Andre Enow, a native of Cameroon, arrived at VCU in the fall of 2010 unclear of what lay ahead. Like many transfer students, Enow visited the Transfer Center, part of VCU’s University College, in search of help. He soon felt set up to succeed. “They guided me in the right direction,” Enow said.
VCU’s new Division of Diversity and Equity is ushering in the new semester with opportunities for building on and enhancing initiatives at a university that already is considered a leader in diversity efforts. With founding vice president Wanda Mitchell, Ed.D., leading the way, the division is adding to existing efforts and creating more opportunities to address diversity in its broadest sense by ensuring advocacy for diverse and inclusive environments and promoting a culture of civility and respect for all individuals.
Very few Virginia Commonwealth University faculty —and even fewer students — have noticed a change when using VCU Libraries online. Yet in October, VCU Libraries went live with a cutting-edge cloud-resident platform, positioning itself as a technological leader among academic libraries. VCU is an early adopter of Alma, the unified resource-management system from Ex Libris Inc. VCU is the third library in North America to implement Alma.
Patients who undergo knee replacement surgery may be at risk of gaining more weight than their peers who have not had the surgery, according to a five-year study led by VCU professor Daniel Riddle.
Events and announcements
The VCU School of the Arts Anderson Gallery will feature two exhibitions from Brian Ulrich, VCU photography professor, starting with an exhibition opening on Friday, Jan. 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Copia – Retail, Thrift and Dark Stores, 2001-2011,” features 58 color photographs from a three-part project exploring consumerism in America. “Close Out – Retail Relics and Ephemera” features objects and images from Ulrich’s archive of retail artifacts.
The seventh annual Burnside Watstein LGBT Awards program will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. A reception begins at 3:30 p.m. followed by award presentations at 4 p.m. by Equality VCU. This year’s recipients are Hermelinda Cortes, Elizabeth Cramer and Tracey Gendron. The Burnside Watstein LGBT Awards are given annually to individuals who enrich the community in and around VCU and make a significant difference in the lives of LGBTQIA faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members. For more information, contact Jeff Wing, firstname.lastname@example.org.