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Virtual connections

The VCU Office of Alumni Relations is helping you stay connected as a community when we can't gather together. Check out these virtual events and opportunities. Also, practice safe “social” distancing by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.

COVID-19

A Q&A with faculty expert on infectious diseases
VCU Alumni Relations hosted Leigh Anne Hylton Gravatt, Pharm.D., BCPS (Pharm.D.’03/P), for a special Q&A. Gravatt is a pharmacist with expertise in infectious diseases, she answered questions from the VCU community about COVID-19, social distancing and more.
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A Q&A on COVID-19’s impact on health care preparedness and policy
VCU Alumni Relations hosted Sarah Raskin, Ph.D., assistant professor in the homeland security and emergency preparedness program in the Wilder School, and Kathryn Howell, Ph.D., assistant professor in the urban and regional studies/planning program in the Wilder School, for a Q&A about COVID-19’s effects on health care policy and the response of health care systems. 
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A Q&A on how the pandemic has affected the U.S. supply chain
Three VCU School of Business faculty members answer questions about how the pandemic is disrupting the supply and distribution chain for food and other essentials. Hear what Jeff Smith, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management, Bruce Huhmann, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Marketing, and Jeff Shockley, Ph.D., associate professor of supply chain management and analytics, had to say in this Q&A.
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A Q&A on the ethical and sociological impact of COVID-19
What long-lasting ethical and sociological impact will the COVID-19 pandemic have on us? Will it change the way people treat others? How will it change the way we view our personal lives and our careers in the long term? Watch this Q&A led by Jacqueline Smith-Mason, Ph.D. (M.S.'89/GPA; Ph.D.'99/GPA), interim dean of the Honors College, as she discusses these questions and more with panelists Jay Albanese, Ph.D., professor of criminal justice in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, and Susan Bodnar-Deren, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in the College of Humanities and Sciences and co-director of perinatal health research at the VCU Institute for Women's Health.
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Expert Q&As

Noon-1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 20
Ask Me Anything: Let's Talk Race, Diversity and Inclusion
As conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion remain top of mind in America, addressing these issues has become increasingly important. Join the VCU Office of Alumni Relations for this webinar featuring Janice Gassam, Ph.D. (B.S.’09/H&S). This session is designed to create a safe space for an open forum where you are encouraged to submit candid questions that you’ve wanted to know regarding diversity, inclusion, race, allyship and how to support people of color. Although one person is not representative of an entire community/race, having this open dialogue about race can help bridge gaps of misunderstanding and help to create a more equitable and inclusive society. You can submit your questions anonymously. The first 50 registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Gassam's bestselling book, “Dirty Diversity: A Practical Guide to Foster an Equitable and Inclusive Workplace for All.”
>> Register for the Zoom link

Noon-1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 26
The Future of Testing During COVID-19: A Conversation With Medical Laboratory Science Experts
Advances in COVID-19 testing are ever changing, and questions about a vaccination are on everyone’s mind. Join this Zoom webinar to hear from several VCU alumni experts working the front lines in epidemiology, laboratories and health care systems. VCU Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences faculty member William Korzun, Ph.D. (Ph.D.’88/M), will dive into a lively discussion with panelists about how testing can inform our approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will give context to the history of laboratorians’ testing abilities, indications as to how Virginia facilities plan to double testing in the coming months and how testing directly affects contact tracing. Make sure to tune in for this timely discussion and ask questions of some of VCU’s most accomplished alumni. 
>> Register for the Zoom link

Expert Q&A: Pivoting the USGA during a crisis
This year’s golf season started off quite different from rescheduled events to fan-less tournaments. The VCU Center for Sport Leadership’s Greg Burton (M.Ed.'12/E) spoke with 2020 U.S. Open Championship Director and VCU alumnus Charlie Howe (M.S.’07/E) who answered questions about getting back to golf and what it was like to have to shift this year's championship due to COVID-19.
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Chalk Talk with Coach Rhoades
VCU head men’s basketball coach Mike Rhoades (M.S.’02/B) spoke with ESPN Richmond’s Greg Burton (M.Ed.’12/E) in a special Facebook Live event. Rhoades talked about recruiting digitally and other ways the team has adapted during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Personal and professional development

4:30-5:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 6
Strawberry Fields Flowers and Finds Instagram Live Demo
Join Strawberry Fields Flowers and Finds owner Deanna King (B.A.’94/H&S; M.T.’97/E) on Instagram for a flower arrangement demo that will brighten anyone’s day.
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Monday, Aug. 10
Pass the Mic: Black women in art
Join VCU Alumni Relations on Instagram as we continue our Pass the Mic series. Altimese Curry (B.S.'07/H&S) takes over our Instagram page to speak about the inspiration behind her newly published book of poetry, "Behind the Mask." You will have the opportunity to submit questions to our featured guest.
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Noon-1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 12
Maintaining Support and Connection With Loved Ones During COVID-19
Maintaining support and connection with loved ones during COVID-19 is an ever-evolving challenge. This is especially true if our loved ones live in long-term care communities, alone in their own homes or even with family. VCU gerontologists have been working nonstop to help family members navigate the challenges of being able to remain connected and provide the necessary support to help their loved ones through this time. Tune in to this Zoom webinar learn resources from alumni experts in the field on caring for your loved ones.
>> Register for the Zoom link.

Noon-1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Aug. 25
What to Know When Buying a Car in Today's Economy
Whether you are purchasing your first vehicle or your fourth, join VCU Office of Alumni Relations and the VACU Financial Success Center for this webinar featuring Eric Rowsey (B.S.'13/B) with CarMax. Learn about the ins and outs of purchasing a vehicle today, the art of negotiating and other tips that car dealerships might not want you to know.
>> Register for the Zoom link

1-4 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 26
Virtual part-time job fair
Register for this online event to find a hourly job or to hire VCU talent.
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1-4 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 7
Virtual diversity career and internship fair
Register for this online event to find a job or to hire VCU talent.
>> Learn more

Noon-1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 13
Are You Financially Healthy?
Join the VCU Office of Alumni Relations and the VACU Financial Success Center at VCU for this Zoom webinar featuring guest speaker Sylvia Watford, AFC, FFC, with Virginia Credit Union. In this workshop, you will understand what it means to be financially healthy, which is so much more than the one score everyone asks you about today, your credit score. True financial health is based on four key components: Spend, save, borrow and plan. You’ll also get a chance to confidentially determine your own financial health score and the steps you can take to improve that score.
>> Register for the Zoom link

1-4 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 21
Virtual experiential opportunities fair
Register for the online opportunity for students and recent graduates to connect with employers and vice versa.
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It’s OK to Not Be OK: Personal Health and Wellness
The thought of being a college graduate is an exciting time. College is now behind you and your whole future is ahead of you. For some, though, it’s not that simple. Thinking about life after college can pose the question of, “What’s next?" Learn tips for staying happy and healthy in your postgrad life from Mae-Lynn Germany, doctoral intern, and Steve Palmieri, psychology intern, with University Counseling Services.
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Living Your Best Life: Adjusting to a New City
Make the most of your city and find happiness in your new home. Javon Davis (B.S.’14/GPA; Cert.’15/GPA; M.P.A.’16/GPA) and Stephanie Joyner (B.S.'13/H&S), members of the Recent Graduate Council, answer questions in this webinar about making a big move!
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Making Money Moves: Personal Finance, Budgeting and Building Credit
Learn ways to control spending, build credit and save money in this webinar.
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Getting Retirement Ready
Whether you decide to retire in your 60s or in your 40s, we all know it’s best to have a plan. The good news is that it’s never too early or too late to start planning for retirement. In this recorded webinar, the VACU Financial Success Center at VCU and retired businessman Ron Gartska (M.S.’85/B) talk about preparing for retirement and navigating life in retirement especially during these uncertain times. This Q&A webinar focuses on valuable tips about properly planning for retirement from real-life experiences so you can have more freedom and independence in your golden years. (Information discussed on this webinar is for educational purposes only and is not legal, tax or investment advice. For such advice, participants should contact their legal, tax or investment advisers.)
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VCU Link
Seeking career insight or have expertise to share? Join VCU’s online community to advance your career and make industry contacts.
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Virtual Book Club
Join our free virtual community to connect with fellow alumni, faculty, staff and friends of VCU and enjoy novels and books on lifelong learning, personal growth and other topics. The next title is VCU's Common Book "One Person, No Vote," starting Aug. 6 and running through Oct. 6.
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Financial coaching
The Virginia Credit Union Financial Success Center at VCU offers financial education and resources for the VCU alumni community through webinars and virtual one-on-one financial coaching. Coaching is provided by trained and certified VCU professionals and community partners, including financial coaches, counselors, financial planners and advisers. 
>> Schedule an appointment

Virtual fitness
Join VCU Recreational Sports for live virtual group exercise classes and access other wellness resources, including parent and child programs, to stay healthy.
>> Learn more

Kids and families

Homeschooling Q&A: Finish the School Year Strong
With schools closing to stop the spread of COVID-19, parents find themselves working from home with a new side job: teacher. Many school districts across the nation still have six more weeks to go, so we want to help our alumni parents finish the school year strong. Watch this webinar to learn tips and tricks for preparing your students for final exams and end-of-the year presentations from two alumnae with homeschooling experience. Cassandra Willis, Ph.D. (M.I.S.’07/H&S; Cert.’14/E; Ph.D.’19/E), an adjunct instructor in the School of Education, is working from home while juggling parenting responsibilities, and Nicole Harris (M.Ed.’01/E), a veteran elementary school teacher, has homeschooled her four children, ages 6, 9, 12 and 15, for the past 10 years while working an at-home business. Thomas Beatty, Ed.D. (B.A.’93/H&S), director of the VCU Child Development Center, moderates the dicussion. Prior to joining the center, he served as an assistant professor in educational leadership in the VCU School of Education and previously spent over 25 years in Richmond Public Schools as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and central office administrator.
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Q&A with musician-author Michael Hearst
Michael Hearst (B.M.95/A), a musician and author, answers kids' questions (sometimes with songs) in this fun Q&A about his book, "Unusual Creatures."
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Printable coloring pages
Bust out your crayons, markers or colored pencils and get creative. 
>> Download your coloring page

Early Engineers Handbook
Enjoy kid-tested engineering learning activities for students in grades K-8. This resource, provided by the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement, is designed to spark curiosity and introduce/reinforce STEM concepts. No special equipment is required; just ordinary household items such as marshmallows, toothpicks and paper towel tubes. 
>> Download the handbook

Paper airplane designs
Test out your ideal paper airplane thanks to the VCU College of Engineering. 
>> Download plane designs

VCU Athletics Activity Book
Looking for activities your kids can do while at home? Download the VCU Athletics Activity Book! Complete three of the four pages for a chance to win a VIP basketball experience next season. VCU Athletics will announce the winners April 17. Email pictures to vcuathletics@vcu.edu with the name of your Jr. Rowdy Ram.
>> Download the activity book

Ram spirit

VCU Zoom backgrounds
Now it's easy to show your Ram spirit while working remotely!
>> Download your background

Ram recipes
Check out these easy at-home recipes from members of the VCU Alumni Relations staff.
>> View recipes

Volunteer opportunities

Hospitals across the country are looking ahead at how they can care for many more patients to come during the COVID-19 outbreak. VCU Health currently has sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment to keep our doctors and nurses safe on the front lines of care, but we cannot predict the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are three ways you can help now:

- Donate face masks and PPE.
- Sew face masks.
- Send letters of encouragement and thanks to our front-line health care workers. 

Learn more about these opportunities at VolunteerVCU