News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
April 2, 2013

Apply for a Service-Learning Fellowship

Experienced service-learning faculty can apply to participate in the Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program. This program allows faculty who have experience in teaching service-learning classes to improve, document and disseminate their mastery of service-learning to others. Fellows are appointed for one year with the potential of extending their appointment for one additional year. The application deadline is May 1. More information can be found here.

Turpin Lecture Tonight at 5:30

Mass Communications hosts the 10th annual Turpin Lecture today at 5:30 in the Temple Building, Room 2219. Michael B. Goodman, Ph.D., will discuss "Corporate Communication: Media, business, globalization and uncertainty," followed by a reception at 6:45 p.m. in the Richard T. Robertson Alumni House. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lauren Stewart at or (804) 827-3761.

Procurement Offers Passport Training

Passport is the university’s new, comprehensive travel management program. Procurement Services will be offering three weeks of training to prepare departments for the April 15th launch date. The training is geared towards travel arrangers, travel approvers, or travelers. More details are here.

What Gives Life Meaning?

The 28th Annual Brown-Lyons Lecture "What Gives Life Meaning? A Jewish Response" presented by Jack D. Spiro, D.H.L., Ed.D. Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. More information at VCU Libraries.

Wilder School Research Conference

The Wilder School presents its 7th Annual Student Research Conference from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on April 5th in the Student Commons. The symposium provides a forum for students with an interest in public affairs to present their research, exchange ideas and develop networks. The event will also include a panel on internships and careers in government and public affairs. Details are here.

Diploma Ceremony Schedule

Commencement is Saturday, May 11 at 10 am in the Richmond Coliseum. Our diploma ceremonies are on both Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12. Lavender graduation, sponsored in part by the Dept. of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies is on April 26. The schedule of diploma ceremonies is here.

April Lectures in Anthropology

On April 12th, Stephanie R. Hasselbacher speaks on "Rights to Writing: New Literacy Practices of the Louisiana Coushatta," and on April 19 Edward M. Abse speaks on "Western Biomedical vs. Indigenous Amerindian Disease Etiologies." Both lectures are at 3 pm in the Commons Theater. For additional information, please contact Christopher Brooks at

"V is for Votive?....

...The Early History of the Alphabet" is the topic of the Powell-Edwards Lecture featuring Jonathan Waybright from the School of World Studies. Monday, April 15 at 7 PM in the VCU Commons Theater. Reception to follow in James River Terrace. For additional information, contact: View the event poster here.

April is Mass Comm Month

The School of Mass Communications has an entire month of events planned, including lectures, films, The Virginia Communications Hall of Fame, and more. View the entire schedule of events here.

Spring Faculty Awards Meeting

All faculty are invited to join Dean Coleman at the Spring Faculty Awards and Retirees Breakfast. Alison Baski will be announcing the winners of the faculty awards, and the chairs will honor their retiring faculty. Thursday, April 11th from 8:30-10 am in the Richmond Salons. Please RSVP to Shirley McDaniel at

Mary Kapp Chemistry Lecture

The Department of Chemistry hosts its 36th Annual Mary Kapp Lecture on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Dr. Scott Miller, Irénée duPont Professor and Chair of Chemistry at Yale University, will speak on “Natural Products, Synthetic Catalysts, Natural Products.” The lecture will be held in the Life Science Building, Room 155 at 5:30 pm. For more information contact Rhea Miller at 827-0352 or

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Temp-controlled 'nanopores' may allow detailed blood analysis

Community service leave encourages volunteer efforts


Graduate Student Symposium

Every spring the GSA sponsors a research symposium to present graduate research work. This event attracts VCU students and faculty, local media, legislators and members of the Richmond business community. Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Commonwealth Ballrooms. For more information contact Lori A. Floyd-Miller at 804-828-2233 or

MURP Plan-Off and Dinner

The Wilder School is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Bachelor of Urban and Regional Studies programs. To mark the occasion, they warmly invite you to the MURP Plan-Off and dinner on Friday, May 3, 2013. Details can be found here.

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Administrative Faculty Spotlight

Dorothy Fillmore (M.A. English/English Education, ’84) is the current associate director of academic operations in the Department of Psychology. Dorothy will soon be honored by ROSMY, a local organization that works with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, with their highest honor: the Catalyst Award. The Department of Psychology sent us this profile of Dorothy and her 31 years at VCU.

Faculty Spotlight

Clint McCown, professor in the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English, recently spoke to VCU News about his newest novel. “Haints” tracks the disruption a devastating tornado inflicts on the residents of a small town in Tennessee. McCown has written three previous novels and four collections of poetry. Read Cliff's interview here.

Alumni Spotlight

Ed Obermayer is a Virginia artist known for his Aboriginal style and love of life. Bethanie Constant, Interim Director of Development and Alumni Relations visited with Ed recently at his home in Virginia Beach where Ed gave Bethanie a tour and they discussed his love of painting and zest for life. Their conversation is here.

Upcoming CHS Events

• Apr. 2 Chemistry Seminar
• Apr. 2 Turpin Lecture
• Apr. 3 Psychology Colloquium
• Apr. 4 Chemistry Seminar
• Apr. 4 Brown-Lyons Lecture
• Apr. 5 African American Studies Course
• Apr. 5 Physics Seminar
• Apr. 5-6 VSSA Meeting
• Apr. 8 Biology Seminar
• Apr. 9 Chemistry Seminar
• Apr. 11 Virginia Communications Hall of Fame
• Apr. 11 Chemistry Seminar
• Apr. 12 African American Studies Course
• Apr. 12 Anthropology Speaker Series
• Apr. 12 Physics Seminar
• Apr. 15 Powell-Edwards Lecture
• Apr. 15 Biology Seminar
• Apr. 16 Chemistry Seminar
• Apr. 18 Chemistry Seminar
• Apr. 18 History Lecture
• Apr. 19 African American Studies Course
• Apr. 19 Chemistry Seminar
• Apr. 19 Anthropology Speaker Series
• Apr. 25 Mary E. Kapp Lecture

Selected VCU Events

• Apr. 5 Junior Voice Recital
• Apr. 9 Chamber Brass Ensemble
• Apr. 11 Our Aging Brains

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