Matt Cricchio’s debut novel, “Security Day,” focuses on the complex relationship between the people of Afghanistan and the U.S. military. (Courtesy of Matt Cricchio)

Grad’s war novel highlights the complicated relationship between the U.S. military and the Afghan people

Nov. 9, 2021

Navy veteran and VCU alum Matt Cricchio served in Afghanistan. His debut novel, “Security Day,” will “change how you think about American conflict overseas.”

A VCU-led study of students in seven countries early in the pandemic finds that college students were more likely to practice social distancing if they believed two things: that it would protect against COVID-19 and that it was an action they could easily carry out. (Getty Images)

To persuade college students to practice social distancing, scaring them into action isn’t enough

Nov. 9, 2021

A VCU-led study of students in 7 countries early in the pandemic finds that effective messages emphasized that social distancing would protect against COVID-19 and that it was something people could easily do.

Charlotte Wincott holding an award from the Hollywood Women’s International Film Festival. (Courtesy of Charlotte Wincott)

Filmmaker, storyteller, neuroscientist: Charlotte Wincott’s latest project is a reflection of her many skills

Nov. 8, 2021

In “The Issue with Elvis,” the VCU grad’s many talents are on full display, as she weaves together a story about people, science and mental health in a way few others can.

Kameron Jones. “If I didn’t have my grandmother, who was so integrated in the tribe and grew up on the land, I wouldn’t know about my culture,” she said. “I am trying to learn more about not only my grandmother but also further back in our history.” (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Biology student Kameron Jones seeks to connect with fellow Indigenous students and serve Native American communities

Nov. 5, 2021

An aspiring doctor and descendant of the Meherrin Indian Tribe, Jones is learning more about her history, and seeking opportunities to help create a better future.

VPM+ICA Community Media Center, is a free forum for community storytelling, offering podcasting workshops, training sessions and presentations for the next generation of media producers. (Courtesy of the Institute for Contemporary Art)

‘There’s a story only you can tell’: Step inside the new VPM + ICA Community Media Center

Nov. 5, 2021

The center, which is opening its physical doors for the first time, is a forum for community storytelling, and a way to find new voices that we need to hear.

Iris Harrell, Ann Benson and their band

Paying it forward

Nov. 4, 2021

Through their scholarship, Iris Harrell and Ann Benson help first-generation students reach their capacity.

aerial view of hibbs hall on the v.c.u. monroe park campus

15 faculty and staff members honored at annual awards ceremony

Oct. 29, 2021

The awards celebrate excellence of faculty and staff in the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Holding up screen-printed tote bags at a VCU Votes event on Oct. 27. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

VCU Votes: ‘Have a voting plan’ to participate in Tuesday’s election

Oct. 29, 2021

Virginia voters will elect the state’s next governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and all 100 members of the House of Delegates.

VCU students voting in 2020 at University Student Commons, one of two on-campus polling places, the other being the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU. (Allen Jones, University Marketing)

Virginia’s gubernatorial election is Tuesday. What will VCU political science experts be watching for?

Oct. 27, 2021

From mail-in-voting to turnout, there will be many storylines to follow as a tighter-than-expected race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin enters its final days.

Biology student Anubhav Thapaliya in Erich Damm's wet lab. (Maggie Nguyen)

From red cell development to cultural preservation, VCU’s Baldacci scholars continue to further their studies

Oct. 25, 2021

The grant program, created by a gift from alum David Baldacci and his wife, Michelle, provides students with funds to pursue experiential learning opportunities.