Making a difference in a flash

We all have that person. The one who offered advice at just the right moment; who motivated us to surge forward in face of adversity. Who connected us to our professions and provided guidance when we needed it most. And whether they know it or not, each of us had a mentor that made a difference in our careers.

We’re asking you to be that person.

VCU Career Services has launched a Flash Mentoring program for VCU Health Sciences alumni and friends aimed at providing brief one-on-one mentoring conversations with health sciences students.

What is Flash Mentoring?
Flash Mentoring is a one-time meeting or discussion that enables an individual to learn and seek guidance from a more experienced person. The purpose is to provide a valuable learning opportunity for less experienced individuals while requiring a limited commitment of time and resources for more experienced individuals serving as mentors.

How much time does it take?
Flash mentoring doesn’t require a huge commitment of your time. It can be as simple as a phone conversation or a quick chat over coffee or lunch. You find a time that suits your schedule and you decide if you want to meet again. You can meet with as many or as few students as you wish.

I don’t have any advice to offer a student
Students naturally seek mentors whose expertise match their career aspirations, so you’ll already have something in common. You’ll be surprised by how much you have to say once you get started. Most students are eager to learn about your professional path.

How do I register?
Register to become a flash mentor by creating a HireVCURams account. Once you’re registered, you can begin searching for a student to meet with whose interests match your expertise.

If you have any questions, contact VCU Career Services at 804-828-1645 or

Third annual Battle for the Capital


The clock is ticking for the third annual Battle for the Capital!

Last year, your alma mater stomped the Spiders on the court AND in our alumni giving challenge. Help us do it again!

Make a gift (minimum: $5) online or through the Gold Line student calling program any time before midnight on game day, Feb. 25.

Visit to make your gift, learn more and follow the Battle live.


It’s time to ride again!

DSC_1043Join us for the 2015 VCU Alumni and VCU Division of Student Affairs Community Bike Ride.

The 29-mile route begins at the Student Commons, travels through Varina on Osborne Turnpike (Route 5) and returns to campus. The ride will consist of a rest stop at Osborne Boat Landing (snacks provided), SAG vehicle and cue sheets.

When: Saturday, May 2; 8-9 a.m. meet and greet, ride begins shortly afterward
Where: University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., Richmond, VA

If you have questions about the event, contact Larry Powell (B.S.’85/H&S), assistant director, outreach and engagement, at (804) 828-8194.

Check VCU Alumni’s Facebook page or the VCU Alumni calendar for updates.

Social Work: Dean visits emerita professor Alice Barber

Alice Barber, VCU School of Social Work emerita associate professor, welcomed dean of VCU School of Social Work, Jim Hinterlong, Ph.D., into her New Orleans home recently. She reflected on a personal and professional journey that brought her to the school just before VCU was formed and where she remained on the faculty until 1992.

To this day, Barber remains passionate about VCU, the School of Social Work and, of course, the VCU men’s basketball team.

Pharmacy: Dean’s call to action published

Dean Joseph T. DiPiro

Dean Joseph T. DiPiro

A column by VCU School of Pharmacy Dean Joseph T. DiPiro appeared in the Feb. 8 edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In the column, DiPiro used a recent paper issued by the National Governors Association as a springboard to discuss pharmacists as health care providers and the potential – and roadblocks — for pharmacists in the health care system.

Pharmacy: Pharm.D. program reaccredited through 2023

VCU School of Pharmacy’s Pharm.D. program has been reaccredited for a full eight-year cycle by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. A fall 2014 site visit by the ACPE Evaluation Team produced “an excelled report that noted many positive findings,” said Dean Joseph T. DiPiro.

Learn more.

Engineering: National Engineers Week is Feb. 23-27

Engineers Week

Get ready for National Engineers Week at VCU! From Feb. 23-27, you can laugh and learn at workshops, scavenger hunts, luncheons and more exciting activities throughout Mechanical Monday, BioTech Tuesday, Web DEV Wednesday, Storage Tech Thursday and Pharmaceutical Friday. While you’re out and about, you can give in support of VCU School of Engineering to help sustain community engagement events such as this one.

Remember, new donors and returning donors who increase their support from last year will have their gift matched by James River Air Conditioning Co.

If you would like to support the school today, please visit

Business: Program marries two emerging forces

VVan Wood, Ph.D., professor of marketing at Virginia Commonwealth University, will head up the School of Business’ new Globalization and Sustainability certificate program.

The program comes from a need to focus on sustainability and globalization simultaneously — something Wood says he has never seen in any other certificate program worldwide. The program originates from a partnership between the School of Business’ Center for International Business Advancement and the Environic Foundation International, a nonprofit research and education foundation.

Participants will learn that global forces once seen as obstacles are now opportunities for growth.

“We think this is significant, because we believe these two concepts represent the two ‘super-stories’ of our time,” Wood said. “And if individuals come to understand both of these stories and how they can lead to new insights into competitive advantage in business, differentiation of product or service offerings, and/or better positioning of one’s brand when compared to competitor’s brands, then it becomes apparent how such understanding can allow any organization to do well and do good.

“These ‘super-stories’ will dominate the 21st century.”

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VCU to drop SAT requirement

Shafer Court Compass on first day of class 2008Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao, Ph.D., announced that VCU no longer will require applicants with a high school GPA of 3.3 or higher to submit SAT scores, following a national trend toward relying on the GPA as a better predictor of student success.

About 800 universities around the country, including four in Virginia, already have dropped the requirement. VCU is the first of the three research universities in Virginia to do so. The SAT still will be required for some programs, such as engineering, and for some of the university’s endowed scholarships.

Read more.