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Learn more about VCU's Evening MBA program at a webinar hosted by the School of Business. This online presentation will provide applicants with an overview of the program, curriculum and admissions process. A Q&A session will also be included. Register at https://business.vcu.edu/about-us/events/graduate-studies/webinar/evening-mba-program-webinar-092922.html. The Zoom link is https://vcu.zoom.us/j/81119807088 For more information, contact Austen Gouldman at gsib@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4622 or visit https://business.vcu.edu/about-us/events/graduate-studies/webinar/evening-mba-program-webinar-092922.html.

Join the Peer Health Educators in the lobby of the University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., for World Heart Day to discuss introducing physical activity into the daily routine. Students can create wellness plans and brainstorm creative meal and snack choices. Questions: Email peerhealth@vcu.edu. For more information, contact Emily Tompkins at tompkinsee@vcu.edu or visit http://recwell.vcu.edu.

It's never too late to learn how to ride a bike. RamBikes will help with all the fundamentals: kicking off, balancing, pedaling, stopping and everything in-between. RamBikes can provide bikes or you can bring your own. Sessions will be held at RamBikes, 1106 W. Broad St. For more information, contact Carter Barker at rambikes@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2453 or visit https://bikes.vcu.edu/events/.

VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs invites you to participate in Latin Dance Nights, ¡Muevete! This five-week series will have various Latin-inspired dances each Thursday at Monroe Park, 620 W. Main St. This week's dances will be the Salsa and Cha-cha. RSVP at the following URL. For more information, contact Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at omsa@vcu.edu or visit https://cglink.me/2dV/r1783378.

VCU's Lebanese Student Association will host a neon-themed game night in Salons I and II, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. For more information, contact Lebanese Student Assocation at contact.lsa.vcu@gmail.com.

This week

The Rev. F. Todd Gray, Rudene Mercer Haynes and Robert A. Winn, M.D., will host a special virtual session about breast cancer awareness with Vanessa Sheppard, Ph.D., to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Sharon K. Jones-Lomotey at joneslomots@vcu.edu or (540) 729-3887 or visit https://www.masseycancercenter.org/facts-and-faith-fridays.

A new crochet and knitting club, Strings 'n Things is open to all levels. Some materials will be available for those who need them, but bringing your own materials is encouraged. The session will be held at the Pace Center, 700 W. Franklin St. For more information, contact Grace Conklin at conklingc@vcu.edu.

Feedback Friday is designed as a roundtable discussion with peers, community members and staff. Come to Shift Retail Lab, 1235 W. Broad St., to help student entrepreneurs make iterations and get support during their time at VCU. Bring your curiosity and questions, snacks and beverages will be provided. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lloyd Young at youngel3@vcu.edu or visit https://connect.business.vcu.edu/register/feedback-sept30.

Devon Walker-Figueroa, winner of the 2022 Levis Reading Prize for "Philomath," will read from her poetry collection in the lecture hall, Room 303, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave. The Prize honors the poet and former VCU professor Larry Levis, who died in 1996. The Levis Reading Prize is presented on behalf of VCU's M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program in partnership with VCU Libraries. The reading is free and open to all. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or visit https://www.library.vcu.edu/about/events/2022-2023/levis-2022.html.

Devon Walker-Figueroa, winner of the 2022 Levis Reading Prize, will read from her poetry collection "Philomath." "Philomath," Walker-Figueroa’s debut full-length poetry collection was selected by Sally Keith for the 2020 National Poetry Series. The Levis Reading Prize is awarded annually for the best first or second book of poetry published in the previous calendar year and chosen by the M.F.A. in creative writing program at VCU. The reading will be in Room 303, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., and virtually. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Ryan Pander at rbpander@vcu.edu or (804) 828-0593 or visit https://www.support.vcu.edu/event/Levis?ID=8-10236490.

Coming up

Meditation has been shown to increase overall well-being. Take a break for weekly guided meditation with Brenna. Meditation is suitable for all levels of practice. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Brenna Denicola at denicolabr@vcu.edu or visit https://cglink.me/2dV/r1824972.

Join faculty and staff from the VCU School of Nursing and VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation to learn about a new graduate certificate program that will make it simpler for those with an interest in innovation to develop products and solutions to challenges facing the health care industry. The certificate will provide opportunities for students to advance their knowledge and skills in identifying problems and implementing solutions to foster high-quality, safe, and accessible health care. Register for the virtual session at the following URL. For more information, contact Lloyd Young at youngel3@vcu.edu or visit https://connect.business.vcu.edu/register/HCInfo100322.

VCU's da Vinci Center will host a virtual informational session about its Master of Product Innovation program. The MPI is designed for creative thinkers and doers from a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds who want to ideate and launch innovative products, projects and initiatives in the world’s most leading-edge companies. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lloyd Young at youngel3@vcu.edu or visit https://connect.business.vcu.edu/register/MPI100422.

Join the da Vinci Center at the Shift Retail Lab, 1235 W. Broad St., for a guided meditation session. Stay after for conversation and community. The event is open to all VCU students, faculty and staff and is offered in partnership between the da Vinci Center and the School of Business Office of Student Engagement. For more information, contact Lloyd Young at youngel@vcu.edu.

VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host a conversation with and musical performance by two local, queer Latine musicians: Reina Violeta [AKA MusiqReiV] and Alex Dimas. Hear about their personal and professional journeys, Pizza will be available. The event will be in OMSA office, Room 215B, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. For more information, contact Dave Brown at dgbrown@vcu.edu.

Richmond Racial Equity Essays collaborates with VCU’s Common Book Program to host an evening to explore the intersections of health, equity and the built environment. In a TED Talk-style event, five presenters with experience in community work will have 12 minutes and 12 slides to tell their story and showcase their emerging research, projects and the solutions they are using to curb and disrupt systemic inequities. The session will be held at VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St. For more information, contact Natalie Hale at halene@vcu.edu or visit https://icavcu.org/events/rree-common-book/.

Virginia Chu, Ph.D., OTR/L, assistant professor, occupational therapy, will speak at a virtual Discovery Dialogues seminar sponsored by VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research. Register for the Zoom link at https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvf-6tqzsoGNKZHXYyOGGP67DeEsH6D5C4. For more information, contact Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison, at pmdillon@vcu.edu or visit https://cctr.vcu.edu/.

Don't miss the annual VCU Tech Fair. Join VCU Technology Services for demonstrations, Q&A and more. Talk with university tech staff about the technologies and services they provide (Google Workspace, Adobe Creative Cloud, classroom technologies). VCU's vendors, whose contributions help make the Tech Fair possible, will also be on hand and will provide free bag lunches (while they last) and giveaways. The fair will be at University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave.; Jonah L. Larrick Student Center, 900 Turpin St., and virtually. For more information, contact Technology Services at tsengage@vcu.edu or visit https://techfair.vcu.edu.

VCU's School of Social Work, with support from the C. Bernard Scotch Fund, will present a panel of social workers and policy experts who will virtually discuss current events, key issues and elections through a social work lens. Social work plays a key role in the political process, promoting voter participation and meaningful engagement to advocate for and with populations facing challenges to their wellbeing. Register for the Zoom link at https://vcussw.info/SWPP For more information, contact James Romanik at romanikjv@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3631 or visit https://blogs.vcu.edu/social-work/2022/09/23/join-us-a-social-work-lens-on-the-political-landscape-of-election-season/.

VCU's Office of the Provost will host activities centered around the awareness of conflict mediation and resolution at VCU. The event will be held in Richmond Salons I-II, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Linda Hamrick at pvastwk03@vcu.edu or visit https://forms.gle/6kPFUYFBh4bf2kv76.

VCU's Equity in Cardiovascular Health Outcomes Lab is hosting a virtual focus group on the stress, vulnerability and resilience of young Black women. To check your eligibility and to sign up, visit the following URL. For more information, contact Anika L. Hines, Ph.D., MPH, at eqcholab@vcuhealth.org or (804) 828-5030 or visit https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=P8FMMYKNAEMCF8TC.

Notices

Hazing Prevention Training for Potential New Members

VCU is hosting having prevention training through Oct. 14 for potential new members. This training is for students interested in joining any selective student organization at VCU. Students must complete one of these trainings to be eligible to join a selective organization. Questions: https://vcu.campusgroups.com/hazingprevention/home/. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Rachael Tully at preventhazing@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.campusgroups.com/feeds?type=club&type_id=68862&tab=events.

Order Custom Regalia

Barnes and Noble @ VCU on Monroe Park Campus will host a special event on Oct. 3 from 2-7 p.m. for Doctors and Masters and faculty/staff to order custom regalia. Ordering during this time will ensure regalia is received in time for December’s graduation. For more information, contact Allison Toney at alumni@vcu.edu or visit http://www.balfour.com/VCU.

VCU Continuing and Professional Education

VCU Continuing and Professional Education offers learning options for the VCU community and the public. Choose from advertising, bookkeeping, business planning, customer service, data analysis, early childhood guidance, entrepreneurship, event planning, Excel, facial reading, financial analysis, floral, Google Analytics, makerspace, management, marketing, negotiation, online teaching, paralegal, play therapy, Power BI, social media, supply chain and test prep (MCAT, PCAT and DAT). For more information, contact VCU Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322 or visit https://ocpe.vcu.edu/courses/.

Recreation and Well-Being Children's Swim Lessons Fall Session 2

RecWell Children's Swim Lessons will be held on Saturday mornings at the Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center, 101 S. Linden St. Four levels of swim lessons will be available for ages six months-five years old. Session 2 runs Oct. 8-29. Register at the following URL by Oct. 7. For more information, contact Mat Scott at scottm14@vcu.edu or visit https://recwell.vcu.edu/play/aquatics/childrens-swim-lessons/.

Let's Chat! One-on-One Support for VCU Students

Looking for additional support on campus? Let's Chat! provides ongoing opportunities for one-on-one support with a graduate assistant in VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Students can expect to receive guidance and mentorship on a variety of topics, including self-care, current events, graduate school planning, study skills and more. Appointments are required. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Starr Robinson at robinsonsn@vcu.edu or visit https://forms.gle/C7cq44PR9Zza8pdh9.

Black Love Safe Love

This is a research study aiming to receive feedback on a sexual health intervention designed for couples. To be eligible to participate, you have to identity as Black or African American and be 18 to 35 years of age. The study requires participation in a 120-minute session and completion of a questionnaire. Compensation is available. For more information, contact Kristina Hood, Ph.D., at progresslab@vcu.edu or visit https://progress.vcu.edu.

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