RPI Retrospective shines light on alumni art

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The RPI Alumni Steering Committee is sponsoring an eight-week exhibit at the Richmond Public Library featuring the art of students and faculty from 1928 through 1968.

The exhibit, “40 Years of Creative Excellence,” comprises paintings, sculptures, graphics and crafts created during that time. It also features more current works by RPI graduates, to show contrast between earlier and later works.

The exhibition opened at The Richmond Public Library with an opening reception during First Friday’s Art Walk on April 5. Events including oral history sessions and talks by artists will be held in the galleries during the next eight weeks.

The gallery space is located on the first floor of the library at 101 E. Franklin St. The top floor contains a permanent collection of RPI artwork. The exhibit runs through June 5.

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Business: Fed presidents debate policy at VCU event

In a rare joint appearance, two Federal Reserve presidents with starkly different opinions discussed monetary policy this week at the 2013 Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business’ Investors Circle Dinner.

Charles Evans, Ph.D., president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Jeffrey Lacker, Ph.D., president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, discussed their ideas on inflation and unemployment rates in front of a group of more than 300 people at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. Known for their often contrasting views, the two openly discussed their viewpoints and projections for the coming years in a forum unusual for Federal Reserve presidents. 

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Business: Coaching skills for leaders and managers

Discover essential coaching tools that will enable you to strengthen your management and leadership skills while empowering your staff in “Coaching Skills for Leaders and Managers.”

Class will be held May 7 at The Center for Corporate Education.

The facilitator Ann Deaton, Ph.D, PCC, is a Leadership Coach specializing in executive coaching, change management, meeting facilitation, and team building with corporate, government, and nonprofit clients and organizations.

Learn more at http://www.business.vcu.edu/corporate-education/Coaching.html


Mass Comm: 26th Virginia Communications Hall of Fame

Join friends, colleagues and alumni at the VCU School of Mass Communications’ 26th annual Virginia Communications Hall of Fame, honoring our 2013 inductees:

  • Dorothy Abernathy, bureau chief for Virginia and West Virginia, The Associated Press
  • Steve Bassett, senior vice president/group creative director, The Martin Agency
  • Don Belt, National Geographic Magazine, Don Belt Communications
  • Douglas Harwood, editor, The Rockbridge Advocate
  • Tom Silvestri (M.B.A.’86/B), president and publisher, Richmond Times-Dispatch

When: Thursday, April 11
Where: The John Marshall, 101 North Fifth Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219

5:30 p.m.
Cocktail reception
The John Marshall Ballroom

6:30 p.m.
Dinner and induction ceremony
The Virginia Ballroom

Black-tie optional. Please RSVP by April, 5.

For more information, please call Lauren Stewart, assistant director of development, at (804) 827-3761.

Mass Comm: Everything Comes Full Circle for CreateAthon Mentor

Liz Scoggins at work with team members

CreateAthon Mentor, Liz Scoggins, has deep connections with CreateAthon @ VCU.

It’s truly amazing to see things being cranked out in the hours passed. Students are stressing, mind-mapping, and doodling ideas onto blackboards and giant post-it pads all to contribute to an ideal CreateAthon experience. But when the the experience can be tied together by the involvement of a single mentor for one group, it becomes a phenomenal sentiment.

Liz Scoggins is the founder and creative director at Shine Marketing and an adjunct professor teaching Style and Invention for VCU creative advertising. She has been graciously assisting the Children’s Home Society (CHS) team today, however, after so long she has not met the clients.

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Medicine: Professor to receive national honor for biophysics education

Louis J. De Felice, Ph.D., professor and vice chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, will be honored by the Biophysical Society with its Emily M. Gray Award on Feb. 4 in Philadelphia at the Society’s annual meeting.

The Emily M. Gray Award is given for significant contributions to education in biophysics. De Felice was selected for his enduring and multifaceted efforts to encourage the development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics through outreach and education. As this year’s awardee, he will present the keynote Emily M. Gray Lecture at the Student Symposium at the annual meeting. Continue reading

Medicine: Ray family reconnects with school

When Alpha A. “Berry” Fowler, M.D., arrived on the MCV Campus in the mid-70s, Ed Ray, M.D., was just stepping down from his more than 20-year tenure as the founding chair of the Division of Pulmonary Disease. Ray, a specialist in tuberculosis, stayed on faculty and became a mentor to the younger Fowler, who had just earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and had come up to Richmond for internal medicine residency training. Continue reading

Medicine: Restored medical murals featured in McGlothlin Building

Rick Vogt is locked in a meticulous cycle as he climbs down from a ladder, steps back to examine his work and climbs back up for slight adjustments.

It’s Feb. 25, and he’s working in the ground floor atrium of Virginia Commonwealth University’s almost completed

Vogt is a conservator hired to oversee the restoration and mounting of more than 100 feet of 70-year-old murals. He is overseeing the final steps of his multiyear project, and he’s pleased with the results.12-story, 200,000-square-foot James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center. Saws still hum and hardhats are required, but the building is almost complete.

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Medicine: Student research impacts Honduran health

Audrey Le

When two medical students followed their longtime passions for global health to Honduras, they conducted research that will make a difference for local residents. In June 2012, the Class of 2015′s Audrey Le and Jaclyn Arquiette participated in HOMBRE, a medical mission trip organized by first-year students that takes place the summer before their second year.

The Class of 2015′s Audrey Le interviewing a survey participant in La Hicaca, Honduras.

At the local government’s request, both students researched some of the region’s key health issues. Continue reading

Medicine: Professor receives international honor for clinical research

Arun Sanyal, M.D., professor and chair of the Division of Gastroenterology, will receive the Ranbaxy Research Award in the field of Medical Sciences – Clinical Research at a ceremony in New Delhi on Feb. 4.

Sanyal, who holds the Charles M. Caravati Distinguished Professorship in Gastroenterology, is well-known nationally and internationally for his highly productive and well-funded work in non-alcoholic liver disease. S. K. Sarin, M.D., director of New Delhi’s Indian Liver and Biliary Institute nominated Sanyal for the award to recognize Sanyal’s progress in understanding the disease’s pathogenesis and treatment. Continue reading