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From the provost

We are excited to honor the Class of 2019 and to celebrate their academic accomplishments at the universitywide Commencement on Saturday, May 11. This year's event will be held at the Richmond Convention Center.

All faculty participating in the processional should RSVP using our online form by May 3. The VCU Commencement website's FAQ has information regarding parking, entry, security and lineups.

I encourage all faculty to attend this important event, even if your school, college or department holds a separate ceremony. This is one of the most important days in our students' lives, and our faculty have played a vital role in their achievement. At VCU’s Commencement, we can celebrate as a community – as a Ramily!

Key initiative updates/opportunities

Doing REAL poster session recap

More than 160 faculty, staff and students attended our Doing REAL poster session on April 5, bringing together units across campus to showcase 50+ experiential learning projects happening here at VCU. 
See recap and photo gallery from the event

VCU Celebrates with the Community! 

Please join the VCU Council for Community Engagement for the "VCU Celebrates with the Community" event and the announcement of the Current of Change Award winners on May 1, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Cabell Library, Room 303. This year's event will feature remarks by Steve Markel and a performance by the RVA Street Singers.

A recognition of collaboration between VCU and the community, the Currents of Change Awards recognize partnerships in four focus areas: community-engaged teaching, community-engaged outreach, community-engaged research and student-initiated community engagement. 
Learn more about the Current of Change awards

2019 Community Engagement Institute

The 2019 Community Engagement Institute will be held May 14 and 15 in the INNOVATE building, at 1010 W Grace Street. Sessions will focus on skill-building and networking opportunities in service-learning, community-engaged research and university-community partnerships.
Register for the Community Engagement Institute

Leadership/administrative updates

  • Donald "Don" Young, Ph.D., has agreed to serve as interim dean for the College of Humanities and Sciences, effective immediately. 
  • The final two candidates for the Executive Director of Global Education will be on campus May 3 and May 6; please plan to attend their open forum dates as your schedule allows. 
  • Cathy Howard, Ph.D., vice provost for community engagement, has announced her retirement, effective June 30. Please join us in congratulating Cathy on 31 amazing years of service to VCU! 

Announcements

Planning for fall

Please mark your calendars with these important dates for fall 2019:

  • Monday, August 19 – New Student Convocation
  • Tuesday, August 20 – First day of classes on the Monroe Park Campus
  • Thursday, August 29 – Faculty Convocation (3-5 p.m., Singleton Center)
  • Friday, October 18 – Reading Day

Student surveys

A pair of important surveys have been distributed to students in the past weeks. The First Destination Survey collects information about students' post-graduation plans — valuable data that helps inform our career and advising services. 

Likewise, an email invitation for The Times Higher Education Survey was sent to a random sample of undergraduate students in mid-April. This survey, created by the Wall Street Journal, helps refine our position in the Times Higher Education College Rankings.

Please encourage your students to help us improve the VCU experience by participating in these informative surveys.  

2019 Grant Academy applications

The 2019 Grant Academy, an Office of Research and Innovation program, is now accepting applications. This program provides training and support to help faculty investigators work towards a successful funding proposal. The deadline is May 6.

Important dates

  • May 1: Reading day; Celebrate VCU with the Community
  • May 3: Deadline for Commencement faculty processional registration
  • May 11: VCU Commencement
  • May 14: Final grades due by noon
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