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University Events Impacted Due to COVID-19

Events featured in TelegRAM have been moved to an online setting to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Please check with organizers for assistance in accessing the online venue. Information about the university's One VCU: Responsible Together plan for a phased return to campus is available at It is the source for the latest VCU updates. You can also receive VCU Together notifications. Download "VCU Mobile" from your iOS or Android App Store, or visit with your smartphone and select the appropriate link.

This week

The Otolith Group: Xenogenesis and Provocations: Guadalupe Maravilla will be available at the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St., until Aug. 9. To ensure visitors' safety, the ICA has instituted new protocols, including limiting capacity, enhanced cleaning and requiring face masks. The ICA will be closed Aug. 10—Sept. 11 for the installation of Commonwealth, opening Sept. 12. For more information, contact Meredith Carrington at or visit

Coming up

"Retiring With the VCU Optional Retirement Plan" will be held online via Zoom. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Sandy Sanders at or (804) 827-1723 or visit

Take a break from the news, social media class assignments and telework responsibilities to find a moment of quiet reflection with guided meditation. In a time of chaos and uncertainty, 30-minute guided meditation, hosted by VCU Human Resources and Recreational Sports, provides a sense of calm, peace and balance, while improving attention, focus and ability to work through stressful circumstances. Register in Talent. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

VCU Environmental Health and Safety will hold online training for those who handle dangerous goods. Register for the class through BioRaft to be sent a Zoom invitation. For more information, contact Barbara Back at or (804) 241-0197.

VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research will host the monthly One VCU Clinical Research Teams Meeting via Zoom. For more information, contact Emily Komornik at

Whether you're using Google Forms for the first time or just want to see what new, innovative functionality Google has added, take part in this hands-on workshop hosted by Collaboration Services. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Dr. Gee at or visit


Summer 2020 Final Grading Due Aug. 11 at Noon

Grade sheets are now available on faculty eServices. Grades are due by noon Aug. 11, at which time grade entry will no longer be available. All grades must be reported by the deadline to complete all end of semester processes. Faculty may only access grade sheets for courses to which they have been assigned in the Class Schedule. For more information, contact The Office of Records and Registration at

Google Chat To Replace Google Hangouts

Beginning Aug. 10, users will see Google Chat replaced by Google Hangouts in their web browsers. Users will be prompted to install Google Chat on their smartphones if they currently use Google Hangouts. Chat offers 1:1 direct messaging, group messaging and supports virtual rooms for team collaboration. Teams can share files from Drive and join online meetings with Meet. For more information, contact Doctor Gee at or visit

Interprofessional Development Opportunity in Geriatrics

"Creating Interprofessional Readiness for Complex and Aging Adults: A Faculty and Clinicians Development Program" is a practical, case-based, learning experience from the Virginia Center on Aging. The program enhances the ability of clinicians and educators to help patients, learners, care providers and interprofessional teams to care for people aging with complex medical conditions. The program includes monthly seminars and independent study. Apply at the following URL by Sept. 1. For more information, contact Jenni Mathews at or visit

Virtual Reality Gaming for Back Pain

Are you currently experiencing low back pain, between the ages of 18-60 years old and interested in the possibility of nine weeks of nonsurgical experimental treatment? If you answered yes to all three you may qualify for our research. What? New, innovative and fun virtual reality games are designed to help people with chronic back pain move and feel better. Where? All appointments, testing and treatments are conducted at VCU. When? Participation in the study involves 24 one-hour appointments scheduled over a 57-week period. Who? The VIGOR Study team consists of professionals in the field who have been selectively chosen and extensively trained. Interested? Contact us at the following URL. You may be compensated for your time. Register at the following URL. Questions, For more information, contact Tiffany Amos at or (804) 828-4766 or visit

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