I recognize that some of you are not yet back in Charlottesville due to a variety of travel complications. I want to emphasize that you should make your personal safety a priority as you consider travelling back to the Grounds. Faculty will be asked to take the weather into account in exercising leniency if classes do proceed tomorrow.
We are enjoying a sunny but very cold day in Charlottesville, and as you may know, snow is in the forecast for our area. Since many students will be traveling back to the Grounds this weekend, I am writing to share details that University Dean of Students Allen Groves provided to students earlier today in a mass message.
It’s a pleasure to welcome you back to a new semester. I hope you had a chance during the break to spend time with those you love, relax a little, and maybe even learn something new.
If you are not already in Charlottesville, I want you to be aware of two things that may affect your travels and return between now and Sunday. One is the weather, and the other is the continued closure of a portion of Emmet Street.
With the conclusion of exams on Wednesday, winter break is officially under way. The Grounds feel empty right now without our students, but I hope your home feels full as you welcome your student back for a well-deserved break and time with family.
The city of Charlottesville will close a portion of Emmet Street from Ivy Road south to the McCormick Road bridge from Wednesday, December 19, until Monday, January 14, for work on a waterline project. A press release about the project, including a map of the detour route and information about who to contact at the city with questions, is posted on the city’s website.
Student Council is excited to announce that on Sunday, Dec. 16, and Wednesday, Dec. 19, we will provide transportation to airports in Richmond and Washington, D.C. through UVA AirBus! This is a re-established initiative that provides low-cost transportation for students via charter buses.
To Fellow Members of the University Community,
We are thrilled to invite you to the 18th Annual Lighting of the Lawn on Thursday, December 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. This year, the Light Show is beginning an hour earlier than years past. We hope you will join us in celebrating one of the University’s most cherished traditions.