2020 Vision: Summer of ‘16

IMG_3833During the months of June, July and August, USC&A will be releasing daily content to prepare the Class of 2020 for their first semester at VCU!

Scroll to the bottom to see daily content. 


Maddox on the Move is a video series about the multiple USC&A buildings, their services and resources. We will also feature some of our campus partners! Videos will be posted on our YouTube channel (VCUStudentCommons).


We will share pictures of USC&A faculty and staff and other campus partners both in the present day and during their collegiate journey.


On Wednesdays, we will be posting a behind-the-scenes look into different student positions available in USC&A. This series will offer unique perspectives from students on the job.


Previous USC&A articles, pictures and videos from past semesters that have content relevant to the Class of 2020 will be shared on Thursdays.


Newcomers in the Class of 2020 might not be aware of many of the historic facts, traditions and events that go on around campus. Through Fun Fact Friday, members of 2020 can read quick snippets of important information that will help once they have arrived at VCU.

Check back here for new content everyday! Also, we will be posting updates on our Twitter (@VCUCommons), Facebook (University Student Commons & Activities at VCU) and Instagram (vcustudentcommons) profiles.  IMG_5159

June 1- #WorkerWednesday Marketing Assistant: Marketing and Public Relations

June 2- #ThrowbackThursday 2015 Spring SOVO Fair Flickr album

June 3- #FunFactFriday The SOVO (Student Organization and Volunteer Opportunities) Fair is an event where student, community and service organizations come together to showcase the various ways that students can get involved here on VCU’s campuses and in the Richmond area. VCU has over 500 student organizations, so many students come out to meet new friends and learn about exciting opportunities for involvement. Check out our #ThrowbackThursday Flickr album posted yesterday from the 2015 Spring SOVO Fair.  

June 6- #MaddoxMoveMonday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAhgoYtXr4c

June 7- #TransformationTuesday Berengére Gallion, Coordinator, Fraternity & Sorority Life 

“My dad had colon cancer and no one knew if he’d live or be well enough to travel from Ohio for my graduation. This was the last graduation he lived to see after having attended my middle school and high school ones.”

June 8- #WorkerWednesday Office Assistant for Event Planning

June 9- #ThrowbackThursday to the first VCU RamTHON this past spring! video

June 10- #FunFactFriday Ram Horns: Every year at New Student Orientation, students and their families become official Rams and members of the RamFam rubbing the Ram Horns and making a wish. The Ram Horns, appropriately named “Ramifications,” are an interactive cast bronze and stainless steel sculpture designed by alumnus Timothy Blum, ‘94. Added to the Student Commons Plaza in 2009, the Ram Horns are 14 feet tall and weigh 3500 pounds! But be careful to only touch the Ram Horns 3 times: during orientation, when you receive your class ring and when you graduate from VCU!

June 13- #MaddoxMoveMonday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev-SAD4SCtw

June 14- #TransformationTuesday

Lauren Henry – USC&A Marketing and Special Events Coordinator –

March 2006: My mother and sister visited Richmond from Pennsylvania for my 21st birthday and we, along with a group of my close friends, celebrated at The Tobacco Company Restaurant. It was a wonderful evening!

September 2015: I was a chaperone for the USC&A SLIC summer programs Busch Gardens bus trip – at the park, I purchased this fine banana hat – the height of amusement park fashion. And, it looks good wearing my sunglasses – the sun never sets on awesome!

June 15- #WorkerWednesday #WorkerWednesday Marketing Assistant: Graphic Designer

June 16- ‪#‎ThrowbackThursday‬ to when David Banner came to VCU for MLK Week (album)! Like the VCU MLK Celebration Facebook page in anticipation for next year! https://www.facebook.com/mlkdayvcu/

June 17- #FunFactFriday The purpose of VCU Qatar Day is to spread awareness about our international campus in Doha, Qatar through its cultural traditions and interactions. Students come out to enjoy free henna, Arabic calligraphy, food and other giveaways, as well as get a picture with Gobi, the camel. Students from VCU Qatar often visit to share their culture and experience of VCU on the other side of the globe!

June 20- #MaddoxMoveMonday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u8kRP90eJ0&feature=youtu.be

June 21-#TransformationTuesday Shiori Silver – Hall Director of West Grace South for the Department of Residential Life and Housing

The group picture with student with “OSU” sweatshirt was from my third year at The Ohio State University. The photo is significant to me because it was one of the many fun programs I hosted with my floor as a Resident Advisor in Park Hall. The community I was able to build with this group of residents was incredible and still this day, I am in touch with some of the residents learning about their accomplishments, career successes, and life celebrations. That year confirmed that student affairs is my passion and wanted to pursue it as a career. I learned that I loved providing an environment where students can feel at home and feel included in a community within a large university setting from move-in all the way to graduation. Years later, I am still building community and helping to provide inclusive environments with students from VCU as a Hall Director by working with ASPiRE Living Learning Community, RAs, and West Grace South Community Council. I love what I do and am looking forward to building community with the class of 2020!

June 22- #WorkerWednesday #WorkerWednesday Information Center Assistant

June 23- #ThrowbackThursday An Open Letter To The Class of 2020

June 24- #FunFactFriday

Do you know VCU’s War Song?

You don’t want to go to war!

With the RAMS!

Don’t start no stuff, won’t be no stuff!


June 27- #MaddoxMoveMonday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9CJCnPyhRk&list=PLf7OzAzmpiwKGyf-G_OsPbsK6vut7YDQ2&index=4

June 28- #TransformationTuesday Connie Kottmann – Assistant Director for Marketing, VCU Recreational Sports

The first picture is from when I was an undergrad in college.

The second picture is when I attended the Disney Institute in April 2016 as a representative for the Division of Student Affairs.

June 29- #WorkerWednesday #WorkerWednesday Marketing Assistant: Freelance Photographer

June 30- ‪#‎ThrowbackThursday‬ to when Rampantry moved to the Commons! This summer, Rampantry is open on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. or by appointment. You can visit their website for more informationhttp://vcustudentfoodpantry.com/Rampantry Moves to the University Student Commons

July 1- #FunFactFriday The meaning behind the VCU Seal: In 2012, VCU revealed a new university seal designed to reflect the unity of VCU while maintaining important pieces of our institution’s history. The seal recognizes VCU’s two founding institutions and features one of the most iconic buildings on campus, the Egyptian Building. VCUSeal

July 4- #MaddoxMoveMonday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdOBNLqFv4o

July 5- #TransformationTuesday Jessica Buchanan – Assistant Director of Marketing and Communication for Residential Life and Housing

The first picture is from senior year hanging out with my friends. The second picture is from the 2015 Krampus Parade.

July 6- #WorkerWednesday #WorkerWednesday Student Manager: University Student Commons

July 7- #ThrowbackThursday Find Your Fit article! Find Your Fit at VCU

“The Find Your Fit program is designed to help students narrow down their options and connect students with various student organizations, student leadership programs, campus programs and volunteer opportunities.”

July 8- #FunFactFriday Fall Block: Fraternities and sororities belonging to the National Pan-Hellenic Council were the first to be established at VCU, and soon after the eighth of the Divine Nine came to campus, a tradition was born to bring the NPHC community together. In 1985, the first Fall Block Step Show was held outside the university Student Commons. This event showcases the tremendous stepping ability of VCU chapter members and is also an illustration of the dedication and hard work that every member puts into his or her membership. http://fallblockvcu.com/home

July 11- #MaddoxMoveMonday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJU66-tYUMw


July 12- #TransformationTuesday Allison Patel – Assistant Director of Facilities/Conferences for Residential Life & Housing

The first one is from freshman year in AFO here at VCU. Making giant cardboard shoes used to be a rite of passage for art majors at VCU. Is that still a thing?

The second photo was taken at Belle Isle in March. Exploring Richmond is fun!
July 14- #ThrowbackThursday to our article and our newly released extended YouTube video about Innovative Media!
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txSl9Qc3nNY
July 15- #FunFactFriday The Intercultural Festival strives to showcase the diversity that VCU actively fosters on campus. Since 2002, the purpose has been to celebrate differences through performance, art, food, fashion, crafts, parade, booths and community. While the festival is hosted by VCU, students and members of the community are brought together to showcase their talents and bolster the festival. Come learn a dance from another culture and eat food from all over the world!
July 18- #MaddoxMoveMonday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiLSDQFMad4
July 19-  #TransformationTuesday Donte Sharpe – Coordinator for Student Organization Finance

The first picture was my senior picture from high school. I was getting ready for college, though I didn’t have a clue what was to come.

The most recent picture is from when I attendedAssociation of College Unions International (ACUI) Indiana Professional Development Seminar (IPDS) and had the opportunity to learn and network with new student affairs professionals like myself.


July 20- #WorkerWednesday #WorkerWednesday Facility Assistant


July 21- #ThrowbackThursday The Life of the University Student Commons


July 22- #FunFactFriday

What better way to relieve the stress of finals than pancakes and a DJ? At the end of each semester, VCU Dining Services partners with the Student Government Association to host a late night breakfast for all students by providing breakfast foods, games and contests. Get served donuts by your favorite administrators and watch your residence hall directors pour syrup on your waffles! The university comes together for one night to help diminish those final exam woes.


July 25- #MaddoxMoveMonday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O_wPUQroOc


July 26- #TransformationTuesday Tyler Conrad – Event Planner, University Student Commons and Activities

The first picture is from Welcome Week of Danielle’s and my freshman year at VCU. The second picture is from our wedding day during our senior year. Both moments were captured on Linden Street just outside the Commons. The wedding photographer was Amber Reinink.


July 27- #WorkerWednesday #WorkerWednesday AV Tech

July 28- #ThrowbackThursday‬ to VCU’s annual MLK Celebration Week last year! Make sure you like the Facebook page VCU MLK Celebration 2017 and follow the Twitter @mlkdayVCU to be prepared for the 2017 celebration! VCU Celebrates MLK’s Service and Dedication


July 29- #‎FunFactFriday‬ Homecoming revolves around the VCU basketball game and the campus turns black and gold for the occasion. The Homecoming committee plans a week of events full of service projects, spirit rallies, competitions, a hug concert and the Homecoming Parade for the student body to take part in. VCU’s Homecoming King and Queen are honored at the basketball game every year.13418911_523029951220345_5944079895550334991_n

August 1- #MaddoxMoveMonday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LjO-h1QXsI


August 2- #TransformationTuesday – Camilla Hill, Interim Assistant Director, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

The first photo is of when I was a Division 1 Field Hockey goalie for the College of William & Mary. The second photo is of my wife, Samantha, and I attending a recent wedding.
August 4- ‪#‎ThrowbackThursday‬ to VCU’s annual Lavender Graduation last year! Make sure you like the Facebook page VCU Lavender Graduation 2016and follow the Twitter @LavGradVCU to be prepared for the 2017 celebration! Color the World


August 5- #FunFactFriday Ram ExScream and Water Wars are held right before finals at the end of the fall and spring semesters, respectively. Both events, hosted by the Office of New Student Programs, offer a fun way for students to come relieve stress brought on by finals. Ram ExScream – as the name suggests brings students together to come scream all the stress away, as well as learn the year’s Homecoming Concert performer. During Water Wars, students look forward to a slip-n-slide, dunk tanks, squirt guns, as well as free ice cream.


August 8- #MaddoxMoveMonday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9PZH7nCcwY&index=12&list=PLf7OzAzmpiwKGyf-G_OsPbsK6vut7YDQ2


August 9- #TransformationTuesday Meghan Zapiec, Coordinator for Sorority and Fraternity Life, USC&A

The first photograph is Bid Day from my sorority senior year at Elon University in 2012.  The second photograph is with the lovely staff of VCU Fraternity and Sorority Life.
August 11- #‎TBT Check out the 2015 Welcome Week highlight prezi! VCU Welcome Week 2016 starts in just 10 days! https://prezi.com/pnvhhzwovyk-/vcu-welcome-week-2015/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

August 12- #FunFactFridayRam Spirit Walk is part of Welcome Week and takes the incoming class, accompanied by the Peppas, on a march from Convocation at the Stuart C. Siegel Center down Broad and Laurel streets to the Block Party in Monroe Park. Alumni, faculty, staff and current students line the route along Laurel Street with signs and banners to help welcome the incoming class.

August 15- #MaddoxMoveMonday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHNSeDe3O5k


August 16- #TransformationTuesday LaDarius Thompson, SGA Advisor, University Student Commons and Activities 

National Coming Out Day Now









The first photo is from National Coming Out Day my Sophomore Year at the University of South Carolina.
Now Photo: “I have always been a part of student governance since high school, but who would have thought I would be doing it professionally!! I love my career and helping students realize their awesome potential for greatness.”

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