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The Institute for Women's Health hosts its ongoing "How to Treat a Woman: Strategies for Healthcare & Self-Care" brown bag lunch series in the Main Hospital's Learning Center. Bruce Rybarczyk, Ph.D., professor, Department of Psychology, will address some of their pioneering work in sleep research and contributions to the development of new avenues for behavioral treatment. Open to all. For more information, contact Janett Forte at or (804) 827-2241 or visit

The Department of Healthcare Policy and Research presents Levent Dumenci, Ph.D., professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Health, discussing “Classification: Observed and Latent Variable Frameworks" in One Capitol Square, Room 4-104. R.S.V.P. to the email address below. For more information, contact Anna Rose at or (804) 628-2351 or visit

The Wellness Resource Center hosts a weekly SMART Recovery® meeting at The Center at VCU, 819 S. Cathedral Place. SMART Recovery® is a science-based addiction recovery support group where participants learn self-empowering techniques to aid recovery through mutual help, face-to-face and online meetings and services. Regardless of the addiction, SMART Recovery tools and techniques can help overcome the behavior. Community members are welcome. For more information, contact Kristen Kidd Donovan at or (804) 828-2086 or visit

The Activities Programming Board presents Wiz Khalifa and Chevy Woods tonight at the Siegel Center. Tickets can be purchased at the Siegel Center box office. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, contact VCU Ticket Office at or (804) 828-7267 or visit

The Department of History in the College of Humanities and Sciences presents the 21st annual William E. and Miriam S. Blake Lecture on the History of Christianity featuring Elizabeth A. Clark, Ph.D., Duke University, who will discuss "Rome in the Nineteenth-Century Protestant Imaginary: American Professors, Ancient 'Pagans' and Early Christianity" in the Grace Street Theater. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrew Crislip at or visit

Omicron Delta Kappa Society invites the VCU community to participate in “VCU Blue Out Day” by wearing blue and/or Autism paraphernalia. Donate $50 for an Autism Speaks button to wear on Thursday, April 10. Change for autism donations boxes can be found around campus. For more information, contact Ashley Smith at

Every year, VCU hosts a series of events that profile the research projects and scholarly endeavors of its students. April 10-25, marks the fourth annual "VCU Student Research Weeks," during which undergraduates and graduate students of all disciplines present their work in a variety of symposia, conferences and exhibitions to academic peers, faculty and members of the VCU community. For more information, contact Herb Hill at or (804) 828-4450 or visit

This week

Undergraduate teaching assistants in the Focused Inquiry Program present "Dissolving the Smokescreen" in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 2100. The impact of secondhand smoke exposure on campus and how VCU can solve this problem will be discussed. For more information, contact Nicole Anderson Ellis at

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 "Captain Phillips" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." "Captain Phillips" will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 11, and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" will play at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. For more information, contact Kirsten Goodale at

Theatre VCU presents “Arabian Nights,” a visually stunning production written by Dominic Cooke and directed by Gabriel Barre. “Arabian Nights” will magically transport guests to Shahrazad’s imaginary world of Ali Baba, Sindbad the Sailor, secret sorceresses, singing trees and wise talking birds. Shows will be April 11 and 12, 17-19, and 24-26, at 7:30 p.m. and April 13, 20, and 27, at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Theatre VCU at or (804) 828-6026 or visit .

Anointed to Dance of VCU presents "Free Worship," a night of praise and worship through song and dance in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms A-D. This free event will feature the Black Awakening Choir of VCU and other local praise dance groups and singers. For more information, contact Danielle Fife at or (804) 683-9124.

The Pre-Med Society invites the VCU community to join its Relay for Life team for the annual walk on Cary Street Field. The cost to join is $10. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. To join or make a donation, visit For more information, contact Stephanie DeMasi at .

VCU Music presents Leila Josefowicz (violin), as part of the Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series, in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. Tickets are $34 and can be purchased at For more information, contact VCU Music Box Office at or visit

Coming up

The Office of Admissions hosts an information session for prospective graduate students in the University Student Commons, Virginia Room B. Register to attend online, at For more information, contact Joy D Rush at or (804) 828-7033.

Work/Life Resources presents geriatric care manager, Gale Davis, M.S., for a presentation on care giving in the Lindsey House conference room. The session will offer insight into the essential roles that caregivers play within the healthcare team and explore how they can impact patient outcomes. To register, visit For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at

Car Club of VCU presents the Commonwealth Auto Showdown at Virginia Motorsports Park, 8018 Boydton Plank Rd. This event includes live music, food, a car show and track time. Find the Car Club of VCU Facebook page for details. For more information, contact Arek Tupko at or (804) 852-2270.

The Division of Student Affairs holds a breakfast reception for graduating students of current VCU faculty and staff in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom. Graduating students and their faculty or staff parent are invited to attend. R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, April 22, to the email address below. For more information, contact Danielle Hairston at

The Institute for Women’s Health and Highland Support Project host a week in Guatemala, Aug. 2-9, in partnership with indigenous midwives and health promoters, to learn about traditional Mayan medicine and explore the history of healthcare and healing in the country. The group will also learn about traditional medicine and midwifery practices. The cost is $985 plus airfare. The application deadline is Friday, April 25. For more information, contact Janett Forte at or visit .


'Woman-to-Woman Financial Empowerment Series'

VCU Human Resources offers the final two sessions of its “Woman-to-Woman Financial Empowerment Series: A Woman’s Guide to Saving and Investing” presented by TIAA-CREF. Participants must register in advance. Dates, times, locations and registration for each course can be found at For more information, contact VCU Benefits at or (804) 827-1723 or visit http://benefits.html.

President's Awards for Staff and Administrative and Professional Faculty

Nominations are being accepted until Friday, April 25 for this year’s President’s Awards for Staff and Administrative and Professional Faculty. The nomination site and award criteria are available at For more information, contact Marella Briggs at or visit

Atomic Learning@VCU Has the Answers

Atomic Learning@VCU provides online training to simplify topics for the VCU community. It will answer questions like how to set up and modify Gradebook in Blackboard, how to get started using SPSS, what is wireless networking and how to format a research paper. For more information, contact VCU TS Learning Systems at or visit

Linden Street Closing to Two-Way Through Traffic

Linden Street between the James Branch Cabell Library and Academic Learning Commons closes soon (likely the week of April 14) to two-way through traffic to make room for construction vehicles, materials delivery and other needs related to the construction of the new library on the Monroe Park Campus. Street parking will no longer be available. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at or (804) 828-0129 or visit

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