Search This Site


Connections is a newsletter distributed every Wednesday and is another way for you to find out what's going on around Grounds.

Submit an item for publication


Engineering and College Students: Complete an Important Survey about Advising
Thinking about fall classes? Plans for summer?  If you have not already, please take 10 minutes to complete a survey about faculty advisors and other resources related to internships, research opportunities, and more. We’d really appreciate your input. The survey has been sent by email to students in Engineering and the College by Josipa Roksa, director of strategic academic programs. If you have questions, please write to Professor Roksa by email

Help Decide New Student Health Center Activities
Deadline: April 21.
We want your input! UVA's new Student Health Center will be ready this summer, and Blueprint is helping to create outdoor spaces and activities for students. The survey results will be implemented in the decisions that will be made. Please fill out the form using this link.


Navigating Health Insurance After Graduation
April 15, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT, virtual.
Want to learn more about health insurance options post-graduation? Join featured speakers Kellie Gildersleeve (insurance and billing manager, UVA Department of Student Health and Wellness), Laura Kirkland, and Karen Painter (care managers, UVA Counseling and Psychological Services) for this hour-long virtual event. Sponsored by UVA Student Council’s Safety and Wellness Committee.

CAPS Virtual Spaces for Connection and Support
CAPS has many virtual group offerings, including Spaces for Connection and Support. These include a Black Students Support Circle, In the Company of My Sister (ITCOMS), International Students Support Circle, Students of Color Support Circle, Care and Connection during COVID-19, Graduate Students Support Circle, and a Support Circle for South Asian Students. For more information, eligibility, and to join, visit the CAPS groups webpage.


Meet International Student Alumni
April 15, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT, virtual.
Join young international alumni on for casual conversations to learn about their lives and careers after graduation. You will hear about their experiences attending graduate school and working in different fields in the United States and abroad. You will also have ample time to talk with them in small groups during the event. Please register online, and we will send you the log-in instructions for on the day of the event. 

UN Summit on Food Systems: “Independent Dialogue”
April 16, 2 – 4 p.m. EDT, Zoom.
The Food-Policy Clinic will be hosting a multidisciplinary “Independent Dialogue" in conjunction with the UN Summit on Food Systems that will examine policy implications for the four basic pillars of food security and nutrition formulated by the UN Special Envoy. The conversation will explore opportunities for transformation of current food system practices and externalities. The output of the summit will be used to inform the larger UN Food-Systems Summit. Please register online.

Chamber Music Masterclass with Professor László Holics from the University of Pécs
April 18, noon EDT, Zoom.
László Holics, from the University of Pécs (Hungary), will be working with two outstanding chamber music groups from UVA’s Chamber Music Seminar. Professor Holics holds degrees in piano performance from the Liszt Academy and TCU and has been on the faculty of the University of Pécs since 2009.

“Beyond the Green Archipelago: Japan's Empire of Forestry in Korea and Beyond”
April 23, 3 – 4:30 p.m. EDT, virtual.
Join the UVA East Asia Center as our Spring Speaker Series concludes with a talk by David Fedman, assistant professor of history at the University of California, Irvine. Please register online.

Volunteer this Summer: ENTP 1010 Community Service Project
Looking for new volunteer opportunities in Charlottesville or your hometown over the summer? Sign up for updates on a new ENTP 1010 start-up project that connects volunteers with organizations across the country.


The UVA Music Arts Board Presents The Arcadian Wild
April 17, 6 – 7:30 p.m. EDT, McIntire Amphitheater and virtual.
As part of their 2021 residency, the UVA Music Arts Board presents a live concert by The Arcadian Wild on April 17. The Arcadian Wild inhabits a unique sound-sphere inspired by bluegrass, folk, and choral music. The concert will only be open to UVA students, faculty, and staff. If you are interested, please register online. For the rest of the residency events, visit the website

Performance Concentration Showcase Recital
April 17, 8 p.m. EDT, YouTube.
This showcase recital by the outstanding musicians of UVA’s Performance Concentration features student performers selected through a competitive audition. Audience members can expect to hear remarkable performances by Amelia Bailey (violin), Brent Davis (cello), Tina Hashemi (jazz soprano), Sophia Park (violin), and Isabella Tucker (cello). This free, livestreamed concert will be sure to impress!

Klezmer Concert with Singer Svetlana Kundish and Accordionist Patrick Farrell
April 18, noon EDT, Zoom.
Performing live from their home in Berlin, Kundish and Farrell will present original Yiddish songs written by Patrick Farrell for voice and accordion. Straddling the lines of art, folk music, new music, and free jazz, their deeply personal repertoire draws on a myriad of influences to make music based on 20th- and 21st-century Yiddish poetry. Together they deliver a subtle, powerful, and passionate oeuvre.


“After Trump: Reconstructing the Presidency”
April 15, 11 a.m. EDT, virtual.
Robert Bauer and Jack Goldsmith discuss their new book, “After Trump: Reconstructing the Presidency,” a roadmap for reform of the presidency with 50 concrete proposals concerning conflicts of interest, foreign influence on elections, assaults on the press, law enforcement independence, the role of the White House counsel, and more.

"In the Arena: A Memoir of Love, War, and Politics"
April 21, 3:30 p.m. EDT, virtual.
Former U.S. Senator and Virginia Governor Chuck Robb discusses his new book, "In the Arena: A Memoir of Love, War, and Politics" from UVA Press. Full of honest reflections, the book reveals the surprisingly colorful story of Robb's career, marriage, and life. This event is co-hosted by UVA Press.

“Why the Transition Isn’t Over”
April 22, 11 a.m. EDT, virtual.
A bipartisan panel discusses milestones in the transition to governing and how the Biden administration can accomplish key goals in the next 100 days. Co-hosted by the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition and made possible thanks to the support of the George and Judy Marcus Democracy Praxis Fund.


Last Chance to Compete in Spring Intramural Tournaments
April 20: Spikeball Tournament. Enter by April 14.
April 19 and 26: Tennis Singles Tournaments. Enter by April 14 and 22.
April 23 and 30: Sand Volleyball Tournaments. Enter by April 21 and 28.
April 27: Cornhole Doubles Tournament. Enter by April 22.


Study on Sexual Violence Education
Give confidential insight on sexual violence prevention education. Students 18 or older are eligible and may enter in a raffle for one of 25 $5 Roots gift cards. Learn more online, and send an email with any questions you may have.
IRB-SBS No. 4222

Get Paid to Play Xbox: Research Study Participants Needed
You are invited to participate in a study that involves playing Madden NFL 2020 on Xbox. Interested? Sign up today for a study about how media consumption can lead to technology use. The purpose of the study is to learn about sports consumption behavior. Ages 18-34 are eligible, the study will last approximately 60 minutes, and minimum pay is $10. Recruits must be UVA-affiliated with experience playing Xbox 1. Giants and Cowboys fans are requested but not required.

The next issue of Connections will be published on Wednesday, April 21.
Deadline is Monday, April 19, at noon.


If you are an undergraduate student or graduate student in Arts & Sciences, you already are subscribed.