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Maureen Olmsted, Ph.D., Wright Center research navigator, will review the definition of a clinical trial and discuss registration requirements. The lunch research seminar, presented by VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, will be held at the library in Room 2-010, 509 N. 12th St. For more information, contact Pam Dillon at or visit

Ever wondered why it seems one person can eat anything and not gain a pound, while another's every indulgence shows up on the scale? It’s because of differences in metabolism, muscle mass and physical activity. Many factors can be controlled. Join VCU Human Resources and CommonHealth in Room 250, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., to learn more about boosting metabolism and maintaining a healthy weigh. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

VCU's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs will hold an online undergraduate program open house via Zoom. An overview of the school's undergraduate programs will be presented, with special attention paid to students who may be interested in declaring or transferring to a Wilder School major. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Ross Losapio at or visit

Best practices in clinical research administration will be presented by Juellisa Secosky, VCU Massey Cancer Center assistant director for clinical research administration, at the June Central Virginia Society of Clinical Research Associates chapter meeting. The session will be held in Rooms 12-101 and 12-102, James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1201 E. Marshall St. For more information, contact Shirley Helm at or (804) 628-2942 or visit

VCU Alumni Military Veterans Alumni Council invites all alumni service members to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the G.I. Bill. The celebration of the legislation will be held at District 5, 1911 W. Main St. Information about the council will be shared. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Members from all branches of the armed forces are welcome. RSVP at the following URL. For more information, contact Larry Powell at or (804) 828-8194 or visit

Coming up

Join VCU Human Resources and Kris Sansone, director of group exercise at American Family Fitness Chester, to learn about “Fitness Myths, BUSTED!” Bring a lunch to the session in Room 250, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave. Register to attend and also enter a drawing for an American Family Fitness gift pack at the following URL. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

VCU's Office of Continuing and Professional Education will hold a foreign language sampler. The session will be at Regency Square, 1420 N. Parham Road, in the Garden Room just off the food court, as part of its free Third Wednesdays Community Series. Learn basic greetings, introductions and conversation starters. For more information, contact VCU's Office of Continuing and Professional Education at or (804) 828-1322 or visit

VCU's Center for Corporate Education presents "Job Crafting in Structured Job Spaces." The event, in Room B3189, Snead Hall, School of Business, 301 W. Main St., will be led by Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D., VCU Recruitment Specialist, Office Of Strategic Communications and Enrollment Management. The workshop will focus on achieving a balance between a structured job role and maximizing individual skills and passions. A $50 fee includes a boxed dinner, parking and materials. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Katybeth Lee at or (804) 828-3165 or visit


Reminder About Leave for University and Academic Professionals

Leave carryover and payout maximums go into effect in January 2020 for university and academic professionals. Leave balances exceeding the maximum will be forfeited starting Jan. 9. The maximum leave payout will be applied to employees separating from the university starting Jan. 10. Review your leave balance in VCU eServices and work with your manager to use your leave. Managers are encouraged to be as flexible as possible with employee leave requests. For more information, contact VCU HR at or (804) 828-0177 or visit

MCV Campus Construction: Traffic Impact Updates

Construction and related utility work at and around the VCU Health Outpatient Facility and Inpatient Children's Hospital sites will affect traffic patterns on the MCV Campus for several months. For current information and updates, visit the URL below. For more information, contact Carrie Carroll at or visit

OSHA Serious Incident Reporting Requirement

All VCU supervisors are required to inform Safety and Risk Management whenever a serious incident occurs. VCU is required by state law to report serious injuries to the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration. For more details, visit the following URL and click on "Report a Serious Employee Incident." For more information, contact Christine Blakey at or (804) 827-0357 or visit

Rec Sports Summer Fitness Programs

VCU Recreational Sports offers fitness programs in group formats with certified personal trainers and instructors. Offerings include women on weights, outdoor bootcamp, bootcamp, MCV bootcamp, intro to yoga, faculty/staff functional fitness and MCV bootcamp. For more information, contact Sydney Dale at or (804) 827-6411 or visit

Outdoor Group Exercise Classes

VCU Recreational Sports is hosting outdoor group exercise classes at Monroe Park. Outdoor total body conditioning will be held June 19. Outdoor yoga will be held June 12 and 26. Registration at the following URL opens 24 hours prior to the class time. For more information, contact Hannah Kotarski at or (804) 827-7259 or visit

Women's Climbing Weekend

VCU Recreational Sports is hosting a Women's Climbing Weekend, June 29-30. Outdoor Adventure Program trip leaders will teach basic climbing techniques, equipment usage and belaying techniques in a safe and trusting environment. Registration (at the following URL) ends June 25. For more information, contact VCU OAP at or (804) 828-1274 or visit

Now Accepting Applications: 2020 Leadership Programs

The VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, Wilder School, is accepting applications for its 2020 cohorts of the VCU Leadership, HIGHER Ground, and MPLI programs. Each program takes a cohort between 25-40 participants a year. Visit the following URL to learn more about the institute, its programs, application requirements and deadlines. For more information, contact Kiara S. Faulks at or (804) 827-1169 or visit

Records Management 101 Training

VCU's Records Management Office will offer Records Management 101 training sessions in the upcoming months. The training, open to all university staff, will cover recordkeeping requirements and practices to be compliant with state regulations and university policy. Register at the following URL (keyword "records"). Too busy to attend? Self-paced Records Management 101 training is available in Blackboard. For more information, contact Amber Peranski at or (804) 828-2097 or visit

Pedestrian and ADA Accessible Detours on the Monroe Park Campus

Construction projects have begun at the intersections of Franklin and Shafer and Main and Linden streets that will change walking paths for pedestrians and those needing ADA accessible routes. Maps of the recommended detours are found at the following URL. These projects are scheduled to be completed by the start of the fall semester. For more information, contact Margaret Kelland at or visit

Participants Are Invited For Study Examining PTSD and Exercise

This study is seeking individuals between the ages of 18 and 35 who have post-traumatic stress disorder or symptoms of PTSD. The purpose of this research study is to examine the effect of PTSD symptoms on blood vessel function at rest and during exercise. Participants will be compensated. This study will be conducted at the 500 Academic Centre, 1020 W. Grace St. The principal investigator is Ryan Garten, Ph.D., Dept of Kinesiology and Health Sciences. For more information, contact Ryan Garten at

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