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This week

Happy Hour at the Anderson Gallery presents artist Jack Wax for a discussion of "Dear Life," Alice Munro's latest collection of short stories. This gathering invites participants to share their insights and also offers another way of exploring ideas that propel Wax's drawings, on view in the downstairs gallery. Think of the event as a book group and gallery talk rolled into one. A cash bar will be available. For more information, contact Traci Garland at or (804) 828-1524 or visit

Coming up

The Community Health Education Center, on the ground floor of the VCU Medical Center Gateway Building, hosts "Journaling for Stress Reduction." Victoria Menzies, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor, School of Nursing, will discuss the many health benefits of stress journaling. Light refreshments will be provided and registration is required. For more information, contact Sarah Amick at or (804) 828-2432 or visit

Work/Life Resources presents Rose O’Toole, CommonHealth regional coordinator, to discuss "Recipe for a Healthier Heart" in the McGuire Hall Annex, Room B-20. To register, visit the website below. Participants are invited to bring lunch. For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at or visit

Massey Cancer Center presents a free seminar on the mindfulness-based approach to dealing with stress and anxiety, featuring speaker Margaret Rittenhouse, at Massey Cancer Center's Stony Point Patient Resource Library, 9000 Stony Point Pkwy. Mindfulness involves focusing attention on one's emotions, thoughts and sensations in the present moment, which can help cancer patients and caregivers mentally prepare for the treatment process and become active participants in recovery. Register by visiting the website below. For more information, contact Alaina Schneider at or (804) 628-4578 or visit

Human Resources presents "How to Retire with the Virginia Retirement System" for VCU employees in McGuire Hall Annex, Room B-20. This session is open to VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees. For more information, contact Daniel Jason at or (804) 828-4660 or visit

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


VCU Transportation, in partnership with the Divisions of Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, provides free shuttle service from the Richmond International Airport, Greyhound station and Amtrak station at Main Street and Staples Mill beginning on Friday, Aug. 15. All reservations must be made online at the website below. For more information, contact VCU Transportation at or visit

VCU Plasma Study

VCU is conducting a study treating patients who are severely hurt and bleeding without the standard consent. In this study, injured and severely bleeding patients transported by Richmond Ambulance Authority or Henrico Fire ambulances will receive standard treatment with or without the addition of plasma, a component of blood, to control bleeding. To opt out of the study use the contact information below. For more information, contact Judy Katzen at or (804) 827-5276 or visit

We Need Healthy Volunteers

Are you between the ages of 18 and 65 with no existing health conditions? The VCU School of Nursing invites to participate in a research study as a normal healthy adult. Participation includes undergoing a sensory assessment and having your blood drawn during your visit which will take approximately 45 minutes. Eligible participants will be compensated for their time. For more information, contact Amy Heineman at or (804) 828-5242.

Join the Discussion! Focus Groups to Discuss Healthy Lifestyle Programs for Young Adults Now Recruiting

Come have your voice heard and get paid for your time! Researchers at VCU are studying ways to improve healthy lifestyle programs for young adults. If you are between the ages of 18 and 25 and overweight, they want to hear from you! Participation involves a one-time group discussion that will take about two hours. If you’re interested in participating, visit, or call the OPT for health research lab today at 804-827-2250. That’s For more information, contact Megan Blumenthal at or (804) 827-2250 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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