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Arts on the Hill: An Evening of Spoken Word with FLUX

Sept. 26, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5), Carr’s Hill.
Arts on the Hill 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 at his house for performances and discussions around the arts at UVA, with FREE drinks and snacks to boot! Attendance by lottery.


International Center Open House
Sept. 21, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Drop in at the UVA International Center on Thursdays in September to enjoy some snacks and a new international drink each week. Enjoy some mango lassi this week! The house will be open with spaces for relaxing, studying, and socializing. Come for a break and a chance to connect with participants from around the world. All are welcome!

Hoos Got a Moment: Chat with Dean Rucker
Sept. 27, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Runk Dining Hall.
Next week, Dean Cedric Rucker will be set up at Runk Dining Hall, looking forward to meeting and chatting one-on-one with students. You will have his undivided attention and a listening ear as you share what’s going on in your University life. His location will rotate throughout the semester. Follow @uvastudentaffairs on social media to find out his latest spot.  

Graduate and Professional School Fair 2023
Sept. 27, 12 noon – 3 p.m., Newcomb third floor.
Don't miss this chance to meet with more than 100 recruiters for top schools! Connect with graduate and professional schools from across the world who will be here to recruit UVA students for their top-notch programs. All students of all majors are encouraged to attend the event to learn more about graduate and professional program opportunities, details, and requirements.

Join the Fralin Museum’s Student Engagement Council
Apply by Nov. 13, 11:59 p.m.
The Student Engagement Council at the Fralin Museum of Art is dedicated to deepening and diversifying University student engagement with the museum acting as a bridge between the student body and the museum. SEC works directly with museum staff to design, implement, and market student-centered events such as Final Fridays, art-making workshops, and the Annual Spring Gala! No previous art experience is necessary, and all majors are welcome!


Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership (MLI) Info Sessions
Sept. 26, 6 p.m., Rotunda Multipurpose Room.
Are you ready to make a substantial impact at the University of Virginia? Apply for the Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership (MLI), a program sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. Gain exceptional leadership skills, expert guidance, and network with peers. Don't miss this chance to enhance your leadership and have an impact on the University and your peers. Apply now.

Citizen Leaders Fellowship: For International Students, Student-Athletes, and Transfer Students
Sept. 22.
The Citizen Leaders Fellowship—a partnership with the Contemplative Sciences Center, the International Studies Office, and UVA Athletics—offers students a year-long leadership opportunity to gain skills needed to flourish during their time at UVA and beyond. International students, student-athletes, and transfer students identify a specific, pressing challenge and design and implement programs to overcome these, emerging with their own style of citizen leadership, enabling them to lead engaged and values-driven lives.

Resident Staff Selections Information Sessions
Sept. 24, 26, 28; times and locations vary.
Resident Staff Selections information sessions allow you to learn more about becoming an RA in the 2024-2025 academic year and how to apply to the program. For times and locations as well as the full list of upcoming information sessions, please visit the Selections webpage.

Apply for Student Advisory Board: UVA's Center for Global Health Equity
Apply by Sept. 22, 11:59 p.m.
The Center for Global Health Equity Student Advisory Board is a leadership platform for global health engagement, addressing health disparities, and scholarship at UVA. The board is a student-led organization that serves as a primary resource for students interested in getting involved with global health work at UVA.


B.S. in Data Science Virtual Information Session
Sept. 19, 4 p.m., via Zoom.
Attention, First-Years! Join the UVA School of Data Science's Admission team to learn more about the *new* B.S. in Data Science major. During this information session, you will receive an overview of the program, prerequisites, and how to apply. Come prepared with questions! Can't make it? Check out our other upcoming events for in-person and virtual options. Pending formal approval from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Silent Disco
Sept. 24, 6-10 p.m., Newcomb Ballroom.
#UVA27! Housing & Residence Life wants to help you connect with other members of your class through our first-year signature event series! Come together to enjoy a free silent disco with a live DJ. You'll have your choice of three music channels to rotate and play through glowing headphones (both the headphone size and volume are adjustable). Free glowsticks will be provided, too!


Hoos Cooking Student Showcase: One Pot Pasta
Sept. 21, 5 – 6:30 p.m., UVA Teaching Kitchen (Student Health and Wellness first floor).
Go beyond simply boiling noodles and topping with jarred sauce. This hands-on cooking class puts pasta, veggies, and protein all together for a satisfying meal perfect for meal prep. Learn knife skills, sautéing, and how to make a garlicky dipping sauce for Italian bread. This menu is vegetarian, vegan modifiable, and contains wheat and optional dairy (parmesan cheese). Registration required, $10 or use our Food Security Fund.

Mental Wellness Screening Day
Sept. 27, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Student Health and Wellness (first floor lobby).
Join the Peer Health Educators (PHEs) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for Mental Wellness Screening Day. We will be screening for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders and substance abuse. Prioritize your mental health while enjoying free pizza, raffles, giveaways, therapy dogs and more!

Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Assault
Fridays, starting Sept. 29, Women's Center.
Female survivors of interpersonal violence who are students at UVA are invited to join this group, which offers survivors a time and space to talk with and support each other. Participants will not be sharing their stories but will discuss what is hard about being a survivor in college and what helps. Visit our Groups page for details. Sign-ups will close after the group's Oct. 6 meeting.

Join Undergrad Wellness and Connection Group
Fridays, starting Sept. 29, Women's Center.
Join this group for undergraduate UVA students seeking to support and connect with each other in a more intentional way while sharing ideas for wellness. Sessions include activities to help participants get to know each other and themselves, and opportunities to share with other group members in a way that promotes healthy vulnerability without feeling overwhelmed. Visit our Groups page for details and sign up instructions.


AI in Accounting
Sept. 27, 6 – 7 p.m., McIntire School (Rouss & Robertson Halls).
This program is for UVA students pursuing careers in audit and accounting. Younga Chang (McIntire ’19 and data engineer), and Abigail Horning (senior manager, product management, Next Generation Audit Emerging Capabilities), will discuss how forward-thinking accountancy firms are embracing AI and what the future looks like for the profession. Come early for pizza and networking at 5:30.

Build Your Portfolio with Wix
Oct. 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m., virtual.
Join Wix staff 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!

Careers in Finance Speaker Series
Learn more about working in finance through presentations by UVA alumni from top investment banks and financial institutions. The Careers in Finance Guest Speaker Series will host alumni partners presenting interactive cases within their specialties. This event is designed for first- and second-year students who are exploring different careers in finance.


Explore Urban Transformation and Sustainability in India during J-Term
Apply by Oct. 1.
Join us this January as we explore processes of physical urban change through a sustainability lens in the incomparable setting of north India. In Delhi, Sonipat, Mathura, Agra, and Fatehpur Sikri, we will uncover how these cities and their buildings have been transformed due to environmental, aesthetic, and socio-economic forces. This interdisciplinary program welcomes students from all majors and schools. Details (dates, courses, fees) are available in the program brochure.

New J-Term Travel Opportunity to Study the Civil Rights Movement
Application deadline: Oct. 15.
AAS 3671 offers students the opportunity to study the U.S. Civil Rights Movement while visiting key locations such as Birmingham, Memphis, and New Orleans. Fulfill your historical studies requirement while seeing where history happened! Space is limited – apply today!


Resident Manager Needed for International Center
Apply for Spring 2024, Summer 2024, and/or Academic Year 2024-2025.
The resident manager lives at UVA’s Lorna Sundberg International Center and handles reservations for lodging and event space. They provide hospitality and convey policies to international house guests and to UVA groups using the space and maintain daily oversight over various aspects of the facility. Hours are about 10 per week, mostly evenings and weekends, with a rate of $12 per hour. The position includes a furnished bedroom/bathroom suite.

Thanksgiving Meal Match Coordinator Needed for International Center
Position runs from early October to early December.
The Thanksgiving Meal Match Coordinator handles the logistics for this annual program where local community members open their homes and invite international students and scholars to join in their family's Thanksgiving meal and celebrations. The number of hours varies between 3 and 12 per week with a rate of $12 per hour.


North Korean Advertising in the 1950s-1960s
Sept. 28, 12 noon – 1:30 p.m., New Cabell Hall 236.
The East Asia Center will begin its 2023 fall speaker series by hosting Elli Kim, Korean reference librarian at the Library of Congress, for her talk on "North Korean Advertising in the 1950s-1960s: Bargaining Socialist Social Contract between State and Citizens."

Recentering Pacific Asia: Regional China and World Order
Sept. 29, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m., Monroe 124.
The East Asia Center will be hosting Brantly Womack, professor emeritus of Foreign Affairs, to talk about his newest book, released this August by Cambridge University Press.

Will AI Change Democratic Capitalism?
Oct. 4, 1 p.m., Miller Center or virtual.
Experts consider how new uses of artificial intelligence might affect democratic institutions and capitalist economic structures in the short and long term. This event is presented by the Miller Center's Project on Democracy and Capitalism. Attend in person or virtually.

Repression and Political Violence in China
Oct. 5, 10 a.m., virtual.
Experts discuss China's mistreatment of its Uyghur minority and how this repression conflicts with the Chinese Communist Party’s public diplomacy efforts. This online-only event is co-sponsored by UVA’s National Security Policy Center. Attend virtually.

How to Stay Optimistic in an Age of Crisis
Oct. 11, 6:15 p.m., the Haven in Downtown Charlottesville.
International Rescue Committee President David Miliband discusses how to find hope in our current moment of crisis. This event is co-sponsored by the IRC, the Humanitarian Collaborative at the University of Virginia, and UVA Global. Attend in person or virtually.

Practical AI for Educators and Students
Oct. 13, 10 – 11:15 a.m., Newcomb Ballroom.
This session with guest speaker Lilach Mollick, the director of pedagogy at Wharton Interactive, will explore the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) as a tool for teaching and learning. We will cover how to make teaching easier and more effective using AI, combining AI with pedagogy to enhance student learning, and the benefits and challenges of teaching with and about AI. Hosted by UVA’s Center for Teaching Excellence. Register in advance.


Bengali Student Organization: Fall Mela
Sept. 23, 2:30 – 5 p.m., Pavilion Garden V.
Come join the Bengali Student Organization (BSO) at our annual Fall Mela to destress with your friends before the midterm season. There will be thrilling games such as Potato Sack Race, Tug of War, Hot Potato, and more with a chance to win a prize! Don't miss out on this opportunity to make new friends, learn more about the Bengali culture, and enjoy delicious Desi foods.