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

A Look Back At VCU in 2015

2015 was an exceptional year for both the College and the University as a whole. From 3-D scans of the oldest ham to family ties at Montpelier, from the opening of the new and improved Cabell Library to Cornel West's visit, VCU definitely 'Made 2015 Real'. Take a look at more Top Stories of 2015 at VCU News.

Worthington Wins SCHEV Award

Dr. Everett Worthington (Psychology) has been named a recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. This statewide honor recognizes excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration and public service and has been bestowed annually since 1987 to faculty members of Virginia's public and private institutions. Congratulations Dr. Worthington! Read more at VCU News.

Research Speed Networking Event

The Center for Clinical and Translation Research and the Tompkins-McCaw Library are hosting a Research Speed Networking Lunch for faculty on Thursday, January 14th. Meet researchers outside your discipline at this fast-paced networking event for clinicians, scientists and engineers. Talk for a minute, listen for a minute, exchange business cards, and then move on! This event is for VCU faculty and includes a networking lunch. Starting at 11:30 am in rooms 104 and 105 of the Kontos Medical Sciences Building. Register here or contact Pam Dillon and Karen Gau with questions.

HRC Announces Spring Speaker Series

The Humanities Research Center has announced the schedule for their Spring 2016 Speaker Series, HIV/AIDS: Local, National, and Global Perspectives. The series will examine the interplay between medical, political, cultural, literary, and artistic spheres of thought and activity; and explore the interrelationships between local, national, and global events in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. All events are free and open to the public. More information.

Planning An Event, Lecture or Workshop?

If your unit is considering having an event, needs help with event planning, or if you already have something planned, make sure to contact Janelle Scutt in the Dean's office. Janelle can help you find space and plan your event or help publicize your event by adding it to our newsletter, the College calendar, telegram, and social media!

State of the University Address

President Michael Rao will be holding the third annual State of the University Address on Thursday, Jan. 28th. Join him as he lays out his vision for VCU as the model research university for the 21st century. The address will start at 11:00am in the Commonwealth Ballrooms of the Student Commons. Watch a preview and then RSVP by Tuesday, Jan. 26th.

10 Under 10 Nominations Due Friday

VCU Alumni is seeking nominations of outstanding Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD). The 10 Under 10 awards program honors alumni who earned their first VCU degree (undergraduate, graduate or professional) within the past 10 years and who have enjoyed remarkable professional success, made important contributions to their community and loyally supported the university. Nominations are due Friday, Jan. 15th. More information contact Amy Gray.

James River Gets Assistance from CHS

Dr. Victoria Shivy (Psychology) and Dr. Anne Wright (Biology), led some of their students and volunteer 'citizen scientists' in surveying the James River as part of an effort to get rid of invasive species. They used formal research methods to obtain data for the good of the James River Park System and the City of Richmond. The invasive removal project is highly innovative as it is a public-private citizen-corporate collaboration. Read more from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

VCU Forms New Cuba Partnership

Dr. Gail Hackett, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, along with Governor Terry McAuliffe and Dr. Gustavo Cobreiro, rector of the University of Havana, signed a memorandum of understanding last weekend that will allow both institutions to develop cooperative programs in a variety of academic disciplines. The specifics of the collaboration remain undetermined, but student exchanges are possible and several programs within VCU have interest in pursuing partnerships. More details at VCU News.

HRC Spring 2017 Residential Fellowships

The Humanities Research Center is now accepting applications for the Spring 2017 Residential Fellowships. Each year four faculty members are released from all teaching responsibilities in the Spring semester so they can focus on their research projects and engage with each other. All tenured and tenure-eligible members of faculty in the Humanities are eligible. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 12th. More information.

Faculty Council and Senate Notes

Minutes from the November and December meetings of the College's Faculty Council have been posted online on the Council's webpage. The next meeting is scheduled for January 25th. A summary of the November Faculty Senate meeting can also be found on our website, along with an overview of special awards. The meeting minutes can be found here along with a final draft of VCU's Sustainability Plan.

More News . . .

Michelle Obama explains why you should go to college, with a little help from VCU alumni

World Studies: Sacred Bones and the Catacomb Saint of Manhattan

History: New archive on human sexuality and identity coming to college libraries

ALBUM: VCU 2015 in review
(photo cred. Steven Casanova)

VCU's AmeriCorps celebrates 20 years of service to Richmond Students

English: Jennifer Aniston stars in new movie based on book written by alumnus

Richmond names new LGBTQ Police Liason

Cabell Foundation awards $1M challenge grant to bolster VCU's new library


Talk on Commercializing Technology

VCU Innovation Gateway will be holding a presentation about recent developments in university support of commercializing technology in Virginia on Thursday, Jan. 14th. Speakers, Ivelina Metcheva from VCU and Michael Straightiff from UVA, will both talk about their new programs that will have significant impact on the formation of new life science companies and speed technology. There will networking beginning at 11:30m and the program starts at noon at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, 800 E. Leigh St, Richmond. Seating limited. More information.

Higher Education Advocacy Day

The VCU Faculty Senate will be hosting Higher Education Advocacy Day on Thursday, Jan. 14th. This is a VCU joint initiative with the Faculty Senate of Virginia and the statewide American Association of University Professors, to advocate for higher education issues. The event begins around 9:00am and will wrap up at 4:30pm at the Theater Row Building (730 E. Broad St, 4th floor conference room across from elevator).
More information.

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:

Dr. Rebecca Segal (Mathematics) has recently been awarded a Service Award from the Association for Women in Mathematics. She received her award at their annual AWM Reception in Seattle, Washington on January 6th. Rebecca was a former AWM clerk and is the current chair of the Membership Committee. Congratulations Rebecca! Read more.

Student Spotlight:

Canaan Kennedy, a freshman English and African American Studies major, just finished publishing his first book, Struggles to Victory. It explores racism in the US through the looking glass of his family's experience of overcoming adversity and racial discrimination. The eBook version is available and the hard copy version will be in the coming few months.
Read more at VCU News.

Faculty Spotlight:

Andrew Crislip (History) released his new book in December, Selected Discourses of Shenoute the Great: Community, Theology, and Social Conflict in Late Antique Egypt. The book focuses on Shenoute the Great (c. 347 - 465) leadership in one of the largest Christin monastic communities in the late antique Egypt and also was the greatest native writer of Coptic in history. This volume presents in translation a selection of his sermons and other orations. Congratulations Andrew! More information.

Upcoming H&S Events

• Feb 02: STS Lecture Series: Visioneering from Space Colonies to Nanotechnologies
• Feb 02: STS Lecture Series: Science Pub RVA
• Feb 02: HRC Speaker Series: The Changing Landscape of HIV Prevention and Treatment: A History of Virginia’s Epidemic
• Feb 03: Meet the Authors Series: Nicholas Frankel

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Selected VCU Events

• Jan 12 - 14: Orientation for new freshman, transfers and readmitted students
• Jan 12: Survivor Stories: Massey Center
• Jan 15: Ready, Set, Grant!: The Grant Review Process: A View from inside
• Jan 15: Ready, Set, Grant!: Competitive Grant Writing to the Department of Defense
• Jan 18: University Closed: MLK Day
• Jan 21: Staff Senate Monthly Meeting
• Jan 28: State of the University Address

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