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March 22 Connections


President’s Speaker for the Arts: Bryan Cranston
March 26, 2 p.m., John Paul Jones Arena.
Bryan Cranston – New York Times best-selling author and award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, and producer -- will be the University’s special guest for the third annual UVA President’s Speaker Series for the Arts. Cranston will share reflections on his career as an artist and the impact that the arts have on our lives, education, and the world. Academy Award-winning producer and University alumnus Mark Johnson will moderate the conversation. Tickets can be picked up at the UVA Arts Box Office, the John Paul Jones Arena Box Office, and the Observatory Hill ID Card Office. Visit the website to learn more.


UVA Graduate English Students Association Annual Conference: Making and Collecting
April 8, 4:30 p.m., Monroe Hall 130.
GESA presents its annual conference “Making and Collecting,” featuring keynote speaker Bill Brown, the Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture at the University of Chicago. Professor Brown will be presenting a keynote address titled “Re-Assemblage: Theory, Practice, and Form.” For more information, email


The Stall Seat Journal is Hiring
Applications due March 28 at 5 p.m.
Come work with the Stall Street Journal! We are currently hiring multiple positions for the 2017-18 school year. We are looking for graphic designers to create the poster designs and campaign assistants to provide input into the content and design as well as install posters in residence halls. All positions are paid. To be hired, you must be an undergraduate present on Grounds for both semesters of the school year. Email Sally Dover immediately for an application at should you wish to apply.

Department of Economics Career Forum
March 24, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monroe Hall 130.
Please join the Department of Economics as we host alumni and other guests to share their career stories with you and provide tips and advice about your internship and job research. Sign up to reserve your spot. All programs, except the evening reception, are casual dress. For more information, visit the website.

Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at UVA: Survivor Support Network Training
March 24, 9 a.m. to noon, Library Data Commons (Ruffner 302).
Become an ally to survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence by training as a member of the UVA Survivor Support Network. Gain the knowledge and skills to feel confident in helping a student who may confide in you. Please email Claire Kaplan at to sign up for this training. Available only for UVA faculty and staff. For more information, visit the website.

UVA Conference Assistant with Free Summer Housing
Applications due March 31.
UVA Housing and Residence Life Conference Services host more than 100 groups that visit the University during the summer months, providing lodging and great customer service. You gain valuable skills and work experience and get free summer housing! For more information and to apply, visit the website.

Logo Design Contest for UVA Learning in Action
Submissions due April 6 by 5 p.m.
Learning in Action is the hub for public service at the University of Virginia, including volunteer and community engagement opportunities, service events, courses, and other resources. We need a new logo! Submit your creative design online. The winner will receive a $50 gift card to the UVA Bookstore, some fun promotional items featuring the new logo, and a spotlight in the Learning in Action newsletter. Any ideas are welcome. For more information, visit the website.

Calling All Performers for “Portraits: A Production on Diversity”
April 12, 6 p.m., Newcomb Kaleidoscope Room.
If you or anyone you know is interested in showcasing unique talents on Grounds, then sign up to perform at “Portraits: A Production on Diversity.” Hosted by The Most Passionate Pi Chapter of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Portraits is a great opportunity to express what you are passionate about. Contact Briana Barrett at by April 2 for more information. To learn more about Theta Nu Xi, visit the website.

Now Hiring Student Fundraisers for Summer and Fall at $10 per Hour
Would you like to be part of a team that raises over $800,000 per year for UVA? Cavalier Connect, UVA’s phonathon, is looking for dedicated students to raise money for valuable University programs. Students work at least 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. To apply, visit the website.

Deadline Extended to Apply for University Internship Programs
Still looking for an internship in Charlottesville for the summer or for next year? University Internship Programs (UIP) is still accepting intern applications for Summer Session 2017 and for the 2017-18 academic year. Please contact our office or visit the website for more information and to apply.


Humane Economy Panel
March 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wilson 402.
Animal Justice Advocates is hosting Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society; Professor John Sanbonmatsu; and the United Poultry President Karen Davis to discuss issues of animal rights and their place in the economy. There will be a Q&A panel in addition to a presentation. Admission to the event is free and pizza will be provided. Attendees should arrive by 5:30 to get food. Visit our Facebook event to learn more. 


Ragged Mountain Reservoir Tour and Trek
March 24, 3 to 6 p.m., meet at UVA Chapel.
Do you know where your water comes from? Join UVA Sustainability for a tour of Ragged Mountain Reservoir, Charlottesville’s primary clean water source. Learn about the sustainable design of the reservoir and afterwards, enjoy the beautiful landscape on a scenic hike of the natural area. A free round-trip shuttle will leave from the UVA Chapel at 3 p.m. and return at 6 p.m. Email to reserve a spot on the shuttle. This event is a part of World Water Week. For more information, visit the website.

The Next Urban Water Revolutions: A Path for Avoiding Water Scarcity
March 28, 4 p.m., Clark 108.
Come hear Professor David Sedlak from the University of California, Berkeley, present on the topic of the next urban water revolutions. He will discuss the three technological improvements that have made it possible to quench the thirst of cities, control waterborne diseases, and eliminate water pollutants. Come out to hear this engaging presentation. Visit the website for more information.

Water Quality Testing at Riverview Park
April 8, 10 a.m. to noon, Riverview Park.
Join the Rivanna Conservation Alliance to test water at three levels: chemicals, bacteria, and bugs. Students will learn how to test and what information can be gleaned from these test methods. No sign-ups are necessary. For more information, visit the website.

Flint, Two Years Later: Water Quality, Infrastructure, and Social Justice
April 13, 6 p.m., Darden Business School Room 50.
This panel reflects on water quality and social justice in the United States. Professor Amy Pruden, who co-led the Virginia Tech team that uncovered Flint’s lead problem, gives an update and looks into the future. As CEO of a major water infrastructure multinational, Ruffner Page shares his perspective on the U.S. infrastructure challenge. UVA’s Professor Cale Jaffe will sketch the legal and regulatory framework that defines our water infrastructure. To learn more, visit the website


Bike to Uganda
March 27 through 31, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m, South Lawn.
Join Bike to Uganda to raise funds to build schools in Uganda. Building Tomorrow is having its annual event, Bike to Uganda, from March 27 through 31. Stationary bikes will be set up on the Lawn all day. It’s $5 to bike for 30 minutes and $15 to bike for 30 minutes and receive a T-shirt. We will also be hosting a Coupe’s night on March 28, at 8:30 p.m. Purchase a cup as a ticket! For more information, visit the website.

Poke Fundraiser for Be the Match Bone Marrow Registry
March 26, 2 to 8 p.m., Poke on the Corner.
Love Poke? Love philanthropy? Come out to Poke this Sunday and buy a bowl. Proceeds from each purchase will benefit Be the Match Bone Marrow Registry. This event is sponsored by Lambda Phi Epsilon. For more information, email Jason Huang at


Sign up to Coach Soccer
Madison House is still looking for a few more volunteers to coach soccer with the Soccer Organization of Charlottesville and Albemarle. Coaches are assigned to a U8-U16 recreational team. As head coaches for that team, they are responsible for practices and games. Sign up alone or with a friend! If you have any questions or want to sign up, email For more information, visit the website.

Freedom By Design Wildrock Project
Come help build a handicap accessible Lookout Platform that will be part of a nature-integrated playscape to promote healing and happiness for children through the natural environment. We will be traveling to Crozet on Saturday and Sunday for the next five weeks to start work. Free lunches on Saturdays! For more information, email Bridget Murphy at


“He Named Me Malala” Film Screening and Reception
March 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Ruffner Hall Room G008.
The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center and the Lorna Sundberg International Center will screen the acclaimed 2015 documentary “He Named Me Malala.” A reception will follow the screening. For more information, visit the website.

UVA German Film Festival: Food in Film
March 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Maury Auditorium (room 209).
The German Film Festival presents “Food in Film: A Culinary Cinematic Journey.” Please join us for the screening of four food-centric German films (shown with English subtitles), as well as a special screening of the winners of the Third Annual Short Film Contest. Films will begin at the following times: Rapunzel (10 a.m.), Drachenfutter (11:10 a.m.), Short Film Contest Winners (12:45 p.m.), Kebab Connection (1:30 p.m.), Bagdad Cafe (3 p.m.). Refreshments will be provided.

OFFScreen Presents: “It’s Only the End of the World”
March 23, Newcomb Theater, 7 p.m.
For $2, come see the film “It’s Only the End of the World.” Louis, after disappearing for 12 years, is going home to tell his family that he is dying. What he doesn’t realize is that they don’t want to hear it, or maybe they already know. As resentments surface, fits and feuds unfold until all attempts at empathy are sabotaged by people’s incapacity to listen and love. Louis may as well already be dead to his family, and how does someone in that position tell his mother that he’s going to die? Visit the Facebook event for more information about the event.

Kinetic Sound presents “Boundless”
April 1, 1:30 p.m. Amphitheatre.
Kinetic Sound presents “Boundless,” our free outdoor spring benefit concert in the Amphitheatre in partnership with Relay for Life at UVA. Through our performances, ranging from classical favorites to new arrangements, we invite you to come explore your own hopes, dreams, and boundless potential. All donations will go to the American Cancer Society. Check out our Facebook event for ways you can contribute at our concert just by attending.

The Virginia Belles in Belles: The Office
March 24, 8 p.m., McLeod Hall Auditorium.
The Virginia Belles are holding their annual spring concert this Friday. Come out and hear great music by artists including Little Mix, Maggie Rogers, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, and more. Tickets can be purchased from a Belle, online, or on the Lawn from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. next week.

Globemed presents: Concert4Cambodia
March 25, 7 to 10 p.m., University Chapel.
Come to the UVA Chapel to see amazing performances and eat great food. Tickets are only $5 and payments can be made directly via Venmo to @Sahana-Kamalesh or via cash. 100 percent of concert proceeds will go directly to the Build Your Future Today Center in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Hot chocolate, Insomnia Cookies, and other pastries will be provided after the concert. For more information, visit the Facebook event. 


Don’t Get Caught in a STIcky Situation
March 23 and 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., South Lawn.

Take the pledge online or on Grounds to practice safe sex and to support those (including yourself) who may need to be tested for STIs. Empower yourself and take control of your own future! Take the pledge online here. To learn more about the event, visit the Facebook event.


International Women’s Month Trivia Night
March 22, 9 to 11 p.m., Mellow Mushroom.
We’re taking over trivia at Mellow. Come out for a night of International Women’s Month-themed questions. Compete for great prizes, courtesy of the Women’s Center, show off your knowledge, and enjoy some good company. See you there! For more information, visit the website.

Fracked Gas and Pipelines Information Session
March 22, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Minor Hall 125.
Heard a lot about fracked gas but don’t know much about it? Confused about why people are fighting pipelines? Come learn with us and get connected to Virginia’s own climate justice movement. Climate Action Society is hosting a teach-in so that you can learn about the fights against the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. We’ll have refreshments as well as offer an opportunity to make online comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission against the proposed pipelines. For more information, visit the Facebook event.

ΣΛΥ Alpha Rho Chapter Señorita Week 2017
Through March 25.
The Hermanas of Sigma Lambda Upsilon, Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, bring you a week of events in celebration of the Fourth Annual Señorita Week. This year, our theme is Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future. Join us at all of our events and our much-anticipated banquet as we celebrate four years!

Free Modern Hip-Hop Dance Workshop
March 25, 3 to 5 p.m., AFC MP4.
The Mighty is a dance organization that holds free workshops throughout the year. Come out and bring your friends to enjoy dance workshops taught by UVA student Samuel Boakye, a genuine freestyler. No commitment, no registration, and no experience are needed. Just come out and move with us! For more information, visit the Facebook event.

Swing Club Semiformal
March 25, 8 to 11 p.m., Newcomb Ballroom.
Swing Club at UVA is hosting its annual semiformal. A live jazz band will provide tunes late into the night. If you don’t know how to swing dance, don’t worry. We have a beginner crash course in swing dancing before the music starts. Entry fee is $10. Visit the Facebook event for more information.

Spring Montalto Hike Exclusively for UVA
March 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., meet at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor’s Center.
Join Monticello for a unique hiking opportunity up to Montalto. Jefferson’s “high mountain” stands 410 feet above Monticello and offers breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city of Charlottesville, and the University of Virginia. How often can you actually look down onto Carter’s Mountain? Montalto is normally closed to the public. Register today here. This event is only open to UVA students, faculty, and staff. Registration is $10.

The Wonder Week Featuring 9th Wonder
March 26 through April 1, various times and locations.
Hosted by UVA’s Music Arts Board, The Wonder Week is a weeklong Academic and Performance residency featuring Grammy Award-winning producer and DJ 9th Wonder as he conducts several master classes, student workshops, documentary screenings with Q&A, class visits, and finally an electric performance at the Jefferson Theater. See the website for the full schedule.

Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
March 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fine Arts Library R-Lab.
Join us for an all-day communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and refreshments. Bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For the editing-adverse, we still urge you to stop by to show your support for the cause. For more information, visit the website.

Volunteer at EscAPAde 2017
Forms due by March 31.
EscAPAde is an all-day event that will be held on April 9 for accepted Asian/Asian Pacific American (A/APA) prospective students .We are looking for current A/APA students to volunteer as lunch buddies and/or overnight hosts. For more details, please visit the website. To sign up as a lunch buddy, use this form. To sign up as an overnight host, use this form.

Freedom Seder
April 2, 12:30 p.m., Hotel C on the West Range.
Join the Jewish Education Initiative for our annual Freedom Seder. The Seder is held in accordance with the Jewish holiday Passover and commemorates historically and presently ostracized groups in the form of an open dialogue on what it means to be outside the majority. This event includes a free home cooked meal! To attend, RSVP here by March 27. For more information, visit the website


Participate in Political Science Research at UVA
This semester, Professor Todd Sechser’s Politics Experimental Lab is conducting research on the media, political views, decision-making, and other political issues. We are looking for interested students to participate in our experiments as part of this exciting research. Participants typically earn $20 to $30 per hour for each study, and you may receive extra credit in selected politics courses as well. For more information, visit the website




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Virginia Festival of the Book

Join writers from a number of genres who are in town to share their work through discussions, readings, and workshops. Some events take place at UVA. For more information:

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