In a special UCI Road World Championships-themed video message, VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., travels the globe on two wheels, welcomes students to VCU and challenges the VCU community to take on the world this academic year.
While studying English at VCU, Richmond resident Jesse McCauley rode his bicycle all over the city and commuted back and forth to his job at Diversity Thrift. Now, 10 years later, McCauley has gained a reputation across Richmond as the go-to guy for the restoration of antique, rare and fascinating bicycles.
Forty musicians from China, Taiwan and the United States spent a lyrical week at the VCU Global Summer Institute of Music this month, hosted by the Department of Music in the School of the Arts.
The VCU School of Dentistry has received a $2.4 million federal grant to introduce an innovative new curriculum, purchase new dental technology and build on its ongoing efforts to treat at-risk pediatric patients.
Twelve scholars from around the globe recently arrived at VCU to spend a year working to solve challenging public health issues, such as substance abuse, HIV and AIDS, women’s health, post-traumatic stress disorder, mental health, and more.
VCU Parking and Transportation has converted 70 percent of its RamSafe fleet to operate on liquid propane bi-fuel through a partnership with the Virginia Department of General Services; the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy; Alliance AutoGas; and Virginia Clean Cities. The conversion is projected to save the division more than $20,000 in annual fuel costs.
As the back-to-school season approaches, Ashley Cappel, a registered dietitian with the Healthy Lifestyles Center and TEENS program at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, offers tips on encouraging healthy eating in kids.
- VCU board of visitors tours construction on new Children’s Pavilion building (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- VCU research shows 20-year life expectancy difference in core city (Idea Stations)
- Surviving Hurricane Katrina inspires teen to become reporter 10 years later (WWBT-TV Channel 12)
- Photos: White Coat Ceremony (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Events and announcements
The VCU NAACP, Black Graduate Student Association and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs host a series designed to provide a safe space to discuss and explore the role of “Race in America” in the University Student Commons, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Room 215, 2–3 p.m.
The Humanities Research Center at VCU will host a series of public events this fall to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery and to recognize the nation’s ongoing journey toward racial justice. The speaker series, “Race, Citizenship, and Memory in the South,” will get underway on Sept. 3 with a talk by public intellectual and Princeton University professor Cornel West, Ph.D., 6 p.m. at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad St.
As many as 250 coders, designers, hackers and entrepreneurial-minded students from across VCU — as well as many other colleges and universities — will take part in VCU’s second annual 24-hour hackathon, RamHacks. The hackathon, in which teams of up to four students will collaboratively design software or hardware applications, will be held Sept. 12–13 at the VCU School of Engineering. The event, which is organized by the School of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science, is open to all VCU students, as well as any other student enrolled at a college or university.