Left, Savannah-Zhané Jolley. Top right: Jolley and her mother, Louise. Bottom right: Jolley's celebrates getting an "A" on a research paper. [View Image]

Class of 2021: A mysterious illness couldn’t derail Savannah-Zhané Jolley’s journey to a VCU degree

Headaches and memory loss nearly derailed her final years of school. But thanks to her mother, the Department of Political Science and her own perseverance, Jolley will graduate this month.

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VCU Health Orchestra to be featured on the 'Today' show

NBC’s “Today” show will profile the orchestra, known as Music and Medicine, on Sunday, May 9 program.

A pediatrician administers a shot to a child. [View Image]

A majority of Virginia parents are willing to have their children vaccinated

New VCU Wilder School poll shows more than 60% of parents will support.

Portraits of some of VCU's 2021 Brandcenter graduates. [View Image]

Check out some of VCU’s graduating Brandcenter students — and their stellar work

A new website,, is a showcase of student work and a way for new graduates to establish connections with potential employers.

Alexia Brown. [View Image]

Class of 2021: Alexia Brown is on a mission to learn – and make the world a better place

“I want something that’s going to make me want to get up in the morning, no matter how exhausted I am, with an energy that says, ‘I gotta go. I gotta go do my work.’ … There’s so much work to do.”

Carlos David Jimenez Morales. [View Image]

Class of 2021: Problem solver Carlos David Jimenez Morales wants to make an impact on health care

Later this month, he will become the first graduate of VCU’s Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation program.

Christina Gordon, a VCU dental student, holds a model of human teeth wearing braces. [View Image]

For patients with braces, flossing teeth is a pain. A VCU student’s invention could make it easier.

Christina Gordon’s device, the Proxy-Flosser, could ease the daily cleaning routine of those who wear braces. Her invention is one of five that has received funding from VCU’s Commercialization Fund.

Fantasy Lozada. [View Image]

VCU professor to explore ‘emotional code switching’ among African American youth

Psychology professor Fantasy Lozada received an NSF CAREER award to study emotion regulatory flexibility among African American youth, which helps them to protect against racism.

Sara Holston. [View Image]

Class of 2021: Dental student and rodeo champion Sara Holston gets back to her Southwest Virginia roots

Providing care to underserved populations — both urban and rural — have solidified in Holston a commitment to giving back.

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Graduate School offerings help make it easier and more affordable to obtain an advanced degree

Recent VCU graduates, including spring and summer 2021 grads, can elevate their resumes by enrolling in over 50 master’s programs through the VCU Baccalaureate Graduate Masters initiative.

Felicity Baah. [View Image]

Nursing students and faculty have created a call center to get COVID-19 patients home sooner

At the COVID-19 Patient Education Initiative, nursing students contact COVID-19 patients to prepare them to return home, reducing ‘phone tag’ between VCU Health nurses, social workers and patients.

VCU student Leen Sylvain's sketch of a pocket park [View Image]

Shrunken worlds, reconfigured spaces: How the pandemic is altering interior design

VCU’s interior design professors and students are responding to COVID-19 through unique assignments and structural adjustments. Their efforts are a window to changes and challenges to the industry.

Silhouette of "Rumors of War" outside the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. [View Image]

A VCU class at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is making the invisible visible

Students are learning the concept of disruption through the art of Kehinde Wiley at the VMFA as well as the transformation of the Robert E. Lee Memorial to Marcus-David Peters Circle.

Julie Russo. [View Image]

Class of 2021: Humanity and humility are key to Julie Russo’s success

In the face of her own personal tragedy and grief, the graduating Master of Public Health student has focused on providing support to family, friends and loved ones of human trafficking survivors.

Irene Herold, Ph.D [View Image]

Irene Herold named dean of the VCU Libraries and university librarian

Josly Pierre-Louis wearing a white doctor's coat. [View Image]

‘It takes a village to succeed’: Student earns national scholarship to finish her Ph.D.

Josly Pierre-Louis’ parents immigrated to America from Haiti. Their daughter, a VCU grad, is the rising tide for all boats when it comes to her success in chemistry and health research.

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Trailblazing Robertson School professor Clarence Thomas to retire at end of semester

Thomas, who taught mass communications at VCU for 30 years, was the first Black faculty member to receive tenure at the university in his field.

VCU Board of Visitors Governance and Compensation Committee to meet electronically May 7 [View Image]

VCU Board of Visitors Governance and Compensation Committee to meet electronically May 7

The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors will hold an in-person and electronic meeting on May 7, beginning at 9 a.m.

VCU Board of Visitors Strategic Task Force to meet in-person and electronically May 4 [View Image]

VCU Board of Visitors Strategic Task Force to meet in-person and electronically May 4

The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors will hold an in-person and electronic meeting on May 4.

Hannah Ming. [View Image]

A VCU doctoral student is looking at how racism might be affecting maternal health outcomes

A grant from Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest collegiate honor society, is helping to fund Hannah Ming’s research.

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Class of 2021: Computer science student Max Safo immerses himself in technical topics

Safo’s deep dives into computer science and mathematics have led to leadership roles and research opportunities.

Two people seated on a bench — one person speaks to another with their head in their hands. [View Image]

How VCU Police is changing its approach to mental health and crisis response

VCU Police officers have either mental health first-aid training or crisis intervention training and are learning how to better intervene if colleagues make mistakes or engage in misconduct.

Clockwise from top left: Amanda Parks, Michelle Hawkins, Seth Leibowitz, Alex Wagaman and Andrew Daire. [View Image]

At annual PACME awards, recognition for those ‘who are willing to go deep’

Five from across VCU are honored for their work to promote civility, build community, advocate for equity and nurture a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Karah Gunther, left, and Matt Conrad. [View Image]

VCU announces the promotion of Matthew A. Conrad and Karah L. Gunther

Conrad and Gunther will be promoted to new positions effective May 1.

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VCU, Penn State researchers shed light on racial, economic segregation in Virginia schools

The researchers also reveal extensive racial, ethnic and socioeconomic gaps in AP course-taking among Virginia’s high school students.

Nayab Mughal [View Image]

Real research: Future nurse finds rewards in research’s potential to better understand others

Nayab Mughal has been involved in three studies, giving her the chance to learn how the pandemic has affected the experiences of both pregnant and hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients.

Stephanie Osei [View Image]

Real research: Stephanie Osei pursues passion for medicine in the classroom and the lab

Osei has been working in a lab that studies why patients with cystic fibrosis have been less likely to acquire COVID-19.

Joyce Swenson. [View Image]

Class of 2021: At 62, lifelong learner Joyce Swenson is ready to take on new challenges

Swenson has lived and worked all over the world. Now she is tackling a second career as a medical laboratory scientist.

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The CDC and FDA have lifted their Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause. What does that mean?

A VCU Health infectious diseases expert helps unpack a busy few weeks for federal health agencies.

Jay-Dee Samonte. [View Image]

Class of 2021: Jay-Dee Samonte charts a path of creativity

The graduating VCU School of Business student aspires to blend passions for entrepreneurship and design. Up next: an art director internship with the Minneapolis advertising agency Periscope.

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