My name is Jody Symula. I am the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs here at VCUarts. What does that mean? What does the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs do? Essentially I’m here to help you, advocate for you, and help create new (and streamline current) processes to help guarantee you have a great experience at VCUarts, as well as a smooth transition to the world of work. I am also a source of information about University policies, advising questions as well as opportunities.
I have earned an Associate in Science in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University, a Bachelor of Art with a concentration in Painting from Humboldt State University, and a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting & Printmaking from VCUarts.
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You can find Jeanette Hickl, Career & Industry Advisor at VCU Career Services (University Student Commons, 1st floor) M-F from 8:30-5 for appointments and from 1-3 on Fridays for drop-in hours in the fall semester.
To schedule an appointment to meet with her at VCU Career Services, please visit careers.vcu.edu and click on HireVCURams on the right hand side.
Arts students are really rising up when comes to this scholarship. In short the Fulbright is a scholarship for you to live in a foreign country for a year to execute your research. The application is a process that’s not to be taken lightly, and the National Scholarship Office is here to be your guide. For the
The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK. These summer programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program.
VCU Education Abroad is holding a Gilman Scholarship Writing Workshop for students interested in applying to the Gilman International Scholarship. The workshop will be held on Friday, January 30, 12pm -2pm in the Commons Alumni Board Room. The Gilman scholarship offers awards for undergraduate students with limited financial means to pursue study abroad. The workshop will provide
I love this time of year! University grant season for Summer 2015 research. Arts students have been tremendously successful with some of these grants in the past, particularly the last one (the UROP Fellowship) and I see no changes to that in the immediate future! In addition to the UROP Fellowship and our fellowships funded
The National Scholarship Office is a truly supportive unit here on campus. Among other opportunities, this office oversees the Fulbright (which I talk about a LOT here and here) and the Boren Awards. As an aside, I’m really excited about the Fulbright, because we have a really impressive group of applications for the 2015-16 year. I
VCUarts is hosting a first-ever International Opportunity Fair! Experts from across campus will be there sharing information on everything you need to know about getting an international experience. Information on scholarships, grants, international volunteering, for-credit opportunities, independent research opportunities…you name it. Oh, and Financial Aid will be there to answer questions about how study abroad
VCU Education Abroad is excited to announce our annual Study Abroad Fair that takes place next week on Monday, September 29 from 10-2:30! We are particularly excited to announce a new pilot promotion we are offering to 1000 students who attend the fair! See below for more details. What? Study Abroad Fair When? Monday September
Woah! The University is on a mission! Three opportunities for you help fund your study abroad experience! This is really great, and as I’ve said before, we have a great success rate in students winning the Gilman. Please make note that the Global Education Office is hosting a Study Abroad Fair on Monday September 29th! More
It’s time again! The Boomerang Program is looking for students that are enthusiastic about VCUarts and are willing and able to share the love at their local high schools this Fall semester. If you’re planning on heading home anyway, this is a great way to earn a little scholarship money. Below you can find more
Attached (and below) is information about the new Cinema Audio Society scholarship award for 2014. This award of $2500 will go to a promising student interested in pursuing a career in sound mixing (either production or post production). The award is based on the individual, and is not project based (it is NOT an award
I had a long and productive talk with Jeff Wing, Director of the National Scholarship Office. I never understood this scholarship. It seemed too confusing and hard to navigate the possibilities. Now it’s all clear. So, the message is be inquisitive and ask questions. The Fulbright is for students that have a research idea and
Amy Hutton, Deputy Fulbright Program Advisor, will be giving an information session about the Fulbright Scholarship on February 28 at 1pm in Pollak room 201 (inside the Dean’s Office). To learn about the Fulbright please go here. The opportunity is rich (and dense). There is no substitute for attending this session, listening and asking questions. This is