Thinking of hitting the refresh button? Here’s how members of the VCU community took their lives in new directions.

Jan. 14, 2022

Following their hearts and passions led these students, faculty, staff members and graduates to make big changes, from switching majors to starting new careers.

Joe Cates. “I’ve always been curious. I’ve always wanted to understand things better and there’s no better way to do that than to teach others.” (Photo by mx.bex, courtesy of Joe Cates)

Starting over: Joe Cates’ journey from chef to professor

Jan. 14, 2022

Cates spent the first part of his professional life as a chef and restauranteur before a stint in rehab helped put him on a different path.

Jessica Seppi. “The more statistics classes I took, the more I realized I needed to make this decision. I wanted to do what makes me happy.” (Courtesy of Jessica Seppi)

Starting over: Jessica Seppi took a class that caused her to change direction, and she couldn’t be happier

Jan. 13, 2022

The transfer student pivoted from broadcast journalism to statistics after discovering a love for applying math to the real world.

Unfolding history: VCU students contribute to massive Holocaust research project

Jan. 11, 2022

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s History Unfolded project is using crowdsourcing to better understand what Americans knew about the Holocaust from reading local newspapers.

Olivia Campbell. Her book, "Women in White Coats," has received critical acclaim since it published last year. (Courtesy photo)

Olivia Campbell, a VCU alum, tells the inspiring story of the first female doctors

Jan. 10, 2022

Campbell’s ‘Women in White Coats’ recounts the crucial moment ‘when women doctors demanded the right to heal and be healed.’

VCU researcher receives major grant to design and test a comprehensive assessment of sexual health

Jan. 10, 2022

The grant is the largest in the history of VCU’s Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.

The 19th century human remains discovered in 1994 in an abandoned well on the MCV Campus were transferred Thursday from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to VCU's Department of Forensic Science. There, researchers will seek to understand more about who the people were and the cultural and historical context in which they lived. (Allen Jones, University Marketing)

As 19th century ancestral remains arrive at VCU, researchers aim to learn more about who they were

Jan. 7, 2022

The remains were uncovered 28 years ago in an abandoned well on the MCV Campus. Researchers hope their efforts “help to bring some sense of closure to the community.”

Mignonne C. Guy, Ph.D.

Professor to serve on FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee

Jan. 5, 2022

Mignonne Guy’s research focuses on factors that contribute to health inequities among minority populations and other marginalized groups.

rebecca segal

Segal appointed interim chair of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

Jan. 4, 2022

Rebecca Segal, Ph.D., has been at VCU since 2006 and is a professor of applied mathematics.

The stories of 2021

Dec. 17, 2021

Jill Biden’s visit. The 10th anniversary of VCU’s historic Final Four run. Rabia Kamara takes the ice cream world by storm. Here are the VCU News stories of the year.