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Purchase a 2023 Dogs on Call calendar and show your support for the therapy dog teams who visit patients and staff at VCU Health and students at VCU. The calendars are $12 (cash or credit) when purchased in-person and will be available at the MCV Campus, Main Hospital, First Floor, kiosk today, Nov. 22; Wednesday, Nov. 30; Thursday, Dec. 8 and Friday, Dec. 16 (while supplies last). Online orders are $14 and can be completed at the following URL. For more information, contact Center for Human-Animal Interaction at or (804) 628-2532 or visit

Coming up

In preparation for winter break, Vishon Luck, director of undergraduate admissions, will lead a discussion on being the “college kid” back home and managing the feelings that come with navigating the two worlds of home and college. The session will be held in Room 2104, Academic Learning Commons MCALC, 1000 Floyd Ave. If you can’t join in person, register for the virtual option at For more information, contact Elizabeth Bambacus at or (804) 347-3989 or visit

"Gross Indecency" by Moisés Kaufman is a thrilling courtroom drama based on the true events surrounding the downfall of celebrated poet and playwright Oscar Wilde in Victorian England. Kaufman uses trial transcripts, personal correspondence, interviews and other source materials to tell the story of the 1895 trials that resulted in Wilde's arrest and imprisonment for the crime of sodomy. Performances will be Thursday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 4 at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave. For more information, contact Sarah Moore at or (804) 828-6026 or visit


Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) Update

The Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) has updated its Policy 4.20 – Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) applicable to state employees, including all VCU faculty and staff. Effective Jan. 10, 2023, the policy changes the 12-month measurement period for determining eligibility for Family and Medical leave from the fixed 12-month period to a rolling 12-month period. A summary of this change: 12-month period for determining Family and Medical Leave Eligibility. Current: Amount of FMLA taken in the current fixed leave year Jan. 10-Jan. 9. New (effective Jan. 10, 2023): Amount of FMLA taken in the 12 months prior to the requested period of FMLA. Under the new policy, a new maximum period of FMLA eligibility will no longer become automatically available at the beginning of the leave year on Jan. 10. FMLA eligibility will be determined throughout the year by FMLA taken within the 12 months prior to the requested period of FMLA. For more information, contact Robert Houghtaling at or visit

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign Begins

The 2022 campaign season has begun and is celebrating 25 years of giving and volunteerism. CVC is the only annual workplace giving program for the Commonwealth’s workforce and offers employees approximately 700-plus screened charities to support. All monetary donations donated through the CVC are 100 percent tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Learn more about CVC at the following URL. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

Mail Services Winter Hours

Mail Services will close early on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and all day Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25 and reopen on Monday, Nov. 28. Locations will be open on Thursday, Dec. 22 and Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 27-29 from 10 a.m.-noon on the Monroe Park Campus, 8 a.m.-noon at VMI and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Ownby location. Departments receiving pickup and delivery services must contact Mail Services in writing or by email to request services during the winter closing. Otherwise, mail deliveries will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. See the "Special Hours of Operation" memo for more information. For more information, contact Donnette Haynes at or (804) 828-1343 or visit .

Faculty RSVP for Commencement

VCU's December Commencement exercises will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Faculty members who plan to participate in the universitywide commencement can register by filling out the form at the following URL. For more information, contact University Events at or visit

Life Insurance Special Enrollment Through Nov. 30

Faculty, University and Academic Professionals and classified employees have a special enrollment opportunity for optional life insurance through Wednesday, Nov. 30. Those who don't already participate can get guaranteed coverage with no medical underwriting, and those who participate can increase coverage with no medical underwriting. See details at Questions? Contact Securian at (800) 441-2258 or request HR support at For more information, contact VCU Human Resources, Benefits Administration at or visit

Spring Break and Summer 2023 Study Abroad Applications Now Open

VCU's Global Education Office announces that applications to study abroad during Spring Break and Summer 2023 are open. Visit the following URL to review the growing list of opportunities, including faculty-led programming. For more information, contact Alex Levy at or (804) 827-7882 or visit

Health Sciences Education Symposium

VCU’s School of Medicine requests proposals about educational research or innovations in health professions education at VCU. The March 23, 2023 Health Sciences Education Symposium, "Redefining Professionalism to Foster a Positive Learning Environment," is sponsored by the VCU College of Health Professions and Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. Visit the following URL to learn about presentation opportunities and to submit scholarly proposals. Proposals are due by Jan. 9, 2023. For more information, contact Stacey Wahl at or visit

Smoking Reduction Study for African American Menthol Smokers

Adults who smoke menthol cigarettes and identify as Black/African American are invited to participate in a study that involves electronic cigarette use for six weeks to reduce their smoking. Participants must be willing to visit the study site, receive phone calls and respond to texts and surveys. Compensation is provided. Principal investigators are Andrew Barnes, Ph.D., Health Behavior and Policy, and Caroline Cobb, Ph.D., Psychology, For more information, contact Caroline Cobb at or (804) 828-1867 or visit

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