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Work/Life Resources and the Wellness Resource Center present “The Business of Being Born” at the Wellness Resource Center. This 30-minute special edition of Ricki Lake’s film examines birth practices of yesterday, today and tomorrow. An open discussion will follow. Register for the session at the website below. For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at or visit

Department of Chemistry in the College of Humanities and Sciences features Lei Zhu, Ph.D., Florida State University, discussing "Chelation-Assisted, Copper (II) Acetate-Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition and Amine Dehydrogenation" in Oliver Hall, Room 1024. For more information, contact Rhea Miller at or (804) 827-0352.

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs presents "Courageous Conversations," a forum aimed at facilitating important discussions about race, culture and diversity, in the Larrick Student Center, Court End Ballroom. The presenter will be Jasmine Abrams, doctoral candidate, health psychology department. For more information, contact Dionne Shepperson at or (804) 828-6672.

Bhakti Yoga presents a lecture on the "False Ego and the Cultivation of Spirit" with special guest lecturer in the University Student Commons, Virginia Room A. There will be a short session, followed by group meditation and group kirtan. A free vegetarian dinner will be served. For more information, contact Sarita Telhan at or visit

The Department of African American Studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences presents a screening of "The Assassination of Patrice Lumumba," by Thomas Giefer, hosted by James Pope, Ph.D., in the Commons Theater. This film examines the story of slain African leader, Patrice Lumumba, who was the first elected Prime Minister of the Congo, Kinshasa. View the full schedule of showings below. For more information, contact Aashir Nasim at or visit

Relay For Life at VCU invites the VCU community to its Team Captain Meeting in the Alumni Board Room. Anyone interested in becoming a team captain will learn how to get started. Current team captains will learn more effective ways to fundraise. For more information, contact Deborah Lim at or visit

Insanity rules at Theatre VCU with “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” VCU faculty and staff can buy one ticket and get one free for this special performance. BOGO special is for one night only. Tickets can be purchased at the Theatre VCU Box Office with a VCU ID. For more information, contact the Theatre VCU Box Office at or (804) 828-6026 or visit

VCU Dance presents VCU Dance NOW, new work by faculty and guest artist, performed by dance majors. Feb. 20-22, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. at the Grace Street Theater. Tickets are $20 or $15 for students with valid I.D. and are available at or by calling the number below. For more information, contact Jill Ware at or (804) 828-2020 or visit

This week

VCU Brandcenter holds two upcoming information sessions on Friday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Brandcenter Lecture Hall. Learn more about the master's program and its five tracks: art direction, copywriting, communications strategy, creative brand management and creative technology. Participate in a question-and-answer session with current students and an admissions representative and take a tour of the Brandcenter's award-winning building. Register at the website below. For more information, contact Hawley Smyth at or (804) 828-8384 or visit

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 "Prisoners" and "Fruitvale Station." "Prisoners" will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22. "Fruitvale Station" will play at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22. Bring a guest for free popcorn and movies. For more information, contact Kirsten Goodale at

Women's Basketball takes on Saint Louis for Senior Day at the Siegel Center. This is the last home game for the team. For more information, contact VCU Ticket Office at or (804) 828-7267 or visit

Coming up

Rams in Recovery and The Well present the film "Anonymous People" at The Commons Theater. "Anonymous People" is about shifting the negative perception of addiction to one of celebrating recovery from addiction. All are welcome. For more information, contact Kristen Donovan at or (804) 828-2086.

The School of Nursing presents Joanne Disch, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Faculty ad Honorem at the University of Minnesota and the VCU School of Nursing's Yingling Scholar, speaking on "Knowing When to Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way with Health Care Reform" at the School of Nursing, Sadie Health Cabaniss Hall, Room 1011. Disch, past president of the American Academy of Nursing, is a nationally renowned nursing leader. She has extensive experience as an educator, chief nurse executive, researcher and policy-maker. For more information, contact Alison Crehore at or (804) 828-3224.


Make a Difference: Compliment a Colleague

Faculty and staff can recognize VCU colleagues who help them, a customer or coworker by completing a quick and easy online form on the Human Resources website below. Words of appreciation will be posted throughout the year for recipients and others in the VCU community to read. For more information, contact Reward and Recognition Office at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

Call for PACME Nominations

Nominations for the 2014 Annual Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment are being accepted. Nominations are due electronically by March 3, to The PACME Awards are April 16, at 3 p.m. in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. For more information, contact the Division for Inclusive Excellence at or (804) 828-8947 or visit

Investigators Holding or Submitting an IND/IDE

All VCU clinical investigators holding an approved or submitted IND or IDE are required to complete a very brief survey by March 1. The survey can be completed on computer or smart phone. Go to For more information, contact Betsy Ripley, M.D., VCU Clinical Research Compliance Officer at or visit

Diversity and Culture Posters Free to Faculty and Staff Offices

In honor of Black History Month, Women's History Month and VCU's commitment to diversity, VCU Libraries has expanded its Diversity Poster Series. Faculty and staff are invited to hang one in their offices or other VCU spaces. To request a poster visit See and/or download the posters on Flickr at For more information, contact Sue Robinson at or (804) 828-0129.

Electronics Recycling to Support Domestic Violence Victims

The VCU Police Department accepts old electronics for recycling throughout the spring semester. The proceeds will benefit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Donations can be dropped off at the police department, 938 W. Grace St., or at the Main Hospital Security office. Items do not need to be in working order and can include cell phones and accessories, laptops, digital cameras, MP3 players, tablets and gaming systems. For more information, contact Tricia Mozingo at or (804) 828-6356.

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