virginia” in the company code box, then click Commonwealth of Virginia. You may also reach out to Human Resources via Hrapps@virginiawestern.edu to discuss what EAP options may be available to you personally. The CDC has also developed a webpage dedicated to tips for managing anxiety and stress, which can be accessed at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html.

Surely no one is evil enough to scam people during this health crisis, right?

Wrong! Avoid becoming a victim of online scams: https://virginiawestern.edu/iet-services/disaster-related-scams/.

Where can I find more health information and best practices?

Campus community events cancelled through April 5

Virginia Western Community College is proactively taking steps to ensure the health and well-being of our students, employees and members of the community in light of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). As advised by the Virginia Department of Health and Governor Ralph Northam, the college is limiting public gatherings and large events.

Virginia Western is canceling or postponing all current large events (30+ people anticipated) scheduled through April 5, 2020 outside of regular academic class functions. The Virginia Western Educational Foundation’s Scholarship Awards Ceremony scheduled for March 25 is cancelled, along with Free Movie Friday Events, intramurals and recreation activities and guest speakers.  

The college will provide updates on its website, social media and through the media when public events are allowed on campus again.