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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.   


COVID-19 Vaccine Updates:

VUU is hosting FREE COVID-19 Vaccinations
WALK-IN Friday. June 11th between 11am - 3pm!
Call 804-342-6746 if you have questions. Read More
Be Safe and Be Well
Did you catch this week's Good News Monday? 


VUU Student DaJah Wilkins ‘22 Selected for 

2021 Quantum Computing Internship for Physics Undergraduates  


Virginia Union University is a center of excellence for the preparation of students and the development of scholars, leaders, and lifelong learners of a global society. Today, we celebrate VUU student DaJah Wilkins ‘22 who has accepted a paid summer internship with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. 


Wilkins, a rising seniorwas selected for the 2021 Quantum Computing Internship for Physics Undergraduates (QCIPU) programDuring the three-week online-only program, participants will gain hands-on experience programming for existing quantum computers using Python and Qiskit. This will be supplemented by daily lectures on the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and quantum computing. The program will culminate in participants running their own code on an IBM quantum computer. Read more.


Each week we will share exciting, innovative, and groundbreaking news about Virginia Union University as we make progress to Best in Class. Help us spread the GOOD NEWS!

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Virginia Union University's

122nd Commencement address

Virginia Union University has an announcement, and we want our VUU Community to hear it here first!
Check out the breaking news from Hezekiah Walker, and join us on June 19th for the kick-off celebration!
Virginia Union University is pleased to recognize and honor Juneteenth with the Sounds of Freedom Celebration presented by The Hezekiah Walker Center For Gospel Music at VUU. The event, which is free to the public, will feature Hezekiah Walker, one of the most iconic recording artists in gospel music, and over 10 gospel choirs handpicked by Walker, including the Virginia Union University Gospel Choir and more. Held on Saturday, June 19 from 4:30pm to 8pm, the event also will feature voter registration opportunities and highlight African American vendors.  

African American spirituals and gospel music have long played an integral part in the freedom and civil rights fight of African Americans. It was from each other, faith and faith-filled music that African Americans were able to summon the strength and motivation to survive and rise above the inhumanness of slavery and the brutality of its aftermath to realize freedom.

As the nation slowly reopens amid continuing COVID-19 concerns and grapples with the vestiges of institutional racism, what better way to Celebrate Emancipation than through the very music that inspired freedom.  We hope that you will join Hezekiah Walker's Center For Gospel Music and VUU to celebrate the power of faith and music as we continue to push for social justice.
Juneteenth Event Details:
Saturday, June 19 4:30PM - 8PM
VUU at 1500 N. Lombardy
(Graham Street & Lombardy Lawn)
Gates Open at 4:30pm and Performances begin at 5:00pm


Hovey Field

Lawn chairs/blankets encouraged, No coolers, backpacks and umbrellas allowed.
Food Truck Vendors
Lady Sharon, the Sweetspot, Jamaican on Wheels
Interested vendors, contact Natalie Andre at  (718) 683-4112 or Felicia D. Cosby at (804) 901-1252
Multi-Grammy Award-Winning Gospel Artist Hezekiah Walker Establishes Center for Gospel Music at Virginia Union University

RICHMOND, VA – Virginia Union University (VUU) will launch the Hezekiah Walker Center for Gospel Music at Virginia Union University. The academic Center is the first of its kind in the United States. It will provide education and resources to help musicians and budding gospel artists to learn the cultural and business aspects of gospel music and the industry. Courses will be available to all VUU students and a variety of certification courses related to work in the industry will also be available to the general public.  


Walker, a second-year student of the Virginia Union University’s Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology said, “the strong theological training I’ve received here at Virginia Union during the past two years has helped to shape my ministry.” He continued, “My goal is to give back to the school that has poured so much into me, by helping emerging gospel artists learn the business, as well as theological aspects of the gospel music industry.”


“Gospel music is an important part of our culture and VUU is honored to partner with  Walker to create a central hub for the study, writing, and preservation of gospel music. Walker has poured his spiritual gift and innovative ideas into the development of courses and events planned for the Center,” said Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, President and CEO of Virginia Union University. “VUU is growing to meet the changing career interests of our students by creating academic programs where the workforce demand is high or where students can explore opportunities in STEM, history, or the arts.”


The primary purpose is for the Hezekiah Walker Center for Gospel Music at Virginia Union University is for all components of gospel music to work cohesively to blend our vast areas of ability and excellence in the knowledge of the arts. Students will learn through the study of sacred arts and how it relates to African heritage; explore music and worship traditions that promote understanding of biblical texts in faith-building; and participate in several planned live recordings to be produced under the direction of  Walker and VUU Choir director and award-winning gospel producer, Elder J. David Bratton.


The Center will launch in June 2021 and is an extension of Walker’s mantra, “And Because God is the greatest power, we will not be defeated!”

City, VUU, RRHA announce historic, 20-year partnership to support Gilpin community Richmond, VA
Dr. Hakim Lucas, Virginia Union University President/CEO and Board of Trustees Chairman W. Franklyn Richardson along with the Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority (RRHA), and Mayor Levar Stoney announced a first-of-its-kind partnership and 20-year commitment to support and empower residents of the Gilpin Community.
The first phase of the partnership between the city, Virginia Union and Gilpin, will feature STEM programming targeted to 6th -8th graders, mentoring through VUU's Community Mentoring Initiative, which has garnered support from the Randolph and Susan Reynolds Foundation, and workforce development and training programs designed to position residents on a pathway to generational wealth. Each of these priority areas was identified in partnership with residents to help determine and advocate for meaningful support and programming and will serve as the foundational programming for VUU’s soon-to-be established Center for Human and Family Empowerment. Read full release.


“It is very important for Virginia Union University to create meaningful partnerships that nurture and support the communities where we reside, as well as create a pipeline for the VUU students of tomorrow,” said VUU Alumni and Board Chairman, Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson. 


“Virginia Union University has always been deeply rooted in the Richmond community,” Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, President and CEO of Virginia Union, said. “The Gilpin Court collaboration is one way we are deepening our relationships to help build up the lives of residents in the community and others like it in the city. Launching with a mentoring program, this 20-year commitment to Gilpin Court will create opportunities that firmly place residents of Gilpin Court on the pathway for educational, social, and economic justice. It is a first step in building generational wealth for a community that may not have had such an opportunity previously.”

Virginia Union University Board of Trustees Votes to Invest More than $8.9 Million in Enhancements and Purchasing 

Virginia Union University Board of Trustees voted, during its May 2021 meeting, to invest over $8.9 million in the suitability of the university. The investment will improve the quality of education and life for students, staff, and faculty through actions including the creation of new degree programs and the expansion of the campus. Click to learn more about the progress being made to evolve Virginia Union University into becoming a Best-in-Class university and being recognized as a top Historically Black College and University (HBCU).
Virginia Union University Does It Again!
Dear #RPSStrong Family,
More VUU Scholarships – Yesterday, five of our Oak Grove-Bellemeade ES fifth grade students received quite a surprise: full academic scholarships to attend Virginia Union University (VUU) when they graduate from high school! The five students are Dayyon Greene, Melody Morgan, Rachael Parra-Lara, Lamar Turner, and Abraham Valencia-Sales. It definitely takes a village to achieve success, and VUU is a huge part of ours. Enormous gratitude to Dr. Hakim Lucas, President of VUU, and the entire Union team for their incredibly generous support of RPS. Check out NBC12's coverage of the event below!
3rd Installment of IN.S.I.D.E. VUU with Dr. Allia L. Carter, EVP/COO entitled "Diversity and Economic Justice" with dynamic speakers:
Ervin Clarke - Founder, Chairman of the Board, CEO – Central Virginia African American Chamber of Commerce
My Lan Tran - Executive Director, Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce
Vilma Seymour - Director of Women, Virginia League of United Latin American Citizens
Tonya S. Scott-Hickman - Associate Professor of Business Management, Virginia Union University
Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology
Annual Alumni Check-in Celebration
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST 

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    1500 N. Lombardy Street
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The VUU School of Global and Continuing Education is offering its Financial Management and Wealth Building degree program for the month of July.
Follow the links below to review VUU student portfolios:
Sean Burnett
Anjell Davis
Nichols Dingle
Brazon Fields
Justin Smith
Dear Panther Community:
Virginia Union University and the Virginia Department of Health are partnering to provide Covid-19 vaccinations to our Panther Community - 12 years and older!

Don't miss this opportunity! 
Free vaccinations will be available
Friday, June 11 11AM - 3PM

For more information visit: 
No appointment needed! 
Questions: Email: Call: (804)342-6746

Panthers, register now to attend the VUUNAA National Alumni Convention - June 24-27, 2021! Our theme is: "Embracing the Power of Possibilities."


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Panthers,  Register to attend the VUUNAA National Alumni Convention - June 24-27, 2021! Our theme is: "Embracing the Power of Possibilities."



This is a unique, completely virtual, experience hosted by our very own Charlotte Alumni Chapter.


All events were planned for the enjoyment and fellowship of all generations of alumni - from our recent alumni to the seasoned!


Click here to register:

Virginia Union University alum Ben Wallace has been selected for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, it was announced on Sunday, May 16, in Springfield, Mass.

Wallace played for VUU from 1995-97 under legendary VUU coach Dave Robbins.  Wallace led the Panthers to the 1995 CIAA Championship and set a school record of 114 blocks in 1995-96.

Wallace also becomes the first undrafted player and first Virginia Union player to be selected for the Naismith Hall of Fame.

During his 16-year NBA career, Wallace earned the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award four times (2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006), all with the Detroit Pistons. He was also the defensive anchor for the 2004 "Goin' to Work" championship team. Wallace spent nine seasons with the organization, from 2002-06 and from 2009-12.
In 1,088 career games, he averaged 5.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals and two blocks in 29.5 minutes per game with Washington, Orlando, Detroit, Chicago and Cleveland. Read more.
Virginia Union University's football team is ranked 25th in the nation in the pre-season NCAA Division II poll by Lindy's Sports Magazine, it was announced on Thursday, May 27.
This marks the second time in program memory that the Panthers, who finished 7-3 in 2019, have cracked the Lindy's Pre-Season Poll.
Virginia Union joins Bowie State University (#15) as the only CIAA schools listed in the Top 25 poll out of 321 Division II schools which sponsor athletics.
VUU will open the 2021 season at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 4, when the Panthers face Hampton University in Hampton, Va. Read more.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 20, 2021) – Men's golfer Alkin Barkley of Virginia Union University has been selected as the winner of the 2020-21 Lowe's CIAA Senior CLASS Award® as the conference's top all-around senior student-athletes. 
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the award recognizes student-athletes throughout the conference who excel both on and off the field of play. The award's attributes are centered on the "4 C's" of Classroom, Character, Community and Competition. 
TUNE IN - Panther Sports Report, 
weekly radio show focusing on Virginia Union University Athletics
Mondays at 12:30 p.m. on WRIR (97.3 FM)
VUU Chemistry Professor Awarded $125,000 Grant to Study Water Purification Applications
Virginia Union University’s faculty are recognized as experts in their discipline, conducting cutting-edge research, generating innovative theory, and adopting inclusive teaching practices in the classroom. Today, we celebrate Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Karl Jackson who was awarded a $125-thousand research grant by the Department of Defense (DoD).
Dr. Jackson will research water purification applications for his project, Powder X-Ray Diffraction Analysis of Nanoparticle-Doped Metal-Organic Frameworks for Water Purification Applications and Enhanced Undergraduate Research. The funding will allow Dr. Jackson to purchase specialized equipment for the characterization of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). It will also enhance undergraduate research and training by providing opportunities for students to participate and provide analysis.
The research investigation aims to: investigate the structural stability of MOFs upon prolonged exposure to water, determine the dependence of select MOF stabilities on pH, and determine the impact of Nickel (II)-nanoparticles (NiNPs) doping on stability of MOFs in water.

Virginia Union University is a center of excellence for the preparation of students and the development of scholars, leaders, and lifelong learners of a global society. Today, we celebrate VUU student Bianca Lockamy ‘21 who was selected to join the NCAA’s COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group.  


The 27-member group include medical professionals from all three NCAA divisions, the Autonomy 5 conferences, plus representatives from organizations and medical groups who work in collaboration with the advisory group. 


Lockamy, who is captain of the Lady Panthers basketball team, also serves on the national Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She is the first Virginia Union student-athlete to be named to the national committee. In 2020-2021, she was president of the CIAA SAAC committee. Lockamy is also a candidate for the 2020-21 Lowe's CIAA Senior Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School® (CLASS) Award®. The winner of the CLASS award, which recognizes the total student-athlete and encourages student leaders to use their platform in athletics to positively impact their communities, will be named in May 2021.


Click on NCAA to learn more about the leagues’ COVID-19 advisory group.

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WE DID IT! Virginia Union University wins $10,000 in book scholarships for students!
Students Can Apply Now!
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Panther Pride
Congrats to the newest leadership of Virginia Union University National Alumni Association - we look forward to working with all of you!

Please join us again by supporting the 1000 Panther Challenge for 2020-2021. Our fiscal year is from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. Make a gift before June 30, 2021, to be counted this fiscal year. A gift of $1,000 qualifies the giver for recognition as a member of the President’s Circle. In addition, the gift may also be counted towards a reunion class. If you have already made a gift, we thank you for your support.


Our mission is to provide a nurturing, intellectually challenging and spiritually enriching environment for learning; empower students to develop strong moral values for success; and, develop scholars, leaders and lifelong learners of a global society. As an enrollment-driven institution, most of our operating budget is based on tuition and fees. The remainder comes from private sources, grants, and contracts.


Your continued support is vital in our quest to fulfill this mission. Click here to make a donation. For more information please call 804-342-3938

Ms. Portia James '77 holds a photo of her beloved father and 7th president of Virgina Union University (serving 1970-1979), Dr. Allix B. James. Dr. James graduated in 1944 BA, and 1946 MDiv. and in 2011 received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. 
Did You AND Your Parent(s) Attend VUU?Let's Celebrate VUU Legacy!
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 "Why you chose VUU". "What you love most about VUU", "Your favorite memory of time spent at VUU".
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Scholarship opportunity from The John W. Barco Alumni Chapter! Visit for application. Email questions

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

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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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