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Today

The Center for Public Policy Center of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs will present “Public Opinion on Minimum Wage and the Fight for $15.” The panel session will feature representatives from the Wilder School, the Center for Public Policy and community experts. The event will be held in Room 0001 located in the lower level of the Raleigh Building, 1001 W. Franklin St. For more information, contact Brittany Keegan at keeganbs@vcu.edu.

TRIO Student Support Services, the Money Spot at VCU and the Virginia Credit Union present Money Mondays. This workshop breaks down personal finance to the simplest terms and shows how anyone who wants financial independence can achieve it. The session will be held in the Alumni Board Room, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. For more information, contact TRIO SSS Office at trio@vcu.edu or (804) 828-9517.

Tau Beta Pi - Virginia Epsilon Chapter, the national engineering honor society, will present an Engineering Futures Session: People Skills. The workshop will be held in Room 103, College of Engineering West Hall, 601 W. Main St., and will focus on communicating interpersonal problems in a manner that will solve the conflict while maintaining relationships with others. Register for the free event at the following URL. For more information, contact Emily Cheng at chenge3@vcu.edu or visit https://tbp.coursestorm.com/course/va-e-people-skills1.

Asian and Pacific Student Alliance will host a viewing of the Oscar award-winning movie "Parasite" in Rooms C and D, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. For more information, contact MaryFaith Melgar at melgarm@mymail.vcu.edu.

Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society will hold a general body meeting in Room 1030G, West Grace Street Student Housing – North, 830 W. Grace St. The group provides volunteer/job opportunities as a way to connect and network through others with shared science interests. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Sara Herz at herzsm@vcu.edu or (571) 209-8727 or visit https://vcu.campusgroups.com/tribeta/club_signup.

VCU Biology Department, School of World Studies and Office of Sustainability invite faculty and students to meet and discuss advancing campus sustainability. The meeting will be held in Room 2108, Grace E. Harris Hall – South, 1015 Floyd Ave. RSVP at the following URL. Questions, (804) 828-1858. RSVP at the following URL. For more information, contact Ching-Yu Huang at cyhuang@vcu.edu or (706) 338-9396 or visit https://forms.gle/F9tYKe9SmZJJeuSV7.

This week

VCU Career Services presents the Spring 2020 Careers in the Commons: U.S. Army. The U.S. Army will be in the Student Commons (lobby table 1) on Tuesday, February 18th! Stop by to chat with them about opportunities for students of all class years and majors. For more information, contact Danielle Pearles at careers@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1645 or visit https://tinyurl.com/v4mllgr.

Medicine With Pride at VCU will host Nationz Foundation during a collection of nonperishable food items in an RV at 12th Street by James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1201 E. Marshall St. Nationz Foundation is a Richmond nonprofit organization seeking to raising awareness of HIV/STIs and social determinants. Members of the group will also perform free STI testing. For more information, contact Gerald Coronado at coronadogm@vcu.edu.

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs will hold a Virtual "Visit" online. Students will have the opportunity to meet Wilder School faculty to ask questions about graduate programs and determine if the Wilder School would be a good fit. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Ross Losapio at losapior@vcu.edu or visit http://bit.ly/WSvirtualvisit.

The Pace Center will hold a mindfulness meditation class at 700 W. Frankin St. The goal of the 10-week class is to help explore peace, balance, focus and well-being in the midst of everyday pressures of college life. For more information, contact Akia Lynch at Lyncha4@mymail.vcu.edu or (804) 658-4064 or visit https://www.thepacecenter.com.

The VCU baseball team will take on Norfolk State University at The Diamond, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd. For more information, contact Rebecca Piner at pinerre@vcu.edu.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering will present Dustin Crouch, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Crouch will present on "Combining Computational and Experimental Biomechanics Tools to Understand and Overcome Movement Disability." The session will be held in Room E2221, College of Engineering East Hall, 401 W. Main St. Faculty host is Carrie L. Peterson, Ph.D., assistant professor, VCU Department of Biomedical Engineering. For more information, contact Pam Mason at pwmason@vcu.edu.

Rams In Recovery will host a pop-up naloxone training session in the lobby of the University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Naloxone is a lifesaving drug that can be given to an individual who has overdosed on opiates. The free training takes five minutes. Free naloxone will be provided. For more information, contact Jackson Lane at lanejt@vcu.edu or (571) 420-6331.

The Highland Support Project at VCU will host the third part of its "Decolonizing Service-Learning" speakers series. Guadalupe Celeste Ramírez is the director of Asociación de Mujeres del Altiplano in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. The association facilitates technical and educational training on topics including civic participation, entrepreneurship, self-esteem, nutrition, Maya cultural identity and community resilience. The talk will be in Room 1030J, Globe, West Grace Street Student Housing – North, 830 W. Grace St. For more information, contact Madeline Doane at doanemh@vcu.edu or (703) 489-4565 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/663880810815951/.

The VCU Master of Public Health Program presents a lecture by environmental justice advocate Queen Zakia Shabazz. The talk will be in Room 8-036, Sanger Hall, 1101 E. Marshall St. Questions, Rebecca Bruhl at Rebecca.Bruhl@vcuhealth.org. For more information, contact Sierra Croker at crokersd@vcu.edu or (804) 828-9785.

The Pace Center will hold an open mic night at 700 W. Broad St. A variety of performances will be featured. All are invited to participate. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Lakiera Mills at millslr3@vcu.edu.

The VCU Department of Painting + Printmaking presents interdisciplinary artist Lavar Munroe, whose work encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture and installation art to create hybrid forms that straddle the line between sculpture and painting. Munroe has exhibited at Prospect.4 in New Orleans, the 12th Dakar Biennial in Senegal and the 2015 Venice Biennale. He also represented The Bahamas at the 2010 Liverpool Biennial. The talk will be at the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St. For more information, contact Kat Wilson at papr@vcu.edu or visit https://arts.vcu.edu/paintingprintmaking/2020/02/03/lavar-munroe-visiting-artist-lecture/.

VCU Parking and Transportation will host a one-hour GRTC travel training session for students, faculty and staff in Room 1105, Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Ave. The session will include how to use the GRTC bus system, navigate Pulse/Route 5 routes across campus and commute from areas in Richmond to VCU's Monroe Park and/or MCV campuses. Maximum attendance is 15. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Kendra Norrell at commute@vcu.edu or visit http://go.vcu.edu/grtc.

The Richmond World Affairs Council at VCU will have its first interest meeting in Room 1030J, West Grace Street Student Housing – North, 830 W. Grace St. All are invited to discuss involvement in upcoming events. Questions, email rwacvcu@gmail.com. For more information, contact Mana Soroush at soroushmp@mymail.vcu.edu or (703) 625-3650.

The Science Hub presents Mychal Smith in an informal series which gives students the opportunity to talk with faculty, graduate students and postdocs about hurdles in their careers and how they dealt with them. Smith is an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department and leads several grant programs for underrepresented minorities in STEM. The session will be in Room 2121, Grace Street Center, 912 W. Grace St. Snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Stacey Wahl at swahl@vcu.edu or (804) 828-0622 or visit https://clc.vcu.edu/sciencehub/.

American Nuclear Society at VCU will present an introductory program to discuss the organization's divisions and conferences. The session will be held in Room 103, College of Engineering West Hall, 601 W. Main St. Members will also be able to voice their opinions about the direction of the society's student section. For more information, contact Sarah Strickler at stricklersc@vcu.edu.

Join VCU's women's basketball team on game day as they take on the Billikens of Saint Louis University. Check out the promo page at the following URL to see what is planned for the game, which will be played at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad St. For more information, contact Rebecca Piner at vcuathletics@vcu.edu or visit https://vcuathletics.com/WBBpromos.

The VCU Brandcenter, 103 S. Jefferson St., will host an on-campus informational session. The session 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. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Rachel Ensing at ensingr@vcu.edu or (804) 828-8384 or visit https://brandcenter.vcu.edu/admissions/visit-us/.

Members of the Iyapo Repository, an afrofuturist archive, will lead a public workshop at the ICA. Iyapo Repository is a resource library that houses a collection of digital and physical artifacts created to affirm and project the future of people of African descent. The repository is named for Lilith Iyapo, a black woman in Octavia Butler’s book series “Lilith’s Brood.” Members of the group archive manuscripts, films, drawings, rare media and more. The event will be at the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St. For more information, contact Meredith Carrington at mtcarrington@vcu.edu or visit http://icavcu.org.

VCU School of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene Classes of 2020 will offer free dental checkups and X-rays to qualified patients at VCU Dental Care, Second Floor, 520 N. 12th St. A screening night will also be held at the same time and location on March 18. Each patient will receive a limited visual screening to determine if certain criteria are met to receive additional free dental care. For more information, contact Hannah Ehreth at ehrethh@vcu.edu or (703) 217-8263.

Coming up

Keeping work in one secure place in Google Drive with online file storage and learning to share with others and access on any computer, smartphone or tablet will be the focus of a hands-on workshop hosted by Collaboration Services. The session will be in Room B1-020, Sanger Hall, 1101 E. Marshall St. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Dr. Gee at drgee@vcu.edu or visit http://go.vcu.edu/gogoogle.

The Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation will host a seminar in Room 545, Robert Blackwell Smith Building, 410 N. 12th St. UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy's Carrie Martin Blanchard will share her ideas about implementation science in the talk, "Illuminating the Black Box of Implementation: Applying Implementation Science Principles to Pharmacy Practice and Research." For more information, contact Madeleine Wagner at cppi@vcu.edu or (804) 628-7614 or visit http://bit.ly/cppihome.

VCU Honors College will host VCU School of Medicine's Senior Associate Dean for Admissions, Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook, M.D., for a Berglund Seminar. The talk, in Room 1301, multipurpose room, The Honors College, 701 W. Grace St., will focus on building compassion in medicine and reviewing its benefits for patients and self. For more information, contact Jared Johnson at jajohnson4@vcu.edu or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/473793566638900/.

VCU Honors College will host a Berglund seminar with Shantell Chambliss, Ph.D., executive director of Dress for Success Central Virginia and adjunct faculty member at VCU School of Business. The session, in Room 1303, multipurpose room, Honors College, 701 W. Grace St., will focus on how organizations are working on providing long-lasting solutions to break the cycle of poverty, as well as addressing women's needs in particular. For more information, contact Jared Johnson at jajohnson4@vcu.edu or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1663706287087250/.

VCUArts will hold a fashion show model call at the Pollak Building, 325 N. Harrison St. Required measurements for women: height: 5 feet, 9 inches; age: 18-plus; jeans size: 27/28 inches; dress size: 2-4; maximum bust size: 35 inches; maximum hip size: 38 inches. Bring 2-inch heels, no platforms. Inclusive models: height: 5 feet, 9 inches; bust: 43 inches; waist: 36 inches; hip: 45 inches. For men: height: 5 feet, 11 inches; age: 18-plus; jeans size: 30-32 inches; jacket size: 38-40 inches. For more information, contact Skye Corrigan at fashion.vcu@gmail.com.

Off Campus Student Services will host a monthly budget workshop to help students create a basic budget, including how to budget for living expenses, savings, repay debt and incorporate personal values into the budgeting process. The session will be in the Student Leadership and Engagement Center, Suite 229, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Sessions will also be held at the same location at 3 p.m. on March 25 and April 20. For more information, contact Lisa Mathews-Ailsworth at lmathewsails@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4514 or visit http://offcampus.vcu.edu.

VCU Police will hold a blood drive for the American Red Cross at police headquarters, 224 E. Broad St. Appointments can be made at the following URL using the sponsor code VCUPD. Walk-ins are welcome. Parking and bike racks are available in the headquarters parking lot and Pulse stations are nearby. For more information, contact Sgt. Aaron LaVigne at AKLavigne@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4395 or visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=VCUPD.

Whether you're using Google Forms for the first time or just want to see what new, innovative functionality Google has added, join Collaboration Services for a hands-on workshop. The session will be held in Room 108, Technology Administration Building, 701 W. Broad St. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Dr. Gee at drgee@vcu.edu or visit http://go.vcu.edu/gogoogle.

Notices

Free Flu Vaccines Available

University Student Health Services offers free flu vaccines to all students on both campuses. The flu vaccine is available during immunization hours or immediately following a scheduled medical appointment. University Student Health Services is located on both campuses: Monroe Park Campus at 1300 W. Broad St., Suite 2200; and MCV campus at 1000 E. Marshall St., Room 305. For more information, contact University Student Health Services at ushsimmuniz@vcu.edu or (804) 827-8047 or visit https://health.students.vcu.edu/.

Join the Graduate Student Association's Executive Board

The Graduate Student Association is accepting applications for executive committee and officers' positions for the 2020-2021 academic year. Apply at the following URL. For more information, contact Edward Beckwith at GSA@VCU.edu or visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4IOGdtGKT-7gqdlicXy5mC954DKOKwyzw7AeSKq0ZgcLLfA/viewform?usp=sf_link..

Campus Food Access Study

Do you think food is too expensive? Do you eat unhealthy food due to your budget? Do you have limited access to food resources? Participate in a focus group and be compensated for your thoughts on food access. For more information, contact Youngmi Kim, Ph.D., at ykim@vcu.edu or (804) 828-3613.

Black Women Sought To Participate in Study About Dealing With Racial Discrimination

VCU School of Medicine is looking for black women ages 18-25 with a BMI between 25-45 kg/m2 in the Richmond area who want to take part in a study designed to capture experiences of racial discrimination. HER Squared is a research study designed to provide the opportunity to reflect on various experiences with racism and how you deal with the experiences. Compensation is available for eligible participants. For more information, contact Kristal Brown at brownkl26@vcu.edu or visit http://hersquaredrva.com.

Participate in the National College Health Assessment

The Health Promotion and Well-Being Center has sent out the National College Health Assessment online survey. Selected students will receive an email to their VCU accounts with a link to participate in the 20-30 minute survey. Those who complete the confidential survey will have the opportunity to win one of ten $200 credits to RamTech. For more information, contact Trisha Saunders at trsaunders@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7596 or visit https://thewell.vcu.edu/stall-seat-journal/national-college-health-assessment/.

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