News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
May 14, 2013

Send Us Your Graduation Photos!

We're planning to send an email to alumni next week to thank them for their support over the past academic year. We want to include a link to a gallery of pictures from last weekend's diploma ceremonies, but we need more pictures! If you attended any of our ceremonies and have some great pictures please send them to Gregg Johnson at Thanks!

"Shaka and Science" Event

VCU Athletics, in conjunction with HDL, Incorporated and the College recently held an event at the Siegel Center for students in the sciences. Dean Jim Coleman, Coach Shaka Smart, HDL co-founder and CHS alumna Tonya Mallory, and Biology student Qasim Kazmi all spoke to students about opportunities in the sciences. See pictures (and "like" us) on Facebook.

PI Dashboard Training Available

A research dashboard has been developed to provide the VCU research community direct access to financial and administrative information related to sponsored awards. The first phase of the project, which focuses on information needed by principal investigators to manage their awards, is ready to be launched. Training sessions will be held on Tuesday, June 11th from 11 - 12:00 and from 12:30 - 1:30. Register at this link.

Answers to Fund-Raising Questions

Interim Director of Development and Alumni Relations Bethanie Constant recently gave a brief presentation to department chairs about fund-raising. As a result of that presentation she created a document with answers to frequently asked questions about fund-raising policies and procedures. She was also asked to share the link for employees to make a donation to the College through payroll deduction.

VCU Night at the Diamond

Tickets are still available for VCU Night at the Diamond. A special guest from the College will be throwing out the first pitch, plus a guest appearance from Shaka Smart. Friday, May 17th, 2013 at 7:05 p.m. at The Diamond. Tickets are only $7 for Silver Seating. Bring your friends and family for a night of fun! Contact Gail Bartee at 827-3436 or for ticket information.

Dr. El-Shall to Present Jefferson Science Lecture

Dr. Samy El-Shall will present "Nanoscale Materials for Energy Applications and New Opportunities for Middle East Regional Cooperation" as part of the Jefferson Science Fellows Distinguished Lecture Series at the US Department of State on May 21 in Washington D.C. The lecture is sponsored by the Science & Technology Adviser to the Secretary (STAS), the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental & Scientific Affairs (OES), & the USAID Office of Science & Technology. The flyer with complete details is here.

CHS Students Win Boren Scholarships

Margaret Cotter, Bertrand "Yohannes" Mpigabahizi and Rachel Sine each received a National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholarship to study abroad during the next academic year. The scholarship provides support for U.S. undergraduates to study languages and cultures critical to United States national security interests. Cotter is a senior majoring in international studies and political science with a minor in Italian. Mpigabahizi is a freshman majoring in political science and economics. Sine is a sophomore majoring in international studies with concentrations in international relations and Southeast Asia studies and a minor in religious studies. Read more about their plans at VCU News.

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Student Spotlight

Biology major (and now graduate!) Mohamed Shaaban was one of three students profiled by VCU in a recent story on student service. Mohamed is one of the founders of Emerging Health Care Leaders, an organization for undergraduate students with pre-health majors, and United 2 Heal, which gathers surplus medical supplies from area medical organizations and ships them to countries where they are needed. The full story is at VCU News.

Faculty Spotlight

Bryant Mangum, professor of English, released his latest book, “F. Scott Fitzgerald in Context” in March. His book is a collection of essays that highlight how the works of Fitzgerald depict the Zeitgeist of the 1920s and 1930s. Mangum recently sat down with VCU News for an interview.

Alumni Spotlight

Through her first spring after graduation, 23-year-old Rachel Calcagni (BS Chemistry ‘12) has been swimming and training with dolphins in the Florida Keys. Rachel graduated in December, and is currently winding down an internship at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, Fla. where she works in the Animal Care and Training Department. Read more about Rachel on our Alumni Blog.

Upcoming CHS Events

• May 17 VCU Night at the Diamond
• May 21 Jefferson Science Lecture
• Aug 20 CHS Welcome Week Event

Selected VCU Events

• May 15 Staff Senate General Meeting
• May 21 Google Mail Training
• May 23 The Origins of Snuffy Smith

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