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Special Announcement

West Broad Deck Subscribers To Relocate During Graduations

Upcoming high school graduations will create interruptions to parking. From May 23-25, June 10 and June 14-16, all West Broad Street Deck subscribers will relocate to the West Cary Street Deck, 1101 W. Cary St.; Jefferson Street Deck, 100 S. Jefferson St.; or Henry Street Decks (East/West), 200 and 201 Henry St.

A dedicated shuttle service will be provided by Parking and Transportation from May 23-25, June 10 and June 14-16 to transport subscribers to and from the West Cary Street Deck and Jefferson Street Deck. RamSafe shuttles will run on a continuous loop to and from the West Cary Street Deck, Jefferson Street Deck, Harrison and Franklin Streets, Franklin and Laurel Streets and Shafer and Franklin Streets from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Transportation requests outside of these hours can be made by placing a ride request through the RamSafe service at 828-SAFE (7233) or using the RamSafe mobile app.

Reciprocal parking will not be permitted on the West Broad Street Deck from May 23-25, June 10 and June 14-16. MCV Campus subscribers may park on the West Cary Street Deck, Jefferson Street Deck or Henry Street Decks (East/West).

Additional information regarding high school graduation impacts can be found at


Join VCU Massey Cancer Center experts for a virtual discussion on clinical trials, the myths surrounding them and how they shape the future of cancer treatment. The conversation, to be hosted by Clovia Lawrence from Kiss Richmond 99.3 and 105.7, will feature Leslie Randall, M.D., Vanessa Sheppard, Ph.D., and Jose Trevino, M.D. Watch live on Massey's Facebook page at the following URL. For more information, contact Blake Belden at or (804) 628-4578 or visit

This week

VCU's Global Education Office and the National Scholarship Office will jointly sponsor an informational session for the Fulbright Scholar Program. Jeff Wing, Fulbright Scholar liaison, will present the session via Zoom. Faculty and staff can register at A copy of the recorded session can also be requested at the same link. For more information, contact Jeff Wing at or visit

Psychiatrist Rashida Gray, M.D., will join the Rev. F. Todd Gray, Rudene Mercer Haynes and Robert A. Winn, M.D., to discuss mental health lessons for faith leaders. Gray treats a wide variety of psychiatric conditions, with a special focus on mood and anxiety disorders. The program will also include a Myth Buster segment addressing vaping, hosted by Mignonne C. Guy, Ph.D. Guy is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at Massey Cancer Center and associate professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at VCU. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Massey Cancer Center at or visit

Join the ICA and the Richmond Racial Equity Essays project for a screening of the PBS Independent Lens documentary "Cooked: Survival By Zip Code," followed by a panel discussion on the urgency of local climate action and equitable approaches to realizing a sustainable Richmond. The session will be held at the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St. For more information, contact Stephanie Stanton at or visit

Coming up

Ema Paulino, M.Pharm., general manager of Ezfy, will discuss how pharmacist interventions in community pharmacies in Portugal are affecting patient outcomes. She will speak at the next Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation seminar, which will be in Room 343, Robert Blackwell Smith Building, 410 N. 12th St., and via Zoom. Free CE credit will be offered. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Madeleine Wagner at or visit

Deborah DiazGranados, Ph.D., director of evaluation, VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, will lead the center's next Whetting Your Appetite for Research seminar via Zoom. She will discuss best practices for designing and using research surveys. Questions: Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison, at or visit

Join VCU Human Resources and VCU Recreation and Well-Being (RecWell) for a new fitness class. This full-body circuit training takes the basics of martial arts and adds the fun of circuits. You’ll be punching and kicking your way through 30 minutes of strength and cardio exercises. Register in Talent@VCU or at: For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

Join VCU Massey Cancer Center as the center honors Walter Lawrence Jr., M.D., Massey's first director, at the first center-wide retreat at the Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa/Short Pump. Massey leadership will provide updates, including year one strategic plan progress, in all areas of research, education/training and community outreach and engagement activities. The keynote address will be delivered by Raphael E. Pollock, M.D., Ph.D., director, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Marianne Johnson at or visit


Updates to Adobe Creative Cloud Access

Beginning June 1, VCU's Enterprise license will include access to Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite for all VCU part-time or full-time students enrolled in at least one credit-bearing course. VCU employees and affiliates who are enrolled as students are also eligible. All other employees should consult with their department about discounted bulk licenses. For more information, contact Jana Avery at or visit

RecWell Health Promotion Available on Canvas

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Learn more about mental well-being at the RecWell Health Promotion Canvas page. Find interactive modules on "Managing Stress Using Mindfulness" and "Self-Care and Campus Resources for Well-Being." Visit the following URL and click "request a program" for access to Canvas modules. For more information, contact VCU Recreation and Well-Being at or visit

Membership Discount to a Local Farm Close to VCU

Wouldn’t you love to pick up fresh produce straight from the farm, within walking distance of VCU and open six days of the week until 9 p.m.? And while you are there picking up your produce you can grab a healthy, delicious dinner made with locally grown produce. Become a member of the Goatocado farm for only $50 a year (a savings of almost 35 percent) using the new VCU discount. Check out the discount at the following URL. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

Summer Faculty/Staff Golf League

RecWell’s 2022 Faculty/Staff Golf League will be hosted at newly renovated Belmont Golf Course. The new site includes a driving range, 18-hole putting course and six-hole par-3 course. An end-of-season banquet will follow immediately after the last day of play. Cost: $60 league fee, $45 weekly green and cart fee. A food and beverage discount is available at the clubhouse. Dates will be June 1-July 27. For more information, contact Anthony Muscatello at or (804) 828-1708.

VCU Continuing and Professional Education

VCU Continuing and Professional Education offers learning options for the VCU community and members of the public. Choose from aikido, automaton and controls, bookkeeping, computer skills, craft beer, cultural competency and languages, customer service, data analysis, digital marketing, digital reporting, early childhood guidance, event planning, Excel, Google Analytics, infant mental health, paralegal studies, play therapy, podcasting, social media, storytelling, supervisory and leadership, test prep, WordPress and world drumming. For more information, contact VCU Continuing and Professional Education at or (804) 828-1322 or visit

Patients With Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Are Invited To Participate in a Study of a Potential New Treatment

We are inviting male and female Type 2 diabetes patients with painful diabetic neuropathy ages 18-75 to participate in a research investigation of a new treatment to alleviate pain and examine its effects on pain perception. In addition to the new treatment, this study involves completing surveys and undergoing tests to evaluate perceptions of pain. Volunteers will be compensated for their time. Participants are only required to come once for the study. The study is conducted within the VCU Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Engineering Lab. Questions: Email Edmund Acevedo, Ph.D., FACSM, at For more information, contact bhushan thakkar at

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 or (804) 827-3562 or visit

Recruiting Now for TEENS, a Virtual Weight Management Research Program for 12-15 year-olds

Are you concerned about your teen’s weight? We can help! TEENS is a research program that includes a four-month family-based lifestyle intervention - all conducted virtually - for teens ages 12 to 16 who are overweight or obese. The program is offered by Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. It includes weekly, virtual group classes for teens and parents that cover topics such as healthy eating, physical activity and goal-setting. Teens also participate in live exercise sessions conducted online by personal trainers. For more information, contact Sarah Farthing at or (804) 827-8336 or visit

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