News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
December 01, 2015

Humanities Center Grants Announced

The Humanities Research Center has announced the recipients for their 2016 Research Grants; Joshua Eckhardt (English), Carolyn Eastman (History), Richard Fine (English), Catherine Ingrassia (English), George Munro (History), Katherine Nash (English) and Terry Oggel (English). The following five grants were also made possible by the generous support from the Global Education Office; Cristina Stanciu (English), Kathleen Chapman (Art History), Christine Cynn (Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies), Adam Ewing (African American Studies) and Oliver Speck (World Studies). Congratulations to all! Details are on our website.

Human Trafficking Lecture Today

World Studies will be holding a lecture by Special Agent James Deloatch III from the FBI and Cassy Mckenzie from the Richmond Justice Initiative on Tuesday, Dec. 1st. Rising from the Ashes is about the high cost of human trafficking and what is being done to stop and prevent it. The lecture will begin at 12:30pm in the Forum Room of the Student Commons.

Diploma Ceremonies Volunteers Needed

The College's Diploma Ceremonies will be held next weekend on December 11th and 12th and we are looking for volunteers to help out on both days. If you can volunteer some of your time to make sure all of our deserving graduates have a wonderful ceremony, please contact Janelle Scutt, the College's Marketing and Events Coordinator.

Film Series on Race Concludes Today

The Division for Inclusive Excellence invites the campus community to the third and final event in its three-part film series and discussion, The Power of an Illusion, on the construction of race. Part three, The House We Live In will be screened in the University Student Commons, Forum Room at 3:00 PM today, Dec. 1st. Learn more.

KHS Professor Part of Historic Delegation

Dr. Joann Richardson (KHS), along with Dr. McKenna Brown (Global Education Office) and Dr. Joseph Seipel (School of the Arts) recently participated in a historic delegation visit to Cuba to learn more about the current state of higher education in Cuba and to explore a potential partnership. Through the Institute of International Education, our members were a part of an initiative to restore higher ed engagement between the US and Cuba with the recent opening of diplomatic relations. Read more at VCU News.

'Prep for Journal Submission' Workshop

The Humanities Research Center will be hosting a workshop on Thursday, Dec. 3rd on Preparing Articles for Submission to Professional Journals. Ohio State University professors, James Phelan, editor of Narrative, and Guisela Latorre, co-editor of Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies, will lead a discussion about strategies for preparing manuscript articles for successful submission to professional journals. Learn more or contact Richard Godbeer.

Alexandrian Society Fall Lecture

The Alexandrian Society will hold their annual fall lecture on Wednesday Dec. 2nd featuring Dr. Douglas Flowe, currently a post-doctoral fellow in Inequality and Identity at the American Culture Studies Department at Washington University in St. Louis.  His talk, White Women Forced to Live in Negro Dives: The Politics of Interracial Vice and Black Men in the Early Migration Period will start at 4:00pm in the Student Commons Theatre. The lecture is presented with support from the Dean's Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and History. More information contact Megan Samples.

"Communicating Science" Discussion

Valerie Holton, Director of Community-Engaged Research, will be holding a discussion on Building Buzz: (Scientists) Communicating Science in New Media Environments on Thursday, Dec. 10th. The Community Engagement Cafe is a discussion group that brings together faculty, staff and students from across the university to explore topics related to community-engaged teaching, learning, outreach and research. The discussion will begin at 9:00am in ASPiRE 1004H. Coffee and light snacks will provided. Admission is free and all are welcome. More information contact Audrey Trussell.

Final Forensic Science Seminar

Forensic Science will be holding their last lecture for their Fall Seminar Series on Wednesday, Dec. 2nd. Dr. Terrie Simmons-Ehrhardt (World Studies) will be speaking about the craniofacial variation of modern Americans and implications for facial approximations. The lecture will start at 2:00pm in room 0110 of 500 Academic Centre.

Professor Receives Research Award

Dr. Nicholas Farrell (Chemistry) is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Research Award from the VA Section of the American Chemical Society. His nomination from Dr. M. Samy El-Shall, highlighted his research, innovation and scientific leadership. He will be honored at an awards ceremony on January 22nd at their meeting at Virginia State University. Congratulations Dr. Farrell! Read More.

More News . . .

More than 400 people turn out for Presidential Forum on Diversity and Inclusion

Psychology: Domestic violence a societal problem (expert quote)

Richmond students participate in project to help Syrian kids

World Studies: With help from class, five Richmond-area immigrants sworn in as U.S. citizens

History: Digital map shows spread of KKK across United States like 'a contagion'

Political Science: Professor says, debate over refugees missing context of terrible human tragedy

VCU Medical Center re-verified as a Level I trauma center

Homeless youth finds hope in new program

Model UN at VCU Delegates Honored

Members of Model UN at VCU attended their first conference last weekend at Georgetown University. In their first appearance at CARMAL (Capital Area Regional Model Arab League), three delegates went home with Outstanding Delegate awards; Jeff Keezel, Mickey Weitzel, and Ibrahim Aly, all Political Science majors recognized during the Keynote speech and summit. Model UN at VCU left with an overwhelmingly positive experience and plans to participate again in other events in the spring semester. Visit their Facebook page.

Newest KHS Advisor Honored

Emma Goodridge (KHS) recently received an Outstanding New Advisor award from the Undergraduate Academic Advising Board as part of their 2015 Excellence in Advising Awards ceremony. She will be honored at the Dec. 2nd UAAB meeting along with our other star advisors. Congratulations Emma!

VCU Globe Wins National Award

VCU Globe was recently named a recipient of the 2015 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award. This award is presented to up to three institutions that highlight innovation and creativity in internationalization. They were recognized at a recent ceremony in Washington D.C. and will be featured in the 2015 edition of Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities. Read more.

Professor Receives Distinguished Award

Dr. Kathryn Murphy-Judy, was honored with the 2015 Helen Warriner-Burke Distinguished Service Award at the 2015 Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) Conference on Sept. 25th for her years of service to the world language community. Congratulations Kathryn! Read more.

Grant to Study Adolescent Tobacco Use

Dr. Joshua Langberg and his doctoral student, Melissa Dvorsky, received a grant from Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects (VYTP) to fund their project, Factors Against Tobacco Use During the Transition to College for Adolescents With and Without ADHD, which will follow 150 adolescents (75 with ADHD) across the transition from high school to college to evaluate promotive and protective factors that may buffer the risks for tobacco use. Read more.

10 Under 10 Nominations

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.

State of the University Address

Dr. Rao is holding the third annual State of the University address on Thursday, Jan. 28th. He will be laying out his vision for VCU as the model research university for the 21st century. The event will begin at 11:00 AM in the Commonwealth Ballrooms, Student Commons. Please look for the formal email invitation. For more information, contact Arianne Dowdell.

Arabic Club Helps Syrian Refugees

VCU’s Arabic Club, advised by Salwa Sheibany (World School), recently held a fundraiser for the UN Syrian Relief Fund. Members of the club also recently spoke to CBS6 News about accepting Syrian refugees into the state of Virginia. The club also organizes symposiums, lectures and discussion panels about Libya, Sudan, Syria, Arab culture, and offers an Islamic perspective of the crisis in the Middle East.

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:

Bizhan Khodabandeh (Robertson), was recently notified that his Richmond Bluegrass Festival piece is in the annual exhibition for the Society of Illustrators. He is also a Silver Medal Awardee for comics and cartooning through the organization. Bizhan will also be working with one of fifteen grant based projects through Localore. You can see his work as he will be featured in the upcoming RVA Krampusnacht on Friday, Dec. 4th at Gallery5.

Alumni Spotlight:

A 1980 Mass Communication graduate, Jesse Vaughan, is a VCU 2013 Alumni Star and a current member of Robertson School’s distinguished Advisory Board. Mr. Vaughan also happens to be a 27-time Emmy winning filmmaker. He was recently featured in Richmond magazine about using his successful career as a director to give back and tell Virginia’s stories. He speaks about how Richmond is the place where he really came to know adversity. Read more.

Student Spotlight:

Andrea Nguyen (Psychology) is one of the speakers to be featured at the Feb. 6th Juxtapose conference by TEDxVCU. Andrea is also the current President of the RamPantry which is a student-run food bank to establish food security in the VCU community. She also restarted the chapter of Active Minds at VCU, part of the nation's largest mental health organizations.

Upcoming H&S Events

• Dec 01: World Studies Lecture: Rising from the Ashes - Human Trafficking in South Asia
• Dec 02: Forensic Science Seminar Series: Craniofacial Variation of Modern Americans & Implications for Facial Approximations
• Dec 02: Alexandrian Society Fall Lecture: White Women Forced to Live in Negro Dives: The Politics of Interracial Vice and Black Men in the Early Migration Period
• Dec 03: HRC Workshop: Preparing Articles for Submission to Professional Journals
• Dec 08: English Open House
• Dec 11: Diploma Ceremonies: Robertson School, Chemistry, LSEE, Psychology
• Dec 12: Diploma Ceremonies: Biology, World Studies, English, History, Forensic Science, Sociology, Political Science, Science, KHS, AFAM, GSWS, Statistical Science, Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy

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Selected VCU Events

• Dec 02: Global Cafe
• Dec 02: Choral Arts Society and the Women's Choir Concert
• Dec 03: Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail discussion with David Coogan and Former Inmates
• Dec 03: VCU Symphony with the Norfolk Governor's School
• Dec 04: VCU Music Holiday Gala
• Dec 07-15: Final Examinations for fall semester
• Dec 09: Whetting Your Appetite for Research
• Dec 10: Community Engagement Cafe
• Dec 12: VCU Commencement
• Dec 16: Final Grades are due by noon

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