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Join VCU Human Resources and Recreational Sports to move through a variety of yoga poses in a balanced and systemic way, connecting the breath with movement. This class will improve body awareness, mental focus, muscular tension, range of motion at the joints and an overall sensation of a more balanced life. Questions: https://ramstrong.vcu.edu/events/. Register in Talent@VCU or at the following URL. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://bit.ly/3zW57Yj.

VCU Online will host a workshop featuring tips and tricks for developing and using interactive presentations to enhance student engagement for online and blended courses. Participants will gain a better understanding of best practice and tools for creating engaging presentations. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Brianne Jackson at bljackson@vcu.edu or visit http://vcuonline.catalog.vcu.edu/browse/vcuonlineworkshops.

VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will present "Lavender Discussion - Life Outside of the Binary: College and Beyond." What is the gender binary? What if you don't subscribe to it? Dae Newman will discuss individual identity and life outside the gender binary. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Kim Green at greenk2@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4891 or visit https://linktr.ee/vcuomsa.

More and more people live long and productive lives after cancer diagnosis and treatment, and effective health care for survivors includes planning, communication and attention to a broad scope of health factors. Join Susan Hong, M.D., director of the Cancer Survivorship Program at VCU Massey Cancer Center, as she explains how an integrated survivorship program enhances patient-centered cancer care and ensures quality long-term health management. For more information, contact Blake Belden at beldenba@vcu.edu or visit http://facebook.com/VCUMasseyCancerCenter.

This month’s Facts & Faith Fridays discussion hosted by VCU Massey Cancer Center will be led by Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health. Facts & Faith Fridays began as a weekly call led by Massey director Robert Winn, M.D., with African American clergy in Virginia to address the disparate impact of COVID-19 on the Black community. It has evolved to address cancer and other health issues in diverse communities. Join the event at the following URL. For more information, contact John Wallace at wallacej@vcu.edu or (804) 628-1550 or visit https://youtu.be/JJ1cEeQteZA.

Coming up

VCU's Office of Alumni Relations and New Student and Family Programs have planned four student send-offs this summer, one virtual and three in-person events, to welcome the university's newest Rams. The send-offs are an opportunity for incoming students and their families to learn from alumni and current students about VCU and what it means to be a Ram. A virtual send-off via Zoom will be held July 28. In-person send-offs will be held July 29 at Hampton Roads (5:30-7:30 p.m., Mount Trashmore Park, Shelter 1, 310 Edwin Drive); Aug. 4 at DMV (6-8 p.m., Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston) and Aug. 5 in Richmond (6-8 p.m., VCU Commons Plaza, 907 Floyd Ave.). Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Allison Toney at aktoney@vcu.edu or visit https://blogs.vcu.edu/enews/2021/05/24/summer-send-offs-welcome-vcus-newest-students/.

The Health Equity Series hosted by VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research will continue with a community conversation on LGBTQ+ health care and research. The discussion will include advances, gaps and shared resources in the LGBTQ+ community and the efforts that are being established to close the gaps. The event will be open to all. Speakers will include Karen Legato, executive director of Health Brigade; Bill Harrison, president and executive director of Diversity Richmond; and Zakia McKensey, executive director of Nationz Foundation. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lauren Harris at cctrhlthdis@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqcuyrrD0jGNWbSWgJ8j-OXnQCvWuMxD-G.

Notices

VCU Police Hiring New Recruits

The VCU Police Department is hiring new police recruits. Recruits are paid to train at the VCU Police Academy. Officers receive free tuition for college courses and excellent state benefits, including health care, retirement and paid vacation time. VCU Police officers can retire at age 50 with 25 years of service. Questions? Contact VCUPD Recruiter Conrad Simms. Apply at the following URL. Apply by Aug. 31. For more information, contact Conrad Simms at csimms2@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1225 or visit https://police.vcu.edu/about/recruitment/.

A New Way to Work: Conversations About Flexible Work Arrangements

VCU Human Resources will present one-hour workshops for managers about having conversations with their employees regarding flexible work arrangements. Register in Talent@VCU or at the following URL. For more information, contact Jeremy Bost at jbost2@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.csod.com/ui/lms-learning-details/app/event/70926204-cccb-40b9-8ad4-20b40b657e4f.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate Program

VCU's English Language Program is accepting applications for its TEFL Certificate Program. The program is designed for individuals interested in teaching English to multilingual students, locally, internationally or online. Courses are non-credit bearing, accommodate all levels and do not require prior teaching experience. Apply at the following URL. For more information, contact Rachel Aziz at rcwiltshire@vcu.edu or visit https://global.vcu.edu/outreach/specialprograms/tefl/.

VCU Police To Host Food and Hygiene Drive for Ram Pantry

VCU Police is sponsoring a food drive through July 14 to support VCU's Ram Pantry. The pantry helps to fight food insecurity among VCU students and accepts perishable and nonperishable food items and hygiene items such as deodorant, soap and toothbrushes. Donations can be placed in designated bins at VCUPD Headquarters lobby, 224 E. Broad St.; VCU Facilities and Financial Services Building, 700 W. Grace St.; and Jonah L. Larrick Student Center, 900 Turpin St. For more information, contact Cpl. Cory Neace at neacecb@vcu.edu or visit https://bit.ly/3hkM5Cu.

VCU OCPE Personal and Professional Development Courses and Events

VCU's Office of Continuing and Professional Education offers online learning for the VCU community and members of the public. Choose from aikido, bookkeeping, computer skills, counseling and behavioral health, craft beer, cultural competency and languages, customer service, event planning, Excel, Google Analytics, paralegal studies, play therapy, podcasting, storytelling, supervisory and leadership, and test prep for the GMAT, GRE and LSAT, ACT and SAT, MCAT, PCAT, DAT and WordPress. For more information, contact VCU's Office of Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322 or visit https://ocpe.vcu.edu/courses/.

COVID-19 Vaccine Study

If you are 12-69 years old, had an allergic reaction that required the use of epinephrine or a visit to the emergency room in the last 15 years or you have no history of severe allergies, you may be eligible to participate. Learn more by calling (804) 573-9161 or the following number. The site principal investigator is Lawrence Schwartz, M.D. Study coordinator is Esperanza Gilbert. The study sponsor is the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. For more information, contact Kyle Narron at knarron@vcu.edu or (804) 628-1072.

Do You Vape Electronic Cigarettes?

Individuals who vape/use electronic cigarettes daily are needed to participate in a research study that requires multiple laboratory visits. Compensation will be provided. This study will be conducted at VCU. Principal investigator is Alison Breland, Ph.D., Department of Psychology. For more information, contact Alison Breland, Ph.D., at abbrelan@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3562 or visit http://cstp.vcu.edu/studies.

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