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Today

Learn more about VCU's Evening MBA program at a webinar hosted by the School of Business. This online presentation will provide applicants with an overview of the program, curriculum and admissions process. A Q&A session will also be included. Click on the link to register: https://business.vcu.edu/about-us/events/graduate-studies/webinar/evening-mba-program-webinar-092922.html. The Zoom link is https://vcu.zoom.us/j/81119807088 For more information, contact Austen Gouldman at gsib@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4622 or visit https://business.vcu.edu/about-us/events/graduate-studies/webinar/evening-mba-program-webinar-092922.html.

It's never too late to learn how to ride a bike. RamBikes will help with all the fundamentals: kicking off, balancing, pedaling, stopping and everything in-between. RamBikes can provide bikes or you can bring your own. Sessions will be held at RamBikes, 1106 W. Broad St. For more information, contact Carter Barker at rambikes@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2453 or visit https://bikes.vcu.edu/events/.

VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs invites you to participate in Latin Dance Nights, ¡Muevete! This five-week series will have various Latin-inspired dances each Thursday at Monroe Park, 620 W. Main St. This week's dances will be the Salsa and Cha-cha. RSVP at the following URL. For more information, contact Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at omsa@vcu.edu or visit https://cglink.me/2dV/r1783378.

This week

Attend a lunch and learn session with EduCoin, a new tech company visiting Richmond this week. Conversations will be held with founder Jake Dibattista and David Allan, Ph.D., St. Joseph's University, Department of Marketing. Topics will include an introduction to blockchain technology, Web3, NFT's and use cases for higher education including digital badging and publishing digital textbooks. The session will be held in Innovate Room 1231, 1010 W. Grace St. Lunch will be provided. RSVP at the following URL. For more information, contact Andrew Ilnicki at ilnickiap@vcu.edu or visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf0D41uQ7XNNaepq5-03cdO_5To4xBCSvhhTE1VKLgr0yUW6w/viewform.

The Rev. F. Todd Gray, Rudene Mercer Haynes and Robert A. Winn, M.D., will host a special virtual session about breast cancer awareness with Vanessa Sheppard, Ph.D., to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Sharon K. Jones-Lomotey at joneslomots@vcu.edu or (540) 729-3887 or visit https://www.masseycancercenter.org/facts-and-faith-fridays.

Feedback Friday is designed as a roundtable discussion with peers, community members and staff. Come to Shift Retail Lab, 1235 W. Broad St., to help student entrepreneurs make iterations and get support during their time at VCU. Bring your curiosity and questions, snacks and beverages will be provided. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lloyd Young at youngel3@vcu.edu or visit https://connect.business.vcu.edu/register/feedback-sept30.

Devon Walker-Figueroa, winner of the 2022 Levis Reading Prize for "Philomath," will read from her poetry collection in the lecture hall, Room 303, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave. The Prize honors the poet and former VCU professor Larry Levis, who died in 1996. The Levis Reading Prize is presented on behalf of VCU's M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program in partnership with VCU Libraries. The reading is free and open to all. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or visit https://www.library.vcu.edu/about/events/2022-2023/levis-2022.html.

Devon Walker-Figueroa, winner of the 2022 Levis Reading Prize, will read from her poetry collection "Philomath." "Philomath," Walker-Figueroa’s debut full-length poetry collection was selected by Sally Keith for the 2020 National Poetry Series. The Levis Reading Prize is awarded annually for the best first or second book of poetry published in the previous calendar year and chosen by the M.F.A. in creative writing program at VCU. The reading will be in Room 303, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., and virtually. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Ryan Pander at rbpander@vcu.edu or (804) 828-0593 or visit https://www.support.vcu.edu/event/Levis?ID=8-10236490.

Coming up

Meditation has been shown to increase overall well-being. Take a break for weekly guided meditation with Brenna. Meditation is suitable for all levels of practice. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Brenna Denicola at denicolabr@vcu.edu or visit https://cglink.me/2dV/r1824972.

Join VCU Police and VCU Human Resources for Run, Hide, Fight. This session will be offered in person on the MCV campus, Room 225, Robert Blackwell Smith Building, 410 N. 12th St., and virtually. Sign up in Talent@VCU or at: https://bit.ly/3fduVZU. When signing up, select either in-person or virtual. For more information, contact CIndi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://ramstrong.vcu.edu/.

Join the da Vinci Center at the Shift Retail Lab, 1235 W. Broad St., for a guided meditation session. Stay after for conversation and community. The event is open to all VCU students, faculty and staff and is offered in partnership between the da Vinci Center and the School of Business Office of Student Engagement. For more information, contact Lloyd Young at youngel@vcu.edu.

Join VCU HR and Stephanie Lee in a virtual beginner class to learn how the science of yogic breathing trains the mind while improving the ability to collect, store, regulate and use the energy we receive through the air we breathe. Pranayama breathing is a tool for self-regulation that can slow the heart rate, decrease cardiopulmonary stress and slow metabolic activity. Register in Talent@VCU or at: https://bit.ly/3RjkkKz For more information, contact Cindi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://ramstrong.vcu.edu/.

VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host a conversation with and musical performance by two local, queer Latine musicians: Reina Violeta [AKA MusiqReiV] and Alex Dimas. Hear about their personal and professional journeys, Pizza will be available. The event will be in OMSA office, Room 215B, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. For more information, contact Dave Brown at dgbrown@vcu.edu.

Richmond Racial Equity Essays collaborates with VCU’s Common Book Program to host an evening to explore the intersections of health, equity and the built environment. In a TED Talk-style event, five presenters with experience in community work will have 12 minutes and 12 slides to tell their story and showcase their emerging research, projects and the solutions they are using to curb and disrupt systemic inequities. The session will be held at VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St. For more information, contact Natalie Hale at halene@vcu.edu or visit https://icavcu.org/events/rree-common-book/.

Virginia Chu, Ph.D., OTR/L, assistant professor, occupational therapy, will speak at a virtual Discovery Dialogues seminar sponsored by VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research. Register for the Zoom link at https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvf-6tqzsoGNKZHXYyOGGP67DeEsH6D5C4. For more information, contact Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison, at pmdillon@vcu.edu or visit https://cctr.vcu.edu/.

VCU's Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, a center in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, is currently recruiting for its 2023 programs. The Institute will host an open house in the Richmond Salons, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., with refreshments, door prizes and networking, Register at https://forms.gle/Rxr53i72X6icLiMZ6 For more information, contact Kiara Faulks at faulksks@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1169 or visit https://gehli.vcu.edu/programs/vcu-leadership-development-program/.

Don't miss the annual VCU Tech Fair. Join VCU Technology Services for demonstrations, Q&A and more. Talk with university tech staff about the technologies and services they provide (Google Workspace, Adobe Creative Cloud, classroom technologies). VCU's vendors, whose contributions help make the Tech Fair possible, will also be on hand and will provide free bag lunches (while they last) and giveaways. The fair will be at University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave.; Jonah L. Larrick Student Center, 900 Turpin St., and virtually. For more information, contact Technology Services at tsengage@vcu.edu or visit https://techfair.vcu.edu.

VCU's School of Social Work, with support from the C. Bernard Scotch Fund, will present a panel of social workers and policy experts who will virtually discuss current events, key issues and elections through a social work lens. Social work plays a key role in the political process, promoting voter participation and meaningful engagement to advocate for and with populations facing challenges to their wellbeing. Register for the Zoom link at https://vcussw.info/SWPP For more information, contact James Romanik at romanikjv@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3631 or visit https://blogs.vcu.edu/social-work/2022/09/23/join-us-a-social-work-lens-on-the-political-landscape-of-election-season/.

VCU's Office of the Provost will host activities centered around the awareness of conflict mediation and resolution at VCU. The event will be held in Richmond Salons I-II, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Linda Hamrick at pvastwk03@vcu.edu or visit https://forms.gle/6kPFUYFBh4bf2kv76.

VCU's Equity in Cardiovascular Health Outcomes Lab is hosting a virtual focus group on the stress, vulnerability and resilience of young Black women. To check your eligibility and to sign up, visit the following URL. For more information, contact Anika L. Hines, Ph.D., MPH, at eqcholab@vcuhealth.org or (804) 828-5030 or visit https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=P8FMMYKNAEMCF8TC.

Notices

How to Retire With VCU ORP

Human Resources will present "Retiring With the VCU Optional Retirement Plan." These sessions are open to VCU faculty and VCU University and Academic Professionals, not VCU Health System employees. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Benefits at benefits@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1723 or visit https://bit.ly/3xuwHLZ.

How to Retire With VRS

Human Resources presents "How to Retire With the Virginia Retirement System" for VCU employees. These sessions are open to VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees. View upcoming sessions at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Benefits at benefits@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1723 or visit https://bit.ly/3NqLY7a.

Order Custom Regalia

Barnes and Noble @ VCU on Monroe Park Campus will host a special event on Oct. 3 from 2-7 p.m. for Doctors and Masters and faculty/staff to order custom regalia. Ordering during this time will ensure regalia is received in time for December’s graduation. For more information, contact Allison Toney at alumni@vcu.edu or visit http://www.balfour.com/VCU.

VCU Continuing and Professional Education

VCU Continuing and Professional Education offers learning options for the VCU community and the public. Choose from advertising, bookkeeping, business planning, customer service, data analysis, early childhood guidance, entrepreneurship, event planning, Excel, facial reading, financial analysis, floral, Google Analytics, makerspace, management, marketing, negotiation, online teaching, paralegal, play therapy, Power BI, social media, supply chain and test prep (MCAT, PCAT and DAT). For more information, contact VCU Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322 or visit https://ocpe.vcu.edu/courses/.

New Blog Posts From VCU's Integrity and Compliance Office

Want to know what students really want and how anger issues can sabotage the work environment? Read all about it in this month's Compliance Corner and Compliance Case Study at the following URL. For more information, contact Kim McQuillen at mcquillenka@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2028 or visit https://blogs.vcu.edu/ico/.

Recreation and Well-Being Children's Swim Lessons Fall Session 2

RecWell Children's Swim Lessons will be held on Saturday mornings at the Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center, 101 S. Linden St. Four levels of swim lessons will be available for ages six months-five years old. Session 2 runs Oct. 8-29. Register at the following URL by Oct. 7. For more information, contact Mat Scott at scottm14@vcu.edu or visit https://recwell.vcu.edu/play/aquatics/childrens-swim-lessons/.

Black Love Safe Love

This is a research study aiming to receive feedback on a sexual health intervention designed for couples. To be eligible to participate, you have to identity as Black or African American and be 18 to 35 years of age. The study requires participation in a 120-minute session and completion of a questionnaire. Compensation is available. For more information, contact Kristina Hood, Ph.D., at progresslab@vcu.edu or visit https://progress.vcu.edu.

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