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Today

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) and Rec Sports present Wellness Fridays, in the University Student Commons, OMSA office, Room 215. This week's activity will be chair yoga. For more information, contact Marieka Turner at turnerme2@vcu.edu.

VCU Globe and the National Scholarship Office welcome Ambassador Arnold Chacon to VCU Globe, West Grace Street Student Housing-North, Room 1030J. He will give a presentation on careers in the State Department. He is also available earlier Friday for individual meetings with students who cannot attend the information session. To schedule an individual meeting with Ambassador Chacon, students should email Mr. Jeff Wing at the contact information below. These individual meetings will take place in the National Scholarship Office (701. W. Grace St.) between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, contact Jeff Wing at jawing@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1803.

VCU Career Services and the BEST program series presents "The Evolution (1979 – 2018) of a Field and a Career in Biotechnology by a VCU Grad" at the Molecular Medicine Research Building, Room 1013. Dr. Glenn D. Hoke, Ph.D., has been Chief Scientific Officer of Avant Diagnostics, Inc. since May 12, 2016. He has had a distinguished career in biotechnology, beginning with earning his MS in biology and Ph.D. in biochemistry from MCV/VCU. Hoke will share lessons learned from his career. For more information, contact Lian Currie at lcurrie@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1645.

VCU Health Arts in Healthcare presents an African dance performance by Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company in VCU Medical Center, Gateway Building Lobby. Ezibu Muntu is a professional organization of energetic dancers, drummers, entertainers dedicated to invoking a renewed, positive and educated understanding of African culture, values, traditions and art forms as they relate to the citizens of today. For more information, contact P. Muzi Branch at philip.branch@vcuhealth.org or (804) 828-4706.

Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences hosts a webcast of the UNC Minority Health Conference's William T. Small Jr. Keynote in Tompkins-McCaw Library, Room 2-010. The theme for the conference is "Reclaiming the Narrative." The webcast will stream the recorded keynote address by Monica Raye Simpson followed by a live question-and-answer session with the keynote speaker. For more information, contact Thelma Mack at mackta@vcu.edu or (804) 828-0017 or visit https://events.vcu.edu/details.asp?myVal=67165.

The VCU Music Clarinet Studio presents a recital in the W.E. Singleton Center's Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. Free Admission. For more information, contact Anne Marie Dumain at dumainamm@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1166 or visit http://arts.vcu.edu/music.

VCU Health Arts in Healthcare presents a Black History Month breakfast lecture with Ana Edwards in VCU Medical Center, Main Hospital Café Second level meeting room. A native of Los Angeles, Edwards has made her home in Richmond since 1988. She holds a B.A. in Visual Arts from California State Polytechnic University and is now pursuing a masters degree in history at VCU. Edwards is also a Mellon Foundation fellow at the American Civil War Museum. For more information, contact P. Muzi Branch at philip.branch@vcuhealth.org or (808) 828-4706.

This week

United2Heal hosts a free late night ice skating social at Skate Nation, 4350 Pouncey Tract Rd. Students are invited to come out and have a great time learning about the organization while meeting new people. For more information, contact Rana Abouelhagag at abouelhagagra@mymail.vcu.edu.

Bangladeshi Student Organization at VCU hosts its first big event for Ekushey February, which is also known as International Mother Language Day, in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are free. Attendees will enjoy food, performances and prizes. For more information, contact Farhana Khan at khanfr2@vcu.edu.

Catholic Campus Ministry at VCU presents a coffee house talent show at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Join us to see members perform their various talents and present their visual arts. If you would like to participate please email at the contact information below. For more information, contact Allison Barnes at barnsam6@vcu.edu.

VCU Men's Basketball plays St. Bonaventure in the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. For more information, contact VCU Athletics at athletics@vcu.edu or visit http://www.vcuathletics.com.

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs hosts a movie trip to Bow Tie Movieland at Boulevard Square, 1301 N. Boulevard, to see "Black Panther." Movie tickets will be given away on Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the University Student Commons, OMSA Office. Transportation and tickets will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Kishla Conner at connerka2@vcu.edu.

VCU Music presents a faculty recital by Antonio García in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. Performers will include Mary Hermann García, Anne O’Byrne, The Nashville Avenue Stompers, VCU Jazz Orchestra I, VCU Percussion Ensemble, and the VCU Greater Richmond High School Jazz Band. Admission is free. For more information, contact Anne Marie Dumain at dumainamm@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1166 or visit http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/.

VCU Music presents trombonist, composer and Jazz Studies director Antonio Garcia and his Faculty Jazz Recital in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, with vocalists Mary Hermann García and Anne O'Byrne, The Nashville Avenue Stompers, VCU Jazz Orchestra I, VCU Percussion Ensemble, and the VCU Greater Richmond High School Jazz Band. Admission is free. For more information, contact VCU Music Box Office at musictix@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6776.

Coming up

Christ Centered Fellowship invites the VCU community to "Essential Healing" at the University Student Commons, Forum Room, to learn about essential oils as a means to a healthy and clean lifestyle during classes and finals. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Amanda Lee at leeas@vcu.edu or (804) 405-8808.

Queen In You presents "Queens Overseas" in West Grace Street Student Housing - North, Room 1030J. The focus of the event is to encourage women at VCU to gain a voice in a global perspective through study abroad and international education opportunities. There will be special guest speakers from VCU Global Education Office and students from the VCU community who will share study abroad experiences. Register at the URL below. For more information, contact Morgan Jackson at jacksonmr2@vcu.edu or visit https://queensoverseasqiy.eventbrite.com.

The Student National Medical Association hosts a MCAT and Gap Year Panel with the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students at the Grace and Broad Residence Center, Room 1111A. This panel will cover MCAT exam prep, summer opportunities, gap year options and post-bac programs. For more information, contact Nujuma Amine Moussa at moussana@vcu.edu or (703) 655-0240.

Members of the VCU community are invited to the first COBE Connect Lunch of the spring semester as Tom Bannard, program coordinator for Rams in Recovery, shares his insights and expertise in “Creating a Recovery-Ready Campus” in the University Student Commons, Forum Room. Bannard has been instrumental in leading Rams in Recovery to become the second-largest Collegiate Recovery Program on the East Coast in just five years. The event is open to all and lunch is provided. For more information, contact Marcie Walsh at walshmj2@vcu.edu or (804) 827-0546 or visit http://cobe.vcu.edu.

The Department of Forensic Sciences hosts guest speaker, Rima Franklin, Ph.D., interim chair, Forensic Science, as part of its Forensic Science Graduate Seminar in Harris Hall, Room 2129. She will discuss "Effects of Sea Level Rise on Microbial Communities in Tidal Freshwater Wetlands." Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, contact Jo Murphy at jsmurphy@vcu.edu.

The Alpha Zeta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Upsilon presents our "Afro-Latinidad Open Mic Night" in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms C and D, in celebration of Black History Month. Watch talented performances from VCU community members. Snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Alessandra Pena at penaamezquiav@vcu.edu.

VCU English sponsors a brown bag lunch talk by Assistant Professor Michael Hall in Hibbs Hall, Room 308. Hall argues that Hurston's early novels, "Jonah's Gourd Vine" and "Their Eyes were Watching God," - both of which are influenced by Hurston's early ethnographic travels collecting folklore in the American South (1928-1932), present modern travel as a problem of mobility with gendered, racial and ethnic paradigmatic restrictions and impasses. For more information, contact Rivka Swenson at rswenson@vcu.edu or (804) 827-8328 or visit https://english.vcu.edu/about/english-faculty-forum/.

Bangladeshi Student Organization at VCU hosts their first banquet of the semester in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. Come learn about the Bangladeshi culture. Food will be provided. For more information, contact Noble Chowdhury at chowdhurynb@mymail.vcu.edu.

The Multicultural Greek Council at VCU hosts a Paint Night for the VCU community. Limited canvases will be available, so early arrival is suggested. For more information, contact Alessandra Pena at penaamezquiav@vcu.edu .

Off Campus Student Services presents a budget workshop in the University Student Commons, Alumni Board Room. Participants are asked to bring a laptop to the event. For more information, contact Lisa Mathews-Ailsworth at offcampus@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4514.

The Office of Research and Innovation presents the third annual Quality in Clinical Research Conference at the Larrick Student Center, 900 Turpin St. The event will feature keynote sessions by Courtney N. Long, CSO, who will speak on the Bioresearch Monitoring Program (BIMO) process and what the FDA is really looking for during inspections; and Kathy Jenkins, CPO, who will speak about organization and time management for clinical research. Afternoon panel sessions will include other relevant topics to clinical research. Register at the URL below. For more information, contact Beth Collins at indide@vcuhealth.org or visit http://go.vcu.edu/april13.

Notices

National College Health Assessment

The Wellness Resource Center sent out the National College Health Assessment online survey that began Thursday, Feb. 15, and ends Thursday, March 1. Selected students received an email to their VCU accounts with a personal access code. Everyone who completes the confidential survey has the chance to win one of over 50 prizes, including one of 30 Amazon gift cards worth $100 each or one of 50 VCU T-shirts. For more information, contact Trisha Saunders at trsaunders@vcu.edu.

VCU Recreational Sports Outdoor Adventure Program Sea Kayaking Spring Break Trip

The VCU Recreational Sports Outdoor Adventure Program offers a spring break trip to Everglades National Park, the largest sub-tropical wilderness in the United States. This is a great introductory trip for those looking to learn about sea kayaking, and there will be lots of opportunities for wildlife viewing and stargazing. Trip fee will be $495 for students/faculty/staff and $595 for members. Includes transportation to and from south Florida, food, equipment, permits and instruction. For more information, contact Joey Parent at outdoors@vcu.edu or (804) 828-8986 or visit https://recsports.vcu.edu/programs/outdoor-adventure-program/.

Graduate Research Symposium: Accepting abstracts

The Graduate Student Association is currently accepting submissions for the 21st Annual Graduate Research Symposium and Exhibit. Each symposium, graduate students present their original research and creative projects to faculty, staff, students and community members. Submissions are due on March 5, 2018. For more information, contact the graduate research symposium chair at the contact information below or visit the URL below. For more information, contact Ellen Stuart-Haëntjens at goodrichstej@vcu.edu or visit http://www.graduate.vcu.edu/research/symposium.html.

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