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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Black Student Union and Homecoming at VCU host an interactive mix and mingle event highlighting aspects of Dr. Martin Luther King's life and legacy in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. For more information, contact Emma Drennan at or visit

The School of Business and Office of Student and Alumni Engagement host various TEDTalks about leadership, collaboration, nonprofits, sustainability and TEDxRVA every Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Snead Hall, Room B1114. The full schedule can be found at For more information, contact Claire Calise at or (804) 828-2035.

Women's Basketball is back in action taking on Fordham at the Siegel Center. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 100 students. Donate a winter clothing item and receive a $3 ticket to the game. For more information, contact VCU Ticket Office at or (804) 828-7267 or visit

This week

The Homecoming sponsors host blood drives on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the University Student Commons and on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Larrick Student Center. Both drives are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Appointments can be made at and walk-ins are welcome. All blood benefits Virginia Blood Services and stays in central Virginia. For more information, contact Beth Ward at

Rams in Recovery hosts an informal cereal lunch at The Center at VCU, 819 S. Cathedral Place. Anyone affected by any addiction is welcome to this safe, judgement-free environment. For more information, contact Kristen Kidd Donovan at or (804) 828-2086.

The Center for Clinical & Translational Research and Tompkins McCaw Library host the next monthly lunch research series presentation, “Finding the Perfect Match: How to Optimize the Mentoring Experience,” in the Tompkins-McCaw Library, Room 109. Chris Gennings, Ph.D., professor of biostatistics, will discuss best practices for establishing mentoring relationships that work. Participants may bring a lunch; drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Pam Dillon at or (804) 827-1519.

The Homecoming Committee invites the VCU community to take a picture with Rodney the Ram at the Compass. Participants will be entered in a raffle to win a signed basketball by Shaka Smart on Friday, Jan. 17, during Homecoming Week. For more information, contact Jessica Watts at

VCUarts Anderson Gallery and the Department of Photography and Film present an opening reception for photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier's "A Haunted Capital" and "Ester Partegas: You Are Here" at the Anderson Gallery, 907.5 W. Franklin St. Exhibitions, which remain on view through March 9, are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Traci Garland at or (804) 828-1522 or visit

Coming up

Human Resources presents "Retiring with the VCU Optional Retirement Plan" for VCU faculty 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

The VCU and VCU Health System communities are invited to join President Michael Rao for his inaugural State of the University Address at 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts (922 Park Ave.). Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. President Rao will discuss VCU’s recent successes as one of our nation’s premier urban public research universities and outline a roadmap for our continued progress. A live webcast of the State of the University Address will be streamed on VCU’s homepage, For more information, contact Arianne Dowdell at or (804) 828-8851.

The Department of History presents the 5th Annual Southern Film Festival. On Friday, Feb. 7, the screening of "Remember the Titans" will be at 3 p.m. at the Academic Learning Commons and the screening of "Secretariat" will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard. On Saturday, Feb. 8, the screening of "Johnnie and Arthur Ashe" will be at 10 a.m. at the Grace Street Theater, followed by “Greased Lightning” at 4 p.m. "Mickey: A Family Story" will be screened at noon at the Virginia Historical Society Theater, 428 N. Boulevard. For more information, contact Emilie Raymond at or visit


Recycle Old Electronics and Fight Domestic Violence

The VCU Police Department is collecting used electronics for recycling. Drop off old cell phones/accessories, MP3 players, digital cameras and laptops at the VCU Police Department, 938 W. Grace St. These items do not have to be in working order. All donations will be recycled. The proceeds will benefit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. To find out more about this organization visit For more information, contact Tricia Mozingo at or (804) 828-6356 or visit

Annual Information Security Awareness Training Reminder

In order to better protect the VCU community from cyber security threats, VCU Technology Services asks all university employees to complete a mandatory information security awareness training program annually. Visit for registration information and to complete the training and quiz before Friday, Jan. 31. For more information, contact Dan Han at or visit

SoCRA Exam and Prep Courses

The Society of Clinical Research Associates gives a certification exam to those interested in becoming a certified clinical research professional. If interested, visit for more information. Registration deadline is Feb. 7. Prep courses will be offered on March 13 and 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Course registration is required by Feb. 9. For more information, contact Lou Usry at or (804) 828-9229.

Student Code of Conduct

The new Student Code of Conduct, approved by the VCU Board of Visitors on May 10, 2013, is in effect spring semester 2014. The Student Code of Conduct replaces the previous VCU Rules and Procedures. The code consolidates other policies related to student expectations and behavior in one document, specifically addressing student expectations and behavior to create a better student understanding of behavioral expectations, disciplinary processes and outcomes. The policy can be found in the VCU Integrity and Compliance Office Policy Library at For more information, contact Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at or (804) 828-1963.

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