April 20, 2014

Podium Foundation Seeking Interns for the Fall!

Fall 2014: Podium Foundation – Program Intern (Deadline: Ongoing)

Name of Organization: Podium Foundation

Position Title: Program Intern

Location of Internship: 320 Hull Street, Studio 153 and Richmond Public Schools

Description of Organization: Podium Foundation is a non-profit whose focus is “empowering creative expression and promoting writing excellence” in Richmond Public Schools. Since 2008, Podium has been supporting the teaching and practice of writing and artful expression in RPS. Through student published journals, writing workshops, quasi-professional hands-on experience, close mentorship, performance opportunities, and more, Podium gives a platform to youth whose voices would otherwise go unheard. Please visit our website at www.thepodiumfoundation.org.

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Create exercises and run writing workshops.
  • Collect/organize attendance records, permission slips, student info, etc.
  • Review and organize daily reports.
  • Organize submissions and facilitate editorial sessions.
  • Mentor talented teens.
  • Assist with general operations as needed.

Intern Qualifications:

  • Must be available a minimum of two days, Monday – Thursday, from 2 – 5 pm. Other hours flexible.
  • Leadership and organizational skills.
  • Background/interest in Education, English, and/or the Arts.
  • Reliable and committed.
  • Outgoing and determined to make a connection with teens.
  • Passionate about being a major part of this charitable cause.
  • Willing to work on a team.
  • Creative and flexible, with critical thinking skills.

Internship Timeframe: Fall Semester 2014 

Compensation: Unpaid; For Credit: 10 hours per week for a 3 credit internship. 1 and 2 credit internships available, as well as volunteer positions.

How far from campus: 2 – 8 miles, depending on location.

Who to Contact:

Lindy Bumgarner

Executive Director

320 Hull Street, Studio 153, Richmond, VA 23224

(804) 921-2328


How to Contact: Contact Lindy Bumgarner for an application and more information.

Deadline: Ongoing.

April 18, 2014

Missed our Spring Break Information Sessions for Prospective Students?

If you were unable to attend the information sessions for prospective students that were held Monday (04/14) through Friday (04/18) at the Honors College , you can always schedule an appointment to speak with one of our advisers during normal business hours. You can call (804) 828-1803 to set up a time to visit us Monday-Friday 8:30AM till 4:30 PM.

If you are interested in taking a campus tour, you can contact the VCU Welcome Center at (804) 828-1222 or visit their website. They also offer general VCU information sessions for prospective students.

We hope to see you soon!

April 17, 2014

Select Sessions of the Alexandrian Society Spring Symposium to Count for Berglund Credit!

The Alexandrian Society will be hosting its 2014 Symposium, entitled, “Race and Society in the Atlantic World.”  The symposium brings together a group of dynamic scholars in the field of Atlantic Studies.  Throughout the day, there will be several 45-minute sessions on a variety of topics.  Select sessions may be attended for Berglund credit.

The first session, “The Idea of Race,” will take place at 9:15am and will be led by keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Blakey, the National Endowment for the Humanities Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the College of William and Mary.  He is also the director of the Institute for Historical Biology, as well as the Remembering Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom Project. Dr. Blakey is an internationally acclaimed scholar, best known for serving as the scientific director for the New York African Burial Ground Project, from 1992-2004.

Honors students are welcome to attend all events but may receive Berglund credit for up to ONE event.  Students should see honors representative, Joshua Shaffer, at the end of each session for credit.   Sugar Shack donuts will be available during the morning sessions.  The complete schedule is outlined below.  Sessions that will count for Berglund Credit are in blue text:


9 AM         Opening remarks by Joshua Shaffer, President of the Alexandrian Society
Dr. John Kneebone, Chair, Department of History
Dr. Bernard Moitt, Professor of History, and faculty advisor to the Alexandrian Society

9:15 AM    Keynote: The Idea of Race
Dr. Michael Blakey, National Endowment for Humanities Professor, College of William and Mary

10:30 AM  Remembering “de facts as ‘tis:” Race, Slavery, and African-American memories of the Antebellum South
Dr. Greg Smithers
, Associate Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University

11:15 AM  The Caribbean History of an American City: Greater Miami as a Site of Colonialism
Dr. Nathan Connolly
, Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University

Noon         Break

1:30           Welcome to the afternoon session
Dr. Anne L. Chandler, Interim Dean, Honors College at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling and a member of the VCU Graduate School faculty

1:35 PM     Race, Inequality and Labor in the Obama Era
Dr. Doran T. Warren
, Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Columbia University

2:30 PM     Forgotten Architects of the Second Reconstruction: Republicans and Civil Rights Policy, 1945-1974
Dr. Timothy N. Thurber,
Associate Professor of History, Virginia Commonwealth University

3:15 PM     From the Wilmington Massacre to the Zulu Promised Land: Rev. Charles Morris and the Promise of Black Liberation in the United States and South Africa, c. 1900
Dr. Robert Vinson
, University Associate Professor for Teaching Excellence, History at the College of William and Mary

4 PM          Roots and Routes: Race, Nation, and Diaspora in Puerto Rican Reggaeton
Dr. Petra Rivera-Rideau
, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Virginia Tech

4:45 PM     Vote of Thanks, Dr. R. McKenna Brown, Executive Director of the Global Education Office at Virginia Commonwealth University



April 16, 2014

Time Change for ENVS 300: Honors Sustainable Societies!

Many of you may have had the opportunity to hear Dr. Cliff Fox speak at a recent Berglund seminar about sustainability, his upcoming honors class entitled “Sustainable Societies,” and the Certificate in Sustainability.  As the TR time seems to pose problems for many students, this section will not be offered.  As an alternative, a new section will meet MW from 3:00pm to 4:15 pm.

April 15, 2014

Monroe Park Campus Challenge: Be the Match!

Join the Bone Marrow Registry: Monroe Park Campus Challenge

Monday, April 28, 2014

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Commons Theater, University Student Commons

Be the Match on Campus at VCU invites you to join the bone marrow registry with a simple cheek swab. Faculty, staff, and students between the ages of 18 and 44 are eligible to join. You could be the match for someone whose only possible treatment is a bone marrow transplant. Join the registry and save a life.  We’ll also be raffling off an iPad Air! Please direct questions to lwgariepy@vcu.edu. FAQs are available here. Join the Facebook event and spread the word!

Honors Student Needs your Help With Survey!

PENdulum is a non-profit that will empower HIV-positive youth in Swaziland, Africa through the establishment of a pen pal program with college students in the U.S. Co-Founded by VCU honors student, the non-profit needs feedback regarding background knowledge on HIV and interest in volunteering for the program. The survey will take about 30 seconds to complete, so please fill out the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YLJ2737 before April 18in order to help the PENdulum team with their mission!