News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
Jan. 21, 2014

Walk-a-Thon Registration Now Open

The Staff Senate presents the 10th Annual Marquita Aguilar Scholarship Walk-A-Thon on April 10. This event raises funds for undergraduate rising juniors and seniors at VCU who are in need of financial assistance. Since 2005, The Virginia's Caring University Scholarship has helped 88 students to continue their studies by raising more than $77,000. Prior to the walk there will be a speech by President Rao at 12:00 p.m. and a warm-up in the Plaza. After the walk there will be food, giveaways and a chance to win raffle items and door prizes, as well as booths set up by local vendors/supporters. Registration is open to everyone and can be made through the registration form, as well as online by credit card or payroll deduction. For more information please email Marquita Aguilar at

Discussions with the Dean

Watch your email this week for an invitation from Dean Coleman to meet with him and discuss the priorities identified by the faculty and staff during the concept mapping phase of our strategic planning, and how those priorities can be crafted into a strategic plan that aligns with the Quest for Distinction. Ten meetings will be scheduled during the weeks of January 27 and February 3. The Dean's email will have more details and a link to a sign up sheet. All faculty and staff are invited to participate, and more meetings will be scheduled if needed.

Health Research Workshop

The Global Education Office, Office of Research, and Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies (IDAS) are holding an International Health Research Workshop on Friday, February 14. The workshop is intended to help faculty to successfully pursue international health research opportunities. Presenters will include representatives from USAID, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Institutes of Health, as well as VCU researchers. Register early on the Global Education website.

National Security Lecture

Dr. Martin Libicki, Senior Management Scientist at the RAND Corporation, will give a lecture on Cyberspace as a National Security Problem (or Not) on Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Commons Theater as part of the National Security Lecture Series. Libicki is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on the impacts of information technology on domestic and national security. Add this event to your calendar.

Southern Film Festival

The 5th annual Southern Film Festival will take place February 7-8 with the theme Sports and the South. The festival was founded in 2010 to explore how the distinctiveness of the South has been portrayed onscreen. Coach Herman Boone, whose leadership inspired the movie Remember the Titans, will introduce the film on Friday and lead a post-film discussion. Saturday's screenings will begin at 10 a.m and continue until 7 p.m. For the complete schedule and more information visit the Southern Film Festival's website.

Girl Scouts: A Century of Leadership

The Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth marked their 100th anniversary in 2013. To celebrate, an exhibition from recently acquired materials titled Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia: A Century of Leadership, 1913-2013, is on display on the fourth floor of the Cabell Library through May. The 12th Annual Black History Month Lecture on February 4th in the Singleton Center will discuss African-American involvement in Virginia Girl Scouting throughout the organization's history. Learn more.

Dr. Rao's State of VCU Address

Join President Michael Rao for his inaugural State of the University Address at 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, in the W.E. Singleton Center. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. President Rao will discuss VCU’s recent successes and outline a roadmap for our continued progress. For more information, contact Arianne Dowdell at or (804) 828-8851.

Africana Film Series

The Department of African American Studies is pleased to present the Spring 2014 Africana Film Series and Discussion hosted by Dr. James Pope. The film series is designed to enhance awareness about the intersectionality of culture, economics, and politics across the African Diaspora. The first screening, Salvador Dawning (2011), by Kamau Hunter, will be held in the Richmond Salon II of the Student Commons on Jan. 30 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Click here to view the schedule of showings.

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VCU News Highlights Spring Events

Status of the Faculty Presentation

Dr. Beverly Warren, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, gave a presentation to the Faculty Senate on Tuesday, December 3rd on the The Status of the Faculty, which included information on diversity, salaries, and VCU’s commitment to faculty and to positive change. Dr. Warren's entire Powerpoint presentation can be downloaded from the Faculty Senate website.

Psychology Brown Bag Talk

Guest speaker Peter Grossenbacher, PhD., will give a Psychology Brown Bag Talk on Mindfulness in the Classroom on Friday, January 31, 12-1 p.m. The location will be determined based on attendance so please RSVP to Jordan Quaglia at Dr. Grossenbacher will discuss contemplative education and using mindfulness-based pedagogies in the college classroom. Read the abstract and speaker biography here.

Grant House Tour and Exhibit

Please join the VCU Department of Health Administration in celebrating the 125th anniversary of Sheltering Arms Hospital with a special exhibit and historical tour of the Grant House, formerly Sheltering Arms. The event will be held February 15, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with tours beginning every 15 minutes. Parking is available at the Valentine Museum. The Grant House is located at 1008 East Clay Street. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Pamela Hayter at

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Faculty Spotlight:

Angela Reynolds, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, is in the business of translating math to biology and biology back to math. By working with mathematical tools, Reynolds develops models to better understand wound healing and inflammation found in the lungs of patients who are on ventilators. But she can't do it alone. In a recent interview, Reynolds said, "The atmosphere for collaboration at VCU is very strong. I became heavily involved in collaborative research after coming to VCU in 2008. The research teams I work with include experts in bioengineering, biochemistry, medicine and multiple mathematicians." Read the interview at VCU News.

Faculty Spotlight:

Marilyn Miller, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Forensic Science, was recently named one of the top 15 crime scene investigation professors by Miller teaches a range of forensic science and crime scene investigation classes. In an interview with, she says, “The study of forensic science is not the dramatic process shown on TV programs like CSI. It actually requires a very firm foundation of scientific knowledge and practice.” Read more about Dr. Miller at VCU News.

Upcoming CHS Events

• Jan. 22: National Security Lecture Series
• Jan. 30: Africana Film Series
• Jan. 31: Psychology Brown Bag Talk
• Feb. 06: Visiting Writers Series
• Feb. 07: Science, Technology, and Society Lecture
• Feb. 07: Anthropology Speaker Series
• Feb. 07 - 08: Southern Film Festival
• Feb. 21: Anthropology Speaker Series

Selected VCU Events

• Jan. 22: VCU Women's Basketball vs. Duquesne
• Jan. 23: Film Screening: The Body in Motion: An introduction and Influences on Movement, Fitness, Skill and Training
• Jan. 25: Wintergreen Ski/Snowboard Trip
• Jan. 29: VCU Men's Basketball vs. Fordham
• Jan. 31: 8th Annual HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Conference
• Feb. 04: 19th Annual Women & Wellness Forum Series
• Feb. 04: 12th Annual Black History Month Lecture

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