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The Center for Clinical and Translational Research hosts the Central Virginia Society of Clinical Research Associates chapter meeting in Critical Care Hospital, first floor, Room 304. Betsy Ripley, M.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology at VCU, will present "The Role of the Coordinator in Promoting Quality Clinical Research." Discussions and brainstorming for solutions to difficult situations will provide usable methods and knowledge for coordinators and other research staff. For more information, contact Lou Usry at or (804) 828-9101.

This week

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

Happy Hour at VCUarts Anderson Gallery presents Director Matt Newman and an all-star cast from the Coalition Theater for a sampling of RVA's best stand-up comedy. The theater is home to several side-splitting house teams, ready to spin your suggestions into all-improvised comic gold. A cash bar will be available. For more information, contact Traci Garland at or (800) 482-8152 or visit

VCU Music's 22nd annual "Guitar and Other Strings Series" presents Stephen Bennett in the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. Bennett is a master of the guitar, harp guitar and steel resonator guitar. He is also recognized as a gifted and challenging composer and an outstanding performer with great sensitivity. General admission is $15. For more information, contact VCU Music Box Office at or (804) 828-6776 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 .

Coming up

The Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies hosts “Jail Mail” each Monday this summer from 1-4 p.m. in Crenshaw House, Room 103. Participants will write letters to prisoners in the Richmond City Jail and LGBTQ prisoners across the U.S. Supplies to start the pen pal exchange will be provided, as well as pizza. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Safiya Bridgewater at or (804) 828-6710.

The Director for Diversity Education and Retention Initiatives search committee invites the VCU community to participate in the open forum meeting with a finalist for the position in Ginter House, Conference Room 202D. Lara Chatman, Ph.D., academic support specialist, Fayetteville State University, open forum was held on Tuesday, July 22, at 10:45 a.m. in Ginter House, Conference Room 221. Idella Glenn, Ph.D., assistant dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Furman University, open forum will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 10:45 a.m. in Ginter House, Conference Room 202D. For more information, contact Eduardo P. G. Vidal at or (804) 828-8947.

Massey Cancer Center presents "Ride for Jim," a cycling event to benefit Massey Cancer Center, at The Meadow Event Park, 13111 Dawn Blvd., Doswell, Va. This USA Cycling permitted race offers several route options for riders. A luncheon after-party will follow the ride. For more information, contact Payton Hardinge at or (804) 827-9486 or visit


Call for Nominations: Dorris Douglas Budd Award Deadline is Friday, August 8

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

Google Apps Seminars

VCU Technology Services is making a set of seminars available to the VCU community beginning Tuesday, July 29, to assist with learning how to best use Google Chrome to access VCU email and Google online resources, as well as to learn how to bring Google Drive into your daily work flow. Google Drive includes Google's powerful office suite of applications (docs, sheets, slides and forms) for daily document creation and collaboration. To register, visit the website below. For more information, contact VCU helpIT Center at or (804) 828-2227 or visit

Become a Friendship Family for a VCU International Student

The Friendship Family and Cultural Exchange Program for international students, sponsored by the Global Education Office, seeks volunteers interested in becoming a friendship family for a VCU international student or scholar. The program matches VCU students and scholars with local Richmond families for cultural exchange and friendship. The FFACE Program stimulates curiosity, increases cultural understanding and provides insight into a world beyond individual perspectives. For more information, contact Elizabeth Hiett at or (804) 828-6846 or visit

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