Seats Still Available: UNIV291 ‘The Science of Happiness’

VCU offers “The Science of Happiness (UNIV 291), a three-credit course exploring the causes of mental health challenges and the factors that promote well-being, team-taught by faculty who specialize in these areas. A research-based, interactive class, “The Science of Happiness” helps students learn effective ways to positively impact their well-being and lays the foundation for success in college and beyond. For more information, contact Marcie Walsh at

Working Together for Better Health: Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The VCU Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care invites the VCU community to participate in this year’s Emswiller Symposium on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, 1800 Lakeside Ave. An aging and increasingly complex population is challenging the health workforce to deliver optimum care. Preparing the health care workforce to practice collaboratively is necessary to improve health outcomes, decrease cost, enhance the patient experience and increase practitioner well-being. During the symposium, participants will learn about innovations in interprofessional education and practice that seek to meet these goals. To register, visit the website below. For more information, contact Melissa Burton at or (804) 828-2898 or visit

Looking for a 1-credit class this spring? Sign up for UNIV 291

UNIV 291: Intro to Career Planning and Management

This is a hands-on course designed to explore potential career options and prepare you to successfully find an internship or job. We will teach you how to access the hidden job market, write a good resume/cover letter, network like a champ, and wow an interviewer. This course has minimal homework, no final exam, and no required textbook.

Sign up for Intro to Career Planning and Management, the most useful 1-credit class you’ll ever take.

Course schedule

INTRO CAREER PLAN& MGMT – 35674 – UNIV 291 – 005
Class: 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm; Tuesday; Oliver Hall- Education 2125;
Jan 17, 2017 – May 06, 2017

INTRO CAREER PLAN& MGMT – 35588 – UNIV 291 – 006
Class: 11:00 am – 11:50 am; Monday; Oliver Hall- Education 4068
Jan 17, 2017 – May 06, 2017

INTRO CAREER PLAN& MGMT – 35591 – UNIV 291 – 008
Class: 10:00am – 10:50am; Wednesday; W Franklin Street Gym;
Jan 17, 2017 – May 06, 2017


Contact with any questions.

Paws for Stress

December 5th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

University Counseling Services and The Center for Human-Animal Interaction present “Paws for Stress” in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms A-D. Participants can play with certified therapy dogs from the Center for Human-Animal Interaction as a way to unwind from semester stress. For more information, contact Tori Keel at vakeel@vcu.eduor (804) 828-6200 or visit

Volunteers Needed!

Doorways Dinner
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at 5 p.m.

The Health Science Club sponsors a dinner for the hospitality house, Doorways, at 612 E. Marshall St. Doorways is a non-profit organization that gives those who do not have enough money for housing a place to stay while their loved ones are in the hospital. Members will be cooking and serving dinner to guests and seeks volunteers to help. If interested in volunteering, send a R.S.V.P. to or the email address below. For more information, contact Joshua Frank at

Health Disparities Organization: Diabetes Screening

Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Health Disparities Organization hosts a diabetes awareness and screening event for Richmond locals at the East End District Family Resource Center, 2405 Jefferson Ave., Richmond, 23223. This event includes an educational seminar about diabetes, diabetes risk factors and healthy eating from specialists from the American Diabetes Association, followed by actual diabetes screenings from Black Nurses Rock and Richmond’s chapter of the National Student Nurses Association. R.S.V.P. only. Participants should fast five to eight hours prior to screening. For more information, contact Sogand Karimian at or (202) 716-9165.

Internship Opportunity with Ronald McDonald House


In-hospital Support Intern

Interns will become well-versed in the mission and daily functions of the Ronald McDonald House Charities in order to be ambassadors of the organization both in and out of the house. Interns will be responsible for assisting the Program and Volunteer Managers with a variety of tasks including but not limited to delivering lunches, snacks, and other materials to local hospitals, helping to foster and maintain relationships with local hospitals, determining other areas for growth for engaging hospitals, as well as the Richmond community. Interns will have the opportunity to have larger ongoing projects focused on engaging the community and hospital partners. Interns must provide their own transportation. The internship is unpaid. The internship is approximately 15 hours a week and the schedule is flexible but interns must have morning availability during weekdays. Preferably, interns will have interest in non-profit management, family, services, health care, and/or outreach. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Diana Villarreal at