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Earn $20 by Talking About Drinking for 90 Minutes
Participate in a focus group about celebratory drinking behaviors. Participants will receive a $20 UVA Bookstore gift card. Food and sodas also will be provided at no cost. Even if you do not drink alcohol, your participation is important to gain an understanding of the issues and helps us create more effective education and prevention programs. If interested, please fill out the survey form. You will be contacted if you are selected to participate.

Win Prizes from the Stall Seat Journal
Hoo knew? Ever wonder where the statistics in the Stall Seat Journal come from? They come from you! If you receive an email inviting you to take the Spring Health Survey, please do. Giving a few minutes of your time helps the Office of Health Promotion produce great posters based on accurate data that students love. Plus, you can get cool prizes! For more information, email Sally Dover at

Hoos in Recovery: Let’s Get Together
Are you in recovery from alcohol or other drugs? Are you wondering if you might want to be? Come to one of our three weekly open house times to hang out and share with other students in similar situations. We have Monday lunches at noon, Tuesday night hangouts from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Thursday morning hangouts from 9 to 11 a.m. Visit the website to learn more. We’d love for you to join us. 


Jeans Exchange
Feb. 20-24, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., AFC Lobby and Newcomb Hall.
Instead of trying to change your body to fit fashion and unattainable image standards, donate your old jeans in exchange for a Celebrate Every Body Week T-shirt or swag. Women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing in good condition can be donated. All donations will benefit the Shelter for Help in Emergency. For more information, visit the website.

Free Zumba Class
Feb. 21, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., AFC MP2.
Participate in this free Zumba class as a part of Celebrate Every Body Week. Visit the website to learn more.

“This is Me” Art Event
Feb. 22, 5:30 to 7 p.m., OpenGrounds.
Help create paper doll chains of all sizes and shapes into an expression of body positivity. Facilitated by board-certified art therapist Caitlin Santucci of Prosperity Eating Disorders and Wellness Center, this event is free and open to all. No artistic experience necessary! Please RSVP to if you plan to attend. Check out the Women’s Center website for more information.

Contemplative Sciences Center Free Yoga
Feb. 22, 8 to 9 p.m., AFC MP1.
Participate in this free yoga class as a part of Celebrate Every Body Week. Visit the website to learn more.

“Embrace” Film Screening
Feb. 23, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Clark Hall 107.
When body image activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013, it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. “Embrace” follows Taryn’s crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies. Visit the website for more information.

Free Fitness Friday
Feb. 24, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., AFC MP4.
Participate in this free high-intensity interval training class as a part of Celebrate Every Body Week. Visit the website to learn more.


University Internship Programs Deadline Approaching
Applications due Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.
Interested in an internship in Charlottesville or abroad in Dublin, Ireland? There’s still time to apply for a summer or academic year internship with the University Internship Programs for 2017-18. Please contact the office or visit the website for more details and to apply.

Fulbright Forum
Feb. 21, 5 to 7 p.m., Special Collections Library Auditorium.
Join us for a panel discussion and networking session with former Fulbright recipients who have completed research, studied, or taught English abroad. This is a great opportunity for students interested in service, teaching, or creative opportunities after graduation.

SACI Florence Graduate Opportunities Information Session
Feb. 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., location TBD.
Meet Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment and Studio Arts College International (SACI) alumna Jamie Nisbet to learn about graduate studies at SACI in Florence, Italy. SACI offers many MFA, MA, and PB programs, and a number of scholarship opportunities are available for undergraduate and graduate study. All SACI scholarships are based on both merit and demonstrated need. More information is available online.

Study Abroad in Lyon, France
Applications due March 1
Considering a French immersion program? Lyon is the perfect option! Students can do a six- or four-week program in the summer or a semester-long program in the fall. For more information on the summer program, attend the information session on Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. in Newcomb 389. For general information, visit the website.


Apply to be a Transfer Student Peer Advisor
Applications due Feb. 20 at 4 p.m.
We are seeking applicants who are committed to serving as a liaison, advocate, and community builder for incoming transfer students at UVA. For more information and to apply, visit the website.

Job Openings at the New 1515 Building on the Corner
Applications due Feb. 21 at 5 p.m.
Newcomb Centers and Services is now accepting applications for the new student center located at 1515 University Avenue on the Corner, known as “1515.” We are looking for student assistants and managers. Please contact Kendra Paisley at if you have any questions.

Apply to Staff the Virginia International Crisis Simulation
Applications accepted on a rolling basis, conference runs March 23-26.
The Virginia International Crisis Simulation is a weekend-long historical and modern-day policy simulation held at UVA and attended by over 400 college students from around the world. Apply to staff the conference and meet other college students with a passion for history, foreign affairs, and public policy. For more information, email Alexa Iadrola at

Global Internships for Summer 2017
UVA Global Internships has begun posting various summer opportunities on Handshake. Positions are available in diverse fields and locations, including India, Spain, Morocco, Belgium, Argentina, China, and more. Of special note is a new six-credit program in Shanghai for non-Chinese speakers. Application deadlines vary, and new positions will be posted through March. The Global Internship Scholarship competition is open and accepting applications. Visit the website for more details.


“Ain’t I a Womanist”: Lecture with Nyasha Junior
Feb. 23, 4:30 p.m., Wilson Hall 402.
Join us for a Virginia Center for the Study of Religion-sponsored lecture, “Ain’t I a Womanist: Black Women and Biblical Interpretation” with Nyasha Junior. Junior is an assistant professor of Hebrew Bible at Temple University. Her book, “An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation,” will be available for purchase, and a signing will follow the lecture. For more information, email Sarah Katherine Doyle at

Girls’ Night Out
Feb. 16, 8 p.m., Newcomb Ballroom.
Girls’ Night Out is an event designed exclusively for college women. Marian Jordan Ellis, author of “Sex and the City Uncovered,” discusses how she discovered the love, worth, and identity every girl is looking for. The sorority that brings the most participants will receive $300 towards their philanthropy. For more information, email

NExT Presents: Jack Davidson
Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m., Thornton E316.
The Nano and Emerging Technologies Club (NExT) is hosting Computer Science Professor Jack Davidson for a talk entitled, "Double Helix: Securing Mission-critical Systems." Learn about the cutting edge of cyber security. For more information, visit the Facebook event.


Starcom Worldwide Information Session
Feb. 15, 6 to 7 p.m., Maury Hall 104.
We invite all UVA students who are interested in media, marketing, and advertising to come learn about career opportunities at Starcom. Starcom is a world-renowned media communications agency that architects connected human experiences to create value through precision marketing, content, and technology solutions. Starcom partners with the world’s leading marketers and new establishment brands, including Airbnb, Bank of America, Kellogg Company, Kraft Heinz, Novartis, Samsung, Visa, and more. Visit the Handshake event for more information.

Design a Career that You Love for Graduate Students
Feb. 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Rice Hall 107.
Are you unsure of your career direction? If so, this is the workshop for you. Learn how to apply design-thinking tools to your career plans and create a career vision that is in line with your unique interests, values, and strengths. This interactive workshop will give you the tools to create a career vision that is both meaningful and satisfying. Whether you are a first-year graduate student or about to graduate, this workshop can help you see all of the amazing possibilities your career can hold. Space is limited to 10 participants, so reserve your spot today.

MD-PhD: Is it Right for Me?
Feb. 20, 5 to 6 p.m., Bryant Hall Recruiting Room.
Join Washington University in St. Louis and UVA MD-PhD Program directors to learn about the medical scientist career path and how to become a competitive candidate for one of these programs. Visit the Handshake event for more information.

Pre-Health Application Series: Personal Statements
Feb. 21, sessions at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Newcomb 481.
Applying to a health professional school this summer? Wondering how to get started on your personal statement? This workshop will review personal statement basics and address how to begin your first draft. Limited seating is available, so registration is required for both the 10 a.m. session and the 12:30 p.m. session This event is open to all students and all years.

Data Literacy for the Public Good Workshop
Feb. 21, 6 to 7 p.m., Newcomb 389.
The need to be able to use and assess data in the public service field has never been greater, and all students interested in public service can benefit from a basic understanding of how data is collected, used, and presented. Nonprofits, foundations, NGOs, humanitarian organizations, and more are all increasingly incorporating data analysis into their planning and assessment projects. Join the Career Center’s Public Service and Government career community and the Data Science Institute for a skill-building workshop to start you on the path of developing the knowledge and skills you need to be competitive for many jobs in public service.

Capital One People and Money Talk
Feb. 21, 6 to 8 p.m., Newcomb Hall Theater.
Join Capital One for a talk that will explore people’s relationship with their money and how it impacts lives. Learn how you can improve your own relationship with money. Visit the Handshake event for more information.


Military Blood Drive
Feb. 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Newcomb Ballroom.
The UVA Army ROTC will host a military blood drive through the Armed Services Blood Program in Newcomb Ballroom. The ASBP distributes blood worldwide for our armed services members, their families, and veterans. For more information, email

International Mother Language Day
Feb. 25, 4 to 6 p.m., Newcomb Theater.
International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. We invite you to attend or perform at the event. There will be a potluck at the end. For more information, contact Tanya Rahman at

Volunteer with Kids
Madison House’s youth mentoring programs are looking for volunteers. Visit the website for program descriptions and time commitments. Email Jamie Short at for more information.

Volunteer for Game Day Challenge Basketball
Feb. 27, 6 p.m., John Paul Jones Arena.
Help UVA win the Game Day Challenge competition by volunteering at the men’s basketball game against UNC. You’ll get a chance to interact with fans and receive on-court recognition. As thanks for taking the time to help UVA go zero waste, volunteers will get a cool new T-shirt and food. Register via the link on the Facebook event or visit the UVA Sustainability website. Email with any questions.


Grounded: A Devised Circus Show
Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 4 p.m., Ruth Caplin Theater.
Come one, come all! The circus will be in town for a free, two-time engagement. Members of Virginia Circus, UVA and Charlottesville’s premier circus club, will present, “Grounded: A Devised Circus Show.” Check out the Facebook event for more information.

UPC Presents: “Get Out” Advance Screening
Feb. 17, 7 p.m., Newcomb Theater.
Join UPC for an advance screening of Universal Studio’s thriller, “Get Out,” a week before its release in theaters. Check out the official trailer online. Visit the Facebook event for more information.

OFFScreen Presents: “Sing Street”
Feb. 16, 7 p.m., Newcomb Theater.
Shy Dublin teenager Conor feels like an outsider after his parents’ money woes force him to transfer to a new, rough-and-tumble school. One day, he spots the trendy Raphina, and, unable to think of a reason to talk to her, asks her to star in the first music video for his band. She agrees, which puts Conor in a bind since said band does not yet exist. Visit the Facebook event to learn more.

VSA at UVA: TET Show
Feb. 25, 2 to 5 p.m., Jackson P. Burley Middle School.
The Vietnamese Student Association is proud to present its annual cultural showcase. This year, we present a modernized comedy of a traditional folktale, the Story of the Rice Cake. There will be sweet raffle prizes and a free catered Vietnamese meal after the show. Visit the Facebook event to join in the festivities.


The Conflux Journal at UVA Executive Editorial Board Applications
Are you interested in global health or global development and culture? Are you keen to share lived experiences and real narratives? If so, apply to join the Conflux Journal executive board. The Conflux Journal is an annual, interdisciplinary journal that spans the gamut of research experiences in an effort to convey the complexity and specificity of ethnographic, qualitative, and quantitative research experiences in different regions of the globe. Visit the website for more information and to apply.

UVA’s First Global Black Girlhood Conference
March 18, 3 to 5 p.m., Small Special Collections Library.
Dozens of leaders from racially and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds will gather at UVA’s Global History of Black Girlhood Conference. Among these leaders, six exceptional undergraduate scholars will present their research and art projects. This conference brings forth the narrative of past and present black females through a unique form of memorialization and celebration. For more information, email

Album Listening Party at the PAC
Feb. 16, 10 p.m., Newcomb PAC.
As midterms begin, UPC will host a fun event to take students’ minds off of the stress and onto the music. Head over to the PAC for an album listening party with great food and even better music. Email with questions.

Tap Dance Club Practices
Feb. 15, 8 p.m., O’Hill Forum.
Tap Club is looking for new dancers! Come and learn some exciting choreography to perform. We work on technique, exercises, and skill. Open to all levels of tappers! No experience or tap shoes are required. For more information, email Genki Hall at

Free Cooking Class and Tasty Meal
Feb. 22, 5 to 7 p.m., Hospital West Cafe.
Join the Office of Health Promotion and UVA Health System for a hands-on class about the basic techniques of cooking and prepare tasty fish tacos with mango salsa and roasted pineapple while you learn. Sign up by Friday, Feb. 17, to reserve your spot; space is limited. Email if you have any questions.

Free Modern Hip Hop Dance Workshops
Feb. 18, 6 to 9 p.m., North Grounds MP1.
The Mighty is a dance organization that holds free dance workshops open to everyone. No experience, registration, or commitment needed, just walk right in. Bring yourself and your friends out this weekend to enjoy dance workshops taught by dancers from Virginia Tech’s Bamboom and Dancing’s Our Poison (DOP). Rides will be provided from O’Hill starting at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event.

Photography Exhibit Now Accepting Submissions
Submissions due Feb. 19 at 11:59 p.m.
The Photography Club at UVA is now requesting submissions for a unique photography exhibition that will open in March inside the newly-renovated Rotunda. The theme of this exhibition will be photographs that capture the unique perspectives of the University of Virginia, with a focus on its natural and architectural beauty and its diverse student body. Submit online. For more information, visit the website.

X-Tasee Hip Hop Dance Crew Auditions
Feb. 23 in the Runk Green Room, Feb. 24 in AFC MP2, 9 to 11 p.m.
Do you have the X factor? Show us what you’ve got and audition for the hypest hip hop crew at UVA. All are welcome. Please contact us on Facebook if you have any questions.

Join Young Greens at UVA
Feb. 15, 7 p.m., Clark Hall G004.
Fight for progressive values with the only party that refuses corporate money. If sustainability, democracy, peace, and social justice are important to you, join Young Greens at UVA, a chapter of the Green Party Youth Caucus. We will be promoting local and state candidates for public office, advocating for pressing policy issues, and engaging in productive political discussion. Attend our information session for more information.


Participate in a Research Study on Physical Activities
Share your experience of physical activities. The survey is quick and easy, includes 20 questions, and takes about five minutes. Preliminary results available to explore.