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Special Announcement

RamSafe Has Moved to the Ride Pingo App

The mobile app for RamSafe (https://parking.vcu.edu/transportation/ramsafe/), VCU's safe ride program, has transitioned to Ride Pingo (https://www.ridepingo.com/). Students and employees interested in scheduling a ride through RamSafe should place their requests using the Ride Pingo mobile app, available for download in Google Play, Apple app stores and on VCU Mobile. Detailed instructions for using the new Ride Pingo app can be found at go.vcu.edu/ramsafe.

This week

This online workshop will provide an overview on creating modules, assignments and quizzes. The event will include an overview of all course navigation and settings in Canvas, how Canvas relates to the VCU ecosystem and a brief look at Gradebook, Discussions and the Inbox Tool. The Zoom link is https://vcu.zoom.us/my/canvaslearn Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jon Reed at reedjj@vcu.edu or visit https://training.vcu.edu/course.aspx?processFlag=2&itemID=18093.

To commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Health Sciences Library, 509 N. 12th St., will feature a display in the library lobby including videos of various interviews and speeches by King that are available through the library. The display is available during library hours. For more information, contact Emily Hurst at ejhurst@vcu.edu or (804) 828-0626.

Barbara van der Schalie, M.S., will discuss Generation Z in the workplace at a virtual meeting of the Central Virginia Society of Clinical Research Associates chapter. The session will also be sponsored by VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research. Schalle is senior clinical training/learning and development manager, clinical monitoring research program directorate, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Shirley Helm at shelm@vcu.edu or (804) 241-7340 or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vduiurzwuH9bbnfK-mZ9Ffv4alhxG_f03.

Importing content into Canvas doesn't have to be scary. This workshop will feature a discussion of different forms of importable content in Canvas, importing content from an existing course, importing content from a file and sharing content with others in Canvas. The Zoom link is https://vcu.zoom.us/my/canvaslearn Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jon Reed at reedjj@vcu.edu or visit https://training.vcu.edu/course.aspx?processFlag=2&itemID=18094.

Join VCU HR and RecWell for a combination of strengthening exercises using free weights or your own body. The session is designed to provide participants with a total body workout hitting every major muscle group to build muscular strength and endurance. Good for all levels. Mat suggested. Register in Talent@VCU or at: https://bit.ly/3YFM00M For more information, contact Cindi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://ramstrong.vcu.edu/.

The VCU Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care will host an informational session via Zoom for the 2023 CLARION National Case Competition, an annual event sponsored by the University of Minnesota that promotes leadership and communication skills and prepares health care students for interprofessional practice. Last year's VCU team won first place, earning a $7,500 scholarship prize. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Kelly Lockeman at kslockeman@vcu.edu or visit http://bit.ly/3u9lxLi.

The Pace Center, 700 W. Franklin St., will host a morning communion service each Wednesday during the semester in the tradition of the United Methodist and Presbyterian (USA) religions. A brief service will be followed by a light breakfast This event is open to all students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact Russ Kerr at kerrr@vcu.edu or visit http://www.thepacecenter.com.

Join Suzie C. Park, M.D., VCU Health Internal Medicine, as she discusses preventive health resources and tips to help stay cancer-free. Register for the virtual session in Talent@VCU or at: https://bit.ly/3VdXq9j For more information, contact Cindi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://ramstrong.vcu.edu/.

VCU's Global Education Office will host the semester's first International Coffee Hour. The event, in the third-floor lounge, 912 W. Grace St., is an opportunity to greet old friends and welcome new international students. Advance registration at the following URL is requested, but drop-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Colleen Choate at choatecl@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.campusgroups.com/event_details?uid=5eb5fcc3dd72b16315f331da2441f32a.

Coming up

The American Society for Microbiology at VCU will present "Summer Internships 101" via Zoom. The session will include a discussion about available opportunities, how to prepare yourself and what to expect. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Eva Davis at davisep@vcu.edu or visit https://cglink.me/2dV/r1926066.

VCU's Records Management Office will hold Records Management 101 training online via Zoom in the upcoming months. Training will cover recordkeeping requirements and practices to be compliant with state regulations and university policy. Register in Talent (keyword "records"). Busy but can’t make it? Try self-paced Records Management 101 training available in Canvas. For more information, contact Amber Peranski at aperanski@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2097.

Francis Collins, M.D, Ph.D., advisor for special projects for the White House, will join Facts and Faith Fridays to discuss the current state of science and community outreach and engagement. Representatives from the Department of Medical Assistance Services will cover updates to Virginia Medicaid. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Arnethea Sutton at abrahamal@vcu.edu or visit https://vcuhealth.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SyHhkGyYSmaO5LgKIqwjOQ.

Implementation of Quest 2028 and its One VCU Strategic Research Plan has launched VCU into the top 50 of U.S. public research universities. This in-person address (College of Health Professions auditorium, 900 E. Leigh St.) to be given by Vice President for Research and Innovation P. Srirama Rao, Ph.D., will feature current trends, future direction and celebrate the impactful work being carried out by VCU's researchers and scholars. Learn how the university's unstoppable transformative innovation is addressing societal challenges to serve our community and shape the future. Registration is required. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Emily Komornik at komornikea@vcu.edu or visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfzO3WTaqYF4ydPwxdMf_LS9lS-gPXKted8rOq1yoAWRofFJQ/viewform.

Notices

Vox Concordia Auditions for Spring Semester

Join Vox Concordia, VCU's soprano/alto choral ensemble. All choral ensembles welcome singers from any major, including non-music majors and students on the MCV campus. Register for new singer auditions at the following URL. For more information, contact Lisa C. Fusco at fuscolc@vcu.edu or (804) 690-6602 or visit https://arts.vcu.edu/academics/departments/music/ensembles/vocal-ensemble/vocal-ensemble-audition-info/.

Band at VCU: Come Play With Us

University Band (APPM 357) is open to all VCU students and faculty. The band meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2-2:50 p.m. Registration is now open. The band performs one concert per semester. For more information, contact Duane Coston at costonpd@vcu.edu.

VCU Internship Funding Program

Participating in a summer internship that is unpaid or doesn't pay enough to cover your expenses? Apply for funding for your summer experience through the VCU Internship Funding Program. Funds provided can be used to cover expenses for travel, housing, child care, professional attire, supplies and more. The application for Summer 2023 funding will open on Tuesday, Jan. 24 in the RAMS Scholarship Hub and will close on Sunday, April 2. Apply at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Career Services at careers@vcu.edu or visit https://careers.vcu.edu/resources/internshipfundingprogram/.

Submit Your Giving Day Story Application Before It's Too Late

Don’t delay – if you want to raise money for your program’s fund(s) on Giving Day, you only have two days to submit your story. The final deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 18. Submit your story at the following URL and a member of the development team will contact you to discuss next steps. Not sure which stories to include? Too busy to develop content? Support is available. For help writing stories, reach out ASAP to Catherine Brown at the following email address. For more information, contact Catherine Brown, DAR Senior Communications Specialist, at brownck6@vcu.edu or visit http://bit.ly/GivingDayStories.

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. The principal investigator is Alison Breland, Ph.D., Department of Psychology. For more information, contact Alison Breland at abbrelan@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3562 or visit http://cstp.vcu.edu/studies.

Are You Stressed? Participate in a Stress-Reduction Study

The VCU Wellbeing Lab invites you to participate in a research study on two stress-reduction programs for undergraduate students. VCU investigators seek to understand how two online stress reduction programs affect students’ mood and stress-related behavior. Compensation is available. Register at the following URL before Wednesday, Feb. 1. For more information, contact Polina Beloborodova at vcu.stress.reduction@gmail.com or (804) 215-6196 or visit https://beloborodp.wixsite.com/stressreduction.

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