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Mental Wellness Screening Day
Feb. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Newcomb 360.
Do you want to learn more about your mental health? Are you worried about a friend? Are you interested in a mental health check-up? Do you want information about counseling options at UVA? Many in our community struggle with anxiety, stress, depression, and other issues. Come by Newcomb Hall to receive a free mental wellness screening and immediate feedback about the results. This event is sponsored by UVA student health CAPS, Health Promotion’s Peer Health Educators, and the graduate clinical psychology program at Curry. Free pizza will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for those arriving after 11 a.m.

Spring Break Prizes, Food, and Safety
Feb. 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Clemons 407.
Sign ADAPT’s Work Hard, Play Smart pledge and receive free prizes. ADAPT peer educators plan Safe Spring Break activities to encourage students to stay safe and to be active bystanders during the break. Stop by for free food, games, and pledging prizes. Sign the pledge or visit Facebook to learn more.

Special UVA Bicentennial Promotion at Monticello
Free and Reduced Admission for 2018
As the University of Virginia celebrates its bicentennial, Monticello invites the UVA community to visit the home where their University was born. In 2018, Monticello day passes are free for students, and the UVA Bicentennial general admission rate for faculty and staff is $18, a nearly 40 percent savings. For more information, visit the website.


Hoos Leading Session 4: Leading Effective Meetings
Feb. 28, 5 to 6 p.m., 1515 Studio.
Join the leadership series as we discuss how to effectively lead meetings. You do not have to be a CIO president to attend. Our goal is to equip both current and rising leaders, so come chat with us, do some role-playing, and eat some good food. Sign up today.


Apply to Join ADAPT
Applications due March 2 at 5 p.m.
Information session: Feb. 22, 6 p.m., New Cabell 323.
Interested in making Grounds a safer place and taking care of your friends? Apply to be a member of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team. We’re a group of trained peer educators who help spread the word on how to stay safe while drinking and how to adopt healthy behaviors that will last a lifetime. Think you are interested but want to learn more? Stop by our last information session on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. in New Cabell 323.

UVA’s Morven Summer Institute
Round 1 of Fellowship Applications Due March 10.
Are you interested in sustainability, design, or food systems-related summer courses and internships? The Morven Summer Institute (MSI) is excited to offer four courses in the interdisciplinary fields of global studies, architecture, engineering, politics, art history, and urban planning during the summer of 2018. In addition, MSI is offering paid eight-week fellowships to delve into sustainability-related research projects upon completion of an MSI course. The first round of fellowship applications is due March 10. For more information on both courses and fellowships, visit our website.

Call for Performers: Theta Nu Xi’s Annual Talent Show
Talent Show takes place on April 9 at 6 p.m., Newcomb Ballroom.
Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Inc. cordially invites you to perform at our annual talent show, “Portraits: A Production on Diversity.” To sign up to perform, please fill out this Google Form.

UVA Conferences: Assistant Position with Free Summer Housing
UVA Housing & Residence Life’s Conferences @UVA hosts over 100 conference groups during the summer, providing lodging and exceptional customer service. As a conference assistant, you will gain valuable skills and work experience and get free housing as well. For more information or to apply, visit our website.


Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center: The Body Project (Part 1 of 2) 
Feb. 22, 5 to 7 p.m., 1515 Garage. 

Join us to shift the conversation about women and body image by participating in The Body Project. This two-session workshop offers a supportive space to explore the body image pressures women face. Spots are limited for this small group, so reply early to ensure participation. Snacks will be provided. This workshop is RSVP only, so please email Hannah Trible at to sign up. 


Join the LGBTQ Center’s Speakers Bureau
The Speakers Bureau is a group of individuals who identify within the LGBTQIA+ and allied communities. We are looking for speakers to tell their stories as a way of humanizing the LGBTQIA+ experience. Especially in today’s social climate, the experiences shared by members of the Speakers Bureau not only allow the audience to realize the diversity within the community but also provide a form of verbal activism. If you are interested in joining, please email


Careers in Media & TV Production
Feb. 23, 3 to 5 p.m., Graduate Hotel.
This event is a part of ELEVATE: Arts and Humanities at Work, a three-part series highlighting arts and humanities alumni and their success in media production in film, TV, and music. Panelists at this event include digital production, casting, directorial, and more. Visit the Handshake event to join and learn more.

Fulbright Forum
Feb. 28, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Special Collections Library Auditorium.
Join us for a panel discussion and reception with former Fulbright recipients who have completed research, studied, or taught English abroad. This is a great opportunity for students interested in service, teaching, or creative opportunities after graduation. For more information, visit Handshake.


“The Solidarity of the Shaken: Poland, Ukraine, and the Metaphysics of Revolution”
Feb. 21, 5 to 6:30 pm., Monroe 124.
Marci Shore, associate professor of history at Yale University, will speak as part of the Spring 2018 Polish Lecture Series at UVA. Organized and co-sponsored by CREEES, the Corcoran Department of History, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Polish Lecture Series is made possible by the generosity of Lady Blanka Rosenstiel and the American Institute of Polish Culture. For more information on this lecture and upcoming presentations in the series, visit this website.

"Light of the Bhagavata" with Hanumat Preshaka Swami
Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m., New Cabell 489.
Join us as monk and yogi Hanumat Preshaka Swami speaks on the heart of the human spirit and presents a fine collection of Oriental art from the Bhagavata Purana. This text is one of the greatest works of ancient India, contemplated throughout the ages by yogis, intellectuals, and spiritualists. Through poetry and art, Hanumat Preshaka Swami will give us a glimpse into an ancient world’s longing for spirituality.

East Asia Center Speaker Series: Guoqi Xu
Feb. 23, 3:15 p.m., Monroe 124.
Guoqi Xu, the Kerry Group Professor in Globalization History at the University of Hong Kong, will be delivering a talk entitled “Modern Sports & the Idea of China.” He will address questions of “what is China and Chineseness” through perspectives of modern sports, from the late 19th century to the present, by focusing on the questions of how the Chinese used international sports for cultivating ideas of China and China’s national representation. For more information, visit the website.

TEDxUVA’s 5 Seconds of Courage Conference
Feb. 24, 2 to 5 p.m., Rotunda.
Join TEDxUVA for our annual spring conference where seven inspirational speakers will deliver their TED Talks in the historic Rotunda. Featured speakers include the Blind Brothers, Down Syndrome research advocate Frank Stephens, Tim Davis, and more. Tickets for the event are on sale on our website now.

Discussion on Asian-American Student Experience
Feb. 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m., O’Hill Forum.
Join Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Inc. in a discussion of Asian-American identity. We will explore topics including neutralization, stereotypes, mental health, and societal perceptions of the AAPI community. Food will be provided. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.


ΣΛΥ Alpha Rho Chapter Fifth Annual Founders' Day Banquet
March 24, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Alumni Hall.
The Hermanas of the Alpha Rho Chapter are celebrating five years on Grounds! Join us at our fifth annual Founder’s Day Banquet for a night of celebration, food, music, and awards. Our banquet is free, but we are kindly accepting donations of any amount from our guests. All proceeds will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which provides preventive care and treatment services to breast cancer patients.  


Apply to Write for Iris Magazine
Applications due March 1 at 11:59 p.m.
Iris is an award-winning, nationally acclaimed magazine for thinking young women and beyond. The mission is to celebrate and empower young women through provocative pieces. Interns will write an array of content for the online magazine as well as receive professional development opportunities. Apply today.

Coniuncta Interdisciplinary Journal Accepting Submissions
Accepting submissions until March 15.
Coniuncta is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal of undergraduate research published by the Washington Literary Society and Debating Union at the University of Virginia. Coniuncta is accepting original research article submissions in all fields; submissions in disciplines as disparate as literature, politics, history, environmental science, and physics are all encouraged.


Call for Nominations: Alumni Association Ernest H. Ern Distinguished Student Award
Nominations due March 14 at 5 p.m. This award is presented annually by the Alumni Association to a member of the student body who has won recognition in the University community for demonstrating outstanding academic and leadership performance and for preserving the traditions of the University. Any nominee from the undergraduate, graduate, and professional student body is eligible if she or he is a degree recipient in May 2018. Visit the website for more information.

Call for Nominations: Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
Nominations due March 14 at 5 p.m.
This award is annually presented to two students from the graduating class (undergraduate or graduate) and to one non-student member of the University community who best exemplify the high qualities of heart and mind of Algernon Sydney Sullivan’s life. Recipients of the award should be individuals whose personal integrity, leadership, and unselfish service to the University are of the highest order. Visit the website for more information.

Public Service Internships: Parents Fund Grants
Application deadline March 26 at noon.
Parents Fund Internship Grants of $3,000 each are awarded in the spring of each academic year and are intended to provide funds that support second- and third--year students who have secured unpaid internships in any of the five areas of public service as defined by the Virginia 2020 Commission: Civic Engagement and Public Policy, Economic and Business Development, Education (both K-12 and Lifelong Learning), Environment (both planned and natural), and Health. For more information or to apply, visit the website.

Larry Simpson Scholarship: Rising Fourth-Years in the College
Applications due April 2 at noon.
This scholarship is designed to encourage rising fourth-year students in the College of Arts & Sciences to participate in summer internships. The award will total up to $2,000 per summer. In evaluating applications, high priority will be placed on financial need, the connection between academic and career goals, level of responsibility, and quality of the application. For more information, visit this website.  


TechnoSonics XVIII: DIY
Feb. 23, 8 p.m., Old Cabell Hall, Free admission.

Computer-controlled fabrication tools, conductive fabric, YouTube tutorials, microcontrollers, and DIY networks are bringing commercial production techniques to individuals. What possibilities do these tools afford musicians and composers? Come find out! This concert will exhibit an exploration of the space between amateur and professional, artist and engineer, punk and popstar, art and Art, lo and hi, public and university, commercial and cult, critical and collective. Visit our website to learn more.


Text-A-Toasty: God and Grilled Cheese
Feb. 22, delivery runs from 10 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 grilled cheese or Nutella sandwich to wherever you are on our delivery day. Questions must be sent in before 11:30 p.m. on delivery day to be answered. For more information, visit our Facebook page.

Final Friday with UVA Arts
Feb. 23, various times and locations.
Final Fridays is a monthly showcase of the Arts at UVA, highlighting exhibits, performances, and lectures on Arts Grounds and across the University. The Fralin Museum of Art, the Ruffin Gallery, and the School of Architecture offer monthly receptions and gallery talks in conjunction with their exhibits. The Arts Libraries, Music, Drama, and Creative Writing departments often join the line-up. We invite students, faculty, and community members to join us. For more information, visit our website.

Free Hip-Hop Dance Workshop
Feb. 23, 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 JMU’s Mozaic Dance Team and Capital Funk teach us some new moves. Anyone is welcome and no experience is necessary. Check out our Facebook page to stay updated.

Celebration of the International Mother Language Day
Feb. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Newcomb Hall Theater.
In the year 1999, UNESCO declared the 21st of February as the International Mother Language Day to cherish each person’s mother language and to bring diverse groups of people together. Join us in celebrating this weekend with multilingual song, poetry, dance, and free food at the Newcomb Hall Theater.

Tap Dance Club Looking for New Members
The Tap Club wants new members! The club meets on Sundays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Each meeting takes place at the O'Hill Forum. All experience levels are welcome and tap shoes are provided. We work on technique, skills, and choreography. Tap Dance Club is a fun way to meet new friends and get some exercise. Contact Rosie Hartwell at for more information. We hope to see you there.


Fourth-Year McIntire and Economics Students: Paid Interview Regarding MBA Degrees
Feb. 22, 23, 26.
The BRAD Lab is looking for fourth-year students to participate in a 15-minute interview regarding MBA degrees. The interviews will be located at Clemons library. Compensation is an $8 Amazon e-gift card. Email with the subject “MBA degree interview” to participate. Please include your full name, email address and phone number, confirmation as a fourth-year student either at McIntire or in the economics department, your gender and ethnicity, and your available interview date and time.

Researchers Seeking Adults to Participate in Diet Study
The University of Virginia’s Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism is seeking adults between the ages of 18 and 70 who identify as Caucasian/white or African-American/black who are willing to participate in a study on the effects of salt in the diet on blood pressure. We are seeking individuals with normal blood pressure who are willing to participate for two weeks after an initial screening who are of normal to moderate weight. Individuals with diabetes, congestive heart failure, history of stroke, or women who are pregnant are not eligible to participate. For more information, visit the study’s website.


Cavalier Connect: Make Money While Making a Difference
Cavalier Connect, UVA’s phonathon, is looking for dedicated students to raise money for valuable University programs. Build your resume, learn valuable communications skills, and connect with alumni, all while getting paid. Students work two days per week from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and every other Sunday from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Starting pay is $10 per hour with opportunities for raises, gift cards, and prizes. Apply today!