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Special Announcement

University Events Impacted Due to COVID-19

The majority of events and activities featured in the TelegRAM may be affected as the university follows precautions to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Please confirm with organizers before traveling to events. The university's COVID-19 site, now located at https://covid-19.vcu.edu/, is the source for the latest VCU updates.

Today

Join the online Adobe Summit beginning at 8:30 a.m. PDT. Tune in as industry leaders discuss the current trends and learn how to use Adobe to transform the learning experience for students. Sign up now at the following URL for free on-demand access to breakout sessions and keynotes. For more information, contact Lucy Halunko at lhalunko@vcu.edu or visit https://adobe.com/summit.

This week

Learn more about VCU's Online MBA program at a webinar hosted by the School of Business. This 30-minute online presentation offers an overview of the program and how to apply. The university's online MBA offers the faculty and curriculum of the conventional MBA with the advantages of participating from anywhere. VCU's program is currently ranked 35th nationally by U.S News & World Report. Click on the following URL to register. Questions, https://business.vcu.edu/academics/mba-options/online-mba/. For those who cannot register ahead of time, attend by using the following URL: https://vcu.zoom.us/j/564991489. For more information, contact Robert Clarkson at rmclarkson@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1597 or visit https://connect.business.vcu.edu/register/event-webinar-omba-040220?program=OMBA&utm_source=Drip-OMBAProspect&utm_medium=email&utm_content=GMATWaiver&utm_campaign=OMBARY20.

Coming up

The VCU Institutional Review Board will continue offering open IRB consulting hours, sponsored by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. IRB staff will be available for virtual drop-in consultations with faculty, students and staff from any school or department at VCU. Join the Zoom meeting on April 6 anytime between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Visit the IRB Blog at the following URL for instructions on accessing the Zoom meeting. For more information, contact Nyssa Towsley at ntowsley@vcu.edu or visit http://wp.vcu.edu/humanresearch/2020/03/25/irb-consulting-hours-virtual/.

VCU Center for Corporate Education will present "Career Management." The course is part of the Mastering Management series, a comprehensive professional development program that builds essential skills for managing money, people and your career. The fee is $595. A 10% discount is available to VCU alumni and VCU/VCUHS employees. The cost includes lunch, parking, all materials and a one-hour one-on-one coaching session following the course. The class will be in Room B3189, Snead Hall, School of Business, 301 W. Main St. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Katie Fauth at corp-ed@vcu.edu or (804) 828-3165 or visit https://connect.business.vcu.edu/register/careermgmt.

Monty Alger, Ph.D., professor in chemical engineering at Penn State University, will give the VCU School of Engineering's Henry A. McGee lecture online. Alger, who has more than 30 years of experience in the chemicals and energy industries, serves on the Shenhua National Institute of Clean and Low Carbon Energy Technical Advisory Board and is a trustee of the United Engineering Foundation. His topic will be "Moving From Linear to Exponential Innovation." View the lecture at the following URL. For more information, contact Desiney Lowery at dlowery3@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7789 or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/j/3912107263.

Notices

Virtual Backgrounds in Zoom

Miss being on campus? Customize Zoom video conference calls with scenes from VCU. Virtual backgrounds add a professional, polished look to meetings and also bring along the VCU campus. Click on the following URL for directions. For more information, contact Bob Saydlowski at identity@vcu.edu or visit https://ts.vcu.edu/askit/video-services/video-conferencing-support/zoom-desktop-conferencing/virtual-backgrounds-in-zoom/.

MCV Campus Construction: Traffic Impact Updates

Construction and utility work at and around the VCU Health Outpatient Pavilion and Inpatient Children's Hospital sites will affect traffic patterns on the MCV Campus. For current information and updates, visit the URL below. For more information, contact Carrie Carroll at carrie.carroll@vcuhealth.org or visit http://vcuhealth.org/traffic.

'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/2IQFZcJ.

RamTech Is Closed

RamTech is now closed. For questions regarding fixIT repairs, email fixitservice@vcu.edu. For any other questions, email ramtech@vcu.edu. Also, follow @ramtechvcu on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates. For more information, contact Erinn Budd at ramtech@vcu.edu or visit http://ramtech.vcu.edu.

Virtual Smoking Cessation Appointments

Thinking about quitting or cutting back the use of tobacco products or e-cigarettes/vapes? The Health Promotion and Well-Being Center is offering virtual one-on-one smoking cessation appointments for students. For more information, contact Kendyll Graham at grahamk4@vcu.edu or visit https://thewell.vcu.edu/programs/tobacco-cessation/.

Faculty: VCU Libraries Will Scan Course Reserves and Textbook Chapters

Many publishers are providing expanded free access to digital course materials. VCU Libraries are also providing digitization services for course materials students cannot access from remote locations. See details at the following URL. Questions or requests, email libtlireserve@vcu.edu. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or visit https://guides.library.vcu.edu/continuity/scanning.

Candidate Open Forum Videos, Feedback Forms Available for Dean, Wilder School

Open forum videos and candidate feedback forms are now available for the dean, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs search. Videos and feedback forms will be available to the university community at the following URL until 5 p.m. April 1. For more information, contact Jenn Arce at jmarce@vcu.edu or visit https://provost.vcu.edu/searches/wilderdean/candidates.

The Workshop Teaches How To Use Creative Collaboration Tech Tools

VCU Libraries’ Innovative Media department and its Workshop offer a series of webinars focused on collaborative technology tools that aid teachers and students with online coursework. The free webinars, which focus on free tech tools available to VCU community members, will be held on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. starting April 1. Find details at the following URL. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or visit https://www.library.vcu.edu/about/news/2020-news/the-workshop-teaches-series-to-help-faculty-learn-creative-collaboration-tech-tools.html.

Training Sessions Canceled

VCU Environmental Health and Safety-Safety and Risk Management departments have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and have been preparing plans and responses to prevent spread within the university community. As a preventive measure, all scheduled training events have been canceled. Registered participants will receive cancellation notifications via email. Updated training dates will be posted to the DG-Website, BioRaft and TelegRAM as they become available. Questions, Mike Elliott, mtelliot@vcu.edu. For more information, contact Danny Munoz at dmunoz2@vcu.edu.

Health in Emerging Adults and Racism in Richmond

VCU School of Medicine is looking for black women ages 18-25 with a BMI between 25-45 kg/milligrams squared in the Richmond area who want to take part in a study designed to capture experiences of racial discrimination. HER Squared is a research study designed to provide the opportunity to reflect on various experiences with racism and how you deal with the experiences. Compensation is available for eligible participants. For more information, contact Kristal Brown at kristal.brown@vcuhealth.org or (804) 628-4644 or visit http://hersquaredrva.com.

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