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The search committee for the Director for Diversity Education and Retention Initiatives position invites the VCU community to the open forum presentation for one of the three candidates at Ginter House, Room 221. Participation in this process will offer insights into the candidates’ abilities that will enhance VCU’s campus climate and professional initiatives. For more information, contact Eduardo Vidal at or (804) 828-8947.

Bhakti Yoga Club and Sigma Phi Epsilon sponsor a fundraiser to support the Global Education Relief program, Food for Life, by selling wholesome, organic vegetarian lunches for a suggested donation per plate in the Commons Plaza. All proceeds benefit Food for Life, a global vegetarian food relief program that serves three million meals a day worldwide. For more information, contact Sarita Telhan at or visit

This week

The VCU Division of Epidemiology, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, invites the VCU community to the next installment of its spring seminar series, "Data Visualization Tools That Will Not Burn a Hole in Your Pocket," presented by Kwan Ho Kenneth Chui, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, in One Capitol Square, Room 644. For more information, contact Chelsea Russell at or (804) 828-9785 or visit

Iranian Culture Club holds a documentary screening event devoted to portraying the life of Iran-Iraq war veterans in the Commons Theater. "Doomsday Machine*," a 2009 film directed by Soudabeh Moradian, and "Paint! No Matter What," a 1999 film directed by Maziar Bahari, will be screened. *Warning: This film contains disturbing images of corpses which may be unsuitable for some audiences. For more information, contact Kaveh Mohajeri at or (804) 833-1799 or visit

VCU Libraries presents a book launch and panel featuring Edward H. Peeples, Jr., Ph.D., at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A book sale, signing and reception will follow the presentation. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. To register online and for additional details, visit To register by phone or for questions call (804) 828-0593. For more information, contact Gregory Kimbrell at or visit

The ASPiRE program presents Walter Randall, certified application counselor at the Daily Planet, discussing the Affordable Care Act at West Grace South Residence Hall. Randall will discuss exchanges for college students, roll-out issues, the pace of enrollment and Medicaid expansion. The open enrollment period to sign-up for insurance under the ACA ends March 31. This event is free. Rescheduled twice due to the snow. For more information, contact Nannette Bailey at or (804) 827-2300.

VCU Libraries hosts "Advance Your Research" at Cabell Library, Room 250, for faculty and graduate students. Drop-in on any of the one-hour sessions on key topics in managing data, references, images, searching and approaching topics. Stay for all and share a light breakfast and lunch with colleagues and students. For more details and to register, visit For more information, contact Sue Robinson at or (804) 828-0129.

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Tompkins McCaw Library host the next monthly lunch research series presentation, “The IRB: The Exempt, the Expedited and the Full Board,” in the Tompkins-McCaw Library, Room 109. Monika Markowitz, Ph.D., Office of Research, and Betsy Ripley, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, will discuss the levels of regulatory review required for research. Bring lunch; drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Pam Dillon at or (804) 827-1519 or visit

In honor of Women's History Month, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, University Student Commons & Activities and VCU Libraries present a film screening of "Women Scientists with Disabilities" at the Hunton Student Center. This film depicts three women scientists with disabilities who followed their dreams and established successful careers. Participants are welcome to bring lunch. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Thelma Mack at or visit

The VCU Medical Center, Department of Surgery, sponsors the inaugural H.M. Lee, M.D., Memorial Lectureship in the Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building auditorium. John N. Ham, M.D., F.A.C.S., University Medical Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, will present “Ethical Boundaries in the Innovation of Organ Donation.” For more information, contact Doris Farquhar at or (804) 827-1030.

Be the Match on Campus at VCU and the Student Nurses Association host a bone marrow registry drive in the Larrick Student Center, Jackson Ward Room. People between the ages of 18-44 and in generally good health are eligible to join the registry with a simple cheek swab. The organizations challenge the MCV Campus to sign up 500 people or more during this event. For more information, contact Laura Gariepy at or visit

The Division for Inclusive Excellence hosts "Psychiatric and Cognitive Disabilities in the Workplace" in the University Student Commons, Forum Room. A review of the Americans with Disabilities Act, provisions for individuals with psychiatric and cognitive disabilities and common workplace accommodations will be discussed. An opportunity for discussion will follow. For more information, contact Paula McMahon at or (804) 828-8947.

Coming up

Human Resources presents "Retiring with the VCU Optional Retirement Plan" for VCU faculty in the HR training facility, 922 W. Grace St., Room 115. This session is open to VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees. For more information, contact Daniel Jason at or (804) 828-4660 or visit

The Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering presents its March Research Network Lunch in the Hermes A. Kontos Building, Rooms 104/105. Attend for lunch and discuss research projects, ideas and questions with other professionals. Lunch will be provided. R.S.V.P. by Friday, March 21, to the email address below and note any dietary restrictions. For more information, contact Amanda Johnson at or visit

Nursing Students Without Borders sponsor a Make-A-Wish Bowl-a-thon fundraiser at Short Pump Bowl America. Participants will ask friends and family to sponsor a flat rate or a pledge-per-pin. This event is free and open to everyone, but participants must have at least one sponsor. All proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. To obtain a copy of the pledge sheet, email the contact below. For more information, contact Jessica Watts at

Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Inc. holds auditions for its annual Flashback Show in the University Student Commons, Canal Room. This event is a "flashback" talent show geared toward performances that are retro style. For example, performing a song from the 70s or 80s. For more information, contact Raven McCarthy at or (757) 952-7537.

The Pakistani Student Association presents a fashion show, performances by VCU dance teams and a live performance of singer Mickey Singh at the Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third St. For more information, contact Hajira Choudhary at or (703) 439-9655.

The Science, Technology and Society program in the College of Humanities and Sciences features George DeBoer, who will discuss "The History of Science Education Reform in the U.S.: Problems and Prospects" in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 2100. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wanda Clary at or visit


VCU Online Learning Summit 2014: Proposals Due by March 18

The Online Learning Summit 2014 is accepting proposals to share novel learning approaches, trial and error teaching experiences and solutions to design challenges and instructional innovations. Presentations will demonstrate diverse approaches to the Summit theme of “Connections and Community: From Course to Commonwealth.” Proposals are due Tuesday, March 18. For more information, contact Joyce Kincannon at or (804) 828-1605 or visit

Cabell Construction Update: Look For New Service Desk

Over spring break, the main Information Service desk on the first floor of Cabell Library moves to its temporary location closer to the center of the floor. The desk sits in the direct path of the new, temporary entrance, south of Starbucks, which is expected to be in place Friday, March 21. Library patrons should prepare for noise and disruption in some first floor spaces as construction on the new library moves forward. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at or (804) 828-0129.

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