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This week

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction holds 2018 Dogs on Call calendar sales on the MCV Campus in the Learning Center, first floor of Main Hospital. Attendees can meet the Dogs on Call therapy dogs and show their support by purchasing a 2018 Dogs on Call calendar for $10. All proceeds support the Dogs on Call and The Center for Human-Animal Interaction and will help therapy dogs continue to spread joy to patients, students and staff. For more information, visit

The Department of Psychiatry presents Grand Rounds with Lee Cohen, M.D., Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, speaking on the topic of "Mood Disorders During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period: Lessons Learned over Two Decades" in Sanger Hall, Room 1-044. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend this presentation.

Political Science sponsors "World AIDS Day 2017: HIV/AIDS in Local, National and Global Perspectives" in Hibbs Hall, Room 403. Judy Twigg, Political Science; along with Faye Belgrave, Department of Psychology; Christopher Brooks, School of World Studies; Deacon Lindsay Bryant, BTAN Richmond; Linda Hancock, VCU Student Health; and moderator Ravi Perry, Political Science; will participate in a panel discussion on the HIV/AIDS epidemic from a multidisciplinary perspective. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, visit

United2Heal at VCU seeks volunteers to help sort medical supplies to donate to areas in need at its last warehouse trip of the semester at 2601 Maury St., Unit #31. To celebrate the work done this semester, there will be free pizza, cookies and drinks for volunteers. Volunteers are encouraged to wear an ugly sweater for holiday spirit. Rides will be provided from the Commons Loop at 2:50 p.m., if needed.

The Pakistani Student Association presents Mock Mehndi 2017 in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. Attendees can dress in their best traditional outfit and join the Pakistani Student Association for the biggest event of the year. This is the first Mock Mehndi and food, dancing, music and entertainment will be provided.

Off Campus Student Services presents its first clothing swap in the OCSS office, 1101 W. Marshall St. This is an opportunity to swap some lightly-worn clothing with something new for winter. Donations will be taken at the OCSS office on Nov. 27-28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Nov. 29-30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in RamPantry.

The Activities Programming Board presents bingo in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. Attendees will play a fun, spirited version of bingo and enjoy giveaways, a hot chocolate bar and a chance to pick prizes.

Coming up

University Counseling Services and The Center for Human-Animal Interaction present "Paws for Stress" in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms A-D. Participants can play with certified therapy dogs from the Center for Human-Animal Interaction as a way to unwind from semester stress. For more information, visit

Human Resources invites employees to bring their completed RamStrong activities form to the RamStrong Wellness Challenge Celebration at the Cary Street Gym. Attendees will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The grand prize will be a Fitbit Charge 2 donated by RamTech. To register, visit the website below. For more information, visit

The Langston Center for Quality, Safety and Innovation invites the VCU community to the Feierstein Presentation in the School of Nursing, Room 2001B. The guest speaker, Kimberly Jarrelle, will present her lecture titled, "Nursing Compassion and Innovations: Improving Outcomes for Mothers and Babies After a Cesarean Section." This presentation describes an intervention from idea to implementation in hospitals all over the U.S., where three nurses invented a skin to skin surgical cesarean section drape which gives mom and baby the opportunity for immediate skin to skin contact in an operating room while maintaining the sterile field. Lunch and discussion will take place after the presentation for those who register. To register, visit the website below. For more information, visit .


Broad Street Closed for Christmas Parade

Facilities Management advises that the west-bound lanes of Broad Street between 8th and Robinson streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, for the Christmas Parade. For more information, visit

Upcoming Transit Impacts Due to Christmas Parade

Due to upcoming road closures for the Dominion Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2, the Campus Connector will be unable to service the 3rd and Marshall Street and J. Sargeant Reynolds stops until 3 p.m. Additionally, RamSafe will end service at 3 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. For more information, visit

Enter to Win Free VCU Basketball Tickets by Donating to the Commonwealth of Virginia (CVC) Campaign by Dec. 10

Employees who make a CVC online donation to either the university or VCU Health System donation sites between now and Sunday, Dec. 10, will be entered into a drawing for free VCU basketball tickets. For more information, visit

Policy Open for Public Comment: Post-Award Financial Extension and Closeout

A new Post-Award Financial Extension and Closeout policy is open for university comment through Monday, Dec. 4. The draft policy can be found at For more information, visit

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