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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.

"Global Leadership in Crisis?" A Conversation with Dean Katsouleas
Feb. 16, 3 to 4 p.m., Abbott Auditorium, Darden School of Business.

Join UVA Provost Thomas Katsouleas as he explores critical leadership issues for modern society in a moderated discussion on preparing leaders for the unique challenges of the 21st century. The conversation will include Dean Scott Beardsley of the Darden School of Business, Dean Risa Goluboff of the UVA School of Law, and Dean Allan Stam of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. This event is open to the broader University community. Registration is recommended. For more information, visit the panel’s program website.


Apply to be a UVA Student Ambassador
Applications due Feb. 16 at 11:59 p.m.

Applications are now open to join the 2018 class of Student Ambassadors. Ambassadors have the unique opportunity to serve as representatives of the University and to bridge the gap between prospective students, current students, and alumni. Student Ambassadors participate in events such as congratulatory calls to accepted students, the International Student Welcome Dinner, student send-off parties, thank-a-donor days, and Days on the Lawn. Apply by Feb. 16.

Apply to Staff the Virginia International Crisis Simulation
Conference runs March 22 through 24.

The Virginia International Crisis Simulation (VICS) is UVA’s annual college-level international crisis simulation. At VICS, over 300 students from 30 universities will come to UVA to participate in 17 different committees, including history-related ones like the French Revolution, contemporary ones like the Catalan Secession, and even fantasy committees like Star Trek and Rick & Morty. You can sign up to staff today.

UVA Conference 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. Working in the conference assistant position, you will gain valuable skills and work experience and get free housing as well. For more information or to apply, visit our website.


Prep Program for Public Service and Government Day in Washington, D.C.
Feb. 14, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Garrett Hall Great Hall Room.

Learn more about the logistics of DC IMPACTlink (formerly METROlink) interview day, the Georgetown Government and Nonprofit Fair, and the Capitol Hill Networking Conversations. Prepare for making a great impression in an interview or career fair and have a chance to ask your individual questions in advance of the events. Visit Handshake for more information.

DC IMPACTlink/Georgetown Expo 2018 Bus Transportation
Registration now open.

Are you interested in attending the DC IMPACTlink or the Georgetown Expo 2018 events? If so, consider registering to take the student bus, subsidized by the Career Center. Tickets are $10, and the bus will take you directly to either IMPACTlink or the Georgetown Expo.

2018 Educators’ Expo K-12 Job and Interview Fair
Feb. 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Newcomb Hall Ballroom.

This annual education job and interview fair is open to all candidates and students, including those with no affiliation with UVA, interested in K-12 positions in teaching, counseling, speech language pathology, or administration. This event has free admission and no advance registration. All majors and degrees are sought, not just certified candidates; math, science, and Spanish majors are highly encouraged to attend.

2018 Georgetown Government and Nonprofit Career EXPO
Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center Ballroom.

The annual Government and Nonprofit Career EXPO brings top employers to recruit for internships and full-time jobs in a wide range of fields in the government and nonprofit sectors. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about careers in government and nonprofit work and to network with employers. Many students have secured internships and full-time employment as a result of this annual event.

Wall Street Prep Financial Valuation Bootcamp for Arts and Sciences
Feb. 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bryan Hall Recruiting Room.

Are you an arts or sciences student pursuing a career in the financial sector and looking to bulk up your skills? The University Career Center is holding a Finance Valuation Bootcamp this Saturday to provide non-Commerce students with an opportunity to learn more about valuation concepts and the technical interview. This is a credential you can put on your resume! Visit Handshake to register. There is a $75 registration fee, but students who attend the full event will be refunded $25.

Pre-Health Application Series: Personal Statements
Feb. 20, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Newcomb 389.

Applying to a health professional school this summer? Wondering how to get started on your personal statement? This workshop will review personal statement basics and address how to begin your first draft. Limited seating is available, so RSVP is required. This event is open to all students and all years.

Women’s Recruitment Program: #Real Talk
Feb. 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Newcomb Hall Gallery.

Join us for a panel discussion featuring representatives who have taken part in recruitment programs focused on women in business. These women will share their insights into the recruiting process, talk about their experiences (both good and bad!), and more. Visit Handshake to join the event.


Futures in Fashion Presents: Jaime Petkanics
Feb. 15, 6 to 7 p.m., Clemons 204.

Join the Futures in Fashion Association as we host Jaime Petkanics, founder of The Prepary and a former recruiting and talent agent for Tory Burch and J.P. Morgan. Jamie will walk us through internship strategies, job search preparations, and more. She’ll provide one-on-one consulting to help you find a job you love and land it! If you want to submit a question before the chat, email . RSVP on Facebook.

Space Talk with Marc Constantine of Orbital ATK
Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., OpenGrounds on the Corner.

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space are honored to host Marc Constantine of Orbital ATK. He will be talking about the space industry, Orbital ATK, and his own experiences. This is a great event for anyone interested in the space industry.

East Asia Center Presents: Martin Shoenhal
Feb. 16, 1 p.m., Brooks Hall Commons.

The University of Virginia East Asia Center Speaker Series is pleased to present Martin Shoenhal, Asia Research Center Affiliate from UNC-Chapel Hill, who will be delivering a speech entitled "‘Civilizing’ China: Cultural Beliefs about the Urban and Modern in the People’s Republic of China." The Chinese Revolution of 1949 is seen by scholars as the quintessential peasant revolution, and a pro-peasant stance became standard in political rhetoric following the Revolution. In this lecture, Schoenhal will discuss the stigmatizing of the peasantry and the corresponding valorization of the city. This event is co-sponsored by the Anthropology and Global Studies departments.

East Asia Center Speaker Series: Kristopher Kersey
Feb. 16, 3:15 p.m., Monroe 124.

This presentation is about the numerous pristine examples of pasted-paper collages discovered in a Buddhist temple in Kyoto at the turn of the 20th century and the mysteries surrounding them. These compositions were the product of the imperial court during the Heian area, but despite its legal designation as a National Treasure, the anthology of collages remains relatively obscure. Visit the event page for more info about the talk.  

You Are More than Your Physical Body
Feb. 18, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Rotunda Multipurpose Room.

Join Nancy McMoneagle, president and executive director of the Monroe Institute, for a talk about the work of renowned out-of-body researcher and author Robert Monroe, followed by a guided meditation using his Hemi-Sync® audio technology for accessing expanded states of awareness. This session is a part of the Contemplative Sciences Center’s Rotunda Contemplative Practice Series. It is free and open to the public. There is no registration for this series. For more information, visit the website.

Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center: #MeToo’s Lessons for Higher Ed
Feb. 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Newcomb Hall Kaleidoscope Room.

Since the #MeToo movement gained traction in October, waves of allegations of sexual harassment have rocked workplaces across an array of industries. Please join us for a conversation about the ways we can encourage a respectful climate, support those who have experienced sexual harassment, and encourage allies to play an active role.

"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.


The Whethermen in Love is War
Feb. 16, 7 p.m., Chem 402.

Come check out the Whethermen, UVA’s oldest improv comedy troupe. We do short and long-form and are excited to present The Whethermen in “Love is War” on Friday, Feb. 16th. Visit the Facebook event for more information.

VSA @UVA Presents Tet Show 2018: One in a Melon
Feb. 24, 2 p.m., Buford Middle School (1000 Cherry Ave).

This year, the Vietnamese Student Association presents a modernized comedy version of a traditional folktale, the Legend of the Watermelon. Follow the story of a royal servant boy, his search for love, his banishment to a desert island, and his journey back to the place he belongs. Come experience Vietnamese culture through this one-in-a-million skit interwoven with traditional dances, musical acts, and other cultural performances. Visit our Facebook page to learn more.


Global Inquirer Episode Release: Tele-Empowerment
The Global Inquirer released their second episode of the semester, taking a look at why female workforce participation rates are so low in developing countries. They also sit down with a fascinating Pakistani startup that pairs stay-at-home physicians with patients in low-income and rural communities. Tune in here.


University Undergraduate Award for the Arts Project Information Session
Feb. 21, 4 to 5 p.m., Clemons Room 204. 

Looking for funding for a project in the arts? The University Undergraduate Award for the Arts Projects program funds outstanding undergraduate projects in the arts to be carried out this summer and next academic year. Eligible projects might include writing or directing a play or film, writing a collection of poetry, designing costumes for a play, choreographing a dance, creating a sculpture, or composing or performing a piece of music. Come to this info session for details.

2018 Raven Fellowship Applications Open 
Applications Due March 4 at 11:59 p.m. 

The Raven Society is now accepting applications for Raven Fellowships, grants that fund up to $2500 worth of independent research for the summer and fall of 2018. Any currently enrolled UVA student, graduate or undergraduate, may apply. The application and FAQs may be found at the Raven Society website

Madison Lane and Rugby Road Charitable Trust Visual Arts Prize
Submissions due March 5.

The annual Visual Arts Prize is intended to expand students’ opportunities for creative expression and to showcase significant accomplishments in the Arts. The prize will award one outstanding undergraduate or graduate artist $2,500. Each applicant will submit up to three images of one piece of finished work or a URL to a film less than 4 minutes in length. Submissions are due on March 5th. For more information, visit the website.

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.

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 tradition of the University. It is the purpose of the award to honor a student who has won the admiration of the University community for exceptional contributions in several areas of University life. 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.


Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center: Traveling Postcards Workshop
February 16, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Women's Center.

Join us in giving voice and comfort to survivors of gender violence through art. This 90-minute workshop is both moving and fun.  The Women's Center is currently located at on the ground floor of Emmet House in the McCormick Road Residences. RSVP required.

Ballroom Dance Club at UVA’s First Annual Rotunda Ball
Feb. 17, 7 to 10 p.m., Rotunda Dome Room.

All UVA students are invited to dance the night away at the First Annual Rotunda Ball. Enjoy live music by Kinetic Sound and DJ Peter Collins, hors d'oeuvres and other delicious refreshments, an elegant photo backdrop, and featured performances throughout the evening. The dress code is formal/black tie. Tickets are $15 in advance (venmo @UVA-Ballroom) and $20 at the door. Tickets are limited so buy yours early! Visit our website to learn more.

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 over the semester. No experience is required and anyone is allowed to come. Join us as a member from JMU’s Mozaic Dance Team and Capital Funk Dance Crew teach us some moves. Stay updated on The Mighty’s Facebook page.

Nu Omega Iota Sorority Spring Recruitment
The sisters of Nu Omega Iota welcome you to our Spring 2018 Recruitment: “Under the Stars”. We are a financially accessible sorority, and everyone is welcome to come to our recruitment events. For more information, contact Jordan at or find us on Facebook.


Win Prizes from the Stall Street Journal
Hoo knew? Ever wonder where the statistics in the Stall Street Journal come from? They come from YOU! If you receive an email inviting you to take the NCHA health survey, please do. Giving a few minutes of your time helps the Office of Health Promotion produce great posters based on accurate data. Plus, you can win cool prizes! Thank you for your help.

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.

Take the SERU Survey
Diverse Student Voices. Unique Student Experiences. Share yours with UVA by completing the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey. Respondents are eligible to win one of 300+ prizes including gift certificates, Beats headphones and speakers, and a new GoPro black camera. Take the survey.

Researchers Seeking Undergraduates to Participate in Study About Research Habits
Researchers at UVA are seeking undergraduate students for focus groups about research and study habits. Applicants selected for the focus groups will receive a $15 Cav Advantage Generic card and will be fed pizza. To apply, please follow this link to take a short screening survey.