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Special Announcement

State of the University Address

Virginia Commonwealth University’s progress as one of our nation’s premier urban public research universities has been accelerated by the profound successes of our people. You are helping brighten VCU’s star on the national map. We have much to celebrate together, and much more still to accomplish. In recognition of our success, and to outline our remaining priorities, you are invited to attend the inaugural State of the University Address at 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts (922 Park Ave.). Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. A live webcast of the State of the University Address will be streamed on VCU’s homepage, Sign language interpreters will be available for the deaf and hard of hearing.


The Graduate Organization for Biology Students sponsors a special presentation by Health Diagnostics Laboratories Inc. in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom. Scientists and human resource officials from HDL speaking about career options for students interested in working in laboratory and health diagnostic fields. Space is limited. R.S.V.P. to the contact below. For more information, contact Dan Albrecht-Mallinger at

UNICEF at VCU hosts its first general body meeting of the semester at the University Student Commons, Virginia Room A. Pillars, activities, volunteer opportunities and upcoming events will be discussed. For more information, contact Merit George at

This week

The Division for Inclusive Excellence hosts "Maneuvering the Reasonable Accommodations Maze" at the Larrick Student Center, Court End Ballroom B. Once a qualified individual with a disability has requested a reasonable accommodation, the employer and employee need to know what their options are. PowerPoint presentation followed by question-and-answer session. For more information, contact Paula McMahon at or (804) 828-8947.

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics presents a research seminar in Sanger Hall, Room 3-016. M. Imad Damj, Ph.D., from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology will present "New Insights on the Role of Neuronal Nicotinic Acetycholine Receptors in Drug Reward and Dependence." For more information, contact Haley VanderMeer at or (804) 828-9756 or visit

The Activities Programming Board presents a "Winter Wonderland" event at the Commons Plaza. The event includes an iceless skating rink, s'mores and hot chocolate. Free to all students and staff. For more information, contact Harris Lipscomb at

Muslim Students Association hosts its first spring semester general body meeting at the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms C and D. For more information, contact Niki Patel at or (434) 509-8527.

VCU Student Admissions Ambassadors hosts an information session at the Welcome Center, 1111 W. Broad St. Those interested in giving tours to prospective students and families can attend to learn about the application process. For more information, contact Kara Herd, recruitment chair at or visit

The National Society of Black Engineers at VCU holds its first interest meeting for the upcoming semester at the School of Engineering West Hall, Room 301. Food will be served. For more information, contact Sudan Abdur-Rahman at or (804) 926-8059.

Coming up

The School of Education Annual Research Colloquium presents "Building the Plane As We Fly It: Faculty, Universities and Change" at the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. KerryAnn O’Meara, Ph.D., associate professor of Higher Education at the University of Maryland, will provide the keynote lecture that addresses challenges and solutions to the changing demands confronted by faculty and universities. VCU professor Maike Philipsen will provide the response. For more information, contact Mike Frontiero at or (804) 827-2415 or visit

University College and VCU Libraries host a panel discussion at the University Student Commons, Forum Room. Using research for writing beyond the academic setting, whether novels or creative nonfiction, will be discussed. For more information, contact Mark Meier at


Recycle Old Cell Phones and Electronics

The VCU Police Department is collecting used electronics for recycling. Drop off old cell phones/accessories, MP3 players, digital cameras and laptops at the VCU Police Department, 938 W. Grace St. These items do not have to be in working order. All donations will be recycled. The proceeds will benefit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. To find out more about this organization, visit For more information, contact Tricia Mozingo at or (804) 828-6356 or visit

Student Code of Conduct

The new Student Code of Conduct, approved by the VCU Board of Visitors on May 10, 2013, is in effect spring semester 2014. The Student Code of Conduct replaces the previous VCU Rules and Procedures. The code consolidates other policies related to student expectations and behavior in one document, specifically addressing student expectations and behavior to create a better student understanding of behavioral expectations, disciplinary processes and outcomes. The policy can be found in the VCU Integrity and Compliance Office Policy Library at For more information, contact Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at or (804) 828-1963.

Spring Break Trip to Guatemala: A Holistic Approach to Health Care and Mayan Medicine

The Highland Support Project Club at VCU sponsors a spring break trip to the highlands of Guatemala to work with indigenous Mayan communities through its Holistic Health Program. Meet with local health promoters, midwives and herbalists, hear talks from Mayan scholars and priests, and work on community health projects including nutrition and diabetes education and improved, fuel-efficient stove building. For more information, contact Aruna Anbazhagan at or (410) 530-2633.

Subscribe to VCU's Research Blog

Research in biology, chemistry and medicine intersects with the arts, business and world studies in “Across the Spectrum,” a blog showcasing the scope of VCU’s nearly $240 million research program across its campuses. For a free subscription, visit Learn about emerging trends in science, medicine, technology, engineering, humanities, life sciences, social sciences, business and the arts, and discover how VCU is a part of the action. For more information, contact Sathya Achia Abraham at or (804) 828-7701 or visit

VCU Summer Academic Enrichment Program

The Division for Health Sciences Diversity accepts applications for the Summer Academic Enrichment Program. SAEP is a six-week interdisciplinary program available for upper-level undergraduate students interested in attending a health professions school (dentistry, medicine, pharmacy or physical therapy) at VCU. Upon completion of the program, participants will have the tools that will help them to assess their strengths and weaknesses in regards to application into a health professions school. Participants are provided with housing and a stipend to cover program expenses. Full program details and application can be accessed at SAEP will take place on the MCV Campus from May 21-July 2. The application deadline is Feb. 15. For more information, contact Brandon Herbin at or (804) 827-0982 or visit

Call for Abstracts: Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity

The Office of Research invites undergraduate students from every discipline to showcase their work in a poster demonstration or creative research presentation. Presentations may be for completed research projects, completed papers or research in progress. Poster abstracts must be submitted by Saturday, March 15, to For more information, contact Herb Hill at or visit

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