NYC ELEVATE Tour

VCU Alumni is embarking on its first international tour, and we’re coming to NYC March 12-16.

The tour puts our new strategic plan, ELEVATE (Expanding Leadership, Enrichment and Volunteerism for Alumni Through Engagement), in motion and brings new opportunities and programming to elevate your alumni experience. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to experience your home city like never before. RSVP for one or more events today. No refunds issued.

Wednesday, March 13

Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary: Meet and Greet With VCU Alumni Author

Join VCU Libraries for an afternoon at The Powerhouse Arena, located in Dumbo, just a 15-minute train ride from Barclays Center, with VCUarts alumnus Michael Hearst (B.M.’95/M). Hearst is a musician and children’s book author who often blends his passion for writing with music. Some of his most recent work includes a three-part series of “Unusual Creatures,” “Extraordinary People” and “Curious Construction.” The first two works are accompanied by albums Hearst composed. The afternoon includes a chance to hear from and meet Hearst, complimentary appetizers and a visit from Rodney the Ram. Join us and support the work of a VCU Ram and get some great books and music for the kids in your life.

Location: The Powerhouse Arena, 28 Adams St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Bull Market and Brews: Finance Networking Night

Meet VCU alumni where you work. Create meaningful connections with other alumni who work in the financial field. Your registration includes one drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres.

Location: Ulysses Folk House, 95 Pearl St., New York, New York 10004
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $10

Inside the Industry: The Future of Fashion

What will we be wearing in the future? Hear Michael Fisher (B.A.’02/A), vice president of creative at Fashion Snoops, explain trend forecasting and present exclusive 2020-21 cultural and fashion macros trends. Your registration includes one drink ticket and hors d’ouevres.

Location: Flatiron Penthouse, 18 W. 23rd St., fifth floor, New York, NY 10010
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $10

City Links: Simulated Golf With the Pros

You get more than what you pay for with this special event: Access to the members-only Konnectgolf, NYC’s indoor golf club in the heart of midtown; simulated play on the world’s best golf courses; and a dedicated golf pro to help improve your swing. Light appetizers and two-hour open bar included with ticket price. Hear from and play with VCU alumnus and championship director for the 2020 U.S. Open Charlie Howe (M.S.’07E). Simulated play is for everyone, from first-timers to pros! $100 never got you further on a night out in NYC. Space is extremely limited. Event co-hosted with the VCU Center for Sport Leadership.

Location: Konnectgolf, 590 Fifth Ave., second floor, New York, NY 10036
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $100. Space is extremely limited.

Thursday, March 14

9/11 Memorial and Museum Tour

Tour the National September 11 Memorial Museum. The memorial and museum serve as the country’s principal institution for examining the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring the continuing significance of Sept. 11, 2001.

Location: National September 11 Memorial and Museum, 180 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10007
Time: 9 a.m.
Cost: $20

The Opioid Crisis: VCU’s Leadership in Improving and Saving Lives

VCU is ranked 14th in the U.S. in the amount of National Institutes of Health research funding for addiction. Come learn about leading-edge research and how we are applying it to address the national opioid addiction crisis and what it means for you and your loved ones. The research will be presented by F. Gerard Moeller, M.D., the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Distinguished Chair in Clinical and Translational Research: Addiction Science, associate vice president for clinical research and director of the Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies. We will gather and network at the historic Princeton Club of New York in the heart of midtown Manhattan where you can enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine and have the opportunity to ask Moeller questions. Sponsored by the MCV Foundation.

Location: The Princeton Club of New York, 15 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Friday, March 15

“Today” With Rodney

Meet up with Rodney the Ram and other alumni, friends and fans to take over the “Today” plaza and celebrate VCU and the A-10 Tournament. We’ll bring the swag, you bring the spirit!

Location: Today Plaza, Rockefeller Center on 48th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, right outside Studio 1A
Time: 6:30-8:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Service Day in Queens With Housing Works

Spend the morning volunteering with Housing Works at their processing and distribution center. Learn more about the work they do in the greater metropolitan area of NYC and go behind the scenes to support their efforts. All volunteers receive a free T-shirt on-site.

Location: Housing Works Thrift Warehouse, 48-49 35th St., Long Island City, NY 11101
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Saturday, March 16

“Come From Away!” Matinee With Exclusive Access

Enjoy a matinee showing of “Come From Away!” a New York Times critics’ pick that takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town that took them in. VCU School of the Arts associate professor Toni-Leslie James designed the costumes for this amazing musical and will provide guests with exclusive behind-the-scenes access following the performance. Guests will pick up their tickets from VCU alumni relations staff before the performance outside the theater’s main entrance.

Location: Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., New York City, NY 10036
Time: 1:30-5 p.m.
Cost: $50

A Night at the Theater With VCU

Enjoy an eveing performance of “Network,” the Broadway hit featuring VCU alumnus Josh Boone (B.F.A.’10/A). Gather at 6:30 p.m. outside the main entrance of the theater on West 44th Street to receive tickets.

Location: Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St., New York City, NY 10036
Time: 6:30-10 p.m.
Cost: $35

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