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Find a moment of quiet reflection in the middle of your day with meditation. The session via Zoom is suitable for all levels of practice. Register on Rams Connect at the following URL. For more information, contact Brenna Denicola at or visit

This week

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

Kenneth Hohmeier, Pharm.D., will join this month's Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation seminar via Zoom. Hohmeier, associate professor and Director of Community Affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, will discuss community pharmacy as a destination for public health and primary care. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL or view the session in Room 545, Robert Blackwell Smith Building, 410 N. 12th St. Free CE credit. For more information, contact Sydney Weber at or visit

VCU Parking will restart the MCV Campus lottery process today, Nov. 29. All lottery preferences will be reset to ensure an equitable MCV Campus sales process for everyone. If you previously submitted your spring parking preferences via email or the online parking portal, you will need to resubmit them online during the new sales period (Nov. 29- Dec. 1). For more information, contact VCU Parking and Transportation at or (804) 828-7275 or visit

VCU's Office of Faculty Affairs and Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence invites faculty to drop in for the final Just Write session of the semester. Coming together can increase a mutual sense of accountability - and it makes writing feel a little less lonely. Take part for as little or as long as you need between 9 a.m. and noon. Coffee and scones will be available. The session will be in Room 115, Scott House, 909 W. Franklin St. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Tiffany Freitas at or visit


VCU Police Encourages Everyone to Buckle Up for Holiday Travel

VCU Police is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to share a lifesaving reminder: Click It or Ticket. VCUPD officers enforce Virginia's seat belt laws and encourage everyone to stay buckled in vehicles. Drivers/passengers 16 or older in the front seat need to wear a seat belt. Any child under 18 is required to wear a safety belt (and be in a safety seat, if applicable). Back seat passengers 18 or older are encouraged to wear a seat belt. For more information, contact VCU Police at

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

Impacts on HRPP/IRB Services and Timelines

During the next several weeks, the Human Research Protection Program will be undergoing additional changes in personnel that may impact HRPP/Institutional Review Board services and timelines. Additional details and instructions are available on the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation Human Subject Research Protection blog at Questions: Contact the HRPP directly at or (804) 828-0868. For more information, contact Elizabeth Marlowe at or visit

Annual Notification of VCU Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy

All members of the university community are asked to read VCU's Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy. The document provides information about protecting individual health, sustaining safety and promoting the general well-being of all at VCU. A link to the policy and a variety of online resources are available on the VCU Division of Student Affairs blog at the included URL. Questions: For more information, contact Charles Klink at or visit

Do You Dip or Use Smokeless Tobacco?

Individuals who dip/use smokeless tobacco 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

Refugee Students Needed for Research Study

Refugee undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in a short research survey that explores refugee mental health issues. The survey may be taken at the following URL. Principal investigator is Myriam Kadeba, Ph.D., Office of Multicultural Affairs. For more information, contact Mehwish Safdar at or visit

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