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15th Annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s
Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., UVA South Lawn.

Come celebrate UVA’s Homecoming Weekend and the beautiful fall weather at this outdoor brunch! Pancakes for Parkinson’s is an annual UVA tradition featuring free pancakes and toppings and performances by various UVA music and dance groups. All donations will go to support Parkinson’s disease research and the quest for a cure through the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Watch our video featuring President Ryan and visit our website for complete details. Watch this fun video to learn more about the event. 

Virgina Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 15, 5 p.m.
In order to vote, you must be registered. Both in-state and out-of-state University students who are U.S. citizens are eligible to vote in Virginia. You must have a Virginia government-issued photo ID to vote in the election; a UVA student ID qualifies. If you are an in-state student, you may register to vote using your home address or your UVA/Charlottesville address (students registering at their home addresses should request an absentee ballot soon after registering). For more information, please consult the Virginia Department of Elections website.

Megabus Service to D.C. 
Service begins Oct. 12. 
Beginning this Friday, Megabus will start frequent nonstop service from the Amtrak station in Charlottesville to Union Station in Washington D.C. Two trips per day will be available Sundays, Mondays, Thursday, and Fridays. One trip per day will be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Tickets can be purchased on the Megabus website. Fares start as low as $5. This service is not a UVA-provided service.


Apply to the Muslim Institute for Leadership and Empowerment
Applications due Oct. 31.

The Muslim Institute for Leadership and Empowerment (M.I.L.E.) is a program for first- and second-years and third-year transfer students. M.I.L.E empowers students to become active and vocal leaders on Grounds and beyond. Our workshops, projects, mentorship, guest speakers, personal development, and networking opportunities will be uniquely tailored to the particular needs of the Muslim community. We will meet for eight sessions from January to March 2019 from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. Fill out the short application before Oct. 31 to be considered.


Apply to One Less at UVA
Sexual Violence Prevention Advocate Application due Oct. 14.

One Less at UVA is a female and gender-nonconforming student-run organization dedicated to preventing sexual violence on Grounds through advocacy, survivor support, and peer education. Members of One Less give presentations to groups on Grounds, coordinate community outreach efforts, and work to guide the conversation about sexual violence across UVA communities. We are looking for passionate applicants eager to advocate on behalf of survivors and are accepting applications through Oct. 14.

Polish Student Association Member Recruitment
Oct. 14, 6 to 7 p.m., location TBD.

Come join the brand new Polish Student Association. You do not need to be (or speak) Polish to join. Our small cohort is working hard to become an official CIO, and we would love to have your input and support in helping us achieve this goal. Please email or to get on our mailing list.

MetaCTF @ UVA: A Cybersecurity Competition
Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Darden School.

This event is a gamified competition where participants work in teams to solve a series of cybersecurity challenges. The challenges are designed to teach cybersecurity concepts as you solve them, so no experience is required. Come to learn more about cybersecurity, to get free food and a T-shirt, and to win cool prizes. Sign up at

Apply to be an Arts Grounds Guide
Arts Grounds Guides offer informational tours of the various Arts departments’ facilities. Arts Grounds Guides seek to expand knowledge of and access to the UVA Arts community by introducing Arts Grounds to prospective students and families. For the past few years we’ve offered tours customized to each student’s particular artistic interests and now we want you to help us carry the dream forward. Apply to be a guide today!

UVA Women’s Basketball Looking for Student Managers
Join the UVA women’s basketball team in preparation to return to the NCAA tournament this season. Student managers support the daily operations of the team at practice and games. Email Kelly Norfleet at for more information on how to get involved.

Jefferson Public Citizens Program Information Session
Oct. 11, 4 to 5 p.m., Clemons Library.

Do you have an idea for a community-based research project? Come to this session to learn more about the Jefferson Public Citizens (JPC) Program and to hear from previous recipients. JPC provides funding for students to design hands-on research projects in collaboration with community partners and faculty members.

UVA E-Cup Concept Competition: Submissions Due Oct. 26
The Concept Competition is the first stage in a three-part series of annual competitions organized under the UVA Entrepreneurship Cup. $25,000 in total prize money will be awarded. The purpose of the concept stage is to surface and seed ideas from all parts of the University at every stage of development. Deadline is midnight Oct. 26! See the website for more information.


Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center: Red Flag Campaign + Clothesline Project
Oct. 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., South Lawn

Write a message to survivors of intimate partner violence and view the Clothesline Project Display on the Lawn. Pick up some helpful information and a free cup of nitro coffee or hot chocolate while you’re there!

Together We Run: Run for Charlottesville
Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to noon, Mad Bowl.

Together We Run is a charity runathon to support local social and racial justice organizations. In a runathon, participants run as many miles as they can in a given time period to raise money. You have the ability to raise your own money by getting friends and family to sponsor each mile you run. All proceeds from this event will go to the Heather Heyer Foundation.


Desk Yoga
Every Thursday at noon, Clemons 220.

Join the Contemplative Sciences Center each Thursday for a therapeutic yoga class that modifies traditional yoga poses, including stretches, balances, and strengthening exercises by using a chair for assistance. The poses aim to improve your range of motion, release stress, and leave your body feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. This class is open for all levels and conditions, especially those with limited mobility.

Rotunda Contemplative Practice Series: “Benefits of a Regular Yoga Practice”
Oct. 14, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Rotunda Multipurpose Room.

Join the Contemplative Sciences Center for John Bultman’s talk, “Benefits of a Regular Yoga Practice.” This session will explore the keys to maintaining a sustainable yoga practice anywhere you go. In this class we’ll investigate how to sustain our energy throughout the entire day and throughout our lives by delving into Ashtanga yoga’s personal and practical instruction.


Portfolio Basics
Oct. 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Clemons 204.

During this session, Kate from the Career Center will give a 45-minute presentation on the basics of portfolio development for any creative field, including writing and journalism, visual art and photography, design, film, and digital media/marketing. Attending this session will give you access to an alumni portfolio. For more information, visit Handshake.

Cville Bio-Trek
Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Newcomb 170.

Spend quality time at local Charlottesville organizations that are revolutionizing biotechnology right here in your own backyard. Learn how your lab and bench science skills can be put to work, and meet potential local employers interested in connecting with UVA students. Get insider tips on how to market your experience and where to apply your life science skills. Learn from professionals who are on the cutting-edge of BioTech. For more information, visit Handshake.

Renewable Energy Expo
Oct. 15, noon to 2 p.m., Outside Thornton A-Wing.

Join us to learn about renewable energy innovation occurring at local companies and on Grounds. Meet the individuals who are leading the way to a clean energy future and learn about research and career opportunities in the field. For more information, visit the Facebook event.

Tech Interview Meetup
Oct. 16, 3 to 5 p.m., Rice Hall 107.

Practice makes perfect! Stop by Rice 107 and practice your technical interviewing skills in a low-stakes, relaxed atmosphere. We’ll provide the problems and light snacks; you provide the brainpower! Make sure to read the EST Newsletter every Sunday so you know the problems we’re working on. Come ready to learn, share, and grow! For more information, visit Handshake.

CPE Workshop: Resumes, Cover Letters, and References
Oct. 17, 11 a.m. to noon, Newcomb 170.

Learn the basics of resumes, cover letters, and references in a workshop led by Career Peer Educators. Whether you’re just getting started or you’re adding finishing touches, we’ll help you polish these documents by improving your content and formatting, just in time for the Fall Job and Internship Fair!

CPE Workshop: How to Stand Out at a Career Fair
Oct. 17, noon to 1 p.m., Newcomb 170.

With the Fall Job and Internship Fair coming up, there’s no better time to learn how to navigate a career fair and make a good first impression on employers. Career Peer Educators will share tips on maximizing your time, perfecting your elevator pitch, and crafting your follow-up email. For more information, visit Handshake.


Space Talk: Charles Cockrell of NASA Langley.
Oct. 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m., MEC 339.

Join Students for the Exploration and Development of Space in welcoming Charles Cockrell, director of the Office of Strategic Analysis, Communications, and Business Development at NASA. He will be talking about his experiences from UVA to NASA.

Futures in Fashion Presents: The Brand Girls
Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m., Clark 101.

Futures in Fashion Association hosts guest speaker Rachael Bozsik, CEO of The Brand Girls. Learn  how to land a fashion internship and how to gain professional confidence. The first five attendees will receive FabFitFun beauty boxes!

PAFN, ASU, OYFA Internship Panel
Oct. 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wilson 402.

Do you want career advice from Asian-American upperclassmen? Do you want to prepare for the upcoming fall career fair? The Peer Advising Family Network, the Asian Student Union, and the Organization of Young Filipino Americans are teaming up for an internship panel. Our panelists have internship experience in the fields of business, public service and government, STEM, health care, and research, both domestically and abroad. For more information, visit our Facebook event.

Speaking God: The Death and Rebirth of Sacred Speech
Oct. 18, 6 p.m., Nau 101.

Many of us struggle to talk about faith, discovering that old religious words like sin, gospel, and grace fail to connect with us in today’s swiftly changing culture. Award-winning religion, politics, and culture writer Jonathan Merritt will discuss this dilemma in a lecture on “Speaking God: The Death and Rebirth of Sacred Speech” on Oct. 18 in Nau Hall. For more information, visit the Theological Horizons website.

UVA aKDPhi: BCA Showcase Featuring BuzzFeed’s Steven Lim
Oct. 19, 5 to 7 p.m., Ern Commons.

Our 17th annual BCA Showcase is here and we are bringing Steven Lim as our headliner. Steven Lim is an executive producer at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. He is best known as the creator and host of the hit show “Worth It.” The show is currently in its fifth season on BuzzFeed and has become one of the most watched shows on YouTube, generating more than 740 million views to date. To register for this great opportunity, please use our Google form.


Free Advanced Screening of First Man
Oct. 11, 8 to 10 p.m., Newcomb Theater.

Come see First Man starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy before it hits theaters! Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are first-come, first-serve. Free popcorn while supplies last! Visit our Facebook event for more information.

Breakfast for Dinner and Love, Simon Screening on O’Hill Field
Oct. 12, 7:30 to 10 p.m., O’Hill Field.

Do you like free things? Do you like breakfast for dinner? Have you been wanting to watch Love, Simon? If you said “yes” to even one of these things, come enjoy an outdoor screening on O’Hill Field this Friday. Bagels, biscuits, fruit, and vegan zucchini breakfast bread will be provided by UVA Dining at 7:30 p.m., and the movie will begin at 8 p.m.

I AM EVIDENCE Film Screening
Oct. 14, 3 p.m., Vinegar Hill Theater at Lighthouse Studio (220 West Market St.)

I AM EVIDENCE tells the story of four survivors whose rape kits went untested for years, following them as they navigate their way through the criminal justice system. The film reveals the historic nature of the way we treat the crime of sexual assault in this country and the positive effects that occur when perpetrators are held accountable. For more information, visit the event page.

Twenty One Pilots
Tickets now on sale.

Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo from Columbus, Ohio. They are bringing their unique sound to John Paul Jones Arena on June 9, 2018. You can buy your tickets now at the John Paul Jones Arena box office, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or buy them online at For complete details, visit the event page.

University Singers Bernstein Mass at the Paramount
Oct. 13, 8 p.m. and Oct. 14, 2:30 p.m., Paramount Theater.

The University Singers are getting ready to join in the national and international celebration of the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth by presenting his Mass. University Singers Director Michael Slon will lead an extraordinary cast in the regional premiere of the piece. Check out the Paramount for information.


Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center: Free Legal Clinic
Oct. 10, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Women’s Center.

Our free legal clinic offers professional, pro-bono legal advice to Charlottesville community members every month. We cover a range of topics, including landlord disputes and family law. The clinic is offered every second and fourth Wednesday of each month and is by appointment only. To schedule your appointment, contact us at or call 434-982-2361. For more information, visit our event page.

Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center: Traveling Postcards
Oct. 16, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Women’s Center.

The Traveling Postcards workshop is a healing arts workshop, founded by The Women’s Wisdom Initiative, which gives voice and comfort to survivors of gender-based violence. Hundreds of unique, handmade art postcards containing words of compassion and solidarity have been created and hand-delivered to individuals and communities, bringing awareness, hope, visibility, beauty, and voice to women and girls whose lives have suffered from isolation, violence, or repression.