News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
March 22, 2016

Photo credit: Ronnie Sarmiento,
Robertson School of Media & Culture, 2015.

CHS Awards Ceremonies Scheduled

It's that time of year again, so mark you calendars for our annual Faculty and Staff Awards and Student Awards Night. The Student Awards will be held on April 21st from 6:00-8:00 pm and the Faculty and Staff Awards will be held on April 28th from 8:30-10:30 am. More information to follow.

Elske v.P. Smith Lecture March 25th

The College presents this spring's Elske v.P. Smith Lecture on Friday, Mar. 25th featuring Dr. Marcel Cornis-Pope (English). Dr. Cornis-Pope will be presenting his lecture on Conceptual and Methodological Challenges in Writing Cross-Cultural Literary History: Reflections on Two Recent International Projects starting at 1:00 pm in the VCU Globe building room 1030J (830 W. Grace St). Learn more.

Substance Abuse and Young People

From Research to Rehab: A Town hall Meeting on Substance Use and Young People, presented by COBE and Life Sciences on April 14th (6:30 pm-8:30 pm) and 15th (8:30 am-12:30 pm). There will be keynotes by Dr. Linda Hancock (Director of the Wellness Resource Center), Dr. Bill Maher (Family Intervention Center of Virginia), Justin Luke Riley (Young People in Recovery), Dr. Kevin McCauley (Institute for Addiction Study) and Dr. Danielle Dick (Professor of Psychology, AFAM and Human and Molecular Genetics). Admission is free and all are welcome, but seating is limited. Learn more.

Meet the Dean Finalists

Faculty/staff are encouraged to attend the remaining open forums for the finalists in the search for the College's new dean. Our finalists are Dr. Alison Baski (VCU), Dr. Cynthia Larive (UC Riverside), Dr. Montserrat Fuentes (NC State) and Dr. Wayne Jones (Binghamton University). For a complete list of their forum schedules and each candidates CV please click here to learn more about the candidates.

Dr. Montserrat Fuentes

Dr. Wayne Jones

CHS Talent Show This Friday

Make plans to attend our student, faculty and staff Talent Show this Friday evening, March 25th, at the Grace St. Theater. Doors open at 5 pm and admission is free. Do you sing? Juggle? Play the guitar? Slots are still available for faculty/staff to perform. To be in the show, contact

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder to Speak

On Thursday, Mar. 31st, VCU will welcome Opal Tometi to speak at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Tometi is the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement and will be leading her talk, #BlackLivesMatter: Hashtag in Action beginning at 7:00 pm. She is also the executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration as well as an activist for racial justice and immigrant rights. Admission is free and open to the public. Read more.

Lecture on Willpower and Self-Control

Psychology presents Dr. Roy Baumeister (Florida State University) on Wednesday, Mar. 23rd as part of their Social Psychology Under Discussion research talks. Dr. Baumeister will give a lecture on Willpower: Self-Control, Decision Fatigue, and Energy Depletion starting at 10:00 am in the Richmond Salons III and IV. Learn more.

39th Annual Mary Kapp Lecture

Chemistry will be hosting their 39th Annual Mary Kapp Lecture on Thursday, Mar. 24th with Dr. Mary Wirth (Purdue University). Dr. Wirth will give her lecture on Submicrometer Particles for Nano-LCMS of Histones starting at 5:30 pm in the Commons Theater. More information contact Rhea Miller.

WISDM Leadership Conference

The Women in Science, Dentistry and Medicine (WISDM) Faculty Organization is hosting their 24th Annual Leadership Conference on Friday, April 8th. The conference begins at noon in the Larrick Student Center. The conference is designed to promote professional development through enhancement of leadership skills. Learn more and register.

A Moral Case for Open Borders

Philosophy presents Dr. Jason Brennan (Georgetown University) on Wednesday Mar. 23rd as one of their Spring 2016 Talks. Dr. Brennan's talk on The Moral and Economic Case for Open Borders will begin at 7:00 pm at Hibbs Hall, room 201. Admission is free and all are welcome. More information contact Diane Bentley.

Trade and the Medieval Swahili State

The School of World Studies welcomes Dr. Chap Kusimba (American University) on Friday, Mar. 25th as part of their Anthropology Speaker Series. Dr. Kusimba will begin his lecture on Trade and the Medieval Swahili State at 3:00 pm in the Commons Theater, Student Commons. Admission is free and all are welcome. More information contact Christopher Brooks.

VA Power Dialog Open Forum

The Virginia Power Dialog will bring students from VA universities together with administrators from the US Environmental Protection Agency and VA Department of Environmental Quality to discuss what the Clean Power Plan means for Virginia. The forum will be from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, April 8th in the VCU University Student Commons Theater. Light refreshments will be served starting at 8:30am. Admission is free.
For more information contact Summer Morris.

Jobless in an Unfair Economy

The Humanities Research Center presents Dr. Victor Chen (Sociology) as their final speaker in the Meet the Authors Series on Thursday, Mar. 24th. Dr. Chen will talk about his new book, Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy starting at 7:00 pm in the Cabell Library Lecture Hall. Admission is free and all are welcome. Learn more.

Global Health Symposium

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program in the Department of Psychology is pleased to present the Global Health Symposium on Health Disparities on Friday, Apr. 1st. The symposium will bring together people from the Richmond area, students, and professionals in health sciences to draw attention to global health challenges that also affect our local communities. The event will be from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm in the Larrick Student Center: Court End Ballroom A. Admission is free and all are welcome. Learn more and register here.

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Congratulations to Our PACME Winners

The Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment ceremony will be held on Monday, Apr. 4th. PACME recognizes members of the university who have contributed to promoting civility, building community, establishing effective cross-cultural initiatives, advocating equity, and nurturing tolerance and inclusive excellence throughout the university. Three members of CHS will be receiving awards; Dr. Clarence Thomas (Robertson) - Faculty Award, Ms. Tania Valencia (Psych/Sociology) - Student Award and Dorothy Fillmore (Psychology) - President's Inclusive Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award. The event starts at 3:00 pm in the Commonwealth Ballrooms, Student Commons. More information.

European Migration Crisis Teach-In

International Studies and Political Science invite you to join them for a teach-in on the European Migration Crisis on Thursday, Mar. 24th. The lecture will feature Dr. Christopher Burdett, Dr. Robert Godwin-Jones, Dr. Bernardo Piciche and Dr. Mayda Topoushian as the moderator. The event will begin at 7:00 pm in the Academic Learning Commons, Rm 1201. Admission is free and open to the public. Learn more.

Adviser Receives National Recognition

Lisa Fleming, LSEE Assistant Director, has been elected Peer Advising and Mentoring Commission Chair within NACADA; The Global Community for Academic Advising. Being elected to this NACADA leadership position is not only a fine tribute by one's peers but is also recognition of significant professional contributions to and excellence in the field of academic advising. Congratulations Lisa!

Waller Receives Alumni Award

Dr. LaChelle Waller, assistant professor of Chemistry, recently has been named the recipient of the 2016 Virginia Tech Influential Black Alumni Outstanding Ut Prosim Award. She will receive her award at the Influential Black Alumni Awards Banquet on April 23rd. This ceremony honors and celebrates the achievement of Virginia tech's black alumni. Congratulations Dr. Waller!

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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:

Dr. Bryce McLeod (Psychology) has recently received a R21 grant from NIH/NIMH for Development of a Pragmatic Treatment Integrity Instrument for Child Therapy. The objective of the two-year grant is to develop a practical, short, and easy to use observational treatment integrity instrument capable of assessing the extent to which a therapist delivers cognitive behavioral therapy for youth anxiety with integrity and skill. The development of this practical instrument will help support the evaluation, implementation, and sustainability of evidence-based treatments in community settings. Congratulations Bryce!

Student Spotlight:

Lizette Carrasco (Biology), along with Sarah Izabel (Psychology), have been accepted to the Exceptional Research Opportunities Program by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. This is the first time VCU students have received two slots in the program, which aims to support underrepresented groups in the next generation of scientists. They will attend a conference with other researchers before spending 10 weeks this summer in a full-time, mentored research experience in the laboratory of a Howard Hughes investigator at research institutions. Congratulations! Read more.

Alumni Spotlight:

Keith Parker, B.A. Political Science ’90/H&S, was recently appointed as a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council by President Barack Obama. Mr. Parker currently serves as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, a position he has held since 2012. In addition, Keith was recently named a 2015 Alumni Star.  Read more.

Upcoming H&S Events

• Mar 23: Social Psychology Under Discussion (SPUD): Dr. Roy Baumeister
• Mar 23: Dean Candidate Open Forum: Dr. Montserrat Fuentes (NC State)
• Mar 23: Philosophy Speaker Series: Dr. Jason Brennan
• Mar 23: Visiting Writers Series: Gregory Kimbrell and Allison Titus
• Mar 24: Dean Candidate Open Forum: Dr. Wayne Jones (Binghamton University)
• Mar 24: 39th Annual Mary Kapp Lecture: Dr. Mary Wirth
• Mar 24: Teach-In: European Migration Crisis
• Mar 24: HRC Meet the Authors Series: Dr. Victor Chen
• Mar 25: Elske v.P. Smith Lecture: Dr. Marcel Cornis-Pope
• Mar 25: Anthropology Speaker Series: Dr. Chap Kusimba
• Mar 25: Talent Showdown: Students vs. Faculty
• Mar 29: GSWS Speaker: Dr. Vihn-kim Nguyen

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Selected VCU Events

• Mar 22: Forgiveness Across Cultures
• Mar 23: Women of Color Solidarity Conversation
• Mar 30: Work/Life and Wellness Fair
• Apr 01: Global Health Symposium
• Apr 04: VCU Tech Fair 2016
• Apr 04: 2016 PACME Awards Ceremony
• Apr 05: Marquita Aguilar Walkathon

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