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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. Information about the university's One VCU: Responsible Together plan for a phased return to campus is available at It is the source for the latest VCU updates. You can also receive VCU Together notifications. Download "VCU Mobile" from your iOS or Android App Store, or visit with your smartphone and select the appropriate link.


Tired of staying in your house or dorm all the time and looking at your computer screen? Join the Transfer Student Association on a physically distant trek to Belle Isle. Get a little exercise and enjoy nature. The first trek is 4-6 p.m. Sept. 21 and the second is 1-3 p.m. Sept 23. Register on Ramsconnect at the following URL. The event is limited to 10 people for each day. Participants may only register for one day. For more information, contact Alexzane Taylor at or (804) 426-1103 or visit

VCUarts The Anderson, 907 1/2 W. Franklin St., presents three concurrent exhibitions by three 2020 MFA alumni whose culminating spring thesis exhibitions were postponed due to COVID-19: Kyrae Dawaun (painting and printmaking), Jared Duesterhaus (kinetic imaging) and Mariana Parisca (sculpture). Kyrae's exhibition closes at 6 p.m. Sept. 24. Jared and Mariana's exhibitions close Sept. 25. More information can be found under News and Opportunities at the following URL. For more information, contact Monica Kinsey at or visit

This week

OVPRI and the Research and Legal, Audit and Compliance Career Communities will sponsor the Fall Virtual Rams Mini-Forum Series, "Data and VC(yo)U." The schedule includes "Data: Why Should I Care?," Sept. 23; "Data Through the Years," Oct. 1; "VCU Data Terms and Terminology," Oct. 1; "What Happens in the Black Box for Data," Oct. 15; "Data Responsibility and Building Trust," Oct. 29; and "Disparities and Bias in Data," Nov. 12. Register in Talent@VCU and search for Rams Forum. For more information, contact Stacy West at or (804) 827-1446.

Need to organize a messy Inbox? Want to know what's new? Collaboration Services invites you to learn all things Gmail and make you the master of your Inbox. This class will provide a hands-on walkthrough of the organizational and productivity tools Gmail has to offer. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Dr. Gee at or visit

VCU librarians Dana Ladd and Sergio Chapparo will discuss in a Zoom presentation free and reliable COVID-19 health information resources available in Spanish. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact K.J. Ricasata at or (804) 828-2432 or visit

SoGal Richmond is a community of female student founders and students interested in entrepreneurship. The community will connect monthly for networking, speakers, workshops, resource sharing and intentional development. Mia Liadis of the Health Promotion and Well-Being Center will speak. The theme of the meeting will be "The Super Woman Complex: Making Self-Care Your Super Power." Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Kendra Cabler at or visit

VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research will host an event to demonstrate how to access and use the 'Protocol Builder' application and the CITI Research Study Design course to develop a research protocol/proposal. Register to receive the Zoom link at the following URL. For the Oct. 22 event at 3 p.m., register at For more information, contact Maureen Olmsted at or (804) 828-9226 or visit

Kim Case, Ph.D., director of Faculty Success, and Benita Regusters, academic coach, will speak at a virtual workshop hosted by You First at VCU. Participants will learn about organizational methods, self-motivation and how to feel more connected. The speakers will also share their experiences of being first-gen. Questions: Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Elizabeth Bambacus at or (804) 827-3927 or visit

The VCU Honors College will host Assistant Professor of Clarinet Tiffany Valvo for a Berglund seminar. She will discuss how despite an increase in use of technology and development of associated skills, employers report a lack of soft skills in job applicants. The seminar will focus on identifying and learning these key skills. Contact the following email address for the event link. For more information, contact Jared Johnson at or visit

The Center for Community Engagement and Impact and the Community Foundation will sponsor a webinar designed to explore core community issues and inspire participants to become active and engaged citizens. Questions: Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Tito Luna at or visit

Health Disparities Organization is a student group striving to reduce disparities in health care access and quality by taking action and raising awareness. The focus of the interest meeting will be to learn about involvement in group activities and educating and helping the community. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Health Disparities Organization at or visit

The Brandcenter at VCU will host five virtual informational sessions this semester for prospective students: Sept. 23, Oct. 13, Oct. 28, Nov. 10 and Nov. 18. Each session will take place at 7 p.m. on Zoom and will include an introduction to the master’s program and areas of concentration, a chance to talk with current Brandcenter students and faculty and information about the application process from the director of admissions. For more information, contact Rachel Ensing at or (804) 828-8384 or visit

When it comes to gynecologic cancers, ovarian cancer is the most difficult to manage, and uterine cancer is the most common in the nation. Join Leslie Randall, M.D., director of gynecologic oncology at VCU Massey Cancer Center, as she discusses how advances in genetics have led to new targeted treatments for these cancers and more preventive options for women at high risk. This event is open to the public and will be streamed live from Massey's Facebook page. For more information, contact Blake Belden at

Coming up

Ilya Kaminsky, winner of the 2020 Levis Reading Prize for "Deaf Republic," will read from his book. This event, free and open to all via Zoom, is organized by the VCU Department of English and VCU Libraries. Registration is required. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Gregory Kimbrell at or (804) 393-2951 or visit

VCU School of Medicine will host its Annual Faculty Excellence Awards Program. This virtual event honors outstanding faculty in the areas of teaching, humanism in medicine, professional achievement of women in medicine, clinical excellence and leadership in graduate medical education. Livestream the event at the following URL. For more information, contact Deborah Stewart at or (804) 828-6591 or visit

The workplace has become increasingly diverse and the journey is made easier when you can see yourself reflected in the faces of people who have gone before you. Join VCU Career Services to connect with and hear from a panel of diverse professionals. The panel will critically examine how being Latinx impacts the workplace experience across many different industries. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Ash Taylor-Beierl at or (804) 828-6166 or visit

The VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute announces that registration is now open for its 14th Annual HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Conference. The theme, "Not Waiting to Lead," will encourage women to explore how to break free of leadership models that undervalue women and embolden women to take the lead without needing to hold position. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Kiara Faulks at or (804) 827-1169 or visit


VCU Police Offering Free U-locks at VCU Libraries

VCU student, faculty and staff cyclists can pick up free U-locks at two central locations. At James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., cyclists can request a lock from the R.M.C. Events security officer at the entrance desk. At Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, 509 N. 12th St., cyclists can check with the R.M.C. Events security officer, or the information desk, to inquire about locks. Supplies are limited. Bikes can be registered online through the VCU Police website. For more information, contact VCU Police Crime Prevention Team at or (804) 828-1209 or visit

Presidential Student Ambassadors Sought

The Presidential Student Ambassadors Program is looking for new ambassadors to represent VCU. Ambassadors gain professional experience, develop leadership skills, network with VCU administrators and public officials, serve as university hosts at various events and interact with a wide network of students, faculty and staff. Apply at the following link by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 11. For more information, contact Stephen Davenport at or visit

Suit Yourself Closet Opens

VCU Career Services' Suit Yourself Closet is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9-11 a.m. by appointment only. Students can take up to four gently used, professional clothing items during each visit to help build a professional wardrobe. All clothing is free for students and does not need to be returned. Make an appointment on Handshake. For more information, contact Ash Taylor-Beierl at or (804) 828-6166 or visit

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