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VCU invites community to participate in “ONE VCU” master plan process

The insights gathered at these public meetings will help steer the university over the years to come.

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By Mike Porter

Students, faculty, staff and community members will get another opportunity to learn more about “ONE VCU,” the university’s master plan. The plan is being developed to identify and detail the physical framework necessary to support the university’s strategic priorities for years to come.

Engagement sessions have been scheduled at the end of the month to learn more about the master plan process, confirm that the plan is on track and ask questions.

“It is important that we continue to hear from you throughout the planning process and I’m excited to announce three more opportunities for the community to get involved and help us shape the plan,” said Meredith Weiss, Ph.D., vice president for administration. “Your valuable insight will help us to develop a cohesive blueprint for guiding VCU for years to come.”

Public engagement sessions will be conducted on the following days and times:

Daytime

MCV Campus

Tuesday, Feb. 27
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Kontos Medical Sciences Building Auditorium (basement level), 1217 E. Marshall Street

A live webcast of this presentation will be streamed on VCU’s Facebook page, go.vcu.edu/vcufacebook.

Monroe Park Campus

Wednesday Feb. 28
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Temple Building room 1160 (first floor), 901 W. Main Street

Evening 

Monroe Park Campus*

Tuesday, Feb. 27
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Temple Building room 1164 (first floor), 901 W. Main Street

*Free parking is available at the West Main Street Parking Deck, 801 W. Main St., for those who attend the evening session. Ask for parking validation before you leave the meeting room.

The master planning process started last fall when VCU and partner Ayers Saint Gross, an internationally recognized architectural, planning and design firm, hosted three informal input sessions. More than 400 students, faculty, staff and community members answered questions about strengths and weaknesses of the existing campuses.

The early feedback led to the establishment of a front door focus group to consider the look and feel of key entryways into both campuses. The group will also look at aesthetics and scale at these important spaces in efforts to improve the arrival experience for visitors and enhance VCU’s overall sense of place and identity.

Additional meetings to explain the process and seek feedback were held with a number of internal and external groups. Participants shared input which led to the development of emerging themes, which will help to shape the future of the physical campus.

ONE VCU is guided by the university’s strategic plan, Quest 2025: Together We Transform and by VCU Health’s strategic plan, Vision by Design.

Those interested in the VCU Health strategic plan or master facilities plan may be interested in attending one of the following sessions:

MCV Campus

Monday, Feb. 26
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Kontos Medical Sciences Building Auditorium (basement level), 1217 E. Marshall Street

Tuesday, Feb. 27
Time: 8-9 a.m.
Location: Kontos Medical Sciences Building Auditorium (basement level), 1217 E. Marshall Street

Wednesday, Feb. 28
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Location: Kontos Medical Sciences Building Auditorium (basement level), 1217 E. Marshall Street

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VMHC partnering with VPM to honor the centennial of the 19th Amendment with panel talk, new documentary

On Friday, August 14, the VMHC will host a live panel discussion with the historians featured in the film. They will share their insights on this pivotal movement Virginia’s history, and will also take questions from participants live during this virtual discussion.

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The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) is partnering with VPM to celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women’s right to vote this month. “These Things Can Be Done”, a documentary produced by Boedeker Films and with support from the Commonwealth of Virginia Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemoration in partnership with the VMHC, explores the often-overlooked narrative of women’s suffrage in Virginia will premier this Thursday, August 13 on VPM. To learn more about the film and see the trailer, visit SuffrageFilm.com.

On Friday, August 14, the VMHC will host a live panel discussion with the historians featured in the film. They will share their insights on this pivotal movement Virginia’s history, and will also take questions from participants live during this virtual discussion. Speakers on the program will be Barbara Batson from the Library of Virginia, Ajena Rogers from the Maggie Walker National Historic Site, Dr. Karen Sherry from the VMHC, Dr. Sandra Treadway from the Library of Virginia and Christina Vida from the Valentine. To participate online for free, participants can join the livestream at noon on Friday on the VMHC Facebook page or YouTube Channel.

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Henrico County to host 136th USA Archery Target Nationals and U.S. Open later this month

This will be the first time Henrico County has hosted a national governing body championship event, bringing local, national, and Olympian archers to the region to compete.

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Henrico County and Richmond Region Tourism will host the 136th annual USA Archery Target Nationals and U.S. Open on August 12th through the 15th at Dorey Park. This will be the first time Henrico County has hosted a national governing body championship event, bringing local, national, and Olympian archers to the region to compete.

The championship will strictly adhere to the Phase Three recreational sports guidelines, including physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices, and increased workplace safety practices.

“Being selected to host such a prestigious tournament is an absolute honor. We’re looking forward to working alongside Richmond Region Tourism and everyone involved to put on a safe and memorable event,” said Henrico County Manager John Vitoulkas.

The event will showcase adult (Senior and Masters) archers in the recurve, compound, and barebow divisions. Archers will shoot nearly 300 arrows to compete for gold medals and earn cash prizes reserved for top finishers. Only 250 participants will be permitted per field with two shooting sessions per day to allow for social distancing.

A kick-off event is scheduled for August 13th at 7:45 a.m., and the competition will begin at 8 a.m. For more information and details, visit usarchery.org.

“We’re thrilled to welcome some of the nation’s top archers to the region this August,” said Jack Berry, President & CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. “We’ve recently started welcoming sports events and tournaments back to the region and have kept health and safety as a top priority. Sports tourism will continue to be a vital component as our region’s hospitality recovers.”

There are more than 30 sports tourism events booked across the region that are scheduled through Labor Day. The events will be an important boost to the region’s hospitality industry.

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Tune-in for LGBTQ+ Youth: Side by Side Hosts Virtual Fundraiser on Aug. 1

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Richmond-based nonprofit Side by Side is shifting its annual fundraiser online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic this weekend. “Springtime in the Summer” will premiere on Saturday via Facebook at 7 p.m.

The 30-minute broadcast will feature the 2020 Catalyst Award honorees, a group of individuals and organizations recognized for their support of LGBTQ+ youth in Central Virginia. Springtime in the Summer will also include stories and updates about Side by Side’s work and a virtual auction.

This year’s Catalyst Award recipients include:

  • Dr. Archana Pathak: Dr. Pathak helped launch VCU’s LGBTQ+ Studies minor program in 2019 and is the Interim Director of the Q-Collective, a new LGBTQ+ resource and scholarship center at the university. She also provided counsel and support for Side by Side’s racial equity policies and programming.
  • Stonewall Sports Richmond: Stonewall Sports Richmond is a sports league for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. The nonprofit aims to create a social, safe and inclusive community where people are comfortable being themselves while taking part in fun sports and activities. Through fundraising and events focused on giving back, Stonewall Sports Richmond has raised more than $50,000 for LGBTQ+ nonprofits.
  • Ginter Park Baptist Church: Ginter Park Baptist Church is a LGBTQ+ affirming congregation located in Richmond’s Northside. The church regularly contributes to Side by Side’s meals program, an initiative that ensures youth have access to a healthy meal when they attend support groups.

“We know the last few months have been extremely tough for people as the pandemic continues and the region and nation grapples with violence against Black people and systemic racism,” said Side by Side executive director Ted Lewis. “We hope Springtime gives people a chance to come together virtually to find community during this time. We also know nonprofits are not immune to the virus’ impact on the economy. Side by Side needs the community’s help more than ever to continue our mission to support LGBTQ+ youth living in Virginia.”

Before the online event on Saturday, local drag entertainer Natasha Carrington will safely and fabulously pass out pre-ordered take-home meals that support Side by Side at MOSAIC Catering + Event’s Museum District location from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Approximately 100 packages were purchased and people will be picking meals up through a drive-thru in front of MOSAIC. (Orders are no longer available.)

Springtime in the Summer is presented by Altria. Other generous sponsors include Salomon & Ludwin Financial Consulting Group, Lewis Insurance Associates, Kroger, Weinstein Properties, McKay Wealth Management, Equality Virginia, Mosaic, and TVJerry.

For more information, visit http://www.sidebysideva.org/springtime.

Side by Side organizes weekly support groups for LGBTQ+ youth in Richmond, Petersburg and Charlottesville throughout the year. The nonprofit has been hosting virtual meetings since March to keep youth, volunteers and staff safe in response to the pandemic.

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