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This week

Happy Hour at the Anderson Gallery features musician, artist and VCUarts Theatre alumn Dave Watkins, as he plays the dulcitar, a variant of the Appalachian dulcimer, which also wields an array of looping devices to record, playback and manipulate layers of sound in real time. Although rooted in folk music traditions, Watkins' dynamic soundscapes, often augmented by projected video images, venture far into experimental territory. A cash bar will be available. For more information, contact Traci Garland at or (804) 828-1522 or visit

The Global Education Office hosts a screening of “Frozen” in the West Grace North Residence Hall, Room 1030J. In this Disney animated film, fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Popcorn, cookies and drinks will be served. For more information, contact Elizabeth Hiett at

The Global Education Office invites students, faculty, staff and community visitors to the International Cafe in Sanger Hall, Room 1038. This time of socializing offers the opportunity for members of the VCU community from all over the world to meet, develop friendships, relax and share ideas in a casual setting. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Pam Haney at or (804) 828-8309.

VCU Music's 22nd annual "Guitar and Other Strings Series" presents Quatro na Bossa in the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. Kevin Harding and Laura Ann Singh formed Quatro na Bossa in 2003, with a heavy influence from Brazilian music. General admission is $15. For more information, contact VCU Music Box Office at or (804) 828-6776 or visit

The University Student Commons & Activities offers free tickets to the Flying Squirrels baseball game on Saturday, July 19, at 6:05 p.m. at The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard. Tickets for students are available in Break Point and tickets will be available to faculty and staff beginning Wednesday, July 16. For more information, contact Gillian Perry at or visit .

Coming up

The Office of the Vice President for Research holds an information session in the Critical Care Hospital, First Floor, Room 304, for sponsors of an Investigational New Drug (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) or for those who work on VCU or VCU Health System faculty-held INDs or IDEs. New policies, procedures and the availability of assistance for faculty-held INDs and IDEs will be discussed. ​ For more information, contact Betsy Ripley, Clinical Research Compliance Officer, at or (804) 828-1955.

The VCU AmeriCorps and America Reads Program hosts information sessions on Wednesday, July 23, at noon or Thursday, July 24, at 3 p.m. in the University Student Commons, Shockoe Room. For more information, contact VCU AmeriCorps at or (804) 827-1918 or visit

VCU Medical Center presents a free seminar about forgiving as part of the Lewis Ginter Seminar Series. Everett Worthington Jr., Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, will talk about why forgiveness is important to our well-being and how to help others who are struggling to forgive. The seminar is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments are provided. Registration is recommended. Register online at For more information, contact Katherine Poarch at or (804) 828-0123 or visit

The University Student Commons & Activities sponsors a day trip to Washington, D.C. that departs from the University Student Commons at 8 a.m. Tickets are $5 and include transportation. Participants must sign up, pay and fill out a travel waiver prior to departure date. For more information, contact Gillian Perry at or visit .


Call for Nominations: Dorris Douglas Budd Award

Nominations are being accepted now through Friday, Aug. 8, for the 2014 Dorris Douglas Budd Award, which recognizes outstanding administrative and office support staff who enhance the image and mission of VCU and the VCU Health System. Nomination form (including criteria) is available online at For more information, contact Gwen Parker at or (804) 828-1534 or visit

CCTR Endowment Fund: Monies Available for Health-Related Research

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research accepts applications for funding through its CCTR Endowment Fund. The deadline is Friday, Aug. 1. This funding mechanism supports health-related, basic, clinical and community-based research. Individual investigators and collaborative research teams may apply for up to $50,000 for their research. For more information, contact Pamela Dillon at or visit

Call for Applications: New Investigators’ Grant Writing Institute

The New Investigators’ Grant Writing Institute, sponsored by the Office of Research, provides one year of intensive proposal development training for faculty who will apply for extramural funding within 12 months. Activities include monthly workshops, on-going peer review and mock review panels. Faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to apply; priority will be given to tenure-track assistant professors. The deadline is Monday, Aug. 4. For more information, contact Jessica Venable at or (804) 827-1443 or visit

'The Chronicle Of Higher Education'

The Office of Procurement Services' Fiscal Administrators' News is available at Included is information on staff and faculty electronic access to “The Chronicle Of Higher Education” while logged in through VCU gmail. Visit and click on the links to access the articles. For more information, contact Gary Gulliksen, Assistant Director University Purchasing at or visit

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