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Register Now: Active Attacker Training

Oct. 11, noon – 1 p.m., Newcomb South Meeting Room.
Register now for this 60-minute training to learn about Emergency Notifications, how to report concerning behavior, and easy-to-remember options for people who are faced with a violent situation. Free and open to all students, faculty and staff.
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Applications Open: Residential Colleges, Language Houses, Same Area On-Grounds Housing
Oct. 1, deadline Nov. 1.
If you are interested in applying to one of UVA's residential colleges or language houses as a new resident in 2023-2024, or are a resident wanting to remain in your same residential college or upperclass housing, these housing applications open Oct. 1. Remember, if you are not interested in these options, you don't have to think about on-Grounds housing until the standard application opens on Dec. 1.

Arts on the Hill: An Immersive Choral Experience with the University Singers and Director Michael Slon
Oct. 6, 5 p.m., Carr’s Hill, FREE by lottery.
Lottery deadline: Oct. 2.
Arts on the Hill, an OpenGrounds Event, is a recurring event at Carr's Hill, featuring artists and scholars from our faculty and student body, as well as visiting artists and scholars from around the globe. President Jim Ryan hosts guests each month during the academic year for performances and discussions around the Arts at UVA. Enter the lottery by Oct. 2!

Black Student Support Circle
Tuesdays at 11 a.m., virtual on Zoom.
Join CAPS next Tuesday, Oct. 4, for their weekly Black Student Support Circle. Specifically for students who identify as Black, African American, or African, this support space provides a safe and affirming opportunity to make connections, give and receive support, and engage in open dialogue about lived experiences at a PWI. Register.


Study Smarter Workshop
Sept. 29, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Clemons 202.
Join Christy Rotman, College life skills coach, for tips on effective and efficient study strategies.

Apply to be a Fralin Museum of Art Student Docent
Deadline: Oct. 14, 11:59 p.m.
Are you interested in art, art history, or education? Apply to the Fralin Student Docents! Interest tours at Final Friday on Sept. 30 (starting at 5), during drop-in tours, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m., and Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. at the museum. Application due Friday, Oct. 14, at 11:59 p.m. Reach out to Meaghan Brennan if you have any questions!

Share Your Story and Be Featured in a Student Environmental Documentary
We want to hear your voice! Each interview will last around 15-20 minutes and will be included in our student environmental documentary. Our focus is on individual experiences, emotions, and stories. We will ask you to recall past memories in your life, things that are important to you, and may prompt you to create crafts or drawings to help tell these stories. Fill out the form to participate.

Girls Who Code Hackathon
Oct. 15 – 16, Rice Hall Commons.
A hybrid 48-hour hackathon hosted by Girls Who Code (GWC) at UVA that aims to foster a community of diverse thought and skills. Women and allies of all gender backgrounds are welcome, and no coding experience is necessary!

Now Hiring City of Promise Tutors
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 – 4 p.m.
City of Promise offers a unique job opportunity for University of Virginia students. City of Promise provides after-school tutoring and mentorship to K-12 students in Charlottesville. City of Promise aims to end generational poverty and foster a culture of achievement through partnerships in the local community. City of Promise tutors provide individual reading tutoring and mentorship to K-3 students. Tutors must be available Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3 – 4 p.m. Contact Austen Hecker for more information.


Red Cross Blood Drive on Grounds
Oct. 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ern Commons.
Must register! Blood is one of the major needs caused by labor shortages and supply chain issues, and donations are way down. Help us meet this need! We need donations. Please sign up today!

Join MOVE, the Multilingual Outreach Volunteer Effort and Use Your Skills to be a Great Neighbor!
Rolling deadline, apply today!
Do you read, write or speak another language? MOVE provides nonprofessional translations to bridge multilingual Charlottesville with community relief services such as health care, unemployment, childcare, and shelter. Our volunteers do not need to have native-level proficiency to participate. Most translations are done collaboratively online. Each volunteer decides how often and how much they will contribute to translation requests. Register to be a volunteer translator.


Pick of the Pantry Cooking Class - Veggie Enchiladas
Sept. 29, 5 - 6:30 p.m., Student Health and Wellness.
Sign up for this week's cooking class at the UVA Teaching Kitchen! You'll love these easy enchiladas, which pack veggies into classic Tex-Mex comfort food. This dish is perfect for a quick, nutritious meal featuring pantry staples and makes wonderful leftovers to eat throughout the week. Learn meal prep, practice knife skills, meet a new friend, and share a meal. Registration required.

Virtual Meditation on the Lawn
Mondays, 7:45 – 8 a.m., online.
Join the Contemplative Sciences Center, UVA partners, and the extended UVA community each Monday morning from 7:45 – 8 a.m. during the semester for this synchronous online moment of reflection. Register and learn more.


Create a Portfolio with (for FREE!)
Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m., virtual.
Join Wix staff and the UVA Career Center to learn more about creating your online portfolio website. We’ll cover how to plan a website, how to use the Wix platform, and explore professional design features. Discover the basics in creating a Wix website as well as features to take your portfolio to the next level. And... a one-year free Wix premium plan to all attendees!

Health-care Careers Week
Oct. 10 – 13, various locations on Grounds plus virtual.
Want to make an impact? Join the UVA Career Center and Pre-Health Advising in exploring which health-care career is right for you! During this week you will be able to explore both clinical and nonclinical health-care careers, think about majors, learn from alumni, and connect with employers for internships and jobs.


Fall Submissions to Seriatim Journal of American Politics
Deadline: Oct. 7, 11:59 p.m.
Submit an academic paper or original article to our fall 2022 journal publication. Please visit our website for more information.


Global Capitalism and How the World Became Rich
Sept. 29, 4 p.m.
Join this conversation about the role of capitalist institutions in the global wealth boom. How do they affect democratic systems and the sustainability of democratic capitalism across the world?
In-person registration. Webinar registration.

The Divider: Trump in the White House
Oct. 3, 1:30 p.m.
New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker sits down with Miller Center Director William Antholis to discuss his new book, The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017–2021, coauthored by The New Yorker's Susan Glasser. The book tells the inside story of the four years when Donald Trump went to war with Washington—from the chaotic beginning to the violent finale—including exclusive details from behind the scenes in the White House.
In-person registration. Webinar registration.

‘Averting Doomsday’: Arms Control and Nixon
Oct. 7, 11 a.m.
Richard Nixon overlooked efforts to curb the spread of weapons of mass destruction. An author of the new book Averting Doomsday: Arms Control During the Nixon Presidency sheds new light on policies that persist to this day.
In-person registration. Webinar registration.

Midterms 2022: Who Will Come out on Top?
Oct. 14, 11 a.m.
The 2022 midterm elections will determine the balance of power in Congress. At stake are state leadership positions, a referendum on President Biden's agenda, and a potential comeback attempt by former President Trump. 
In-person registration. Webinar registration.


Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Information Session
Sept. 28, 5 – 6 p.m., via Zoom.
The Japanese language program will be hosting an online information session for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. A JET Program Coordinator will talk about the application process, his working experience in Japan, and the support available (e.g., grants and Japanese language training) for the ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) position. Pre-register for this event.

Worst but for All the Rest: Why China Still Benefits from BRI Investments
Sept. 29, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Monroe 122.

Talk by Jack A. Goldstone, Hazel Professor of Public Policy and a Fellow of the Mercatus Center of George Mason University. Register for the concurrent livestream of the event on Zoom.

COVID-19, Text, Power: Fang Fang and the Birth of the ‘Wuhan Diary’ Genre
Sept. 30, 3 – 4 p.m., via Zoom.
Talk by Michael Berry, professor of Contemporary Chinese Cultural Studies and director of the Center for Chinese Studies at UCLA. Register via Zoom.

Inventing the ‘Maritime Silk Road’
Oct. 5, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Monroe 130.
Please join us as we welcome Tansen Sen, professor of history and director of the Center for Global Asia at NYU Shanghai, for a lecture as part of the University of Virginia's "Assessment of China's Belt and Road Initiative" project speaker series. Register for the concurrent livestream of the event on Zoom.

Buddha, Shiva, Mudra: On Understanding the Development of Ananda Coomaraswamy
Oct. 6, 5 – 6 p.m., Harrison Small Auditorium.
Talk by Janice Leoshko, associate professor of South Asian Art at UT Austin

"In Between Days" Film Series Showing
Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Hotel A conference room.
Join the East Asia Center and Media Studies Professor Lori Morimoto for the second showing in our Fall 2022 Film Series, "In Between Days," directed by So Yong Kim. Award winner at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, the film conveys an extraordinary sense of intimacy in depicting a young Korean immigrant's journey toward self-discovery.

China's Drive for Connectivity in Southeast Asia: High-Speed Railway Development
Oct. 7, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m., New Cabell Hall 309.
Talk by David Lampton, Senior Fellow at the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute and professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins-SAIS. Register for the concurrent livestream of the event on Zoom.


GWC Computational Bio Workshop
Sept. 29, 6 p.m., Thornton E303.
Computational bio and molecular simulation workshop hosted by Professor Paolucci and a few of his grad students. Beginners welcome. Food and drink will be provided.

GP Cville: Bible Study for International Students with Free Dinner
Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and 14, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Newcomb 177.
International students or not, you are invited to join us in studying the Bible; starting with free dinner.

Catholic Hoos: Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA)
Wednesdays, 7 – 8 p.m., St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 401 Alderman Road. Go up the stairs and turn around to find us in the hall!
Curious about the Catholic Church? Have some questions about church teachings? Interested in becoming Catholic? Join us every Wednesday night at St. Thomas Aquinas Church to learn more about the Catholic Church, its teachings and beliefs, and becoming Catholic. All are welcome!


Majors Fair: Dozens of Departments, All in One Place
Oct. 10, 1 – 4 p.m., Newcomb Ballroom.
Faculty, staff, and student representatives from majors and minors across the University are looking forward to meeting with you! Come by to explore your options, ask questions, and get the information you need. A full list of participating departments will be available online the week before the event.

Tutors Needed: America Reads
America Reads offers a unique job opportunity for full-time University of Virginia students receiving federal work-study awards. UVA students work with local schools and community programs in Charlottesville to provide tutoring for students in literacy and math. Tutors are matched with schools or local placements based on their availability, transportation, and the organization’s needs. Apply on Handshake at or email Austen Hecker.