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Today

Andrew Sackman, Ph.D., Center for Biological Data Science, will discuss his current research at the virtual annual Faculty Research Seminar Series hosted by the Bioinformatics Graduate Student Organization. Questions: https://vcu.campusgroups.com/bgso/home/. Register for the Zoom link on RamsConnect at the following URL. For more information, contact David Kuforiji at bgso@vcu.edu or visit https://cglink.me/2dV/r1339381.

VCU’s National Scholarship Office will present a virtual informational session geared toward first-year and transfer undergraduates. All students are welcome. Learn about the NSO, available (inter)nationally-competitive awards and how to make yourself a great candidate. An identical session will be offered on Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. Questions: http://blogs.vcu.edu/natlscholar. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Meredith Sisson at mrsisson@vcu.edu or visit https://rb.gy/rmsyja.

VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host an LGBTQ Halloween gathering in Suite 215, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., with coffee, apple cider and sweet treats. Costumes are not mandatory, but encouraged. The event has a cap of 30 people; RSVP at the following URL only if you will attend. For more information, contact Beck Oh at ohrn@vcu.edu or visit https://forms.gle/iqec5RiKBk4ooLYu7.

Mia Liadis, interim assistant director for health promotion (RecWell), will discuss bouncing back after failure. Everyone experiences failure, but have you ever wondered how people not only recover from a setback but go on to excel? Learn about resiliency and how it can be used to reach your goals. The session, hosted by You First at VCU, will be held virtually and in Room D, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Questions: http://youfirst.vcu.edu. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Elizabeth Bambacus at bambacuses@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3927 or visit https://bit.ly/YouFirstPresents102821.

This interactive Zoom workshop will break down the artist's statement, how to write one and why art students should focus on their writing skills. Register at the center's events page at the following URL. For more information, contact Trey Burnart Hall at hallbr@vcu.edu or visit https://writing.vcu.edu/events/.

This week

VCU's College of Humanities and Science will honor distinguished faculty and staff from the past academic year at a ceremony in the Commonwealth Ballroom, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. A boxed breakfast will be served. For more information, contact Tyler Conrad at conradtl@vcu.edu.

Join the Institute for Contemporary Art at 1708 Gallery for a series of soundwalks through Richmond’s Arts District and Jackson Ward with artist Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste. The duration of each walk will be roughly 30–45 minutes. Push 1 begins at noon at 1708 Gallery (319 W. Broad St.) and Push 2 begins at 4 p.m. at the ICA (601 W. Broad St). Toussaint-Baptiste’s sonic sculpture exhibition, "Set It Off," is on view at both 1708 and the ICA. For more information, contact Stephanie Stanton at stantons@vcu.edu or visit https://icavcu.org/events/the-pusher-a-sound-walk-with-jeremy-toussaint-baptiste/.

Coming up

Get creative with coding using Pure Data, an open-source visual programming language designed for musicians, visual artists and performers to create software without writing lines of code. This session walks participants through the basics of the software as they create their own interactive projects. The event is organized by the Workshop at VCU Libraries. Questions: https://www.library.vcu.edu/about/events/2021-2022/wednesdays-in-the-workshop-fall-2021.html. Click on the following URL to receive a link to attend the session. For more information, contact Gregory Kimbrell at kimbrellgg@vcu.edu or (804) 393-2951 or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsc-2vqzwtGtPBjK4ApO6RaByl-eRNzpbf.

The School of World Studies and VCU Libraries will present a climate justice activism event in Room 303, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave. The goals of the session are to highlight actions being taken by Richmond, VCU and local communities and to support students to network and organize their own actions in response to the climate emergency. The agenda includes a panel on the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report, information on Richmond and VCU's response to the climate emergency and an evening networking event for students. For more information, contact Beth Kreydatus at eakreydatus@vcu.edu.

VCU Phi Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi and the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive upstairs in the Ballroom of the University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. All donors will receive a free T-shirt, free cookie coupon and a $10 Amazon e-gift card. Make an online appointment at the following URL. For more information, contact Katie Miller at katherine.miller2@redcross.org or (804) 774-9739 or visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=VCU.

Thinking of going to graduate school? Join The Money Spot and graduate students from various disciplines for answers to questions about financing grad school. Questions: http://themoneyspot.vcu.edu. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Carley Toney at finsuccess@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Jc3T1UEfSMqEvNSvy0WJsw.

Grab some friends for teams of three to four members to test your knowledge of STEM in popular culture. The event will be held in Park Plaza, directly behind Hibbs Hall. Prizes will include VCU hoodies and other official VCU gear. Pizza will be available. The event will be hosted by the Science Hub at the Campus Learning Center. (Sponsors will also help create teams from individual participants.) Questions: https://clc.vcu.edu/science-hub/. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Brian Cone at coneb2@vcu.edu or visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1n_zXX9iKrT9QAFAfbz3kilc-XGMM3qTaGiQWIniOUYg/edit.

The early childhood concentration prepares individuals to work with families and young children from birth through age 5 who have and are at risk for developmental disabilities. Using a hybrid of online and face-to-face formats, the program is learner-centered, innovative and collaborative. The program prepares students to serve infants and young children representing a wide range of abilities, including those at risk for developmental delays and those at risk for or with severe disabilities. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jazmin Tilfas at soeinfo@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvceCgrzspG9XPMnVyDZ6UVGF1LsAFytyt.

VCU's Program in Judaic Studies and the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond will present a lecture by Gil Troy, Ph.D., professor of North American History at McGill University and author of "The Zionist Ideas; Visions for the Jewish Homeland — Then, Now, Tomorrow." The talk will be in Room 1107, Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Ave. All who attend must be masked and fully-vaccinated. For more information, contact Tyler Conrad at conradtl@vcu.edu.

VCU's Humanities Research Center and VCU Libraries will present author Bill Campbell and artist Bizhan Khodabandeh, who will discuss their work on a graphic novel which is a fictionalized retelling of a community’s resistance to a violent 1923 march of thousands of Ku Klux Klan members in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. The event will be in Room 303, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., and will also be live-streamed. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Tyler Conrad at conradtl@vcu.edu or visit https://www.library.vcu.edu/about/events/2021-2022/campbell-khodabandeh.html.

How important is your racial identity to you? Do you wonder how that differs for others? Come engage with students, faculty and staff in an upcoming RAMmalogues session about race and ethnicity. Share your experience navigating a racialized society and bear witness to what others have to share in open dialogue. RAMmalogues is a space for intercultural, multigenerational and community-wide dialogues around who we are and what matters to us. The session will be in Room 250, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave. Questions: https://inclusive.vcu.edu/iexcel/rammalogues/. All students, staff and faculty are invited, but registration is limited to 25. Register at the following URL. Questions: Visit https://training.vcu.edu/course.aspx?processFlag=2&itemID=17875. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jan Altman, Ph.D., at iexcel@vcu.edu or visit https://inclusive.vcu.edu/iexcel/rammalogues/.

Adobe staffers will provide tips and advice on how to use Adobe Portfolio to showcase projects from conceptualizing the layout to building the content. Presenters will be Kirsten Nagel, senior customer success manager, and Jim Babbage, senior solutions consultant. The workshop, which will be hosted on Zoom, will be presented by VCUarts and VCU Career Services. It will be open to all majors as well as alumni. Register on Handshake at the following URL. Questions: Email Anna Umbreit at umbreita@vcu.edu. For more information, contact Career Services at careers@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.joinhandshake.com/events/787391/share_preview.

Join the Center for Interprofessional Education and Inter Health Professionals Alliance for an interest meeting via Zoom for the National CLARION Competition. This is a student case competition for health professional students, enabling them to achieve a 360-degree perspective on patient safety in today's health care system and how it might be improved. Student teams, consisting of four students composed of at least two disciplines, are given a case and charged with creating a root cause analysis. The team presents its plan to a panel of interprofessional judges that evaluates their results in the context of real world standards of practice. The local VCU winning team competes at the national level for scholarship and prizes. Click on the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Melissa Burton at mhburton@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2898 or visit https://zoom.us/j/92068698498.

Notices

Check Your Midterm Grades in eServices

Undergraduate students are encouraged to check eServices for their midterm grades and make an appointment with their advisor if they receive grades of D or F. Faculty are submitting midterm grades to eServices now, and all midterm grades will be viewable there after Oct. 29. Your academic advisor can help you make a plan to successfully complete your course, convert your grade to pass/fail, or discuss the implications of withdrawing with you. Make an appointment at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Student Success at success@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.navigate.eab.com.

Fall Midterm Grades Are Now Available

Students are encouraged to go to eServices to begin checking whether their professors 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 advisor. The last day to withdraw from classes in the full semester is Nov. 5. For more information, contact The Office of Records and Registration at rar@vcu.edu or visit http://www.eservices.vcu.edu.

Black College Students' Mental Health and Cultural Experiences Study

Are you above 18, Black/African American identifying and a current VCU student? Consider participating in our study exploring mental health literacy, behaviors and outcomes among Black college students via an online 20-minute survey. Participants have the option to enter a drawing for one of four $25 egift cards. Principal Investigator is Chelsea Williams, Ph.D., Department of Psychology. For more information, contact Chloe Walker at walkercj6@vcu.edu.

Identity Theft Prevention Policy Open for Public Comment

A draft of the Identity Theft Prevention Policy is available for public comment by Nov. 12. The draft policy can be found at the following URL. For more information, contact Jason Block at blockj2@vcu.edu or visit https://policy.vcu.edu/universitywide-policies/policies-open-for-public-comment/.

Apply Nov. 1: Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator Training

Do you feel comfortable leading dialogue about difference? Never before has it been more evident that we need to talk. Apply for Facilitator Training to learn about inclusive dialogue, practice and increase your skills in leading dialogue on topics of diversity and inclusion and social identities. Save the dates: Jan. 4, 5, 6, 7 from 1-5 p.m. for students, faculty and staff. Applications are coming Nov. 1. Attend the final Fall RAMmalogues session on Nov. 8 to experience diversity and inclusion dialogue firsthand. For more information, contact Jan Altman, Ph.D., at iexcel@vcu.edu or visit https://inclusive.vcu.edu/iexcel/rammalogues/.

Participate in a Focus Group on Lung Cancer Screening

VCU Health and Massey Cancer Center are conducting focus groups to understand the experiences of Black men who smoke or used to smoke and their opinions about lung cancer screening, smoking cessation and health care disparities in Virginia. Eligibility criteria: identify as a Black male, current or former smoker and 50 years old or older. If interested, contact Jasmine Blue at the following telephone number or email Blackchat@vcuhealth.org. For more information, contact Rashelle Hayes at rashelle.hayes@vcuhealth.org or (804) 827-0000.

Research Study on Two Stress Reduction Programs

We are seeking to enroll participants for a research study on two stress reduction programs. Participants will receive a 14-day smartphone-based stress reduction course free of charge. Study includes a lab session before and after the stress reduction course wherein participants will fill out brief surveys and complete several brief tasks during fNIRS neuroimaging. Compensation is available. Contact us to learn more and determine if you are eligible to participate. For more information, contact Hadley Rahrig at rahrighm@vcu.edu.

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