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.
Our friends at the American Red Cross supply blood to VCU, and they still need about 200 more blood donors! If you have time TODAY (Wednesday) or Thursday please consider attending one of these life-saving events. Yup, free t-shirts! Days/Times: Wednesday, April 13th at the Commons Ballroom 10-4pm Thursday, April 14th at the Cathedral Parish Hall
RamPantry at VCU is a pretty great organization. I spent a bit of time on their FaceBook page yesterday and they’ve got some great community partners, and students to boot. The pantry is located in the Commons, and there are two appropriated garbage bins that are used as drop off locations for donations. The bins
Abby contacted me several weeks ago with this really beautiful request for your talents. I sat on it for awhile, because I wanted to build it out into a community making event, but as time is progressing, it’s pretty clear that I just need to keep life simple and share it as-is. I’m really looking
Customers walk into Project1 on the corner of Broad and Staples Mill on a regular basis, asking where they can buy the work of VCUarts students. Until now there hasn’t been a clean answer. For that reason, Project 1 is providing space to show and sell the work of current students and alumni that is appropriate
The VCU Sculpture Department is hosting a Blood Drive benefitting Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Please spread the word and consider joining us: Blood Drive Thursday, September 17 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Fine Arts Building lobby 1000 W. Broad Street Walk-ins welcome! Or make an appointment at https://vadonor.org. There will be snacks and t-shirts for
Students in the daVinci Center are conducting research for a product they are designing and need your help. If you have a few minutes, please click the link below to take their survey. It’s only 12 questions, and your input will contribute to the design of a better product! The more feedback they have the
Three really giving VCUarts students have created Do Dream. I hope you have some time to check out their website, and maybe the portrait commission is a good option for a holiday or birthday gift! If you have any questions about what Do Dream does, or how you can get involved, please contact them directly
Students from Doha are here this week! The group are student leaders from across campus and are spending time here to host Qatar Day as well as participate in leadership activities here on campus. Good stuff. They are hosting VCUarts students (YOU!) for lunch this Wednesday 10/1 from 12:30-1:30 in the Depot. Would you like
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
Dylan Halpern, Graphic Design Senior, has a Kickstarter project up and running! Check it out here. If you went to the end of year shows last year in the Depot Gallery you saw a much smaller version of this proposed 85 foot long work! Totally understandable…the printing of this is no small cost. (I’m a
Yeah…you’ve probably (hopefully!!) heard of the Depot by now. It’s an epic new space that houses CoLab, a host of fun new equipment, an undergraduate student gallery and SPACE glorious SPACE. If you haven’t been there, check it out soon (Alchemy Coffee is moving in on the first floor. WOOP!) it just feels so good
Shannon Brady touched base with me with a great request. Shannon and her team are recipients of a Dean’s International Study Grant and they need your help. I can think of about 8 reasons why you would want to do this! All you need to know is below. Good luck Shannon and team! Kids Curate