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I AM @VCU hosts a spring cookout outside in the University Student Commons Plaza. For more information, contact Christiana Koroma at koromac@vcu.edu.

The VCU Small Jazz Ensembles take the stage in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. The program of six combos includes music by John Coltrane, Clifford Brown, Cyrus Chestnut, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk and Dexter Gordon. Admission is free to all. For more information, contact the VCU Music Box Office at musictix@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6776 or visit http://www.arts.vcu.edu/music.

This week

The Department of Management, in the School of Business, presents a research seminar featuring Brian Nosek, Ph.D., discussing “Scientific Utopia” in Snead Hall, Room B3186. For more information, contact Blair DeLorge at bcdelorge@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1530 or visit http://events.vcu.edu/detailEvent.asp?ID=59594.

The School of Education, School of Engineering, College of Humanities and Sciences, Office of Research, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the National Science Foundation sponsor a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Healthcare (STEM-H) summit in the School of Engineering East Hall and the University Student Commons. Keynote speakers are Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D., and David Pugalee, Ph.D. The registration deadline was Friday, April 11. For more information, contact Rosalyn Hobson-Hargraves at rhobson@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1305 or visit http://wp.vcu.edu/stemh.

The Science, Technology, and Society Program in the College of Humanities and Sciences features Ainissa Ramirez, who will present "STEM: How It Got Here and Where It Needs To Go" as part of the STS@VCU Lecture Series: "Science Education, Past and Present" in the Commons Theater. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wanda P. Clary at wclary@vcu.edu or visit http://wp.vcu.edu/vcucollege/files/2014/03/STS-Lecture_Ramirez_.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.

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

The School of World Studies hosts a lecture titled, "Knight Passages: The Once and Future Don Quixote," featuring professor Edward Friedman in the University Student Commons, Forum Room. Friedman is the director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for Humanities at Vanderbilt University, a Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt professor of Spanish and professor of comparative literature. For more information, contact Mar Gongora at mmgongora@vcu.edu.

The VCU Police Department collects old cellphones, laptops, MP3 players and accessories at the VCUPD table during VCU's Earth Day Bazaar. These items do not need to be in working order. All proceeds will benefit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. For more information, contact Tricia Mozingo at Tlmozingo@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6356 or visit http://www.vcu.edu/police.

The Office of Sustainability, Wellness Resource Center and Green Unity present "Trashed," a documentary film that travels around the world investigating the extent and effects of the global waste problem in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 2100. For more information, contact Katie Vatalaro Hill at kevatalaro@vcu.edu.

Students, faculty, staff, community members, friends and family are invited to attend and support VCU undergraduates as they present their current research endeavors in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms and Richmond Salons. For more information, contact Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu or visit http://www.research.vcu.edu/ugresources/symposium_flyer.pdf.

The Community Health Education Center, on the ground floor of the VCU Medical Center's Gateway Building, hosts an open house for Donate Life Month. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Sarah Amick at seamick@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2432 or visit http://wp.vcu.edu/chec/.

Sexual Assault and Violence Education by Students presents "Take Back the Night," an annual event at VCU to raise awareness about sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking, in the Commons Plaza. The program gives survivors a forum to share stories and will include student performances and a speak-out led by Rowena L. Briones, Ph.D., assistant professor, Robertson School of Media and Culture. A march around Monroe Park will follow. For more information, contact Tammi Slovinsky at tslovinsky@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2085.

The Student Virginia Education Association invites the VCU community to iTeach, a professional development workshop designed to introduce k-12 teachers to a variety of technologies to enhance classroom instruction, in the Liberal Studies for Early and Elementary Education building. The session introduces four areas of technology integration, including make-it, take-it ideas, digital storytelling, presentation, websites, wikis, blogs and web 2.0 tools. Free and open to all. Lunch will be served. Register at the website below. For more information, contact Caitlin Mewborn at mewborncm@vcu.edu or visit https://docs.google.com/a/vcu.edu/forms/d/15PWcGrXUHm6cErC6SmQ5dAF-psr4wPXlyk4W2AjuIDQ/viewform.

Human Resources presents "The VCU Roth 403(b) Savings Option: Is It Right for You?" for faculty and staff in the HR training facility, 922 W. Grace St., Room 115. This session is open to VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees. Participants may bring lunch. To register, visit http://training.vcu.edu/course_detail.asp?ID=12553. For more information, contact Daniel Jason at djason@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4660 or visit http://www.hr.vcu.edu/media/hr/documents/ffseries.pdf.

Notices

Global Corporate Challenge: Registration Open

VCU participates again this year in the Global Corporate Challenge, a workplace health and well-being program aimed at changing behavior and improving the health of employees, beginning on Wednesday, May 28. If interested in joining a VCU team, email your name to Debbie Fitzgerald by Friday, April 25. Teams will be organized and selected participants will be notified by Friday, May 2. Space is limited. For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at dmfitzge@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit http://www.hr.vcu.edu/worklife-and-wellness/health.html.

VCU Libraries Launches 'The Academy' Blog

VCU Libraries launches a new blog, "The Academy," to reach faculty with interest in issues, concepts and trends influencing scholarship and research in today’s digital age. "The Academy" is for the big-picture, the complicated, the bold and the new. Subscribe to the RSS feed to receive occasional postings on matters about VCU Libraries and academic work today, at http://wp.vcu.edu/academy/. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or (804) 828-0129 or visit http://wp.vcu.edu/academy/.

Academic Learning Commons: Extended Hours April 21 to May 8

Beginning Monday, April 21, the Academic Learning Commons stays open until 2 a.m. to provide needed quiet study space to students. Hours are Monday-Thursday. Entry is only via the Floyd Ave. door. This service enhancement is due to the construction at Cabell Library; some student spaces have shrunk and noise levels have risen. The extended hours are organized and funded by the Office of the Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Student Success in partnership with VCU Libraries. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or visit http://www.library.vcu.edu/about/news/2014/academic-learning-commons-extends-open-hours-to-expand-study-space.html.

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