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Special Announcement

Monthly Siren Test

VCU will conduct the monthly siren test at noon this Wednesday, July 2. 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.


The University Student Commons and Activities is sponsoring a World Cup viewing party in Break Point on the lower level of the University Student Commons. Come out and watch the U.S.A. vs. Belgium game and enjoy free snacks and refreshments. For more information, contact Gillian Perry at

This week

The Anderson Gallery hosts a happy hour event in the gallery's lounge. The lounge will be transformed into a fun foley soundstage for kids of all ages. Using a variety of everyday objects that pop, crack and zip, participants will improvise the soundtrack for a zany reel of video clips. All are welcome to this free program. A cash bar will be available. For more information, contact Traci Garland at or visit .

Coming up

VCU Medical Center presents a free seminar about knee replacement as part of the Lewis Ginter Seminar Series. Gregory Golladay, M.D., Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, will talk about sensor-assisted knee replacement surgery and how the technology is helping improve outcomes for patients with knee implants and replacements. The seminar is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments are provided. Registration is recommended. Register online at the website below. For more information, contact Katherine Poarch at or (804) 828-0123 or visit

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 or (804) 828-4660 or visit

The Office of the Vice President for Research holds an information session in the Critical Care Hospital, First Floor, Room 304, for sponsors of an Investigational New Drug (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) or for those who work on VCU or VCU Health System faculty-held INDs or IDEs. New policies, procedures and the availability of assistance for faculty-held INDs and IDEs will be discussed. ​ For more information, contact Betsy Ripley, Clinical Research Compliance Officer, at or (804) 828-1955.


Call for Nominations: School of Medicine Teaching Excellence Awards

The School of Medicine invites the VCU community to submit nominations for four teaching awards: Enrique Gerszten Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Irby-James Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Distinguished Mentor Award and the Educational Innovation/Educational Research Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 11. For more information, contact Deborah Stewart at or (804) 828-6591 or visit

No RamRide Service on Friday, July 4

Due to the university-observed holiday, there will be no RamRide transit service on Friday, July 4. MCV Campus subscribers may reciprocal park on the N and D decks during this time. For more information, contact VCU Transportation at

Monroe Park Campus Weight Watchers Meetings move to Tuesdays

Please note that beginning Tuesday, July 8, Weight Watchers meetings on the Monroe Park Campus will be held on Tuesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. All meetings will be held in Harris Hall, 1015 Floyd Avenue, room 5173. Meetings on the MCV Campus will continue to be held on Wednesdays at noon in the Alumni House at 1016 E. Clay Street. Employees may join anytime. For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at or visit

Global Education Office Seeks Volunteer Host Families for Iraqi Students: July 12-13

The Global Education Office invites faculty and staff to host an Iraqi student on July 12-13, for a weekend homestay experience. This is VCU's fifth consecutive year implementing the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, a cultural exchange program that is funded by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and enables highly motivated university students from Iraq to attend intensive academic summer programs at five host universities. A weekend homestay experience is an important part of the students' program. For more information, contact Amanda Velez at or (804) 828-8792.

See a schedule of workshops and classes that teach how to use collections and databases.
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See a schedule of workshops and seminars that teach how to use computer applications.