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John A. Luke Jr. to serve as rector of VCU Board of Visitors

John A Luke Jr.The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors has elected John A. Luke Jr. of Richmond to serve as rector for the 2015-16 academic year, effective July 1. Luke, chairman and CEO of MeadWestvaco Corp., joined the VCU Board of Visitors in 2012 and has chaired the Audit, Integrity and Compliance Committee. Read more.

VCU names Michigan State University’s Marsha Rappley to health system CEO post

Marsha RappleyVirginia Commonwealth University announced that Marsha D. Rappley, M.D., will serve as Virginia Commonwealth University vice president for health sciences and CEO of the VCU Health System, effective Aug. 15. Read more.

Blick Scholars Program announces 2015 awardees

Blick Scholars Program announces 2015 awardeesTen junior faculty members on the Virginia Commonwealth University MCV Campus have been named 2015 Blick Scholars for their medical research efforts. Read more.

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VCU researchers identify unexpected functions in the determination of height

Barbara Boyan, Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of EngineeringAn interdisciplinary research team led by the deans of Virginia Commonwealth University’s schools of Medicine and Engineering has for the first time explained the association between human height and a specific protein-coding gene that is found in sperm. Read more.

Nursing: VCU Medical Center among first to receive prestigious accreditation

Nursing: VCU first Virginia university to offer D.N.P. degree focused on quality and safetyThe State Council of Higher Education for Virginia recently approved Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing to offer a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Read more.

Brandcenter: Brotherly love

Brandcenter: Brotherly loveEver since he was a kid, Matt Reamer (B.S.’12/H&S; M.S.’14/B) has been awed by the special connection between his mom and his older brother, Dustin. They have a way of communicating that is distinctly their own. Read more.

VCU Medical Center awarded Baby-Friendly Hospital designation

VCU Medical Center awarded Baby-Friendly Hospital designationVCU Medical Center is now part of an elite group of hospitals across the country designated Baby-Friendly after meeting rigorous criteria for providing an exceptional level of attention to newborn feeding and mother-baby bonding. Read more.

Peoples, a longtime ‘change agent’ at VCU, retires

Napoleon Peoples, a longtime ‘change agent’ at VCU, retiring after 45 yearsNapoleon Peoples, Ph.D., the associate dean of student affairs for VCU’s MCV Campus, recently received one of VCU’s highest awards and was recognized for his service by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Read more.

Arts: Dance and Choreography ranked in Top 10

Brandcenter: Brotherly loveThe Department of Dance and Choreography in the VCU School of the Arts has been ranked among the top 10 choreography schools in the country by seattlepi.com, alongside universities such as Temple University and the University of Arizona. Read more.

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VCU Alumni reception in Los Angeles
6-8 p.m. June 25

Lunch and Learn: Motivation at Work
Noon-1:15 p.m. July 9

VCU Day at Nationals Park
1:30-6 p.m. July 18

Hampton Roads student send-off
5:30-9 p.m. July 22

Fredericksburg student send-off
6:30-8:30 p.m. July 30

Central Virginia student send-off
5-9 p.m. July 31

Lunch & Learn: Health, Fitness and Leadership
Noon-1:15 p.m. Aug. 11

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