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The Institute for Structural Biology and Drug Discovery presents "The Fellowship of the Contractile Ring" in BioTech I, Robert Ball Conference Room. Vitold E. Galkin, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Physiological Sciences, Eastern Virginia Medical School, will facilitate. For more information, contact Glen Kellogg at

The School of Business and Office of Student and Alumni Engagement present Sheryl Connelly's "Confessions of a Futurist" at Snead Hall, Room B1114, as part of the TEDTalks Time-Out Series. View the full schedule at For more information, contact Claire Calise at

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs presents "3 Idiots" for this month's Diversity Film Screening in the University Student Commons, Room 215. Attend for a Bollywood rendition as part of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at or (804) 828-6672.

Green Unity, the Wellness Resource Center and Office of Sustainability present "Growing Cities," a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize cities and change the way Americans eat, in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 2100. For more information, contact Katie Vatalaro Hill at

The Global Education Office hosts two screenings of the film "Wadjda" in the next two weeks. The first screening will be on Wed, April 23, at 7 p.m. in West Grace North Residence Hall, Room 1030C. This screening is for females only. The second screening will be on Thursday, May 1, in West Grace North Residence Hall, Room 1030J and is open to all. For more information, contact Elizabeth Hiett at or visit

VCUarts NewMediaProject presents its semester-long work in the web series "Imaginerapy" at 8 p.m. on YouTube at Live tweet at #imaginerapy. "Imaginerapy" is about a group of people “breathers” who attend a therapy support group to discuss having a life with an imaginary friend “figment.” VCUarts NewMediaProject is semester-long cross-disciplinary class creating a web series. For more information, contact Paislee Winkler at or (757) 375-1534 or visit

The VCU da Vinci Center hosts the finals of the 2014 VCU Venture Creation Competition in Snead Hall, Room B3187. Graduate student teams will be presenting from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and undergraduate student teams from 1-4 p.m. The awards ceremony is 5 p.m. in the School of Business Atrium, preceded by a 4 p.m. reception. The event is open to all students, faculty, staff and the public. For more information, contact Kenneth Kahn at or (804) 828-9944 or visit

The Human Resources office of Learning and Development holds a supervisor workshop titled "Recognition, Reinforcement and Rewards: Tools for Employee Engagement" in the HR Training Room, 922 W. Grace St. To register, visit or Faculty and staff who supervise classified employees are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Penelope McFarline at or (804) 828-6983.

This week

The VCU American Medical Student Association collects used clothes and supplies for Goodwill, as well as unwanted electronics and plastic bags for recycling, in celebration of Earth Day. Donation boxes are available in the McGlothlin Medical Education Center lobby all week, until Friday, April 25. For more information, contact Jackie Britz at

The Community Health Education Center, on the ground floor of the VCU Medical Center's Gateway Building, hosts an open house for Donate Life Month. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Sarah Amick at or (804) 828-2432 or visit

The Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering presents three presentations that were shared at the International Brain Injury Association in March in the Egyptian Building, third floor conference room. All are welcome. For more information, contact Amanda Johnson at or visit

VCU Music's annual full-stage opera production presents Franz Lehár's "The Merry Widow." The two-day showing has a performance on Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m. in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the performance. Tickets can be purchased at For more information, contact the VCU Music Box Office at or visit

VCU Alumni and Division of Student Affairs host the 2014 Community Bike Ride as part of Alumni Month. The 22-mile route begins at the University Student Commons, travels through Varina on Osbourne Turnpike (Route 5) and returns to campus. The event begins at 8 a.m. with an informal meet-and-greet. A representative from the Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships will be on-hand to share information about the event coming to town next year. For more information, contact Larry Powell at or (804) 828-8194 or visit

Coming up

Be the Match on Campus invites the VCU community to a bone marrow registry drive in the Commons Theater. People between the ages of 18-44 and in generally good health are eligible to join with a simple cheek swab. For more information, contact Laura Gariepy at or (804) 828-8562.

The Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center sponsors its inaugural Movin' & Shakin' 5K at Innsbrook Office Park, Cox Rd. This event provides an opportunity for the community and those with a movement disorder, along with friends and families, to gather and share hope, resources and the joy of movement. All funds raised go directly to the VCU Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center. Runners and volunteers are needed. To register, visit For more information, contact Andrea Perseghin at or (804) 662-5300 or visit

Human Resources presents "Money at Work: Foundations of Investing" for faculty and staff in McGuire Hall Annex, Room B-20. This session is open to VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees. Participants may bring lunch. To register, visit For more information, contact Daniel Jason at or (804) 828-4660 or visit


Health Plan Premium Rewards for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff in COVA Care and COVA HealthAware who currently receive premium rewards will automatically continue to receive them for the July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 plan year. For more information, see Faculty and staff in COVA Care and COVA HealthAware who do not currently receive premium rewards can qualify to receive them for the July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 plan year by completing a health assessment and biometric screening on or before May 31, 2014. For more information, see or contact Active Health Management at 1-866-938-0349. For more information, contact VCU Benefits at or (804) 827-1723 or visit .

Schedule Changes, Navigation Disruptions May 2-4

The three-day 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships will affect university schedules and navigation May 2-4. For maps of traffic routes to campus and other navigation information, visit For a complete list of how the event will impact class schedules and exams, employee workdays and transportation and parking, visit the website below. For more information, contact University Public Affairs at or visit

Global Corporate Challenge: Registration Open

VCU participates again this year in the Global Corporate Challenge, a workplace health and well-being program aimed at changing behavior and improving the health of employees, beginning on Wednesday, May 28. If interested in joining a VCU team, email your name to Debbie Fitzgerald by Friday, April 25. Teams will be organized and selected participants will be notified by Friday, May 2. Space is limited. For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

Free Introduction Days at the VCU Health System Adult Day Center

The VCU Health System Adult Day Center offers a free introduction on Friday, May 9, and Friday, June 13, to its innovative program supporting older adults and their caregivers. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact Dee Caras at or (804) 828-8027.

Master of Public Health Program: Extended Application Deadline

The VCU Master of Public Health program extends the deadline for fall 2014 applications to Tuesday, July 1. To apply, visit For more information, contact Chelsea Russell at or (804) 828-9785 or visit

Faculty Survey: Deadline Extended to April 25

VCU Libraries invites teaching and research faculty to share insights in the inaugural Ithaka S+R Local Faculty Survey. The study, which broadly explores faculty needs in the digital age, will close Friday, April 25. Selected faculty have received emails with links to the survey. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at

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