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Alpha Phi Omega, Rotaract, Delta Epsilon Mu, MSW Student Association, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, MCV Student Government Association and Eritrean Student Association sponsor February blood drives. The Monroe Park Campus drive is on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom. The MCV Campus drive is on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Larrick Student Center. All blood benefits Virginia Blood Services and stays in central Virginia. For more information, contact Beth Ward at bhward@vcu.edu or (808) 828-3648.

Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity presents Charity ShaveASkull in the Commons Plaza. Members will voluntarily shave their heads to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Suggested donations are $2 for a patch of hair, $5 for a strip of hair and $10 for a full head. Find the ShaveASkull Facebook page for more details. For more information, contact Khiem Tran at trankq@vcu.edu or (804) 350-6836.

The Department of Forensic Science in the College of Humanities and Sciences presents Liz Lapatovitch discussing "Differentiating Laboratory-Grown and Environmentally-Derived Bacillus Pathogens using Lipids and Trace Metal Profiling," at 500 Academic Center, Room 0112. For more information, contact Jo Murphy at jsmurphy@vcu.edu.

The Department of Chemistry in the College of Humanities and Sciences presents a Graduate Student Literature Seminar, featuring Davide D'Urbino discussing “Switchable Hidrophilicity Solvents: A Green Chemistry Approach” in Oliver Hall, Room 1024. For more information, contact Rhea Miller at rmiller3@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1298.

This week

The Division for Inclusive Excellence hosts "Psychiatric and Cognitive Disabilities in the Workplace" at the Larrick Student Center, Jackson Ward A. A review of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the provisions for individuals with psychiatric and cognitive disabilities and common workplace accommodations that can be requested will be discussed. For more information, contact Paula McMahon at mcmahonpl2@vcu.edu or (804) 828-8947.

Iranian Culture Club holds its first documentary screening event at the Commons Theater. "Our Times," a 2002 documentary directed by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, and "Art of Demolition," a 1998 documentary directed by Maziar Bahari, will be screened. For more information, contact Kaveh Mohajeri at mohajerik@vcu.edu or visit http://vcu.collegiatelink.net/organization/icc.

VCU Music presents the first Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert of the spring semester in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. Directed by Terry Austin, Ph.D. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 the day of and free for students with VCU ID. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.showclix.com/events/1320. For more information, contact VCU Music Box Office at musmarketing@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6776 or visit http://arts.vcu.edu/events.

Be the Match on Campus at VCU invites the community to stop by the information table on the first floor of the University Student Commons, just outside the Commons Theater, to learn about the bone marrow registry. Faculty, staff and students between the ages of 18 and 44 and in generally good health are eligible to join with a simple cheek swab. For more information, contact Laura Gariepy at lwgariepy@vcu.edu or visit http://www.bethematchfoundation.org/site/TR?fr_id=2651&pg=entry#.UwdPtIWhZz4.

VCU Globe invites faculty and staff to an open house and information session in the West Grace North Residence Hall, Room 1030J. Meet the faculty, administrators and students, learn about the program, tour the facilities and enjoy refreshments. R.S.V.P. at the website below. For more information, contact Cole Cridlin at cridlinrc@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7853 or visit http://www.global.vcu.edu/vcuglobe/facultyopenhouse/.

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research hosts a public presentation by Mikhail Dozmorov, Ph.D., biostatistics candidate, at One Capital Square, Room 305. Dozmorov will discuss understanding the concept of epigenetic and its role in regulation of molecular mechanisms; distinguishing among common and rare genomic variants; and understanding the method for finding statistically significant associations of genomic and epigenetic data. For more information, contact Angie Jordan at awjordan@vcu.edu or (804) 628-0634.

Coming up

VCU Staff Senate presents the 10th annual Marquita Aguilar Scholarship Walk-a-thon starting at the University Student Commons’ Plaza. Registration required; download form at http://staffsenate.vcu.edu/walkathon/WalkaThon2014Registerfrm.pdf. Check-in is from 11 to 11:30 a.m. The walk starts at noon following remarks by President Michael Rao, Ph.D. Lunch and giveaways afterwards in the Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms. Donate to Virginia’s Caring University 2014 Scholarship fund online at http://support.vcu.edu/2014vcuwalk. Donate by payroll deduction at http://support.vcu.edu/vcuwalk. To apply for the scholarship, visit http://go.vcu.edu/caringscholarship. For more information, contact Marquita Aguilar at mcaguila@vcu.edu or (804) 827-0857 or visit http://www.staffsenate.vcu.edu/walkathon/index.html.

Alpha Omicron Pi announces the second annual Pie an AOII event, benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, in the Commons Plaza. Pies will be available for $2 each or three pies for $5. Donations for the Arthritis Foundation will also be accepted. For more information, contact Rebekah Lugo at lugorm2@vcu.edu.

Human Resources presents "How to Retire with the Virginia Retirement System" for VCU employees in the HR training facility, 922 W. Grace St., Room 115. This session is open to VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees. For more information, contact Daniel Jason at djason@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4660 or visit http://training.vcu.edu/course_detail.asp?ID=12236.

The Science, Technology and Society program in the College of Humanities and Sciences features Amy Slaton discussing "Meritocracy, Democracy Technocracy: Understandings of Race and Gender in STEM Education," in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms C-D. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wanda Clary at wclary@vcu.edu or visit http://www.has.vcu.edu/sts/current-lecture-series.html.

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