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The next Community Café will be a discussion of the café's future next semester. The meeting will be at the Pace Center, 700 W. Franklin St. Drinks and refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Samantha Haines at hainess2@vcu.edu.

VCU's Humanities Research Center will present a virtual event featuring Holly Crocker, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, in conversation with Adin Lears, Ph.D., VCU assistant professor of English. The discussion will investigate a model of selfhood connected to others through a raucous version of communal life while exploring Geoffrey Chaucer’s "The Wife of Bath's Tale" and "Book of Margery Kempe." Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Rani Sisavath at sisavathr@vcu.edu or visit https://bit.ly/3HAQfBF.

VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will honor Women's HERStory Month with an evening of readings, music and performances by and about women. The hybrid session will be held virtually and in the Ram's Lounge. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Tiana Ingram at ingramtd@vcu.edu or visit http://linktr.ee/vcuomsa.

This week

VCU Choral Ensembles and Black Awakening Choir will sponsor a recruiting showcase of choirs at the Amphitheater. Hear selections from every singing group on campus and find out how to join. The event will be free and informal. For more information, contact Erin Freeman, DMA, Director of Choral Activities, at efreeman@vcu.edu.

The VCU Medical Laboratory Sciences Class of 2023 will hold a fundraiser at Panera, 810 W. Grace St. Class members will be at the Commons from 3-7 p.m. handing out flyers that can be shown to the cashier. Orders can also be placed online for pickup using the promo code PRFUND. All proceeds will go toward the Medical Laboratory Sciences program. For more information, contact Temidayo Adebo at adebodt@vcu.edu.

Coming up

Hear the VCU Jazz Orchestra II, professor Toby Whitaker conducting, perform in a free concert at Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall at the W.E. Singleton Center, 922 Park Ave. The concert will also be livestreamed at the following URL. At press time, audience members and performers will wear masks; performers will also cover the bells of all aerosol-producing instruments. Music by Nat Adderley, Duke Ellington, Jacob Gittelman, Thad Jones, Oliver Nelson, Snarky Puppy and Billy Strayhorn will be featured. For more information, contact Antonio Garcia at ajgarcia@vcu.edu or visit http://go.vcu.edu/concerthall.

VCU Libraries will present Creative Minds, the inaugural program in a new series planned for each spring semester. Mimi Onuoha is a Nigerian-American artist and researcher whose work highlights the social relationships and power dynamics behind data collection. This event will be presented online via Zoom. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Ryan Pander at rbpander@vcu.edu or (804) 828-0593 or visit https://www.library.vcu.edu/about/events/2021-2022/creative-inquiries.html.

Chris Lemmon, Ph.D., associate professor and associate chair, biomedical engineering, will discuss the National Science Foundation’s application and review process as part of a grant-writing series sponsored by VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research. Questions: http://www.cctr.vcu.edu. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison, at pmdillon@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlfumpqToqGtYJ766aj5Aw4Eq05u_6ML5p.

It's important to stop what you’re doing and take a deep breath every once in a while. Certified Health and Wellness (RecWell) counselor Georgianne Ginder will lead participants through a meditative relief session aimed at reducing stress and anxiety. Register for the Zoom link at https://vcu.libcal.com/event/8973016. For more information, contact Jackson Wright at wrightjc4@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2432 or visit https://www.vcuhealth.org/for-your-health/health-and-wellness-library/.

Telecommunications Services will be offering virtual training on the Avaya Workplace app. Our customers are inquiring about extending their office number to their remote work site. The Avaya Workplace app is ideal for remote workers. Callers can reach them on any device by calling their work telephone number, and when placing a call the caller party will see their work number and not their mobile number. Register for the Avaya Workplace training by clicking the following link. For more information, contact Wayne L. Johnson at wljohnson@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4400 or visit https://training.vcu.edu/.

"Macbeth3" is a one-hour play based on Shakespeare’s "Tragedy of Macbeth" that follows the rise and fall of a Scottish noble in a tale of passion and betrayal charged with the supernatural. "Macbeth3" was originally created by theater artist Lisa Wolpe and has been hailed for its use of nontraditional, gender-bent casting and its reimagination of a complex plot filled with ambition, greed and murder. The March 25-27 performances of the VCU production will be indoors at Shafer Street Playhouse at 221 N. Shafer St. Performances on the second weekend, April 1-3, will be outdoors at VCU's Park Plaza, a small amphitheater located behind Hibbs Hall and to the east of the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. Masks are required for all audience members at both venues. Tickets are available at vcutheatre.showclix.com. Phone (804) 828-6026 or email theatretix@vcu.edu. For more information, contact Sarah Moore at mooresw4@vcu.edu or visit https://arts.vcu.edu/academics/departments/theatre/currently-showing/.

Join VCU HR and Anthem EAP to learn how to use motivational techniques like self-care, positive psychology, resiliency and laughter. Discover how motivation and recognition lead to increased productivity. The session will also include non-materialistic ways to make employees feel special and valued. Questions: https://ramstrong.vcu.edu/. Register for the Zoom link in Talent@VCU or at the following URL. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://ramstrong.vcu.edu/.

Kamilia Rahmouni, Ph.D., assistant professor in VCU's School of World Studies, will give a virtual talk about the Arabic language, the benefits of learning Arabic and useful Arabic expressions and phrases as part of the free Lunch and Learn Series sponsored by VCU's Continuing and Professional Education. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322 or visit https://ocpe.vcu.edu/languages.

The theme of the conference will be "Navigating the Future.” The event, to be held at the Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Ave., will showcase how the General Administration Career Community can support one another cross-departmentally and cross campus to promote growth and professional relationships. Submit proposals by April 11 at the following URL. For more information, contact Christina Davis at daviscl7@vcu.edu or visit https://forms.gle/sFhc5BkcjLNvgKcu5.

Notices

Student Leadership Award Nominations Due March 18

March 18 is the last day to make a nomination for the 2022 VCU Student Leadership Awards. They are the premier university awards for student leadership and service, and celebrate innovative, courageous and socially engaged leaders. Nominate a student, student organization or an advisor at thecommonsvcu.com/Leaders22.The awards ceremony will be held April 14 at the Commons. For more information, contact Nicole Patterson at nlpatterson@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.campusgroups.com/leadershipawards/home/.

Tornado Safety and Severe Weather Awareness on VCU's Campuses

Spring and summer bring an increased chance for tornadoes and severe weather, such as thunderstorms and flooding. If the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning in Richmond, VCU’s Alert system will be activated. You should take shelter indoors in the lowest level of the building you’re in, or innermost room. Close doors; stay away from windows, doors and outer walls. VCU will issue an all-clear once the immediate threat passes. Sign up for VCU Alerts at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Emergency Management at vcualert@vcu.edu or visit https://alert.vcu.edu/signup/.

VCU Summer Youth Programs Guide

The Mary and Frances Youth Center, part of VCU's Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success, is preparing to publish the Summer Youth Programs Guide. This guide will serve as a one-stop-shop for the VCU and Richmond communities as they search for summer opportunities for youth on the university campus. If you would like your summer program to be featured, complete the submission form by March 24. For more information, contact Charles Johnson at youth@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2841 or visit https://summer22youthprogramsguide.questionpro.com/.

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.

Do You Smoke Tobacco Cigarettes?

Individuals who smoke tobacco cigarettes daily are needed to participate in a research study that requires multiple laboratory visits. Compensation may be available. This study will be conducted at VCU. Principal investigator is Alison Breland, Ph.D., Department of Psychology. For more information, contact Alison Breland at abbrelan@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3562 or visit http://cstp.vcu.edu/studies.

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