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VCU Brandcenter Friday Forum presents "This Might be Helpful" with David Perez, recruiting director, Venables Bell & Partners, who will discuss navigating the job search and career management in the Commons Theater. For more information, contact Katherine Keogh at kakeogh@vcu.edu or (804) 827-8871 or visit http://brandcenter.vcu.edu/resources/friday-forum/.

The Virginia Social Science Association invites the VCU community to this year's Virginia Social Science Association Conference, hosted by VCU, in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. This two-day conference promotes work in the social sciences, offers students opportunities for professional development and brings together teachers of the social sciences. Free and open to the public. Plenary and concurrent sessions will be held on Saturday, April 19, in Hibbs Hall. For more information, contact Shirley McDaniel at srmcdani@vcu.edu or visit http://wp.vcu.edu/vcucollege/wp-content/uploads/sites/971/2014/04/VSSA-2014-Program-Final.pdf.

The Departments of Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Painting + Printmaking and Sculpture + Extended Media host a show of senior students displaying their works on April 18-20, 5-10 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building. For more information, contact Nathaniel Cody at codyna@vcu.edu .

VCU Baseball takes on La Salle April 18-20, at The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard. Game times are Friday, April 18, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 19, 3 p.m.; and Sunday, April 20, 1 p.m. A shuttle will be running from the Cary Street Gym to The Diamond and back on Friday, April 18, 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday, April 19, is Paws in the Park and Little League Day. For more information, contact Stephen Demers at scdemers@vcu.edu.

Sculpture + Extended Media seniors present the opening reception for "No Fit State," the students' final show, at 207-209 North Foushee St. This show is about making art for other artists, not for commodity or commercial purposes. The students have produced exciting work that challenges the boundaries of contemporary art in different ways, ranging from object-making to performance. There will be installations, a room for screening videos and multiple event nights with performances. For more information, contact Nathaniel Cody at codyna@vcu,edu or (757) 927-6176.

Activities Programming Board shows films every weekend in the Commons Theater for students and faculty with a valid VCU ID. This weekend the board will show "Blackfish" and "Wall-E." "Blackfish" will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 18, and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. "Wall-E" will play at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Attend and bring a guest for free movies. For more information, contact Kirsten Goodale at goodalekl@vcu.edu.

This week

Students for Sensible Drug Policy hosts an educational conference featuring researchers and experts in drugs, drug policy and law enforcement in the University Student Commons, James River Terrace. To ensure a free breakfast and lunch, register at http://ssdp.org/events/2014-ssdp-regional-conferences/mid-atlantic-conference-registration/. For more information, contact Rose Bono at bonors@vcu.edu or (804) 839-2875.

The African Student Union presents its annual fashion show "This Is Africa: Fashion Revolution" in the University Student Commons, Commons Ballroom. The show will feature African designs that would be sold by the designers. Admission is free and tickets can be picked up at Break Point. For more information, contact Hortance Houngbeke at houngbekehe@vcu.edu.

Coming up

Dining Services holds an Earth Week tour of a produce source's refrigerated warehouse for participants to see how fruits and vegetables are processed prior to delivery to VCU's dining areas. A question-and-answer session will follow the tour. Participants are asked to meet in front of the Shafer Court Dining Center. Wear a light jacket and no open toe shoes allowed. Free transportation will be provided and space is limited. R.S.V.P. by Monday, April 21, at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VCUDinesGreen. For more information, contact Steven Heinitz at srheinit@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2487.

Green Unity, the Wellness Resource Center and Office of Sustainability present "Growing Cities," a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize cities and change the way Americans eat, in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 2100. For more information, contact Katie Vatalaro Hill at kevatalaro@vcu.edu.

The Center for Clinical & Translational Research and Tompkins-McCaw Library host the next "Whetting Your Appetite for Research" seminar, “Managing the Money” in the Tompkins-McCaw Library, Room 109. Jose Alcaine and Pam Dillon, research faculty with fiscal management experience, will discuss how to work with the Office of Sponsored Programs and manage grant funds. Bring lunch; drinks will be provided. R.S.V.P. to the contact below. For more information, contact Pam Dillon at pmdillon@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1519.

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics presents a research seminar in Sanger Hall, Room 3-016. Cynthia Cornelissen, Ph.D., from VCU's Department of Microbiology and Immunology will present "Iron Piracy: A Successful Survival Strategy Employed by Neisseria Gonorrhoeae." For more information, contact Haley VanderMeer at hvandermeer@vcu.edu or (804) 828-9756 or visit http://www.physiology.vcu.edu/.

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