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Special Announcement

VCU to Conduct Test of Emergency Communications on Feb. 8

VCU will conduct a full test of its emergency communications and alerting systems, including sirens throughout the Monroe Park and MCV campuses at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The full test will include the sirens along with text messages, Alertus boxes, mass email, digital signs, desktop alerts, LiveSafe, VCU Mobile, social media and VCU website information — all part of a multichannel system for communicating emergency information to VCU students, faculty, staff, visitors and the community. VCU Police will send out a text message to let the community know that all testing has concluded. Feedback can be emailed to VCU Emergency Management staff at vcualert@vcu.edu. Watch the VCU Alert system video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmNhxsz-4QM) to learn more about how, and when, police will issue alerts.

Today

Have questions about how to become a You First peer mentor? Stop by You First at VCU's information table in the lobby of the University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., to connect with current mentors and learn more about the requirements and expectations of the role. For more information, contact Julie Nguyen at nguyenjq7@vcu.edu.

VCU's Transfer Peer Advocates will host student hours in the lobby of the University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., throughout the semester. Stop by the table to have questions answered or connect with a fellow transfer student. For more information, contact Elizabeth Heck at ebheck@vcu.edu or visit https://transfer.vcu.edu/.

VCU's Global Education Office welcomes students, staff and faculty to cultural conversations with participants from La Salle University in Oaxaca, Mexico. This Spring 2023 series will focus on geographic and cultural regions starting on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Participants can sign up for one or more sessions of the eight-part series meeting Tuesdays Feb 7-28 and Wednesdays March 22-April 26. For more information, contact Audrey Emiko Short at aeshort@vcu.edu or visit https://global.vcu.edu/students/community/cultural_conversations/.

VCU's Pre-Law Society will hold its first general board meeting in Virginia Room B, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Learn more about the organization and meet the board and peers. Light refreshments and doughnuts will be provided. For more information, contact Nafisa Hafidh at hafidhni@vcu.edu.

This week

VCU's National Scholarship Office will host a virtual general information session for graduate students. Learn more about external funding opportunities and how the NSO can provide support through the application process. Graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to join. Register for the session or request the recording at https://forms.gle/Df2YM85CmgK6FhRz8 For more information, contact Meredith Sisson at honorsnso@vcu.edu or visit http://nso.vcu.edu.

VCU's Transfer Peer Advocates will host student hours in the lobby of the University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., throughout the semester. Stop by the table to have questions answered or connect with a fellow transfer student. For more information, contact Elizabeth Heck at ebheck@vcu.edu or visit https://transfer.vcu.edu/.

VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host the event in the Commonwealth Ballrooms, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. This will be an opportunity for the Black VCU community to come together, mingle and make connections. Human bingo will be played and prizes will be raffled off. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at omsa@vcu.edu or visit https://cglink.me/2dV/r1926781.

Each year, two students (one undergraduate and one graduate/professional student) are selected as student representatives to the VCU Board of Visitors. The mission and description of the BOV can be found at https://bov.vcu.edu/ Students who are interested in applying for these positions for 2023-24 can attend one of the two offered interest sessions. Sign up for the Zoom link on RamsConnect at the following URL. For more information, contact Reuban Rodriguez at vcudean@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.campusgroups.com/events_list.

Join RecWell’s Peer Health Educators in the lobby of the University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., for an interactive, peer-led activity to reflect on wants, needs, tolerates and deal-breakers when it comes to romantic, familial and platonic relationships. Students will also be able to practice using an external condom on a model. For more information, contact Mia Liadis at peerhealth@vcu.edu or visit https://recwell.vcu.edu/thrive/well-being-resources/sexual-health/.

Are you interested in working with other students across different disciplines? Are you fascinated by creating solutions to complex problems? Have you always wanted to start a business or nonprofit? Attend a virtual informational session to learn about the da Vinci's undergraduate certificates. The session will cover exactly what a certificate is and then talk about programs in Product Innovation, Venture Creation and Human-centered Design and how they fit into individual academic plans. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lloyd Young at youngel3@vcu.edu or visit https://connect.business.vcu.edu/register/UGInfo-Feb9.

Join the da Vinci Center for a Design Thinking workshop. There is an increasing emphasis on skills such as design thinking, problem-solving, adaptability and empathy to current as well as future job roles. VCU da Vinci Center is offering the opportunity to earn an “Introduction to Design Thinking” credential via a credly badge that can be posted on LinkedIn accounts. Join our team in an immersive workshop on the practice of human-centered thinking. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Tyrone Frye at fryetl@vcu.edu or visit https://connect.business.vcu.edu/register/dt-feb9.

CULTURE will host a paint night featuring artist Tyree Barnes (agape) who will lead participants in painting a portrait of influential figures to honor Black History Month. The event will be in Virginia Rooms A and B, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at omsa@vcu.edu or visit https://cglink.me/2dV/r1926724.

Join RecWell Aquatics for a log rolling clinic at the Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center, 101 S. Linden St. Trained instructors will teach participants how to stand and run on the log roller. Pool-appropriate swimwear/clothing should be worn. Registration closes at the time of the clinic. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Mat Scott at aquatics@vcu.edu or visit https://recwell.vcu.edu/play/aquatics/log-rolling/.

Join VCU's Society for Human Resource Management via Zoom to hear more about the university's Society for Human Resource Management. The Zoom link is at the following URL. For more information, contact Sarah Richman at richmansg@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/j/85644110695.

Coming up

Looking to make new LGBTQIA+ friends? VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host platonic speed dating on Valentine's Day in the Richmond Salons, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. OMSA will provide sweet treats, coffee and conversational icebreakers. There is a cap of 40 people for this event. Arrive by 3 p.m. RSVP at the following URL by Friday, Feb. 10. For more information, contact Beck Oh at ohrn@vcu.edu or visit https://cglink.me/2dV/r1926939.

Join Robert A. Winn, M.D., director of VCU Massey Cancer Center, and Judge John Thomas, the first African American justice to serve on the Supreme Court of Virginia, for a fireside chat and book signing event. Meet in the Thalhimer Conference Room, Goodwin Research Laboratory, 401 College St., and hear from the youngest and the first African American justice to serve on the Supreme Court of Virginia. Learn more about his new book, "The Poetic Justice." Those who register to attend will receive a free copy of the book. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact David Oglethorpe, Ed.D., at oglethorped@vcu.edu or visit https://web.cvent.com/event/1abb0491-e1d6-41d4-be53-ff58ba634add/summary.

In recognition of Black History Month, the Black Education Association and the School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host a panel to discuss the representation of Black faculty in academic medicine. The event will take place in person (Room 1009-1011, Molecular Medicine Research Building, 1220 E. Broad St.) and virtually. The Zoom link is https://vcuhealth.zoom.us/j/9265190506 Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Ashli Phillips at ashli.phillips@vcuhealth.org or visit https://medschool.vcu.edu/about/dei/.

Become familiar with the art of storytelling. VCU Continuing and Professional Education will present a live, online series over five sessions on Tuesdays from Feb. 21-March 21. The course is geared for those who want to become a competent storyteller and create well-structured and enticing adventures that demand attention. VCU alumni, employee, student and military discounts are available. Register by Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or visit http://go.vcu.edu/storytelling.

Thinking about applying for one of your programs to receive REAL designation in support of VCU students? Members of the REAL Co-Curricular Classification Committee will share tangible, relatable tips for filling out your REAL application via Zoom. Questions: http://real.vcu.edu Register at the following URL by Friday, Feb. 17. For more information, contact Erin Webster Garrett at real@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3421 or visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1QMbPu6OGraGGOI4hAPANhIyOqQYpjiWFnukj_pS_qLU/viewform?edit_request.

VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host a two-part event for the Black and queer community at VCU. The first part will feature a discussion about identity, navigating family dynamics and dating. The second part will be a mixer for Black faculty, staff and students. Dinner will be served. The event will be at the OMSA, Suite 215, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Beck Oh at omsalgbtqia@vcu.edu or visit https://cglink.me/2dV/r1926942.

"School Girls" is a comedy that follows Paulina and her squad of minions as they compete for the Miss Ghana pageant in 1986. Plans are foiled and secrets are spilled as the girls navigate high school social dynamics infused with colorism, classism and bullying. Performances will be Friday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 26 at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave. Tickets are $5-15. For more information, contact Sarah Moore at mooresw4@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1514 or visit https://arts.vcu.edu/academics/departments/theatre/vcuarts-theatre-mainstage-season/.

Join VCU Libraries for a virtual book discussion of Sandeep Jauhar's personal work of nonfiction, "Heart: A History." Share your thoughts during a talk about pioneering medical professionals and the patients who risked their lives so that more could be learned about the organ that keeps us going. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jackson Wright at wrightjc4@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2432 or visit https://vcu.libcal.com/event/10201040.

Notices

Like to Read? Be a Part of the Cabell First Novelist Award

This is an open call for all faculty/staff/students interested in reading for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. The award honors a debut novel written during the preceding calendar year. VCU Department of English and VCU Libraries are currently receiving entries for the 2023 award and help is needed to read and review submissions. This is a unique opportunity for individuals to get new and exciting work and contribute to the judging process. For more information, contact Ty Phelps at phelpst2@vcu.edu or visit https://firstnovelist.vcu.edu/.

Seeking Assistance? Partner With a Doctoral Capstone Team

Would you like support with a challenge your organization is experiencing? The School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership is seeking problems of practice from VCU departments, units and groups. Submit an issue you are facing for a potential match with a doctoral capstone team for the 2023-2024 academic year. Capstone work is agreed-upon by you (partner), a faculty chair and a graduate student team of two to five members. Apply at the following URL by March 15. For more information, contact Kim Bridges at bridgeskm@vcu.edu or visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScDPLnarFEZKa0hz5xKOeFOs4X77r-QnJrRQQaOYpFjkOlzgw/viewform.

Free Prenatal Yoga or Education Class Opportunity

VCU School of Nursing's Mindful Moms Program welcomes those who are 12-26 weeks pregnant to join us for free prenatal yoga or education classes during their pregnancy. Mindful Moms is an NIH-funded study seeking to understand how to best enhance mental health and well-being during pregnancy. The classes are geared for those who are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. For more information, contact Christine Aubry at mindfulmoms@vcu.edu or (804) 273-7267 or visit http://www.mindful4moms.org.

Division of Student Affairs Student Emergency Fund Available

The Division of Student Affairs' VCU Student Emergency Fund is designed to provide one-time financial assistance with unexpected emergency expenses. The goal of the VCU Student Emergency Fund is to prevent one emergency or unexpected expense from derailing a student’s progress toward a degree. For more information, contact Lisa Mathews-Ailsworth at offcampus@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4514 or visit https://dos.vcu.edu/services/vcu-division-of-student-affairs-student-emergency-fund/.

Have You Ever Used A Little Ram Pantry?

The Sustainable Food Access Core at VCU invites students who have used any of the Little Ram Pantries across campus to participate in a focus group to share their experiences. The focus group will take place in February. Participants will be compensated. View the survey at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1J8mR3-WT70d6djH5pprGn_t94SUTlHaMxVUokox0GB8/edit to get started. For more information, contact Youngmi Kim, Ph.D., at ykim@vcu.edu or visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ko5rgjDxPxlIX4n0adDpWjbGkb-aKL4i/view.

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Cultural Achievement Ceremony Registration - Spring 2023

Each spring, OMSA hosts a variety of cultural achievement ceremonies for students of underrepresented communities. Ceremonies offered this year are: Donning of the Kente, Lavender Graduation, Latine Achievement Ceremony, Asian American Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Graduation Ceremony, Graduation for Disabled Students (in collaboration with SAEO) and Indigenous Peoples' Ceremony. Register at the following URL by Wednesday, March 1. For more information, contact Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at omsa@vcu.edu or visit https://forms.gle/Uy7sgnqKcmEovvj58.

Free Alternative Spring Break Opportunity for Men of Color

Men's Multicultural Collective will partner with Habitat for Humanity for a free alternative spring break opportunity for Men of Color. Participants will work on site so create an affordable home for a local family. At the site, Men of Color will receive a safety talk/orientation training and necessary equipment. Lunch will be provided daily. The project will be March 8-11, Wednesday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Jair Lecky, program manager, Men of Color initiatives, at leckyjj@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.campusgroups.com/mmc/home/.

Recreation and Well-Being OAP Belay and Climbing Clinics

Want to become more independent in rock climbing? Learning to belay allows you to climb with a partner and is a fundamental skill for all rock climbers. Outdoor Adventure Program staff will teach best practices for belaying and answer questions about climbing. Clinics are held every Wednesday evening 6-7 p.m. in the Cary St. Gym, 101 S. Linden St. Registration is encouraged and walk-ins are welcome. OAP also offers Gym to Crag, Climbing Technique, and Sport Climbing clinics. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Sam Albert at outdoors@vcu.edu or visit https://recwell.vcu.edu/play/outdoor-adventure/climbing-and-bouldering/.

Research Institute for Social Equity Invites You

Are you a university/college student? In this study, you will be asked to participate in a group discussion about eviction prevention programs, housing instability and food insecurity. The group discussion will take approximately one hour. For more information, contact Chelsie Dunn, Ph.D., Research Institute for Social Equity, at dunnce@vcu.edu or visit https://vcupsych.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6zEbBWC9uHLUhh4.

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