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Undergraduate teaching assistants in the Focused Inquiry Program present "Dissolving the Smokescreen" in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 2100. The impact of secondhand smoke exposure on campus and how VCU can solve this problem will be discussed. For more information, contact Nicole Anderson Ellis at naellis@vcu.edu.

The School of Education presents its eighth annual golf tournament at Providence Golf Course, 1160 S. Providence Road. Check-in will be at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Donna S. Sharits at dssharits@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4770 or visit https://www.vcualumni.org/Calendar/Details/6386.

VCU Brandcenter Friday Forum presents "...Skip Ad in Three...", featuring advertising director and newly inducted AAF Hall of Famer Joe Pytka, of PYTKA, in the Brandcenter lecture hall. For more information, contact Katherine Keogh at kakeogh@vcu.edu or (804) 814-2428 or visit http://brandcenter.vcu.edu/resources/friday-forum/.

The School of Medicine and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research host a presentation by Edith Mitchell, M.D., director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, in the Goodwin Research Laboratory, Thalhimer Conference Room. Mitchell will discuss "Navigating the Complex World of Cancer Diagnosis and Care: Minimizing Disparities." The presentation is open to all and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Frances Dumenci at fdumenci@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7701.

The School of World Studies, in the College of Humanities and Sciences, presents the Anthropology Speaker Series featuring Kelsey Irvin, grants administrator, VCU Massey Cancer Center, discussing "A Labor of Love: Surrogacy, American Families and the Language of Gift Giving" in the Commons Theater. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christopher Brooks at cabrooks@vcu.edu.

TEDx at VCU presents Leah Fremouw, project manager, TEDxRVA, on a behind-the-scenes perspective of a TEDx event in the West Grace South Residence Hall, Room 1004. For more information, contact Elliot Roth at rothet@vcu.edu.

Activities Programming Board shows films every weekend in the Commons Theater for students and faculty with a valid VCU ID. This weekend the board will show "Captain Phillips" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." "Captain Phillips" will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 11, and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" will play at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. For more information, contact Kirsten Goodale at goodalekl@vcu.edu.

Anointed to Dance of VCU presents "Free Worship," a night of praise and worship through song and dance in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms A-D. This free event will feature the Black Awakening Choir of VCU and other local praise dance groups and singers. For more information, contact Danielle Fife at s2dcfife@vcu.edu or (804) 683-9124.

This week

VCU Music presents Leila Josefowicz (violin), as part of the Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series, in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. Tickets are $34 and can be purchased at http://www.showclix.com/events/1320. For more information, contact VCU Music Box Office at musmarketing@vcu.edu or visit http://www.showclix.com/events/1320.

Springboard VCU invites the VCU community to participate in "Paint the Town Green," a project intended to give back to the Richmond community by beautifying locations throughout the city and on campus. To sign up to volunteer, visit http://springboard-vcu.webnode.com/volunteer-signup/. For more information, contact Ria Grace Gozon at gozonrga2@vcu.edu or (757) 995-4752 or visit http://springboard-vcu.webnode.com/volunteer-signup/.

Coming up

The Department of Rehabilitation Counseling holds a training series for OEF/OIF Veterans titled “Ignite: Veterans Thriving in Work and Life.” This eight-session series begins on Tuesday, April 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and takes place every Tuesday evening until June 3. The sessions include identifying and applying strengths; job seeking skills; getting the job you want; fostering positive emotions; decision making and problem solving skills; and mindfulness-based stress reduction. Parking, refreshments and an incentive will be provided. If interested in participating, use the contact information below. Location and further instruction will be given upon contact. For more information, contact Allison Borden at bordenam@vcu.edu.

VCU Music presents Jazz Orchestra I joined by two-time Grammy® Award-winning acoustic and electric bassist, composer and arranger Boris Kozlov in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. Jazz Orchestra I is directed by Antonio Garcia. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 the day of and free for students with VCU ID. Tickets can be purchased at showclix.com/events/1320. For more information, contact VCU Music Box Office at musmarketing@vcu.edu or visit http://arts.vcu.edu/events.

The Department of Human Resources offers a workshop for faculty and staff who supervise classified employees in the HR Training Room, 922 W. Grace St. Learn how to design and deliver powerful feedback that will help others learn and grow. Register at the website listed below. For more information, contact Penelope McFarline at mcfarlinep@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6983 or visit http://www.hr.vcu.edu/learning-and-development/.

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics presents a research seminar in Sanger Hall, Room 3-016. Physiology's 2013 Distinguished Lecturer, Martin Chalfie, Ph.D., from Columbia University's Department of Biological Sciences, will present "Touch Sensing in C. Elegans: Transduction and Modulation." For more information, contact Haley VanderMeer at hvandermeer@vcu.edu or (804) 828-9756 or visit http://www.physiology.vcu.edu/.

Iranian Culture Club holds its last film screening event of the semester in the Commons Theater. "The Fall of a Shah," a 2009 documentary directed by Maziar Bahari, tells the story of the Iranian revolution in 1979. The director uses BBC News and Documentary Archive to look back on the reign of the Shah and explore how both he and the West underestimated the power of religion in Iran. For more information, contact Kaveh Mohajeri at mohajerik@vcu.edu or visit http://vcu.collegiatelink.net/organization/icc.

The VCU Small Jazz Ensembles take the stage in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. The program of six combos includes music by John Coltrane, Clifford Brown, Cyrus Chestnut, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk and Dexter Gordon. Admission is free to all. For more information, contact the VCU Music Box Office at musictix@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6776 or visit http://www.arts.vcu.edu/music.

Human Resources presents "How to Retire with the Virginia Retirement System" for VCU employees in the 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=12233.

The School of World Studies hosts a lecture titled, "Knight Passages: The Once and Future Don Quixote," featuring professor Edward Friedman in the University Student Commons, Forum Room. Friedman is the director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for Humanities at Vanderbilt University, a Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt professor of Spanish and professor of comparative literature. For more information, contact Mar Gongora at mmgongora@vcu.edu.

The Great Place Initiative and Work/Life Resources participate in the annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” with a series of activities for children, ages 8-12, at the Mary and Frances Youth Center. Enrollment is limited to 30 children. As an alternative to this program, individuals or departments may plan, with supervisory approval, their own activities to celebrate the day. To register children for this event or for questions, use the contact information below. For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at dmfitzge@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit http://www.hr.vcu.edu/wellness.html.

The Division of Student Affairs holds a breakfast reception for graduating students of current VCU faculty and staff in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom. Graduating students and their faculty or staff parent are invited to attend. R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, April 22, to the email address below. For more information, contact Danielle Hairston at dnhairston@vcu.edu.

VCU Life Sciences offers two summer field courses for rising sixth through ninth graders. "Go Fish!" teaches students about the fascinating art of angling and the "Virginia Stream Team" explores lakes, streams and rivers. "Go Fish!" will be offered July 7-11 and July 14-18. The "Virginia Stream Team" will be offered Aug. 14-18. Approximate times are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register, visit http://www.vcu.edu/rice/education/courses.html. For more information, contact Drew Garey at gareyal@vcu.edu or (804) 827-0236 or visit http://www.vcu.edu/rice/education/courses.html .

Notices

Community Engagement Institute: Few Seats Available

The Division of Community Engagement and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research host the Community Engagement Institute May 5-9. The institute combines VCU's Service-Learning Institute with the Community-Engaged Research Institute and adds a new component, the Partnerships Institute. Participants may register for any or all components. Only a few seats remain; interested participants should register promptly at https://redcap.vcu.edu/rc/surveys/?s=dJpi3X26IF. For more information, contact Cynthia George at CEnR@vcu.edu or visit http://www.cctr.vcu.edu/news/feature/institute.html.

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