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.
Opportunities through HireVCURams are always changing. You can access a full listing of opportunities here (link), but I’ve curated a nice listing that I think you’ll find particularly engaging below. In the meantime, I’m always available for scheduled appointments or drop in office hours. We can discuss landing your first post-graduation opportunity, search for something part-time
Thanks to our VCUarts students for kicking this group off and keeping in touch with me about your first show and meet and greet. For those of you that are interested in joining (or learning more) please see the flyer and information below. Black Art Student Empowerment at VCU presents our 1st Annual Showcase
2015-2016 Graduate School Mentorship Program Announcement and Call for Mentee Applications The Graduate School is pleased to announce a call for applications to the 2015-2016 Graduate School Mentorship Program (GSMP). The GSMP matches undergraduate and graduate students in mentoring relationships in order to expose undergraduate students to the graduate experience as they consider further study
Having trouble finding the right books, articles or images for your projects and papers? Keep calm, and ask your librarian for help! Carla-Mae Crookendale, the Visual Arts Research Librarian will have office hours in Pollak room 104 every Thursday from 3-5pm until the end of the Spring semester. Drop by to discuss your burning research
Michael Walker is one well traveled guy. I thought he was just going to Qatar, and before I knew it the trip grew into something HUGE. He’s a fun speaker, and an all around great guy. Want to hear about lessons learned and how to open yourself up to the world around you? Super, he’s
This is a great opportunity for you to try out your networking and job seeking legs! Thursday, February 19 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom Follow your passion. Find an opportunity. Join us for our annual Nonprofit Career and Internship Fair. Representatives from more than 67 nonprofit organizations and agencies from
Much of the reason that I share so many opportunities with you is because I don’t take lightly the financial commitment to earn a degree here at VCUarts or anywhere, really. I truly believe that the opportunities I share may not help you close that gap now, but may be a part of the puzzle later.
I met Carla-Mae, our new arts librarian the other week. This is one seriously great lady. And to make things better? She has two arts degrees. Uh huh, bonus points. I really encourage you to seek Carla-Mae out whenever you’re looking for information or inspiration. In her words below, please check out her bio, and a
John Henry Blatter has organized this great lineup of workshops, below. I hope these help you get comfortable with what’s in the Depot, and encourages some great new work, thanks to this great new equipment! Enjoy! So, you’ve heard The Depot has this room where the space just seems to go on forever…. or
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
In the world of grant writing David Holland, Director of Grant Coordination and Entrepreneurship here at VCUarts, knows what’s up. He’s been generous to host Proposal Pitch, an opportunity for you to learn how to write the best 1,000 words (or less) in support of your great idea. If you are working on your Undergraduate Research