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AAAC Reunion

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Join us for Reunion Weekend, April 7-9!

Register to attend a fun-filled weekend of events and activities planned especially with you in mind. We'll also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Eta Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Please note that all registrations are final; no refunds will be given.

Hotel reservations

A group rate of $129 per night is available at The Westin Richmond, 6631 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23230. To reserve your room, contact The Westin at (888) 627-7786 and reference the VCU Alumni room block or use the hotel's online reservation page. Deadline for reservations at the reduced rate is March 24. A limited number of rooms are available so make your reservations early.

We understand this hotel is a few miles from campus. The AAAC originally secured a room block closer to campus at a downtown hotel but learned that the hotel would be undergoing a renovation and that the property could not guarantee that the construction would not affect our guests.

Schedule of events

Friday, April 7

AAAC Golf OutingAAAC reunion golf
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Sycamore Creek Golf Course, 1991 Manakin Road, Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103
Cost: $42
Alumni and friends are invited to participate in our golf outing at Sycamore Creek Golf Course. Refreshments available for purchase. Please sign up to play by Friday, March 31, and arrive promptly to prevent interference with other groups. Visit Sycamore Creek’s website for information about the course. For more information about the outing, contact Nicole Carter (B.S.’01/H&S; M.S.’06/AHP), AAAC secretary, at nikicarter101@aol.com.


Christine Darden, Ph.D, from “Hidden Figures”Christine Darden, Ph.D.
When: 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Where: Academic Learning Commons, Room 1107, 1000 Floyd Ave., Richmond, VA 23284
Cost: Complimentary
Christine Darden, Ph.D., a retired NASA mathematician, data analyst and aeronautical engineer who is featured in “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race,” a 2016 book by Margo Lee Shetterly, speaks at VCU. Shetterly’s book was adapted into the Academy Award-nominated film “Hidden Figures,” released this winter. Darden’s visit is sponsored by the departments of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics; African-American Studies; and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Dr. Darden's talk is expected to be well attended and seating is first come, first serve. Registration does not guarantee a seat the event so you are strongly encouraged to arrive early.


Diversity and Inclusion Networking ReceptionAAAC reunion diversity reception
When: Reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by program
Where: Academic Learning Commons, lobby and Room 1102, 1000 Floyd Ave., Richmond, VA 23284
Cost: Complimentary
RSVP: Online
The Division for Inclusive Excellence invites alumni to a networking reception that brings together diverse alumni, students and campus members to recognize, honor and explore opportunities to expand diversity and inclusion at VCU. The division, with support from the VCU Office of Development and Alumni Relations, hosts this reception to engage members of VCU’s diversity alumni organizations — AAAC, Latino Alumni Council, and Rainbow Rams — to foster an inclusive community that welcomes and supports those historically excluded or underrepresented in higher education. We eagerly seek your active participation in this fun-filled event that will includes food, drinks and music and an update on VCU’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan of Action. Stay informed about VCU’s inclusive excellence initiatives by visiting the division’s website.


AAAC Happy Hour
When: 7-10 p.m.
Where: The Local Eatery and Pub, 1106 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23220
Cost: Complimentary, food and drinks available for purchase
Reconnect and relax with fellow alumni.


Saturday, April 8

Alumni basketball
When: 9-11 a.m.
Where: Cary Street Gym, 101 S. Linden St., Richmond, VA 23284
Cost: Complimentary
Enjoy a morning of fun and recreation at the Cary Street Gym. Identify yourself as a VCU alumnus attending Reunion Weekend at the entrance.


Mind, Wellness and Fitness: Bridging the Gap
Between Physical and Mental HealthDr. Kristi Hall
When: 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Cary Street Gym, 101 S. Linden St., Richmond, VA 23284
Cost: Complimentary
Join alumna Kristi Hall, Ph.D. (B.S.’03/H&S), as she shows you new ways to approach your physical and mental wellness. The first half of the event will be all about the mental, and then it’s time to get physical with a little hip hop cardio! Bring your water bottles and a smile for this brand-new AAAC Reunion event. Sponsored by Kristi Hall of Wholesome Minds LLC.


Mentoring Circle Mocktail Party2016 AAAC Mentoring Circle photo
When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Academic Learning Commons, lobby and Room 1107, 1000 Floyd Ave., Richmond, VA 23284
Cost: Complimentary
Alumni are invited to participate in this year’s AAAC Mentoring Circle. The Mentoring Circle connects current VCU African-American undergraduate students with VCU African-American alumni who share common professional aspirations and interests. Mentors are asked to promote and to encourage academic excellence, to provide guidance on how to socially navigate the collegiate community experience, to model networking and proper social etiquette and to offer advice on career success. The mentoring relationship is sustained through monthly exchanges via email, mobile phone and when feasible, face-to-face interactions. Active, dues-paying members of VCU Alumni are needed to serve as mentors for the 2017-18 cohort. Register to either be a mentor or an observer at the mocktail party.


Old School/New School Block Party‌‌‌AAAC reunion block party
When: 1-4 p.m.
Where: University Student Commons Plaza, 907 Floyd Ave., Richmond, VA 23284
Cost: Complimentary
Join fellow classmates, friends, family and Rams of all ages for this exciting event! Enjoy music, tailgating by various organizations, and socializing with both old and new school alumni. Alcohol strictly prohibited.


Reunion Weekend Day Party
When: 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: The Depot, 814 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23284
Attire: Casual
Cost: $10 members and $15 nonmembers in advance; $15 all guests at the door
Stay on campus after the block party as we continue socializing and dancing at the inaugural Reunion Weekend Day Party. The event features an hors d’oeuvres buffet, music by DJ PBleezy and a cash bar. Join VCU Alumni to receive the discounted advance ticket price of $10. Space is limited so RSVP early!


Soul Bowl LoungeAAAC reunion - soul bowl
When: 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: AMF Shrader Lanes, 8037 Shrader Road, Henrico, VA 23294
Attire: Casual
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
RSVP: Online
Soul Bowl is a national series of charitable events that combine bowling with good food, good music and good works. In addition to providing a night with the hottest DJs, bowling, billiards and card games. Soul Bowl will allocate $10 per ticket to AAAC for advance tickets purchased in support of our organization. Let’s bowl with purpose and to support AAAC programs! Visit Soul Bowl Lounge for more information and event registration. Please purchase tickets in advance to ensure AAAC receives credit for the sale. Additional $1.50 fee per ticket for online orders.

 

Sunday, April 9

Sunday breakfast
When: 8-10 a.m.
Where: Crossings Restaurant, The Westin Richmond, 6631 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA, 23230
Cost: $15 (plus tax and gratuity), pay on-site
Enjoy Sunday breakfast with other alumni.


Sunday church service‌AAAC reunion the life church RVA, pastor and mrs. gordon
When: 11 a.m.
Where: The Life Church RVA, 214 Cowardin Ave., Richmond, VA 23224
Join Pastor Vernon L. Gordon III and his wife, Ashley (B.S.’09/B; M.A.’10/B), for Sunday fellowship at The Life Church RVA. The Life Church RVA has generously pledged to donate 10 percent of its April offerings to the AAAC’s and VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs’ scholarship funds.


Reunion Weekend community service project

We are collecting items during Reunion Weekend for the VCU RamPantry, which supports students experiencing food emergencies. Last year, we collected more than 650 pounds of food items for RamPantry during Reunion Weekend, and we would like to exceed that total this year. Suggested items for donation include:

The AAAC will collect items at the following events:

 

Register for Reunion Weekend

Questions? Contact Larry Powell (B.S.’85/H&S) at (804) 828-8194 or wlpowell@vcu.edu. We encourage you to check this page and our Facebook page regularly for Reunion updates.