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The VCU Health Orchestra, founded in 2017 and now with over 60 musicians, is scheduled to be featured on the "Sunday Today" program on NBC. Orchestra members are drawn from a variety of health professions: nurses, physicians, occupational therapists, pharmacists, staff and students, as well as musicians and music teachers from the community. The orchestra has played for audiences of more than 400 people. For more information, contact Theresa Erichsen at Theresa.Erichsen@vcuhealth.org or visit https://www.vcuhealth.org/our-story/who-we-are/vcu-health-orchestra.

Join Yara Shahidi, actress/producer/advocate, for an online webinar to be hosted by VCU's Activities Programming Board and the Commons. Shahidi’s TV and movie work includes "grown-ish," "black-ish," "Salt" and "Alex Cross." Born Feb. 10, 2000, in Minneapolis, Minn., she recently landed a producer role to bring Cole Brown’s book "Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World” to TV. Find Yara on Instagram @yarashahidi. Register in advance on RamsConnect at the following URL. For more information, contact Bria Taylor at taylorbc7@vcu.edu or visit http://cglink.me/2dV/r1094555.

The Trauma Center at VCU Health will host its annual Shining Knight Gala to recognize dozens of team members for their role in saving the life of a trauma patient. Proceeds will benefit the injury and violence prevention programs at VCU Medical Center. Questions: https://www.vcuhealth.org/support-vcu-health/events/shining-knight-gala/event-details or email Amanda Van Thunen at Amanda.VanThunen@vcuhealth.org. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Dedrain Davis at didavis@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsf-Gppz0tH9xqpv62KCY0syU5TmEMiR-T.

Coming up

Learn why VCU's Online MBA program was recently ranked 32nd nationally by Fortune and how to apply. Accepted students have an average of eight years of work experience; it is recommended applicants have one to two years of work experience or the equivalent (internships or graduate school). Those who cannot register ahead of time can attend by using this URL: https://vcu.zoom.us/j/92370468469. Questions: https://business.vcu.edu/academics/mba-options/online-mba/. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Robert Clarkson at rmclarkson@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1597 or visit https://connect.business.vcu.edu/register/event-webinar-omba-051021?program=OMBA&utm_source=OMBA%20prospects&utm_medium=email&utm_content=05.10.21emailinvite1&utm_term=InfoSessionTime%20-%20ProgramName&utm_campaign=OMBARY21.

Join VCU Human Relations and Stony Point Women's Health dietitian Dana Henderson for suggestions about eating healthy and handling stress during the pandemic. Questions: https://hr.vcu.edu/current-employees/worklife/. Register in Talent@VCU or at the following URL. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://bit.ly/3aHK3cT.

Join VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the central Virginia chapter of the Society of Clinical Research Associates for a presentation on ethical issues involved in recent pay-to-participate “research studies” and how these may violate the pillars of respect of persons, beneficence and justice. Annette Oeser, MLAS, CCRP, clinical/translational coordinator in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University, will speak. For more information, contact Shirley Helm at shirley.helm@vcuhealth.org or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcuf-2rqzgrEtfZ7Csur3R5hOBha0ZU9XP6.

The C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and VCU Institutional Review Board are hosting open consulting hours virtually using Zoom. Consultants from various research areas will be available to work with faculty, staff and students from any school or department at VCU. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Nyssa Towsley at ntowsley@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1157 or visit https://bit.ly/WCconsult.

VCU's Office of Continuing and Professional Education will present a new course taught over six sessions on Tuesdays from July 6-Aug. 10. The course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn how to organize and structure their stories. VCU alumni, employee, student and military discounts are available. For more information, contact VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322 or visit http://go.vcu.edu/storytelling.

VCU's Office of Continuing and Professional Education will hold its two-evening course live online on Fridays, July 23 and July 30. Learn about the types and styles of craft beer, the history of each and the regional history of craft beer with RVA Beer Guy Lee Graves. A book is included. The course is limited to participants age 21 and older. VCU alumni, employee and military discounts are available. For more information, contact VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322 or visit https://ocpe.vcu.edu/craftbeer.

Notices

Reminder: Health Coverage Open Enrollment Through May 17

Open enrollment for health coverage and flexible spending plans will be available through May 17. The plan year begins July 1. No action is required to maintain current coverage elections for the upcoming plan year, but enrollment is required to begin or continue participation in flexible spending. COVA Care and COVA HealthAware participants may qualify for premium rewards for the upcoming plan year by completing a new or updated health assessment. Questions? Visit go.vcu.edu/hrsupport. Enroll at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU HR Benefits Administration at openenroll@vcu.edu or visit https://hr.vcu.edu/open-enrollment.

Participate in a Survey Study on Behavior Change Counseling

Are you a health care clinician who practices in Virginia? If so, you are likely eligible to participate in a survey study conducted by faculty at VCU. We are interested in how health-care professionals have learned behavioral health counseling, specifically motivational interviewing. Those who complete the 25-minute survey will be entered into a bimonthly gift-card drawing. Click on the following URL to participate. For more information, contact Rashelle Hayes at Rashelle.hayes@vcuhealth.org or (804) 628-6752 or visit https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=NWWYMP4W44.

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