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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Hands down the best way to get in touch with me is via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would rather call, my direct line is: 804.828.9313.
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.
The Fulbright is an incredible opportunity for graduates to conduct research internationally with financial support. It may sound like a crazy impossible thing, but arts students really are tremendously successful in this opportunity. The process is long, but is tremendously supportive which results in very strong applications. Please consider it, it’s wonderful! More from our
This is one of the many reasons I love working at an art school in a research institution. Funding and research opportunities like these! Please read on to learn about how you can get a financial boost to take your ideas from your head to real life. Absolutely hands down, please attend an information session,
The Dean’s International Study Grant is now open and accepting applications! The deadline for submissions is Friday January 25th, 2019. Please read the criteria carefully, and make sure you meet all requirements before submitting. If you’ve never written a grant or you want feedback or need answers to questions, please come to one of two
Our friends at the da Vinci Center for Innovation have asked for this message about their latest challenge to get into your hands. If you’re interested in energy, education and healthcare, read on! The da Vinci Center for Innovation has officially launched our Innovation Challenges! All students (professional, graduate, and undergraduate) are invited to submit
VCUarts is now accepting applications to the Boomerang program. This is the perfect opportunity for you to go back to your high school and tell art students all about VCUarts and your experience here. You’ll get a $200 scholarship for participating! What is the Boomerang Program? The Boomerang Program is an outreach initiative designed for
A VCUarts alumni, Brett Payne reached out to me to let me know that the Marin Agency is looking to purchase student artwork for up to $1500. Please reach out to Brett at email@example.com with questions, it sounds like they are open to 3D work in addition to 2D, which includes proposals for murals inside
VCUarts is now accepting applications for our two research and innovation grants! You can now apply for both the Undergraduate Research Grant as well as the James R. Gregory Prize with one application. Deadline: November 2nd. All you need to know about these two fantastic opportunities can be found here. Regardless of what stage you
VCUarts is hosting a watch party for the New York Foundation for the Arts webinar The Funding Landscape: Making Fundraising Work for You. The webinar viewing is open to all; current undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff and alumni. If you’re curious about other supports NYFA offers, it’s pretty extensive but you can jump in here. Fundraising
There is a giant list of undergraduate research opportunities here at VCU, but I’ve curated it to a few that would be of particular interest to you as students in the arts. Please read on, there is a really good chance one of these can help you fund your work here, or overseas! **NEW** Undergraduate
The Dean’s International Study Grant is now open and accepting applications! The deadline is extended to 11:59pm on February 12, 2018. If you’ve never written a grant, if you want feedback or need answers to questions, please come to one of two info sessions. Wednesday 1/24 3:30pm, Pollak room 201 Friday 1/26 3:00pm, Pollak 201 Enjoy
The VCU Pre-Accelerator is the university’s premier offering for high growth and high potential student startups and founders. The goal of the VCU Pre-Accelerator is to identify and support individuals, teams, and ideas through the early stages of idea formation and business development. Students benefit from a $30,000 fund, a wide array of industry mentors,
Questions? Email Matt Woolman, Executive Director of Entrepreneurship in the Center for the Creative Economy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy and good luck! Submit your application for admission into ARTS 353 here. Please note that you will still need to register for the course, the online form does not register you.