News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
June 13, 2016

Susan Bodnar-Deren pictured with students
from her Forging Cultures of Resilience course.

Join Us on 7/7 to Welcome Dean Fuentes

On Thursday, July 7th we will be holding a Welcome Reception for our new dean, Dr. Monste Fuentes. This is a chance to meet Dean Fuentes and to welcome her into our CHS family. The reception is from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at the Depot, 814 W Broad St. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by here Friday, June 24th.

Do You Have Any News for Students?

We are preparing to send our summer monthly newsletter to students on Wednesday, June 22nd. Do you have anything you want them to know -- a new course being offered, upcoming events, scholarship opportunities, or a fall internship? Send your news to Janelle Scutt by Tuesday, June 21st, so she can make sure to include it in next week's newsletter!

Nominations for President's Staff and A&P Faculty Awards

VCU is now accepting nominations for the President's Staff and Administrative & Professional (A&P) Faculty Awards through August 19th. There will be three awards given; Award of Excellence, Outstanding Achievement Award and the Service Excellence Award. Nominees must be employed in a full-time staff or A&P (non-tenured) position for five continuous years as of September 30th, 2016. Learn more or contact Marella Briggs for more information.

Save The Date! Staff Forum on HR

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 be discussing how this plan will impact you and will be available to answer questions. There will be more information and a RSVP to come, so please be on the lookout in the next newsletter. View flyer.

Seeking Ideas for New Initiatives!

The College is looking for your transformational ideas to advance research and develop new, dynamic initiatives! We want to identify areas where the College has the opportunity to make a genuine impact through cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research. What are your ideas for new research opportunities that will bring the College recognition, distinction? What are our opportunities for experiential learning, community engagement or curriculum development? Submit your big ideas here.

More News . . .

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Forensic Science: Shedding light on a vaping trend: Researchers study the use of e-cigarettes for illicit drugs

Psychology: Alumni spotlight: Letter from a grateful student

Physics: U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy SHIELD Project awarded to VCUCHS based team

DOVE Project Aims to Preserve History

Brian Daugherity (History), is the co-chair of the DOVE project which was created to find, catalog, and encourage the preservation of records that tell the story of Virginia's school desegregation process. “If we can locate new records, it allows us to tell the story that much better,” Daugherity says. They are interested in the experiences of students, parents and educators in VA schools and colleges from the mid-1940s to mid-1980s. Contact them and tell your story here.

Alumni Service Award Nominations

Do you know a VCU graduate who should be considered for a Volunteer Service Award? VCU Alumni's Volunteer Service Awards honor alumni who have worked with particular devotion to serve the VCU community. Submit your nomination to Bethanie Constant by June 24th. You can nominate alumni for one of nine awards as long as they meet the criteria for that specific award.

University Calendar for Diversity Events

The Division for Inclusive Excellence and University Relations have been working on developing a university-wide calendar for all diversity, inclusion and multicultural events. If your unit is sponsoring an event related to diversity and inclusion efforts, please send your event to Janelle Scutt in the dean's office and let her know that you would like it to be included on the Diversity Event Calendar.

Do You Have News to Share?

If you have news to share this is a great place to do it! Please submit news and events to Janelle Scutt at We will submit your news and events to the VCU Calendar, Telegram, this newsletter and our social media outlets. Keep your colleagues informed by keeping us informed!

Faculty Spotlight:

Susan Bodnar-Deren (Sociology) is serving as faculty mentor for two sociology students, Sameen Meshkin and Marwa Eltiab, who were awarded Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship 2016 Summer Fellowships. Susan has also led several service-learning courses, including Sociology of Aging and the Life Course, which helped with the clean-up of a neglected Richmond cemetery, and Forging Cultures of Resilience, which linked VCU sociology students with Richmond City high school youth and worked with our University partner - University of Kwa ZuluNata doing similar work with local youth in the Mpophomeni Township in South Africa. That course produced a video featuring VCU students and students from area high schools.

Alumni Spotlight:

Keith T. Parker (Political Science '90) was recently appointed as a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council by President Barack Obama. He currently serves as General Manager and CEO of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. He was also recently honored as a 2015 VCU Alumni Star. Parker was also recently appointed to VCU's Board of Visitors by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Read more on our website and at VCU News.

Alumni Spotlight:

Prue Cormie graduated magna cum laude in 2004 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Science and is now a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Health and Ageing at the Australian Catholic University.  She was just featured at a TED Talk in Perth, Australia where she addressed the battle against cancer. The presentation and Q&A session for her talk, A new contender in the fight against against cancer, are now available to watch:
TEDxPerth Talk
TEDxPerth Q&A Session

Upcoming H&S Events

• Jul 07: Dean Welcome Reception

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Selected VCU Events

• Jun 15: Global Cafe
• Jun 16: Open Online Workshop: RefWorks
• Jun 20: Mission Realty Charity Classic
• Jun 24: Lunch & Learn: Goal Setting for Personal and Professional Growth

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The next newsletter is scheduled for June 28th, 2016. Please submit content to Janelle Scutt at as soon as details are finalized.

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