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Ram Spirit Week 2021

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RamTHON Fundraising Competition with George Mason Miracle

RamTHON is VCU’s Dance Marathon student organization that supports the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. RamTHON hosts year-round fundraisers and a dance marathon at the end of the year where the annual amount of money raised is revealed. This week, RamTHON will host a competition against George Mason Miracle to see who can raise the most money. The competition goes through February 19. Venmo donations to @ramthonVCU or donate at https://events.dancemarathon.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=4528.

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Sunday, February 14

Social Sunday: Show Your VCU Love

ALL DAY

Show your VCU spirit by updating your social media cover/profile pictures to VCU RAM Spirit Week graphics. Make sure you join the VCU Families Facebook page where events will be posted all week!

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Monday, February 15

Maker Monday: DIY Spirit Gear

ALL DAY

Check out the VCU Families Facebook page for DIY videos posted throughout the day that will show you how to make some amazing spirit gear for yourself, your office, or your home! Some of our most popular DIYs will include: face masks, pet bandanas, wreaths, garland, wine cork memo board, giant paper flowers, confetti-dotted vases, desk accessory set, and more!  

Getting Your Groove Back After Cancer: A Discussion on Sexuality and Body Image

6:30-7:30 PM

Our women’s support group will discuss sexuality and body image throughout the cancer journey. This group is a safe space for women affected by all forms of cancer.

Family Paint and Sip Party

7:30-9 PM

Bring your own beverage and join us for a virtual paint party led by an award-winning Richmond artist. Supply kits are available for pick up for FREE for the first 100 participants to sign up and a supply list will be sent to anyone not able to pick up supplies so that you can purchase them on your own! Join by visiting https://vcu.zoom.us/j/97483151439.

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Tuesday, February 16

Trivia Tuesday

ALL DAY

Test your VCU knowledge with a Kahoot trivia challenge hosted on the VCU Families Facebook page. The family with the most correct responses in the fastest time all day will receive a VCU spirit prize pack!

Lunch and Learn: Heart Health

12-1 PM

February is American Heart Month and the Health and Wellness Library is here to share something close to our hearts — heart health! Michelle Gossip (Cardiology) will discuss common heart conditions and the steps we can take toward maintaining a healthy heart. Space is limited so registration is required.

Lunch and Learn: The Mystery of the “Strong” Black Woman

12-1 PM

Black History Month presents “Misperceptions of Black Women.” This series invites a range of guest hosts with expertise and lived experience to share the origins of these misperceptions and explore the complex realities behind them. Each week we’ll work together to dismantle these myths and build the common cultural knowledge that Black women are more than enough. Join as we unpack the impact of social messages, ideals and perceptions of Black women as being “strong.”

Understanding Financial Aid and the Student Financial Management Center

4-5 PM

Financial aid can be baffling! Learn the ins and outs from the director of the Student Financial Management Center (SFMC) and discover how to use the SFMC. This event is presented by You First at VCU, which helps first-generation students get connected to other first-generation students, as well as the academic and social resources needed to achieve their goals.

Black Oscars: Virtual Author Talk with Frederick Gooding Jr., Ph.D.

6-7:30 PM

The Richmond Public Library hosts a virtual talk and Q&A with Gooding, author of “Black Oscars: From Mammy to Minny, What the Academy Awards Tell Us about African Americans.” Seats are limited and registration is required. 

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Wednesday, February 17

Wellness Wednesday

ALL DAY

Today is all about focusing on your wellness, whether you are working from home or heading out for work each day. Check out the VCU Families Facebook page for some highlighted wellness initiatives that we think are great for families. Don’t forget to look at all of the virtual wellness resources available to students and their families from Rec SportsHealth Promotion and Well-Being Center (The Well) and University Counseling Services!

Lunch and Learn: Economic Recovery Related to the Pandemic

12-1 PM

Join the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs for a Lunch and Learn presentation about economic recovery related to the pandemic featuring William Spriggs, Ph.D., professor of economics, Howard University, and chief economist, AFL-CIO. Benjamin Teresa, Ph.D., assistant professor in the urban and regional studies/planning program and co-director of the RVA Eviction Lab, moderates the session, and Wilder School Dean Susan Gooden, Ph.D., provides opening remarks.

Guided Meditation

2:30-3 PM

Join The Well for a brief guided meditation.  

Trivia Night

5-6:30 PM

VCU Rec Sports hosts a live trivia night competition via Zoom! Sign up as an individual or with a team of 4 other people. This is a general trivia night, not VCU specific.

VCU Black History Month Event – Mother Knows Best

7-9 PM

This panel discussion centers voices of house mothers/fathers and elders within the queer/transgender community, highlighting journeys of empowerment, mentorship, service and the shaping of Black queer and trans youth nationally.

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Thursday, February 18

Talent Thursday Rams Got Talent Show

ALL DAY

This online virtual show features various talents from our VCU community compiled by New Student and Family Programs and accessible on-demand via the VCU Families Facebook page.

Guided Meditation

12-12:30 PM

Join The Well for a brief guided meditation.

Lunch and Learn: Lift Every Voice – Black Alumni Across the Industries Panel Series (Technology)

12-1 PM

Join us to hear esteemed alumni share their successes as well as lessons learned as they have navigated their careers in the technology industry and how their race and ethnicity has played a role in their professional journey. 

Lunch and Learn: Honoring Choices – Advance Care Planning

1-2 PM

Join Candace Blades, J.D., BSN, RN-BC, for a discussion on advance care planning and how to prepare for future healthcare decisions. Watch on Massey’s Facebook.

African American Read-in with the Virginia Museum of Fine Art

6-7 PM

Literature and fine arts come together with the African American Read-In at VMFA. See and hear notable figures from the greater Richmond community as they lend their voices in prose and poetry readings. In this powerful display of storytelling, experience evocative and poignant pairings of works by African American artists and authors.

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Friday, February 19

Family Friday

ALL DAY

Check out the VCU Families Facebook page for some fun ideas and activities to do with your Ram either together if you’re both at home or virtually!

Lunch and Learn: Presumed Criminal – Black Youth and the Justice System in Postwar New York

12-1 PM

The speaker for this virtual event is Carl Suddler, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at Emory University, in conversation with Michael Dickinson, Ph.D., assistant professor of history in the VCU Department of History. Suddler’s first book, “Presumed Criminal: Black Youth and the Justice System in Postwar New York,” was published in 2019. His research examines the intersections of youth, race and crime in the U.S.

Lunch and Learn: School of Education Spark Talk: Family and Community Well-Being: Resilience, Work-Life Balance, and Trauma-Informed Practice

12:30-2 PM

Spark talks are very short presentations designed to share the work of a large number of colleagues in a short amount of time. To maximize the time together and to learn about each other’s work in a dynamic way, talks in the SOE “Spark Talks” series will be limited to two minutes per presenter (no more than two slides). This series is open to the public and external partners.

Dance After Work: House and Hip-hop

7-8  PM

Local dancers join Virginia Museum of Performing Arts Coordinator Robert Phanord for a discussion about the rise and importance of freestyle dancing. The dancers will perform a freestyle dance battle.

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Saturday, February 20

Show Your Spirit Saturday

ALL DAY

Share your favorite VCU memories, moments, and photos on the VCU Families Facebook page.

The RAMble: Walking for Wellness

8:30-9:30 AM

Watch a brief talk by a VCU Health provider and then get walking. We will virtually pair you with a provider to walk and talk with! Stay for our Diabetes Refresh Session. Go to https://vcuhealth.zoom.us/j/97030909946 or call 1-929-205-6099 and enter the meeting ID 970 3090 9946 when prompted. All fitness levels welcome.

Ram Rivalries Basketball Pre-Game Party vs. GMU

2-2:30 PM

A pre-game party featuring a spirit contest, trivia, and giveaways facilitated by VCU Alumni and hosted by a student, alum, and VCU Family Council member.

Men’s Basketball Game vs. George Mason

2:30 PM

Ram Nation takes on Georg Mason in men’s basketball. Link to game audio and video: https://vcuathletics.com/sports/mens-basketball.

Women’s Basketball Game vs St. Joe’s

7:30 PM

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