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Special Announcement

Keynote Speakers for MLK Celebration Week

Three keynote addresses will be given during VCU’s sixth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week. American Civil War Museum CEO Christy Coleman will speak at 4 p.m. Jan. 23 in Room 303, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave. Jason Kamras, Richmond Public Schools superintendent, will speak at 2 p.m. Jan. 24, also in Room 303 at Cabell library. Rep. Donald McEachin will speak at 1 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St. MLK Celebration Week is hosted by the VCU’s Division of Inclusive Excellence. A full list of events is available at


Phi Sigma Pi honors fraternity will hold an informational session about its recruitment process in Commonwealth Ballroom B, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. The gender-inclusive brotherhood is open to all students with a GPA above 3.0 who have at least one semester remaining at VCU. For more information, contact Emily Borst at

This week

VCU's Alpha Phi Omega is sponsoring a blood drive with the American Red Cross in the ballrooms of the University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Make an appointment at the following URL. Walk-ins are welcome. Before donating, remember to eat well, stay hydrated and bring your ID. For more information, contact Kayla Whyte at or visit

VCU's Event Services Office will hold a workshop on reserving spaces for student organizations and departments. The event, in the Alumni Boardroom, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., offers instruction for reserving academic spaces, student center spaces and event outdoor spaces, and the use of Virtual EMS (event management system), VCU's online space reservation portal. No RSVP is necessary. A workshop will also be held Jan. 24 from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Saher Randhawa at or (804) 828-0317 or visit

"Collaborations in Addiction," a seminar about the future and next steps in combating addictions, has been scheduled. Michael Fox, doctor of osteopathy and current addiction fellow at VCU Health, will discuss his path to becoming a specialist in addiction medicine. The event will be hosted by VCU's Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care and will be held in Room 104/105, Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building, 1217 E. Marshall St. Lunch will be provided for those who register at the following URL. For more information, contact Melissa Burton at or (804) 828-2898 or visit

VCU Athletics presents the first RVA Sneaker Ball. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Children's Hospital of Richmond. The event, at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad St., is sponsored by D&H construction. General admission tickets are $60, and include music, dancing, an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a casino, online silent auction and beer and wine tastings. For more information, contact Jessica Pieroni at or visit

Coming up

Jennifer M. Mellor, Ph.D., College of William & Mary professor of economics, will discuss “The Effects of Medicare Payment Changes on Nursing Home Staffing." The seminar will be held in Room 4-1-4, One Capitol Square, 830 E. Main St. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Mary Johnson at or (804) 628-3443 or visit

VCU's Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care is accepting registration for its Seventh Annual Jewell and Carl F. Emswiller Jr. Interprofessional Symposium. The conference will be held at the Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center, 1000 Virginia Center Parkway, Glen Allen. The theme is Collaborating for the Community: The Role of Interprofessional Practice in Addressing Current Health Care Issues. Registration (by Jan. 25) and a schedule of activities is available at the following URL. For more information, contact Melissa Burton at or (804) 828-2898 or visit


Global Education Office Seeking Homestay Hosts

VCU's Global Education Office is seeking homestay hosts Feb. 8-14 as the office hosts a Serbian delegation through the State Department’s Open World Leadership Program. Host responsibilities include the provision of a private bedroom/bathroom, breakfast daily and a couple of dinners. Transportation will be provided. For more information, contact Nichole Dorton at or (804) 827-9331.

Expanded Swipe Exchange Hours at Au Bon Pain

VCUDine announces Au Bon Pain will offer expanded swipe exchange hours starting in January. Dining plan holders will be able to swipe 7-11 a.m. Monday-Friday and again 4 p.m. to close at the café, 944 W. Grace St. Weekend swipe exchange will remain the same (all day long, open to close). Sign-up for the Spring 2019 plan is available at the following URL. For more information, contact Lauren Hay at or (804) 828-1148 or visit

Spring Break Climbing Trip to Red Rocks

VCU Recreational Sports Outdoor Adventure Program will host a climbing trip to the Red Rocks in the western United States. The trip, for beginners and those with experience, will be March 2-10. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from an airport location yet to be determined. Register by Feb. 19 at the following URL. For more information, contact Sam Albert at or (804) 828-8473 or visit

VCUDine's January Events

VCUDine has a number of special events for the month. They include: Premium Smoothies at Jonah’s, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 22; Grain Bowls at Shafer, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 23; Salmon at Shafer, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan 29; and Steak Night at Jonah’s, 4-9 p.m. Jan. 31. For more information, contact Lauren Hay at or (804) 828-1148 or visit

Leadership Program for Transfer Students

Student Leadership and Civic Engagement at VCU offers a leadership program geared for transfer students. Explore leadership, build community and become involved. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Justin Raibolt at or (804) 828-1582 or visit

MCV Campus Utility Work and Construction Updates

Utility work and construction at the VCU Health Outpatient Facility construction site continues. The work, at the corner of North 10th and East Leigh streets, will affect traffic patterns in the area of the MCV Campus over the next several months. For current information and updates, visit the URL below. For more information, contact Jake Hughes at or visit

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

In observance of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, Jan. 22-27, VCU’s Wellness Resource Center offers nonjudgmental education and support around substances and substance use issues. Learn more at the following URL. For more information, contact Kat Corrin at or visit

Catholic Campus Ministry Alternative Spring Break

Catholic Campus Ministry is hosting its Alternative Spring Break March 3-8. Participants will travel to Mount Pleasant, S.C., to work with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for those in need. The total cost of the trip is $280, and fundraising opportunities are available. For more information, contact Roy Dugayo at

Want To Join the Conversation About Black Women and Beauty Standards?

Are you a black or African American woman aged 18 to 29? Would you like to participate in a research study aimed at improving black women’s health? Involvement includes participation in a 90-minute focus group. Participants are asked to complete 20-minute online surveys prior to the group session. Compensation is available. For more information and to see if you are eligible, contact VCU’s Department of Psychology at the following telephone number or URL. For more information, contact Rachel Boutte at or (804) 293-0380 or visit

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