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University College and the Office of the Provost will host a free talk by this year’s Common Book author, Valeria Luiselli, at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Donation boxes will be available on the evening of the event in the Siegel lobby to collect donations of nonperishable food, stuffed animals, books and children’s coats—for the Sacred Heart Center. For more information, contact Shelli Fowler at or (804) 828-5419 or visit

Amnesty International at VCU, Association of Black Social Workers and VCU's Gender, Sexuality and Women Studies will host a screening and discussion on the documentary "Out in the Night" in Room 2201, Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Ave. The film is about the intersection of gender, sexuality, violence and their relationship with the criminal justice system. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Rihana Spinner at or (336) 254-7479.

VCU's Global Education Office will host a Study Abroad Coffee Bar in Rodney's Cafe, Shafer Court Dining Center. Students interested in studying abroad can learn about faculty-led, short-term, and semester-long programs. Ten students will receive a $500 study abroad awards. For more information, contact Simone Biasuzzi at or visit

VCU School of World Studies presents "Human Anatomy from a Bioanthropological Perspective" in the Commons Theater, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. For more information, contact Thom Didato at

VCU's Humanities Research Center presents "Making Fairyland in Twentieth-Century Miami: Gender, Sexual and Racial Transgressions," in Room 1030J, VCU Globe, West Grace Street Student Housing – North, 830 W. Grace St. For more information, contact Michael Means at

VCU's Wellness Resource Center, 815 Cathedral Place, will host an informational meeting to discuss bringing together Team One Love, a group of students interested in raising awareness of intimate partner violence on the university's campus. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Kaylin Tingle at or (804) 828-7695 or visit

The Institute for Contemporary Art presents NYC-based film collective New Negress Film Society at the ICA, 601 W. Broad St. A variety of short indie films will be shown, followed by audience Q&A. For more information, contact Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU at or (804) 828-2823 or visit

The Diversity Ambassadors of VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will lead a discussion about implicit bias and its impact on individuals and institutions, in the second floor Media Room, Gladding Residence Center, 711 W. Main St. Free pizza. For more information, contact Dana Vandervelde at

An information session regarding the RFP to develop diversity and inclusion courses will be held in the Wanda S. Mitchell Conference Room, VCU Division for Inclusive Excellence, 817 S. Cathedral Place. A second session will be held at noon. For more information, contact Jan Altman at or (804) 828-8947 or visit

This week

The Graduate and Professional Student Programming Board invites the VCU community to help assemble care kits in the Jackson Ward Room, Jonah L. Larrick Student Center, 900 Turpin St., for children with cancer at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. For more information, contact Shravan Morla at

A panel discussion will involve job seeking, networking and transitioning into the working world. VCU's Queen In You will host a panel of three women graduates at 6 p.m. in Room 1004A, West Grace Street Student Housing – South, 835 W. Grace St., for the discussion. For more information, contact Amani Harrison at or (757) 593-7187.

RamTech, 930 W. Grace St., will have a faculty and staff appreciation day featuring a special Apple Flash Sale with up to $200 off select products. Save up to $100 on select Dell products; get 30 percent off Kate Spade, 30 percent off HEX, 20 percent off Fitbit and 25 percent off all Beats. Qualified full-time VCU faculty and staff can take advantage of zero percent down payroll deduction. For more information, contact Erinn Budd at or (804) 828-8324 or visit

A VCU political science professor will lead a conversation about art and ideology. Ravi Perry's discussion will be in the context of artist David Hartt’s 22-minute video, "The Last Poet," at the Institute for Contemporary Art, 601 W. Broad St. For more information, contact Institute for Contemporary Art at or (804) 828-2823 or visit

Coming up

Human Resources presents "How to Retire With the Virginia Retirement System" for VCU employees in Room 115 of the HR training facility, 922 W. Grace St. This session is open to VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees. For more information, contact Jennie Kim at or (804) 827-1723 or visit

Bring your curiosity about research resources available at VCU and VCU Health to the Research Resource Pop Up Market in the Learning Center, Main Hospital, 1250 E. Marshall St. The event is co-sponsored by the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the VCU Office of Research and Innovation. Representatives will be available who can help with finding funding, cohort discovery, conducting human research and obtaining IRB approval and accessing informatics tools and services. For more information, contact Anne Dreyfuss at or (804) 828-6671 or visit

VCU School of Medicine presents its first Educational Grand Rounds, "Entrustable Professional Activities." The event will be held in the auditorium of the Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building, 1217 E. Marshall St. Maryellen Gusic, M.D., professor of Medical Education, University of Virginia, will discuss how assessment of learning and entrustment contributes to student performance in departments and clerkships. RSVP at the following URL. For more information, contact Katherine Henderson at or (804) 828-9823 or visit


Intersession Classes Are Open for Registration

Intersession courses run from Dec. 27-Jan. 9 and are currently available for registration. Online registration coincides with spring registration eligibility, but all students can register in person at the Student Services Center in Harris Hall. Intersession courses are listed with Spring 2019 courses and have section numbers that begin with "V." For more information, contact Elizabeth Bambacus at or (804) 827-4586 or visit

Update Mailing Address in Preparation for GRTC Rider Cards

Verify your current mailing address in VCU eServices by Nov. 16. Later this year, all students and employees will receive a rider card to use for boarding GRTC buses as part of the GRTC pilot program implemented in August. This new credential will be mailed to your designated address on record, beginning in December. Update your address at VCU eServices, which can be found in your myVCU portal, or VCU Health Employee Self Service. For more information, contact Jonsette Calloway at or (804) 828-7275 or visit

Lab Safety Training Deadline and Resources

The deadline to complete required laboratory safety training for the year is Dec. 1. Principal investigators and lab managers should go to their BioRAFT home page,, for their training summary. Still have questions? Environmental Health and Safety can help you provide a safe work environment. Subject matter experts are available in chemical safety, biosafety, radiation safety and exposure control who can help with training, accident prevention, protocol review, waste disposal and much more. Visit the lab safety resource page at the following URL for updates. For more information, contact Larry Mendoza at or visit

RSVP for December 2018 Commencement

Graduating students and faculty who plan to participate in VCU’s universitywide commencement ceremony on Dec. 8 at the Siegel Center must register and reserve a seat. RSVP at the following URL. For more information, contact . at or visit

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