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VCU's Digital Sociology Lab will present its inaugural Summer Learning Series in three, six-hour sessions. These online courses, on popular digital data tools currently used by digital sociologists, are free to current VCU students. This hands-on training can advance individual research and professional skill sets. The second course will focus on introducing students to working with data from social media platforms by interacting with their Application Program Interface. API is the intermediary that allows two applications to talk to each other. Digital sociologists are interested in APIs because the data helps understand how people use social media networks like Facebook and Parlor to promote and exchange ideas. RSVP at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Sociology at sociology@vcu.edu or visit https://www.digitalsociologylab.com/events.

Coming up

Join VCU Human Resources and TIAA to learn how to make your ideal retirement plan — financially and emotionally. Questions: https://ramstrong.vcu.edu/. 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/3zEMwPj.

The year has been challenging for working parents. Join VCU Human Resources and Anthem EAP for a presentation which will provide insight into what returning to school could look like. The session will explore possible instructional options, whether in the classroom or virtual. This instructional guide will give parents and caregivers direction in helping to manage fear, stress and anxiety. It also includes available resources to help. Questions: https://ramstrong.vcu.edu/. 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/2UNL5zA.

Notices

VCU Police Hiring New Recruits

The VCU Police Department is hiring new police recruits. Recruits are paid to train at the VCU Police Academy. Officers receive free tuition for college courses and state benefits, including health care, retirement and paid vacation time. VCU Police officers can retire at age 50 with 25 years of service. Questions? Contact VCUPD Recruiter Conrad Simms. Apply at the following URL. Apply by Aug. 31. For more information, contact Conrad Simms at csimms2@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1225 or visit https://police.vcu.edu/about/recruitment/.

Adobe Creative Cloud Data To Be Deleted

On Aug. 15, all data, projects, files, libraries and other digital assets stored in any VCU Adobe account will be permanently deleted during a scheduled opportunity to enable new features for students, faculty and staff. All individual Adobe Creative Cloud data should be backed up immediately. Begin the process by reviewing the VCU Adobe Asset Backup/Migration Guide at https://go.vcu.edu/adobe/backup. Need help? Submit a request at https://itsupport.vcu.edu. For more information, contact VCU Adobe Enterprise Administration Team at adobe@vcu.edu or visit http://adobe.vcu.edu.

Top Hat Training for Faculty

Top Hat will deliver two online training sessions for VCU faculty. The first will be an introductory overview on Aug. 5 from 2 to 3 p.m. The second will be an overview with best practices on Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to noon. The training is free and has no cancellation penalty. Questions: https://ts.vcu.edu/askit/teaching-and-learning/top-hat/. Register at the following URL (keyword: Top Hat). Learn the features of Top Hat and how to use them to engage students in an active learning environment. For more information, contact Jana Avery at tophat@vcu.edu or visit https://training.vcu.edu.

Cultural Competency and Language Classes

VCU Continuing and Professional Education, in partnership with the School of World Studies, will hold live online cultural competency and language classes for VCU and VCU Health employees and community members for one academic credit. Courses begin the week of Aug. 23 and run through early December. Introduction to Conversational French I, German I, Italian I, Spanish I and II and Intermediate Spanish I are available. Contact HR for tuition benefit or education assistance eligibility. For more information, contact VCU Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322 or visit https://ocpe.vcu.edu/languages.

Fall Self-Defense: Aikido Courses

VCU Continuing and Professional Education, in partnership with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, will hold face-to-face self-defense Aikido courses at The Fan Dojo for one academic credit. Courses begin the week of Aug. 23 and run through early December. Sections are available Tuesdays or Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (HPEX 121.C90, HPEX 121.C91). A $65 fee goes to the dojo to cover a T-shirt, costs and materials. View course information at the following URL or in the VCU Schedule of Classes. For more information, contact VCU Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322 or visit http://go.vcu.edu/aikido.

Academic English Courses for International Graduate Students

VCU's English Language Program is offering two courses for international graduate students in Fall 2021: Oral Communication and Written Communication. The courses are designed to provide English language and academic support to graduate students currently enrolled in a degree program or other coursework at VCU. View the interest form at the following URL. For more information, contact Rachel Aziz at rcwiltshire@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2551 or visit https://forms.gle/vT6mLS5fc76uvk6f9.

Summer Edition of Policy Points Now Available

The summer edition of Policy Points, compiled by VCU's Integrity and Compliance Office, is now available at the following URL. The publication brings awareness to new, updated and retired university policies from the past quarter. Questions: Email policy@vcu.edu. For more information, contact Jason Block at blockj2@vcu.edu or visit https://policy.vcu.edu/universitywide-policies/policy-points/.

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 bimonthly gift-card drawing. Click on the following link to participate. For more information, contact Rashelle Hayes at rashelle.hayes@vcuhealth.org or (804) 827-3695 or visit https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=NWWYMP4W44.

Virtual Reality Gaming for Back Pain

Are you currently experiencing low back pain, between the ages of 18-60 years old and interested in the possibility of nine weeks of nonsurgical experimental treatment? If you answered yes to all three you may qualify for our research. What? New, innovative and fun virtual reality games are designed to help people with chronic back pain move and feel better. Where? All appointments, testing and treatments are conducted at VCU. When? Participation in the study involves 24 one-hour appointments scheduled over a 57-week period. Who? The VIGOR Study team consists of professionals in the field who have been selectively chosen and extensively trained. Interested? Contact us at the following URL. You may be compensated for your time. Questions: http://www.movr.vcu.edu. For more information, contact Tiffany Amos at mcl@vcu.edu or (804) 628-2902 or visit https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=DHT7NDE3J9.

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