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Text-to-911 Available Now: Call if You Can, Text if You Can’t
Text-to-911 is a new option for contacting local emergency services in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and on UVA Grounds. Text-to-911 can help in three types of situations: when it’s not safe to speak, such as in an active shooter or domestic abuse situation; when a person is deaf or hard of hearing; or when a speech disability or medical condition makes a person unable to speak. Calling 911 is always better, but text-to-911 provides an important alternative. Simply enter “911” in the “to” field and add a brief message with your exact location and type of assistance needed. More information is available on the Community Emergency website.

Spring Activities Fair
Jan. 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Newcomb third floor.

More than 180 organizations will be at the fair, looking for new students to join them. Organizations include service groups, club sports, advocacy organizations, and many others. Check out the Facebook event for updates and visit for a full list of participants. Please reach out to if you have any question about the event. Remember that you can always log into atUVA  to find contact information for any of UVA’s 600-plus active CIOs.

Spring Job and Internship Fair (Merged with Engineering Fair) 
Jan. 23-24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Newcomb third floor. 

Mark your calendar and plan to attend this event next week. Students can meet employers, build their professional network, discover internships and jobs, and explore potential career paths. See Handshake to learn more.


OAAA Peer Advisor Applications
Applications due: Jan. 25 at 11:59 p.m.

Applications for the Office of African-American Affairs Peer Advisor Program are live now and due next Friday, Jan. 25. The program allows students to mentor new first-year and transfer students who identify as African-American. Letters of recommendation are due in the OAAA Building No. 4 at 5 p.m. on Jan 25 and must be sealed and show the applicant’s first and last name. We look forward to reading your applications! To learn more, visit our website.

Student Member of the Board of Visitors: Online Application Now Open
Applications due: Feb. 6 at 11:59 p.m.

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Student Member of the Board of Visitors. Candidates must be full-time students whose completion of degree requirements is at least one year beyond the date of appointment to the Board of Visitors. The student may be either a graduate or an undergraduate student of the University. The Student Member serves for one year beginning on June 1, 2019. For more information and to apply, visit the webpage.


Jefferson Society Interviews
Interviews run Jan. 21 through Jan. 25.

Come interview for the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society! We will hold interviews for our spring 2019 class during the day next week at Hotel C, West Range. The Jefferson Society is the oldest organization at UVA and is dedicated to providing a forum for intellectual conversations between friends. Its membership has included presidents, poets, professors, and others. Please visit our website or email for more details.

Virginia Women’s Chorus Spring Auditions
Jan. 18 through 27, Old Cabell Hall.

Are you seeking a musical community on Grounds? As a diverse and talented sisterhood, the Virginia Women’s Chorus seeks to inspire through classical and contemporary music. Sign up to audition by visiting our website; email Kayleigh Harris with questions at

Music Department Student Positions
Paid and volunteer spots open for spring 2019.

The Music Department in Old Cabell Hall is accepting student applications for spring 2019 and beyond. Paid positions available include graphic designer and photographer. Students interested in these positions should submit an application, provide a portfolio, and request an interview. Please contact Marcy Day at with any questions.

2019 Summer Internships at UVA Museums
Deadline to apply: March 1.

The Mellon Museum Internship Program offers paid summer internships at the Fralin Museum of Art and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. Applications are open to current UVA undergraduates in all fields of study. Email Amanda Wagstaff at with any questions.


Discount Group Exercise Passes
Through Jan. 20.

Are you interested in purchasing a Group Exercise Pass through IM-Rec Sports this semester? If so, don’t delay; discount prices are available through Sunday. 10-class passes are available for $48, the semester unlimited for $100, and the annual unlimited for $255. For more information, visit our website to learn about all the classes available.

Spring 2019 Clemons Contemplative Classes 
Classes resume Jan. 22. 

Discover new drop-in classes including Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep) and Yoga for All Bodies. Most weekly classes and special workshops from past semesters will continue. More to come! Stay tuned for schedule updates online

Mindful Eating Messages: Tips for Eating More Intuitively
Subscribe by Jan. 25.

Get free information and practical tips about what it means to eat more mindfully, why it can be beneficial, and how to practice it yourself. Subscribe to receive ten emails over ten consecutive weeks. A research component of this program involves completing a brief survey before and after the email series. If interested, please email Melanie Brede, RD at Please respond by Friday, Jan. 25 to be included in the series. The ID for the study component is UVA-IRB-SBS #2019-0004-00. 

Group Therapy at CAPS 
See website for meeting times and locations. 

CAPS is offering several therapy groups this semester. All groups are confidential and free of charge to full-time UVA students. In order to join a group, students must first participate in a brief screening or intake assessment with a CAPS therapist. Contact CAPS by emailing or calling 434-243-5150 to learn more about group therapy or to connect with resources to schedule an initial appointment. View our list of groups offered in Spring 2019 here. 


Spring 2019 Resume Marathon
Jan. 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bryant Hall in Scott Stadium.

Drop by to have your resume reviewed by employers and alums! Each resume review 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. For more information, visit the event’s Handshake page.

Society for International Development Career Fair 
Jan. 31, Washington, D.C. , transportation available.

Are you interested in international development? Do you want to meet NGOs, nonprofits, and development consulting firms looking for entry-level applicants? If so, join the UVA Career Center for a trip to the Society for International Development Career Fair in Washington, D.C. This is a great opportunity to network and to get recruited by influential institutions in international development. Learn more via Handshake.


Free Screening of “Blackkklansman”
Jan. 18 and 19, 8 to 10 p.m., Newcomb Theater.

Come see “Blackkklansman” on Newcomb’s big screen for free! Set in the 1970s, the movie tells the story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. He sets out on a dangerous mission to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. This film was nominated for four Golden Globes and has a 95 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes; don’t miss your chance to check it out!


Spring Intramurals: January Leagues & Tournaments and Jobs
Various times and dates.

It’s time for another semester of IM-Rec Sports at UVA! We are now hiring officials for the spring semester. Come to the application and training meetings on Jan. 17, 23, and 24 if you are interested in serving as an employee or league official for the semester. If you are interested in registering for 5v5 basketball, indoor volleyball leagues, cornhole, and dodgeball tournaments, entries are taken online until Jan. 22. For more information, visit our website.

Phi Sigma Pi Spring Rush 
Info Sessions Jan, 22 (Dell 1 Room 105) and Jan. 23 (Minor 125), 7 p.m. 

It's time for Phi Sigma Pi's Spring Recruitment! PSP is a gender-inclusive honor fraternity built on the tripod of scholarship, leadership, and fellowship. First, second, and third years with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply. These information sessions will give you a chance to learn more about our brotherhood and the rush process. 

Hack Cville Open House
Jan. 25, 4 to 6 p.m., Hack Cville (9 Elliewood Ave.).

If you’ve ever wanted to come and see what Hack Cville is all about, this is your chance! HackCville trains students like you in high-demand skills, accelerates your ideas, and connects you to jobs, opportunities, and a community you’ll love. Come meet and mingle with fellow students, designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, and artists. We hope you’ll come out to this open house and learn about all the amazing opportunities you can pursue with us this semester and beyond. To learn more, check out our Facebook event.

Study Abroad Fair 
Jan. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Newcomb South Meeting Room. 

Come to the Newcomb South Meeting Room on Jan. 30 from 11-2 to talk to faculty and program directors about the many options open to you for study abroad.  

Ballroom Dance Club Free Lessons
Various times and dates through Feb. 7, Student Activities Building.

Learn to waltz, cha cha, foxtrot, and more! No experience or partner is necessary. Just brings socks and come ready to have fun. We will be meeting on Jan. 23, 30, and Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. and on Jan. 24, 31, and Feb. 7 at 7:45 p.m. We hope you will come out to these three weeks of free lessons to learn more about what Ballroom Dance Club at UVA is all about.


AAPAAN Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications
Applications due: Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m.

UVA’s Asian and Asian Pacific American Alumni Network has opened applications for three scholarship awards of $3,000 each. Awards will be granted to students based on the criteria of scholarship, A/APA community involvement, and financial need. Winners will be notified in mid-March and will be asked to attend an awards ceremony in D.C. in April. Apply today!

Sky Alland Scholarship Accepting Nominations
Letters of nomination due: Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Please consider nominating a rising fourth-year student for the Sky Alland Scholarship, which covers tuition, fees, and accommodation for one year. The scholarship honors a student who exhibits the qualities that helped Sky make his mark on the world and on those around him throughout his life. These include achievement, leadership, humility, an enterprising spirit, and devotion to the University. Nominations can be submitted at

$3,500 Museum Diversity Grants
Applications due April 1.

Museum Diversity grants support UVA undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds who wish to pursue museum-related internships in summer 2019. Applications are open to current students in all fields of study. More information is available on the program website.


The next issue of Connections will be published on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Deadline: Monday, Jan. 21, by noon.

This edition of Connections may include events sponsored by Contracted Independent Organizations. CIOs are not a part of or an agency of the University of Virginia. They are separate and independent organizations. They are responsible for and manage their own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise, or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization's contracts, acts, or omissions.