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Serving Society Conference
Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Newcomb third floor.
Serving Society is dedicated to helping you learn more about careers that make a difference. Join us this year as we invite local professionals from the community to share their experiences and knowledge around working in a nonprofit, understanding identity, and serving as an activist. Tamara Wilkerson Dias, an alumna who was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for her work in public service, will give the keynote address. Be sure to stay for lunch and afternoon mentoring chats!


“Grounds as a Living Lab” Sustainability Symposium
Nov. 15, 4 to 6 p.m., Colonnade Club.
Join us for a highlight of recent research and course development projects funded through the UVA Sustainability Teaching & Research Grant Program. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, good company, and the chance to learn more about these faculty funding opportunities at UVA. Students, faculty, staff, and community members all welcome. Space is limited, so attendees must RSVP on Evite.

Bikes and Bagels
Nov. 16, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Clark Hall Plaza.
We like bikes. We like bagels. What could be better than combining the two? Join UBike and Bike UVA outside of Clark Library for bagels and coffee in celebration of UVA Sustainability Days. There will be information on UBike, bike maintenance, fix-it stations, safe riding, bike registration, and more. If you’ve ever even thought about riding a bike around Grounds, we’ve got you covered. We hope to see you there!

59 Parks in 59 Weeks
Nov. 16, 1 to 2 p.m., McLeod Auditorium.
In 2015, Darius Nabors quit his job as a fundraiser at UVA’s School of Nursing to go on a 59-week trip to visit all 59 U.S. National Parks and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Prepare to laugh, cry, and be inspired by the beautiful places that our country has to offer. RSVP on Facebook.


UVA After Hours with IM-Rec Sports
Nov. 17, 9 p.m. to midnight, AFC.
This Friday, we’re bringing back Grocery Bingo and introducing the inaugural bench press competition. As always, After Hours is free late night fun at the AFC. Bring your friends, win some groceries, and test your strength! 


Cavalier Fitness Challenge
Challenge ends Dec. 15.
Finish the Cavalier Fitness Challenge this fall. Complete 40 Group Exercise classes this semester to win the shirt. Be on the lookout for upcoming double-credit days to get that last round of fitness classes completed. For more information, visit the IM-Rec Sports website


2018 ACC Leadership Symposium
Applications due Nov. 19 by 11:45 p.m.
The 2018 ACC Leadership Symposium application is live and waiting for your submission! Join us as we travel to Duke University for a leadership experience that is sure to be engaging and exciting. Feel free to email us at for more information. Applications are due no later than Sunday by 11:45 p.m. Submit your application today.

Apply to the Women’s Leadership Development Program
Application open Nov. 17 through 27.
Are you a first- or second-year woman at UVA interested in learning about leadership? If so, consider applying to the Women’s Leadership Development Program. The program is designed to encourage first- and second-year women at the University to pursue leadership roles at UVA and beyond through a series of five seminars. Come to our interest meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in Minor 130 for more information.


J-Term Commercial Driver’s License Training
Applications due by Dec. 1.
January training is a paid, two-week training course for the University Transit Service. Upon completion, participants will be ready to test for a commercial driver’s license and possess the skills needed to become a University Transit Service bus driver. Apply online or email for more information.

Apply to Hack Cville’s San Francisco Startup Trip
Applications due Dec. 2.
Hack Cville is traveling to San Francisco for five days of startup madness! We will leave on Saturday, March 3 (the first Saturday of Spring Break), and return on Thursday, March 8. The application is open to students of all years and majors. You don’t need to be a member of Hack Cville to apply. For more information, visit the Facebook event.

Cavalier Connect Phonathon: Make Money While Making a Difference
We’re Cavalier Connect, the University’s telephone fundraising program, and we want you! We’re hiring full-time UVA students to call University supporters to continue UVA’s pursuit of excellence. Earn $10 an hour, develop exceptional communications skills, build your resume, and make an impact on our school. Apply today.


AAPAAN Scholarship
Application due at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2018.
Three $2,000 scholarships are available for first-, second-, or third- year students. The Jack T. Chen Memorial Scholarship and the Yee Family American Dream Scholarship are awarded based on academic achievement, Asian/Asian Pacific American community involvement, and financial need. The AAPAAN Scholarship is awarded based on Asian/Asian Pacific American Community involvement and leadership. Visit the AAPAAN website for more information and to apply.


Turkeys: Who Are They?
Nov. 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Brooks Hall Commons.
We welcome you to join us for a lively and educational presentation about turkeys from Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns. Please feel free to bring vegan snacks to share with the group! The event will include a presentation and Q&A session. The building is handicap accessible, so all will be able to attend! Visit the Facebook event for more information.

Divergent Voices Presents: Professors’ Stories
Nov. 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wilson Hall 301.
Come to a night where professors retell the obstacles they faced as first-generation college students. Some of the faculty members being featured are Michael Smith, Brian Balogh, Marcus Martin from Diversity and Equity, Douglas Laycock from UVA Law, Valerie Gregory from Admission, and many more. Visit the Facebook event for more information. 


Healthcare: Alumni in Residence
Nov. 16, noon to 2 p.m., 1515 Study Room.
Interested in learning more about a career in physical therapy, sports medicine, or the business side of healthcare? Stop by the Career Center’s location in the Study at 1515 for a drop-in chat with an alumnus and learn more about his career path.

Pre-Health Common Reading Discussion
Nov. 16, 5 to 6 p.m., Newcomb Hall 170.
Come join the Career Center’s pre-health community for a common reading discussion. We will be discussing “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” The book won the National Academies Communication Award in 2011 for best creative work that helps the public understanding of topics in science, engineering, or medicine. For more information and to RSVP, visit Handshake.


National Diabetes Awareness Month
Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m., Runk Green Room.
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. The Kappa Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is hosting an event to raise diabetes awareness and to provide education about the disease. Come out to learn about prevention in an interactive way and how you can play an active part in your health and well-being. Diabetes screenings and refreshments will be provided. For more information, email Asia Wright at

CKI Blanket-Making Marathon
Nov. 29 and 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Newcomb Commonwealth Room.
Come help us make Thanksgiving special for kids spending the holiday at UVA Children’s hospital. Circle K International is holding a tie-blanket-making marathon. Stop in and tie a few rungs and help spread smiles during the season of giving.


Apply to be a writer for the Odyssey Online at UVA.
Applications due Dec. 1.
Do you love writing? Do you want to develop a new skill? Apply to be a writer for one of the most well-known millennial publications in the country. Submit one article per week on any topic of your choice, express yourself, and learn about your own writing style. Apply today!

Buy Your Corks and Curls Yearbook
Visit the Corks and Curls website to purchase your Bicentennial Yearbook today by entering the code 15570. Corks and Curls is the annual University of Virginia yearbook and was originally published in 1888. It has been recently revitalized thanks to the generous support of the Alumni Association as well as many helping hands around the University. Remember this year forever and order your book now.

The Global Inquirer Presents: “Split Ends and Breaking through the Outbreak”
This week’s episode of The Global Inquirer is now up! Tune in as Katya Sankow and University of Washington Tacoma Professor Christopher Knaus join Niko Marchich to discuss how the roots of colonialism have remained entrenched in South Africa’s education system and the danger in denying that Apartheid-era divisions still remain. Download the podcast today or listen on Soundcloud. We also have just released another episode, “Breaking Through the Outbreak.” This episode discusses the Ebola outbreak, what went wrong, and how public health organizations have responded to their failures in slowing the spread of Ebola in eastern Africa.

Conflux Journal Now Accepting Submissions
Have you conducted health research abroad? Are you interested in being published? Conflux Journal, a UVA Global Health Research Journal, is seeking submissions for publication. Pieces may include, but are not limited to, research projects, student theses, or class papers related to global health or global development. Email Aubrey Doede at for more information.


Cavalier Symphony Orchestra Presents: Through the Wardrobe
Nov. 18, 2 p.m., Dickinson Fine and Performing Arts Center at PVCC.
Want to find out what kind of secrets are hidden behind closed doors? Join the Cavalier Symphony Orchestra on a musical thrill-ride through the mysterious and mystical world hidden beyond the gates of a seemingly mundane wardrobe. Selections include music from The Chronicles of Narnia, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Jupiter, 007 Theme, Danse Bacchanale, The Sleeping Beauty Waltz, and Harry’s Wondrous World.

The AcHOOstics Fall Concert
Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m., UVA Chapel.
Come out to the AcHOOstics Fall Concert, “AcHOOs Rising,” this Saturday! Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for general admission. A portion of the proceeds go to the UVA Children’s Hospital.

OFFScreen Presents: “The 400 Blows”
Nov. 19, 8 p.m., Newcomb Theater, $2.
For young Antoine Doinel, life is one difficult situation after another. Surrounded by inconsiderate adults, including his neglectful parents, Antoine spends his days with his best friend, Rene, trying to plan for a better life. When one of their schemes goes awry, Antoine ends up in trouble with the law, leading to even more conflicts with unsympathetic authority figures. Join OFFScreen for this fun film! Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Femme Funk Benefit Concert: Hosted by SheVille and The Ante Room
Dec. 1, 7 p.m., The Ante Room.
Come join SheVille and The Ante Room in supporting local women at Femme Funk, a female musician showcase for UVA and Charlottesville benefitting the Shelter for Help in Emergency. The suggested donation is $10. Check out the artists on the Facebook page.

Straight No Chaser: The Speakeasy Tour
April 13, 8 p.m., John Paul Jones Arena.
Straight No Chaser: The Speakeasy Tour will be making a stop at John Paul Jones Arena in April. This a cappella group puts on unforgettable live shows with their captivating sound. Tickets are on sale now!


Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center: Nov. 15, 6:30 to 9 p.m., OpenGrounds.
The legal clinic is staffed by local attorneys who offer pro-bono legal counseling to Charlottesville community members and University employees. The clinic is designed to provide general legal counseling and information about legal options. Our free legal clinic occurs every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. For more information and to schedule a half-hour appointment, please call 434-982-2361 or email our team at Visit the Women's Center website to learn more.

Talent Expo Auditions
Nov. 15, 6 to 8 p.m., and Nov. 16, 7 to 9 p.m., location TBD.
Do you have a special talent or skill? Do you want a chance to showcase it? Now is your chance! Audition for the talent expo hosted by the Iota Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the Most Passionate Pi Chapter of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Inc. Sign up to audition today.

The Corner Photography Showcase
Nov. 16, 8 to 10 p.m., OpenGrounds.
Join us for an exhibition presenting artwork from the UVA, Hack Cville, and Charlottesville community. Visitors will get the opportunity to experience a wide range of different photographic styles and interact with the photographers in person. This exhibition aims to celebrate photographers in our community and to inspire aspiring photographers to take their first steps into this fulfilling and creative mode of expression.

Text-A-Toasty: God and Grilled Cheese
Nov. 16, 10 p.m. to midnight.
Text a question about Christianity, God, or faith any time during the week to 434-218-0365, and we will deliver both an answer and a free grilled cheese or Nutella sandwich to wherever you are on our delivery day. Questions must be sent in before 11:30 p.m. on delivery day to be answered. Delivery will begin at 10 p.m. and run until midnight. Check out Text-A-Toasty’s Facebook page today!

Nominate the 2018 Innovator of the Year
Nomination deadline: Jan. 10, 2018.
Inspired by your professor or mentor? The UVA Licensing & Ventures Group is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Edlich-Henderson Innovator of the Year Award. This award recognizes a UVA faculty or staff innovator whose work is making a significant impact in the world. To nominate a UVA innovator, please submit a nomination letter via email to by Jan. 10, 2018. Visit the Licensing & Ventures Group website for more details.


Participants Needed for Salt and Blood Pressure Study
The University of Virginia’s Department of Medicine Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism is seeking healthy individuals to participate in a genetic study to examine how salt intake affects blood pressure. The study consists of one week of a high-salt diet and one week of low-salt diet, which is prepared and provided at no cost to participants. Upon successful completion of the study, participants are awarded $200. Visit the study's website for more information.

UVA Common Cold Research Study
UVA Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology Division seeks 18- to 40-year-olds for a research study. Screening involves 2 to 3 visits lasting an hour or less. Visits include questionnaires, blood draws, lung function tests, and allergy skin testing (IRB-HSR No. 19512). Based on screening results, you may be eligible for a study looking at immune system response after exposure to an experimental cold virus (IRB-HSR No.19157). Participants are compensated for their time. Email Deborah Murphy at with questions.