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The Richmond Global Health Alliance, a local nonprofit organization, hosts a raffle until noon on Friday, May 23, to fund health projects in Pampas Grande, Peru, where VCU medical students will be traveling this summer as part of the "HOMBRE" program. Prizes include two tickets and meet-and-greet passes to Luke Bryan in concert and four tickets to the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. For more information, contact Jackie Britz at britzjb@vcu.edu or visit http://richmondglobalhealthalliance.org.

University Student Commons & Activities sponsor May blood drives on Wednesday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the University Student Commons and Thursday, May 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Larrick Student Center. Walk-ins are welcome or make an appointment at http://www.vablood.org. All blood benefits Virginia Blood Services and all donations stay in central Virginia. For more information, contact Beth Ward at bhward@vcu.edu or (804) 828-3648.

The Life Sciences and Religion Initiative and the Palliative Care program present two talks by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D. The first talk, "Beyond the Cancer Genome: New Advances in Cancer Treatment," will be at 2 p.m. in the Egyptian Building auditorium and the second, "Illness as Biography: Writing a History of Cancer," will be at 7 p.m. in the W.E. Singleton Center for Performing Arts. For more information, contact Brian Cassel at jbcassel@vcu.edu or (804) 628-0617.

Work/Life Resources invites faculty and staff to the University Student Commons, Virginia Room A, to learn more about Zumba and have an opportunity to talk with VCU Rec Sports staff about fitness membership on campus. To register, visit http://www.hr.vcu.edu/learning-and-development/. For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at dmfitzge@vcu.edu.

VCU Libraries hosts a talk by author Kitty Snow on the photographs of Harris H. Stilson, a streetcar motorman in turn-of-the-century Richmond, in the James Branch Cabell Library, second floor multipurpose room. The photographs reveal seldom-seen views of Richmond's past. Copies of Snow's books featuring the photographs will be on sale at the event. For more information, contact Gregory Kimbrell at kimbrellgg@vcu.edu or (804) 828-0593 or visit http://www.library.vcu.edu/about/events/2013-14/from-a-richmond-streetcar.html.

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics presents a research seminar in Sanger Hall, Room 3-016. Cameron Mura, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia, will present "Recent Structural and Biochemical Studies of the RNA-associated Sm Superfamily." For more information, contact Haley VanderMeer at hvandermeer@vcu.edu or (804) 828-9756 or visit http://www.physiology.vcu.edu/.

Coming up

Human Resources sponsors the class "Classified Hiring At VCU" in the McGuire Hall Annex, Room B1-020. An HR consultant will lead an overview of the hiring process at VCU, including how to use eJobs, setting the hiring range, recruitment and advertising, screening and ranking, the interviewing process, checking references and compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and regulations. To register, visit http://training.vcu.edu/course_detail.asp?ID=11805. For more information, contact Human Resources at traindev@vcu.edu or (804) 828-0179 or visit http://www.hr.vcu.edu/learning-and-development/.

The Department of Psychiatry presents the "Speak Up 5K Launch Party" at Brown’s Island, 490 Tredegar St., to celebrate the life and legacy of Cameron Gallagher, who died suddenly after completing the Shamrock Half Marathon in March. Cameron was a strong supporter of the Virginia Treatment Center for Children. The Gallagher family will hold the "Speak Up 5K Race" to benefit the VTCC in September. Attend the launch party at Brown’s Island to sign up for the race and enjoy food, music and festivities. Find the Facebook event page for details. For more information, contact Delores Richards-Madikiza at drichards-madikiza@mcvh-vcu.edu or (804) 828-1123 or visit http://www.vcuhealth.org/vtcc/.

VCU Massey Cancer Center invites the VCU community to join Bike Virginia for its first "Cycle 4 Massey Cancer Center," to benefit cancer research, at Pocahontas State Park. Routes will include options from 26-80 miles. Registration includes lunch, marked bike routes, on-route support and rest stops. Adult registration is $99 or $69 for youth (ages 12-17). Twenty percent of these special event registrations will be given to Massey. For more information, contact Lauren Kiger at kigerml@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1451 or visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e97s8vnde04e4326&llr=9hqif7n6.

Notices

Health Plan Premium Rewards for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff in COVA Care and COVA HealthAware who currently receive premium rewards will automatically continue to receive them for the July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 plan year. For more information, see http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/hbenefits/ohbcommunications/COVAPremiumRewardLetterB.pdf. Faculty and staff in COVA Care and COVA HealthAware who do not currently receive premium rewards can qualify to receive them for the July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 plan year by completing a health assessment and biometric screening on or before May 31, 2014. For more information, see http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/hbenefits/ohbcommunications/COVAPremiumRewardLetterA.pdf or contact Active Health Management at 1-866-938-0349. For more information, contact VCU Benefits at benefits@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1723 or visit http://hr.vcu.edu/benefits.html .

VCU’s 2014 Holiday and Winter Closing Schedule Reminder

VCU’s 2014 holiday and winter closing schedule is available at http://hr.vcu.edu/communications/holiday-calendar/. Eligible faculty and staff are encouraged to save 20 hours of leave (two and one-half days) required to cover part of the winter closing, as indicated at http://hr.vcu.edu/media/hr/documents/IHR20140107.pdf. For more information, contact Gwen Parker, VCU Human Resources at gmparker@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1534 or visit http://www.hr.vcu.edu/communications/holiday-calendar/.

Deadline Reminder: Open Enrollment for Health Benefits and Flexible Spending Ends Friday, May 23

Eligible faculty and classified staff can change health benefits coverage and re-enroll in flexible spending accounts through Friday, May 23, for changes that take effect July 1. For details, see the Spotlight newsletter at http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/hbenefits/OpenEnrollment2014/SpotlightSpring2014.pdf and the VCU Open Enrollment Checklist at http://hr.vcu.edu/media/hr/checklist_oe2014.pdf. For more information, contact VCU Benefits at benefits@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1723 or visit http://hr.vcu.edu/benefits.html.

Noise at Cabell Library

Be prepared for jackhammering and loud construction work from now through the week of May 19, at the James Branch Cabell LIbrary. The atrium will be demolished and other significant demolition work is underway. Earplugs are available at the Information Services desk. For construction updates, visit http://wp.vcu.edu/new-library/. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or visit http://wp.vcu.edu/new-library/.

Attention All Investigators and Clinical Research Teams: Change in Charges Associated with the Utilization of Clinical Research Services

Due to NIH expectations that Clinical Research Services that are supported by an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) will transition from a GCRC model to a cost recovery model, the VCU CRS is now considered a Service Center. The previous practice of discounting or waiving charges for non-industry clinical research is being phased out. For more information, visit http://www.cctr.vcu.edu/clinicalresearch/index.html. For more information, contact Frances Dumenci at fdumenci@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7701 or visit http://www.cctr.vcu.edu/clinicalresearch/index.html.

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