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Are you considering Honors? Attend this virtual interest session to learn more about what being an Honors student entails. Attendance at an interest session is required to be considered for admission. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jenna Venable at venablejl@vcu.edu or visit http://tinyurl.com/VCUHonorsInterest.

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Learn to feel comfortable with the process of paraphrasing in academic writing. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Trey Burnart Hall at hallbr@vcu.edu or visit https://writing.vcu.edu/events/.

Wavelength, an online lecture series presented by the ICA at VCU, VCUarts and VCUarts Qatar, will return with a virtual talk from Alice Sheppard, a dancer, choreographer and founder and artistic lead for the disability arts organization Kinetic Light. Each virtual program, occurring monthly throughout the fall semester, seeks to connect a dynamic group of artists, designers, curators and scholars with VCU communities in Richmond, Doha and beyond. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Stephanie Stanton at stantons@vcu.edu or visit https://icavcu.org/events/wavelength-alice-sheppard/.

RecWell's Peer Health Educators will discuss how to prioritize sleep and rest during finals. The event, to be held in the lobby of James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., will include sleep assessments and tips for healthier rest. For more information, contact Dana Vandervelde at peerhealth@vcu.edu.

VCU will kick off its new Provost's Lecture Series at the ICA with Provost Fotis Sotiropoulos, Ph.D., who will deliver the keynote address. Following his presentation, Dominic Asmall Willsdon, executive director of the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St., will moderate a discussion on the importance of transdisciplinary research. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jamie Stillman at jmstillm@vcu.edu or visit https://provost.vcu.edu/lectureseries/.

Whether you're using Google Forms for the first time or just want to see what new, innovative functionality Google has added, join us for this hands-on workshop hosted by Collaboration Services. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Dr. Gee at drgee@vcu.edu or visit https://go.vcu.edu/gogoogle.

Chemistry and STEM students can present their work in Room 303, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., to students, faculty, industry partners and guests. The Department of Chemistry event will be hosted by ACS Student Affiliates. For more information, contact Tyler Conrad at conradtl@vcu.edu.

The VCU Department of Theatre will host its first in-person Improv shows since before the pandemic on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave. Tickets are $5 for each night. Two VCU teams will perform each night — "Black Brown n' Honey" and "Running AMok" will perform on Thursday and "Wait Did They Just Kiss?" and "Toxic Shock" will perform on Friday. Purchase tickets at the following URL. For more information, contact Sarah Moore at mooresw4@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1514 or visit https://vcutheatre.showclix.com/.

VCU's Department of Biology will present a Zoom webinar featuring Bryan Dewsbury, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology and associate director of the STEM Transformation Institute at Florida International University. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Tyler Conrad at conradtl@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_viow2mZ5TIO5WenrDXOd3Q.

Coming up

VCU's Center on Health Disparities will host Francine E. Garrett-Bakelman, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and of biochemistry and molecular genetics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The title of her talk is "High Risk Acute Myeloid Leukemia: A Physician Scientists Role." Questions: https://healthdisparities.vcu.edu/. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Khiana Nelson at khiana.meade@vcuhealth.org or visit https://forms.gle/feZHuSPoXZrxjVTc8.

VCU's Office of Alumni Relations invites December 2021 graduates to the Richmond Salons, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., for a social event to celebrate this milestone and learn how to remain involved as an alum. Admission is free for December 2021 graduates and $10 for other guests (VCU and non-VCU). Tickets include light refreshments and one drink coupon. For more information, contact Allison Toney at aktoney@vcu.edu or visit https://www.support.vcu.edu/event/gradbash.

Notices

Policy Available for Public Comment on Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodation for Individuals With Disabilities

A draft of the Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodation for Individuals With Disabilities Policy is available for public comment by Dec. 2. The draft policy can be found at the following URL. For more information, contact Jason Block at blockj2@vcu.edu or visit https://policy.vcu.edu/universitywide-policies/policies-open-for-public-comment/.

PECS Introduction Video

Personalized Exploration for College Success (PECS) is a student-run 501(c)-3 nonprofit dedicated to providing college admission aid and scholarship essay writing to help Richmond Public School students. The organization is seeking a student who can help create a short animated video to send out to local high schools to introduce its mission and programs. Email the following address for details. For more information, contact PECS at VCU at pecsatvcu@gmail.com or visit http://pecsatvcu.com.

Alternate Spring Break Application

Are you interested in volunteering during Spring Break next semester? Apply to Alternative Spring Break, which focuses on volunteering, encourages self-growth and develops student leaders through a week-long service trip. For more information, contact Nico Orsini at altbreaks@vcu.edu or visit https://forms.gle/5EpKLv6Q7hD5jyBDA.

Were You a First-Generation College Student?

VCU's You First-First Generation Center works to create a more equitable environment for the thousands of VCU students who are the first in their families to attend college. Were you a first-gen student? Share your experience at the following URL. For more information, contact Shena Crittendon at crittendons@vcu.edu or visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_jj2UCpbKLcPDQqhhqHKnqCGtJFzdGl2U1JFr7aeYps/edit?ts=615b7ea5.

Last Call for Limited-Edition VCU Gear

Limited-edition VCU gear is available on Bonfire.com until Nov. 30. A portion of each shirt sale is credited as a gift from the purchaser to the Invest in Me campaign’s Student Life and Learning Fund, which provides funds that help students extend their education beyond the classroom through enriching experiential learning opportunities. For more information, contact Mike Andrews at andrewsmp@vcu.edu or visit https://www.bonfire.com/vcu-black-and-gold-friday/.

Policy on Effort Reporting Open for Public Comment

A draft of the new Effort Reporting Policy is available for public comment until Dec. 9. The draft policy can be reviewed at the following URL. For more information, contact Jason Block at blockj@vcu.edu or visit https://policy.vcu.edu/universitywide-policies/policies-open-for-public-comment/.

Policy on Violence Prevention and Threat Assessment and Management Open For Public Comment

A draft of the revised Violence Prevention and Threat Assessment and Management policy is available for public comment until Dec. 9. The draft policy can be reviewed at the following URL. For more information, contact Jason Block at blockj2@vcu.edu or visit https://policy.vcu.edu/universitywide-policies/policies-open-for-public-comment/.

VCU Libraries Food for Fines Drive To Benefit Ram Pantry

Bring nonperishable food items to the information desk at James Branch Cabell Library or the service desk at the Health Sciences Library. For each food item donated, VCU Libraries will credit individuals $5 in overdue fines up to a $30 maximum each semester. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or visit https://www.library.vcu.edu/about/news/2021-news/food-for-fines-project-helps-food-insecure-students-and-those-with-library-fines.html.

Meditation, Sessions on Sleep and Physical Wellness Among Upcoming StudyWell Events

VCU Libraries, the Division of Student Affairs and Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success will offer StudyWell sessions focusing broadly on individual well being. Events highlight all types of health and wellness, including physical, financial, emotional and social health, in addition to academic success. Classes are free and open to all VCU students. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or visit https://www.library.vcu.edu/about/events/2021-2022-ongoing/study-well-fall-2021.html.

New Gen Ed Course Satisfying the Scientific and Logical Reasoning Area of Inquiry

A new course (MATH 120: "Seeing, Playing, Deciding – This is Math?") will be offered in the spring. The course is about topics that might not typically be associated with math, such as games and the visual arts. There are no prerequisites, and Math 120 satisfies the scientific and logical reasoning area of inquiry in the VCU General Education curriculum. For more information, contact Sean Cox, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, at scox9@vcu.edu.

COVID-19 Vaccine Perceptions Survey

Researchers at VCU are teaming with those at several other universities to study perceptions of and behaviors related to COVID-19 vaccination. The survey will take five to eight minutes. Questions: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RyS122WhHFHS5sjuaLGqm2TQ96YEXgBh/view?usp=sharing. Fill out the form at the following URL. For more information, contact Guleer Shahab at shahabgh@vcu.edu or (703) 618-8666 or visit https://forms.gle/ThSF3Ai5dHDXFFucA.

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