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UVA Red Cross Club Winter Blood Drive
Jan. 16, noon – 6 p.m., Clark Hall.

Sign-up online to donate blood through American Red Cross. All blood types are needed.

Community Matters Dinner Series
Tuesdays from 6 - 8 p.m., Blue Moon Diner.
Beginning Jan. 21, Community Matters will be a weekly dinner where students and community members have the opportunity to discuss issues relevant to the community. Dinners will be limited to the first 15 students who sign up and are provided free of charge. For any questions or additional information, send an email.


Explore CIOs and Organizations with @UVA 
Log in to @UVA and check out the Organizations tab as well as the CIO Sorting Hat (under campus links on the homepage of @UVA). UVA has 650-plus awesome student organizations for you to browse. We encourage you to find a group that looks interesting and reach out to the president. It's a new semester and it's never too late to try something new!

Audition for Virginia Women's Chorus
Jan. 17-26, Old Cabell.

The student-run Virginia Women’s Chorus is the oldest music group for women on Grounds, singing a variety of classical and contemporary pieces while also creating a sisterhood that lasts beyond graduation. Auditions are short, informal, and are not dependent on sight-reading ability. Visit the website to sign up for an audition and email vice-president Kayleigh Harris for more information.

Center for Global Health Case Competition
Register by Jan. 19, 5 p.m.
This year's competition will take place from Jan. 27 to Feb. 1. The case competition brings interdisciplinary teams together to propose creative and feasible resolutions to some of the world's most intractable problems. Individuals or pre-formed teams are encouraged to participate. Winners will compete nationally at Emory University.

Jefferson Society Spring Interviews
Jan. 20-24, Hotel C West Range.
Interview to join the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society! The Jefferson Society is an organization dedicated to intellectual discourse between students, and we’d love for you to join the conversation. Interviews will offer chances for you to engage in lively discussion about any topic of your choosing. For more information, please visit the website or send an email..

Phi Sigma Pi Spring Rush
Phi Sigma Pi (PSP) is a national gender-inclusive honor fraternity at UVA. We're based upon the tripod of scholarship, leadership, and fellowship. Come out and learn more about us and the rush process! 
Info Sessions:
Jan. 20: 6 - 6:30 p.m., Maury 104.
Jan. 21: 5:30 - 6 p.m., Maury 104.
Open Rush:
Jan. 27: 6 - 8 p.m., Newcomb Ballroom.
Jan. 28: 5 - 7 p.m., Student Activities Building.

Interest Meeting for Positions with Conferences@UVA
Jan. 22, 6 p.m., Clark 102.
Looking to spend your summer in Charlottesville and get free housing? Join the great team at Conferences@UVA! Our hands-on hospitality team welcomes more than 100 groups visiting the University during the summer months. Gain valuable skills and work experience while making new friends. Come to our interest meeting to learn about our Conference Leader, Conference Residential Assistant, and Conference Assistant positions.

Study Abroad Fair
Jan. 23, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Newcomb third floor.
Visit this study abroad fair to find out about more than 50 study abroad opportunities for all semesters and summer breaks. Opportunities are available for all majors.

ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference
Information Session: Jan. 28, Clemons 204.
The 2020 ACC Meeting of the Minds undergraduate research conference will take place from March 20-22 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Students in all majors are encouraged to apply to represent UVA. All expenses will be covered. Come to this session to learn more about the conference and how to apply!

Register for VIGMUN 
Register by Feb. 1. 
Take part in the Virginia Inter-generational Model UN Conference on Feb. 8. Students and adults of all ages from UVA, Charlottesville, and beyond come together to tackle issues affecting the world. This year's topic will be the UN Environmental Assembly addressing the Climate Crisis. No Model UN experience is necessary, and participation is free for UVA students.


Go Global on Grounds with VISAS
Interest Meeting: Jan. 26, 7 - 7:30 p.m., Clark 107.
Friendship and learning have no borders! Join UVA’s Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC) as an ESL volunteer. Work with English language learners of all types—graduate students, family members, and facilities workers—right here at UVA. Discover other cultures while creating a welcoming community for all. Learn more at our VISAS (Volunteers with International Students, Staff, and Scholars) interest meeting.

Volunteer with Rise Together
Rise Together, a tutoring and mentoring nonprofit, is looking for volunteers for this semester. Rise Together is a great opportunity to build a relationship with inspiring and diverse first-generation college-bound high/middle school students and be a part of a mentoring program you help create. We also provide transportation to and from school sites.

Madison House: Volunteer at ACES (Chess)
The mission of ACES is to provide a chess education experience for all K-12 students. We will be volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club in Charlottesville. Chess experience is not necessary, only a desire to work with children and help them learn and develop critical thinking skills. If interested, please fill out the Google form.


Major Application Week
Focus on Global Studies and More: Jan. 16, 1 - 5 p.m., 1515 Second Floor Study.
Focus on Media Studies and More: Jan. 17, 1 - 5 p.m., 1515 Second Floor Study.
Drop by the Career Center at 1515 to get support with your application to McIntire, Batten, Curry, and all application-based majors in the College of Arts & Sciences. Career Counselors and Career Peer Educators will be on site to help with your resume, personal statement, and to support you as you're thinking about choosing a major.

Personal Statement Workshop
Jan. 16, 2 - 3 p.m. & 4 - 5 p.m., Rotunda Multipurpose Room.
Applying to a program that requires a personal statement? Uncomfortable writing about yourself? Come learn how to write an effective personal statement with the Office of Citizen Scholar Development.

Spring 2020 Resume Marathon
Jan. 22, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Bryant Hall Football Recruiting Room.
Stop by Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium to have your resume reviewed by employers and alums. Each session will be approximately 15 to 20 minutes. If you have never had your resume reviewed or plan to start submitting applications for internships or jobs, this is a great opportunity to get helpful, constructive feedback in a safe environment from people who review resumes every day! 


IM-Rec Jobs Fair
Jan. 15, 4 – 7 p.m., AFC.
We'll help you get the semester off to a productive start by learning about all the job opportunities at IM-Rec Sports. We hire intramural sports officials, lifeguards, fitness instructors, outdoor trip leaders and more!


Intramural Sports Leagues & Tourneys
Entry Deadlines: Jan. 15 and 16.
Don't miss this week's deadlines for the 3-Point Contest (Jan. 15) and the 1on1 basketball tournament (Jan. 16). Compete in the 3-Point Contest for the chance to shoot at JPJ and to win prize packs and gift cards! The top three finalists in each division will move on to the championship during halftime at the men's and women's basketball games against Clemson.

Spring Fitness: Free Classes, Discounted Prices & More
Try before you buy while all Group Exercise classes are free until Jan. 19. To continue, purchase a Group Ex pass by Jan. 19 for a great discount.
Instructional Fitness Series:
Jan. 24: Bench Press Clinic
Jan. 27: Boxing & Weight Training; Speed
Jan. 30: Cy-Yo; Ladies Night in the Weight Room


March 14, 8 p.m., JPJ.
When DaBaby emerged from North Carolina in 2015, the artist made a huge impact on the hip-hop world. DaBaby’s latest release, “Baby On Baby,” debuted in the fourth spot on the Apple Music Top 100 and first on Pandora's Trendsetters Chart.


Comedy Knight: Present Original Work for Scholarship Consideration
Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Alumni Hall.
Register by Jan. 24.

Created by the children of William W. W. Knight and Beverly Randolph Knight, this scholarship is intended to provide financial support to UVA students who are identified as having a good sense of humor. First-, second-, and third-year students are invited to present their own original material. Three scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded for the following categories: writing, film/audio, and standup.

Sky Alland Scholarship
Deadline for nominations: Jan. 31.
This full scholarship is awarded to a rising fourth-year student who exemplifies the qualities that helped Sky make his mark on not just the world but also on those around him. Award recipients embody enterprise, leadership, achievement, humility, and devotion to UVA. To submit a nomination, visit the website.


Get Paid to Be Yourself: Darden BRAD Lab - Behavioral Research Participants Needed
The Behavioral Research at Darden Lab (BRAD Lab) is seeking potential research participants. Visit the website, click "Request an Account," fill out the pre-survey, and you will be notified when studies become available. You will receive email invitations about behavioral studies, with compensation from $5 to $50 per research project.

Salt and Blood Pressure Study
Qualifications to participate in study: ages 18 to 70; Caucasian/white or African-American/black descent; individuals with normal blood pressure (BP) willing to participate for two weeks after screening; no diabetes, congestive heart failure, history of stroke, or women who are pregnant.
IRB No. 11494


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