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Health Coverage Open Enrollment Ends May 17

Today, May 17, is the last day for eligible faculty and staff to make health coverage changes and/or enroll in flexible spending for the plan year beginning July 1. Eligible faculty and staff may make open enrollment elections for state health coverage and flexible spending until May 17. Elections may be made online or by using an enrollment form. Forms must be received by VCU HR by 5 p.m. on May 17 or postmarked by May 17 if sent by mail. Questions? Visit Enroll at


Join Jennifer Early, Ph.D., project manager at VCU Health and a member of the Family Representative Council for the East Marshall Street Well Project, for a virtual presentation recounting the history of human remains found in the East Marshall Street Well on the VCU Medical Center Campus. Early will explore the practice of 19th-century grave robbing for the purposes of procuring cadavers for medical study and how this practice was only one contributor to institutional racism in health care. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Roy Roach III at or visit

This week

James Thomas, PT, Ph.D., principal investigator on a study of chronic lower back pain, will showcase his research and the associated technological dependencies at a session hosted by VCU's IT Career Community Research Support SIG. Register in Talent@VCU at the following URL. For more information, contact Hannah Steighner at or visit

Join faculty and staff from the VCU School of Nursing and VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation to learn about a new graduate certificate program that will make it simpler for those with an interest in innovation to develop products and solutions to challenges facing the health care industry. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lloyd Young at or visit

VCU's Student Services Career Community invites interested faculty and staff to participate in the group's virtual conference, "Collaborate. Support. Engage." Those who attend will gain a better understanding of each other's work and learn how to better support CU's students. Register in Talent at the following URL. For more information, contact Nichole Dorton at or (804) 387-3319 or visit

Kimberly Salkey, M.D., VCU Health Dermatology, will discuss skin cancer and provide tips on staying safe in the sun. The online session will be hosted by the Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Medical Center Health and Wellness Library. The program is free and open to all, but space is limited. Registration is required. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Dana Ladd at or (804) 828-2432 or visit

To a great extent, the struggle to reclaim Richmond's Black history and that of slavery's role in the city's early growth has also been about changing the priorities for civic planning and development. In this session, Ana Edwards, chair of the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project, will lead a discussion on efforts to acknowledge the history of Black life in Richmond. The event will be sponsored by VCU Libraries. Questions: Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Gregory Kimbrell at or (804) 393-2951 or visit

Join VCU Human Resources, VCUHS HR and Virginia Credit Union to learn the basics about credit and loans and how they work. Gain greater control over your finances by setting personal financial goals and learning about financial resources. Questions: Register in Talent@VCU or at the following URL. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

Coming up

VCU's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs will hold an online informational session for students interested in pursuing a Wilder master's degree through the VCU Baccalaureate Graduate Master's Opportunity. An overview of the opportunity's requirements and benefits and the school's graduate programs will be presented. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Ross Losapio at or (804) 827-0364 or visit

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


Everyone Together on One Google Domain

Beginning May 17, all students, faculty and staff will collaborate together in one Google Workspace domain. Students involved have been directly notified of action needed. For more information, contact Doctor Gee at or visit

Canvas Training for Spring

New online Canvas training sessions are scheduled and ready for registration. Academic Technologies has partnered with VCU Online to provide a full schedule of training covering a variety of Canvas topics. Training will be delivered by members of both teams who have prepared the university's Canvas environment and resources to smooth the transition. View the training schedule at the following URL. For more information, contact Brianne Jackson at or visit

Spring 2021 Final Grading Due May 18 at Noon

Grade sheets are now available on faculty eServices. Grades are due by noon on May 18, at which time grade entry will no longer be available. It is imperative to meet this deadline to complete all end-of-the-semester processes. Faculty may choose to use the feature to upload grades from an Excel file into eServices. Faculty may only access grade sheets for courses to which they have been assigned. For more information, contact The Office of Records and Registration at

Now Accepting Applications: 2022 Leadership Programs

Applications are now available for the 2022 cohorts of the VCU Leadership, HIGHER Ground and Minority Political Leadership Institute programs in the VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. For more information, contact Kiara Faulks at or visit

Adobe Creative Cloud Workshop

The University of Arizona is offering free Adobe Creative Cloud workshops May 18-Aug. 12. This opportunity is only available to an Adobe Creative Campus. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to to take advantage of the available events. Questions: Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lucy Halunko at or (804) 828-7713 or visit

VCU Human Research Protection Program Offers New Consultation Program

Designing a human research project and have questions? The VCU Institutional Review Board can help you get it right the first time. Schedule a consultation to receive on-on-one IRB assistance while preparing your IRB submission. Schedule consultations through the HRPP’s home page at the following URL. For more information, contact Nyssa Towsley at or (804) 827-1157 or visit

Clinical Trials Day To Be Observed

Clinical Trials Day, celebrated annually on May 20, recognizes and applauds the people who conduct clinical trials and thanks them for what they do every day to improve public health. Join VCU Health, VCU Massey Cancer Center, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation and VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research to celebrate Clinical Trials Day 2021. For more information, contact Emily Komornik at or visit

Recreational Sports Faculty/Staff Functional Fitness Training

Faculty/Staff Functional Fitness Training is available to all faculty and staff who are members of VCU Recreational Sports. Session One will be May 25-July 1 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 a.m. at Cary Street Gym, 101 S. Linden St. Register by May 21. For more information, contact Jessica Norman at or visit

Virtual Reality Gaming for Back Pain

Are you currently experiencing low back pain, between the ages of 18-60 years old and interested in the possibility of nine weeks of nonsurgical experimental treatment? If you answered yes to all three you may qualify for our research. What? New, innovative and fun virtual reality games are designed to help people with chronic back pain move and feel better. Where? All appointments, testing and treatments are conducted at VCU. When? Participation in the study involves 24 one-hour appointments scheduled over a 57-week period. Who? The VIGOR Study team consists of professionals in the field who have been selectively chosen and extensively trained. Interested? Contact VCU's Motor Control Lab at the following URL. You may be compensated for your time. Questions: For more information, contact Tiffany Amos at or (804) 628-2902 or visit

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