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Special Announcement

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. The university's COVID-19 site, now located at, is the source for the latest VCU updates. You can also receive VCU COVID-19 notifications. Download "VCU Mobile" from your iOS or Android App Store, or visit with your smartphone and select the appropriate link.

This week

Join VCU Globe, a co-founder of Heian Daiko, members of River City Taiko and Lifelong Learning Institute members for a virtual introduction to Japanese drumming and an opportunity for intergenerational connections. Participants will learn about traditions associated with taiko and collaborate in a gentle rhythmic workout that can be done at home. All you need to participate are your hands and cushions. Sign up by 8 a.m. May 29 for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Audrey Short at or visit

Coming up

VCU Human Resources and Recreational Sports will host a slower 30-minute virtual practice focused on stretching muscles and opening connective tissue. The intent is to release tension, prevent injury, increase blood flow to muscles and increase long-term flexibility. Participants are encouraged to have a yoga strap or dish/hand towel for the class. Register in Talent@VCU. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

The VCU Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy and College of Health Professions will present "Transitioning to Online Instruction: Panel Discussion With MCV Instructional Designers, Technologists and Faculty" via Zoom. The event brings together faculty from across the MCV campus to share successes, challenges and questions with their peers. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Michael Forder at or visit

Did you know state employees have access to a clinic with a discounted copayment making it affordable and accessible? Did you know you also have access to onsite health coaching? Join Latrina Lemon, M.D., medical director, and Louann Winterling, onsite wellness coach, as they give a brief introduction about the services they offer, followed by Q&A. Register in Talent@VCU. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

The VCU Institutional Review Board will continue offering open IRB consulting hours, hosted by the VCU Psychology Department. IRB staff will be available for drop-in virtual consultations with faculty, staff and students from any VCU school or department. Join the Zoom meeting on June 3, anytime between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Visit the IRB Blog at the following URL for instructions on accessing the session. For more information, contact Nyssa Towsley at or visit

Canvas Intro and Q&A sessions, hosted by VCU Learning Systems in Academic Technologies, are being offered throughout the summer. The online sessions will provide an overview on getting started with Canvas, followed by Q&A. Canvas, a Learning Management System born in the cloud, streamlines digital tools and content used in teaching for a simpler, more connected learning experience. The session schedule, which begins June 3, is available at the following URL. Each one-hour session is the same. For more information, contact Eric Harvey at or visit

The C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research will host a seminar via Zoom. Antonio Abbate, M.D., Ph.D., associate director of Hub Capacity, Wright Center, will discuss effective strategies for responding to reviewers’ comments about your grant. Register for a Zoom link at the following URL (keywords "research grant critiques"). For more information, contact Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison, at or (804) 827-1519 or visit

Join Carolyn McCrea, M.Ed., director of the VACU Financial Success Center at VCU, as she answers questions online about Public Service Loan Forgiveness. She will review the details of the program, including qualifying repayment plans, employer certification and implications of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Register in Talent. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

Passionate about empowering patients, clients and communities to take control of their health and well-being? Eager to help others set goals for disease control and compliance with medical recommendations? Ready to enhance your skills and become a health coach? If you answered "yes," join Kinesiology and Health Sciences for an informational session on VCU's online Health Behavior Coaching Post-bacc Graduate Certificate. Questions, visit Register for a Zoom link for the session at the following URL. For more information, contact Joann Richardson at or (804) 828-1948 or visit

VCU Career Services and VCU Financial Aid are holding online mandatory federal work study training for supervisors. This training will provide a review of program expectations and updated requirements. It is required for participation in the 2020-2021 academic year. Prior access to posting work study positions have been removed until this training is completed. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Monique Sample at or visit

Rams in Recovery invites faculty, staff and students to a training session designed to help participants better support students and loved ones in recovery. The session will be held via Zoom. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Thomas N. Bannard at or (804) 366-8027 or visit

Join VCU Human Resources and the Association of Financial Educators for an online session about wills, types of trusts, estate taxation, the probate system, durable powers of attorney, forms of titling property and proper beneficiary designations. This presentation covers all the basics, including planning for incapacity (health care and property management) and planning for death (wills and probate). Register in Talent. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

VCU Center for Corporate Education will present "Customer Service Mindset," a virtual training session via Zoom to be led by Lee Ann Pond, founder and CEO of Engaging Leadership. Participants in this interactive workshop will sharpen their MAC skills (Manners, Attitude and Communication), viewing them through the lens of how they influence the customer’s experience. The cost is $35. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Carrie Hawes at or (804) 828-2616 or visit


Graduate School Dean Candidate Forums and Feedback Forms Posted

The Graduate School Dean search forums are now available. For candidate privacy with Zoom, the forums were not presented to a “live” online audience but were recorded. The university community was asked to submit questions on the search web page and were used during the Q&A period. Forum recording and feedback forms are available at the following URL. Feedback for this search will close at 5 p.m. June 1. For more information, contact Jenn Arce at or visit

'Retiring With the Optional Retirement Plan'

Human Resources presents sessions open to VCU faculty and VCU University and Academic Professionals, not VCU Health System employees. See upcoming sessions at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Benefits at or (804) 827-1723 or visit

PennyAppeal at VCU: Relieve Richmond Campaign

PennyAppeal at VCU is a nonprofit student organization that is raising money to create “Blessing Bags” for homeless residents of Richmond. Donations will go toward food, clothing, hygienic products and other items. Donations may be made via the following LaunchGood URL. For more information, contact Samah Nor Bouyakoub at or visit

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