News and Events for VCUCHS Alumni and Friends
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
November 13, 2012

Remember Johnson's Burger Barr?

We recently sent our first alumni email newsletter and asked our alums for pictures and memories of VCU. One of the first ones we received was from Ken Davis (Class of 1980) who writes "I lived practically across the street from the old Johnson's Burger Barr on Cary Street. You could not, at that time, get a better sandwich!" Is that Oliver Hall in the background? Can anyone tell us more

Discuss Life After Military Service

What is life like for Veterans and their families after military service? What are the reintegration issues, especially for those returning to school? The Dept. of Psychology will discuss those issues today, November 13, from 3-5 pm in the Richmond Salons with a panel of student veterans and military family members.

The Election is Over, Now What?

Jen Thompson from the Wilder School, Jeff Schapiro, political reporter and columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Christopher ‘Chris’ DeLacy, partner of Holland & Knight, LLP, will discuss the aftermath of the election and how the dynamic in Washington might change over the next four years. Today at 3:30 pm. More information at the Wilder School website.

More CHS Students "Make it Real" 

Congratulations to Psychology major and starting center for the VCU men’s basketball team, D. J. Haley, and Liberal Studies for Early and Elementary Education major Erin Trimble, who were recently profiled by VCU as part of the "Make it Real" campaign!

D. J.'s Makes it Real profile.
Erin's Makes it Real profile.


State Terror, Resistance and the Poetics of Survival

Today at 2:00 Emilio del Valle Escalente explores the politics of Guatemalan resistance through Sabino Esteban Francisco’s book of poetry, Gemido de huellas (The Moan of Footprints). In the Richmond Salon's lll-lV. Lecture details on the CHS Blog.

The American Indian Initiative and Applied Anthropology

Cultural Anthropologist Buck Woodard discusses collaboration with American Indian communities at Colonial Williamsburg, the world’s largest public history institution. Mr. Woodard is the director of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s American Indian Initiative and coordinates the museum’s outreach to contemporary tribal communities. Wednesday, November 14 at 3 pm. Details can be found here.

Fenn Lecture Featuring Vicki Wysocki

The 2nd annual John B. Fenn Memorial Lecture will be held on November 15, 2012 from 6 – 7:30 pm in the Common’s Theater. Our speaker will be Dr. Vicki Wysocki from the Ohio State University, previously VCU faculty. For additional information, contact Andrea Moreau, Details at this link.

Fill a Holiday Stocking for Children and Families in Need

Gail Bartee in the Dean’s Office invites everyone to participate in the Fox Holiday Socks program. Fox Holiday Socks is a collaboration between Fox Richmond and the Salvation Army Christmas Stocking program.

Gail will deliver a stocking to you for you to fill with items specifically chosen for a child by age and gender. The stockings are given to children and families in need. Please contact Gail Bartee @ 73436 or if you can help fill a stocking. She will be happy to deliver the stocking to you. The deadline is November 28th, 2012. A list of age-appropriate items can be found at this link.

Anthropologist Speaks on Primate Evolution

Dr. Callum Ross discusses the topic "Fossils, Phylogeny and Feeding: Integrative approaches to primate evolution" as part of the Anthropology Speaker Series on Friday, November 30 at 3 pm. Learn more here.

Unveiling of Virginia Historic Marker

Come celebrate the unveiling of a historical marker marking the founding of the Equal Suffrage League (ESL) of Virginia in 1909. The ESL, who led the movement in Virginia for women’s suffrage, held their first meeting at the Crenshaw House in 1909. The Fourth Annual Crenshaw Lecture follows with Lorraine Gates Schuyler, Ph.D. on “After the Right to Vote.” November 20, 10:30 am. Details about both events are at this link.

December Graduation Schedule

Congratulations to all our December grads! Commencement is December 8 at 10 am in the Siegel Center. The schedule of school and department ceremonies has been finalized. Click here to see the time and location for your school or departmental ceremony.

"Black Women, Tyler Perry..."

The next topic for the African American Community Course is "Loosing the Yoke: Black Women, Tyler Perry and the Burden of Representation" by Dr. Tamura A. Lomax. Fridays at 6:30 through December 14th. Read the complete list of topics and speakers here.

Excellence in Virginia Government Awards

Help the Wilder School celebrate the accomplishments of Virginians who have made distinctive contributions to the practice of government and to the well-being of our communities and our citizens at the 8th Annual EVGA Awards. Friday, December 7 at 11:30 am. More information can be found at the Wilder School.

More news . . . 

Pictures from the History Department Society of the Cincinnati's dinner with Laura Edwards.

Read the "Focus on Forensics" departmental newsletter.

Humanities and Sciences publishes 2011-12 Annual Report.

International Education Week Fair Wednesday at Rodney's.

Brandcenter Friday Forum Schedule

The Brandcenter continues their Friday Forum series with Jeff Jones, Chief Marketing Officer for Target. Friday, November 16 at 11 am. View the list of upcoming speakers at the Brandcenter website.

School/Department Graphics Correction

The graphics for each school and department mentioned in the previous newsletter were shown in the wrong location. They can be found on the P drive at P:\Public\Identity. Sorry for the inconvenience!

VSSA Seeks Papers for Conference

The Virginia Social Science Association (VSSA) welcomes proposals from faculty members, graduate students and undergraduates for the Annual Conference, which will be held at VCU, April 5-6, 2013. To be considered for inclusion in the program, please submit the proposal by 5 p.m. on December 14, 2012. Full details can be found on our blog.

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Faculty Spotlight

The Department of Forensic Science profiled Dr. Chris Ehrhardt in their recent newsletter. Dr. Ehrhardt is an associate professor who was formerly a postdoctoral researcher at the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit of the FBI in Quantico VA. Read more about Dr. Ehrhardt.

Faculty Spotlight

Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Cummins, co-principal investigator on a recently announced $100,000 Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations grant. Dr. Cummins, Dr. Christopher Brooks, Dr. Michelle Elcoat Poulton, and Dr. Robin Poulton from the School of World Studies will work with researchers from the VCU Institute for Women's Health and the schools of Medicine and Nursing to investigate “Reducing Harmful Inflammation and Attenuating Immune System Deterioration in HIV-Infected Malian Women.” Read more about the grant at VCU News.

Staff Spotlight

John Geerdes is the Broadcast Video Engineer in the School of Mass Communications. John was in charge of installing the School's new HD virtual television studio this summer, which Mass Comm tells us was a "very big deal." Read more about John.

Upcoming CHS Events

VCU Voices: Life After Military Service November 13
"The Election is Over, Now What?" November 13
State Terror, Resistance and the Poetics of Survival November 13
Anthropology Speaker: Buck Woodard November 14
John Fenn Lecture November 15
"Black Women, Tyler Perry and the Burden of Representation" November 16
Historic Marker Unveiling and Lecture November 20
Year of Freedom Brown Bag Lunch November 28
Anthropology Speaker Series: Callum Ross November 30
"Reflections on Roots of Soul" November 30
Year of Freedom Brown Bag Lunch December 4
"Psychological Residuals of Slavery in the African American Psyche" December 7
EVGA Awards December 7
Images of Slavery in Richmond December 14
"Australopithecine" Exhibit ongoing at Cabell Library

Selected VCU Events

Guitar Studio Recital November 14
International Cafe November 15
Avenue Q Through Dec. 2

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