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VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
April 16, 2013

CHS Honors Distinguished Faculty and Retirees

The College gave our Distinguished Faculty Awards and honored 2012-13 retirees at a breakfast in the Student Commons on Thursday. Dean Coleman and Associate Dean Alison Baski conferred eleven awards for teaching, advising, scholarship and service. A complete list of the winners and retirees is here.

Scholarship Walk-a-thon Tomorrow

There's still time to participate in tomorrow's Marquita Aguilar Walk-a-thon to support Virginia's Caring University Scholarship. Information and the application forms for the scholarship are available online on the Staff Senate’s website. If you have questions, please contact Leetah Stanley at or Eleanor Sharp at Register to walk or make a donation here.

Staff and A&P Faculty Awards

April 26 is the deadline to nominate someone for the President’s Awards for Staff and A&P Faculty. The awards recognize and honor staff and Administrative and Professional faculty for their outstanding performance, achievement and service excellence supporting VCU's Code of Ethics and the university’s strategic plan, Quest for Distinction. Nominate someone at this link.

Final History Lecture

Nicole Eustace, Ph.D., Associate Professor, NYU, will deliver the final lecture in the History speaker series on "Eighteenth-Century Emotion and Politics in Transatlantic Perspective". Dr. Eustace is the Director of the History of Women and Gender Master’s Degree Program at NYU. Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 6 PM in the Richmond Salons. Find out more on the Dept. of History's blog.

The Many Aspects of Chaos

Mathematics Colloquium presents Dr. James A. Yorke of the University of Maryland on "The Many Aspects of Chaos." Friday, April 19 at 3 PM in Temple 1165. Free and open to the public. Dr. Yorke's bio is here.

Holsworth Honored by VSSA

Former Dean of the College and current VCU Board member Robert Holsworth, Ph.D. was recognized for his longtime public service at the Virginia Social Science Association (VSSA) Conference at VCU on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The conference featured nearly 100 undergraduate, graduate student and faculty presentations from a variety of disciplines. Read more about the conference and Dr. Holsworth on our blog.

"Re-Definition of the Bystander"

Dr. Carrie Rentschler will speak on “Video Witness and the Re-Definition of the Bystander” on Monday, April 22. Her talk examines how social movements are harnessing the capacity of cell phones to allow bystanders to easily record events. 1:00 pm in the Commons, Forum Room. For information contact Dr. Eric Garberson, at More about Dr. Rentschler here.

The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek

The "mockumentary" film "The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek" will be shown on Friday, April 26, 2013, 7 PM in the Commons Theater as part of the Year of Freedom. This satirical film is unrated but contains strong language, brief nudity, and sexual situations. View the flyer and details here.

Diploma Ceremony Schedule

Commencement is Saturday, May 11 at 10 am in the Richmond Coliseum. Our diploma ceremonies are on both Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. 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.

Graduate Student Symposium

Every spring the GSA sponsors a research symposium to present graduate research work. This event attracts VCU students and faculty, 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

Mary E. Kapp Chemistry Lecture

The Department of Chemistry hosts its 36th Annual Mary E. 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 Sciences Building, Room 155, at 5:30 pm. For more information contact Rhea Miller at 827-0352 or

More news . . . 

Biology: One VCU student’s entry into the life of science

Psychology: VCU director, LGBTQ advocate to be honored

A gallery of pictures of our faculty awards/retirees breakfast

A gallery of pictures from the VSSA Conference

Forensic Science: "Focus on Forensics" newsletter online

Why STEM Should Care About the Humanities

Employers Want Broadly Educated New Hires, Survey Finds


African America Community Course 

"How Black Men in The Streets Adapt to Structural Violence" by Dr. Yasser Payne from the University of Delaware. Friday, April 19 from 6:30—8:30 pm at the East District Family Resource Center, 2405 Jefferson Avenue. 

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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Staff Spotlight

Kathleen Murphy is the Administrative Coordinator in the Department of History. She has has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and began working at VCU in 2004. More about Kathleen here.

Faculty Spotlight

Helen Ruth Aspaas, Ph.D., is retiring this year as Director of the Liberal Studies for Early and Elementary Education Program and associate professor of geography in the Wilder School. She tells us she plans to spend time traveling and on her ranch. Read more about Helen Ruth at the Wilder School website.

Alumni Spotlight

Brigette Pugh (BA English 2009/MFA Creative Writing, Fiction 2012) took her first class at VCU in 2005 to get feedback on a novel she was working on. She signed up for a creative writing workshop and, in order to qualify for financing she took a second class. "What ended up impacting me the most wasn’t what I learned in class, but the relationships I built with a few excellent professors." Brigette's story is here.

Upcoming CHS Events

• Apr. 16 Chemistry Seminar
• Apr. 16 Movie: "Contagion"
• Apr. 18 Chemistry Seminar
• Apr. 18 History Lecture
• Apr. 19 Mathematics Colloquium
• Apr. 19 African American Studies Course
• Apr. 19 Physics Seminar
• Apr. 19 Anthropology Speaker Series
• Apr. 22 Biology Seminar
• Apr. 22 Chemistry Seminar
• Apr. 23 Grad Student Symposium
• Apr. 24 Year of Freedom Discussion
• Apr. 25 Mary E. Kapp Lecture
• Apr. 26 Mockumentary Film
• Apr. 26 African American Studies Course
• Apr. 29 Biology Seminar
• May 1 Reading Day

Selected VCU Events

• Apr. 17 Walk-a-thon
• Apr. 19 Earth Day Bazaar
• Apr. 20 Flute Recital

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