January 31, 2014

Sign Up for Email Confirmation of Berglund Attendance!

The VCUCard Office now offers instant alerts for many types of card activity, including tracking your swipes at a Berglund event!  This is a great way to keep track of your own Berglund attendance.  Just sign up on their website and you’ll be alerted via email for any Berglund event where your card was swiped using the mobile card reader.  Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for this service.  Details can be found here.

·         Log in from a VCU Network here: https://adminweb.vcd.vcu.edu/login/

·         Click on Rams Student Web in the menu on the left

·         Click on Notification Preferences

o   Under “Instant alerts,” you can select notifications for a variety of card activity.

o   To get confirmation of your Berglund attendance, select “Mobile receipts.”

o   We recommend selecting the email option so you could easily store and forward the confirmation if the need arises.

January 22, 2014

Apply for the Summer 2014 LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. Programs in Washington, DC!

Students interested in the fields of public policy, international affairs, journalism, communication, business, or the nonprofit sector should consider these programs. More information on our programs may also be found online at www.DCinternships.org.

Because the Honors College is an NCHC member, VCU honors students receive priority admissions and scholarship consideration. Over 70% of students receive scholarship awards of the basis of financial need and merit.

Read more about the program below and apply by the priority deadline, Feb 10th!

LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. in Washington, DC



June 7 – August 1, 2014




*Guaranteed Internships – Courses for Credit – Housing in DC


*Priority Deadline: February 10, 2014


*Final Deadline: March 18, 2014


*Scholarship Funding Available




Spend a summer interning in the nation’s capital and gain that competitive edge. Taking advantage of a Washington, DC internship is a valuable investment in your future that will set you apart after college.




The comprehensive programs sponsored by The Fund for American Studies include a guaranteed internship placement, courses for transferable credit from George Mason University, and furnished housing conveniently located in George Washington University’s downtown campus just steps from the White House and State Department. Students also benefit from networking events, exclusive briefings, and guest speakers.






We’ve been creating academic internship experiences for over 40 years and guarantee all participants an internship placement. Your options are endless – we work with over 300 different federal agencies, policy groups, international affairs organizations, media outlets, public affairs firms, government relations offices, and nonprofit organizations.




Working in this powerful city will allow you to make professional connections and practice networking skills in a real-world setting. Washington, DC is the perfect place to explore a variety of career paths, and we work with each student’s unique goals and aspirations to match them with the most fitting internship site.






Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 18, 2014. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the priority deadline of February 10, 2014 in order to receive preference in admissions and scholarship consideration, as well as internship placement. Please include your status as an honors student within your application materials in order to receive priority admissions and scholarship consideration.Over 70% of students receive scholarship awards on the basis of financial need and merit.



For more information and to be begin an online application, please visit www.DCinternships.org. Questions may be directed to admissions@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.

Service Learning Trip to Zambia

Course description(s): June 5- June 30, 2014.  Students spend 3 weeks in Zambia engaging in site visits, service learning, lectures and discussion groups. Students expand their experiential knowledge through service learning that contributes to efforts by local organizations to meet the health and education needs of children and adolescents living in impoverished communities in Zambia. Students participate in organized visits to non-governmental organizations and selected communities in Lusaka to hear about local initiatives. They also participate in discussions with instructors and students at the University of Zambia. Students will develop an e-portfolio that documents their thoughts and reflections about experiences before, during and after the program. They will also read and write reflections on materials about Zambian history, art, daily life and cultural norms.


Courses include:

PSYC 491: Psychology & Culture: Service Learning in Africa (3 credits)
PSYC 494: Psychological Research in Africa (1 credit)
AFAM 491: Culture and Service Learning in Africa (3 credits)

Active Learning Activities/ Fieldwork:
Students will complete 3 hours per day of service learning at one of four service sites:
1. Kondwa Day Center for Orphans (3-7 year olds)
2. Pakachele Primary School (7-12 year olds)
3. Seko House Orphanage for (6-14 year old girls)
4. ICT Ladders Computer Skills Training Center (6-16 year olds and school teachers)

Airfare: Airfare is not included. Participants are responsible for making their own round-trip travel arrangements from the US to their destination city. Program directors will meet with accepted students to go over specific travel logistics and may help students in identifying low-cost travel options. For best fares, students are encouraged to purchase their tickets prior to April 15.

Tuition: Tuition is charged separately and additionally at standard VCU rates.

Payment of fees: The non-refundable application fee and deposit of $250 is due upon registration. The balance of the program fee will be billed separately through VCU Student Accounting with your summer term charges.  Overall costs : 2,999 + tuition + airfare.

Eligibility: Participants must have a 2.5 GPA or higher to participate. This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as non-VCU students. An academic letter of reference is not required. Students may be required to interview with the program director.

Accommodations and excursions: Participants will be housed in a shared villa or lodge that sits in a gated community setting in close proximity of the University of Zambia. Lodging will include wireless internet and a domestic helper onsite to assist with
cooking and cleaning. This program provides students the opportunity to participate in a weekend excursion to Livingstone for guided historical tours, safari, and a visit to one of the 7 wonders of the world—the Victoria Falls.

Financial aid: Eligible VCU students may apply for financial aid to participate in this program. Contact VCU Financial Aid, Harris Hall; phone 828-6669; or visit http://www.enrollment.vcu.edu/finaid/ for list of emails.

Passports: If you have a passport, make sure it is valid for at least six months after your return date. If you do not have a passport, apply early because the processing time is up to eight weeks. For more information on how to apply for a passport, visit http://travel.state.gov.

Program director: Dr. Zewelanji Serpell – znserpell@vcu.edu
Dr. Serpell, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, is a native of Zambia and has extensive experience traveling to, from and within the country. In addition, she has a collaborative relationship with faculty in the Psychology Department at the University of Zambia, and an established mechanism to recruit guest lecturers. She has also travelled within the United States and Canada serving as a mentor, facilitator and chaperone for graduate and undergraduate student groups.

Critical Information if You Attended the Berglund Seminar on Tuesday, January 21

If you attended the Berglund Seminar on Tuesday, January 21 at 1pm, entitled, “Psychology and Culture,” and you used the QR code method to track your attendance, please contact Ms. Homer as soon as possible.  Because this is a very new system, the Honors College would like to confirm that all methods of attendance tracking are fully reliable.  This is merely a precaution as we want to avoid any potential errors when it comes time to assign the correct honors registration date to students.  Please email or call Ms. Homer at your earliest convenience: homermk@vcu.edu or 828-1803.


Important Note for VCU Graduates: Graduation Applications Due this Week!

Dear Prospective May 2014 VCU Graduate:

Congratulations on your academic achievements! The VCU Office of Records and Registration wants to alert you that the spring 2014 graduation checkout and application process has begun. If you intend to participate in the May 10, 2014 Commencement ceremony, please read this message carefully and follow all procedures.

In order to complete the application process, become eligible for spring 2014 graduation, and have your information printed accurately in the commencement program, you will need to complete this process by no later than Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.

To initiate the process, you must complete each of the following steps:

1. Go to e-Services: http://www.eservices.vcu.edu/
2. Select the Student Tab
3. Enter your e-ID and e-ID Password
4. Select the Student tab and choose Student Records
5. Select Apply to Graduate and follow the instructions to start the checkout procedure

By completing these steps, you will have a) notified the Office of Records and Registration of your intent to graduate and b) gathered pertinent information for your graduation application package.  You will then be required to complete the graduation package and provide it to the appropriate dean’s office. The link to the graduation package is provided at the conclusion of the Apply to Graduate checkout procedure listed in the steps above.

Please note that initiating the e-Services Apply to Graduate checkout procedure for a program will prohibit future registration in that program. If you initiate the e-Services Apply to Graduate checkout procedure by mistake (i.e. by clicking on the Submit Request button) or too early in your academic career, please contact the Office of Records and Registration’s Graduation unit (828-1917) or the Graduate School (Graduate Students only, 828-2233) immediately so that the action can be rescinded and the registration restriction removed.

All graduate students in the VCU School of Medicine are asked to complete a preliminary review before initiating the online e-Services Apply to Graduate checkout procedure.  Also, please refer to the School of Medicine guidelines, or contact your advisors/graduate program directors regarding application to graduate procedures.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Records and Registration Graduation unit at (804) 828-1917.  

Again, congratulations on your academic accomplishments! Best wishes for a successful completion of your degree program.


Anjour B. Harris
University Registrar and Director
Office of Records and Registration

January 21, 2014

AUCTUS/VCU’s Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity

Auctus, VCU’s undergraduate research journal, is still seeking reviewers and writers to join the staff. These entry-level positions ask student staff to read and evaluate articles for publication. This means you help mold the content of the journal. If you are interested, feel free to join Auctus on Sunday, January 26 from 3-4pm in the Honors College Multipurpose Room (1303) to hear more about these integral staff positions. Contact auctus@vcu.edu for more information.