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VCU Libraries invites students to de-stress during exams with the Dogs on Call teams in Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Special Collections Reading Room. The Dogs on Call program is part of the Center for Human-Animal Interaction at VCU Health, whose mission is to improve health and well-being through human-animal interaction. For more information, contact Thelma Mack at mackta@vcu.edu or (804) 828-0017 or visit http://events.vcu.edu/details.asp?myVal=62486.

The School of Dentistry Philips Institute for Oral Health Research presents Cary Allen Moody, Ph.D., UNC School of Medicine, discussing "Regulation of Human Papillomavirus Replication by the DNA Damage Response" in the Lyons Dental Building, Room 424. For more information, contact Dung Pham at dpham3@vcu.edu.

This week

Engineering World Health at VCU presents Zoltan Istvan, a 2016 presidential candidate for the Transhumanist Party, in the School of Engineering West Hall, Room 104. Istvan will be speaking about biomedical enhancement, the philosophy of transhumanism and how transhumanist technology will affect developing countries. For more information, contact Brittany Allen at allenbp@vcu.edu.

Women's Basketball hosts the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at the Siegel Center. The game will feature a post-game autograph session with the Women's Basketball team. VCU students receive free admission. Faculty and staff will receive a discounted $4 ticket with a valid VCU ID. For more information, contact VCU Athletics at athletics@vcu.edu.

Coming up

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research presents its Discovery Dialogues seminar, "Discovering Ways to Regenerate the Damaged Lung," featuring Rebecca Heise, Ph.D., assistant professor, Biomedical Engineering, in Main Hospital, Learning Center, First Floor (across from the cafeteria). Faculty, staff, students, patients and families are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Pam Dillon at pmdillon@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1519 or visit http://www.cctr.vcu.edu.

The da Vinci Center holds an information session for its Master of Product Innovation program at the center, 807 S. Cathedral Place. Participants will learn more about how to collaborate with Fortune 500 companies and go behind-the-scenes at some of the world's largest R&D departments, such as Google, Patagonia and REI. For more information, contact Joseph Cipolla at jcipolla@vcu.edu or (804) 828-3477 or visit http://www.davincicenter.vcu.edu/programs/master-of-prod-innovation.

The Office of Continuing and Professional Education, in partnership with Lovegevity's Wedding Planning Institute, offers a Corporate Event Planning Course beginning on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 6-9:30 p.m. To register, use the contact information below. For more information, contact Christina S. Draper, Program Manager & School Liaison at cdraper2@vcu.edu or (804) 828-8831 or visit http://ocpe.vcu.edu/hospitality.

Notices

Noise Alert: Construction Finale at Cabell Affects Exam Season This Week

Work on new Cabell Library is edging to a close. To meet deadlines, some essential work is being done this week. From Dec. 10-11, workers are installing new shelving in the services area in the new lobby. Expect noise on the first and second floors. There will be free earplugs and candy available at the service desk. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or visit http://wp.vcu.edu/new-library/2015/12/07/construction-finale-be-prepared-for-front-desk-move-demo-noise/.

RamRide Holiday Service

The Campus Connector operates on its normal schedule through Tuesday, Dec. 15, and will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Dec. 16-18. From Saturday, Dec. 19, through Sunday, Jan. 3, the Campus Connector will not be in service. The A Lot, I Lot and M Lot routes will be serviced as normal, with the exception of Friday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Jan. 1. Employees who park in the A, I or M lots will be permitted to park in the N Deck or 8th St. Deck on these two dates. From Jan. 4-15, the Campus Connector will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Miriam Foster at ramride@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7275 or visit http://www.parking.vcu.edu.

Diploma Ceremonies

For a full schedule of each VCU school or department's diploma ceremonies, visit http://www.commencement.vcu.edu/Departmental-Ceremonies/ or contact your department office. For more information, contact Janelle Scutt at jscutt@vcu.edu or visit http://www.commencement.vcu.edu/Departmental-Ceremonies/.

Student Ticket Claim Period for Men's Basketball Dec. 19 and 22 Games Now Open

The Men's Basketball student ticket claim period is now open for the Saturday, Dec. 19, game at 4 p.m. versus Cincinnati and the Tuesday, Dec. 22, game at 7 p.m. versus Buffalo. This online ticket claim period will be available now through Sunday, Dec. 13. Students who wish to attend a Men's Basketball game this year must claim a free ticket online. To access the online ticketing system, students must create an account at vcuathletics.com/students For more information, contact VCU Athletics at athletics@vcu.edu.

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