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VCU InSight Moves To New Website

By Tim Bajkiewicz, Ph.D.
Faculty Instructor and Executive Producer, VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — In October 2010 the VCU InSight website is moving from this WordPress site to a new home at Virginia Commonwealth University, http://insight.vcu.edu.

The move better uses available university technology resources and enables easier student access. The WordPress site includes 175 story posts since its January 2008 launch. It replaced a traditional website that was online since at least 2006.

VCU InSight is a 30-minute TV news show produced by undergraduate students in the VCU School of Mass Communications that airs monthly on WCVW-TV Richmond PBS. The show began in 2003.

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Seniors and Kids Get Care Together at VCU

By Agazit Asihel
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, VA – VCU’s MCV hospital offers an innovative approach to child care that allows children to enjoy activities with senior citizens.

“Oh and with the children, we go visit the children at least once a week, and we all have our own little class, and our own little people,” Laura Shaver, an adult day program participant, said.

Patricia Moon, director of VCU’s Family Care Services, says the program aims to improve the way the elderly interact with the community.

“It was like, what can we do for more adults, can we make sure that they are not relegated to a period of isolation, but they’re continuing to be a part of society,” Moon said.


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VCU Official Talks About Haiti Relief Efforts

By David Preut
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — During an in-studio interview Dr. Catherine Howard, Vice Provost of Community Engagement, talks with VCU InSight about Haiti relief efforts at Virginia Commonwealth University.

She talks about a VCU professor‘s recent trip to Haiti and the successes and difficulties he experienced after the Caribbean nation experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12.

While many students might want to travel to Haiti themselves, Dr. Howard says there is plenty that students can do for Haiti right here in Richmond. InSight also finds out what student organizations have already been doing to help relieve the situation in Haiti and where people can go to stay informed about continuing VCU efforts.

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VCU Rice Center Named Project of the Year

By Iva Radman
VCU InSight

The VCU Rice Center has been name the Region’s Overall Project of the Year by Midatlantic Construction Magazine. The “Best of 2009” Awards Program recognizes the center for its exceptional design and construction.

“The Walter L. Rice Education Building blends exceptional design with careful construction,” according to a news release by the magazine. “It is the first building in Virginia to be awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED platinum certification, and received 54 out of the required 52 credits.”

The $2.8 million research center is located on 342 acres on the north bank of James River in Charles City, Virginia. The center was opened in 2008.

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VCU Follows State’s Lead in “Going Green”

By Amy Via
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — At the beginning of October, Virginia Commonwealth University began an environmental initiative called “Year of the Environment,” modeled from a statewide campaign started last year by Gov. Tim Kaine.

Jacek Ghosh, VCU’s Director of Sustainability, spoke with VCU InSight about some of the events involved, how VCU gets people involved in “green” practices, and practical tips to live more sustainably.

“Turn off the lights when you leave your office or apartment, turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth…obviously recycle, don’t idle your car, etc.,” said Ghosh.

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VCU Spreads Ram Spirit to Local Stores

By Taylor Hall
VCU Insight

RICHMOND, Va – Virginia Commonwealth University marketing officials are hoping to get more local stores to sell VCU paraphernalia by spreading the word through their “I Want My Gear” campaign.

According to VCU officials, the campaign launched after a heavy demand from students, alumni, and Richmond locals asking about where they could buy VCU gear and materials.

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VCU Program Encourages Student Athletic Donations

By Jerome Foster and Alonna Artis
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. – One year ago, Virginia Commonwealth University Athletics started a membership program called the Student Ram Athletic Fund. The program’s goal is to get students to donate money in support of VCU’s sports teams.

Students pay $25 to join the program. The money goes to the Athletic Department to help cover costs.

“And that’s…how we raise the money for scholarships and it helps them get better equipment,” said Alex Fotiou, the Assistant Director of Development and Corporate Sponsorships.

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