Distinguished Student Award

February 22nd, 2010

Confidential nominations are due by March 1, 2010. Nominations are now being accepted. This award is presented annually by the Alumni Association to a member of the student body who has won recognition in the University community for demonstrating outstanding academic and leadership performance and for preserving the tradition of the University. Nominees from the undergraduate, graduate, and professional student body are eligible, although s/he must be a degree recipient in May 2010.

Please send confidential nominations by March 1 to:

Pat Hartsook, Office of the VP and Chief Student Affairs Officer,
P.O. Box 400303 (Rotunda, SW Wing).

Visit the VPSA website for more information.

Cultural Programming Board: need money for your cultural program?

February 22nd, 2010

The Cultural Programming Board (CPB) is charged by the Vice President for Student Affairs with the responsibility of supporting the development and implementation of cultural programming at the University of Virginia.

Forms: Read before Applying .doc | Proposal .doc | CPB Budget Template .xls

The CPB seeks to accomplish this charge through support of student initiated cultural programming. The CPB works toward this goal by operating within the following framework and definitions:

  • Culture: Culture shall be defined as shared traditions, values, ideologies and customs that exist over time and exist as a method through which communities and individuals identify and relate to one another.
  • Cultural Programming: Cultural programming shall be defined as programs that provide for the intellectual and artistic expression and exploration of culture as defined herein.
  • Programs are expected to contribute to and enrich the University community. The CPB is committed to implementing and supporting cultural programs that are open to the University community and that further three or more of the following goals:
    • Increasing the presence of underrepresented cultural perspectives;
    • Contributing to the education of the University community;
    • Fostering greater links among students of different backgrounds; and
    • Stimulating new and creative thinking about culture, inclusiveness and community

The CPB allocates a yearly budget of $20,000 to UVA Contracted Independent Organizations (CIO), organizations governed by the Fraternal Organization Agreement (FOA), Special Status organizations, Agency organizations, and Residence Life Groups for creative and innovative approaches to cultural programming. Examples of events funded in the past include India Day, Queer Black Cinema, Simosas & Chai at Lighting of the Lawn, Voices 2009, and Black History Bowl.

Please take time to read the “Important Information to Know” before applying. Please email your completed proposal application and budget (attached) to Bonnie Mann. Once your application materials have been received and processed, you will be contacted to schedule a proposal hearing time on the date indicated on your application.

Spring Proposal Hearings

  • March 15, 2010
    Proposals must be turned in by March 10, 2010 at midnight
  • March 22, 2010
    Proposals must be turned in by March 17, 2010 at midnight
  • April 5, 2010
    Proposals must be turned in by March 31, 2010 at midnight
  • April 19, 2010
    Proposals must be turned in by April 14, 2010 at midnight

Student Fire Relief Fund

February 10th, 2010

The UVA Fund of the Alumni Association has set up a fire relief fund to provide aid and assistance to three University of Virginia graduate students who lost their home to a house fire on February 8, 2010.

Although no one was injured, the three doctoral students in our School of Engineering and Applied Science—one from Puerto Rico, one from Spain and one from the United States—lost everything and have been compelled to find other places to spend the night as they decide what to do next.

The Office of the Dean of Students is providing assistance as these students deal with the many issues they confront in relocating while pursuing their studies. Your assistance is needed and appreciated.

All donations will go to help these students defray the cost of setting up another home while they complete this semester at the University of Virginia. Any remaining funds will be held in perpetuity for future students that may find themselves faced with a similar disaster.

Make a Donation

FAFSA Workshop

February 10th, 2010

Postponed until Wednesday, February 17th.

As you know, in order to be evaluated for financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA) every year. We are here to help! Come join us for a FAFSA Workshop!

The Student Financial Services Office, the Office of the Dean of Students, and ‘Hoos for Open Access are collaborating to bring you a program designed to ease the stress and confusion that can occur at FAFSA time. A financial aid expert will walk you through the online FAFSA and answer your questions. Feel free to bring your laptop and follow along online if you like.

FAFSA Workshop
Postponed until Wednesday, February 17th
6:00 PM
Monroe Hall 130

Free food and refreshments provided.

Please RSVP so that we can be certain to have enough food and drinks!

Love is Love T-Shirt Campaign

February 2nd, 2010

Why Love is Love?

The Love is Love campaign is a celebration of love that is meant to create greater social awareness at the University of Virginia and beyond. The power of its message is found in its simplicity. It is a message that can span all communities. Regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and community-affiliation, true, committed relationships between adults are founded in love. All relationships are equal. All love is equal. Love is Love. It’s not about what it looks like; it’s about how it feels.

The Love is Love campaign is scheduled for the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, a holiday that often overlooks members of the LGBTQ community through heterosexist traditions, advertising, and greeting cards. It is also designed to help correct the common misconception that same-sex partnerships and relationships are simply based on sex and sexual attraction with no real feeling or emotion involved. It is meant to represent progress from the past and remind us of how far we still have to go.

It’s a simple message, but one that bears great meaning. Love comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and varieties. Just because it looks differently, doesn’t mean it feels differently or should be treated differently. In the end, LOVE IS LOVE.

Show Some LOVE. Pick up a Shirt in the LGBT Resource Center (Newcomb 435) from 2/11-2/14.

Wear your shirt on February 14th!