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Special Announcement

Open Enrollment for Health Benefits

Open enrollment for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s health coverage and flexible spending plans takes place May 2–16. Eligible university faculty and staff may enroll in flexible spending accounts and/or make changes to health coverage elections for the plan year that begins July 1. Questions: Email VCU HR Benefits Administration at benefits@vcu.edu. Learn more on the open enrollment web page at the following URL: https://hr.vcu.edu/open-enrollment/.

Today

Visit Mochinut, 900 W. Franklin St., and have a treat to help support Crushing Medical Debt club. Show the flyer on the group's Instagram @crushingmedicaldebtatvcu at checkout. If you know anyone with medical debt, feel free to reach out to crushingmedicaldebtatvcu@gmail.com for assistance. For more information, contact Andreas Voyages at voyagesae@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.campusgroups.com/crushingmeddebt/home/.

Join the VCU Office of the Provost at the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St., for its final Faculty Club event of the academic year. This event will feature catering from a local food shop, Soul N' Vinegar, and a research roundtable discussion on developing innovative products, tools, policies and processes that promote healthy ecosystems. RSVP at the following URL. For more information, contact Pam Hendrix at pahendrix@vcu.edu or visit http://go.vcu.edu/facultyclub.

VCUarts Department of Theatre will present "Improv! The Spring Finale Show." All four VCU Improv performance troupes will take the stage in a night of unscripted comedy at Newdick Theatre, Shafer Street Playhouse, 221 N. Shafer St. Admission is free. Doors will open at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Elizabeth Byland at ebyland@vcu.edu or (859) 803-3374.

Hear four VCU small jazz ensembles perform in a free concert at the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, W.E. Singleton Center, 922 Park Ave. The concert will also be livestreamed at the following URL. Music will be by John Coltrane, Tadd Dameron, Mike Ess, Gigi Gryce, John Hicks, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ellis Marsalis, Tony Martucci, Charles Mingus, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Charlie Parker, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Stitt and Lulu West. At press time, masks are optional for the audience. For more information, contact Antonio Garcia, director of Jazz Studies, at ajgarcia@vcu.edu or visit http://go.vcu.edu/concerthall.

This week

Was your poster accepted at a conference or symposium? Are you submitting a poster for the first time? The Research Career Community and Society of Clinical Research Associates will host Eric D.M. Johnson of VCU Libraries, who will share tips and tools on how to create eye-catching research posters that are organized in a way that helps people understand your work. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Alanda Perry Jones at perryar@vcu.edu or visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYudOmgqD0uH930_9ZvVFZ0_GS77heOADVd.

A diversified income plan can improve retirement outcomes. This presentation by VCU HR and TIAA explores income diversification in retirement and introduces how deploying a mixture of fixed and variable lifetime income can help address the unique risks in retirement while generating monthly payments you can’t outlive. Register in Talent@VCU or at: https://bit.ly/3vmfd4p. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://hr.vcu.edu/current-employees/worklife/.

VCU Human Resources will host a panel discussion via Zoom on career development with a focus on diversity, inclusion and equity. The panel will include four members from a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences, including race, ethnicity, gender and job families. Panelists will discuss their own career paths, challenges they have overcome, how they utilized mentors and support systems and how they utilized Great Place HR Programs and tools. Register via Talent@VCU. For more information, contact Beverly Walker at bwalker@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.csod.com/samldefault.aspx?returnUrl=%252fDeepLink%252fProcessRedirect.aspx%253fmodule%253dlodetails%2526lo%253d506314aa-4e54-4bc4-9ff0-3bcbfd45a296.

RamBikes will host a workshop about brakes at 1106 W. Broad St. (near the intersection of Broad and Harrison streets) for anyone wondering how to adjust bike brakes. The event will cover the most common types of brakes and problems encountered when working on brakes. The workshop will also include instruction on changing brake pads and cables. For more information, contact Carter Barker at rambikes@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2453 or visit https://bikes.vcu.edu/events/.

Join POL ("bridge" in Farsi) for an immersive experience showcasing the culture of Iran through multimedia, food, wine and live music. Through an immersive experience of Iranian culture and traditions, Naaz Kazemi will explore the ways in which American and Iranian people can become closer to each other. The event will be at Shift Retail Lab, 1235 W. Broad St. RSVP at the following URL. For more information, contact Naaz Kazemi at kazemis@vcu.edu or visit https://www.polmiddleeast.com/event-details/pol-a-bridge-to-iranian-culture-1.

Hear the VCU Greater Richmond High School Jazz Band perform in a free concert under the direction of Prof. Toby Whitaker at the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, W.E. Singleton Center, 922 Park Ave. Music will include works by Duke Ellington, Neal Hefti, Sy Johnson, Thad Jones, Charles Mingus, Michael Mossman, Oliver Nelson, Mongo Santamaria and Billy Strayhorn. At press time, masks are optional for the audience. Questions: Email Toby Whitaker at etwhitaker@vcu.edu. For more information, contact Antonio Garcia, director of Jazz Studies, at ajgarcia@vcu.edu.

Coming up

Learn to be an advocate and ally for people struggling with substance use disorders and those in recovery. The virtual session will be hosted by Rams in Recovery. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jennifer Hall at lawjl@vcu.edu or (804) 586-7746 or visit https://recovery.vcu.edu/recovery-ally/.

The Central Va. Society of Clinical Research Associates chapter and VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research will host the May meeting via Zoom. Representatives from the Southeastern Va. chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will discuss "Inequities in Brain Health: Alzheimer's in Black, Indigenous and People of Color Communities." Zoom registration is required. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Shirley Helm at shelm@vcu.edu or (804) 241-7340 or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwode6hqj0rGdGLkTrhd5Fnew0Z_o6qED59.

The Research Career Community will host VCU HR for a virtual overview of the many work/life resources and benefits available to VCU faculty and staff. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Alanda Perry Jones at perryar@vcu.edu or (804) 617-9407 or visit https://zoom.us/j/96404888444?pwd=VzkzQXBUdHp3VEQxQlBNRFRjQ0YxZz09.

Children's Hospital of Richmond Research Day will feature four nationally recognized guest speakers and presentations from VCU researchers for each of the four themes. The event will be held at the Jonah L. Larrick Student Center, 900 Turpin St. A free lunch will be served to those who register at the following URL by May 11. For more information, contact Emma Burge at Emma.Burge@vcuhealth.org or visit http://www.chrichmond.org/CHRIresearchday.

Notices

Food Drive To Benefit Feed More

VCU's School of Education will host a food drive through May 6 with Puritan Cleaners for their 100K Meals program to benefit Feed More. Nonperishable items will be collected in bins located at Oliver Hall, 1015 W. Main St., rooms 1037, 2136, 3096-A or 4064-C. Bins are also located at 700 E. Franklin St. and 3600 W. Broad St. For more information, contact Jennifer Cousins at cousinsjl2@vcu.edu.

Grant Funded Study Abroad Program

VCU's Global Education Office and the School of Education are inviting applications for a STEM Education Exchange program with travel to either Colombia or Mexico. The program aims to increase participants’ intercultural competencies while engaging in in-depth discussion and exploration of STEM concepts across cultures. It starts with a May 10-June 24 online course followed by one week in person at VCU and one week abroad in Colombia (July 11-July 15) or Mexico (July 4-July 8). Thanks to grant funding, program fees have been reduced to $210 (Colombia) and $285 (Mexico), which includes airfare and accommodations abroad. Students will also pay applicable VCU tuition for the associated TEDU course (1-3 credits), meals ($50/day) and should budget approx. $100 while abroad. Spots are limited; apply ASAP. Apply at https://forms.gle/KWKNQggJHcMoMZpp6 (Colombia) or https://forms.gle/JULxYZzCNTa5GPSq7 (Mexico). For more information, contact Ben Olsoe at olsoebe@vcu.edu.

Invitation: Research Study on Two Stress Reduction Programs

The Wellbeing Lab at VCU invites you to participate in a research study on two stress reduction programs. VCU investigators seek to understand how two stress reduction programs can beneficially influence neural activity and behavior related to stress, including emotions, desires and reactions to adverse events like social conflict. For more information, contact Hadley Rahrig at vcusrs@gmail.com or (804) 223-0360.

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