It’s a sobering statistic. In 2015, the average U.S. college student graduated with a student-loan debt of just over $35,000, according to an analysis of government data by Mark Kantrowitz, publisher at Edvisors. That’s the most indebted class ever. At VCU, efforts are underway to reverse this trend.
In selecting Tim Kaine as her running mate, Hillary Clinton is adding to her ticket a vice presidential candidate who is fluent in Spanish, has foreign policy experience and is capable of navigating the legislative process, said Tom Coen, who teaches in the Department of Political Science in the College of Humanities and Sciences at VCU.
Activities that William Pappadake had done effortlessly, such as play golf or write, became a debilitating struggle after he was afflicted with essential tremor, a nerve disorder that caused Pappadake’s hands to tremble uncontrollably. After his prescribed medication failed to control the tremor, Pappadake’s neurologist suggested he have deep brain stimulation surgery to more aggressively reduce his tremors.
Corri Miller-Hobbs, the Safe Kids VA program coordinator at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, answered questions from VCU News about how parents can ensure their children have fun despite the fierce summer heat.
Garret Westlake became the executive director of the VCU da Vinci Center July 1. As associate dean of student entrepreneurship at Arizona State University, Westlake helped fortify the university’s status as the country’s No. 1 most innovative university — beating out Stanford and MIT, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Carolina Ramôa, a postdoctoral researcher at VCU, just wrapped up a prestigious three-month internship with the World Health Organization in Geneva, where she worked on regulatory policies related to tobacco.
The award, now in its 15th year, honors an outstanding debut novel published during a calendar year. Flournoy’s book, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, tells the story of 13 adult siblings forced to reckon with their complex relationships and the deterioration of their east side Detroit neighborhood.
Dashty Frya knew how he wanted to spend his summer after talking with some of his close friends back home in northern Iraq — he wanted to travel to the United States. More specifically, he wanted to attend the seventh annual Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program hosted by the VCU Global Education Office and held at the Robertson School of Media and Culture.
With the addition of Trevor Reichman, the VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center is poised to again offer pediatric liver transplantation and will re-launch its living donor liver transplantation program in 2017. Reichman joined Hume-Lee as a lead surgeon for liver transplantation this month.
- Faith and floss: VCU dentistry school grad has made learning and helping others her mission (Richmond Magazine)
- Africa's young leaders at home in Virginia (WVTF Radio IQ)
- Does running cadence predict injury? (Runner's World)
- Richmond Mural Project meets goal of 100 murals in five years (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Events and announcements
The VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education presents the Fit4Kids workshop “Active Classrooms, Wellness Councils & Growing a Learning Garden” at the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center at Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road, Midlothian. Teachers can earn recertification points while learning strategies and skills to incorporate into the elementary and middle school classroom.
As of Sept. 1, VCU Recreational Sports will be implementing updated membership structures and procedures to improve the member experience and better serve the recreational needs of the university community. Visit www.recsports.vcu.edu/membership/ for more details.
RamTech announces Institutional RamSupport, a new equipment protection program for departmental technology purchases. Institutional RamSupport covers repairs, accidental damage and replacements for departmental tablets, laptops, desktops and other electronics at a special institutional rate. Institutional RamSupport works in conjunction with fixIT, has two unique plans to choose from and offers 10 percent off departmental orders of 100 units or more.
Nominations are being accepted through Aug. 19 for the 2016 Dorris Douglas Budd Award, which recognizes outstanding administrative and office support staff who enhance the image and mission of VCU and VCU Health. Eligibility criteria include minimum employment of five years, as of Sept. 30, in a secretarial/clerical support position at VCU Health (up to Salary Grade 9) or VCU (up to Pay Band 4).