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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, 2021.


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.


It's Good News Monday and we are excited to announce a new $25,000 Endowed Scholarship for Hispanic/Latino(a) students who enroll in VUU's School of Latin American and Caribbean Studies/  Universidad. Help us spread the Good News! Click here to read the Good News.

Virginia Union University Ranks Among The Top Colleges In Virginia   
Higher education resource guide releases the best colleges in Virginia for 2021


[Richmond, VA] – Virginia Union University has been awarded top ranking status for Best Colleges in Virginia in the category of “Best Graduate Tuition Rate.” posted rankings following an assessment of nearly 2300 accredited colleges and universities in the nation, 48 made the “Top College” list in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each university is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.     


“Virginia Union University has a goal of becoming a “best-in-class” institution of higher education. This ranking is in line with what our market research found that Virginia Union University is the highest value and most affordable option among peer institutions,” said Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, President & CEO of Virginia Union University. “It is an honor to be recognized in this way as we pursue ‘ The Promise of a limitless future’ for our staff and students.” 


The 2021 rankings are calculated through a unique scoring system that includes student engagement, the potential return on investment and leading third-party evaluations. analyzed 189 schools, on a scale of 0 to 100, with only 48 making it to the final list. The methodology also uses an algorithm that collects and analyzes multiple rankings into one score to easily compare each university.

To access the complete ranking, please visit:

Virginia Union University Designated as a Top Producer of Graduate Degrees by  

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education 

Virginia Union University is proud to announce that the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology (STVU) is ranked as the number one producer of African American graduates. In addition, STVU is ranked as the number two producer of Native American and total minority graduates. The rankings announced on the Top 100 Degree Producers released by  Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. For several years, the magazine has produced the rankings of the institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students. 


“VUU’s graduate degree programs have long been a popular enrollment choice for religious scholars. We are grateful to receive the recognition that VUU and STVU deserve. This award signifies the progress we, as a university, are making to become recognized as a “Best-in-Class” institution.” 

The annual ranking from  Diverse: Issues in Higher Education lists the Top 100 producers of associate, bachelors and graduate degrees awarded to underrepresented students. The results are compiled from analysis based on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System results, collected by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. 


Please visit to access the full Top 100 rankings. 

Join STVU for a Virtual Open House
Tomorrow, February 11, 2021 at 6PM
You are invited to attend a virtual open house hosted by Virginia Union’s School of Theology to learn more about the new Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity, and Master of Arts in Christian Education graduate programs. The virtual open house will be hosted Thursday, February 11 at 6:00pm ET over Zoom. Anyone with questions about the new programs or is considering a graduate degree is encouraged to attend. Space is limited, REGISTER TO ATTEND NOW!
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We Can Be Kind song by Paul Cardall with Akelee and J. Daniel featuring the Virginia Union University Choir! Click the link to download your copy!
Tuesday, February 16, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Dominion Energy's HBCU Promise "President's Forum"
Last year, Dominion Energy committed $25 million to be shared by 11 historically black colleges and universities in Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. The six-year "HBCU Promise" program will support endowments, capital projects, operating expenses and educational programs in clean energy.
As a part of the initiative, please join Dominion Energy in the Presidents’ Forum, a three-part series of conversations with HBCU leaders about equity. The inaugural discussion will take place Tuesday, February 16, 2021 from 1:00pm–2:30pm EST.
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


Virginia Union University’s football team will return to the field on September 4 when the Panthers travel to Hampton, Va., for a rematch with Hampton University in the kickoff of the 2021 season.

VUU defeated Hampton 36-17 in the opening game of the 2019 football season. Virginia Union had the 2020 season canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are excited about the Fall 2021 season, lots of preparation will need to go into getting ready for an extremely challenging schedule,” said VUU Head Football Coach Dr. Alvin Parker.

The Panthers will christen the new FieldTurf surface on Willie Lanier Field at Hovey Stadium when VUU faces #5 Valdosta State University at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 11.

“Playing top level competition is always our goal, everyone involved in our program understands the expectations and are up for the task,” said Parker.

Homecoming 2021 will see the VUU play host to the Lions of Lincoln University on Saturday, October 9. 

The Virginia Union University Physics Club filed a petition with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), to establish a NSBP (Student) Chapter at VUU. The VUU Physics Club Officers (Krisean Allen, Arianna Burford, Ianthe Pratt, Skye Thurston, and Taylor Yeboah) in collaboration with Drs. Kalantarians and Mensah serving as the faculty advisors, put together the application and submitted it to NSBP on December 4th of 2020. After review, NSBP informed Dr. Kalantarians of their successful application on February 5th of this year. The new VUU Chapter will be formally announced at the 2021 NSBP Conference during November 4th – 7th of this year.


NSBP is the largest and most recognizable organization devoted to the growth, development, and advancement of the African-American physics community. Founded in 1977 at Morgan State University, the mission of NSBP is to promote the professional well-being of African American physicists and physics students within the international scientific community and within society at large.

Virginia Union University is proud to host the film "The Water Front" as part of the 11th Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival on February 15, 2021
About this Event

The Water Front is the story of an American  city in crisis but it is not just about water. The story touches on the very essence of our democratic system and is an unnerving indication of what is in store for residents around the world facing their own water struggles. The film raises questions such as: Who determines the future of shared public resources? What are alternatives to water privatization? How will we maintain our public water systems and who can we hold accountable?


A discussion of the water access issues raised in the film with panelist Dr. Abdullah and Dr. Harris, will follow the film. You will be able to ask questions using a chat box.

View the trailer below!

Heidi Wilson, assistant professor and chairperson for the Department of Mass Communications at Virginia Union University recently received accreditation in public relations through the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB). 
The APR credential certifies her drive, professionalism, professional competence, expertise and commitment to the public relations field. The APR designation also reflects progressive public relations industry practices and high standards. 
Professor Heidi Wilson went through several steps to achieve accreditation to include putting together a 20-page campaign packet, presenting to a board of PR practitioners  and successfully passing a four-hour comprehensive exam where she was tested on her knowledge, skills and abilities of the PR field. 
Heidi Wilson graduated from VUU with a B.A. in Mass Communications. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Strategic Public Relations at Virginia Commonwealth University. Professor Wilson has since used her knowledge, research and experiences to teach and mentor students who are interested in pursuing careers in media/communications. 

Interim Dean’s Biography

Sharonda Ragland currently serves in a number of campus roles, including Vice Chair of Academic Review Committee, Secretary of the Curriculum Committee, and University Planning Committee, to name a few. Previously, she served as Vice Chair of the Academic Standards Committee, University Co-Head Marshal, University Faculty Marshal, Co-Chair of Assessment Committee, Math Club Advisor, and Chair of the Mathematics Department.


She earned a Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting, both from Old Dominion University. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Higher Education from Regent University.

Assistant Provost’s Biography

Dr. Darius E. Beechaum was born in Petersburg Virginia. He is a product of the Petersburg Public School System, graduating in 1990. He furthered his education at several schools including Indiana Tech, Richard Bland College, Richmond Virginia Seminary and Higher Learning Bible Institute and Seminary receiving a Bachelors in Theology, Masters of Divinity (MDiv) and Doctorate of Religious Studies and Christian Education.


Dr. Beechaum has served in the United States Army National Guard as an infantry soldier for seven years. He also served his country as an Assistant Chaplain in the Field Artillery for three years. He worked as a youth counselor for five years at the Peter Paul Development Center before becoming the Executive Director. As the Executive Director Beechaum established new programs like the Y.E.A.P. (Youth Empowering to Achieve Progress) and Fatherhood programs. He ran one of the longest running Fatherhood programs in the city of Richmond. Most recently, Beechaum served as the Director of TRIO Student Support Services at VUU. He is also the Vice President of the Infinity Bible Seminary, Moderator of the Chickahominy Baptist Association (CBA) and Pastor of the Brown Grove Baptist Church in Ashland, Virginia.


Over the years Dr. Beechaum has helped families, children and seniors in the Tri City Area, receiving recognition from state governors, corporations, and agencies.

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It's Black History Month and We Are Looking for VUU Alumni Owned Small Businesses to Spotlight -- SPREAD THE WORD! 
Shoutout to #VUU Alum Ryan Anthony Bell - The Black Father Lecture Series is part of the Center for the Study of Fatherhood within The Bell Effect Consulting Agency. Click link in bio to read full article in The Roanoker. #vuu #hbcu ♥️
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.
Lester and Gladys Williams, 1966 and 1969 VUU graduates, started their #VUULove in 1965 and married in 1967. In December 2017, we renewed our wedding vows for our 50th Anniversary #HBCULove
Phylicia Michael and Anthony Michael, graduated VUU 2016, married June 2016 and have a 3 year old daughter. They are currently at Howard University College of Dentistry, class of 2023 and 2024! ❤️ #hbculove 
Donnie + Vicki ♥️🐾 Donald Washington, ‘73 and Vicki C. Blackwell, ‘75 met on campus of #VUU in the fall of 1970. We met at the “Ocean of Soul” Panthers Marching Band practice in September 1970. She was a majorette and I played saxophone. They were married in 1976 in Washington D.C. #hbculove #blacklove 🐾♥️
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 Dr. Omega Wilson and Mr. William Parker
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As part of Black History Month, Virginia Union University's Syphax School of Education will interview African American educators who have positively impacted education in the Richmond area and beyond. In the second video segment, Dr. Omega Wilson, a 1988 graduate of VUU, retired director of Secondary Education of Henrico County Schools and Founder of Innovative Strategies Consulting will be our guest. She will be joined by Mr. William Parker, retired principal from Henrico County and Executive Director of Secondary Education and CTE in Mooresville NC, now educational consultant in the Richmond Metro Area. He is a 1975 graduate of VUU.  These notable alum will share thoughts on a variety of educational topics from the perspective of 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 Black business executives. 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. Follow @VUUMOAA on Instagram

The VUU Copy Center is your one-stop shop for short run, same and next day print requests. We specialize in short run catalogs and brochures as well as stationery, business cards, postcards, comb bound presentations and much more.

Call the VUU Copy Center today and find out just how easy, fast, and accurate our services are. Call 804 257 5603 or email us at




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.

Once a Panther, Always a Panther 1. Get REGISTERED.
2. Claim your SCHOLARSHIP!

Click Here to ReApply Get Registered for our upcoming term begining March 15th and Finish What You Started!
Already Registered? Click Here to Verify your 2021 Last Mile Scholarship Award recipient status. Awards are added daily until March 15th! Once you are verified, log on to your MyVUU account to see the award amount!
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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.

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!
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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