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This week

VCU's Office of Alumni Relations will host a virtual book club event featuring selected wines and charcuterie samples at The Book Bar, 1311 E. Main St. Mingle with fellow Rams and support local Black- and women-owned businesses. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Stefani J. Bonner at bonnersj@vcu.edu or visit https://www.support.vcu.edu/event/bookbar.

Coming up

VCU's Equity in Cardiovascular Health Outcomes Lab will host a focus group on the stress, vulnerability and resilience of young Black women. Sessions will be held virtually on Monday, July 18, and Thursday, July 21, from 6-8 p.m. Check eligibility and sign up at the following URL. For more information, contact Anika L. Hines, Ph.D., M.P.H., at eqcholab@vcuhealth.org or visit https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=P8FMMYKNAEMCF8TC.

Join VCU Human Resources and VCU RecWell FLEX on demand fitness for yoga with Adriene to reduce stress. Register in Talent@VCU or at https://bit.ly/3bByeIH For more information, contact Cindi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://hr.vcu.edu/current-employees/worklife/.

Thinking about law school? VCU Continuing and Professional Education will present this session via Zoom as part of its 3rd Wednesdays FREE Community Series. Join Steven Shotts, VCU Test Prep Curriculum Partner, for an overview of the Law School Admission Test. He will discuss the basics — the item types on the test, what to expect the day of and how the scoring works. Then, he will share some sample items and provide strategies for solving them. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or visit https://ocpe.vcu.edu/community.

Colleagues from VCU and across the commonwealth are invited to explore the relationship between social justice and education. VCU Libraries, VCU CTLE and The Virtual Library of Virginia will host a watch party of the 2022 Open Education Network Summit. The event, in Room 303, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., will stream two sessions focused on social justice and open education and offer time in between for discussion. See the full agenda at the following URL. Those who attend may drop-in as they wish and bring their lunches. Snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or visit https://www.library.vcu.edu/about/events/2021-2022/oen-watch-party.html.

Notices

WoW '22 Event Submissions

Weeks of Welcome is a comprehensive, campus-wide initiative taking place in the first few weeks of the semester. Consider hosting a program or event during WoW that will be advertised to the VCU community via RAMsConnect. Complete an event submission form at the following URL by July 15. For more information, contact Jonathan Fuller at fullerjd2@vcu.edu or visit https://cglink.me/2dV/s70503.

New Online Canvas Session Explores Free Textbooks; Offers $200 Professional Development Stipend

Are you an instructor looking for a new textbook? Would you like a more affordable alternative for your students, something more aligned with your syllabus or that allows more flexibility in your course design? Learn about free textbook alternatives through this VCU Libraries asynchronous Canvas course. Write a short review of an open textbook and earn a $200 stipend. Register at https://open.umn.edu/network/workshops/open-textbook-workshop-summer-2022 For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or visit https://www.library.vcu.edu/about/events/2021-2022/open-textbook-workshop-.html.

New Blog Posts on Anonymity vs. Confidentiality From Integrity and Compliance Office

Learn the difference between anonymous and confidential when calling the VCUHelpline and read what a student experienced when she called to make a report. Find it all in this month's Compliance Corner and Compliance Case Study blog posts at the following URL. For more information, contact Kim McQuillen at mcquillenka@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2028 or visit https://blogs.vcu.edu/ico/.

Recreation and Well-Being Relaunches Massage Therapy Services

VCU RecWell's Massage Therapy is now open for registration for VCU students, RecWell members and VCU faculty/staff non-members. Services are available at both Cary Street Gym and the MCV Campus Recreation Center. Massage Therapy Services has relaunched with additional upgrades, including automated online registration and scheduling system, as well as multi-session package deals. For more information, contact Jess Norman at normanj3@vcu.edu or visit https://recwell.vcu.edu/thrive/massage-therapy/.

Participants Are Invited For Study Examining Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Exercise

This study is seeking individuals between the ages of 18 and 35 years who have GAD or symptoms of GAD. The purpose of this research study is to examine the effect of GAD symptoms on blood vessel function during acute exercise and in response to exercise training. This study will be conducted at 500 Academic Centre on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus. Principal Investigator is Ryan Garten, Ph.D., Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences. For more information, contact Ryan Garten at rsgarten@vcu.edu.

Black Love Safe Love

This is a research study aiming to receive feedback on a sexual health intervention designed for couples. To be eligible to participate, you have to identify as Black or African American and be 18 to 35 years of age. The study requires participation in a 120-minute session and completion of a questionnaire. Compensation is available. For more information, contact Kristina Hood, Ph.D., at progresslab@vcu.edu or visit https://progress.vcu.edu.

Do You Vape Electronic Cigarettes?

Individuals who vape or use electronic cigarettes daily are needed to participate in a research study that requires multiple laboratory visits. Compensation will be provided. This study will be conducted at VCU. The principal investigator is Alison Breland, Ph.D., Department of Psychology. For more information, contact Alison Breland at abbrelan@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3562 or visit http://cstp.vcu.edu/studies.

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