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Monday, Jan. 20

University closed**

Friday, Jan. 24

Monroe Park campus students - last day for spring degree candidates to submit graduation applications to their advisers for May degrees.MCV campus students - spring degree candidates should follow departmental deadlines.

Friday, Jan. 24

Deadline for students to provide advance written notification to instructors of intent to observe religious holidays*

VCU Brandcenter Friday Forum

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

VCU Brandcenter Friday Forum presents "From Go to Global: Building a Brand Platform," featuring the leaders of the OREO team at The Martin Agency, in the Commons Theater. Jorge Calleja, creative senior vice president and global group creative director and John Gibson, strategic planning vice president and global planning director, will present. For more information, contact Katherine Keogh at kakeogh@vcu.edu or (804) 814-2428 or visit http://www.brandcenter.vcu.edu/resources/friday-forum.

0-Waste RVA Sustainable City Meeting

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

0-Waste RVA hosts a sustainable city meeting at the University Student Commons, Forum Room. Duron Chavis, an award-winning leader in the community, will discuss sustainable development, revitalizing the urban core and opportunities including working with underprivileged city youth on an aquaponics greenhouse, working with disabled people in a "sensory garden" or working on an upcoming urban farm. For more information, contact Arthur Kay at kayas@vcu.edu or (703) 424-0977.

Rams in Recovery

2 p.m.

The Well sponsors a Rams in Recovery session, an informal gathering of students in recovery from addictions, at The Well. This session will include a guided meditation led by Evelyn Zak. Attendees should arrive before 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Kristen Donovan at kkdonovan@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2086.

Activities Programming Board Weekend Films: 'Batman' and 'Batman Returns'

7 p.m.

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 "Batman" and "Batman Returns." "Batman" will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. "Batman Returns" will play at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. Attend and bring a guest for free popcorn and movies. For more information, contact Kirsten Goodale at goodalekl@vcu.edu.

MCV Glassware for Sale in Main Hospital

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Health Executives Student Association sells wine glasses and coffee mugs with student-created drawings of iconic MCV Campus buildings in the Main Hospital Conference Room, 1-422. All proceeds from the sales will go toward the Dr. Dolores Clement Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded to an incoming student in the Department of Health Administration that demonstrates a commitment to community service. For more information, contact Gabriella Pinto-Coelho at pintocoelhgm@vcu.edu.

This week

UKirk at VCU sponsors an information session for Operation Groundswell in the Academic Commons, Room 1105. This nonprofit provides students with an opportunity to backpack around the world on six week trips, doing service and learning while they go. For more information, contact Sarah Are at aresr@vcu.edu or (913) 909-7407 or visit http://www.operationgroundswell.com .

Coming up

The Bangladeshi Student Organization holds its first general body meeting at the University Student Commons, Virginia Room A. Upcoming events will be discussed. For more information, contact Synthia Chowdhury at chowdhurys2@vcu.edu or (703) 785-1874.

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs hosts an open house at the University Student Commons, Suite 215. The event is in recognition of Mosaic Week 2014, which serves as a way to reintroduce students to OMSA's programs and services, as well as relevant community resources. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Jenae Harrington at jdharrington@vcu.edu or visit http://www.omsa.vcu.edu/docs/14mosaic.pdf.

SEED at VCU holds its first meeting of the spring semester at the School of Engineering East Hall, Room E3229. SEED focuses on collaborating and turning ideas into real, marketable products. Pizza and drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Elliot Roth at seedatvcu@gmail.com or visit http://vcuseed.org.

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics presents a research seminar in Sanger Hall, Room 3-016. Hamid I. Akbarali, Ph.D., from VCU's Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology will present "Mechanistic Insights on Morphine Action in Enteric Neurons." For more information, contact Haley VanderMeer at hvandermeer@vcu.edu or (804) 828-9756 or visit http://www.physiology.vcu.edu/seminars/index.html.

The Department of Psychology in the College of Humanities and Sciences presents a brown bag talk with guest speaker Peter Grossenbacher, Ph.D., on "Mindfulness in the Classroom" at the University Student Commons, Virginia Room A. Grossenbacher will discuss contemplative education and using mindfulness-based pedagogies in the college classroom. For more information, contact Jordan Quaglia at quagliaj@vcu.edu or visit http://wp.vcu.edu/vcucollege/files/2014/01/GrossenbacherColloquiumAbstractAndBio.pdf.

VCU's Outdoor Adventure Program hosts two days below the surface of the earth on Feb. 1-2. Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy the experience of caving because of the constant 55 degree temperature. Students will learn about cave formations first-hand from experienced leaders. The cost is $44 per student or $50 for faculty and staff. Register by Jan. 28. For more information, contact Outing Rental Center at outdoors@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6004 or visit http://www.recsports.vcu.edu/outdoor-adventure/trip-descriptions/caving/.

Massey Cancer Center and Kathryn Angus, Women & Wellness Forum Series chair for 2014, present the 19th Annual Women & Wellness Forum Series at the Jefferson Hotel. Shannon Miller is the 2014 speaker. Breakfast is $85 per person and lunch is $125 per person. For more information, contact Stephanie Jenks at sjenks@vcu.edu or (804) 827-0642 or visit http://massey.vcu.edu/giving/fundraising/women-and-wellness/.

Notices

Deadline to Change Dining Plans is Friday, Jan. 24

The deadline to change current dining plans is 4 p.m. today, Jan. 24. Please visit www.bsv.vcu.edu/vcufood to request a change. For more information, contact Robinette Butler at rbutler@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1148.

Schedule a 2014 Conference

The new Conference and Scheduling Services office is scheduling 2014 summer conferences. For more information, contact Conference and Scheduling Services at ucss@vcu.edu or (804) 828-9585 or visit http://scheduling.vcu.edu.

Request Space on Campus Using Newly Expanded Virtual EMS

Plan a meeting, event or other campus function using VCU's newly expanded Virtual EMS system. Search for the right space on campus to meet the needs of an upcoming function. Visit campusems.vcu.edu to get started. A VCU eID and password is required. For more information, contact VCU Conference and Scheduling Services at ucss@vcu.edu or (804) 828-9585 or visit http://scheduling.vcu.edu.

Children's Swim Lessons

Nine levels of swim lesson classes are offered for children of recreational sports members. All classes are offered at the Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center. Classes are held on Saturday mornings for six weeks and are taught by American Red Cross water safety instructors. Session one runs Jan. 25-March 1. Registration closes Jan. 24 at noon. For details, class times and an interactive swim level quiz, visit http://www.recsports.vcu.edu/aquatics/rams-swim-school/childrens-swim-lessons/. For more information, contact Carrie Baines at cabaines@vcu.edu or (804) 827-0319.

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