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March 15 Connections


UVA After Hours with IM-Rec Sports
March 17, 9 p.m. to midnight, Outdoor Rec Center; and March 18, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., AFC.
This weekend, we are offering two opportunities for free UVA After Hours fun on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, join us for a Bouldering and Movie Night at the Outdoor Rec Center. Then, on Saturday, come out to play Knockerball and eat free food. Bring your friends to both events! For more information, visit this website.


Dinner Series with Professor Sandip Sukhtankar on Governance and Poverty
March 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room.
Professor Sukhtankar is new to the Economics Department and excited to get to know more students. He teaches a course on Development Economics and has written extensively regarding his research on both corruption and poverty. Professor Sukhtankar is originally from Mumbai, India, but has spent time in many areas of the world as a result of his education abroad, career, and research. Please RSVP by Thursday, March 16, to guarantee yourself a spot. 


Apply to be a ULink Peer Advisor
Application closes March 19.
ULink is an academic peer advising program that aims to match first-years with upperclass peer advisors to discuss class and major choices, academic resources, and students’ academic paths at the University. Peer advisors are a valuable resource for first-years seeking guidance about University life, and we want you to join us next year. Apply through this link to be considered.

Apply to be a Young Women Leaders Program Mentor
Applications due March 27.
Want to empower and make a difference in a local middle school girl’s life? Apply to be a Big Sister through the Young Women Leaders Program for the 2017-18 school year. To learn more and apply online, visit this website


Entrepreneurship Cup Launch Workshop
March 20, 5 to 6 p.m., Thornton B218.
Looking to win $20,000 to launch your business? Apply to the Entrepreneurship Cup Launch competition. Learn more and prepareat a workshop, which will give you a valuable opportunity for a headstart on your pitch plan. For more information, email Alex Zorychta at

Business Ethics Society’s Annual Case Competition
March 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rouss-Robertson Hall.
Come be a part of Business Ethics Society’s annual case competition. The case will involve an ethical scenario on which your team will present. Sign up either with a group or by yourself and we will pair you up! You are guaranteed a free lunch, and $1,000 of prize money will be given. Sign up by emailing or going to

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

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 our website.

Spring and Summer Job Opportunities
IM-Rec Sports is currently accepting applicants for several positions within our department. We are hiring swim and tennis instructors and trip leaders for COAR, an outdoor adventure program for incoming first-years. For more information or to apply, visit our website


2017 World Water Events at UVA Keynote Speaker Ila Berman
March 15, 5:30 p.m., Campbell Hall 158.
Dean Ila Berman of the UVA School of Architecture will be delivering a keynote speech on “Territories and Urban Wetlands.” Dean Berman will address how we can build our cities and houses so that they help filter water properly and reduce the toxic quality of stormwater, a major source of water pollution. She will focus on the evolution of topographical, infrastructural, and urban systems in relation to fluid environments and the potential to rethink the relationship between land and water. For more information, visit this website


Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at UVA: Iris Women of the Year
March 18, 3 to 5 p.m., OpenGrounds.
Iris Magazine honors the brave, brilliant women who inspired and influenced us in 2016-17. Join us for an awards ceremony and celebration for UVA’s “thinking young women” and an opportunity for us all to be inspired by their great work. For more information, visit the Women’s Center website.

Second-Year Swagfest and Service Fair
March 18, 4 to 6 p.m., Newcomb Ballroom.
Come grab free merchandise and food, and participate in community service activities. We’ll be giving away Mason jars, mugs, laptop stickers, and raffling off over 100 gift cards. See our Facebook event for more details. This event is sponsored by the UJC, Honor, UVA Bookstore, UVA Alumni Membership, and the New York Times.

Net Impact Food Solutions Challenge
March 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Rouss-Robertson Hall 256.
Learn how climate change impacts food production. Dream up a blueprint that will move us toward a carbon-neutral food supply chain. Win a chance to incubate your ideas at an all-expenses-paid global food solutions conference. Flex your creativity muscles, gain invaluable professional skills, and design real-world solutions. Do all this by participating in Net Impact’s Food Solutions Challenge. This case challenge is open to students of all disciplines. There will be free food and raffle gifts available. Visit our Facebook event to learn more. 


Brunch Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
March 18, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fig Bistro.
Enjoy some yummy food at Fig Bistro and fight childhood cancer at the same time. If you eat brunch at Fig, 20 percent of the proceeds from your meal will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. RSVP here. The event is hosted by Up ’til Dawn, a student-led philanthropic program hosted by colleges and universities nationwide to benefit St. Jude.

Unmasqued: A Global Health Gala
March 16, 8 to 11 p.m., Newcomb Ballroom.
Come out to Unmasqued, UVA’s inaugural Global Health Gala. Join 11 global health CIOs on Grounds for a night of unity to learn about ways to get involved with current projects. There will be catered food and dance lessons from UVA Ballroom and Salsa. To purchase tickets, visit this website


Conflux Journal Call for Papers
Submission deadline: March 20.
Submit your research to Conflux! Our journal is seeking global health-related research papers. Submit your ethnographic, qualitative, and quantitative research experiences from different regions of the globe. To submit, visit this website


OFFScreen Presents: La Belle et La Bête
March 16, 7 p.m., Newcomb Theater.
Celebrating the release of the new Beauty and the Beast (2017) with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. OFFScreen will be screening the original foreign French film from 1946. When a merchant is told that he must die for picking a rose from the Beast’s garden, his daughter offers herself in her father’s place. The Beast falls in love with her, and she is drawn to the repellent, but strangely fascinating Beast. Check out this revamp of the old classic. Visit our Facebook event for more information.

Chinese Classical Musical Performance
March 19, 2 to 4 p.m., Lorna Sundberg International Center.
Join us for a special afternoon of traditional Chinese music presented by the V-Major Chinese Music Ensemble at UVA. The event will include solos, small group performances, and performances by the whole ensemble with a variety of traditional Chinese instruments. We will have a small reception after the performance. Please register online to attend.

Katy Ambrose Horn Concert
March 19, 3:30 p.m., Old Cabell Hall.
Katy Ambrose, horn, with John Maywood, piano, present a program of masterworks and modern classics. The performance includes Hindemith’s Sonata for horn and piano, Strauss’s Fantasie on Schubert’s Sehnsuchtswalzer, and Persichetti’s Parable VII for solo horn. Plus, the performance will feature two world premieres: Sarah DuBois’s Sonatina, and Laho, a piece written by UVA graduate student composer Rachel Devorah Trapp. UVA Students can reserve a free ticket in advance at the UVA Arts Box Office. To learn more, visit the concert’s website


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 our Facebook event for more information.

AMSA Casino Night
March 18, 6 to 9 p.m., Ern Commons.
The American Medical Student Association is hosting a Casino Night. Admission is free and includes food, raffles, and games, but donations are highly suggested. All proceeds go toward Doctors Without Borders. A Texas Hold Em Tournament will start at 7 p.m. For more information, visit our Facebook event.

UVA Ballroom Club Presents: Dancing with the Professors
March 19, 4 p.m., Newcomb Ballroom.
Join the UVA Ballroom Club on March 19 for their annual event, Dancing with the Professors.  Watch professors dance original routines with students from the Ballroom Club as they compete to see who will take home the prize! Admission for the event is $5 for students and $10 for adults. For more information, visit our website.

Free Cooking Class and Tasty Meal
March 22, 5 to 7 p.m., Hospital West Cafe.
Join the Office of Health Promotion and the UVA Health System for a hands-on class about the basic techniques of cooking. Prepare a tasty “Ramen Noodle Shrimp Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce” while you learn. Sign up by Friday, March 17, to reserve your spot; space is limited. Email if you have any questions.

Free Modern Hip-Hop Dance Workshop
March 17, 6 to 9 p.m., AFC MP2.
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 a member of Capital Funk dance crew and a member of Virginia Tech’s Bamboom. No commitment, no registration, and no experience are needed. Just come out and move with us! For more information, visit our Facebook event page.

Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at UVA: Global History of Black Girlhood Conference
March 17 and 18, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Auditorium of the Harrison Small Institute, Special Collections.
The Global History of Black Girlhood Conference will gather an interdisciplinary network of scholars to frame the emerging field of black girl history. The project grows out of the History of Black Girlhood Network, an informal collaboration among scholars researching the experiences of black girls from the 16th century to the present in Africa, the Americas, and Europe. For more information, visit this website.

Intramural Leagues and Tournaments
Entry deadlines: March 21 and 28.
IMS Flag Football League (deadline March 21) and Cornhole Doubles Tournament (deadline March 28) entries are now being taken online. Now is your chance to get a group together and register for spring sports fun! For more information, visit this schedule


Apply to Staff the Virginia International Crisis Simulation
Applications accepted on a rolling basis, conference runs March 23-26.
The Virginia International Crisis Simulation is a weekend-long historical and modern-day policy simulation held at UVA and attended by over 400 college students from around the world. Apply to staff the conference and meet other college students with a passion for history, foreign affairs, and public policy. For more information, email Alexa Iadrola at


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

1515: New Student Space to Open March 17

Come celebrate the official opening of 1515 on Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18. Events include: Crafting Progressive, Grant Frazier, Late Night Breakfast, Yoga, Escape Rooms, Shamrockin’ Trivia Night, and March Madness. Remember to bring your UVA student ID.

Grand Opening of 1515