Pharmacy: Hooding and Diploma Ceremony recognizes students, dean

The School of Pharmacy's class of 2013 -- now alumni! -- gave Dean Victor Yanchick a standing ovation following his final graduation ceremony before retirement.

The School of Pharmacy’s class of 2013 — now alumni! — gave Dean Victor Yanchick a standing ovation following his final graduation ceremony before retirement.

As VCU School of Pharmacy’s May 10 Hooding and Diploma Ceremony drew to a close, hundreds of students and their families and friends – along with faculty, staff and alumni — gave Dean Victor Yanchick a standing ovation.  Noting his 45 years in academic pharmacy, the last 17 of which he has spent at VCU, he said, “You are the last class I will have the honor of graduating.”

Yanchick’s previously announced retirement, effective Jan. 1, 2014, became a sort of graduation theme for the class of ’13. As part of its gift to the school, the class asked him to paint a watercolor that will hang in a first-floor conference room in the Robert J. Blackwell Smith Jr. Building.

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Carlson tells VCU graduates to be ‘fearless in your choices’

During May commencement ceremonies today, Teresa H. Carlson told Virginia Commonwealth University‘s newest graduates to believe in themselves and their abilities and to remember that focus, hard work and perseverance really do pay off.

Carlson is vice president of the Worldwide Public Sector for Amazon Web Services and a member of the VCU Board of Visitors.

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Mass Comm: Students dominate competition in Richmond Ad Show

On the second floor of the OmniHotel in downtown Richmond, filled with 300 of the capital’s most prominent advertising professionals, a small group of VCU Mass Communications undergraduates dominated the student competition in the Richmond Ad Show.

Taking home 11 awards for the Student Show, including the coveted Best in Show for a Peta online video crated by Matt Reamer and Donnie Plumly, the students were ready to celebrate their early career achievements among the industry professionals who were honored for the best advertising campaigns created here in Richmond.

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Monroe Park Campus alumni enjoy Reunion Weekend 2013

Reunion Weekend 2013 has come and gone. Alumni had the opportunity to come back to campus, celebrate with their classmates and learn about the exciting things happening at VCU!

RPI Reunion
Graduates of Richmond Professional Institute took part in a welcome back to campus reception, campus tour, the RPI Retrospective: 40 years of art show at the Richmond Public Library, School of Social Work 95th Anniversary Celebration and a history sharing session. The finale event was the 50 Year Class of 1963 dinner at the Scott House where nine alumni received their 50-year pins. After dinner, Elvis Presley entertained with music from the ’60s, photos with Elvis, dancing and fun.

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AAAC Reunion
The African-American Alumni Council hosted its annual Reunion Weekend festivities, including dinners, tours, lectures and a dance.

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Arts: A ‘catalyst’ for fashion

In scientific terms, a catalyst is a substance that causes or speeds up the rate of a chemical reaction. But the word took on a different meaning for Virginia Commonwealth University fashion students this week.

“When I first think of the word ‘catalyst,’ I think of an idea exploding,” said junior Madalyn Denny, whose designs were included in the Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising’s annual juried fashion show at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday. The show featured more than 100 of the top garments created by upperclassmen, as chosen by a panel of esteemed industry critics. For the first time, the department, which is part of the VCU School of the Arts, hosted two shows to accommodate the heavy demand for tickets.

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MCV Campus Reunion Weekend wrap up

MCV Campus Reunion Weekend 2013

Thank you to all that attended the MCV Campus Reunion Weekend 2013!

Another successful Reunion Weekend has come to a close. Hundreds of alumni came back to campus and had a great time. Hope you were one of them. Even if you
weren’t, you might enjoy seeing photos from the weekend.

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VCUQatar celebrates its 2013 commencement ceremony

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar held its 2013 Commencement Ceremony on 6 May at the Education City Student Center, conferring 39 Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in fashion, graphic, interior design and painting and printmaking and five Master of Fine Arts degrees in Design Studies. The 12th Commencement brings the number of VCUQatar alumni to 409.

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Business: Coffitivity lands on Time list of the 50 best websites

Some days, working at home can be a drag.

And while you’d love to take your laptop down to the coffee shop, paying for a triple-shot, extra-large cappuccino every two hours is going to put a hole in your wallet.

Enter Coffitivity.

The site, built by four Richmond residents, mixes the ambient noise of a coffee shop — conversation, clinking glasses and such — with a user’s music to create just the right amount of background noise. Monday it was named one of “Time” magazine’s 50 best websites of 2013.

The site was built by Justin Kauszler (B.S.’12/B). He and fellow co-founder Ace Callwood (B.S.’12/B) had the idea while working on CycleStay, a company they started last year.

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Dentistry: School welcomes new research faculty members

Oonagh Loughran, B.S., Ph.D., recently joined the VCU School of Dentistry as director of research management. She will help promote and develop research with the school along with providing support in the expansion of research programs, the development and implementation of new research training programs and the enhancement of grant proposal submission and review processes. Opportunities in translational research and development of commercial opportunities also will be explored.

Loughran completed her graduate studies at University College Dublin, Ireland followed by several years of postdoctoral research at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow, Scotland and the University of Glasgow where her research focused on identifying molecular pathways for drug targeting in cancer. More recently, she worked in both industry and government where she managed a number of collaborative multidisciplinary research consortia and was involved in the commercialization of academic research. She would like to translate this latter experience to faculty and students who may have ideas or products they would like to commercialize.

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Medicine: School donor wall unveiled to commemorate $44.8 million campaign

At the grand opening of the James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center, the medical school announced the completion of the first phase of a fundraising campaign that raised $190 million in gifts and pledges. The campaign included $44.8 million in support of the education center, a total that surpassed its initial goal by $7 million.

“This facility is a testament to the loyalty and commitment of our alumni and friends. Their gifts and pledges have fueled the first phase of what will clearly be the most successful fundraising campaign in the medical school’s history,” said Jerry Strauss III, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the medical school and executive vice president for medical affairs for the VCU Health System.

The unprecedented level of support was anchored by a lead gift from philanthropists Jim and Fran McGlothlin, for whom the center is named. Their $25-million gift, the largest to VCU at the time it was made in 2011, was given in honor of their friend and physician Harry Young, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery.

The names of the McGlothlins and all donors who made leadership gifts in support of the Medical Education Center are inscribed on a wall in the lobby of a facility that will allow the School of Medicine to pioneer new approaches for training physicians. Dozens of faculty and generations of alumni added their support to that vision through the discoverMedicine Campaign.

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