News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
July 12th, 2016

Two CHS Faculty Win University Awards

Congratulations to Samy El-Shall (Chemistry), winner of VCU's University Award of Excellence, and Sarah Golding, (Biology), winner of the Outstanding Term Faculty Award, announced yesterday by President Michael Rao. The awards will be presented at the 34th Annual Faculty Convocation on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, from 11 am - 12:30 pm at the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. RSVP by Wednesday, August 10, 2016. A reception will follow the awards.

Interim Department Chairs Announced

The College is pleased to welcome two of our outstanding faculty members as interim department chairs for the 2016-17 academic year. Shawn Utsey will serve as interim chair of African American Studies, and Kathleen Ingram will serve as interim chair of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. Shawn is a professor of Psychology and has previously served as chair of African American Studies. Kathy is an associate professor of Psychology and was most recently assistant dean for Academic Affairs.

Staff: Register Now for HR Forum

On July 20th there will be an information session about the Great Place Initiative: HR Redesign Project for staff. Susan Carkeek, Senior Advisor to the President, will discuss how this plan will impact you and will be available to answer questions. There is a limited amount of seating so please RSVP for this session
View flyer.

NEH Grants Now Available

The 2017 NEH Summer Stipends, are now available for internal application. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. Proposals will be reviewed by an internal panel and the top two candidates will be notified by Tuesday, September 6th. The two finalists will receive a stipend of $3,000. Please email completed proposals to Richard Godbeer by Friday, August 26th.

More News . . .

Faculty, staff and retiree giving campaign raises $138,000 raising the total this fiscal year to $1.37 million

Psychology: Professor weighs in on 'One of Trump's Biggest Flaws Might Be What Gets Him Elected"

World Studies: Southern Baptists face a familiar trend: emptier pews

Female student organization nurtures a love of science

First female to win Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon twice in a row eyes higher prize

Sociology: Professor featured on national radio broadcast about welfare reform

Drug that targets multiple drug-resistant strains of HIV and other viruses is ready for clinical trials

VCU-based collaboration between CHS and Engineering is reshaping our view of early Jamestown

CHS Students Receive Prestigious Honor

Five VCU students, including three from Political Science, were recently selected to take part in this summer's Virginia Governor's Fellows Program. The criteria include a commitment to excellence in academics, demonstrated leadership abilities and involvement in community service and extracurricular activities. Eugene Chigna will serve in the office of the Secretary of Finance, Julia Carney will serve in the office of the Secretary of Natural Resources, and Rickee Jones will serve in the governor's communications office. Congratulations! Read more.

Exhibit for Free at the Broad Street Mile

On September 24th from 10:00am - 1:00pm the Broad Street Mile returns to downtown Richmond. As the title sponsor for the event, VCU’s schools, departments and units have the opportunity to exhibit at the event at no cost. Booth space is limited, and exhibitors will be selected on first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Candyce Conrad.

Seed Funding Available!

VCU's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is offering one-time developmental funding to faculty to design an undergraduate research-exposure course or other credit-bearing experience that implements experiential learning via research. Proposals may focus on an entirely original course or may detail how an existing course may be expanded or adapted to meet the expectations of this initiative. Priority review for fall courses will be given to proposals submitted to UROP by August 1st. Deadlines for spring and summer courses will be announced. View guiding documents below:
UROP Research Exposure RFP
Proposal Cover Sheet

CHS Represented at TedxVCU

Students and faculty from the College debuted talks at TedxVCU this spring. TEDxVCU is student-led and produced event for the Virginia Commonwealth University community. 

Jokes On You by Sriteja Yedhara (Biology/Psychology student), explains the evolution of satire, how it shapes the American Psyche, and the resulting effects on our social and political structures.

Standing Out While Fitting In by Jim Robb (da Vinci Center) explores the ideas of Standing Out and Fitting In at the crossroads of culture and community, ultimately offering insight to the symbiotic relationship between the individual and the collective.

Hungry in a Foodie City by Andrea Nguyen (Psychology student) has developed a plan to improve Richmond -- a city where many people don't have reliable access to nutritious and affordable food.

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Faculty Spotlight:

Bruce Rybarczyk (Psychology) is the project director of the VCU Primary Care Psychology Training Network. He was just awarded a nearly $1 million grant to expand the program that provides training to doctoral students studying clinical and counseling psychology. The students will then be able to provide pro bono mental and behavioral health services to underserved populations. This three year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration in the US Department of Health and Human Services will more than double the network's capacity and provide more than 15,000 pro-bono service sessions. Read more at VCU News.

Alumni Spotlight:

Lee Vogler (Political Science '10) is the youngest person in history to be elected to Danville's City Council. He ran for office and won in 2012 at the age of 24 after getting the inspiration while studying political science at VCU. He was re-elected to a second term this spring, receiving the highest number of votes out of 11 at-large candidates who were seeking the council’s five seats. Vogler received 12.3 percent of all ballots cast. “The knowledge I gained in the classroom and the connections I was able to make during my time there, has been pivotal for me in the years since.” Read more at VCU News.

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