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VCU's Muslim Student Association will hold Jummah (Friday) Prayer in the Virginia Rooms on the second floor of the University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. First Khutbah will be held at 1:15 p.m.; the second will be at 2:15 p.m. Masks will be required. For more information, contact MSA @ VCU at vcumsa@gmail.com.

This week

VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will present a spotlight on Latine characters in comics that are often undervalued or forgotten. The discussion will also include how whitewashing of certain characters has greatly impacted Latine representation on the big screen. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Tiana Ingram at ingramtd@vcu.edu or visit http://linktr.ee/vcuomsa.

The VCU Guitar Series will feature Andrew Stevenson in concert at Vlahcevic Concert Hall, W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave. Stevenson, an alumnus of the VCU Department of Music, recently completed his Masters of Music degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. The program will feature works by Ponce, Ohana, Kellner and Jose. Admission is free. For those attending in person, a mask is required. The event will also be livestreamed at go.vcu.edu/concerthall. For more information, contact John T. Patykula at jtpatyku@vcu.edu or visit https://arts.vcu.edu/event/andrew-stevenson-classical-guitar/.

VCUarts Music faculty member Sonia Vlahcevic, Ph.D., will perform in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave. The concert, which is free, will also be livestreamed at go.vcu.edu/concerthall. For more information, contact John T Patykula at jtpatyku@vcu.edu or visit https://arts.vcu.edu/event/faculty-recital-sonia-vlahcevic-piano/.

Coming up

The Bangladeshi Student Organization will hold a general body meeting in the Alumni Board Room, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. All are welcome. For more information, contact BSO at VCU at bsoatvcu@gmail.com.

VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, University Student Commons, Suite 215, 907 Floyd Ave., will host Queer Coffee Hour with sweet treats, coffee and community. RSVP at the following URL. For more information, contact Beck Oh at omsaclp@vcu.edu or visit https://forms.gle/afSrRFK2MUj3rebG8.

VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the Health Science Library will present the next "Whetting Your Appetite for Research" seminar, “Show Me the Money: Using PIVOT to Identify Funding Opportunities.” Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., Wright Center research liaison, will discuss strategies for identifying appropriate research funding for your career and research interests. Questions: http://www.cctr.vcu.edu. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Pamela Dillon at pmdillon@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1519 or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlf-6vrT8uGtJGQiXQRod-pleM-TZUAIwg.

Release built-up tension, prevent injury, increase blood flow to muscles and increase long-term flexibility with a slower 30-minute practice focused on active stretching of muscles and opening of connective tissue. No equipment requirements, though a yoga mat is recommended. This virtual class will be hosted by VCU Human Resources and VCU Recreation and Well-Being. Questions: https://hr.vcu.edu/current-employees/worklife/. 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/3ADxiem.

Join VCU's Wright Center October Clinical Research Skills Series online and learn to recognize general data management challenges, apply basic data management principles and understand data management roles within the context of study design and conduct. Tim Aro, manager for clinical research informatics at the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, will speak. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Catherine Brown at crbrown@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpd-itqj4sG90g5XxA3m3rcAY15UT35v8y.

Are you interested in small business innovation or technology research funding for your startup? VCU's Institute for Engineering and Medicine will focus on federal funding opportunities as it hosts the next seminar in the Bench to Community seminar series. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Laua Osborne at lmnosborne@vcu.edu or (804) 828-0349 or visit https://iem.vcu.edu/events/bench-to-community/.

Ask questions and learn more about the flu vaccine at the next Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation Lunch and Learn session. Tune in for a brief history of the vaccine, how it works and why it's especially important to get it this year. Join the session on Facebook at the following URL. For more information, contact Madeleine Wagner at cppi@vcu.edu or visit https://bit.ly/CPPILive.

Heart to Soul in Action at VCU will hold a fundraiser art auction in collaboration with Katie’s Art Project at VCU and Race for Unity. The event will be at the Pace Center, 700 W. Franklin St. Art pieces made by local Richmond artists will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go toward the Ronald McDonald House and Race for Unity. Questions: Email heart2soulinaction@gmail.com. For more information, contact Mannat Narang at narangm@vcu.edu or visit http://linktr.ee/HSAvcu.

Join The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, a center in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, and the 2021 cohort of the VCU Leadership Development Program for their annual team project presentations. This year’s team projects focus on advancing institutional racial equity at VCU. Register to attend virtually or in person at the following URL. For more information, contact Kiara Faulks at gehli@vcu.edu or visit https://forms.gle/ZxN2PEyW8RE9utMo8.

This online workshop hosted by VCU Human Relations invites participants to examine the different generations in the workplace and ways to collaborate, grow and learn from one another. Participants will consider where generations came from, discuss historical events that have shaped our lives and acknowledge generational unconscious bias and assumptions. Find commonalities and break down the labels. Click on the following URL for the Zoom link. For more information, contact Shana Ryman at sryman@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.csod.com/samldefault.aspx?returnUrl=%252fDeepLink%252fProcessRedirect.aspx%253fmodule%253dlodetails%2526lo%253dbbce80ef-e0da-447a-aa70-946871e0bca3.

Misconceptions about retirement benefits can lead to missed opportunities. This session will debunk common myths about retirement benefits through VCU and share good news about the flexibility and opportunities actually available. Questions: https://hr.vcu.edu/current-employees/worklife/. Daniel Jason, VCU Human Resources' benefits director, will lead the session. 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/3u6HfyC.

Women in Science will host Graduate Shadow Day, an opportunity for undergraduates to touch base with a graduate student on how best to navigate admissions and enhance their understanding of what grad school life is like. This half-day event will be held on both Oct. 21 and Oct. 22. For more information, contact Haley Adcox at vcu.wis@gmail.com.

VCU Career Services will host a program on Zoom featuring Editor X, a software program which allows designers and web professionals to create responsive websites and portfolios using drag-and-drop techniques. The session, which will be taught by the Wix Playground team, is geared for graphic designers or those interested in UX/UI design. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Anna Umbreit at careers@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.joinhandshake.com/events/789048.

The Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium will host its 2021 conference on the Hopin.to platform. The theme will be "The Promise of Public Education: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice in a New Era." The program will feature over 100 speakers exploring prominent topics in public education. MERC connects VCU's School of Education with seven local school divisions in order to plan and conduct research that directly addresses school and community needs. Tickets are $15 for VCU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact David Naff at naffdb@vcu.edu or visit https://merc.soe.vcu.edu/conference/.

VCU's Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence will present a panel discussion on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Three SOTL experts will give short examples of their projects, followed by questions and discussion with those in attendance about how to engage in SOTL work. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Tiffany Freitas at freitast@vcu.edu or visit https://forms.gle/YKHCJLcTknaTG7br7.

VCU Environmental Health and Safety will hold online training for those who handle dangerous goods. Register for the class through BioRaft for Zoom information. For more information, contact Barbara Back at bjback@vcu.edu or (804) 241-0197.

Interested in learning more about the undergraduate and graduate programs on the MCV Campus? Join the VCU Health Sciences Schools for a virtual discussion about the university's programs in dentistry, nursing, medicine, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, clinical lab sciences, radiation therapy and more. Academic advisors, VCU undergraduate, nontraditional, first-generation, community college and post-baccalaureate students are encouraged to attend. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Taryn Hayes at hayesta5@vcu.edu or visit http://slate.to/7s6b3o65.

Notices

Richmond Heart Walk

The 2021 Richmond Heart Walk will be held Oct. 23 at Libbie Mill Midtown. Start a team, join a team or sign up as an individual to help defeat heart disease and stroke. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://www2.heart.org/site/TR?company_id=315701&fr_id=6080&pg=company.

Voter Registration Reminder From the VCU Votes Student Coalition

The VCU Votes Student Coalition reminds the university community to check their voter registration status and register to vote. The voter registration deadline to participate in Virginia's Nov. 2 general election is Oct. 12. For more information, contact Vanessa Lemus at lemusvs@vcu.edu or visit https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/thirdparty/VCUVotes.

Patients With Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Are Invited To Participate in a Study of a Potential New Treatment

We are inviting male and female Type 2 diabetes patients with painful diabetic neuropathy ages 18-75 to participate in a research investigation of a new treatment to alleviate pain and examine its effects on pain perception. In addition to the new treatment, this study involves completing surveys and undergoing tests to evaluate perceptions of pain. Volunteers will be compensated for their time. Participants are only required to come once for the study. The study is conducted within the VCU Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Engineering Lab. Questions: Email Bhushan Thakkar at the following address or Edmund Acevedo, Ph.D., FACSM, at eoacevedo@vcu.edu. For more information, contact Bhushan Thakkar at thakkarbs2@vcu.edu or (804) 300-5578.

Participate in a Focus Group on Lung Cancer Screening

VCU Health and Massey Cancer Center are conducting focus groups to understand the experiences of Black men who smoke or used to smoke and their opinions about lung cancer screening, smoking cessation and health care disparities in Virginia. Eligibility criteria: identify as a Black male, current or former smoker and 50 years old or older. If interested, contact Jasmine Blue at the following telephone number or email Blackchat@vcuhealth.org. For more information, contact Rashelle Hayes at rashelle.hayes@vcuhealth.org or (804) 827-0000.

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