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This week

Join VCU Human Resources and Social Security Administration for a workshop and Q&A about Social Security. Register in Talent@VCU or at: https://bit.ly/3OlPhMC. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://ramstrong.vcu.edu/.

Learn about the doctoral program in VCU's Health Services Organization and Research at a virtual informational session. Meet program faculty and staff and learn about admissions, funding and more. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Cameron Parkins at parkinsc@vcu.edu or visit https://ha.chp.vcu.edu/programs/hsor-phd-program/.

This online extended seminar will be led by Adrien DeLoach, executive director of the Division for Student Engagement and Impact. The seminar is designed for faculty to workshop their syllabi to enhance diversity and inclusion throughout their teaching. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact IExcel Education at iexcel@vcu.edu or visit https://iexcel.vcu.edu/calendar/.

Join the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St., under the stars (and a full moon) in the ICA’s Thinking Field for the big-screen presentation of the 1961 film "A Raisin in the Sun." The screening will be presented by the ICA's partners at the Afrikana Independent Film Festival. That same evening from 5-9 p.m., an evening of fashion, music and a vegan soul food tasting will be presented by For the Fem in You at the ICA Forum. For more information, contact Stephanie Stanton at stantons@vcu.edu or visit https://icavcu.org/events/starry-night-cinema-raisin-in-sun/.

Coming up

VCU's Equity in Cardiovascular Health Outcomes Lab will host a virtual focus group on the stress, vulnerability and resilience of young Black women. Check eligibility and sign up at the following URL. For more information, contact Anika L. Hines, Ph.D., MPH, at eqcholab@vcuhealth.org or (804) 828-5030 or visit https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=P8FMMYKNAEMCF8TC.

Google Meet provides faculty host attendance reports and a recording automatically, and the use of a chat room for class collaboration is easy to set up. Collaboration Services invites participants to learn all about Meet and Chat for online learning enhancement. Part One, Getting to Know Google Meet, will be 1-2 p.m. Aug. 23. Part Two, Getting to Know Google Chat, will be 1-2 p.m. Aug. 25. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Dr. Gee at drgee@vcu.edu or visit https://go.vcu.edu/gogoogle.

The Google Assignments tool in the Canvas Learning Management System makes it easy to create and distribute assignments to your students. Use originality reports and rich submission feedback to prevent plagiarism and enable your students to do their best work. Simplify grading and leaving feedback through pre-defined rubrics and your comment bank, which carry over between courses. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Dr. Gee at drgee@vcu.edu or visit https://go.vcu.edu/gogoogle.

VCU's Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence will present a faculty learning community designed for both tenured and term faculty seeking guidance, support and camaraderie as they progress from associate to full professor. During these virtual meetings, participants will work together to formulate individual action plans toward promotion. Meeting dates are Sept. 7, Oct. 5 and Nov. 9. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Tiffany Freitas at freitast@vcu.edu or visit https://ctle.vcu.edu/initiatives/communities/.

Notices

Biomedical Researchers: Apply for Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program

The Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program pledges $1.5B for outstanding early career faculty committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Funding will be awarded to outstanding basic biomedical researchers, including physician-scientists in their efforts to create labs in which everyone can thrive. Apply at the following URL by Sept. 28. For more information, contact Emily Komornik at komornikea@vcu.edu or visit https://bit.ly/3GKcAxp.

Summer 2022 Final Grades Due Aug. 16 at Noon

Grade sheets are now available on faculty eServices. Grades are due by noon on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at which time grade entry will no longer be available. It is imperative to meet this deadline to complete all end-of-semester processes. Faculty may choose to use the feature to upload grades from an Excel file into eServices. Faculty may only access grade sheets for courses to which they have been assigned. For more information, contact The Office of Records and Registration at rar@vcu.edu.

Monthly Newsletter for VCU Managers

HR Learning, Development and Organizational Culture has launched a short monthly newsletter for managers interested in tips on and links to such topics as leadership, team development, employee engagement and retention. The inaugural newsletter is available at the following URL. Initial content includes a link for readers to provide input on content for future newsletters. For more information, contact Penny McFarline at mcfarlinep@vcu.edu or visit https://tinyurl.com/yc34vu9b.

'How to Retire With VRS'

Human Resources will present "How to Retire With the Virginia Retirement System" for VCU employees. These sessions are open to VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees. View upcoming sessions at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Benefits at benefits@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1723 or visit https://bit.ly/3NqLY7a.

'How to Retire With VCU ORP'

Human Resources will present "Retiring With the VCU Optional Retirement Plan." These sessions are open to VCU faculty and VCU University and Academic Professionals, not VCU Health System employees. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Benefits at benefits@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1723 or visit https://bit.ly/3xuwHLZ.

VCU Logo Products

VCU's Office of Trademarks and Licensing reminds university students, faculty and staff that it is required to work with a licensed vendor when producing any kind of product with the VCU name or logomark. This includes T-shirts for student organizations, department giveaways for Student Orientation - any merchandise that could feature the VCU brand. Individuals can browse the complete list of licensed vendors online at the following URL. For more information, contact Christy Rabil at crabil@vcu.edu or (804) 828-3615 or visit https://bsv.vcu.edu/trademarks-and-licensing/.

Becoming the University of the Future With Adobe

Adobe’s higher education strategist spoke with VCU Provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, Fotis Sotiropoulos, as well as several VCU students and staff. Read the news article at the following URL to learn more about how VCU is closing the gap between career requirements and best-in-class learning and creating a new blueprint for the university of the future with Adobe Creative Cloud. For more information, contact Jana Avery at adobe@vcu.edu or visit https://blog.adobe.com/en/publish/2022/08/03/vcu-aims-become-university-future-by-partnering-with-adobe.

Online Study for Black/African American Menthol Smokers

You are invited to participate in an online study if you are: age 18 or older, smoke menthol cigarettes, identify as Black/African American and willing to complete a 30-minute online survey about tobacco flavor regulations. Principal investigators are Andrew Barnes, Ph.D., VCU Department of Health Behavior and Policy, and Caroline Cobb, Ph.D., VCU Department of Psychology. For more information, contact Caroline Cobb at cobbco@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3562 or visit http://www.bit.ly/rvaheat.

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