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The Department of Psychiatry, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Virginia, Mental Health America of Virginia and Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance co-sponsor a presentation in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month at the United Way Building, 2001 Maywill St., second floor conference room. VCU researcher, Danielle Dick, Ph.D., will present her research on the “Spit for Science” project at a “Brown Bag Lunch and Learn.” The scientific focus is to understand why some are more likely than others to develop problems associated with the use of alcohol and other substances, as well as difficulties with emotional health. For more information, contact Rupa Murthy at or visit

This week

Due to construction-related electrical work that requires a power shut-off, Cabell Library will be closed Saturday, May 17. The library will close at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 16, and open at its regular time at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 18. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at or visit

The VCU Greater Richmond High School Jazz Band presents its final concert in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. The performance will include music by Dave Brubeck, Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Sammy Nestico and Sonny Rollins. The band is directed by professors Antonio Garcia and Bryan Hooten. Admission is free. For more information, contact Antonio Garcia at or visit

Coming up

The Richmond Global Health Alliance, a local nonprofit organization, hosts a raffle until noon on Friday, May 23, to fund health projects in Pampas Grande, Peru, where VCU medical students will be traveling this summer as part of the "HOMBRE" program. Prizes include two tickets and meet-and-greet passes to Luke Bryan in concert and four tickets to the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. For more information, contact Jackie Britz at or visit

Work/Life resources invites employees to join its new discount provider, American Family Fitness, to learn how to stretch and exercise at a desk and explore myths about fitness in the University Student Commons, Forum Room. Employees will be able to sign up for American Family Fitness membership for $1. To register, visit For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at

Human Resources and TIAA-CREF present the final session of “A Woman's Money, A Woman's Future” in the McGuire Hall Annex, Room B-20. Participants must register in advance at This session is open to VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees. For more information, contact VCU Benefits at or (804) 827-1723 or visit

Work/Life Resources invites faculty and staff to the University Student Commons, Virginia Room A, to learn more about Zumba and have an opportunity to talk with VCU Rec Sports staff about fitness membership on campus. To register, visit For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at

VCU Libraries hosts a talk by author Kitty Snow on the photographs of Harris H. Stilson, a streetcar motorman in turn-of-the-century Richmond, in the James Branch Cabell Library, second floor multipurpose room. The photographs reveal seldom-seen views of Richmond's past. Copies of Snow's books featuring the photographs will be on sale at the event. For more information, contact Gregory Kimbrell at or (804) 828-0593 or visit

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics presents a research seminar in Sanger Hall, Room 3-016. Cameron Mura, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia, will present "Recent Structural and Biochemical Studies of the RNA-associated Sm Superfamily." For more information, contact Haley VanderMeer at or (804) 828-9756 or visit

The School of Pharmacy presents its Biennial Lowenthal Symposium at the Larrick Student Center. Sponsored by the Werner Lowenthal Endowment Fund and the Center for Biomarker Research and Personalized Medicine, the symposium theme is "Epigenetics of Psychiatric Disorders and its Potential to Improve Treatment." Admission is free and a free lunch is included for attendees who register by Wednesday, May 21. To learn more or to register, visit For more information, contact Gioia Casso at or (804) 828-6098 or visit


Deadline Reminder: Open Enrollment for Health Benefits and Flexible Spending Ends Friday, May 23

Eligible faculty and classified staff can change health benefits coverage and re-enroll in flexible spending accounts through Friday, May 23, for changes that take effect July 1. For details, see the Spotlight newsletter at and the VCU Open Enrollment Checklist at For more information, contact VCU Benefits at or (804) 827-1723 or visit

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure: Report Fundraising Total

Employees who participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 10, are asked to email Debbie Fitzgerald, Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign co-chair, with their fundraising total for this event so it can be counted as part of VCU's CVC Campaign. For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at

Noise at Cabell Library

Be prepared for jackhammering and loud construction work from now through the week of May 19, at the James Branch Cabell LIbrary. The atrium will be demolished and other significant demolition work is underway. Earplugs are available at the Information Services desk. For construction updates, visit For more information, contact Sue Robinson at or visit

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