VCU is launching a bold new initiative to strengthen its research and educational connections in China. The university is marking the Chinese New Year with an effort to double the numbers of Chinese students at VCU and of VCU students in China by the end of the decade.
The product on the court and the dedicated fans in the stands are justifiably the focus on gamedays – the men’s basketball team has won 26 or more games in five straight seasons and has sold out 64 straight home games – but the work done to provide the Rams and their devoted fans with the venue they deserve requires hard work and precise organization, much of it performed outside of public view.
To Myron Helfgott, success means having a good idea, which he then turns into a sculpture. More than 50 of Helfgott’s good ideas, including several room-size installations, now fill all three floors of the Anderson Gallery.
Researchers and others interested in the history and architecture of Richmond can now explore the city as it was at the end of the 19th century, thanks to a newly digitized map from 1889 that VCU Libraries has posted online and made fully interactive.
For the 13th year running, VCU Homecoming is back, and more ready than ever for a week full of fun, food and Ram Pride. This year’s Homecoming, which concludes Feb. 28, has the theme of “Empire.”
At VCU, Dan Uphoff played the drums and began to dig into the music recording industry. Uphoff used those experiences to launch and operate his own music studio, Full Circle Recording.
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- Students up all night to help nonprofits (The Commonwealth Times)
Events and announcements
VCU is seeking nominations for the Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME), which will be presented during the 2015 annual PACME celebration on April 14. PACME honors students, faculty, staff and administrators who have made significant contributions to enhancing VCU’s commitment to making excellence inclusive. Nominations should be submitted electronically by March 2. Information and the nomination form are available at http://www.inclusive.vcu.edu/news/pacme.html.
David Gompert, a former principal deputy director of national intelligence, will visit VCU to deliver a lecture on Iraq. Gompert’s talk, titled “Is Iraq Lost? If So, Who Lost It?” is at 7 p.m. in the Academic Learning Commons, room 1201.
The Chamber Music Society performs numerous concerts on tour each year, reaching new audiences well beyond the walls of Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City. The stellar cast will perform bold, lush and exquisite piano quartets by Mahler, Schumann and Brahms at 8 p.m. in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets, visit www.showclix.com/events/1320.
J. Stephen Morrison, Ph.D., director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., will deliver his talk, “U.S. Efforts to Advance the World’s Health Security,” at 7:30 p.m., in the Academic Learning Commons, room 1201. Morrison will discuss the role of the U.S. in strengthening global health security and his observations from a recent trip to West Africa to examine responses to the Ebola epidemic.