As winter break wraps up and students prepare for Spring 2016, take a look back at a pivotal time for Virginia Commonwealth University, the Fall 2015 semester.
Unprecedented number of students enrolled, various ground-breaking events and innovations to traditions – Fall 2015 proved to be influential on both the University and the VCU community alike.
VCU hosted its annual Welcome Week 2015 from Aug. 15-23, welcoming the University’s largest freshman class, with an enrollment of 4,091 in the class of 2019. Through new and innovative VCU Welcome Week events, as well tried and true traditions such as the SOVO Fair, Block Party, Welcome Week parade and more, VCU welcomed both first-years and transfers into their new home. For highlights of WelcomeWeek, check out the Welcome Week 2015 Prezi here!
UCI Road World Championships –
The 2015 UCI Road World Championships took place from Sept. 19-27, attracting over 650,000 spectators to the City of Richmond, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch. While the University was closed for the duration of the race, the UCI presence was undoubtedly noticed at VCU. The University and the surrounding areas geared up to host hundreds of thousands of international visitors by transforming the city into an international cyclist hub, equipped with numerous pedestrian bridges and global signs throughout the area welcoming international spectators to Richmond, VCU and local shops and restaurants.
Renovation and reopening of Cabell Library –
This fall marked the first semester the renovated areas of Cabell became accessible to students and staff. This $50 million makeover to the Library added 93,000 sq. ft. of space, with over 90 percent of that space comprising of space for students, faculty and staff, including reading rooms, reconfigurable labs, group work areas, tables, seating and more. The updated Library also includes computers with video editing, small-scale audio and video production, green screen studios and 3-D printers. Arguably the best feature? The 1,500+ additional outlets for use!
VCU Qatar Day –
VCU’s sixth-annual Qatar Day took place on Oct. 6 on the Commons Plaza. This festive, cultural experience is sponsored by the VCU Student Government Association and highlights some of the experiences available on VCU’s sister campus in Doha, Qatar. VCU Qatar Day 2015 not only showcased Qatari culture, but celebrated the progress of VCU Qatar, the first university invited to Education City in 1999. This celebration of culture and diversity is one of VCU’s most highly anticipated and widely attended cultural events, and there’s no coincidence that annually, VCU’s guest, Tully the camel, steals the show every year.
Family Weekend –
This year’s Family Weekend took place from Oct. 23-25 and provided students with an opportunity to showcase the University and surrounding community to their families. Highlights from Family Weekend included the “Rams Got Talent” talent show, Richmond city bus tours, a Kids Zone, the Evasons mind-reading duo and more!
VCU Homecoming moves to the fall semester –
For the first time, the Homecoming celebration took place in the fall, held this semester from Nov. 8-14. Traditionally observed in the spring, this year’s Homecoming celebration surpassed all expectations, with more involvement than was ever witnessed in the spring. Homecoming’s transition into the fall semester paved the way for a variety of new Homecoming events and beloved traditions, all of which can be found on the VCU Homecoming website.
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week –
Held annually one week before Thanksgiving, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is a nationwide social movement encouraging others to show their compassion towards members of the community experiencing hunger and homelessness. This year’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week was celebrated at Virginia Commonwealth University from Nov. 16-20 through a variety of events targeted to raise awareness and support for those with food insecurity and housing instability in the local community. VCU students were encouraged to participate by volunteering, attending and promoting various events, including the Oxfam Hunger Banquet, an interactive dinner experience that aims to portray the reality of food insecurity as it relates to socio-economic status.
Find out more about this year’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week!
Fall Block 2015 –
VCU’s oldest Fraternity and Sorority Life tradition returned for its 30th year this semester, taking place in the Altria Theater on Nov. 14. This event showcased the tremendous stepping ability of VCU chapter members and illustrated the dedication and hard work that every member puts into his or her membership. The Fall Block step show is the largest and most visible fraternity and sorority-related event on campus, this year selling out the Altria Theater, making it the largest step show in Virginia.
What’s in store for the start of next semester?
- Spring 2016 kicks off with MLK Celebration Week Jan. 18-24
- Student Organization and Volunteer Opportunities (SOVO) Fair on Friday, Jan. 22
Check back soon for updates on the opening of Founder’s Corner in the University Student Commons on Monroe Park Campus and for the grand reopening of Hunton Student Center on MCV Campus.
Have a safe and wonderful rest of winter break!