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Special Announcement

Parking Deck Subscribers To Relocate During Graduations

Upcoming high school graduations will create interruptions to parking. From today, Monday, May 20, through Friday, May 24, all West Broad Street Deck subscribers will relocate to the West Cary Street Deck, located at 1101 W. Cary St.; Jefferson Street Deck, located at 100 S. Jefferson St.; West Main Street Deck, located at 801 W. Main St.; or Henry Street Deck-East, located at 201 Henry St.

A dedicated shuttle service will be provided by Parking and Transportation from May 20-24 to transport subscribers to and from on-campus locations. RamSafe shuttles will run continuously to and from the West Cary Street Deck, Harrison and Franklin Streets, Franklin and Laurel Streets, and Shafer and Franklin Streets during the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. If a VCU parking subscriber needs transportation between the hours of 6:31 p.m. and 6:29 a.m., they can place a ride request through the RamSafe using the Ride Pingo app.

Reciprocal parking will not be permitted on the West Broad Street Deck from May 20-24. MCV Campus subscribers may park on the West Cary Street Deck, Jefferson Street Deck, Henry Street Deck or West Main Street Deck.

Additional information regarding high school graduation impacts can be found at


Melissa Somma McGivney, Pharm.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, will speak at the next Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation seminar. The talk will be available via Zoom. Faculty, staff and students can view the talk in Room 545, Robert Blackwell Smith Building, 410 N. 12th St. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Sydney Weber at or visit

Learn more about VCU's Evening MBA program at a webinar hosted by the School of Business. This online presentation will provide an overview of program formats, curriculum and admissions process. No registration is required; join at the following Zoom link. For more information, contact Hawley Smyth at or (804) 828-5127 or visit

Qasarah Bey Spencer, Ed.D., will discuss imagining youth futures. EmpowerED Spaces: A Youth Healing and Education Series aims to empower educators and youth development professionals in creating spaces where youth can engage in transformative learning experiences while also addressing and supporting emotional well-being. The session will be at the Mary and Frances Youth Center, 120 S. Linden St. Register at the following email address. A Zoom option will be available. For more information, contact Vaughn Garland at or visit

VCU's Humanities Research Center will host virtual and in-person writing sessions during the summer. From Monday, May 20 to Monday, July 1, virtual writing sessions will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays. Informal writing sessions will be held on Fridays at the Valentine House, 920 W. Franklin St. Come to as little or as many sessions as your schedule allows. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Rani Sisavath at or visit

This week

Staff from Curtin University will be visiting VCU and will host an informational session on the fourth floor of the Global Education Office, 912 W. Grace St. Located in the coastal town of Perth in western Australia, Curtin is an affordable semester study abroad option for many majors. Questions: Email For more information, contact Kelly Richard at or (919) 816-5318.

Learn to break writing into manageable chunks and how to avoid procrastination. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Trey Burnart Hall at or visit

This VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center free webinar will include federal, state and tribal representatives who will discuss effective models in service provision to Indigenous youth and young adults, including individuals with disabilities. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Teri Blankenship at or visit

This free webcast, hosted by VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center and the Center on Transition Innovations, will include a discussion about how paying attention to the behavior and mental health of students with disabilities is crucial for their overall well-being and success, especially as they transition to post-secondary environments. These students often face unique challenges that can exacerbate stress, anxiety and other mental health issues. Recognizing and addressing these early can prevent more severe problems later on. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Teri Blankenship at or visit

Take a break from the noise to find a quiet reflection in the middle of your day with guided meditation. This meditation, brought to you by VCU HR and RecWell, is suitable for all levels of practice. Register in Talent@VCU or at: For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or visit

Emily Zimmerman, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, will discuss planning community-engaged research, engaging community partners during the grant-writing process and implementing community-engaged projects. The event, via Zoom, will be part of a grant-writing series hosted by VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research. Questions: Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison, at pmdillon@vcu,edu or visit

Coming up

Join VCU Alumni to learn about Virginia529. For more than 25 years, Virginia529 has helped millions of families plan and save for education expenses through tax-advantaged savings programs. Invest529 helps families save for higher education expenses, private K-12 tuition, student loan repayments and registered apprenticeship programs. VCU Alumni who attend this webinar will receive an exclusive offer – a $25 gift code to open a new Invest529 account. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Tiera Byrd at or visit


Submit Your Artwork for 'UNcommon' Exhibit on the Cabell Screen

VCU Libraries invites faculty, staff, students, alumni and community artists to submit artwork to a new Cabell Screen exhibit that celebrates the UNique character of VCU and RVA. The art selected for “UNcommon/UNconventional” should capture, suggest or evoke feelings of wonder, appreciation and joy in the singular places and people who make up VCU and our urban landscape. Submit works at the following URL by Monday, June 17. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at or visit

Annual Federal Work-Study On-Campus Supervisor Training on May 24

Supervisors seeking to hire work-study students in 2024–2025 must attend a virtual training on work-study requirements and expectations. The training will be held via Zoom on Friday, May 24 from 9–10 a.m. and will be hosted by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships and VCU Career Services. Supervisors — and any staff who support the recruitment process (e.g., post in Handshake) — should register at the following URL. If you are unable to attend, email the following address. For more information, contact VCU Career Services at or visit

Rights of Students Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

FERPA affords students the rights to inspect and review educational records; request that records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading be corrected; provide written consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent; and to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, contact The Office of the University Registrar at

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act: FTC Safeguards Rule

The Office of the University Registrar is responsible for notifying the university community that it does not release nonpublic information about VCU students. This information is used and shared in a limited and carefully controlled manner. It is not disclosed, except as permitted by law, unless authorized by the student. For more information, contact The Office of the University Registrar at

Free Store Donation Drive Volunteer Opportunity

VCU Sustainability is requesting volunteers for the Free Store, 919 W. Grace St. Volunteers are needed to sort and manage donations from the residence halls during student move-out. Volunteers are sought for two-hour shifts through Thursday, May 23. Your efforts will help ensure items find new homes instead of ending up in landfills. Sign up at the following URL. For more information, contact Parker Long at or visit

Google Updates Recap: April 2024 and Clean-Up Reminder

This month, VCU's Collaboration Services has dark mode for Google Drive, a new annotation mode for Google Docs on Android and a new layout editor tool for Gmail and more. For more information, contact Doctor Gee at or visit

VCU Alcohol Research Center: Call for Pilot Project Proposals

The VCU Alcohol Research Center (VCU-ARC, P50AA022537) is soliciting pilot grant applications for studies relevant to alcohol use disorder. Two pilot grants of $40,000 for one year will be awarded in August 2024. Novel approaches and submissions from investigators new to alcohol research are encouraged. One-page pre-proposals are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at the following URL. For more information, contact Jill Bettinger at or visit

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