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This week

VCU's Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence will present a workshop on engaging students with the functionalities and applications of Nearpod. The session will focus on how the interactive platform can help to engage students in remote and face-to-face classes and synchronous and asynchronous activities. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Tiffany Freitas at freitast@vcu.edu or visit https://forms.gle/sNz7xR4YjnMM1hjU6.

VCU RecWell will host a full day of special group exercise classes to celebrate the physical, mental and spiritual practice of yoga. Classes will include an exploration of movement, meditation and educational content that embodies unity of mind and body in an inviting environment. In-person classes at Cary Street Gym, 101 S. Linden St., will be open to VCU students and RecWell members. Pre-registration is recommended for in-person classes. Two livestreamed classes will be offered and open to all. Register at the following URL. Registration is required. For more information, contact Jessica Norman at normanj3@vcu.edu or visit https://recsports.vcu.edu/programs/fitness-and-wellness/group-exercise/.

United Healthcare Network will host a discussion of current events in the health care field and the long-term effects of these events. The event, open to all VCU students, will be in Virginia Room A, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Dinner will be provided. For more information, contact Sharmeen Sattar at uhcnatvcu@gmail.com.

VCU's Muslim Student Association will hold Jummah (Friday) Prayer in Room 250, the Multipurpose Room, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave. The first Kutbah will be held at 1:15 p.m., the second at 2:15 p.m. Masks are required. For more information, contact MSA at VCU at vcumsa@gmail.com.

Grab a few kitchen staples and join a VCU English Language Program student from Venezuela (fluent in Spanish, English and mountaineering) to cook together in an event hosted by VCU's Global Education Office in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month. Each student can follow the chef from their own kitchen via Zoom to learn to make Venezuelan arepas. Students will virtually share their creations with the group before sitting down to a meal together. The first 10 registrants will be eligible to pick up a bag of Harina Pan from GEO. Register at the following URL or at https://linktr.ee/vcuomsa. For more information, contact Audrey Emiko Short at aeshort@vcu.edu or visit https://tinyurl.com/Arepas3Oct2021.

Coming up

VCU Libraries, VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the VCU Postdoctoral Association will present a talk that is part of the 2021 How-to Talks by Postdocs Series. Register at http://rampages.us/howtotalks/upcoming/ or the following URL. For more information, contact Stacey Wahl at swahl@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.libcal.com/event/8298572.

The Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research's Discovery Dialogues seminar will feature Lana Sargent, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor, Adult Health and Nursing Systems, via Zoom. Questions: http://www.cctr.vcu.edu. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison, at pmdillon@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1519 or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwpc-CprzgpG9zhlmHofAtqd1huszir-ft8.

VCUDine’s Fall Food Truck Festival will be held on Cathedral Place outside Shafer Court Dining Center. This is a swipe-only event for dining plan holders; swipe sales will run from 3-8:30 p.m. Trucks will be open from 4-9 p.m. Food trucks will include: Opa, Four Brothers, Kona, Grilled Meats and Treats, Chicken Stop and Carytown Burger & Fries while supplies last. Follow @VCU_Dining on social or visit the following URL for details. For more information, contact Lauren Hay at dining@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1148 or visit http://vcu.campusdish.com.

There is power behind the Roth IRA. Learn more about how you can take advantage of this savings vehicle for your retirement portfolio in a quick virtual overview presented by VCU Human Resources and Fidelity. There will also be time for a Q&A. 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/3kwCuva.

This class requires a minimum of five participants or it will be rescheduled. Collaboration Services will present Google Drive – Collaboration in the Cloud. Keep all your work in one secure place with online file storage in Google Drive. Learn how to share with others and access on any computer, smartphone, or tablet. For more information, contact Dr. Gee at drgee@vcu.edu or visit http://go.vcu.edu/gogoogle.

Join The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, a center in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, and the 2021 cohort of the VCU Leadership Development Program for their annual team project presentations. This year’s team projects focus on advancing institutional racial equity at VCU. Register at the following URL to attend virtually or in the Richmond Salons, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. For more information, contact Kiara Faulks at gehli@vcu.edu or visit https://forms.gle/ZxN2PEyW8RE9utMo8.

Join a fishbowl-style discussion via Zoom where environmental scientists and activists and social workers will demonstrate how each field would approach a relevant case involving climate change and its effects on vulnerable communities. This event is in conjunction with the VCU Common Book, "Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore" by Elizabeth Rush, and is sponsored by the VCU School of Social Work's C. Bernard Scotch Fund. The fund honors emeritus faculty member Charles Bernard “Bernie” Scotch, Ph.D. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Anna Givens at sswconnect@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IGveEw5hTHK7TQyaHK4XZQ.

The Center for Corporate Education at VCU's School of Business will present Certified Scrum Master in partnership with Michael Vizdos, Certified Scrum Trainer. This two-day online workshop will allow participants to gain experience in Scrum and agile methodologies. All participants will be eligible to take the Scrum Alliance certification assessment upon completion. The registration fee is $1,095. Register at the following URL or email corp-ed@vcu.edu for more information. For more information, contact Carrie Hawes at cjhawes@vcu.edu or (804) 828-3165 or visit http://go.vcu.edu/corped.

Notices

Got a Great Student? Refer Them to the Honors College

VCU's Honors College is seeking outstanding students to join in the Spring 2022 semester. The ideal candidate will be a freshman or sophomore in standing and have above a 3.5 GPA. Complete the form at the following URL. For more information, contact Jenna Venable at venablej@vcu.edu or visit https://bit.ly/3EchC3X.

Flu Immunization Clinics at VCU

VCU Human Resources and Walgreens are offering flu immunization clinics for all VCU faculty and staff and will take place on the Monroe Park Campus, MCV Campus and the VCU Police Department. Dates are Sept. 28, Oct. 6, Oct. 14, Oct. 25 and Oct. 27. Make an appointment at the following URL prior to the event. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://hr.vcu.edu/current-employees/employee-health/flu-vaccination-clinics/.

Participate in a Focus Group on Lung Cancer Screening

VCU Health and Massey Cancer Center are conducting focus groups to understand the experiences of Black men who smoke or used to smoke and their opinions about lung cancer screening, smoking cessation and health care disparities in Virginia. Eligibility criteria: identify as a Black male, current or former smoker and 50 years old or older. If interested, contact Jasmine Blue at the following telephone number or email Blackchat@vcuhealth.org. For more information, contact Rashelle Hayes at rashelle.hayes@vcuhealth.org or (805) 827-0000.

COVID-19 Positive Volunteers Needed for Research Study

Researchers are looking for volunteers who were recently diagnosed with COVID to participate in the COVID-CARE study. Volunteers must be aged 18 and older, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 48 hours and be located within the Richmond area. Volunteers will be asked to review and electronically sign an informed consent document, complete online surveys and complete two COVID tests at home, provided at no cost. If you are selected for the study, you will be compensated for your time. To access the study’s website and see if eligible, go to the following URL. For more information, contact Mandy Adams at study4u@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3784 or visit http://www.covidcarestudy.org/.

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