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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

This week

The School of Medicine invites the VCU community to a memorial service for Frederick John Spencer, M.D., at the Larrick Student Center. Spencer was an emeritus faculty member whose two-decade career on the MCV Campus included a number of leadership positions such as professor and chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine and dean of students and admissions for the School of Medicine. A catered reception at the Larrick Student Center will immediately follow the service. For more information, contact Tom Holland at or visit

Coming up

The Director for Diversity Education and Retention Initiatives search committee invites the VCU community to participate in the open forum meetings with the two finalists for the position. Lara Chatman, Ph.D., academic support specialist, Fayetteville State University, open forum will be 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) 828-5272.

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.


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

The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute: Accepting Applications for HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program

The HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program is a five-month leadership development experience for current and emerging women leaders who are committed to investing in themselves and their organizations. HIGHER Ground is designed to benefit women at all career levels in public, private, nonprofit and entrepreneurial positions. The application deadline is Saturday, Nov. 1. For more information, contact Nakeina Douglas-Glenn at or (804) 827-1169 or visit

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