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Special Announcement

Monthly Siren Test

VCU will conduct the monthly siren test at noon this Wednesday, May 7. Monthly siren tests are conducted on the first Wednesday of each month. The monthly siren test involves a one-minute siren activation using a steady or even tone for the sirens located on the Monroe Park and MCV campuses. In an actual life-threatening emergency, the sirens will be activated for four minutes to warn people external to VCU facilities that there is an immediate risk to the area. There is no "all clear" siren as that information is distributed via the other VCU Alert technologies.

Today

Wednesday, Apr. 30 - Friday, May. 9

Final examinations for spring semester – Monroe Park campus. May 2 exams rescheduled to April 30 (this is a change)

Monday, May. 5 - Friday, May. 9

Final examinations for spring semester – MCV campus

Monday, May. 5 - Saturday, May. 10

Final examinations for spring semester – evening classes

Friday, May. 9

Final date for graduate dean’s approval signature on completion of graduate thesis/dissertation for May degree candidates (check with graduate program director regarding internal schedules for submission of copy, defense and school/college dean approval)

Friday, May. 9

Final date for submission of thesis/dissertation to the VCU Digital Archives

Saturday, May. 10

May Commencement

The Henry A. McGee, Jr. Lecture in Chemical and Life Science Engineering

4 p.m.

The Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering presents the Henry A. McGee, Jr. Lecture in the School of Engineering West Hall, Ethyl Auditorium. This year's speaker is Benny D. Freeman, Ph.D., the Richard B. Curran Centennial Chair in Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, speaking on "Polymer Membranes for Gas and Liquid Separations." For more information, contact Jack Schreiber at jbschrei@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7789.

This week

Human Resources presents "Money at Work: Foundations of Investing," the last session in the spring financial fitness series, for faculty and staff in the McGuire Hall Annex, Room B-20. This session is open to VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees. Participants may bring lunch. To register, visit https://publictools.tiaa-cref.org/public/publictools/events/eventswelcome?eventId=1-1PU72DV. For more information, contact Daniel Jason at djason@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4660 or visit http://www.hr.vcu.edu/media/hr/documents/moneyatwork_20140508.pdf.

Coming up

Human Resources presents "Retiring with the VCU Optional Retirement Plan" for VCU faculty 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=12243.

The Global Education Office, Office of Research and Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies host the rescheduled International Health Research Workshop in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons I-II. Presenters will include representatives from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, as well as VCU researchers engaged in international research. To register, visit the website below. For more information, contact Jessica Venable at jcvenable@vcu.edu or (807) 827-1443 or visit http://global.vcu.edu/ihr/.

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 .

Open Enrollment for Faculty and Staff Health Benefits and Flexible Spending: May 1-23

Open enrollment for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s health benefits and flexible spending programs will take place from Thursday, May 1, through Friday, May 23. Eligible faculty and staff may enroll or make coverage changes during this period. For details, review 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. Open enrollment elections are accepted only between May 1 and May 23. For more information, contact VCU Benefits at benefits@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1723 or visit http://hr.vcu.edu/benefits.html.

CCTR: NIH Video Contest

The VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research is participating in an NIH video contest celebrating the 10th anniversary of the NIH Common Fund. Watch as the CCTR crew shows how translational research is a team sport. Includes special appearances by the Rams men's basketball team. Help the center win the contest by watching and voting thumbs up at http://youtu.be/aicBDifDtIA. For more information, contact Frances Dumenci at fdumenci@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7701 or visit http://youtu.be/aicBDifDtIA.

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