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The University Career Center, in the University Student Commons, first floor, invites faculty and staff to an open house featuring a chance to see the newly remodeled space and enjoy hors d' oeuvres. For more information, contact Kim Hanneman at hannemanka@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1645 or visit http://www.students.vcu.edu/careers.

VCU Libraries, Dining Services and Technology Services present the third annual Library Fest, an open house tied to Welcome Week, at James Branch Cabell Library. Attendees can sign up for the chance to win an iPad Mini; pick up giveaways such as comic books, coffee sleeves, coozies and sunglasses; sample Starbucks and other Dining Services edibles; and take library tours, glean research tips and meet librarians who can help them succeed academically. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.

The Office of Research will offer one-on-one, guided searches of federal and private funding sources at 809 S. Cathedral Place, Room 103. Appointments are required, and usually last about one hour. To make an appointment, use the information listed below and attach a lay-language summary of research areas. For more information, contact Jessica Venable at jcvenable@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1443.

The VCU Medical Center’s Labor and Delivery Unit presents open houses at the date and time listed above and again the same day from 2-5 p.m. in the Main Hospital building, sixth floor. The newly renovated unit features spacious rooms with private labor tubs and showers, wireless fetal monitoring, 24-hour visitation and á la carte room service. For more information, contact Hampton Eubanks at heubanks@mcvh-vcu.edu or visit http://VCUMom.com.

Human Resources presents "How to Retire with the Virginia Retirement System" for VCU employees in McGuire Hall Annex, Room B-20. 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=11467.

Human Resources presents "Recognition, Reinforcement and Rewards: Tools for Employee Engagement" for managers and supervisors in the HR training facility, 922 W. Grace St., Room 115. For more information, contact Penny McFarline at mcfarlinep@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6983 or visit http://training.vcu.edu/course_detail.asp?ID=11815..

VCU is the signature sponsor of a citywide event in September -- the VCU Broad Street Mile -- that will offer participants the opportunity to compete in fun runs, raise money for scholarships and enjoy a festival on Richmond’s main thoroughfare. The inaugural event will celebrate VCU’s 175th Anniversary and take place on Broad Street between Belvidere Street and Hermitage Road. Broad Street will be transformed into two areas, a mile side and festival side. The mile side will feature fun-themed mile races throughout the event, while the festival side will feature exhibits from VCU academic programs, VCU student organizations, corporate sponsors and community organizations. In addition, nonprofit organizations can recruit runners and raise money through entry fees and additional online fundraising campaigns. To volunteer at the event or register for one of the 16 themed fun-runs, visit the webpage below. For more information, contact VCU Broad Street Mile at info@broadstreetmile.com or visit http://www.vcubroadstreetmile.com/.

Notices

Biometric Screenings and Premium Rewards for Faculty and Staff in the State Health Benefits Program

Free on-campus biometric health screenings are offered by appointment only on Sept. 17, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28 for employees and enrolled spouses in the COVA Care, COVA HealthAware and COVA HDHP plans. To schedule an on-campus appointment, employees can visit http://www.myactivehealth.com/cova and register for access or log into their existing MyActiveHealth account. Employees and enrolled spouses covered by COVA Care or COVA HealthAware as of July 1 can receive a six-month premium reward beginning Jan. 1 if they complete a biometric health screening by Oct. 31. Informational posters can be found at http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/hbenefits/documents/BeSafeBiometrics.pdf and http://www.hr.vcu.edu/pdf_docs/BiometricScreenings.pdf. For more information, contact VCU Benefits at benefits@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1723.

Facilitators Needed for Courageous Conversations

The Office of Multicultural Students Affairs seeks faculty members interested in facilitating a session of "Courageous Conversations," a new program beginning in OMSA this fall. The program will offer students an opportunity to discuss important issues relating to race, culture and diversity in a safe and structured environment. For more information, contact Dionne Shepperson at sheppersoda2@vcu.edu.

Call for Applications: Faculty Learning Community for International Student Success

The Global Education Office and Center for Teaching Excellence invite applications through Thursday, Aug. 15, for a jointly sponsored 2013-14 Faculty Learning Community. This FLC is designed to support VCU faculty interested in developing knowledge, skills, methods and programs that support the academic success and wellness of VCU’s international students. For full program description and to apply, visit www.global.vcu.edu/flc. For more information, contact Amber Hill, Ph.D., at abennett@vcu.edu.

ACE-IT in College

VCU ACE-IT in College invites the VCU community to explore its new website, www.aceitincollege.org. Meet the ACE-IT in College students, hear from faculty and families and learn more about this comprehensive program. VCU ACE-IT in College provides an inclusive, on-campus, college experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities. For more information, contact Shannon Jones at msmcmanu@vcu.edu.

RamAway Service Starts Aug. 15

VCU Transportation, in partnership with the Divisions of Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, will provide free shuttle service from the Richmond International Airport, Main Street Station and the Greyhound station Thursday, Aug. 15, through Wednesday, Aug. 21. The bus will depart from the airport every two hours, noon to 8 p.m. Seats must be reserved online to ride the RamAway van. For more information, contact VCU Transportation at ramtransit@vcu.edu or visit http://www.parking.vcu.edu/vcupark/RamAway.htm.

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