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Great Place Initiative Interactive Seminar for Employees

VCU’s Great Place Initiative celebrates and enhances the university’s dynamic living, learning and working community. To ensure that VCU remains a great place to work, the Great Place Initiative is hosting an interactive seminar, “VCU’s Great Place Initiative: Valuing Our Community Members,” that will provide an overview of key units and resources available for creating conditions necessary for all campus community members to feel welcomed, supported, included and valued by the university and each other. The MCV Campus seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 18, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Larrick Center, Court End Ballroom. Register at http://whoozin.com/W63-7MW-XGK9.

Today

The Activities Programming Board begins selling tickets at Break Point in the University Student Commons for its annual Spring Concert. This year's concert is April 10, 7 p.m. at the Siegel Center featuring artists Wiz Khalifa and Chevy Woods. Tickets are $10 for students and $25 for non-students. Bring a valid VCU ID. There is a limit of two student tickets per person. Ticket sales will be restricted to ages 17 and up. Attendees under the age of 17 are required to be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Harris Lipscomb at lipscombjh@vcu.edu.

Rams in Recovery and The Well host an informal cereal lunch, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Center at VCU, 819 S. Cathedral Place. Anyone affected by any addiction is welcome to this safe, judgement-free environment. Rams in Recovery hosts "You Did What?! Stories of Addiction and Recovery on a College Campus" at 6:30 p.m. in the West Grace South Residence Hall, Classroom WGS 1004a. This event will feature current students, people who got sober during college and alumni in recovery. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided. For more information, contact Kristen Donovan at kkdonovan@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2086.

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research hosts a Brown Bag Lunch & Learn presentation by Pam Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison, about the Research Incubator in the Molecular Medicine Research Building, Room 1009. Dillon will provide an overview of the many services and resources available to researchers through the CCTR Research Incubator, including biostatistics, grant writing and mock study reviews. All are welcome. No registration required. For more information, contact Frances Dumenci at fdumenci@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7701 or visit http://www.cctr.vcu.edu/researchincubator/index.html.

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, The Wellness Resource Center and SAVES sponsor "Misogyny: Conversations About Language, Sexuality and Privilege" in the University Student Commons, Forum Room. This event will allow students the opportunity to engage in a dialogue revolving around issues of shaming and harassment, as well as providing education on bystander intervention. For more information, contact Lorin Hoisington at omsa@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6672 or visit http://omsa.vcu.edu.

The Global Education Office presents one of its 2014 Immigration Seminars in the West Grace North Residence Hall, Room 1030J. Topics related to work visas, such as H1B, and permanent residence will be covered. Debra Dowd, Esq., immigration team lead at LeClair Ryan, will lead this discussion. Due to limited space, reservations are encouraged, but not required. R.S.V.P. to the email address below. For more information, contact Paul Babitts at GEOIS@vcu.edu.

VCU Music presents the winners of the annual student Concerto and Aria Competition, French horn player Kevin Newton and international student and double bass player Vasilije Gagovic, in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. The ensemble will also present a selection of Russian ballet music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door and free for VCU students with ID. For more information, contact VCU Music Box Office at musmarketing@vcu.edu or visit http://arts.vcu.edu/events.

Women's Basketball takes on Richmond at the Richmond Coliseum, 601 E. Leigh St., in the first round of the A10 Tournament. Saturday, March 8, Men's Basketball takes on St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m. at the Siegel Center. This is Senior Night and a "White Out" game. For more information, contact VCU Ticket Office at tickets@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7267 or visit http://www.vcuathletics.com/tickets/TicketCentral/.

This week

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research hosts a public presentation by Wang Qingguo, Ph.D., biostatistics candidate, at One Capitol Square, Room 305. Quingguo will discuss next generation sequencing (NGS) technology as a powerful tool for cancer research; a novel NGS tool, VirusFinder, and its methodology; and challenges of today's cancer studies and possible future opportunities. All are welcome. For more information, contact Angie Jordan at awjordan@vcu.edu or (804) 628-0634.

The VCU Honors College holds a Continuing Student Orientation in the Honors College Building, Room 1303. Prospective students are required to attend one orientation session as part of the application process. For more information, contact Nathan Wilson at honorssa@vcu.edu or visit http://www.honors.vcu.edu.

Coming up

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research hosts its next Discovery Dialogues seminar in the Learning Center, Main Hospital, first floor. Anshu Gupta, M.D., assistant professor of endocrinology and metabolism, will present "Discovering the Link Between Diet and Diabetes and Heart Disease." Open to all. Light refreshments served. For more information, contact Pam Dillon at pmdillon@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7701 or visit http://www.cctr.vcu.edu.

VCU Medical Center presents a free seminar on gynecologic cancers as part of its Lewis Ginter Seminar Series. Jori Carter, M.D., VCU Massey Cancer Center, will discuss prevention and screening. Although screening is only currently available for cervical cancer, other prevention techniques may reduce risk. The seminar is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments are provided. Registration is recommended. To register, call 828-0123 or email seminars@mcvh-vcu.edu. For more information, contact Katherine Poarch at kpoarch@mcvh-vcu.edu or visit http://www.vcuhealth.org/News/Default.aspx?sid=1&nid=374.

Notices

Cabell Update: Bike Rack to Move March 10

To make way for construction, the bike racks southeast of the atrium at James Branch Cabell Library will be moved on Monday, March 10. If any bikes are left in the racks, the locks will be cut and the bikes stored until they are claimed. Remove bikes by Sunday, March 9, or earlier. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or (804) 828-0129.

VCU Online Learning Summit 2014: Proposals Due by March 18

The Online Learning Summit 2014 is accepting proposals to share novel learning approaches, trial and error teaching experiences and solutions to design challenges and instructional innovations. Presentations will demonstrate diverse approaches to the Summit theme of “Connections and Community: From Course to Commonwealth.” Proposals are due Tuesday, March 18. For more information, contact Joyce Kincannon at jmkincannon@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1605 or visit http://wp.vcu.edu/onlinesummit2014/summit-overview/.

Opt-In Period for VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan Through April 30

Faculty and staff covered by Plan 1 or Plan 2 of the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) may elect to opt into the new VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan during a one-time election period from now through Wednesday, April 30. The opt-in is not available to faculty covered by the VCU Optional Retirement Plan. The Hybrid Retirement Plan combines features of a defined benefit plan (which pays a monthly benefit based on age, total service credit and average final compensation) and a defined contribution plan (which provides a retirement benefit based on contributions to the plan and the investment performance of those contributions). For more information about the plan and opt-in eligibility, visit http://www.varetire.org/pdf/publications/member-news-december-2013.pdf. To access the Hybrid Plan Calculator, check your member account balance or create a benefit estimate, log in or create a myVRS account at http://www.varetire.org. For more information, contact VCU Benefits at benefits@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1723.

No-Fee, Weight Loss Research Study: Live Well RVA

Winter weight gain got you down? Get fit for spring. Researchers at VCU are offering a new behavioral weight loss program funded by the National Institutes of Health. Live Well RVA is designed specifically for young adults; qualified participants will receive personalized feedback and coaching to meeting their goals. If you are African American, between the ages of 18-25, and overweight, visit http://www.livewellrva.com or call (804) 827-2250 to see if you are eligible. For more information, contact Megan Blumenthal at blumenthalmm@vcu.edu.

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