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Graduate and Professional School Fair: Meet Recruiters from Top Professional and Graduate Schools
Sept. 27, noon to 3 p.m., Newcomb third floor.
More than 150 recruiters will be on Grounds, showcasing their programs for UVA students. Learn about programs at Northwestern, Harvard, Boston University, Columbia, Penn, Notre Dame, and more. To prepare for the fair and get help with the graduate school application process, stop by the Career Center’s office in Newcomb 170 from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Dialogues on Race and Inequity
Sept. 23, noon to 5 pm., Alderman and adjacent libraries.
The University’s dialogues on Race and Inequity, originally scheduled for Aug. 12, will take place Saturday. Facilitated by faculty, staff, and students, the dialogues will cover subjects such as constitutional rights and citizenship, community dynamics and polarization, local history, and a variety of other topics that challenge or undergird a civil democracy. The discussions are free and open to the public. Highlights include University Librarian and Dean of Libraries John Unsworth and Dean of Students Allen Groves co-leading a discussion on recent books on free speech, as well as screenings throughout the day of recent documentaries on race, racism, and the legacy of white privilege. For more information, check out the full schedule.

ADAPT Focus Groups
Sept. 24 through 26.
Participate in a 90-minute focus group about celebratory drinking behaviors and receive a $20 UVA Bookstore gift card. Regardless of your personal views on drinking and even if you do not drink alcohol, your participation is important to gain a more in-depth understanding of the issues surrounding drinking at UVA and help us create more effective education and prevention programs. This project is sponsored by the ADAPT peer educators. Enrollment is now open


Grocery Bingo
Sept. 23, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., AFC.
#UVAAfterHours is coming to the AFC this weekend with the always-popular Grocery Bingo game. Win free groceries playing Bingo and have fun crafting with your friends. Check our website for the After Hours schedule. 


Hoos in Recovery
Weekly meetings on Mondays at 6 p.m., 506 Valley Road.
Hoos in Recovery (HiR) is a supportive, confidential community of UVA students, faculty, staff, and alumni in recovery or considering recovery from alcohol or other drug use. All ages, academic levels, walks of life, and pathways of recovery are welcomed and valued. If this opportunity sounds like it may be right for you, we encourage you to come out to the HiR House. We hope to see you there. Email Tia Mann at with any questions.

Intramural Leagues and Tournaments
Oct. 8 and 9.
Interested in playing some great games with friends to catch up following your Fall Break adventures? Sign up to participate in the Punt, Pass, and Kick Tournament! Competition is free. Entries are taken at the event. 


Global Health across the Disciplines Dinner
Applications due Sept. 22 at midnight.
The Center for Global Health is hosting a dinner to advance the interests of students actively seeking global health engagement and scholarship. This dinner will focus on integrating global health into your research interests. You will have the opportunity to connect directly with faculty in your areas of interest and to advance your knowledge of interdisciplinary resources available both on Grounds and globally. Email to learn more about applying. The dinner will be held Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Center for Global Health Corner building.

Photography Internship
Do you love music? Do you love photography? Combine your interests and build a photography portfolio as a Photography Intern for UVA’s McIntire Department of Music. We provide a digital camera and lenses and a tripod; you provide a desire to visually capture concerts, performances, master classes, and other events around the Music Department for publicity and promotion purposes. Build your portfolio while working closely with faculty, students, and visiting artists in the Music Department. Contact to learn more and to apply.

Cavalier Connect Open Interviews: Make Money while Making a Difference
Cavalier Connect, UVA’s phonathon, is looking for dedicated students to raise money for valuable programs. Build your resume, gain lifelong communications skills, and connect with alumni. Students work two days per week from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and every other Sunday from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Starting pay is $10 per hour. Applications are accepted here.

Hack Cville's Launch Summer Program
Applications due Sept. 24.

Don't miss out on the first deadline to apply for Hack Cville's Launch, a 12-week immersive summer program. As a member of the Launch class, you'll spend six weeks learning about software engineering, data science, web design, or digital strategy and production from top-flight instructors. After that, you'll get a portfolio of awesome projects to show off and a six-week internship at a top Charlottesville startup company. Check it out and apply today

MEDLIFE Interest Meeting
Oct. 4, 6:15 p.m.
MEDLIFE is a nonprofit NGO dedicated to improving access to healthcare and education in low-income communities across the globe. Through our UVA chapter, you can go on trips to locations in Latin America and take part in mobile clinics or development projects while exploring new locations. To learn more about trips, or about our fundraising and volunteer work here in Charlottesville, please come to our interest meeting.

Sustainable Living Challenge
Challenge begins Oct. 1.
The Project Green Challenge engages high school and college students globally. A powerful and diverse call to action, the Project Green Challenge features 30 days of environmentally themed challenges, providing students with mentorship, advocacy, and leadership skills. Participants could win a free trip to San Francisco and over $10,000 worth of prizes. Sign up for the Project Green challenge as an individual or as a team today! 


The Jefferson Literary and Debating Society Presents: Mr. Leonard Leo
Sept. 22, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Hotel C on West Range

Mr. Leonard Leo is an American lawyer who currently serves as the executive vice president of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, an organization seeking reform of the current American legal system in accordance with a textualist or originalist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. On Friday, he will be delivering an hourlong speech on Constitutional topics, followed by a Q&A session. This event is free and open to the public. 

Join the Zero Waste Movement: A Talk by Laura Smith
Sept. 25, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., New Cabell 168.
Americans send 254 million tons of trash to landfills every day, which amounts to 4.4 pounds per person. Shocked and horrified by this statistic? Laura Smith is going to talk to Veggies of Virginia about strategies for living a zero-waste lifestyle to become more sensitive to your fellow living beings. Come learn how consumerism and waste affect the planet, where your waste goes, and how your actions can make a difference. Check out our Facebook event to read more about this exciting opportunity.

The Driverless Future: Asking the Big Questions
Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Darden School of Business Abbot Center.
Join Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer, Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson, UVA Provost Tom Katsouleas, and other experts from around the Grounds and across the country for “The Driverless Future.” This public conversation will examine how the quickly emerging technology of driverless cars will transform small and medium-sized cities like Charlottesville. To learn more and to register for this free event, read our UVA Today story or visit our website


Tomtoberfest this Weekend
Sept. 22, 5 to 11 p.m., and Sept. 23, noon to 11 p.m.
Tomtoberfest, Tom Tom’s fall block party, celebrates creativity and innovation in the Charlottesville community. In one weekend, you can expect an exciting lineup of bands, a dozen of the best local food trucks, a regional tech mixer, and an arts and crafts fair. Check out the full schedule of events on our Facebook event. Attendance is free, but sign up to volunteer and get extra perks like free food and drinks! 


Color Me Cured 5K
Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m., Nameless Field.
UVA’s only color run is back! Come join VSA, LFE, and ISC for our fifth annual Color Me Cured Charity 5K. This race will run through Grounds and the surrounding Charlottesville area before ending at Nameless Field where racers will be showered with colored power. It’s a sight and experience you will not want to miss. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Nameless Field, and the race will start at 10:30 a.m. Visit our Facebook event to get more information.

Raffle for Charity
The Theta Lambda Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. is raffling off two Busch Gardens passes that are valid through Howl-O-Scream, ending Oct. 29. $2 for one raffle entry or $5 for three raffle entries. Venmo @Theta-Lambda to be entered. There are three pairs total, so for every entry you have three chances to win! Don’t miss out on getting these tickets of $120 in value. 


Submit Your Research to The Oculus
Submission deadline Sept. 24 at 11:59 p.m.
Want to be published? Conducting research you’d like to share with UVA? Consider submitting your research to The Oculus, UVA’s multidisciplinary research journal. We accept DMP or Majors Theses, course papers, independent research and more. Research from any field is accepted. Visit this link for guidelines or contact with questions.

Writer’s Eye 2017 Now Accepting Submissions
Electronic entries due Nov. 15 by 11:59 p.m.
The Fralin Museum of Art’s Writer’s Eye program is an ekphrastic writing competition that challenges participants to create original poetry and prose inspired by selected works of art in the museum. Selections are drawn from Dealer’s Choice: The Samuel Kootz Gallery 1945-1966, as well as from the permanent collection. Prizes for university and adult entries are $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place.

Global Inquirer Podcast Release
The Global Inquirer is a production of the International Relations Organization at UVA. We are a podcast that uses case studies that often go untouched in news media, and we strive to explain and examine global trends that are impacting real lives and international politics. Our most recent episode discusses race relations in Charlottesville from both a historical and modern perspective. We sit down with a local Black Lives Matter activist and discuss the disconnect between UVA, its students, and the community around us, and how to mobilize to bridge this gap. 


“Kissed By Lightning” Film Screening
Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m., Newcomb Hall Theater.
Kissed By Lightning is a film by celebrated Mohawk filmmaker and artist Shelley Niro. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Niro and musician Elizabeth Hill, whose music is featured in the film. The Q&A will be moderated by Karenne Wood, director of the Virginia Indian Program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. A reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

UVa Department of Drama Presents: WE ARE PUSSY RIOT OR EVERYTHING IS P.R.
Sept. 28 and 29 at 8 p.m.; Sept. 30 at 2 p.m.; and Oct. 4, 5, and 7 at 8 p.m., Ruth Caplin Theatre.
In 2012, members of the Russian feminist protest punk rock group Pussy Riot danced, kicked, and shouted their punk prayer on the altar of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. When video of their protest went viral, three members were hunted down, put on trial, and convicted, spurring international responses of solidarity. This production is both political theater and protest theater and offers an interactive experience for our audience. Visit the Arts Box Office to purchase tickets. 


Seventh Annual Central Virginia Star Party
Sept. 23, 6 to 10 p.m., Albemarle Ciderworks.
The Central Virginia Star Party, run by Dark Skies, Bright Kids, brings the excitement of outer space to the University, Charlottesville, and the surrounding community. There will be hands-on astronomy activities, planetarium shows, telescope observing, and a special raffle sponsored by Crutchfield. The Sweet Tooth and Dr. Ho’s food trucks will be in attendance. This event will be held rain or shine and is open to all.

Masquerade Ball
Sept. 30, 7 p.m., Newcomb Ballroom.
Join the UVA Ballroom and Salsa clubs for a night of dancing and fun at our annual Masquerade Ball. The event is free and open to everyone. Dance lessons will be held at the beginning of the night, so please come out even if you have never danced before! Masks will be available at the event, but feel free to bring your own.


Arterial Stiffness Research Study
Are you an African-American female between 21 and 60 years old? If so, you may be eligible for participation in an arterial stiffness research study. You will visit the University of Virginia twice on the same day. The first visit will take 30 minutes to check your cholesterol levels. The second visit will take 2 hours and 30 minutes. If selected for the study, your visits may include one-time overnight fasting, measuring your cardiovascular functions, and a blood draw. Compensation for study completion is $80. To inquire about signups, call 216-289-8998 or email