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The University Student Commons and Activities is collecting items for CARITAS from Jan. 6-17. All items will be distributed to various community organizations including the Second Presbyterian Church. Items such as hats, scarves, gloves, socks and travel-sized toiletry items such as toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and soap are needed. The list of collection locations can be found at For more information, contact Emma Drennan at or (804) 828-0555.

This week

The Center for Teaching Excellence offers the Preparing to Teach @ VCU Workshop Series in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 4100. These workshops aim to offer participants practical, hands-on guidance on how to be as successful as possible within, and outside of, the classroom. For more information, contact Enoch Hale at or (804) 828-4798 or visit

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research launches its Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series with a presentation by David Fenstermacher, Ph.D., VCU chief research information officer in the Molecular Medicine Building, Room 1009. Fenstermacher will talk about the importance of biomedical informatics in research and how the CCTR helps investigators with tools and services in data management and technical infrastructure. For more information, contact Frances Dumenci at or (804) 828-7701 or visit

Coming up

Human Resources presents "How to Retire with the Virginia Retirement System" for VCU employees in the HR training facility, 922 W. Grace St., Room 115. This session is open to VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees. For more information, contact Daniel Jason at or (804) 828-4660 or visit


Council for Community Engagement Grants: Request for Proposals

With support from the offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Health Sciences, the Council for Community Engagement provides one-year seed grants up to $20,000 to support interdisciplinary projects that will enhance and increase university engagement with the greater Richmond community and will contribute to the research and teaching of VCU units. For more information, contact Jessica Venable at or (804) 828-8824 or visit

VCU Globe Now Accepting Applications for Faculty Fellows

VCU Globe is accepting applications for the Faculty Fellows Program. Faculty Fellows are engaged and dedicated faculty members from a wide variety of academic disciplines. Eligible applicants hold full-time appointments within their academic disciplines at VCU, work as adjunct faculty at VCU or represent a Richmond-area community partner. Application deadline is Jan. 17. To apply, see contact information below. For more information, contact Jill Blondin at or visit

CTE January Newsletter

See what's happening in January at the Center for Teaching Excellence in its monthly newsletter. Access the newsletter at For more information, contact Enoch Hale at or (804) 828-4798.

VCU Homecoming

VCU’s Homecoming is Jan. 13-20. Many events and activities are taking place this week including a door decorating contest for all departments (email for details); VCU’s Got Talent on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. in the University Student Commons; a concert on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Siegel Center; annual Homecoming parade on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m., as well as a festival in Monroe Park immediately following the parade. Visit for a complete schedule of the week’s events, contest registration forms and ticket information. For more information, contact Sheryce Holloway at

RamAway Spring Semester Service

VCU Transportation, in partnership with the divisions of Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, provides free shuttle service from the Richmond International Airport, Greyhound station and Amtrak station at Main Street and Staples Mill beginning Thursday, Jan. 9. Service is available from noon to 8 p.m. Seats must be reserved online by Jan. 7. For more information, contact VCU Transportation at or (804) 828-7275 or visit

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