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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 as we’re work to bring you even more digital programming in the coming weeks.

During this worldwide crisis, VCU is focused on how to provide the best services to our patients and students. Learn how you can help.


Noon-1 p.m. EDT Friday, June 5
Now What? 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? Join a Facebook Live Q&A led by Jacqueline Smith-Mason, Ph.D. (M.S.'89/GPA; Ph.D.'99/GPA), interim dean of the Honors College, as we discuss 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.
>> Register for the Zoom webinar

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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Expert Q&As

Noon-1 p.m. EDT Tuesday June 19
Expert Q&A: USGAs Charlie Howe
Father's Day weekend usually features the U.S. Open Championship for many Rams around the country. This year things will look a little different with the United States Golf Association's decision to move one of the world's top golf tournaments to September. Join the VCU Center for Sport Leadership's Greg Burton (M.Ed.'12/E) on Zoom for a special Father's Day weekend alumni Q&A with the 2020 U.S. Open Tournament Director and VCU alumnus Charlie Howe (M.S.'07/E). He'll answer your questions on the USGA, PGA Tour and what it was like to have to shift this year's tournament due to COVID-19. 
>> Register now

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.
>> Watch now

Personal and professional development

6:30-7:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 11
Sip, Sip Hooray: Wine Tasting 101
All you need is an internet connection to enjoy an educational and fun wine-tasting experience with Terricinia St. Clair (B.F.A.98/A), owner of The Tipsy Sommelier. In this interactive, virtual wine tasting, sponsored by the African-American Alumni Council, you’ll learn basic wine-tasting techniques, while discovering identifying characteristics of three of the six noble wine varietals, all of which can be purchased ahead of time at your local Total Wine store: Firebrand Chardonnay, Mina Mesa Cabernet and Dr. Heidermann’s Blitz Riesling.
>> Register now

Noon-1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 17
It’s OK to Not Be OK: Personal Health and Wellness (webinar)
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. 
>> Learn more

Noon- 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 24
The Power of Leveraging LinkedIn during a Global Pandemic
In the face of COVID-19, LinkedIn has become a great way to establish or stay connected with individuals in your network. Join us as alumnus and Dominion Energy recruiter Aaron Varella (B.S.'19/B), presents on the most powerful resource in your career development toolkit and how to get noticed by recruiters.
>> Register for the Zoom webinar

Noon-2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 30
1:1 Chat with Financial Advisers: Budgeting During an Economic Downturn
Are you finding yourself revisiting your budget due to COVID-19? Getting your finances in order during these uncertain times is just as important as practicing social distancing. Log in to chat 1:1 with financial advisers for 15-minute sessions anytime between noon and 2 p.m. EDT.
>> Learn more and register

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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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
Our free virtual book club offers a “Choose Your Own Adventure” reading period through July 30. Pick from three different books (or read and discuss all three!). Selections are “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollen, “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin and “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman.
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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 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