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Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences provides research assistance and consultations in the Hunton Student Center, Learning Center, Room 209. Librarians with expertise in the biomedical sciences will be available to help find articles and other information for reports and research. Drop by Monday-Friday, from 1-3 p.m. to get expert help. To schedule an appointment, use the contact information below. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Thelma Mack at or (804) 828-0017.

VCU freshmen are invited to Spit for Science: The VCU Student Survey, a study of how genetic and environmental factors contribute to substance use and emotional health. Participants must complete the online survey sent to their VCU email in order to pick up their $10 payment and free T-shirt at the Franklin Street Gym, 817 W. Franklin St., Room B43, Monday through Friday, Aug. 18-29, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants can give an optional DNA (saliva) sample for another $10. For more information, contact Spit for Science at or (804) 628-4645 or visit

VCU Libraries presents "LibraryFest," the annual open house welcoming first-year and new students, at Cabell Library. Tours will begin at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sample food, pick up freebies, register laptops and learn about the new library and current library services to help students succeed at VCU. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at

This week

VCU President Michael Rao, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Wiencek, and Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Sheldon Retchin invite the VCU community to VCU's 32nd Opening Faculty Address and Convocation at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. The event will provide an update on strides made in advancing the strategic plan, Quest for Distinction, and will honor distinguished faculty and students. A reception will follow. R.S.V.P. using the information below. For more information, contact Kathleen Blankenship at or (804) 828-6162.

University Commons and Activities Department, the sponsor of the annual Welcome Week service project, invites the VCU community to donate school supplies at the Commons Plaza. Those with extra school supplies or those who pick up a few during the back-to-school sales can help children in Richmond Public Schools start their year prepared. The first 100 donors will receive Bruster's ice cream. For more information, contact Beth Ward at

VCU Parking and Transportation hosts the "Great Bike Roundup" in the University Student Commons Plaza. Representatives from RamBikes, VCU Police, VCU Goes Green, Zipcar and the Outdoor Adventure Program will be on hand to educate and answer any questions from bicyclists and bike enthusiasts. Participants can also enter a raffle to win a new bike. For more information, contact VCU Transportation at or (804) 828-2421 or visit

University Student Commons and Activities invites the VCU community to Food Truck A Palooza along the north side of the Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. There will be food and entertainment from 11 Richmond vendors, a DJ and inflatables. A limited number of free food vouchers are available to students with valid VCU IDs. Vendors accept cash and credit card. For more information, contact Lindsey Rumancik at .


Market 810: Closing Early for Convocation Picnic

Market 810 in the Shafer Court Dining Center closes at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, in preparation for the convocation picnic. Other VCU dining locations will remain open and observe normal operating hours. For more information, contact Tamara Highsmith at or (804) 828-1148 or visit

SafeNet Wireless Authentication Update

VCU Technology Services has changed the way you log in to the SafeNet Wireless wifi network. For most customers, the change will be less noticeable and no change is needed. Some people who use Apple devices may have to authorize a new security certificate. Those using Windows will no longer need to download a third-party tool to authenticate and Windows Mobile will be able to authenticate to VCU SafeNet Wireless as well. For more information, contact VCU helpIT Center at or (804) 828-2227 or visit

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