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VCU Music presents a wind recital in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall made up of VCU Music faculty members including Tabatha Easley, Ph.D., flute; Grace Shyrock, oboe; Charles West, Ph.D., clarinet; Bruce Hammel, D.Mus., bassoon; and Patrick Smith, Ph.D., horn. The quintet will perform the Hindemith Quintet, the Nielsen Quintet and a new Latin American quintet by Paquito d’Rivera. Free and open to the public; no tickets necessary. For more information, contact VCU Music Box Office at or (804) 828-6776 or visit

This week

The Department of English hosts its April First Friday with a lecture by professor Richard Fine, who will present “Forging the ‘Pyle Style’ of War Reporting: French North Africa, 1942-43” in Hibbs Hall, Room 308. All First Friday events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bryant Mangum at or (804) 828-1331 or visit

VCU Baseball hosts St. Joe's on April 4-6, at The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard. Game times are Friday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 5, at 3 p.m.; and Sunday, April 6, at 1 p.m. A student shuttle will be running from the Cary Street Gym to The Diamond and back on Friday, April 4, 5:30-10 p.m. For more information, contact the VCU Ticket Office at or (804) 828-7267 or visit

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 "Gravity" and "Old Boy." "Gravity" will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 4, and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. "Old Boy" will play at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 4, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. For more information, contact Kirsten Goodale at

Green Unity for VCU holds a Grace St. cleanup. Participants will meet on the corner of Ryland and Grace streets. Gloves, grabbers, trash bags, recycling bags and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Alexandra Little at

Coming up

VCU Globe invites faculty and staff to an information session in the Larrick Student Center, Court End Ballroom B. Attendees will meet with faculty, administrators and students, learn about the program and enjoy refreshments. For more information, contact Cole Cridlin at or (804) 828-7853 or visit

VCU’s new technology store, RamTech, 930 W. Grace St., hosts a grand opening celebration. This all-day celebration will include free food, a photo booth, free giveaways of all kinds, a grand prize drawing for a Dell Venue 8 tablet and a 20 percent discount on most accessories. RamTech will sell laptops, desktops, tablets and other technology products to students, faculty and staff with a valid VCU ID. For more information, contact Jay Phinizy at or (804) 828-8324.

The School of World Studies presents the third annual Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Catholic Studies Symposium in the Commons Theater. The symposium will feature Carolyn Woo, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, Catholic Relief Services, discussing "Poverty From a Global Perspective;" Mark Wood, Ph.D., director, School of World Studies, discussing "The Politics of Poverty;" and John V. Moeser, Ph.D., senior fellow, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, University of Richmond, discussing "Poverty in Richmond." For more information, contact Andrew Chesnut at or visit

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 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

President Michael Rao invites the VCU community to join Provost Beverly Warren, Vice President Wanda Mitchell and members of the university community for the annual Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME) celebration in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. Attendees will welcome the Black Awakening Choir and guest speaker, Honorable Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council. For more information, contact Florence M. Johnson at or (804) 828-8947 or visit

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 Great Place Initiative and Work/Life Resources participate in the annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” with a series of activities for children, ages 8-12, at the Mary and Frances Youth Center. Enrollment is limited to 30 children. As an alternative to this program, individuals or departments may plan, with supervisory approval, their own activities to celebrate the day. To register children for this event or for questions, use the contact information below. For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at or (804) 828-1521.

VCU Life Sciences offers two summer field courses for rising sixth through ninth graders. "Go Fish!" teaches students about the fascinating art of angling and the "Virginia Stream Team" explores lakes, streams and rivers. "Go Fish!" will be offered July 7-11 and July 14-18. The "Virginia Stream Team" will be offered Aug. 14-18. Approximate times are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register, visit For more information, contact Drew Garey at or (804) 827-0236 or visit .


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 .

'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.

Community Engagement Institute: Registration Open

The VCU Division of Community Engagement and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research host the Community Engagement Institute May 5-9. The institute combines VCU's Service-Learning Institute with the Community-Engaged Research Institute and adds a new component, the Partnerships Institute. Participants may register for any or all components. Seating is limited and interested participants should register promptly at For more information, contact Cynthia George at

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