With the conclusion of exams on Wednesday, winter break is officially under way. The Grounds feel empty right now without our students, but I hope your home feels full as you welcome your student back for a well-deserved break and time with family.
As a reminder, administrative offices within the University’s Academic Division will close at 5 p.m. today (Dec. 21) and reopen at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2. For emergencies, our Dean-on-Call system is in place 365 days a year to provide crisis management services to students.
Below are several updates and reminders as we conclude 2018 and look ahead to 2019:
Belk Bowl Events: Dec. 28-29, Charlotte, N.C.
The Cavaliers will take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in the 2018 Belk Bowl. In addition to the game on Saturday, multiple fan events will take place over the weekend. Friday afternoon will feature a special More than the Score lecture and wine-tasting with UVA Professor Kay Neeley, followed by the Wahoo Welcome that evening. Saturday morning, all fans are invited to join UVA President Ryan for a Run with Jim followed by the Cavalier Countdown Tailgate prior to the game. See the website to learn more and register.
Emmet Street Partial Closure: Through Jan. 14
The city of Charlottesville will be repairing a portion of Emmet Street from Ivy Road to the bridge at McCormick Road from now through Jan. 14. The closure will affect University Transit service as well as city and regional service. Parking will remain available in the Central Grounds Parking Garage, but access will be available only through the Newcomb entrance off University Avenue. A UVA Today article provides complete details with links to a detour map and other information.
UVA Career Center Support over Winter Break
The holidays are a good time for your student to recharge; it can also be a good time to begin to look into summer internships or job opportunities. Consider this list of three things your student can do to make the most out of their break.
- Explore Handshake: Encourage your student to browse the Career Center’s web-based job platform, Handshake. Not only does this system list thousands of internship and job opportunities, it also gives students free access to valuable online resources such as Vault.
- Update their Resume: Winter break is a great time for refreshing a resume, which will help prepare your student to attend the upcoming Spring Job & Internship Fair (Jan. 23-24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Newcomb Hall). For tips on how to update a resume, students can view the Career Center’s Hoos Career Guide.
- Make an Appointment: Following the University’s holiday break, the Career Center will reopen Jan. 2. The staff welcomes in-person, phone and virtual appointments, which students can schedule by logging in to their Handshake account or by calling the front desk at 434-924-8900. Students can discuss their career choices, resume and cover letter writing techniques, job search strategies, and complete a mock interview.
On-Grounds Housing for 2019-20
Winter break offers an opportunity to discuss housing options for next year with your daughter or son. While many students choose to live off Grounds, many also choose to remain on Grounds. Watch a video featuring upperclass students sharing their views on the benefits of continuing to live on Grounds. The application for on-Grounds housing is now available; the priority deadline to apply is Jan. 17. Check the Housing & Residence Life website to learn more about the application process and the options available for upperclass students.
Financial Aid Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
If you and your student plan to apply for financial aid for the 2019-20 academic year, please carefully review information on UVA’s Student Financial Services website. The application process details have changed a bit from prior years. March 1 remains the application deadline.
New Student Health & Wellness Center
At their September 2018 meeting, UVA’s Board of Visitors approved the schematic design for a new state-of-the-art Student Health & Wellness Center. Preparation work has now begun at the new site, located near the current center on Brandon Avenue. Envisioned as a “Green Street” within a park-like setting, this exciting new area of student life will include not only the new student health center but also a new residence hall, due to open in fall 2019 alongside existing Bice House. The new Student Health & Wellness Center is expected to be complete by spring 2021. Read more in the UVA Today article and on the Give to UVA website.
Is Your Student Graduating in May?
More information will be coming your way soon if your daughter or son is graduating in May. In the meantime, please check the Finals Weekend website. There you can find complete details about the schedule, tickets, security measures, and more. The website will be updated as additional information becomes available.
If you are looking for affordable lodging for the weekend with no minimum stay requirement, the University offers student-style accommodations in air-conditioned, first-year dorm rooms located in the Alderman Road Residence Area. See the UVA Conference Services website for complete details.
In Case You Missed It . . .
Lighting of the Lawn, one of the University’s most beloved traditions, is orchestrated each year by a student committee and takes place the week after Thanksgiving. Watch the video of this year’s event, featuring student entertainers, the reading of an original poem by University leaders, and a culminating light show. (The poem-reading and light show begin at 2:04:07.)
In closing, I wish you, your student, and your extended family the most joyous of holiday seasons. I look forward to welcoming a new semester in January.
Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief
Student Affairs Officer
Dec. 19–Jan. 13: Winter Break
Jan. 2–12: January Term
Jan. 11: First-year residence halls reopen at noon.
Jan. 14: Spring classes begin.
March 9-17: Spring Break
April 30: Spring classes end.
May 2-10: Exams
May 1, 5, 8: Reading Days
May 11: Residence halls close at noon. Graduating students and other approved late-stays can remain until Monday, May 20, at noon. Lawn and Range rooms close Tuesday, May 21, at noon.
May 17–19: Finals Weekend
May 17: Valedictory Exercises
May 18: Final Exercises for College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
May 19: Final Exercises for All Other Schools and Data Science Institute
For planning ahead:
Finals Weekend 2020: May 15 - 17
Finals Weekend 2021: May 21 - 23
Finals Weekend 2022: May 20 - 22