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Sign the ADAPT Savvy Fox Pledge
Tabling: April 23 through 25.

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) will be tabling between April 23 and 25 to promote safety at Foxfield. The first 1,200 students to sign the pledge will receive a free Foxfield T-shirt. Only those attending Foxfield can sign the pledge. Find tabling times and more information online.

UPC Presents: SpringFest 2018 with Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals
April 27, 5 to 8 p.m., concert at 8:30 p.m., various locations.

In collaboration with various CIOs, local vendors, and students, the University Programs Council is proud to present SpringFest 2018. Join us for live music, local foods, and more. Our main event will be held April 27 from 5 to 8 p.m., on the South Lawn, Peabody, and the Tog. Then, join us in the Amphitheater at 8:30 p.m. for a concert by Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals! Everything is free! Visit the Facebook event to learn more.


Hoos in Recovery
Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., HiR House at 506 Valley Road.

HiR is a confidential and supportive network of Hoos in Recovery or considering recovery from alcohol or other drug addiction. Not sure what to expect? It’s very casual and low-key, and there’s pizza! We check in about how the week has gone, and then discuss a recovery-related reading. You can share as much or as little as you like. We’d love to have you join us! For more information, visit our website.

Yoga in the Garden
April 20, 3 to 4 p.m., Garden X.

Come enjoy an afternoon in nature and explore the deep connection among body, mind, and the natural world through a gentle yoga class designed for all levels and abilities. This session is part of the Contemplative Sciences Center’s Earth Day events open to all students, faculty, staff, community members, and guests. Prior registration is not required. For more information, email Ellen Daniels at


Pop-Up Composting
April 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Amphitheater.

Did you know food truck boxes are compostable? Drop off your boxes at our table in the Amphitheater and learn about composting. We will provide information on how to compost and how diverting waste from local landfills can affect people around the world.

Clothing Swap
April 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1515 on the Corner.

There are so many benefits of shopping secondhand over buying fast fashion. You can see them for yourself! Come swap both men’s and women’s clothes in the upstairs rooms at 1515. Everyone is welcome to shop, whether or not you bring clothes to swap. Visit the Facebook event to learn more.

Qi Gong in the Garden
April 20, noon, Garden X.

Join UVA Contemplative Sciences Center instructor Geoff Cox for a Qi Gong session. Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates low-impact physical postures, movements, breathing techniques, and focused intention. This session will particularly explore the interdependent relationship between our body and our environment and expand awareness of this fundamental interconnection. Qi Gong can be practiced by people of all fitness levels! For more information, visit the Facebook event.

Reservoir Tour and Trek
April 21, 1 to 5 p.m., Ragged Mountain Reservoir.

Join us for a tour of Ragged Mountain Reservoir, Charlottesville primary clean water source. The tour will be led by Brian Richter of the Nature Conservancy. Learn about the sustainable design of the reservoir and the impacts of Charlottesville’s water demand on local ecosystems. Enjoy the beautiful landscape on a scenic hike of the natural area. A free, round-trip shuttle will leave from the UVA Chapel at 1 p.m. and return by 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Alumni Panel
April 21, 2 to 3 p.m., Rotunda West Oval Room.

Businesses, homeowners, and institutions, including UVA, are embracing both renewable energy and energy efficiency as costs have plummeted and technology continues to improve. Nevertheless, hurdles persist in the realms of energy market structure, public policy, and financing. Come hear from UVA alumni who will talk about what is next in the energy revolution. For more information, email Grey McLean at

Environmental Policy and Advocacy Alumni Panel
April 21, 3 to 4 p.m., Rotunda West Oval Room.

With the outcome of the presidential election of 2016, the world of environmental policy and advocacy shifted dramatically. Now nonprofits, cities, states, businesses, and other institutions have stepped forward to advocate for and shape environmental policy. Come hear from UVA alumni who are leading the charge to protect the natural environment.

Big Spring Thing: Rebuild the Garden
April 22, 3 to 6 p.m., UVA Community Garden (corner of Alderman and McCormick roads).

Our annual Big Spring Thing usually provides an opportunity for “Plant Something in the Community Garden” off the “11n Things To Do Before You Graduate” list, but this year we will be rebuilding the entire garden. There will still be food and fun! Learn more on Facebook.

“Wasted!” Film Screening and Panel Discussion
April 22, 7 to 10 p.m., Alamo Drafthouse.

Join us for a screening of “Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste.” The screening will be followed by a panel of local change agents in the food realm. There is free admission with the purchase of a $5 food voucher. Co-hosted by UVA Sustainability. Reserve your seat now. Visit Facebook to learn more.

Cinema under the Stars: “Moana”
April 22, 8 to 10 p.m., O-Hill Field (Rain Location: Ern Commons).

The Clean Water Working Group will be hosting its annual film screening. We are showing a brief video about the history of water and stormwater at UVA. The video will be followed by a free screening of Disney’s feature film, “Moana.” There will also be treats and a taco truck! Visit Facebook for more information.


Summer Session Registration Open
Registration for Summer Session is now open. Registration for classes can be completed through SIS. We’re excited for you to join us this summer!


Virtual Reality Content Creation and Development Workshop
April 22, 3 to 5 p.m., Clemons Library third floor.

The Virtual Reality Club invites you to join us for an informational session with the creators of STYLY, a platform for creating high quality VR spaces without any coding. This will be a hands-on workshop where you will get the chance to create your own VR content; no experience needed! For more information, visit the website.

UTS Summer Training Classes
May and August Sessions.

University Transit Service is accepting applications for our summer 2018 training classes. We have May and August sessions as well as flexible one-on-one training through the entire summer. Attending a training class prepares you to test for a commercial driver’s license and work as a student bus driver at UTS in the fall. Summer training is really like a grown-up summer camp, so don’t miss out! For more information, visit the website.

LabShorts: Calling Anyone Interested in Film
Application deadline: April 23.

We are a film-making organization that produces each semester about two short films making powerful statements relevant to our generation and community. We also host workshops for anyone to practice hands-on film concepts, and we sponsor a film showcase at the end of each semester. Whatever your commitment level, LabShorts is always looking for people who are excited about film in any capacity: production, script, casting, tech, art, post and editing, or any other way you can help. Apply to be on our exec committee by completing this form by April 23.

Photographers Needed
Want to help document student life at UVA? Looking for a part-time job where you set your own hours? Want to join a team of supportive fellow student photographers? SPIN, the UVA Student Photography Initiative, is looking for student photographers. For more information about SPIN and our application, visit our website.


Humana Information Session
April 18, 6 to 7 p.m., Maury 104.

Humana is an American health insurance company based in Louisville, Kentucky, with over 50,000 employees. Come on out to Humana’s information session tonight to learn about career opportunities.

Sustainability Resume Marathon
April 19, 1 to 3 p.m., Newcomb Hall 177.

Celebrate Earth Week by getting your resume into gear! Join three sustainability professionals and get tips, tricks, and strategies for making sure your resume stands out among the crowd. Featured guests include David Burns, professional engineer at Dominion Energy, Michael Reilly, founder of Foodwaze, and Michelle Amt, director of sustainability at VMDO Architects. For more information, visit Handshake.

International Student Career Chats
April 20, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Newcomb 170.

International students, are you unsure about where and how to begin your job and internship search? Come to the International Student Career Chats on Friday in Newcomb to talk with Wendy Fan, fellow international student and Global Initiatives Career Peer Educator.

Let’s Do Lunch: Exploring Majors, Careers and more
April 23, noon to 2 p.m., the Garden Room.

Join Berely Lorig from the UVA Career Center and a special guest for lunch in the Garden Room. Lunches are limited to 10 students and will give each person a chance to develop connections with upperclass students, special guests, Beverly Lorig, and each other. For more information, visit Handshake.

Transfers and Careers: Financial Literacy
April 23, 5 to 6 p.m., 1515 Career Center Satellite.

Calling all transfer students! Come by the Career Center’s 1515 location on the second floor to hear from a fellow transfer student on financial literacy. Enjoy some free food and get to know other transfer students. For more information, visit Handshake.

Managing Crises and Clients: Applications of Sales in Finance with Anoop Dhakad
April 26, 5 p.m., Rouss-Robertson Hall 116.

Join us in welcoming Anoop Dhakad, a McIntire and AMA alumnus and current partner and head of Global Client Relations at MKP Capital. Mr. Dhakad has extensive experience in financial services, having previously conducted head fund manager due diligence for over 10 years at JP Morgan and Lehman Brothers. He also currently serves as well member for charity:water and is a member of the board of directors for FedCap. For more information, email Alyssa Porto at


The East German Living Room: Everyday Life behind the Berlin Wall
April 18, 4 to 6 p.m., Nau Hall 252.

Ever wonder what life was like behind the Iron Curtain? Come find out at our exhibit, which recreates an East German living room from 1988. The opening reception will take place today, but the exhibit will be open in Nau Hall 252 through April 27 on weekdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Visit Facebook to learn more.

Catastrophe and Kites: A Discussion with Tim Cunningham
April 19, 7 to 8 p.m., Center for Global Health on the Corner.

Tim Cunningham will facilitate discussion about the “acute on chronic” crisis facing the Rohingya population. Stateless for decades, Rohingyas living in Myanmar have faced, since August 2017, genocide. Cunningham worked as a nurse and a field coordinator for an emergency and primary care clinic for three weeks spanning December 2017 through January 2018. He will share his reflections on the clinical work, the situation, and the profound resilience exhibited by the Rohingya population. For more information, visit the website.

UVA Space Club Presents: Betty L. Shotton
April 19, 7:30 p.m., Physics Building 210.

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space is hosting Betty L. Shotton, CEO of Liftoff Leadership and partner at Berkana Consulting Group. This is a great event for anyone interested in aerospace industries or consulting. For more information, email Harry Laird at

East Asia Center Speaker Series: Jonathan Skaff
April 20, 3:15 p.m., Monroe 124.

Come hear Jonathan Skaff, professor of history and director of international studies at the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, speak on “Slavery on the Silk Road of the Tang Empire.” The Silk Road is often idealized, but that glamor only persists because one unsavory aspect of commerce, slavery, has received little scholarly attention. A rare glimpse of the medieval trade in humans comes from Tang Dynasty contracts and travel permits. These documents provide intriguing testimony that slaves composed about a third of the travels on this section of the Silk Road. For more information, visit the event page.

UPC and HoosITS Present: Broadway Talks Back
April 22, 2 to 5 p.m., the Rotunda.

Calling all Hamilton and Broadway fanatics! UPC and Hoos in the Stairwell are proud to present Ryan Vasquez, former cast member of the Hamilton National Tour and upcoming cast member of Hamilton on Broadway as this year’s speaker for the HoosITS Broadway Talks Back speaker series. Join us at the Rotunda for this special opportunity. Visit the Facebook event for more information.

Symposium on the Law of the Sea Convention and U.S. National Interests
April 25, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Caplin Pavilion.

The Law School is co-hosting a symposium on the Law of the Sea Convention and U.S. National Interests. Panels include “Advancing U.S. Leadership in Oceans Governance,” “The Law of the Sea Convention and National Security,” and “U.S. Commercial Interests and the Convention.” The keynote speaker, Ambassador John Negroponte, will speak on U.S. Interests and the Law of the Sea Convention. Lunch is provided. For more information, visit the website.


Indian Classical Night
April 21, 6 to 9 p.m., McLeod Auditorium (UVA Nursing School).

Come join us for a night of culture, music, and entertainment as the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth at UVA presents its fifth annual Indian Classical Night. There will be incredible performances by musicians, dancers, and vocalists from the UVA student body, faculty, and Charlottesville community. Visit the website for more information.

UVA Chamber Singers Spring Concert: Exploring the Choral Mass
April 21, 8 p.m., Old Cabell Hall.

Join the UVA Chamber Singers for an evening of music exploring choral settings of the mass at Old Cabell Hall on Saturday. The program includes Haydn’s Missa Brevis, as well as a hybrid mass exploring various 21st-century mass settings. Free student tickets are available for those who reserve more than 24 hours in advance. Visit the website to reserve your tickets and for more details.

OFFScreen Presents: Marjorie Prime
April 22, 8 p.m., Newcomb Theater, $2.

Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband. With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie Prime relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his history. Watch the trailer. For more information, visit our Facebook event.

Rhapsody Ballet Ensemble Spring Performance
April 22, 8 p.m., Old Cabell Hall.

Rhapsody Ballet Ensemble is proud to present its student-run and student-choreographed ballet performance. Admission to this event is free and open to all.

Cavalier Symphony Orchestra Presents: Daydreams and Nightmares
April 22, 3 p.m., MLK Performing Arts Center.

Cavalier Symphony Orchestra, UVA’s first student-run full orchestra, presents Daydreams & Nightmares. There will be free transportation both to and from the concert, with designated bus pick-up and drop-off locations on UVA Grounds. Tickets will cost $5 per person but are free for UVA students with a valid student ID. Come out and support the only student-led full orchestra at UVA. For more information, visit our website.


Hike-a-Thon for Rebuilding Dominica
April 21, 10 a.m. to noon, Ragged Mountain Natural Area.

Join UVA’s Social Enterprise in Dominica Fellows in a Hike-a-Thon to rebuild Dominica! We’ve spent our spring semester developing an island-wide venture in support of Dominican micro-enterprise to reboot the Dominican economy after Hurricane Maria. The proceeds from this event will go to the Bernadette Francis Foundation Fund for Dominican Enterprise. You can sign up individually or create a team. Visit the Facebook event for more information.

Hoos Got Game: Benefiting Special Olympics
April 21, 2 to 5 p.m., Amphitheater.

Join us for a field day bringing together students, athlets, and Special Olympians. There will be competitions, field games, free food, raffles, and music performances. Come out to support Special Olympics! See the Facebook event for more information.

April 25.

United2Heal at UVA is back with our second annual Raffle2Heal. Don’t miss the chance to win amazing prizes while supporting a great cause. Raffle tickets are only $2. All proceeds support the shipment of medical supplies to countries in need. For more information, visit the Facebook event.

Hoos ReUse
On-Grounds Collection: May 2 through 12.
Off-Grounds Collection: May 21 and 22.

As you finish up the year and move out of your residence hall or apartment, please think about donating your unwanted (but usable) furniture, appliances, nonperishable food, and clothing to local charities through the Hoos ReUse program. Two drives take place each year, one for students living on Grounds and the other for students living off Grounds. For complete details, including times and drop-off locations, please check the website.


The Hunger Alliance
April 23, 6 to 7 p.m., Newcomb South Meeting Room.

Join Project Peanut Butter, Challah for Hunger, and FeelGood at UVA for our fourth annual “Hunger Alliance,” a student and faculty roundtable discussion and dinner. This year, presentations will center around the history, current state, and future of the United States Farm Bill, the cornerstone policy of food assistance programs. Free dinner will be provided, and a number of great professors will be in attendance. Sign up.

Attend the 55th Annual Restoration Ball
April 21, 8:30 to 11 p.m., IX Art Park (Downtown).

The Jefferson Society's Restoration Ball is a black-tie gala, the proceeds of which go toward the continued restoration of the Rotunda and the Academical Village. There will be a live band, free food and refreshments, a photographer, and dancing under the stars at one of Charlottesville's most iconic destinations. Free transportation will be provided via shuttles from Grounds, in addition to the free trolley. Tickets and more information can be found on the website. Contact for more information, and check out the Facebook event.


Text-A-Toasty Presents: Qs and Quesadillas
April 19, 10:15 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 cheese quesadilla to wherever you are on our delivery day. Questions must be sent in before 11:15 p.m. on delivery day to be answered. For more information, visit our Facebook page.

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Spring Field Day
April 20, 2 to 5 p.m., Nameless Field.

Join Intervarsity Christian Fellowship for a field day class competition. Events will include volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, soccer, spikeball, an egg toss, and more. The winning class will receive an ice cream party, so come ready to represent your team. All are welcome. For more information, email Brooke Hagenbuch at

Free Hip-Hop Dance Workshop
April 20, 6 to 9 p.m., O-Hill Forum.

The Mighty is a dance organization that hosts free dance workshops. Join us this Friday as members of Capital Funk, Hyperspace Command Force, and Day One teach us some moves. Anyone is welcome, and no experience is needed. Check out our Facebook page to stay updated.

The Summit Urban Dance Workshop Series
April 21, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., AFC MP2/3.

AKAdeMix Dance Crew, The Mighty, and Mahogany Dance Troupe present the third annual Summit Urban Dance Workshop Series. We’re bringing four renowned choreographers from the West Coast: Cris Redoble, Trevor Takemoto, Chris Banaga, and Paul Ross. Find out more details on ticket prices, registration, and classes available on the Facebook event.

Interfaith Sustainability Dinner
April 24, 6 to 9 p.m., St. Paul’s Memorial Church.

Come join the Virginia Interfaith Coalition, First Year Council, UVA Sustainability, Canterbury, JLC, MSA, and UKirk at the Parish in St. Paul’s Memorial Church for a formal but fun evening! Enjoy dinner with a dialogue while listening to a diverse group of panelists of different faiths come together and speak on sustainability. Register here.


Researchers are Seeking Adults to Participate in Salt Study No. 11494
The Salt and Blood Pressure study is seeking individuals interested in participating in a two-week study on the effects of salt on blood pressure. We are looking for adults between the ages of 18 to 70 who are of Caucasian/White or African-American/Black descent and have normal blood pressure. Individuals must be willing to participate for two weeks after screening. No diabetes, congestive heart failure, history of stroke, or women who are pregnant will be accepted. For more information, visit our website.