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Are you interested in working with other students across different disciplines? Are you fascinated by creating solutions to complex problems? Have you always wanted to start a business or nonprofit? Attend an informational session to learn about available undergraduate certificates at VCU's daVinci Center. Find out precisely what a certificate is and learn about the center's programs in product innovation, venture creation and human-centered design and how they fit into your academic plans. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lloyd Young at or visit

This week

Top Hat is now free for VCU students and can be used by instructors to increase student engagement, gauge student comprehension and foster a sense of community. As part of the Teaching With Technology Survival Camp, Top Hat specialists will provide an overview of classroom polling, slide presentations, gradebook sync and low-cost interactive textbooks. Enroll at the following URL. Click on for the Zoom link. For more information, contact Jana Avery at or visit

There will be many emotions as we return to campus. In this online session presented by VCU Human Resources and Anthem EAP, we will learn what to work on before coming back, what we learned during the pandemic, what worked and what didn’t work and tips for returning to the outside world. Questions: Register in Talent@VCU or at the following URL. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

Members of VCU's Writing Center will introduce the center's services, discuss individual writing needs and address the nuts and bolts of a consultation. The event will be in Room 4203 Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Ave. For more information, contact Trey Burnart Hall at

Join VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the VCU Health Office of Clinical Research for a discussion of updates to Epic and OnCore. Libby Dimattia and Bobby Moulden will discuss the time frame and nuances of Epics layout and review shared responsibilities of principal investigators and clinical research coordinators (linking orders, pending orders and viewing patient enrollment). Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Lauren Harrid at or visit

When cancer is detected early, it can be easier to treat or cure, and screening tests can help find tumors at an early stage before symptoms occur. Join Mary Helen Hackney, M.D., medical oncologist at VCU Massey Cancer Center, as she discusses the screening guidelines and options for a variety of cancers, including breast, cervical, colorectal, head and neck, lung, prostate and skin cancer. Stream the event live on Massey's Facebook page at the following URL. For more information, contact Blake Belden at or visit

Coming up

Google Meet provides the faculty host attendance reports and a recording automatically, and the use of a chat room for class collaboration is easy to set up. Collaboration Services invites you to learn all about Meet and Chat for online learning enhancement. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Dr. Gee at or visit

The Center for Corporate Education at VCU's School of Business will present Project Management Essentials. The course, to be held from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, 16, 21 and 23, is geared for participants looking for a project management overview and application. The course will be offered live online via Zoom. The registration fee is $1,620. Register at the following URL or email for more information. For more information, contact Carrie Hawes at or (804) 828-3165 or visit


Summer 2021 Final Grading Due Aug. 17 at Noon

Grade sheets are now available on faculty eServices. Grades are due by noon on Aug. 17, 2021 at which time grade entry will no longer be available. It is imperative that all grades are reported by noon on Aug. 17 to complete all-end of-semester processes. Faculty may only access grade sheets for courses to which they have been assigned in the Class Schedule. For more information, contact The Office of Records and Registration at

Now Accepting Applications: 2022 Leadership Programs

Applications are now available for the 2022 cohorts of the VCU Leadership, HIGHER Ground, and Minority Political Leadership Institute programs in the VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. For more information, contact Kiara Faulks at or visit

SCIE Ambassador Program

VCU's Office of Student Experience is recruiting for its SCIE (Student Council for an Inclusive Environment) Ambassador cohort. The SCIE Ambassador Program is an inter-professional leadership opportunity for medical graduate students who are interested in and have a passion for cultivating diversity and inclusion across the medical campus. Ambassadors will have the opportunity to make suggestions and recommendations to improve the climate for all students on the MCV campus. Apply by Aug. 31 at the following URL. For more information, contact Office of Student Experience at or visit

VCU Police Are Hiring Student Safety Ambassadors

VCU Police are hiring additional student safety ambassadors for the new academic year. Student safety ambassadors respond to locations where sworn police officers are not required and assist in a non-law enforcement capacity. Positions are open to VCU students in their second year and above. For more information, contact Lt. Aaron LaVigne at or visit

Apply for Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

Beginning Aug. 16 at noon, VCU students who have experienced a financial hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic are invited to apply for emergency relief grants as authorized by the American Rescue Plan. For more information, contact Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success at or visit

Play With the Peppas, VCU's Pep Band

The VCU Peppas pep band will hold its first meeting of the season Aug. 21 from 5-8 p.m. The pep band performs at athletic events, school functions and community events. The band is seeking all musicians including flute, clarinet, sax, horn, trumpet, trombone and baritone, tuba, guitar, drums, marching percussion, vocalists and strings Interested students should preregister at the following URL. For more information, contact Duane Coston at or visit

Call for Faculty Learning Community Idea Submissions

Each year, VCU's Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence sponsors Faculty Learning Communities, small faculty-led groups that meet to explore an area of interest related to a teaching, writing or faculty career. The communities offer a path to connect, collaborate and innovate. Individuals who have suggestions to facilitate for a Faculty Learning Community can submit them at the following URL. For more information, contact Tiffany Freitas at or visit

Job Posting for ACE-IT in College

Do you have an interest in supporting a more inclusive VCU? ACE-IT is an inclusive postsecondary education program at VCU that supports students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the classroom and at work. Questions: Join the ACE-IT in College team as an education coach. For more information, contact Hannah Ramsey at or (757) 287-9573 or visit

VCUDine August Events

A number of special events are planned during August at Shafer Court Dining Center, 810 Cathedral Place. They include Compass Cookout (Aug. 23, noon-2 p.m.); Shafer Favorites Week (Aug. 23-27, 11 a.m.-close); Food Truck Pop-Up at 932 W. Grace St. (every Tuesday starting Aug. 24 at 11 a.m.); Abuelita’s Guest Restaurant (Aug. 25, 11 a.m.-close); Welcome Back Cookout (Aug. 26, 11 a.m.-close); and Fresh Catch Friday (Aug. 27, 11 a.m.-close). Questions: Follow @VCU_Dining. For more information, contact Lauren Hay at or (804) 828-1148 or visit

Participate in a Survey Study on Behavior Change Counseling

Are you a health-care clinician or student who practices or trains in Virginia? If so, then 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 20-minute survey will be entered into a bi-monthly gift-card drawing. Click on the following link to participate. For more information, contact Rashelle Hayes, Ph.D., at or (804) 628-6752 or visit

Filipino American Heart Health Study

Youssef Roman of VCU's School of Pharmacy is conducting a study to assess the prevalence and causes of heart diseases in Filipino Americans. This study is for anyone who considers themselves as Filipino with both biological parents of Filipino heritage. The study is funded by VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research. For more information, contact Youssef Roman at or (804) 628-8384 or visit

Do You Smoke Tobacco Cigarettes?

Individuals who smoke tobacco cigarettes daily are needed to participate in research studies. Compensation will be provided. View the screening survey at the following URL. This study will be conducted at VCU. Principal Investigator is Alison Breland, Ph.D., Department of Psychology. For more information, contact Alison Breland at or (804) 827-3562 or visit

Volunteers With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Are Invited for Study Evaluating Effects of Noninvasive Brain Stimulation on Pain Perception in Patients With Diabetic Neuropathy

We are inviting male and female patients with diabetic neuropathy ages 18-75 to participate in a research investigation into the effects of noninvasive brain stimulation on pain perception. This study involves transcranial magnetic stimulation, which is a noninvasive and widely used brain stimulation technique. It also involves completing surveys and undergoing tests to evaluate perceptions of pain. Volunteers will be compensated for their time. You are only required to come once for the study and it will take approximately two to two-and-a-half hours to complete the study. The study is conducted within the VCU Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Engineering Lab at 737 N. Fifth St. Recruitment is ongoing. Questions: Bhushan Thakkar or Edmund Acevedo, Ph.D., at For more information, contact Bhushan Thakkar at or (804) 300-5578.

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