News and Events for VCUCHS Faculty and Staff
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
October 2, 2012

Marquita Aguilar Honored

MarquitaCongratulations Marquita! During a Sept. 19 ceremony, the VCU Staff Senate changed the name of its annual Virginia’s Caring University Scholarship Walk-A-Thon and Scholarship to the Marquita Aguilar Walk-A-Thon and Scholarship. Dr. Rao commended Marquita for being an example of someone who "makes it real." Read the full story at VCU News. Marquita's remarks at the ceremony are available on Youtube.

Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

MasurMake plans to attend "Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation" featuring Louis P. Masur, Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Masur presents a fresh portrait of Lincoln. Wednesday, October 3 at  5:00 PM in the Commons Theater. Reception and book signing to follow. View the flyer here.

David Wojahn Wins Poetry Prize

David WojahnCongratulations to David Wojahn from the Department of English! He has been awarded the Academy of American Poets' Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year for his book World Tree

Catholic Lecture Series Continues

BrennemannComparing Catholic and Protestant Strategies for the Central American Gang Problem” by Robert Brenneman, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Sociology, St. Michael’s College, Vermont. His research focuses on using the tools of sociology to understand human attraction to violence — especially violence linked to cultural symbols and group identities. Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 4:00 pm. Learn more...

VCU Visiting Writers Series

The MFA Program in Creative Writing Visiting Writers Series welcomes Stanley Plumly (Orphan Hours) and Harrison Fletcher (Descanso for My Father) for a reading and Q and A session on October 11 at 7 PM in the Scott House, 909 W. Franklin St. Full details can be found here.

Victorians Institute Annual Conference

The Dept. of English hosts the Victorians Institute Annual Conference on October 19-20. Highlights include a Thursday evening Curators' tour of British Arts and Crafts and Sporting Art collections at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Plenary Address by W. J. T. Mitchell: "Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media, and Visual Culture." The complete schedule of events can be found on the Victorians Institute Annual Conference website.

Fall Faculty Meeting Rescheduled

Our annual CHS Fall Faculty Meeting, originally scheduled for October 16, will now be held on October 24 from 3 to 4:30 PM in the Richmond Salons I & II. Dean Coleman will say a few words and introduce newly hired faculty members for 2012-13.

Anthropology Speaker's Series Begins

Dr. MeansBernard Means will speak on “Stones, Bones, Bugs, and Lasers: 3D Laser Scanning at the Virtual Curation Laboratory and Beyond.” on Wednesday, October 17th from 3 – 4:30 PM in the Student Commons Theater. Lectures by Bob Brier and Buck Woodward follow later in the semester. Dates and times can be found here.

Dorris Douglas Budd Award Finalists

CHS has four finalists for this year's award: Janice P. Guyer, (Physics), Frances Lynch, (Mass Comm), Hollyn T. Mangione, (Mathematics and Applied Mathematics), and Wanda P. Clary, (STS Program & Dean's Office). Dr. Rao will announce the 2012 winner and honor the other finalists at a reception on October 4. The complete list of nominees can be found here.

Congratulations to Tom Eissenberg

Tom EissenbergCongratulations to Dr. Tom Eissenberg from the Department of Psychology on receiving an official invitation from the Department of Health and Human Services to serve as a new member on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) at the direct recommendation of Secretary Kathleen Sebelius! Read the article from VCU News at this link.

More news . . . 

Our gallery of pictures from student "Dinner with the Dean"

Our gallery of pictures from SWS Malian Independence Day Events

Study of Cigarette and Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking Shows Knowledge Gap in Perceived Health Risks

VCU Launches 'Year of Freedom"

VCU Celebrates Mali Independence, Raises Awareness of Humanitarian Crisis

Honor Roll of Donors

Lois Badey and Bethanie Constant, with the help of the Dean's Council, have renamed the Dean's Society giving levels and published an Honor Roll of donors from 2011-12. The donors were thanked in an email which contained a link to our Honor Roll of Donors.

"Communicating Science" Spaces Still Available

Make plans to attend our seminar on the topic: "Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers" presented by AAAS. the seminar will be held on Thursday, October 18th. Complete details are at the Proposal Development blog.

Mass Comm Director Search

A search for a new Director of the School of Mass Communications is underway. The Search Committee encourages the VCU community to take part in this process by suggesting individuals who might be appropriate for the opportunity. Please submit names to Laurie C. Wilder and Porsha L. Williams, Parker Executive Search, or 770-804-1996, ext. 109. The ad for the position can be found here.

Disability Awareness Week Events

Disability Support Services is sponsoring several events on October 10 and 12 to mark Disability Awareness Week at VCU. These include a panel discussion and a culinary demonstration for individuals with and without disabilities. Click here for a full list of events.

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Upcoming CHS Events

"Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclomation" October 3
Sullivan Chair in Catholic Studies Lecture October 4
GSWS Brown Bag Lunch October 8
Anthropology Speaker: Bernard Means October 17
Victorian Journals Institute Conference October 19-20
CHS Fall Faculty Meeting October 24
Year of Freedom Brown Bag Lunch October 25
Anthropology Speaker: Bob Brier October 26
Blake Speaker Series November 1
GSWS Brown Bag Lunch November 5
STS Lecture"Hymen Wars" November 6
Year of Freedom Brown Bag Lunch November 6
Society of the Cincinnati Lecture November 7
Cabell First Novelist Award November 8
Anthropology Speaker: Buck Woodward November 14
"Australopithecine" Exhibit ongoing at Cabell Library

Selected VCU Events

Guest Artist: Orchid Ensemble October 4
CTE Small Grants Program Information Session October 4
"Improving the Effectiveness of Your Lectures" October 9

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Steven Danish is Director of the Life Skills Center here at VCU and founder of F.R.E.E. 4 Vets, which is a program to help veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan develop the skills necessary for their transition to civilian life. Learn more about Dr. Danish.

Alumni Spotlight: Kathy Grzegorek

Kathleen Grzegorek received a BA in Psychology from VCU in 1982, and later attended the Temple University School of Law. In December 1990, she was admitted to the State Bar of California, and went on to be a founding partner of Stone & Grzegorek LLP, one of the nation’s leading firms specializing in immigration law. Read more about Kathy here.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Charlene Crawley tells us “Making mistakes doesn’t mean you can’t get what you want or be who you want to be, but you will need to work hard and find the tools to help you become successful. You need to be appreciative of opportunities presented to you.” Read about Dr. Crawley on our alumni blog.

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