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The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs holds weekly LGBTQIA discussion groups in the University Student Commons, Metro Room. These discussion groups provide a welcoming environment for students to discuss topics, current events and issues facing the LGBTQIA community. All are welcome. For more information, contact Lorin Hoisington at or (804) 828-6672 or visit

This week

Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences screens "Biotechnology in the 21st Century" as part of its Spring Documentary Film Series at Hunton Student Center, Learning Center. The film discusses how biotechnology is revolutionizing life in the 21st century. For more information, contact Thelma Mack at or visit

The Well at VCU hosts a discussion about its new campaign #VeryCaringU at the Academic Learning Commons, Room 1201. Linda Hancock, Ph.D., director of The Well and Love 'n Liquor comedienne, will discuss why caring Rams are needed to step up and do kind deeds for others. This pay-it-forward style campaign rewards acts of kindness in the VCU community. Find the #VeryCaringU Facebook page to share a story and it will be shared on social media to promote the campaign campuswide. All attendees will receive a free T-shirt. For more information, contact Amanda McGann at or (804) 828-6919.

VCU Music presents Jazz Orchestra I, directed by Antonio J. García, in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. This performance by VCU’s top jazz ensemble will include compositions by Thad Jones and Geoff Keezer, as well as music from the movie “The Mambo Kings.” Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 the day of and free for students with VCU ID and can be purchased at For more information, contact VCU Music Box Office at

Trombonist, composer and Jazz Studies Director Antonio Garcia presents his Faculty Jazz Recital in the W.E. Singleton Center, Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. Guest artists include Sonia Vlahcevic, Ph.D., the VCU Jazz Orchestra I, the VCU Greater Richmond High School Jazz Band, the VCU Africa Combo, the VCU Alumni Jazz Quartet, and The Nashville Avenue Stompers. Admission is free and no tickets are required. For more information, contact Antonio Garcia at or visit

Coming up

VCU School of Dentistry Class of 2014 hosts screening nights to find board patients. Screenings will be held on Feb. 18 and 25, 5-7 p.m. at the VCU School of Dentistry. All screening patients will receive X-rays and a head and neck cancer exam for free. Qualifying board patients will receive all treatment in preparation for and during the exam for free. The board exam will take place on April 4 and 5. For more information, contact VCU School of Dentistry, Class of 2014 at

The Center for Interprofessional Education and Alan Dow, M.D., host a lunch-time seminar, "Principles of Interprofessional Education: Unpacking the Knot of Collaboration" at the Molecular Medicine Research Building. Register at For more information, contact Melissa Burton at or (804) 828-9171.


Microscopic Image Contest

The Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences invites the VCU community to enter microscopic images into “Through The Looking Glass: A Microscopic Image Contest.” Selected images will be displayed in the gallery at Tompkins-McCaw Library and will be eligible for cash prizes. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, Feb. 26. For more information, contact Tompkins-McCaw Library at or (804) 828-0636 or visit

Presidential Research Quest Fund: Call for Proposals

The Office of Research announces the call for 2014 VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund (formerly “PRIP”) proposals to support new, emerging or continuing research in any discipline or area of focus. All full-time VCU faculty, regardless of rank or tenure status, are eligible to apply. Awards are up to $50,000 and require that the PI’s unit provide at least a 40 percent match. Applications are due April 1. For more information, contact Jessica Venable at or (804) 827-1443 or visit

Minority Political Leadership Institute: 2014 Application Deadline Approaching

The Minority Political Leadership Institute, a professional development experience that focuses on identifying cutting-edge and collaborative solutions to challenges impacting minority communities across the commonwealth, is accepting applications. The deadline is Feb. 15. For complete information on MPLI 2014 and to access the online application, visit For more information, contact Susan Gooden at or (804) 827-1169.

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

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