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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

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

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

What exactly is VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs? OMSA has a number of programs and initiatives in support of marginalized students and their communities. From black history month to the lavender discussion group to cultural achievement ceremonies, OMSA has space for all identities. Visit the following URL for a Zoom link to attend the session. For more information, contact David Brown at or (804) 828-6672 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

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

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

A New App for New Students at VCU

CMSC 491 (computer science) students have designed a scavenger hunt app for VCU. Because COVID-19 has prevented universities from giving guided tours, incoming VCU students might have a difficult time learning the campus. This app is designed to familiarize new students with the university campus while still maintaining social distancing. Questions, Twitter @VCU_Scavenger and on Instagram @VCUScavengerHunt. For more information, contact Christian Babin at 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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