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OF SPECIAL NOTE

Finals Weekend Survey Now Open: Quick and Easy, Please Participate
If you will graduate after May of this year, you are being asked to share your opinion on three options for the format of Finals Weekend beginning in 2015. The Rotunda restoration project will affect graduation in 2015. The project may affect the ceremony in 2016, and changes appear inevitable at some point in the future, given the growing crowd size and safety concerns. The website provides more details, along with a link to the survey. Talk over the options with your friends and family, then let your voice be heard through the survey.
 
ADAPT: Foxfield FOAs
April 23, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m., Newcomb Ballroom.
ADAPT, the Albemarle County Police, and representatives from the Foxfield racing association will present and conduct a Q&A session. There will be door prize drawings for two Foxfield bowties. You could also win four Foxfield tickets and a parking pass. Email mhl2bc@virginia.edu if you have any questions.
 
Sign the Savvy Fox Pledge and Get a Free T-shirt
April 21-25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., various locations.
The first 800 students who sign the Savvy Fox pledge not to drink at the Foxfield Races will receive free T-shirts and free sodas on race day. Sign up by the Whispering Wall and in front of Garrett Hall, or at the ADAPT Student Safety tent at the races. Wear your shirt on April 25 for Foxfield Friday.
 
Summer Session Registration is Open
In addition to the traditional summer classes that supplement academic year course offerings, Summer Session offers a number of special two-week programs and the internationally known Summer Language Institute (SLI). In the SLI, students can learn up to two years of a foreign language. Visit the website for more information.
 
 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Madison House HelpLine: Providing a Safe Place to Talk Without Judgment
HELPLine is an anonymous, confidential, non-judgmental crisis hotline. HELPLine volunteers are trained to listen and be empathetic to your calls. We provide a listening ear and referrals to help you. If you need to talk, please call us at (434) 295-8255 or visit the website to learn more.
 
UVa Student Online Tobacco/Nicotine Survey: Chance to Win Lunch with or Tweet from Dean Groves
Deadline: April 17.
Participants are needed for a graduate student project on the use and perception of tobacco/nicotine-containing products among students at UVa. Any current UVa student is eligible to participate, regardless of whether you use tobacco or nicotine-containing products. Your responses will be used to improve current resources available to students. Take the survey here. IRB-SBS No. 2014-0106-00.
 
 

UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS COUNCIL EVENTS

Her Movie Screening
April 18-19, 7 p.m., Newcomb Theater.
Join UPC in watching the love story of a lonely writer (played by Joaquin Phoenix) who develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system (voice by Scarlett Johansson). Tickets can be purchased for $3 in the Student Activities Center.
 
Munching for Memory
April 19, 1 to 3 p.m., Amphitheater.
Join Hoos for Memory and UPC for the fourth annual hotdog eating competition fundraiser. Spectators will have the chance to receive raffle prizes and giveaways. All proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s research at UVa. There will be free food, a ceremonial first bite by Dean Groves, a performance by AVP, and more. Visit the Facebook event here.
 
 

OPPORTUNITIES

Looking for Writers for a New Online Magazine
The Odyssey Online is a Greek-based magazine looking for writers and photographers. The position offers flexible hours, low time commitment, and is a great resume builder. All majors and years are welcome. Apply online.
 
Apply to be a Summer Fellow for Campus Kitchen at UVa
The Campus Kitchen at UVa is a local chapter of the national Campus Kitchens Project. This nationwide organization focuses on student-led hunger relief efforts that directly affect the local communities of universities. This summer we are hiring a fellow to coordinate operations for the summer months. The fellow will be provided a stipend of $1,000. Applications are available online.
 
Peer Advising Link: Interest Meeting
April 17, 6 p.m., Clark 107.
Are you interested in peer advising and pioneering a new and ambitious initiative at UVa? Join University Peer Advising Link. Peer Advising Link is an advising program that pairs incoming first-years with upperclass academic advisers. Come to the interest meeting for more information, or visit our website
 
Work for University Career Services
For a review of job opportunities, click here. To formally apply online, go to CAVLink and look under the Jobs/Internships/Externships tab for CAVLink Jobs. In the keyword field, use the following job ID numbers: 50206, 50214 and 50211. You must be eligible for federal work study in 2014 and 2015 in order to apply.
 
Rivanna Go-Xtreme: Stream Cleanup
April 19, 9 a.m., Meadow Creek.
Volunteer with UVa Stormwater Task Force and the Rivanna Trails Foundation for Earth Week. We are cleaning up part of Meadow Creek behind Bodo’s on Route 29. Rides will be provided. Contact Janice if interested.
 
Summer Positions Available at UVa ITS
Deadline: April 28, 5 p.m.
Information Technology Services is seeking two current students for summer employment. Employees will work four to six hours a week, talking to parents and incoming students about technology at Summer Orientation. Paid training will be provided in June. Hourly wage commensurate with experience. Email your resume and a brief paragraph introducing yourself to Lauren McSwain-Starrett at lauren@virginia.edu.
 
Global Public Health Brigades Interest Meeting
April 23, 4 to 4:30 p.m., Clark 148.
Does building latrines and getting your hands dirty in Honduras sound like an ideal Winter Break adventure? Come to our interest meeting to learn how you can change the lives of rural Honduran families by starting and finishing four public health infrastructure projects during just one week. Visit the website for more information.
 
 

LECTURES, PANELS, AND PRESENTATIONS

The Burke Society Presents Gary Gallagher
April 18, 6:30 p.m., Newcomb Hall Ballroom.
The Edmund Burke Society has the pleasure of hosting renowned UVa professor Gary Gallagher for a talk on “The Real Lost Cause: The Meaning of Union in the Civil War.”
 
Archiculture: Documentary Film Screening
Archiculture is a documentary that explores the architectural studio. The film weaves back and forth between the architectural studio and profession, creating convincing impressions between students and industry leading professionals. A discussion and panel will follow. Please email aiasatuva@gmail.com to register. Visit the Facebook event for more information.
 
 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES

Earth Week: One HellUVA Planet
April 15-22, various times and locations.
CIOs and other groups across Grounds are holding events to celebrate Earth Week. See http://earthweekuva.me for a complete schedule.
 
Spoken Word Workshop
April 17, 6:30 p.m., OpenGrounds.
Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, award-winning spoken word poet, playwright, and filmmaker, will be leading a workshop on craft as part of Take Back the Night’s Day of Healing. Come learn speaking and writing techniques after her performance at Take Back the Night. Visit the website for more details.
 
A Store of Hope
April 22, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Eunoia.
As a part of International Justice Mission’s annual Justice Week, we will be presenting a mini-marketplace featuring items available for sale from organizations and CIOs that support survivors of human trafficking and people living in poverty. The event is free. Visit the Facebook page for more information.
 
 

SPECIAL INTERESTS

Play the UVa Bay Game in Celebration of Earth Day 2014
April 24, 2:30 to 5 p.m., Clark Hall.
Celebrate Earth Day 2014, the Fifth Anniversary of the UVa Bay Game, and the launch of a brand new watershed games platform, Global Water Games. 150 spaces are available. Registration is required.
 
Global Medical Training: General Body Meeting
April 17, 7 to 8 p.m., Newcomb 389.
Calling all dedicated volunteers and passionate future healthcare professionals. Want to give back through service? Global Medical Training at UVa is a newly restarted CIO that promotes medical and dental training trips to Central America and fundraising to support orphanages in Nicaragua. Come learn about how to get involved at our upcoming general body meeting.
 
Women's Club Ice Hockey Interest Meeting
April 22, 8 p.m., Clark 156.
Interested in playing or managing ice hockey? Come to the UVa Women’s Club Ice Hockey interest meeting to find out more about the program and meet the current players. Food will be available. For more information, email Allie Griswold or check us out online.
 
Free Cooking Class and Tasty Meal
April 22, 5 to 7 p.m., Lorna Sundberg International Center.
Join the Office of Health Promotion and the Office of African-American Affairs for a hands-on class about the basic techniques of cooking. Prepare a delicious dinner of maple glazed salmon and roasted veggies while you learn. Sign up online by April 18 to reserve your spot, as space is limited. Email
mlt2er@virginia.edu if you have any questions.
 
Spring Phofest 2014
April 18, 5 to 8 p.m., TJ Memorial Church (717 Rugby Road).
The Vietnamese Student Association is having its bi-annual spring Phofest. Come support our collective philanthropy by buying delicious pho and other Vietnamese dishes. All proceeds go to our philanthropy project against human sex trafficking. Rides will leave from Bonnycastle Circle. Visit the Facebook page for more information.
 
VOICES: Mr. Asian American
April 20, 1 to 4 p.m., Newcomb Theater.
Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority presents “VOICES: Mr. Asian American,” a competition for men that aims to spread Asian and Asian American cultural awareness. Come support eight talented men as they compete. Visit the Facebook page for more information.
 
Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. Informal Tea
April 22, 7 p.m., Newcomb Gallery.
The Alpha Rho Chapter of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.  invites all interested women to our informal tea. This is an open informational to all women who would like to learn more about membership. Business attire is recommended. Email slu.alpharho@gmail.com with any questions.
 
 

MUSIC, THEATER, AND DANCE

First Year Players Presents: Kiss Me, Kate
April 17-20, 8 p.m., Student Activities Building.
With a fun score that combines the music of the era with a touch of Shakespeare, Kiss Me, Kate shows how two people’s imperfections can make them perfect for each other. Tickets are $5 on the Lawn or at the door.
 
A Night of New Music
April 17, 8 p.m., Old Cabell Hall.
The New Music Ensemble, directed by I-Jen Fang, presents a concert featuring the music of composers Fredrick Rzewski, Morton Feldman, James Tenney, and Philip Glass. There will also be a new work by UVa composer Kevin Davis. Much of the music in this concert contains elements of indeterminacy, but in a very different fashion in each piece. Visit the website for more information.
 
Belly Dance Showcase
April 19, 4 to 6 p.m., O’Hill Forum.
Come see the UVa Belly Dance Club perform. It will be a magical and enchanting event.
 
African Music and Dance
April 18, 7 p.m., Old Cabell Hall.
The African Music and Dance Ensemble explores traditional music and dance forms from western and central Africa. Directed by Michelle Kisliuk, the ensemble holds several performances a year, including outreach events in the Charlottesville community. Spectators are often invited to join in the dancing and singing. The group also hosts special guests for concerts and workshops. Visit the website for more information.
 
Digitalis
April 21, 8 p.m., Old Cabell Hall.
Digitalis, the annual computer music festival at UVa, is brought to you by the Virginia Center for Computer Music and the McIntire Department of Music. This free concert of experimental work for sound and visual media features premieres by undergraduate and graduate students in composition and computer technologies. These adventurous concerts invite audiences to explore new dimensions of musical experimentation. Visit the website for more information.
 
A Night of Percussion
April 22, 8 p.m., Old Cabell Hall.
The UVa Night of Percussion concert features guest artist Kevin Davis and the UVa Percussion Ensemble directed by I-Jen Fang. Davis plans on bringing a little Latin tinge to UVa. He will expose the audience to music that is rarely found outside of nightclubs bustling with dancers and urban socialites. Visit the website for more information. 
 
A Flea in Her Ear
April 17-19 and 23-26, 8 p.m., Caplin Theatre.
A Flea in Her Ear is the hilarious French farce about a suspicious wife and the repercussions of her plan to prove her husband’s infidelity. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online, by phone at (434) 924-3376, or in person at the UVa Arts Box Office. Tickets are $8 for students.
 
CHoosE a Cappella’s Spring 2014 Concert
April 25, 8 p.m., McLeod Auditorium.
CHoosE mixes with Frozen in our spring concert. Come hear us sing a cappella music about the greatest love story of all. Visit the website for more details.

 

STUDIES

MRI Research Study for Healthy Married Couples
Tuesdays, 8:30 to 11 a.m., Fontaine Research Park.
Married couples are needed for an MRI research study designed to explore the relationship between genetic and hormonal influences on brain function, and how this is influenced by holding a spouse’s hand. The study consists of one visit involving MRI and a blood draw. To be eligible, you must be a married (heterosexual) couple, Caucasian, not pregnant, ages 18-35. Couples will receive $80 compensation. Contact handholdingMRI@virginia.edu if interested. IRB-HSR No. 17115.
 
Healthy Volunteers Needed for Psychiatric Sexual Health Study
Recruiting healthy, sexually active adults ages 18 through 45 for an eight-week study that requires eight visits. Study involves study medication or placebo, questionnaires, blood draws, vital signs, EKG. Some meals are provided, and all medical study procedures provided at no cost. Compensation for study completion is $635. Please contact psychresearch@virginia.edu or 434-243-4631 for more information. IRB-HSR  No. 17318.