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

Grant Funding Information Sessions

The Council for Community Engagement (CCE) provides one-year Community Engagement Grants and one-year Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) Partnership Development Grants. Award ups to $20,000 will be made for Community Engagement Grants. Awards up to $10,000 will be made for CEnR Partnership Development Grants. There will be information sessions to provide information to assist in interpreting the guidelines and to assess the feasibility and merit of project ideas on December 15th at noon in room 1004f/g of VCU ASPiRE and on January 11th at 9:00am in room 3100 of the ALC. Proposals are due by February 24, 2017. Learn more or contact Tessa McKenzie for more information.

Meet the Graduates!

VCU Newss recently highlighted some of the students who graduated this weekend, featuring 3 students from the College. Let's meet some of CHS' newest graduates:

Candace Parrish (Robertson School) is a public relations alumna who continued her education at VCU in the Media, Art and Text doctoral program. Between her studies and teaching Parrish works as a fashion designer and somehow had time to work on a service-learning grant. This fall, Parrish began teaching public relations at North Carolina Central University in Durham and is already planning lines for fashion shows this spring and summer. “VCU made it possible for me to just be great."

Arshelle Carter (World Studies) plans to do a semester fellowship at the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, D.C. and then enroll in graduate school in 2018. She completed internships with the U.S. Department of State and the Virginia General Assembly. She served on the Activities Programming Board and was part of the inaugural cohort at VCU Globe, a living-learning program that prepares students to be global citizens. “My education abroad has been an extension of VCU outside of Richmond.”

Shai-Enne Haynes (Interdisciplinary Studies) plans on becoming a police officer in New Orleans after graduation. She originally transferred to VCU to study Forensic Science, but found other passions in health and exercise science. She combined the two and has now graduated as a "criminal justice and integrated wellness major. "VCU offers so many perspectives from so many different people. I really appreciate that because it has shaped me and emboldened me. Because everybody sees things a little bit differently. And it’s OK to take a little piece from what they see in the world.”

Read more about these students and others at VCU News.

Celebrating the Legacy of MLK

VCU will be holding their MLK Celebration Week from January 16 - 27, 2017 to honor and raise awareness of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There will be educational programs that commemorate his distinguished contributions, leadership, spirit of service, and dedication to nonviolence and justice. Learn more about the week and events.

Robertson Joins Forces with Google

The Robertson School has recently teamed up with Google News Lab University Network to gain access to journalism training and support that Google has given professional newsrooms in the past. Robertson is one of only 49 other journalism schools around the world who benefit from this new initiative by Google. “This will help faculty and students to experiment with new ways of journalistic storytelling. We will be part of a network of top-notch journalism schools that will foster dialogue about the future of journalism," said Vivian Medina-Messner who spearheaded the effort. Read more.

More News . . .

VCU commencement speaker challenges newest graduates to work hard - every day

English:  Professor's book of memoirs to get VCU stage adaption

Biology: Professor collaborates with other VCU members to 'prepare a city for climate change'

VCU reaccredited as Bicycle Friendly University by League of American Bicyclists

Psychology: Professor, Dave Chester, recently interviewed with BBC radio show about recent research

Student Artwork on the Big Screen

Do you know a student who has a project, an image, film, kinetic work, painting, sculpture, animation, cartoon, piece of comic art, something wonderful and interesting to look at that they are willing to share with the academic community? VCU Libraries' Student Showcase invites students to submit work for display on the Cabell Library Big Screen. All students -- full time or part time, in any educational program, degree-seeking or not -- are invited to participate. The deadline to submit is December 22nd. Learn more.

From Research to Recovery

The College of Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute (COBE) and the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services presents their spring conference, From Research to Recovery. On April 18 & 19, 2017 connect with researchers, practitioners and members of the recovery community at VCU through lectures and discussion. Learn more and register to attend.

New Central Authentication Service

Beginning January 5th, Technology Services will be switching to a new Central Authentication Service (CAS) website design. The internet and VCU’s web experience goals have changed since the current design was implemented in 2011. The new CAS will be optimized for mobile use and compatible with all major web browsers. Learn more.

Final 'Write on Site' Event of 2016

The Office of Faculty Affairs, Mentoring Program at VCU is hosting their last Write on Site event of 2016 this Friday, December 16th. This initiative is designed provide faculty a designated space and time to research and write away from the demands of the office or the home. You can set your writing goals and share them with other writers and researchers across the university, and you can commiserate and support each other. You can stop by any time from 8:00am - noon in room 4110 of the Academic Learning Commons. For more information contact Cristina Stanciu or Enoch Hale.

Share Your News and Events With Us

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:

Scott Gronert (Chemistry) recently received the Distinguished Research Award of the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society. The award is given to honor and recognize the excellence of a member of the Virginia Section, whose research in chemistry has made significant contributions in advancing knowledge in his or her field of research and been recognized through publications and presentations, both in national and international scientific communities. Congratulations Scott!

Faculty Spotlight:

Fatima Smith, assistant director for sexual and intimate partner violence, stalking and advocacy services with the Wellness Resource Center and adjunct faculty in the College has been named a 2016 Person of the Year by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She was recently recognized with 20 others in the community at a luncheon on December 8th. the Richmond Times-Dispatch Person of the Year recognizes people whose achievements, talents and commitment have nurtured the local community. “I was like, ‘Is this for real? Do you have the right Fatima Smith?’ It’s humbling and an honor to be on in this list.” Congratulations Fatima! Read more.

Student Spotlight:

Nour Al Ghriwati (Psychology) was recently awarded one of only four American Psychological Association (APA) Scholar Awards from Division 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology). In addition to receiving a monetary award, Nour will be involved in special networking and mentoring events at the APA convention this summer and will be featured in Progress Notes, the newsletter for Div. 54.
Congratulations Nour!

Upcoming H&S Events

• Dec 16: Write on Site

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Selected VCU Events

• Dec 12 - 20: Final Examinations: Monroe Park Campus
• Dec 15: Community Engagement Grant Info Session
• Dec 15: Staff Senate Monthly Meeting
• Dec 21: Final Grades due by noon
• Dec 23 - Jan 02: University closed
• Dec 25: Official date for certifying December diplomas

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