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The Global Education Office hosts the International Education Week Fair in the rotunda of Shafer Court. Representatives from Education Abroad, International Student and Scholar Programs and VCU Globe will be available to share program information. This event is being held as part of VCU's week-long celebration of International Education Week. For more information, contact Renee Russell at vrrussell@vcu.edu or visit http://global.vcu.edu/iew.

Denise Dicks of the National Scholarship Office hosts an information session for the Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) Program in the Honors College, Room 1210. This program offers six-month and one-year placements to teach English to Korean students while experiencing life in Korea. For more information, contact Denise Dicks at honorsnso@vcu.edu or visit http://wp.vcu.edu/honorsnso/.

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs presents the documentary "Two Spirits" in the Commons Theater as part of a Native American Heritage Month celebration. The film interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world was not simply divided into male and female, and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders. For more information, contact Vicki Yeroian at omsa@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6672 or visit http://omsa.vcu.edu.

Black Student Union presents Men's Appreciation Night in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom B. The purpose of this event is to show appreciation to the positive male role models on campus that include students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact Sheryce Holloway at hollowayse@vcu.edu or (757) 817-0495.

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The Financial Aid, National Scholarship and Education Abroad offices hold their annual Study Abroad Funding Forum in the University Student Commons, Forum Room. The forum will focus on how to utilize federal financial aid, national and VCU scholarships to pay for study abroad. Students will receive detailed information about the financial aid process and scholarships such as the VCU Education Abroad, Gilman, Boren and Fulbright scholarships. For more information, contact Nasha Lewis at abroad@vcu.edu or visit http://global.vcu.edu/iew/.

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs hosts the conversation "What is in the Mascot?" in the University Student Commons, Suite 215. Join in this student-led event surrounding the misrepresentation of Native Americans in modern society, as part of the Native American Heritage Month celebration. For more information, contact Vicki Yeroian at omsa@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6672 or visit http://omsa.vcu.edu.

Scholarship Sharing hosts a resume workshop for students applying for scholarships in the University Student Commons, Forum Room. Guest Speaker Maggie McDearmon, career development adviser, will present information on how to build a resume, cover letter and writing a personal statement. For more information, contact Lorraine SantaLucia at santalucialm@vcu.edu or (804) 577-8513 or visit http://scholarshipsharing.wix.com/scholarshipsharing#!events-and-workshops/cn2j .

Coming up

The da Vinci Center hosts an information session on the 2014 VCU Venture Creation Competition (VCC) in the School of Engineering East Hall, Room E3229. Those interested in submitting their concepts, ideas or technologies are encouraged to attend and learn about this year's competition, which is focused on developing a business model. For more information, contact Kenneth Kahn at kbkahn@vcu.edu or (804) 828-9944 or visit http://www.davincicenter.vcu.edu.

VCU Libraries, the MFA in Creative Writing program, as well as many on-campus sponsors present the annual Cabell First Novelist Award Night in the University Student Commons. Ramona Ausubel, 2013 award winner for "No One Is Here Except All of Us," will read from her book about the travails of a remote Romanian village during WWII. A book signing will follow. Writers and readers alike enjoy this annual insiders’ look at the writing and publishing process. This event is free; register at the website below. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu or (804) 828-0593 or visit http://novelist.library.vcu.edu/festival.html..

The da Vinci Center hosts an information session on its Master of Product Innovation program in the School of Engineering East Hall, Room E4229. Those interested in learning about the program and being a part of the 2014 class are encouraged to attend. Register to the email address below. For more information, contact Frank Franzak at fjfranza@vcu.edu or visit http://www.davincicenter.vcu.edu.

The Homecoming Parade is Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. Student organizations are encouraged to participate. Registration forms are available at www.homecomingvcu.com. Forms are due by Dec. 21 and can be turned in to the Student Organizations Office, Room 018 in the University Student Commons. For more information, contact Sheryce Holloway at hollowayse@vcu.edu.

Notices

Women in Science Thanksgiving Food Drive

Women in Science holds a Thanksgiving Food Drive through Friday, Nov. 15, in support of FeedMore and the Central Virginia Food Bank. Boxes are located in Sanger Hall, Molecular Medicine Research Building, Kontos Medical Sciences Building and One Capitol Square. The five main food categories of greatest need are: canned fish and meats, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, hot and cold cereal, pasta and rice. Help others and provide hunger relief in central Virginia. For more information, contact Elizabeth Do at doek@vcu.edu.

VCU Brandcenter Survey: Focus Group on Energy Production

The VCU Brandcenter, in collaboration with the School of Engineering, asks the VCU community to participate in a screening survey for a series of focus groups to better understand people's perceptions of energy production and utilization. Take a few minutes and complete this survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HH9FXHP. Selected students will be provided free lunch on the day of the focus groups. For more information, contact John Swanson at swansonjm@vcu.edu.

2013/2014 Insider: Incorrect Calendar Dates

The 2013/214 Insider calendar incorrectly notes that the university is closed on Nov. 15 and 16. The university is closed Nov. 27 - Dec. 1. Classes beginning at noon or later on Nov. 27 do not meet. For more information, contact Chuck Klink at cjklink@vcu.edu.

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