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Celebration and Open House: New Student Health and Wellness Building
Oct. 15, 5:30 – 8 p.m., 550 Brandon Ave.
Join the Department of Student Health and Wellness, University Programs Council (UPC), IM-Rec, Peer Health Educators (PHEs), and more for a grand opening of the new student health and wellness building. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony with President Jim Ryan, live music, giveaways, food, scavenger hunts, and well-being activities. Learn more online.

Student Health and Wellness Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic
Multiple Dates in October, 550 Brandon Ave.
Get a flu shot at the Student Health and Wellness pharmacy on various dates this month. Be sure to bring your insurance information. While flu shots are typically free with insurance, they can cost up to $20 without it.

Arts on the Hill: The Anatomy of A Cappella with the Virginia Belles
Oct. 19, 5 – 6:30 p.m., Carr’s Hill.
Arts on the Hill is a recurring event on Carr’s Hill featuring artists and scholars from our faculty and student body, as well as visiting artists and scholars from around the globe. President Jim Ryan will host guests each month during the academic year for performances and discussions around the arts at UVA.

Free Student Tickets for Virginia Film Festival
As part of the Art$ Program, all full-time enrolled, degree-seeking UVA students can reserve one complimentary ticket for most films screened during the Virginia Film Festival, occurring Oct. 27-31. Learn more online.

Earn $10 per Hour as a Newcomb Audio Visual Assistant
Audio visual assistants (AVAs) provide technology support for audio-visual equipment in Newcomb Hall, 1515, and other Student Affairs spaces. AVAs troubleshoot issues, set up and break down equipment, and provide full-service movie projection. No prior experience required! This is a part-time position with starting pay at $10 per hour and up to 20 hours per week. Apply on Handshake.


“Historical Traumas and Eating Disorders” with Gloria Lucas
Oct. 19, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Multicultural Student Center and virtual.
The Women's Center's body positive team invites you to hear Gloria Lucas speak about eating disorders through a social justice lens that centers on the experiences of people of color and indigenous descent. Come learn about historical trauma and the legacies of colonialism on self-esteem, body-image, and food. 

Family Weekend 5K
Oct. 23, 8 – 9 a.m., JPJ.
We're so excited this year's Family Weekend 5K is in-person again! It's open to all and free to run, but we ask that you pre-register online to let us know you're coming.


University-Wide Majors Fair
Oct. 18, 1 – 4 p.m., Newcomb Ballroom.
Are you unsure what you want to major in? Do you have an idea but need some more information? Plan to stop by the majors fair to meet with representatives from more than 40 programs and majors. Meet faculty and staff and ask questions about classes, requirements, unique opportunities, and what’s most fascinating about each subject!

Teaching Careers Abroad
Oct. 25, 6 – 7 p.m., virtual.
Interested in working abroad after graduation? Considering teaching abroad? Attend this panel to hear from experts who have taught outside the U.S. and network with them! Register for this event on Handshake to see alumni bios and more information.

International Development and Humanitarian Aid Career Panel
Oct. 29, noon – 1:30 p.m., virtual.
Students interested in careers in international development and humanitarianism, this virtual event is for you! Come learn from alumni in the field of international development about their career paths, important skills needed to be successful, and how Covid-19 has impacted their work. Alumni from USAID, Peace Corps, Chemonics, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and more will participate. Reserve your seat on Handshake.


Submit Art to Scratch Zine
Submission Deadline: Oct. 15.
Scratch Zine is an art magazine that is looking for art submissions! We accept literary works, visual works, or anything else you can think of. Check out the website or Instagram account @scratch_zine for more information. 

Apply to Engineers Going Global
Application Deadline: Oct. 18, midnight.
Engineers Going Global is currently looking for new members! We are a student-run CIO focused on promoting the application of engineering and interdisciplinary work to community development.

Yoga Book Club: “Bhagavad Gita”
Fridays, 9 – 10 a.m.
Join the Contemplative Sciences Center’s (CSC) all-level discussion of the “Bhagavad Gita,” an ancient Indian text covering the underlying philosophy of classical yoga practices. No prior experience with the text is required. You may drop in on any session. Discussions, led by CSC’s John Bultman, will be held most Fridays this fall. Learn more and register online.


Earn $12 per Hour as an IM-Rec Photographer
Join the IM-Rec marketing team of photographers! This position offers $12 per hour, flexible time commitments, and a unique opportunity to build your portfolio. Applications must provide relevant work samples. If you are interested, please apply online


Centennial Speaker Series: Jerry Ng, Founder and Chairman of Bank Jago 
Oct. 15, 9 – 10 a.m., virtual.
You are invited to join the McIntire School of Commerce for a virtual conversation with visionary leader, banker, and entrepreneur Jerry Ng, founder and chairman of Bank Jago. During this thought-provoking conversation moderated by professor Trey Maxham, you will learn about Jerry's path to founding Bank Jago, his focus on digital transformation, and his passion for financial inclusion.

Discussion of “The Follower” with Author Kate Doughty
Oct. 21, noon – 12:45 p.m., virtual. 
Kate Doughty discusses her debut novel, “The Follower,” with Christopher Tilghman. A spine-tingling young adult thriller based on a true story, “The Follower” examines the implications of being watched in the era of social-media fame as well as the lengths people go to in order to uphold a perfect image.

Pursuing Equity in the Global Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines with J. Steve Morrison and Taison Bell
Oct. 22, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., virtual.
Join us as keynote speakers J. Stephen Morrison, Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the Miller Center, and Taison Bell, assistant professor of medicine in the divisions of infectious disease and pulmonary/critical care, share their deeply informed perspectives on the global distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. 


Apply for the Rotary Grant Scholarship
Application Deadline: Oct. 22.

This scholarship is open to graduating students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies outside the U.S. in the following areas: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development, and environmental support. If you have any questions, please reach out to Joan Gore or Andrus Ashoo.

The Gift of the Maji Bursary Scholarship
Application Deadline: Oct. 22.
This scholarship is open to current fourth-year students with a family origin from India who are majoring in science, technology, engineering or math and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The award for this fall will be $1,998. For more information, view the website.

Ravenell “Ricky” Keller III Study Abroad Scholarship
Application Deadline: Nov. 15.
Open to Black UVA students who qualify, this scholarship awards up to $5,000 to supplement an approved study abroad experience that is payable in the spring. Multiple recipients may be named, and awards will be based on need and program costs.

Sky Alland Scholarship
Nomination Deadline: Jan. 17.
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.


“America’s Electoral Future”
Oct. 15, 11 a.m., virtual.
Three political experts discuss the state of America’s political parties during these extraordinary and unsettling times. The panelists will consider polarization, challenges that current partisanship pose to American democracy, and the deep historical roots of contemporary political developments. Register online.

“The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War”
Oct. 21, 11 a.m., virtual.
Craig Whitlock discusses his new book, “The Afghanistan Papers,” which draws from the Miller Center's presidential oral histories and tells the story of how three successive presidents and their military commanders deceived the public about America’s longest war. Register online.

"Vaccination and Beyond: Global Lessons for Ending the Pandemic"
Oct. 26, 9 a.m., virtual.
Experts from government, health care, business, and academia—including three former prime ministers and a vice president—review vaccine progress and discuss ideas for making health systems more accessible, innovative, and resilient around the world. Register online.

“News Hole: The Demise of Local Journalism and Political Engagement”
Nov. 4, 4 p.m., virtual.
The Miller Center's Jennifer Lawless and George Washington University's Danny Hayes discuss their new book, which details how the demise of local journalism has played a key role in the decline of civic engagement. Register online.


Small Group Fitness Training
Beginning Oct. 25.

Training together is the best way to stick with it! We have tons of fitness classes such as kettlebell training, cardio bootcamp, TRX, boxing, and more. Visit the website for more information.

Sports Leagues and Tournaments
Don't miss the chance to show up in our weekly intramural photo albums and win the champ shirt! Register your team online for basketball, innertube water polo, Ultimate Frisbee, outdoor soccer, and more.


Flourishing While Black: Yoga and Meditation for Black Students
Breath and Body Work for Brothers: Mondays, 7 – 8 p.m., McLeod 2010 and Zoom.
Santosha for Sisters: Wednesdays, 7 – 8 p.m., McLeod 2010 and Zoom.

This program is designed to provide a variety of accessible, beneficial, and sustainable classes and resources to promote flourishing among the Black student body. We recognize that the experiences of Black students are unique from the larger student body and deserve consciously curated programs that appropriately address their needs and facilitate safe spaces for bettering their well-being and collegiate career paths. Register online.

Virtual Meditation on the Lawn
Mondays, 7:45 – 8 a.m., virtual.
This virtual drop-in meditation or guided reflection is hosted by the Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) and our University partners. These 15-minute sessions are led by CSC instructors, other experienced facilitators, or special University guests. The program is open to the UVA community and anyone else interested in pausing to cultivate mindfulness, compassion, resilience, and a sense of belonging.

Student Mindfulness Meetups
Mondays, 7 – 8 p.m. and Fridays, 10 – 11 a.m., virtual.
Student mindfulness groups meet to engage in mindfulness practices in a safe and supportive space. Regularly practicing mindfulness—taking the time to intentionally focus on the present moment without judgment—can help you feel and function better. It can help relieve stress, build resilience, and increase focus.


The next issue of Connections will be published on Wednesday, October 20.
Deadline is Monday, October 18, at noon.


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