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Dear Panther Community,
Please remember that we require ALL Campus-Based faculty and staff members to complete the Employee Daily Wellness Check  based on the days that you work. The form MUST be completed BEFORE you arrive on campus. All who answer YES to any of the screening questions must immediately contact VUU Office of Human Resource and Talent Management at (804)257-5834 and should NOT report to campus until they receive further guidance.   



The University’s spring 2021 approach to the reopening plan includes:  

  • Maintain appropriate social distancing, staying at least (6) six feet away from others when possible.  
  • Face coverings are mandatory while on campus indoors and outdoors. 
  • IDs must always be carried with you and parking decals clearly displayed.  
  • All appointments will be virtual and only in emergency cases will on campus in person appointments be allowed. 
  • Strict physical and social distancing measures will be adhered to throughout the campus. 
  • Facemasks are required on campus indoors and outdoors. 
  • No business travel shall be permitted unless approved by the President. 
  • On-campus Residential visitation is prohibited 
  • The campus is closed to nonresidential students. 
  • Campus Curfew will be 11:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. 
  • Travel Form Must be completed to notify the university of your travel plans to areas at risk and/or affected by COVID-19.
  • Appointment Request Form: Must be completed for all who require an approved appointment to enter campus. 

For more details on how VUU is managing the COVID-19 pandemic and to view the reopening plan, visit VUU Re-Opening Plan Spring 2021  If you have additional questions or need assistance with technical support to complete the Daily Wellness Check, please email or call (804)342-3939. 
Be Safe and Be Well.
SPRING 2021 OPENING PLAN IS AVAILABLE  Click image below to view and download

Greetings VUU Employees,


As a part of the VUU Spring 2021 Opening Planall employees are required to complete the Mandatory Employee Spring 2021 Opening Training.  Please watch the 25 minute training as soon as possible. Following the training, take the quiz linked below. The deadline for completion is 5pm on Friday February 12, 2020.


In order to receive full credit for completing the Spring 2021 training please complete this quiz after viewing the training:

Employee Spring Opening Quiz

Did you catch this week's Good News Mondays alert? 

Each week we share exciting, innovative, and groundbreaking news about Virginia Union University as we make progress towards being recognized as a Best in Class University.


Three VUU students and their professor are conducting research in the middle of the ocean. Learn about this great partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and help us spread the good news. Click here to read the Good News.

Join Us Friday, February 5 at 11AM 

FOUNDERS DAY 2021 Featuring Keynote Speaker

Dr. W, Franklyn Richardson,'79

Hosted By: The Baptist General Convention of Virginia Via Zoom or VUU Facebook Live Stream

Join via Zoom:

Go to:

Meeting ID: 684 948 5312
Password:  VUUFD2021


Join via Phone:

Dial: (301) 715-8592 or (646) 876-9923

Meeting ID: 684 948 5312

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About Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson

Number-one best-selling author of  Witness to Grace: A Testimony of Favor, Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson continues to preside over the thriving, historic Grace Baptist Church with three locations, including more than 4,000 members nationwide. A graduate of Virginia Union University, Dr. Richardson received his divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and his Doctor of Ministry as a Wyatt Tee Walker Fellow from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Richardson has been inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr., Board of Preachers at Morehouse College, then subsequently into its International Hall of Honor. Read more.

Join us for the Inaugural Event of BLACK LEADERSHIP ACROSS CAMPUSES (BLAC)
A Joint-Project by the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning and the Virginia Union University Center for the Study of HBCUs


FEB 24 at 6 PM CST | 7 PM EST


Coach Joe Taylor Named to CFP Selection Committee
IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) Management Committee has appointed Mitch Barnhart, athletics director at the University of Kentucky; Boo Corrigan, athletics director at North Carolina State University; Chris Del Conte, athletics director at the University of Texas; Will Shields, former All-American lineman at the University of Nebraska; and Joe Taylor, longtime coach and currently athletics director at Virginia Union University, to the CFP Selection Committee, it was announced Tuesday, January 26, by Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the CFP.
The new members will begin three-year terms starting this spring. They will replace Joe CastiglioneKen HatfieldRonnie LottTodd Stansbury and Scott Stricklin, whose terms have expired.

Joe Taylor built a remarkable 41-year career in coaching, 30 years as a head coach.  He is currently the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Community Wellness  at Virginia Union University where he has worked since 2013. During his tenure in Richmond, the school has captured 15 divisional, conference and regional championships and honored over 500 student-athletes for GPAs over 3.0.
As a head coach his teams won five black college national championships, 10 conference titles and made 10 playoff appearances. A legend in college football, Taylor posted a lifetime win-loss record of 233-96-4 and ranks third in career victories in HBCU history. Taylor was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2019 and the Black College Football Hall of Fame in 2020.  He has also served as president of the American Football Coaches Association.
Read more
NFL to Host Inaugural Madden NFL 21 x HBCU Tournament Finals Saturday, February 6, 2021,
7-9:30 p.m. EST 
16 Players Advance to Super Bowl Showcase including VUU's own
William Slaughter

16 Players Advance to Super Bowl Showcase  EA SPORTS Madden NFL players representing HBCUs across the country participated in a single elimination qualifier tournament for their school’s athletic conference in November 2020. The top four gamers from each HBCU conference – a total of 16 players – have now advanced to the Madden NFL 21 x HBCU Tournament ahead of Super Bowl LV. The Grand Prize winner will receive $5000. Runner ups in second and third place will each receive $2500. Watch live to learn more about the up-and-coming gamers from HBCUs.


WHAT:   Madden NFL 21 x HBCU Tournament Finals Showcase

WHO:  16 top gamers from the following HBCUs: Alcorn State, Bowie State, Claflin University, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Fort Valley State, Grambling State, Jackson State, Kentucky State, Lane College, Morehouse College, Norfolk State, Prairie View A&M, Virginia Union, and Winston Salem University.

WHERE:  The final two rounds will be broadcasted on the   EA Madden NFL  Twitch channel

WHEN:  Saturday, February 6, 2021, 7-9:30 p.m. EST 

It's Black History Month and We Are Looking for VUU Alumni Owned Small Businesses to Spotlight -- SPREAD THE WORD! 
Do you own a small business and an alumnus of #VUU? We want to hear from you and support your business!
Tag us, DM us on Instagram, or Email us and tell us about the business you own. 
Let's Celebrate #VUULOVE
Throughout the Month of February!
Click here to share your #VUULove story with us.
Meet Dyamon Hunt & Joshua Nelson! They met and started dating at #VUU and they are still going strong! Class of 2019! #vaunion1865 #alumni #blacklove #lovemonth
Meet Shakira Williams & Migell Gray. They met at #VUU in 2012. Shakira graduated in 2013 as a mass communications major & Migell graduated in 2014 as a business major. They are scheduled to be married on February 14th 2021! ❤️ #hbculove 
Meet Roderick + Victoria Hampton. They met at #VUU in 2003, married in 2011 with 2 beautiful children. Rod is a clinical Director of Community Health Counseling Programs and currently one of the Assistant Football coaches at Union. Victoria is the principal of Maymont Preschool for Richmond Public Schools. Rod received his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Victoria received her PhD in Educational Leadership and Administration.  #vuu #hbculove #unionlove #blacklove #lovemonth
Calling All Entrepreneurs!
We are honored to feature an exciting opportunity for our VUU students.

The Black Ambition HBCU Prize was created to fund high growth startups led by HBCU students and recent grads. The prize is a part of Black Ambition, a nonprofit initiative recently launched by Pharrell Williams to help close the opportunity and wealth gaps faced by Black and Latinx entrepreneurs. 

There are two prize tracks: a business concept track and an early business track, with teams eligible to win up to $50,000 and $250,000, respectively. The prize is tiered, and multiple teams will be selected for funding at different levels. The deadline is fast approaching: completed applications must be submitted by February 18th. We hope to see our community apply!

Learn more about Black Ambition and apply at:

Accomplished Black Educators Series:
Interview with Mr Rodney Robinson, 2019 National Teacher of the Year
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As part of Black History Month, Virginia Union University Syphax School of Education will interview African American educators who have impacted education in the Richmond area. In this video segment, Mr. Rodney Robinson, 2019 National Teacher of the Year shares his thoughts on education in particular as an African-American educator.
Black Business Executives - 8 Part Series
The Sydney Lewis School of Business Acknowledges the Accomplishments of Black Business Icons - Past and Present
The Sydney Lewis School of Business at Virginia Union celebrates Black History Month by remembering two Black business executives: George Grant and Mrs. Mary Van Brittan Brown. Learn about more Black business executives in next week's newsletter and on our social media platforms.
In Celebration of Black History Month, VUU School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Fine Arts Share 28 Local Black Artists
VUUMOAA interns focus on the artists through social media campaign
Peat Szilagyi is a Multimedia Artist and Visual Arts Professor at Virginia Union University, living in Richmond, Va. They describe their work as a “series of gestures that subvert the constraining aspects of our culturescape which impose by force left-brain concepts of ego and rationality, that encourage us to think of ourselves as discrete entities designed for a man-made existence.” Image 1: “Pax the Bench” 2017, Multimedia Sculpture. Image 2: “Prayer Room” 2019, Multimedia Installation. Image 3: “Chick House” 2019, Multimedia Installation. Source:
Whitney Parker is a marketing and branding specialist, Graphic Design Professor at Virginia Union University and half of creative duo “Dream for a Purpose.” Her work intersects with design and social justice on a mission to uplift black voices. Image 1: “Being Silent Is Not An Option For Us” 2020. Image 2: “Black is Beautiful” 2020. Image 3: “Our Voices Matter” 2020. Source: @whitneyalanaparker


All full-time employees received an email invite from BenefitHub to participate in a special savings program to receive discounts on apparel, electronics, pet insurance, gifts, travel and much more!  


Click the image below to watch the video and learn more. Follow the link in the email you received from BenefitHub to create an account and start receiving these savings.

The Excel Self-Paced Registration Period Ends
Friday, February 5th, 2021
FREE to VUU Students & Employees - Register TODAY!




The Center for Lifelong Learning and Leadership is an advocate and resource for congregations, communities, professionals, STVU current students, and alumni. As a product of the mission of Virginia Union University’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, the Center provides opportunities for faith formation and vocational development through leadership education. The Center serves as a partner for nurturing healthy and sustainable leaders and leadership practices. The principal focus of the Center’s learning opportunity is the Evans-Smith Certificate Program for Ministry, Professionals, and Community.


The Evans-Smith Certificate Program offers various ways for those seeking to further their theological education, self-enrichment, and leadership development, focusing on addressing the growing needs in diverse communities who are preparing for service in multiple contexts. Our goal is to offer opportunities for persons to grow spiritually and professionally as they seek to sharpen and expand skills necessary for more effective and efficient service as leaders in the local church and various communities around the world. Read more.

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Click Here to ReApply Get Registered for our upcoming term begining March 15th and Finish What You Started!
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Virginia Union University’s Bianca Lockamy has been named to the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

Lockamy, a 5-7 junior guard from Greenville, N.C., carries a 3.8 cumulative grade point average and averaged 7.0 points per game for the VUU women’s basketball team in 2018-19.

Lockamy sat out the 2019-20 season due to an injury.

Lockamy also served as VUU and CIAA SAAC President in 2020-21.  She is the first Virginia Union student-athlete to be named to the SAAC National Board.


"We are extremely proud of Bianca,” said Virginia Union University Director of Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator Jocelyn Logan.  “She continues to make Virginia Union Athletics proud. Being selected on a national level is a great honor and we have no doubt that she will serve well."


“I’m just extremely blessed,” Lockamy told Virginia Union University’s Nicholas Dingle in a podcast in October.  “Honestly, this honor could have gone to anybody in the CIAA.  The fact that God continues to bless me and makes me the person who I am to receive these positions is just amazing.”


Lockamy will represent the CIAA on the National SAAC Board, and will represent the interests of student-athletes from the CIAA member schools.

Rev. Dr. James Henry Harris, Ph.D.
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Rev. Dr. James Henry Harris is the Distinguished Professor and Chair of Homiletics and Practical Theology and Research Scholar in Religion at the School of Theology, Virginia Union University, and pastor of Second Baptist Church (West End) both in Richmond, VA. He is one of ten children born to Richard and Carrie Anna Harris in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He has a passion for teaching, preaching, and helping the poor and the oppressed.
He has earned the Master of Arts in philosophical theology, the Master of Arts in English and African-American Literature, the Master of Arts in philosophy, a Ph.D. in Urban-Studies. He earned the Doctor of Ministry degree in Preaching and African-American Church Studies.
He is the author of several books, including Black Suffering: Silent Pain, Hidden Hope (Fortress Press, 2020), Beyond the Tyranny of the Text: Preaching in Front of the Bible to Create a New World (Abingdon Press, 2019), No Longer Bound: A Theology of Reading and Preaching (Cascade Books, 2013), The Forbidden Word (Cascade Books, 2012), The Word Made Plain: The Power and Promise of Preaching (Fortress Press, 2004), Preaching Liberation (Fortress Press, 1996), and Pastoral Theology: A Black Church Perspective (Fortress Press, 1991). Additionally, he is a contributor to many books and journals on Black Studies, theology, and Social Justice issues. Dr. Harris is married to Reverend Demetrius B. Harris, and they are proud parents of two adult sons, James Corey and Cameron Christopher Harris.
Click here to watch all of the Faculty Spotlight Series videos.

The 3rd Annual MLK Beloved Community  Two-Day Symposium was a Huge Success! 
Click the image below to watch part I.

Panther Pride
Scholarship Opportunity in Prince George's County, MD: The VUU Maryland Alumni Chapter is pleased to introduce a essay scholarship for graduating Prince George’s County, MD high school seniors planning to attend Virginia Union University. Submit essays here: Please share!
Have you purchased your raffle ticket yet? Text "vuunaaraffle" to 855-202-2100 for your chance to win one of three gift cards!
FEBRUARY 26 @ 5:30PM
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The Spirit of VUU
Saturdays with STVU
The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology hosts weekly weekend worship services where the esteemed and distinguished faculty preach homilies that encourage, inspire, empower and challenge students, faculty and staff.
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Join Virginia Union University Thursday Prayer Calls at 11 AM
VUU Virtual Chapel Services Thursdays at 12 NOON via
Facebook and YouTube 
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Powerful Worship Experience!
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Click here to read the Virginia Union University Corona Virus Memo

Virginia Union University is continuing to monitor updates about “COVID-19,” more commonly known as coronavirus. We are working with Capital Area Health Network (CAHN), our University-based healthcare provider, and following the recommendations from the Virginia Department of Health(VDH) as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of Monday, May 4th, 2020, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has confirmed 19,492 cases of COVID-19 in Virginia.  

The decisions we are making rely heavily on the guidance we are receiving from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health and are intended to protect the health and welfare of our faculty, staff, students, and local community. We recognize the uncertainty this global health issue is creating and are committed to keeping you informed and up-to-date as this situation evolves.

Virginia Union University (VUU) is committed to providing an environment free from sexual misconduct, assault, harassment or any sex/gender discrimination that may violate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and other state and federal laws. VUU will take prompt and appropriate action to eliminate prohibited conduct, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects. All VUU employees are defined by the policy as either confidential employees or responsible employees. All responsible employees have a responsibility to immediately report incidents of prohibited conduct involving sexual assault, sexual exploitation and partner or relationship violence to the Title IX Coordinator. Contact the Title IX Coordinator Kendra Mayers at or 804-342-3939 if you have any questions or need to report an incident. Click here to review the Virginia Union University 2019 Sexual Misconduct Policy

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