Clockwise from upper left: Aloni Hill, Ph.D., assistant professor of journalism at VCU; Regina Boone, photojournalist with the Richmond Free Press; Anthony Antoine, anchor at NBC12; and Michael Paul Williams, columnist with the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Black Lives Matter has ‘dramatically shifted the paradigm’ of how mainstream media covers the news

Feb. 26, 2021

In the nine months since George Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer sparked nationwide protests, Black Lives Matter has led to reforms and conversations in mainstream media newsrooms that were once unimaginable, according to a panel of Black Richmond journalists who spoke Thursday at a Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture virtual event.

Ana Edwards, who earned her master's degree in history from VCU in 2020, is the first recipient of the Department of History's Graduate Alumni Achievement Award. (Thomas Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Ana Edwards is preserving Black history — and sharing it with others

Feb. 23, 2021

The VCU alumna and chair of the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project, will receive the VCU history department’s highest honor for graduate alumni March 18.

The first steel beams for VCU's new science, technology, engineering and math building arrive next week. The six-floor building is under construction at the site of VCU’s former Franklin Street Gym, which was demolished last year. (Credit: Ballinger/Quinn Evans Architects.)

VCU’s new STEM building is beginning to take shape

Feb. 22, 2021

Steel beams for the building will be delivered next week. The project at the site of the old Franklin Street Gym will expand lab, classroom and office space for the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Students attend an in-person class in September. VCU will resume in-person and hybrid courses beginning March 4. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

VCU will resume in-person and hybrid classes beginning March 4

Feb. 18, 2021

The decision is based on several factors, VCU President Michael Rao said, including an examination of COVID-19 positivity rates and a review of isolation space on campus.

Jackson Ward Collective co-founders Kelli Lemon, Rasheeda Creighton and Melody Short. Lemon, bottom left, earned her master’s degree from VCU in sports management and leadership. (Courtney Jones, The Jones Photography & Media Company)

New entrepreneurship academy at VCU to bring together students and community members

Feb. 17, 2021

The academy will provide opportunities for underrepresented students to develop 21st-century entrepreneurship skills in “a blended learning environment.”

At the beginning of the pandemic, the facilities management team created an assembly line in the department’s warehouse to bottle, label and put together 7,000 personal protective equipment supply kits. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

In State of the University speech, Rao reflects on recent challenges and the road ahead

Feb. 11, 2021

President praises the resilience of the VCU community and describes ambitious plans for the future.

Inside the Rotunda at the Virginia State Capitol. The building, usually bustling this time of year during the General Assembly's legislative session, is currently closed to the public. (File photo by Kevin Morley, University Relations)

At the General Assembly (sort of) with VCU’s capitol semester students

Feb. 11, 2021

Interns at the Virginia State Capitol this legislative session are doing most of their work virtually. It’s still “a very cool experience,” they said.

Carolyn Eastman's "The Strange Genius of Mr. O" tells the story of the rise and fall of James Ogilvie, whose oratory performances made him a household name in America’s founding era. (Eastman photo by Allison Bell)

‘The Strange Genius of Mr. O’ reveals the story of America’s first forgotten celebrity

Feb. 9, 2021

The book by VCU history professor Carolyn Eastman dives into performances, eccentricities, scandals and narcissism — and the nature of fame in America’s founding era.

VCU School of Nursing student Jennifer Bucknam vaccinates community member Norman Gold. Bucknam is one of many students at VCU stepping up to administer COVID-19 vaccine shots to fill a statewide need. (Tom Kojcsich, University Relations)

Hundreds of students are volunteering and providing shots at vaccination events

Feb. 8, 2021

With some VCU students already trained and others lined up for training, volunteers are ready to address the need for more COVID-19 vaccinators and take on roles that will serve them in their careers.

Greg Sandoe's dog, Bandit, plays the role of victim in a mock crime scene Sandoe created at home for his forensic science class. (Courtesy of Greg Sandoe)

Reconstructing the crime scene

Feb. 8, 2021

How do you transform a forensic science lab meant for in-person instruction into a successful virtual experience? With lots of creativity and a heavy dose of technology.