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Updates for UVA Parents

September 12, 2019
All Undergrad Parents
Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Dear Parents:

The new academic year is well under way, and students seem to be into the rhythm of new routines with classes, studying, and activities.

If your student is a first-year or has just transferred to UVA, I hope you are hearing good reports. Remember, though, that college is a major life change, and it is not unusual for some students to take significant time to adjust to all that is new.

Several updates I hope you find helpful:

Flu Shots: Student Clinic on Oct. 1
Student Health will hold a Flu Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Newcomb Ballroom. Cost is $30, and students can receive a receipt to file with their insurance company. Complete details are available on the website.

Family Weekend: Oct. 18-20
Only five weeks until Family Weekend! Highlights will include the Third Year Ceremony, student housing fairs, concerts, open houses, special programs, and the football game against Duke (discounted tickets are still available and can be purchased online). Hotel rooms for the weekend can be difficult to book at this point in the fall, but cancellations do occur. You can find a list of area accommodations on the Charlottesville visitors bureau website. Next week, watch your email for a chance to enter the Dome Room Dinners lottery. Dinners will take place in the historic Rotunda's Dome Room on both Friday and Saturday evenings and feature a special University speaker.

Concerns about Vaping
As reported in the media over the past few weeks, e-cigarettes and vaping represent a major new health risk, especially among teenagers and college-aged students. Although often perceived to be safer than traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes pose several health hazards, including nicotine addiction. The vaping liquids are unregulated, and studies have shown these products vary in their chemical content. Depending on the combination of chemicals and subsequent combustion products, usage could potentially provoke adverse effects on the human body. These products have recently been linked to significant acute lung injury, and the exact causes are unclear. 

A recent survey conducted by the Department of Student Health showed that 22 percent of UVA students had vaped in the past month. Only half that percentage had smoked cigarettes in the past month.

In addition to health concerns, vaping and cigarettes now pose legal risks. As of July 1 in Virginia, individuals must be 21 or older to purchase or possess any tobacco product, nicotine vapor product, or alternative nicotine product.

Dr. Chris Holstege, executive director of Student Health and a toxicology expert, recently shared his concerns about vaping in a UVA Today interview. I encourage you to read the article and talk with your student about the risks of this relatively new product.

University Career Center
Encourage your student to use the UVA Career Center early and often. One-to-one career counseling is available by appointment at the center's Bryant Hall office. Drop-in career advising (no appointment required) is available Monday-Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. in Newcomb Hall (room 170) and in 1515 University Ave. (second floor).  

Handshake: This online platform used by the Career Center gives students access to a variety of industry-based resources and exclusive online career-related services. In addition, students can use Handshake to search and apply for part-time and full-time positions, schedule career counseling appointments, and register for career events/fairs.  

Upcoming Events & Fairs: 

In addition to these events, more than 70 employer information sessions are currently active in Handshake. Information sessions are a great way for students to engage directly with employers to learn about company culture, recruiting timelines, and job/internship details. 

Follow the Career Center on Social: You can become more familiar with the UVA Career Center’s services and resources through social media. Highlighted are upcoming events, free skill-building resources, ways to engage UVA alumni, and other helpful UVA-related support services. 

Student Council: Holiday Transportation
AirBus, an initiative coordinated by Student Council, provides low-cost transportation to students in need of a ride to airports in Richmond and Washington, D.C. One bus to Richmond Airport and one bus to Dulles Airport will be available for students on Nov. 27, Dec. 12, and Dec. 18. Both buses will depart at 7 a.m. from the McCormick Road UTS stop at Alderman Library. Tickets are $15 each. Students should watch for more information coming soon from Student Council. 

Home Ride of Virginia: No Longer in Service
Some parents may recall their student using Home Ride, a bus operation providing transportation for college students to various areas of Virginia. Home Ride is no longer in service. Please note, the current print version of the Parent Handbook, which was produced prior to this announcement, still lists Home Ride as an option for intercity travel. Megabus and Greyhound, along with Amtrak, remain options for ground travel.

Graduation Weekend Accommodations: Reserve Space on Grounds
Conferences@UVA offers low-cost housing in the University's first-year hall-style dorm rooms for Finals Weekend in May. Reservations are now being taken for one to four nights from the night of May 14 through the night of May 17. A complimentary continental breakfast is included in the stay.

Parent Handbook: Available in Chinese and Spanish
The 2019-20 version of the Parent Handbook has been posted online, and Chinese as well as Spanish versions are available in addition to English. Limited copies of the print version in English are also available. If you would like a copy, please email Kelly Simpson and include your name and mailing address.

In Case You Missed It. . .

Thank you for sharing your student with us. If I or a member of my staff can be of assistance to you or your student, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Warm regards,

Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Upcoming Dates

October 5-8: Reading Days
October 18-20: Family Weekend (Virginia vs. Duke)
October 18: Third-Year Ceremony
October 23-27: Virginia Film Festival at UVA
November 8-10: Homecomings Weekend (Virginia vs. Georgia Tech)
November 27-December 1: Thanksgiving Break
December 6: Fall classes end
December 8, 12, 15: Reading Days
December 9-17: Exams
December 18: First-Year residence halls close at noon 
December 18-January 12: Winter Break
January 2-11: January Term 2020
January 13: Spring 2020 classes begin
March 7-15: Spring Break
April 28: Spring classes end
April 29; May 3, 6: Reading Days
April 30-May 8: Spring exams
May 9: Residence halls close at noon
May 15-17, 2020: Class of 2020 Finals Weekend
May 21-23, 2021: Class of 2021 Finals Weekend
May 20-22, 2022: Class of 2022 Finals Weekend