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Today

Celebrate National Transfer Student Week with the Transfer Center and VCU's Wellness Resource Center by practicing mindfulness and relaxing with Transition Leader peer mentors. Room 2104, Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Ave., will be available for those who attend to relax, study and mingle with other transfer students. All students are welcome. For more information, contact Ian Coyle at coylei@vcu.edu or visit https://tinyurl.com/VCUTransferWeek2019.

VCU Libraries, the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the VCU Postdoctoral Association present “Introduction to Immunofluorescence Microscopy: Light at the End of the Tunnel.” The lecture, in Room 2-010, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, 509 N. 12th St., is part of the 2019 How-to Talks by Postdocs Series. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Stacey Wahl at swahl@vcu.edu or (804) 828-0622 or visit https://rampages.us/howtotalks/upcoming/.

Join the Wellness Resource Center and the VCU Police Department for a discussion about staying safe during midterms relating to alcohol, mental health and violence prevention. The presentation will be held in the Health Hut on the lawn side of the Compass. For more information, contact Kendyll Graham at grahamk4@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7815 or visit http://thewell.vcu.edu.

VCU's Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics presents "Mathematical Modeling: From Kindergarten to Industry." The talk will be in Room 1201, Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Ave. For more information, contact Ihsan Topaloglu at iatopaloglu@vcu.edu.

TRIO Student Support Services, the Money Spot at VCU and the Virginia Credit Union present Money Mondays. The bimonthly financial literacy workshop series is led by a financial literacy expert from the Virginia Credit Union. This week's topic is "Swipe, Swipe, Pay: College and Credit Cards." The workshop will be held in the Metro Room of the University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. For more information, contact Amanda Wontz at trio@vcu.edu or (804) 828-9517.

Project Sunshine at VCU will hold an event at which students will create craft kits to send to children’s hospitals across the nation. The event will be in Room 1030 G/H, West Grace Street Student Housing – North, 830 W. Grace St. All are welcome. For more information, contact Katherine Le at lett35@vcu.edu or visit https://projectsunshine.org/.

The National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Society of Women Engineers will host an informational session about opportunities with Altria and its engineering/manufacturing business unit. Food and other giveaways will be available at the event, to be in Room 101, College of Engineering West Hall, 601 W. Main St. For more information, contact Emma Madrigal at madrigalem@vcu.edu or visit http://cglink.me/r610498.

How do boys come to understand their masculinity? How does their gender become a part of their identity? Join David Coogan, VCU Department of English, and the authors of "Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail" for a live podcast based on stories from their book. The event will be in Room 101, Anderson House, 913 W. Franklin St. Special guest will be O’Shan Gadsden, professor of psychology, Norfolk State University, an expert on the psycho-socio-cultural-spiritual variables that impact the emotional capacity and self-agency of African-American adult males. For more information, contact David Coogan at dcoogan@vcu.edu or (804) 562-5999 or visit https://www.facebook.com/WritingOurWayOut/?ref=bookmarks.

This week

Celebrate National Transfer Student Week with the Transfer Center on the second floor near the elevators of Hibbs Hall, 900 Park Ave. Stop by the say hello, ask questions and enjoy a free snack. For more information, contact Angela Aslanska at adaslanska@vcu.edu or visit https://tinyurl.com/VCUTransferWeek2019.

VCU's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs will hold an online graduate program open house via Zoom. An overview of the school's graduate programs will be presented. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Ross Losapio at losapior@vcu.edu or visit https://bit.ly/2mIwqVe.

Planned Parenthood Generation Action at VCU will meet in Room 1030 G/H, West Grace Street Student Housing – North, 830 W. Grace St. The theme of the meeting is Halloween. A pumpkin-decorating contest will be held. For more information, contact Malena Llanos at llanosmk@vcu.edu.

Have a question that you've been wanting to ask about sex or alcohol but didn't know who or when to ask? VCU's Wellness Resource Center will host an event to answer your deepest, darkest anonymous questions. The session will be held in Virginia Room A, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. The lights will be off to maintain anonymity. Free glow bracelets, sticks and necklaces will be provided. For more information, contact Kendyll Graham at grahamk4@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7815 or visit http://thewell.vcu.edu.

Heroes at VCU will be making Halloween-themed cards and goodie bags containing candy and trinkets for patients at Children's Hospital of Richmond. The event will take place at Rodney's-VCU, 826 Park Ave. Heroes at VCU is dedicated to helping children of all backgrounds facing all types of battles, from mental health to childhood cancer. For more information, contact Shirin Podury at podurysm@vcu.edu.

Claudia Rankine, poet, author, educator and co-founder of the Racial Imaginary Institute (a project featured in the "Great Force" exhibit), will speak about her work on constructions of whiteness. The lecture will be at the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St. For more information, contact Meredith Carrington at mtcarrington@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1088 or visit https://icavcu.org/events/talk-claudia-rankine/.

Do you want to eat some delicious popcorn, decorate pumpkins, play games and win prizes? Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. will hold a Kreepy Karnival. The event, which will include free food, candy and activities, will be held in Richmond Salons I and II, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. For more information, contact Payal Thakkar at thakkarph@vcu.edu.

Alpha Kappa Psi will host a Fall Food Truck Fest. The event will be held at Monroe Park. Proceeds from Alex's Lemonade Stand will go to research and treatments of childhood cancer. All trucks and stands will take cash, debit and credit cards. For more information, contact Alejandro Leon at Akpsivcu@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/561790561230891/.

The Wellness Resource Center will host an alcohol-free Karaoke Night at the Rams Lounge, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Costumes are encouraged. Sign up at the following email address to sing your favorite tunes. For more information, contact Kendyll Graham at grahamk4@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7815 or visit http://thewell.vcu.edu.

Coming up

VCU Libraries, the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the VCU Postdoctoral Association present “Manuscript Mapping: A Method For Organization and Recall of Scientific Literature.” The event will be held in Room 2-010, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences 509 N. 12th St. The event is part of the 2019 How-to Talks by Postdocs Series. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Stacey Wahl at swahl@vcu.edu or (804) 828-0622 or visit https://rampages.us/howtotalks/upcoming/.

VCU's Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation will host the Research Administration and Management Symposium Fall Forum. The day of presentations, to be held in the Lecture Hall, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., will cover research-related topics. Presentations include a keynote address from VCU researcher Jennifer Fettweis, Ph.D.; interactive post-award problem solving; standard operating procedures for research administration; developments at VCU and best practices for the research dashboard. Register at training.vcu.edu (keywords "fall forum"). For more information, contact Lydia Klinger at leklinger@vcu.edu or (804) 628-2642 or visit https://research.vcu.edu/forum/.

VCU's Office of Continuing and Professional Education will hold a two-part course, "Essentials of Craft Beer." The sessions will be held 6-9 p.m. Nov. 12 at Triple Crossing Beer-Fulton, 5203 Hatcher St., and 6-9 p.m. Nov. 19 at Richbrau Brewing, 5 S. 20th St. Lee Graves will lead the exploration of the types and styles of craft beer, the history of each and the regional history of craft beer. The course includes a book, materials and tastings and is limited to participants ages 21 and older. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU's Office of Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322 or visit https://ocpe.vcu.edu/craftbeer.

Notices

Clothesline Project: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Advocacy Program from University Counseling Services will display the "Clothesline Project." The showing of shirts designed to share experiences and support for survivors of domestic violence will be at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, 509 N. 12th St., Oct. 11-31. For more information, contact Confidential Advocates at UCS at myoptions@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6200 or visit https://counseling.vcu.edu/advocacy-services/.

Spit for Science Program Seeks Undergrad Research Assistants for Spring 2020

Undergraduate team members will assist with recruitment, marketing and outreach and work in teams to develop research questions and analyze Spit for Science data. Students from all majors and at all class levels are welcome. Enrollment will be for three credits (A-F grading system). Apply at the following URL by 5 p.m. Oct. 25. For more information, contact Amy Adkins at adkinsae@vcu.edu or visit https://spit4science.vcu.edu/educational-opportunities/.

Wright Center Sets Office Hours for Research Faculty Mentors

To provide flexible, open access to faculty mentors, the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research allows those advised by mentors to sign up to meet with a faculty mentor of their choice. Mentor office hours, in Suite 1000B, Richmond Academy of Medicine, 1200 E. Clay St., are 1-2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Sign up or see a full list of mentors at the following URL. For more information, contact Leslie Bobb at lmbobb@vcu.edu or (804) 628-7788 or visit https://cctr.vcu.edu/education/mentorship-programs/faculty-mentor-office-hours.

Fall Midterm Grades Are Now Available

Students are encouraged to check on eServices to see if their professors have submitted a midterm grade for one or more classes. Log on to Student eServices at the following URL. If you have received a midterm grade indicating unsatisfactory academic progress, see your instructor or academic adviser. The final day to withdraw from classes is Nov. 1. For more information, contact The Office of Records and Registration at rar@vcu.edu or visit http://www.eservices.vcu.edu.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set

Oct. 26 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Expired or unused medications can be dropped off at two VCU locations: University Student Health Services (Pharmacy Drug Drop Box), 1300 W. Broad St., and VCU Police Department (Police Headquarters Lobby), 224 E. Broad St. No liquids that may leak, no illegal drugs and no syringes will be accepted. See https://takebackday.dea.gov/ for off-campus locations. For more information, contact Kendyll Graham at grahamk4@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7815 or visit http://thewell.vcu.edu.

Second-, Fourth-Year Undergrads Sought for Study on Social Relationships

The Active and Supportive Personal Networks Lab @VCU is looking for undergraduates starting their second or fourth year at VCU to participate in a one-hour interview about their social relationships. Compensation for time and participation will be provided. Apply at the following URL. For more information, contact Claire Luce at SocialTies@vcu.edu or (804) 828-5411 or visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerJrOVbMDiIxtEuXSiMRMZNFZy-IYfqyYNfHBk0sCzLnl4-Q/viewform?usp=sf_link.

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