Media Geeks

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Mission Statement

To provide reliable support and resources for classroom technology, events and faculty throughout Virginia Western Community College’s campus and satellite campuses.

Organizational Objective and Strategic Goals

The Media Geeks provide instructional technology services for the Virginia Western campus community including the following:

  • Providing Instructional media design and delivery
  • Designing, deploying, and supporting classroom technology
  • Supporting the lecture capture system, Panopto
  • Recording and live streaming video for special events and presentations around the college and providing sound and lighting assistance for same
  • Researching, promoting, and supporting innovation in technology used for teaching and learning


Corey Bapst
Media Geek

Joe Bear
Lead Media Geek

Jason Garnett
Media Geek

James Underwood
Media Geek

The Media Geek office is located in Business Science, Room M250.

Service Hours

Monday- Thursday: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Evening support until 10 PM is available by request with 30-day notice.
Please contact Joe Bear for approval.

As a general rule, the Media Geeks try to respond to every high priority call placed to the Help Desk within 10 minutes.

Classroom Tech

The Media Geeks provide instructional technology services for the Virginia Western campus community including the following:

  • Providing instructional media design and delivery
  • Designing, deploying and supporting classroom technology
  • Supporting the lecture capture system, Panopto
  • Recording and live streaming video for special events and presentations around the college and providing sound and lighting assistance for same
  • Researching, promoting and supporting innovation in technology used for teaching and learning

Media Geeks Classroom Tech

Podium or table for instructor's materials
Computer workstation that includes a keyboard and pointing device, internet access, and is fully integrated with a ceiling-mounted projection device
Ability to play DVD media
Document camera (or other imaging device such as digital microscope)
Control system (e.g. switch) to integrate / operate the multimedia equipment
Connection available for instructor laptop

The Media Geeks support the educational media around campus. Most of the Electronic Classrooms (ECR) on campus have been standardized to include a computer, monitor, projector, screen, VGA and HDMI connection for a mobile device all in/on a lectern.

Most of the lecterns on the main campus now look like the one pictured above.

Working closely with the departments in Information and Educational Technologies, we provide services in the following areas:

Classroom Technology Support and Design
  • Full design/build/support of classroom audio visual technology such as control systems and displays.
  • Experimental Classroom Technology Development, Implementation, and Support
  • Bring your own device
Video/Web Conference Applications
  • Zoom
  • WebEx
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
  • Skype for Business
Panopto Lecture Capture
iPad Support
  • Hardware and applications
  • Product recommendations and Apple proposals
  • AppleCare+ and product repair
Nursing Simulation Lab
  • Laerdal and Gaurmand Systems

Requesting Classroom Tech Service

If you need help with technology in the classroom, call the Help Desk at 77354, or email them at

Event Support

Dedicated Technician

  • Dedicated technicians are available upon request.
  • Events falling outside normal Media Geek support hours must be approved at least 90 days in advance.
  • For All Non-Virginia Western events:
    • Dedicated technician rates are $40 per hour with 4 hour minimum.
    • Technician services must be requested 90 calendar days in advance unless special permission has been granted.
    • Events that run over the contracted time will be charged additional technician hours at $60/hour with no partial hours.
    • Events in Whitman auditorium require a dedicated technician unless special permission has been granted.
    • Dedicated Technician Fee covers ONLY audio visual services. Items such as putting out directional signs, furniture delivery and setup, etc… must be discussed with Virginia Western’s event planning staff prior to event.
  • We strongly recommend a tech walkthrough to determine if a dedicated technician is required.

Requesting Event Support Service

To schedule a tech walkthrough, please contact Joe Bear at 857-7263.

Video Production

We are committed to providing the highest possible quality development and delivery of video for instruction, recruitment, information sharing, archival, live streaming events and more. Our team of production professionals can assist you.

The Media Geeks are a fully operational mobile production team. With multiple digital cameras, microphones and digital editing facilities on campus, we can work with you to design and develop a professionally produced product. Please be aware that videos are a large undertaking, we generally budget 10 working hours for every minute of produced video.
Depending on the project, typical turn-around time is 10 business days.

To see campus videos, training, Media Geeks One-Minute-Wonder videos and more:

Media Geeks Video Production

Request Video Production Service

To request Video Production services, first you must fill out this form. Once the form is submitted, a Media Geek will contact you and set-up a meeting to discuss your idea.


VWtv is a closed network of displays located in high traffic points around the campus that are used to communicate relevant information to our students, faculty and staff.
Slides are created and posted within five business days of submission.

Request VWtv Service

To have the Media Geeks create a message for your department, school, club, or student event:
Determine a clear message that you believe can be conveyed with a simple image or limited number of words (about 16). If you have ideas for the message's look ("We want a giant asteroid hitting the moon", "Our colors are green and yellow", etc.) or a logo that must be used, be sure to note that on the form.
Faculty and Staff: Fill out this form

3-D Printing

A picture is worth a thousand words, but tangible tools can speak volumes.

Utilizing 3D printed models in today’s classroom can not only help create an immersive learning environment for students, but it can also help bring difficult concepts to life.

Do you have an idea for the classroom that you would like 3D printed? The Media Geeks can assist in designing and printing instructional aids for your classroom.

Click here to see how the Media Geeks are bringing 3D printing to the classroom.

Meet the Geeks

Joe Bear

Joe Bear, CTS, DMC-E-4K, CBJ
Originally an aspiring lighting designer, Joe came to us from Longwood University where he received his BFA in Theatre Design and Technology. After deciding he would rather make a career out of watching TV, Joe quickly made the move over to audiovisuals. Joe is the Lead Media Geek on campus which only means he gets to break things first. He is an AVIXA Certified Technology Specialist, Crestron DigitalMedia Certified Engineer 4K, and certified BBQ judge for the Kansas City BBQ Society. When not crashing electronic classrooms, you can find Joe serving on the Roanoke Ballet Theatre Board of Directors, completing his goal of eating BBQ in all 50 states, and being a proud uncle.

Jim Underwood

Jim Underwood
Jim is our token Irishman. He has lived in Roanoke since 1999, with his lovely wife Marguerite and their kids, Jackie and Rory. He won an Edward R. Murrow Award while working as a Photojournalist for WSLS News Channel 10. He also worked as a documentary producer for Blue Ridge PBS where he worked on several Emmy Award winning shows and was nominated for a personal Emmy for his part in the documentary "Virginia in the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Remembrance". He also won numerous Virginia and national awards for 2 series he produced, Blue Ridge Excursions and Blue Ridge Adventures. He is now a proud Media Geek.

Jason Garnett

Jason Garnett
Jason was the General Manager and Head Projectionist for the Grandin Theatre for 14 years. He recently had the privilege of serving as a projectionist for Quentin Tarantino’s 70mm Roadshow screening of "The Hateful Eight". He also founded and operated Roanoke’s first and only commnunity microcinema, The Shadowbox in 2010. This beacon for independent, local cinema earned him the Arts Council’s Perry F. Kendig award in 2012. Jason is also our resident 3D printing expert and was deemed an Ultimaker Education Pioneer in 2016. He maintains an active presence in the non-profit community, serving on the Board of The Roanoke Skatepark Initiative and the Grandin Film Lab. When Jason isn't spending time with his beautiful wife and two childdren, he is playing bass in Swank who are currently finishing up their fourth full length studio album.

Corey Bapst

Corey Bapst
Corey is the resident gamer, who is always looking for ways to incorporate the latest technology in the world of streaming and content creation for gamers, and bringing it to the classroom. Aside from his official career with the Media Geeks, Corey has been a part of various professional esport organizations, including teams and event vendors. He specializes in growing brands and personalities, and has been invited to be a guest speaker on community engagement in the ever evolving world of social media. He has no children, but he has an extremely cute dog named Ellie, and is also an Eagle Scout.

Green Initiatives

The Media Geeks strive to reduce our carbon footprint and are happy to facilitate recycling of the following items:

  • Printer Cartridges (Please drop off at the Media Geek's office - M250 or the Help Desk.)
  • Rechargeable Batteries
    • Battery Bucket locations:
      • A114 - STEM Division Office
      • M273 - Help Desk
      • D100 - LASS Faculty Office
      • H111 - LASS Division Office
      • W305F - BET Division Office
      • F01 - Human Resources Office
      • HP214B - Health Technologies Office
      • S307 - Student Center Conference Room (See Natasha)
      • S207 - TRiO Office
  • Virginia Western Owned Electronics (eWaste)
    • All items that contain data will be destroyed in accordance to State mandates.
    • Please contact Joe Bear at 857-7263 to schedule a pick up.