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How to respond in an active attacker situation: Run, fight, hide

Register Now: Active Attacker Training

April 11, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Newcomb Hall 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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Enroll for Summer Session NOW!
Registration opened for Summer Session classes on March 27. You may enroll now through the day before your class begins. Don't miss this opportunity to reach your academic goals!

Summer Session Housing Available
Students who enroll in UVA Summer Session classes are eligible for Summer Session Housing. Keep life simple and live on Grounds this summer! Information about dates, rates, and more is available on the Housing & Residence Life website.

Summer Intern and UVA-Affiliated Programs Housing
Conferences@UVA is offering short-term summer housing for students participating in internships or other UVA-affiliated programs over the summer. For information about dates, pricing, and more, see the website.


Apply for Student Alumni Council
Applications due April 7, 11:59 p.m.
Apply to be a part of the UVA Alumni Association’s new Student Alumni Council, which will plan programs to connect students and alumni, support signature Alumni Hall student events, and share information about Alumni Association programs with the student community. Student Alumni Council members will have unique opportunities to engage in networking and professional development, and build connections with peers and alumni. Visit our website to learn more and apply.

Join Global Greeters: Meet New People and Learn about Other Cultures
Application deadline: April 7 by 11:59 p.m.
Global Greeters work with the International Studies Office to help incoming international students familiarize themselves with American (college) culture and UVA by participating in orientation week through panels, social events, tours, dining excursions, and ISO open houses. If you have questions, view the FAQ or contact a member of our executive team: Megnot Abebe, Ploi Sripoom, and Tianwei Zhao.


Afghan Pop-up Dinner with Chef Najeeba
April 2, 7 – 9 p.m., Student Health and Wellness Building (100A-101B).
Taste of Home is hosting a pop-up dinner event featuring authentic Afghan cuisine cooked by local immigrant chef Najeeba Popal! Donations will be sold on a sliding scale with a recommended donation minimum of $15 per meal. Appetizers, entrees, dessert, and a drink are all included in a ticket. All proceeds benefit Chef Najeeba! Reserve your ticket today!

UVA InfoSec: Hosting a ‘Capture the Flag’ (CTF) Competition
April 6, 1 – 4 p.m., registration available up to the time of the event.
Don’t miss this jeopardy-style CTF event designed to teach and test a variety of computer skills. Get a team together and see how you do among other faculty, staff, and students. Don’t have a team? You can still join in on the fun and learning as an individual or request to be assigned to a team. Contact us at with any questions.

Generative Contemplation Symposium: The Art and Science of Effortless and Self-Emergence Contemplative Practices
April 20 and 21.
This in-person event, hosted by the Contemplative Sciences Center, will convene scientists, scholars, philosophers, and teacher-practitioners from across the world to explore the tension between effort and effortlessness in contemplative practices within Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. Learn more online.


Conferences@UVA Hiring Summer Conference Assistants
Applications encouraged by March 31.
Conferences@UVA is seeking energetic and organized UVA undergraduates to join their team as Conference Assistants (CAs) for the 2023 summer conference season. CAs provide exceptional customer service to summer conferences clients, add skills to their resumes, gain administrative work experience, make new friends, and have the option for FREE summer housing. To learn more about this position and apply, visit the website.


Virginia Sil'Hooettes A Cappella Concert
March 30, 8 p.m., McLeod Hall.
Join the Sils for their annual spring concert. They'll be singing acapella covers of all your favorite artists- including Miley Cyrus, Frank Sinatra, and Maggie Rogers. Tickets are $8 for students and can be purchased online or at the door.

Making Noise in the Library: Corey Harris
March 31, 1 p.m., UVA Music Library in Old Cabell Hall.
The Making Noise in the Library series brings artists into the Music Library for free performances. Come listen to Corey Harris, a guitarist, songwriter, and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues!

Michael McNulty: Distinguished Major Jazz Guitar Recital
March 31, 8 p.m., Old Cabell Hall.
Michael McNulty will perform his distinguished major recital for guitar performance and composition in Old Cabell Hall. This event has free admission and the program features Michael's original compositions and arrangements for jazz small group, big band jazz ensemble, and rock band!

Christopher Fox: Distinguished Major Cello Recital
April 1, 1 p.m., Old Cabell Hall.
Chris Fox will perform his Distinguished Major Cello Recital, featuring Bach's Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, Halvorsen's Passacaglia for violin and cello, Beethoven's Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, and two arrangements for string quartet.

Jazz Small Groups: Spring Concert
April 2, 2023 – 7 p.m., Old Cabell Hall.
Come hear the wonderful student musicians in the UVA Jazz program at their spring Jazz Chamber concert! This event is free and open to the public. Directed by renowned UVA music faculty members Pete Spaar, Calvin Brown, and Mike Rosensky, the Jazz Small Groups range in size from quartets to octets and vary in skill level from beginner to intermediate to advanced.


Banking System in Crisis: The Fed and Popular Governance
March 31, 11 a.m., Miller Center.
Drawing on lessons from history and modern monetary policy, a panel of experts considers the emergence of the Federal Reserve and its role in fighting the societal tumult that flows from financial instability, highlighting the staggering power of "the Fed" and its place in a democratic society.

The Worldwide Struggle for Democracy
April 14, 1 p.m., UVA Rotunda.
What is it like to fight for democracy in a country that has been plagued by political violence? Representing multiple continents, the activists speaking on this “Democracy Dialogues” panel describe their on-the-ground fight for political freedom in Bolivia, Serbia, Zimbabwe, and Myanmar (Burma). Each offers a unique international perspective on the American democratic experiment.

U.S.–China Tech Competition: Has democracy met its match?
April 21, 9 a.m., Miller Center.
The Miller Center’s 2023 William and Carol Stevenson Conference examines U.S.–China relations and the role technology plays in this dynamic relationship. Do our technology regulations and security efforts limit our ability to protect our democracy? Panels feature scholars and practitioners with experience in government, the private sector, journalism, and academia, allowing for wide-ranging dialogue on complex issues.


“Deserting Buddhist Asia: History and Criticism with the More Than Human Gobi”
April 6, 5 p.m., Gibson 211.
Mathew King, associate professor in Transnational Buddhism from the University of California, Riverside, will be speaking.

“Chinese Soft Power in Africa”
April 7, 3:15 – 5 p.m., New Cabell Hall 309 and virtually.
Maria Repnikova will explore the workings of Chinese soft power initiatives in Africa through the empirical lens of China-Ethiopia encounters. Join us Friday, April 7, from 3:15 - 5:00 p.m. in New Cabell Hall 309 for the event. Register for concurrent livestream.


Participate in Future Econ Research Studies, Earn at least $10!
VECONLAB, Monroe Hall, see times using link.
For each study you qualify for, you are paid $10 for showing up and for your performance in economic markets and games. Participant payments typically range from $25-$35.


Generative AI at UVA: Sign Up for a Town Hall
Students are invited to participate in virtual town hall events with faculty members to discuss the role of generative AI in teaching and learning. Visit the website to register for an upcoming session. Town halls are organized by school to enable contextualized conversations, but you may attend whichever session best suits your schedule.

Ladies Night in the Weight Room
March 29, 6 – 8 p.m., Slaughter Rec Center.
Join us for a takeover at Slaughter Rec! This event is intended for anyone aiming to feel more confident in the weight room. Drop in on a variety of activities and information booths. Chat with a registered dietician, learn new lifting techniques in the weight room, climb on the bouldering wall, or join in the Group Fitness class. Healthy snacks, giveaways and a free tank top for the first 100 participants!

Yuria Celidwen: “The Ethics of Belonging of Indigenous Contemplative Traditions
March 31, 3 – 5 p.m., Holloway Hall, Bavaro Hall 116.

Celidwen, an Indigenous Nahua and Maya scholar from Mexico, will speak about how Indigenous traditions hold critical solutions to help meet pressing social and environmental injustices through deep cultural roots of contemplative wisdom.

Nominate a Professor for Student Council's Teaching Awards
Submit nominations by April 7, 11:59 p.m.
Every year, Student Council's Academic Affairs Agency recognizes 11 outstanding professors across all schools and disciplines at the University. If you would like a professor to be recognized for their excellence, please fill out linked the nomination form!