News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
Oct. 15, 2013

Scholarship Recognition Lectures & Reception

College of Humanities and Sciences faculty and staff are invited to a reception to honor Faculty Authors, Scholarly Award Winners and Principal Investigators on Tuesday, October 29 from 4:30 - 6 pm. In addition, Shiv Khanna, Mar Gongora, Suzanne Mazzeo, Bryant Mangum, and Tim Thurber will be giving mini-lectures in the Richmond Salons on October 29 from 1 - 4 pm on topics related to their recent research. View the full schedule of lectures on our blog.

Grant Budgeting Workshop

The Office of Sponsored Programs is offering a series of presentations on grant budgeting, funding search, and effort reporting scheduled for fall semester (view schedule). The next presentation will be held on grant budgeting, Friday, October 18 from 10 am - 12 pm. The presentation will cover the basics, with a quick and easy method for developing your budget and budget narratives. Space will be limited, so if you’d like to attend please RSVP to Brigette Pfister at Add this event to your calendar here.

Quest Innovation Funds Available

Faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply for a Quest Innovation Fund grant. Applicants will be evaluated based on defined criteria, including Quest-based principles, the availability of matching funds and the potential for the idea to be a form of “disruptive innovation.” Recommendations for funding will be made by a scoring committee comprised of university faculty, staff and students. Applications are due November 3rd. Learn more and apply here.

Africana Community Lecture Series

Come explore the history, culture, politics, and contemporary life of persons of African descent living in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas Wednesdays at 6:30 at the East District Family Resource Center. The next lectures are Persistent Enslavement Systems Trauma by Dr. Kevin Washington on October 16 and Scripting a Future for African and Diaspora African Worlds: Where Do We Go From Here? by Dr. Boykin Sanders on October 23. The complete schedule is here.

Registration Advising Mini-Sessions

The College will host Registration Advising Mini-Sessions (RAMS) for students on the Commons Plaza on October 21st and 22nd. If students have questions about Spring course offerings, DegreeWorks, registration holds, course prerequisites, or historic repeats they can consult an advisor. For more information, contact Juliana Rasnic at

Short Film Chosen for Film Festival

"Fairy Shrimp," produced for the ALTRIA Science in the Park grant and produced and co-directed by Assistant Professor of Biology Anne Wright, has been selected to be in the 6th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival in New York City. The screening will be on Oct 18, 2013. The short film shows how one species, hidden deep within the Pony Pasture Park of Richmond, survives in harsh habitats here and around the world. Watch the film here.

National Security Lecture Series

The Honorable David Gompert, distinguished Adjunct Professor at VCU, and former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence will give a lecture on US-China Strategic Relations: Nuclear, Cyber, Space, and Maritime on October 22 at 7:30 pm in the Richmond Salons. Gompert will be speaking on the overall US national security environment. Add this event to your calendar.

Research Conference Call For Papers

The School of World Studies invites undergraduate and graduate students to present current or past research at the 19th Annual SWS Student Research Conference on November 9. Proposals may be for completed research papers/projects, research-in-progress, or roundtable discussions. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, October 24. Faculty members from many VCU disciplines serve as chairs for the panels. The School of World Studies has more on the conference.

Society of the Cincinnati Lecture

The Department of History and The Society of the Cincinnati of Virginia present George Washington's Childhood and its Lingering Meaning, a lecture by Dr. Philip Levy of the Department of History at the University of South Florida. The lecture will take place on October 30 at 5 pm in the Student Commons Theater. Levy will explore the truths about Washington's childhood as well as Americans' ongoing fascination with founding myths like the cherry tree tale. Add this event to your calendar here. 

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Wear Pink to Raise Awareness

VCU's Black Student Union is sponsoring A Day of Pink on October 22 to raise awareness of breast cancer. They are encouraging all alumni, faculty, student organizations and athletes to wear pink that day. Add this event to your Google Calendar.

Order Faculty Regalia by Nov. 8

December Commencement is on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. The deadline to order regalia is Friday, Nov. 8. You can find more information here or contact Jessica Bello at or (804) 828-3635. Custom faculty regalia can be purchased at this link.

VSSA Call for Papers

The Virginia Social Science Association (VSSA) welcomes paper proposals from faculty members, graduate students and undergraduates for their annual conference, which will be held at VCU on April 18 and 19, 2014. Proposals should be one page in length and should summarize the theoretical argument, methodology, findings, and significance of the project. Proposals are due by December 13, 2013. Complete details are at this link.

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Faculty Spotlight

Associate Professor of History Dr. Timothy N. Thurber is still glowing after the mid-September release of his new book, Republicans and Race: The GOP’s Frayed Relationship With African Americans, 1945-1974. “It’s nice to finally hold it instead of seeing it on a screen,” Dr. Thurber laughed. It’s his second book, and it examines how the Republican Party approached policy and political matters in relation to African Americans during the Civil Rights era. “It looks at both angles, to say ‘here’s what they did, here’s when they did it. Here’s also what they refused to do..." Read more on our blog.

Staff Spotlight

Jennifer Elswick is in a constant state of transition at the Department of Psychology. Her job as Director for Strategic Initiatives is expanding more into communications every month. She puts out a tri-annual news magazine reporting events and research from the Department of Psychology, and she is also Assistant to the Chair of the Department of Psychology. Before taking on her various expanding roles at White House on Franklin Street, Jennifer was a Study Coordinator for a National Institute of Health ‘expressive writing intervention’ study. Learn more about Jennifer on our blog.


Upcoming CHS Events

• Oct 15 Chemistry Seminar
• Oct 16 Forensic Science Seminar
• Oct 17 VCU Leadership 2013 - Team Project Presentations
• Oct 18 CHS-OSP Workshop: Grant Proposal Budgeting
• Oct 21 Biology Seminar
• Oct 22 CTE Small Grants Info. Sessions
• Oct 22 National Security Lecture Series
• Oct 23 African American Community Course Series
• Oct 23 Fall Faculty Meeting
• Oct 25 Anthropology Speaker Series
• Oct 25 Social Psychology Under Discussion Research Talk
• Oct 29 CHS Annual Faculty Recognition Lectures
• Oct 29 Faculty Scholarship Recognition Reception
• Oct 30 Society of The Cincinnati Lecture

Selected VCU Events

• Oct 15 Great Place Initiative Town Hall Meeting
• Oct 15 The Virginia Literary Festival
• Oct 19 Cure 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit VCU Massey Cancer Center
• Oct 21 Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale
• Oct 21 Migrating Archive: LGBT Exhibit Talk
• Oct 22 A Day of Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness
• Oct 23 Cyber Security Fair
• Oct 24 Inaugural Morton B. Gulak Urban & Regional Planning Lecture
• Oct 25 Alumni Stars Cocktail & Recognition Program
• Oct 30 Grave Robbing, Goblins, and Ghouls: Anatomical Education in 19th Century Richmond Tour

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