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GEO News 2014-15

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David Shipp, English Language Program Instructor at VCU, dies

David Shipp

David Shipp, long-time instructor in Virginia Commonwealth University English Language Program died Thursday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 62. Shipp joined the ELP faculty in 1993 teaching English speaking, reading, writing and listening skills to language learners from around the globe. “David was a truly unique individual and his loss leaves a huge void in our office and the VCU community as a whole,” said R. McKenna Brown, executive director of the Global Education Office. “He will be greatly missed.”

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GEO in the News: 200 street banners linked to bike race are going up in Richmond

Bike Race Banners

Broad Street is still haunted by the Ghost of Christmas Past, but it’s about to be renewed by a glimpse of things yet to come. As of Monday, Christmas trees, snowflakes and gift wrapping still graced the decorative banners attached to light poles on the downtown stretch of Broad that splits City Hall and Capitol Square.

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VCU wins Prestigious Award for VCU Globe

VCU Globe Simon Award

Virginia Commonwealth University has been awarded the 2015 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award, which recognizes a specific international program or initiative that contributes to the comprehensive internationalization of a university. The award, granted by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, will be presented to the university’s VCU Globe living-learning program, which prepares students to live and work in a 21st-century global environment through the connection of course work, co-curricular activities and a vibrant residential experience.

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Year of the Ram

Year of the Ram

“Gong Xi Fa Cai,” a Mandarin expression meant to wish someone well, will be heard often this week as more than 1 billion people celebrate the Chinese New Year. The festive celebration, which takes place this year on Feb. 19, runs on a 12-year cycle with a different animal representing each year. In China, 2015 is the Year of the Sheep, but Virginia Commonwealth University is declaring it the Year of the Ram, to symbolize the university’s new focus on China.

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VCU Partners with Midwives for Haiti to Reduce Infant and Maternal Mortality

Haiti Midwives

Virginia Commonwealth University is partnering with Richmond based non-profit organization Midwives for Haiti to offer support to their skilled birth attendant training and reproductive health services offered to women in Haiti.

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ELP Fall 2014 Graduation

ELP Fall 2014 Graduation

Students of VCU's English Language Program complete the program and celebrate at the ELP Fall 2014 graduation.

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Helping Faculty Teach International Students

VCU is featured in latest issue of International Educator for leading the way in educating international students.

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VCU launches Peace Corps Prep Program

Virginia Commonwealth University has become one of only 25 institutions across the nation to participate in the Peace Corps Prep program. This program, administered through VCU Globe, the university’s global education living-learning program, will enable VCU to offer an enhanced academic and service-based program that prepares students for entry into the Peace Corps and other positions in international development. The Peace Corps Prep program was officially launched at a reception on Nov. 19 in VCU’s West Grace Student Housing – North residence hall, home to VCU Globe. More than 100 VCU students, faculty, staff, administrators, Peace Corps representatives, returned Peace Corps volunteers and community members were in attendance.

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Special Announcement:
GEO statement on Ebola outbreak


In light of the outbreak of Ebola in some African nations, the VCU Global Education Office and Division of Student Affairs are reaching out to students and scholars with personal, geographic or cultural ties to affected areas and to anyone with concerns. If you are planning travel to any of the currently affected countries — Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone — please consult Student Health before you travel and again upon returning to VCU.

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VCU InSight features GEO’s FFACE Program

FFACE program Featured on InSight

VCU InSight features the Friendship Family and Cultural Exchange program, exploring the opportunities VCU international students have to connect with the community.

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Global Visiting Scholar researches Sustainable Supply Chains in
Sub-Saharan Africa

Global Visiting Scholar researches Sustainable Supply Chains in Sub-Saharan Africa

Joseph Miemczyk, Ph.D., H.D.R., associate professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management at Audencia Nantes Ecole de Management in Nantes, France has joined the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business as a Global Visiting Scholar. The Global Visiting Scholar award, offered by the VCU Global Education Office, supports departments or schools in hosting an international scholar for a semester or academic year who will contribute to enriching the learning and scholarship of the unit.

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Promoting Undergraduate Research

Undergrad Research Fellows

As the crisp days of autumn rapidly approach, summer feels like a distant memory. But for three undergraduate students at Virginia Commonwealth University, research projects conducted over the summer continue to make a significant impact as the fall semester takes shape. Through the Global Education Office (GEO) Undergraduate Research Fellowship, hosted by the VCU Office of Research Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), junior Ling-lin Ku, and seniors Samantha Correa and Siobhan Gray participated in research projects which enabled them to engage significantly with international cultures while simultaneously building their research skills. GEO awarded $1,500 to each student and $500 to each of their mentors in order to complete these projects.

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Education Abroad Scholarships Available

Education Abroad Scholarships

For some students, the dream of studying abroad can become an illusion when they consider the financial implications of doing so. But the Virginia Commonwealth University Global Education Office is helping students make their study abroad dream a reality by providing Education Abroad scholarships. The Education Abroad office offers six different scholarship opportunities that award between five hundred and two thousand dollars each to help students study around the world.

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Guest speaker kicks off National Hispanic Heritage Month with a dash of salsa

Juana Bordas

When the speaker entered the auditorium dancing to “Oye Como Va,” urging the audience to join her as she made her way to the front, it was clear this wasn’t going to be just any presentation. Award-winning Latina author and activist Juana Bordas spoke to nearly 100 people on Tuesday evening at the launch of Virginia Commonwealth University’s first ever campuswide celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Eighteen projects receive Quest Global Impact Awards to advance VCU global priorities

Quest Global Impact Awards 2014

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Global Education Office has awarded Eighteen grants of up to $20,000 to projects that support the university’s global priorities to improve the recruitment and retention of international students and scholars, increase the global engagement of VCU students and faculty, and expand VCU’s global footprint through research, teaching and global engagement.

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VCU celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Juana Bordas

To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, VCU’s Global Education Office, Division of Community Engagement, Division for Inclusive Excellence and Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, in collaboration with Sacred Heart Center, will host award winning Latina author and activist Juana Bordas on Sept. 16. The event will be held at 7pm in the VCU School of Engineering West Hall, Room 101, 601 W. Main St., Richmond, Va.

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Globe welcomes 2014 cohort

VCU Globe 2014

VCU Globe welcomed 90 VCU students into its second cohort during a two-day orientation on August 18-19. Throughout the orientation, students were introduced to each other and program administrators through various activities that included ice-breakers and a meet-and-greet session, as well as participated in university-wide orientation events. The program, which aims to prepare students to navigate among global communities at home, abroad and in personal and professional contexts hosts students from more than 34 majors across the university.

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VCU welcomes new international students for fall 2014

International Student Orientation 2014

Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Global Education Office were pleased to welcome nearly 200 new international students for the fall 2014 semester at International Student Orientation on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in the Academic Learning Commons.

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A truly international research university

China Visit

A few weeks ago, I had the profound honor of representing Virginia Commonwealth University in China, a trip focused on creating and strengthening strategic partnerships with the leading universities in the world’s most populated nation.

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Making connections


Friendship Family and Cultural Exchange connects international students and Richmond-area residents.

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VCU collaborates with Univille University on research

Dr. Sarrett

For four years, Dr. Ruben Garcia, professor of dentistry, has traveled from Univille University Dental School in Joinville, Brazil to the VCU School of Dentistry in the name of research.

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Special Announcement for Students and Scholars

Iraq small

In light of the recent unsettling events in Iraq, the VCU Global Education Office and Division of Student Affairs are reaching out to our students and scholars with personal, geographic or cultural ties to the Iraq region.

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