News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
September 8, 2015

New Event and Marketing Coordinator Joins the College

Please welcome Janelle Scutt to VCU as the College of Humanities and Sciences' new Event and Marketing Coordinator. Janelle received her Bachelors degree in Recreation and Event Management at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. For the past 2 years she was based out of Fort Myers, FL where she served first as an Event Manager then as the Marketing Coordinator for a local company. She will be taking over the event and diploma ceremony planning and coordination and all marketing duties. Her office is located in Blanton House, room 209. Her phone number has not been assigned yet but you can reach her via email at

Teaching in the Humanities Workshop

The Humanities Research Center is offering a new workshop on Teaching in the Humanities: Using Electronic Databases in Class Assignments. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 12:00-2:00 pm in Room 201, the Seminar Room of the Valentine House. This interactive workshop will explore strategies for creating meaningful assignments for students that use electronic databases; led by Claire Bourne, Catherine Ingrassia, and Brooke Newman. Faculty are encouraged to bring assignments they currently use or assignments/databases they’d like to incorporate into their course. Please feel welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. Contact Catherine Ingrassia at for further information.

VCU Global Zone Faculty Workshops

The Global Education Office is offering a new series of faculty workshops discussing best practices for working with international students: VCU Global Zone. The first workshops in the series will be held on the topic on Culturally Responsive Teaching. This workshop will explore culturally mediated instruction, teaching and learning in the context of culture, and strategies for crafting inclusive pedagogical practices and will take place as follows:

Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 12:00 pm – MPC 912 West Grace, room 2121
Wednesday Sept. 16 at 12:00 pm – MCV Kontos Building, room 435
Thursday, Sept. 17 at 3:30 pm – MPC 912 West Grace, room 2120

Other upcoming workshops include Personal Cultural Awareness (the week of 5 October), Addressing Academic Integrity (the week of 27 October), and Exploring Cultural Misconceptions (the week of 17 November). Those who attend all four sessions will receive a Global Zone certificate and sticker for their office. Please contact Amber Bennett at for more information.

Fenn Chemistry Lecture Today

The 2015 John B. Fenn Chemistry Lecture features Richard N. Zare of Stanford University on Tuesday, September 8 at 5:30 pm in the Academic Learning Commons room 1201. Richard will present a talk titled, Acceleration of Reactions in Charged Microdroplets. A reception will be held prior to the lecture from 4:00-5:00 pm in Shafer Court. RSVP here.

Author Whose Memoir Inspired Being Flynn to Visit VCU

The Visiting Writers' Fall Series will begin on Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 pm at the Scott House featuring Nick Flynn, author of three memoirs, one of which has been made into the film Being Flynn. View the 2015-16 Visiting Writers Series schedule here.

Two Events for Diverse Faculty

The College's Diversity and Equity Committee is designing a mentoring program that will support junior diversified faculty at VCU. The Committee will be holding an exploratory gathering to determine the needs of diversified faculty in terms of mentoring programs and workshops. All junior diversified faculty (including women, people of color, and those who identify as GLBTQ) are invited to attend on Friday September 11, 2015, at noon in the Humanities Research Center's seminar room, 201, at the Valentine House. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP (limited seating available) by clicking this link.

The Departments of African American Studies and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies invite diverse faculty to a gathering at Shoryuken Ramen at Shafer and Franklin Streets, September 11 from 5-7 pm. Attendees will be responsible for their own tabs. The restaurant will be offering discounted items.

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Southern Film Festival Sept. 10-12

This year’s Southern Film Festival begins this week on Sept. 10–12 and will feature musical performances and four movies centered around the theme. The festival kicks off Thursday, September 10 with a keynote lecture from Humanities Research Center speaker Kathy Merlock Jackson: You Can’t Run Away from Trouble’: Song and Story in Disney’s ‘Song of the South'. View the event poster and schedule here.

Students Selected for Qatar Leadership Exchange

Four of the eight students selected for the Qatar Leadership Exchange Program have majors in the College. The program is sponsored by The Monroe Park Student Government Association. The purpose of the program is to select eight students to host the Qatar students visiting VCU, October 3 - October 8, and in turn those students will visit Qatar October 31 – November 8, 2015. Sarah Kilmon, Will Gilbert, and Victoria Edwards (Robertson School), and Megan Taylor (Biology) were selected from a pool of 150 candidates.

VCU Dance Announces Schedule

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, VCU’s Department of Dance and Choreography's 2015-16 season will feature everything from an alumni show to a guest artist presentation in collaboration with the Modlin Center for the Arts. The season will kickoff on Thursday September 10 with the annual Dance on Camera screening, featuring a number of dance themed films. More information is on their website.

Research Administration Workshop

A pre-award research administration workshop titled "Proposal Review 101: What You Need to Know to Be a Pre-Award Research Administrator" will be held in the West Grace South Residence Hall, Room 1004a on Friday, September 11. The workshop was presented at the NCURA annual meeting in Washington D.C. this month and is being offered at no charge for the VCU research administration community. Lunch will be served. Register here. For more information, contact Brigette Pfister at or (804) 827-1359.

Catholic Studies Lectures on Sept.9

The School of World Studies presents the next Catholic Studies lecture tomorrow, Wednesday, September 9 at 3:00 pm in the Student Commons, Richmond Salons III & IV, featuring Bernardo Piciché, associate professor in the School of World Studies, who will speak about Educating Youth in the Catholic Reformation: Cardinal Antoniano's Pedagogy, and writer and photographer Elizabeth Harper, who will speak on Rome's "sculptural skeletons." View the event poster here.

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Faculty Spotlight:

Garry Glaspell, a research assistant professor in the department of Chemistry, was recently named the 2015 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Researcher of the Year. Garry was recognized for his development of a prototype for a non-pyrotechnic daylight visible tracer that possesses the advantages of a non-pyrotechnic approach but is bright enough to see in daylight. He received the award earlier this month at the National Awards Ceremony at the Government Accountability Office Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Read more at VCU News.

Alumni Spotlight:

Jesse McCauley, an alumnus from the Department of English, has restored a number of antique bicycles for exhibits around Richmond coinciding with the UCI World Road Cycling Championships. While studying English at VCU, Jesse rode his bicycle all over the city and commuted back and forth to his job. This led to his passion for restoring and collecting rare, antique bicycles. In preparation for the upcoming bike races, a number of institutions around Richmond have enlisted his expertise to help assemble bicycle-themed exhibits and displays. Read more at VCU News.

Student Spotlight:

Krystal Thomas, a first-year developmental psychology doctoral student, has been awarded the American Psychological Foundation's Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark research grant award. She will be recognized in the APA Monitor and receive an award of $10,000 to conduct pilot work. Her project explores links between racial identity and academic achievement among African American and Latino students. She will use an approach that highlights the importance of the social context and role of cross-racial friendships and teacher-student interactions. Read more on the Psychology Department's Facebook Page.

Upcoming H&S Events

Mark Your Calendars:
• Sep 08: John B. Fenn Chemistry Lecture
• Sep 09: Forensic Science Seminar Series: The President's Plane Isn't Missing (But His Wallet, Glasses, and Dental Records Are)
• Sep 09: Catholic Studies Lecture: Educating Youth in the Catholic Reformation & Rome's "Sculptural Skeletons"
• Sep 10: HRC Speaker Series: Kathy Merlock Jackson discusses Disney’s Song of the South
• Sep 10: Visiting Writers Series: Nick Flynn
• Sep 10-12: Southern Film Festival
• Sep 14: Biology Seminar Series: Population dynamics of the invasive green mussel Perna viridis
• Sep 16: Meet VCU’s Authors: David Wojahn
• Sep 16: Forensic Science Seminar Series: “Methamphetamine, Synthetic Cathinones, and the Dopamine Transporter”
• Sep 29: HRC Speaker Series: James Loewen talks Civil War memory in Richmond

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Selected VCU Events

• Sep 10: Alive! Mental Health Fair
• Sep 10: Theatre VCU Presents: Junta High
• Oct 01: Oehler Lecture by James Ryan

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