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.
For anyone that is looking for an interesting course to fill out your schedule, you may want to peruse the attached lists of courses open to non-majors. If you have any questions at all about how these will fulfill requirements, please reach out to your advisor! Fall 2019 Arts Classes Open to Non-Majors
I’m pleased to let students know VCUarts is now accepting applications for the scholarships below! All application materials should be submitted by end of day Monday, September 30th, 2019. Detailed information can be found at arts.vcu.edu/scholarships. The links provided below will take you directly to each online application. Good luck! $1,210 Covington Scholarship Open to
The application for the 2019-2020 NASA Psyche Inspired program closes August 9! Psyche Inspired is a program that brings undergraduate students together to share the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public through artistic and creative works. Full-time, enrolled undergraduate students from the universities and community colleges
Calls for entry are now open for Strathmore’s upcoming exhibitions, Timber and The 29th Annual Juried Exhibition: Home. We hope you will consider submitting works for consideration! TIMBER Strathmore invites artists to submit original wood-based artwork for the upcoming exhibition Timber, taking place September 3 to October 20, 2019. Open to artists creating functional and/or conceptual
Our sister campus in Doha, Qatar is something that we’re really proud of here at VCUarts. VCUarts Qatar is a small school (about 250 students) on a larger campus that is shared by some of the best and brightest institutions across the world. If you’re a Painting & Printmaking, Art History, or design major, you
As Virginia Commonwealth University marks its 50th anniversary in 2018-19, the VCU Libraries invites students to submit their own vision or artistic articulation of “50” for a special anniversary exhibition on the Cabell Screen. Work can take the form of still images (photography or illustration), gifs or short videos. The Cabell Screen has no sound.
Tasmeem Doha is an international design conference held at our sister campus in Qatar! As part of the conference, students are invited to lead a workshop for attendees which is a fantastic flipped model! If you would like more information please read on, or attend the information session on November 7, 12pm, room 152 in the
The Undergraduate Research Grant is open and accepting applications. If you’re interested in applying, I encourage you to do two things: Look at past funded projects and get feedback on your application. Trust me, it’ll help! Enjoy and think big! The Undergraduate Student Research Grant program provides $25,000 in funding per year with
The Student Leadership and Involvement Center is excited to announce the return of I-LEAD® Connect, a student leadership program that will be held October 20-22, 2016. I-LEAD® Connect is offered through the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), and focuses on student leadership, community development and change. Sixty students will be accepted. Students will participate
We know and LOVE this grant. If you’re interested in applying, I encourage you to do two things: Look at past recipients projects and get feedback on your application. Trust me, it’ll help! Enjoy thinking, dreaming and applying! The Undergraduate Student Research Grant program provides $25,000 in funding per year with the purpose
Based on what I’ve seen as part of the Space Grant series this summer, and what I’m hearing from students, I know there’s some pretty stellar ideas out there. As always, I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s in that space. Enjoy! Download the gallery floor-plan for reference here.