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VCU Board of Visitors approves 2021-22 budget with no tuition increase

Board also authorizes the VCU administration to consider mandatory vaccinations, extends president’s contract.

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Black and Latinx surgeons continue to hit glass ceiling in America

Among the upper echelons of academic surgery, Black and Latinx representation has remained flat over the past six years, according to a new VCU-led study.

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Spring commencement by the numbers

More than 5,000 graduates, a few dozen virtual and in-person events and a whole lot of postage.

Members of the VCU Staff Senate in 2019. [View Image]

Staff Senate to hold universitywide elections, ensuring more diversity and representation of VCU’s 3,600 staff members

The elections will be held this summer. Candidates may sign up to run in June, and VCU staff will be able to vote in July.

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The Colonial Pipeline attack is a clear demonstration of the threat of ransomware

And addressing that threat — and the cybersecurity vulnerabilities that leave us open to it — is “no simple task,” according to VCU cybersecurity expert Christopher Whyte.

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VCU to celebrate spring commencement on Saturday

Members of the Class of 2021 will be honored at virtual and in-person events.

Sonya Lamb Barnes at the Suit Yourself closet on the MCV Campus. [View Image]

A new ‘Suit Yourself’ closet on the MCV Campus helps job seekers find the right look

The closet, run by the VCU Career Services office, is the second at the university and is stocked with business clothes for students to use as they apply for residencies, jobs, internships and fellowships.

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Class of 2021: Donald Petties plans to use interior design to improve lives

His projects exploring the built environment are informed by a background in construction.

Jordan Howard Thomas, left, with his grandfather, Howard Belton. [View Image]

Class of 2021: Jordan Howard Thomas’ degree is a tribute to his grandfather 27 years in the making

Thomas, a mechanical engineering student, grew up adoring Howard Belton, a retired engineer, and reflected on their bond often as he pursued his degree from VCU.

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Doug Pugh named VCU School of Business interim dean

S. Douglas Pugh, Ph.D., has been appointed interim dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business, effective July 1.

Meet VCU's spring 2021 graduates [View Image]

Meet VCU's spring 2021 graduates

Another pandemic semester is ending, and with it comes hope that better days are ahead. We interviewed 20 students this spring on the eve of their graduation. These are their stories.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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