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Look Ahead to 2020-2021 with the Housing Reapplication Process!

Students interested in living on-campus next year will need to complete a Housing Application for the Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 academic year. Housing Applications will open at noon on Friday, January 17 and are due no later than Friday,  February 7, 2019, at noon. Students who submit an application by the deadline will be entered into a lottery system. Submitting an application does not guarantee a space on-campus, but rising sophomores will be given first priority. Students can apply via the online housing application which will be available on the VCU Residential Life and Housing site soon.

Same room sign-up is available in select halls for students who wish to live in the same room for the 2020-2021 academic year. Your student should check with their housing staff to see if same room sign-up is available for their building. Students staying in their current residence may pull in roommates once their housing is confirmed.

We highly encourage all students to complete a Housing Application, even if they are not 100% sure if they want to live on campus. Completing a Housing Application does not lock a student into a housing contract, and the housing contract is only considered signed once a student chooses a room. If a student does not select a space or see one that would fit their needs, they will not be locked into a housing contract and are free to search for other arrangements.

For more information about the Housing Selection Process visit housing.vcu.edu or email vcuhousing@vcu.edu. To view our upper-class halls please visit our Virtual Tour.

Family Webinar – Getting the Offer – Job and Internship Searching

Career Services will speak with families about the resources they offer to help students prioritize, find, apply and land jobs and internships. Special attention will be paid to VCU’s career development approach, the industry recruiting timeline, and key resources that students can use to identify opportunities and connect with employers in their field(s) of interest, including campus recruiting, the Handshake job and internship database, interview coaching, and more.

How early is too early to start looking and applying for internships and jobs? What should your student wear to an interview? It’s never too early for students to begin making connections with professionals in their industry. In this webinar, you’ll learn all the tips and tricks when it comes to internships, interviews, job shadows, and more!

Upcoming Breaks & Tips for Having Your Student Home

Are you ready for your student to come home for an extended break? Mark your calendars for Fall and Winter break now so you can count down the days!

Upcoming Breaks

VCU Fall Break is Monday, November 25 to Sunday, December 1, 2019. No classes will be held during this time, and the university will close starting Wednesday, November 27 at 12:00 p.m. for departments and services. Classes will resume on December 2 and be held until the last day of classes, Monday, December 9. Final Exams will begin on December 10 and end on December 17. Student final exam schedules may vary based on their individual class schedules and professors.

VCU Winter Break is Tuesday, December 17, 2019, to Monday, January 13, 2020. The university will close December 23, 2019, to January 3, 2020, for departments and services. Students will have the option to catch up, stay on track or get ahead by taking Winter Intersession classes which begin December 27, 2019, and end January 9, 2020.

Tips for Having Your Student Home

Though they haven’t been gone long, your student has gone through a lot of changes while they’ve been away to school. They’ve been in charge of their own schedule, when they go to sleep, when and what they eat and much more. This newfound independence can cause tension when they return home for break, and you all will have to work together to set new guidelines. Your best option would be to talk to your student and set expectations for their time while home. Their priorities may differ from yours (seeing friends, sleeping, catching up) so it’s important to be flexible when talking with them. Remember that respect and communication run both ways and the best way to ensure a good time is to work it out together!

November VCU Business Services, VCU Dine & RamTech Updates

VCU Business Services

VCU Business Services Scholarship recipients at the 2018 ceremony.

2020 VCU Business Services Scholarship Now Open

Every year, the VCU Department of Business Services sponsors scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students. Over 50 scholarships are awarded ranging from $5,000 to $7,500 each. The program offers a wide range of scholarship options, including the “Sophomore Year Scholarship,” the “VCU Out-of-State Scholarship,” and the “VCU Community Engagement Scholarship.”

VCU Business Services is now accepting applications for the 2020 scholarships. The holiday season is the perfect time to gather materials and apply! Learn more and apply here.

VCUDine

The VCUDine Fall Food Truck Festival in October gave dining plan holders the opportunity to swipe at local Richmond food trucks!

November Dining Events

VCUDine has a number of exciting dining events happening this November, including World Vegan Day (November 1), Italian Night (November 7), Ramsgiving (November 12 in Jonah’s on the MCV Campus, November 14 in Shafer on the MCV Campus), and a Chili Cook-off (November 21). Follow @VCU_Dining on Instagram and Twitter for a complete list of events and updates throughout the semester!

Dining plan running low? Reload!

Students can always add more dining dollars to their dining plan. Click here to check your account balance (under “GET Funds”), and click here to reload dining dollars! If it’s swipes you want to add, just purchase a smaller dining plan by calling the VCUDine office directly: 804-828-1148.

RamTech

RamTech brought a GameTruck to campus in October! 

Students could hop on the truck and play the latest games for Nintendo, Playstation and more.

Trade In & Trade Up

Thinking of upgrading your technology this holiday season? RamTech’s Trade In & Trade Up program allows students to trade in old tech devices for immediate in-store credit. 

Don’t let an old iPod, iPhone, MacBook or tablet sit around gathering dust. Visit RamTech and see how you can trade up.

Cyber Monday

Stay tuned for great Cyber Monday deals at ramtech.vcu.edu on Monday, December 2, 2019. Follow @ramtechvcu on social media for more information.

Family Spotlight: Panozo Family

Our November Family Spotlight is the Panozo Family of King George County, Virginia!

Daughter Nadia, a first-year student and member of the Cheerleading squad, loves VCU and felt comfortable here right away. The Panozo family was slightly familiar with the Richmond area prior to their daughter coming to VCU, but there was still a lot to learn and explore once she moved on to campus. Nadia chose VCU because of its great location: not too close to home but also not too far away to make her feel homesick!

The Panozos had a great time at Family Weekend and said it was their favorite experience so far at VCU. “All of Family Weekend was my favorite, it’s too hard to choose just one event!” said Rosy Panozo. One of the best parts was the opportunity to see Nadia in action at the VCU Cheerleading open practice at the Siegal Center.

Nadia came home for the weekend about two months after moving into her residence hall on campus, spending some quality family time which was much appreciated. The Panozo family recommends families and students stay in contact like this throughout the semester. “Stay in contact and always stay positive and support and love your students no matter what.” This is especially good advice as we come through midterm exams and see the end of the semester fast approaching. Final exams will be here before we know it and the best thing you can do as family members is support your students as they deal with the added stress.

We want to highlight you! From first-years to super seniors, each month we will spotlight a different family to learn more about their experience with VCU. Interested in being our family of the month? Email us at ramfamilies@vcu.edu for our questions and send along any photos you would like to include. We can’t wait to learn more about you!

Family Weekend 2019 Recap

Thank you all so much for joining us for Family Weekend! We had a wonderful time seeing your smiling faces on and around campus with your students. Check out a snapshot of a few of our events below:

Richmond Bike Tours

Families and their students biked through campus and around the museum district together Saturday morning. Sights included the Compass (where the library and Shafer Court Dining Center are located) and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA).

Division of Student Affairs BBQ

What could be better than food, games and performances by The Peppas? Families had the opportunity to meet the new VCU Family Council and take pictures with Rodney the Ram, all while chatting with representatives from the Division of Student Affairs departments and services.

Paint & Play

Wine & Design RVA set up two workshops for families and students to test out their art skills with bright autumn paintings.

.5K and 5K Races

Participants in the .5K walk/run took a trip around Monroe Park and finished the event out with coffee, doughnuts and finisher medals. 5K racers journeyed through campus and the city of Richmond, starting with a brisk warm-up through the park!

Thank you again to all who joined us and we hope you had an amazing time! If you have pictures of your own you would like to showcase, please email us at ramfamilies@vcu.edu. We would love to see them!

VCU Family Webinar – Helping Your Ram Be Well

This webinar will feature information on how a student can be well while part of the VCU community. Presenters from Student Health Services, University Counseling Services, and the Wellness Resource Center (The Well) will talk about everything from flu shots to recovery resources to support groups. Find out more about how your Ram can be at their best.

Family Weekend Final Reminders

We are excited to welcome you to campus October 4-6 to spend some quality time with your student and experience VCU and the Richmond community! Check out some final reminders below.
Check-In Times and Location:

Fri., Oct. 4, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Student Commons, 2nd Floor Virginia RoomsSat., Oct. 5, 9 a.m – 12 p.m. at Student Commons, First Floor Lobby (Outside POD Market)

Due to Open House and the Richmond American Heart Walk event it is strongly preferred that you or your student check-in on Friday. Students may check in on your behalf and pick up your tickets with their VCUCard (ID). All Family Weekend registrants should check-in upon arrival for FamilyWeekend. 

Walk-Up registration is available for families who did not get a chance to register online ahead of time.

Registration is $5 per guest (adults and children ages 3 and up). Infants 2 and under and students are free. This fee includes your Family Weekend Access Pass which grants you access to all the free, non-ticketed VCU events.

Any tickets for ticketed events that may still be available will be sold first-come, first-serve. Ticketed events are extremely limited.
 
Parking & Accommodations
Free and paid parking options are available throughout the weekend. Free parking will be available in VCU parking decks on the dates and times listed below and the city offers both paid and free street parking. Please adhere to all signage if you plan to park on the street. For addresses and maps to all VCU parking facilities, please visit the Parking and Transportation website.

Friday 10/4
Paid parking is available in the following decks if you exit before 5 p.m. Gates will be lifted at 5 p.m. and cars exiting after that time will not need to pay. 

West Main Street Parking Deck- 801 W. Main St
West Cary Street Parking Deck- 1201 W. Cary St.
West Broad Street Parking Deck- 1101 W. Broad St.

Saturday 10/5 & Sunday 10/6
FREE parking available all day: 
West Main Street Parking Deck- 801 W. Main St
West Cary Street Parking Deck- 1201
W. Cary St.West Broad Street Parking Deck- 1101 W. Broad St.

Please note the following street closures taking place on Sat., Oct. 5 that may impact Family Weekend parking and getting around:
 October 5th / Richmond American Heart Walk Event
The following locations will be CLOSED for the American Heart Walk Event: 
100 Blk. N. Laurel Street btwn W. Main & Franklin Street
100 Blk. N. Pine Street btwn W. Grace & Franklin Street
800 Blk. S. Cathedral Pl. btwn N. Laurel & N. Cathedral P/ N. Cherry StreetThe closure hours will begin from 5:30 AM to 12:00 PM. There will be No Parking permitted in these locations starting at 5:00 AM. 

There will also be No Parking permitted on:
W. Main Street (North Side) btwn N. Laurel & Mulberry Street
N. Mulberry Street (East Side) btwn W. Main Street & Monument AvenueMonument Avenue (South Side) btwn N. Mulberry & Lombardy Street
W. Franklin Street (South Side) btwn N. Lombardy & Laurel Street.

The hours for these locations will be from 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The walk will begin from Monroe Park at 10 AM and should conclude by 12:00 PM.

Accommodations
Overnight lodging is not provided for Family Weekend but there are multiple hotels within walking and driving distance of campus. For our out-of-town guests, we suggest these Richmond-area hotels
Dine & Discover RVA

During Family Weekend, visit the businesses listed here to enjoy EXCLUSIVE discounts when you show your valid Family Weekend Access Pass during Family Weekend (Oct. 4-6, 2019). 

Access Passes are only available for families who have registered for FamilyWeekend and can be picked up during Family Weekend Check-in on Friday and Saturday. Check the Family Weekend Schedule for exact Check-in location and times.

Bar Solita – Free cocktail with the purchase of an entree (terms and conditions apply, must be 21 or older for a cocktail)
Deep Run Roadhouse – 10% off any purchase for VCU students
Greenbrier Cafe & Coffeehouse – Free small coffee and 15% off purchase
Kokonut Grill – FREE one (1) order of 3 veggie rolls with purchase of 2 Koko Box Entrees at regular price.
Max’s on Broad – Free after-dinner drink (dessert wine, coffee, tea or port). Some conditions apply, must be 21 years or older to have an alcoholic beverage.
Pupatella RVA – 20% off your order
Roots Natural Kitchen – 30% off your order
Tarrant’s – Free brownie sundae with purchase of an entree
Ten Thousand Villages Shop – 15% off your order of $40 or more
 
Get to Know the Family Weekend Schedule

For quick reference to Family Weekend events, download the VCU Families guide on the ​VCU RAM Guide app, powered by Guidebook! ​We used RAM Guide at Orientation, so you may already have it downloaded on your smart device. If not, simply visit guidebook.com/app/ramguide to text yourself the link to download it. Once you have the app downloaded, open ​RAM Guide and search or select VCU Families to open the VCU Families guide. Tap on the menu in the upper left-hand corner to access the Family Weekendschedule and other valuable information about the weekend. There is no passphrase required to download the guide. To view the Family Weekend guide and schedule on the web, visit https://guidebook.com/guide/102941/.
 
Still Have Questions?

Additional information, including a list of frequently asked questions, may be found on the Family Weekend website. If you have questions not answered on the website, please feel free to email us at ramfamilies@vcu.edu. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

VCU Dine & RamTech October Update

VCUDine

September’s Seafood Lunch featured snow crab legs in Shafer!

Dining plan running low? Reload!

Students can always add more dining dollars to their dining plan. Click here to check your account balance (under “GET Funds”), and click here to reload dining dollars! If it’s swipes you want to add, just purchase a smaller dining plan by calling the VCUDine office directly: 804-828-1148.

October Dining Events

Join VCUDine for a variety of delicious dining events this month, including Food Truck Festival (October 10), Shafer Mediterranean Lunch (October 15), Shafer Harvest Lunch (October 30), and Halloween Desserts (October 31). Follow @VCU_Dining on Instagram and Twitter for a complete list of events and updates throughout the semester.

RamTech

Swing by the store while you’re on campus for Family Weekend.

New Apple® at RamTech

Last month, Apple announced a variety of new products that will be available at RamTech in the coming weeks, including the new iPad 7th Generation (with a 10.2‑inch screen) and the Apple Watch Series 5. To learn more and be notified when these products hit the store, sign up for the RamTech email newsletter. Remember: parents are able to make purchases online at ramtech.vcu.edu but must enter their VCU student’s v-number at check out.

Open for Family Weekend

RamTech is open on Saturday, October 5 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for Family Weekend.

VCU Family Webinar: Academic Expectations – Major Mapping, Advising and Student Success

It is time to be a spark champion for your student and learn more about what they are facing as they approach their first academic advising appointment of the semester. In this webinar, you’ll learn about resources that are offered to our students such as the academic advising process, workshops, tutoring, and more! 

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