Follow Dean Groves on Twitter

April 20th, 2010

Find out where he’ll be and what he’s up to @uvadeangroves.

Join the LGBT Resource Center Operating Board

April 13th, 2010

Applications are due Friday at 5:00 pm. Available positions include:

Intern (2 positions available: Volunteer Coordinator and Programs Intern)
Serve as Volunteer Coordinator, run Coffee Hour, organize and publicize major events, maintain Resource Center library, and assist in the overall functioning of the Resource Center. There will also be an opportunity to facilitate/co-facilitate Safe Space trainings.

LGBT Health Promotions
Work with the AIDS/HIV Service Group (ASG) of Charlottesville to arrange monthly HIV testing on Grounds, as well as work on addressing issues of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Be a liaison to Sexual Assault Leadership Council

Speakers Bureau
Train speakers and organize panels to educate the community about LGBT issues. Panels will be presented to different groups around Grounds and Charlottesville, such as Greek organizations, youth groups, diversity workshops, and residence halls.

Queer People of Color (M2)
Facilitate/maintain a social group for students who identify as both queer/questioning and a person of color.

QG/Greeks United
Facilitate/maintain a social and support network interested in providing a positive experience for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer, and questioning members of the Greek community.

Living Gender
Facilitate a social and discussion group for all members of the UVA community interested in gender identity and expression. Further transgender, genderqueer, and intersex issues on Grounds via interactions with students, faculty and administrators.

Queer Grads
Organize social events and maintain listserv for graduate students. Activities vary each semester. Past events have included brunches, wine tastings, happy hours, and mixers.

Diversity Outreach Coordinator
Identify ways to make the LGBT Resource Center and its programming more inclusive of multiple communities. Specific focus on anti-racism efforts, social justice programming, and collaboration/co-sponsorship with other communities.

Resource Center Peer Advisors (2 positions available)
Coordinate the LGBTQ Peer Advisor Program, train advisors, and match advisees, creating a greater sense of family and community amongst the queer community at UVA.

Personal Finance Workshop

April 13th, 2010

401K? 403B? Roth IRA? High premium health benefits? Low premium? What do all of these mean?

‘Hoos for Open Access and the Office of the Dean of Students are pleased to offer you answers to these questions and more.

Personal Finance workshop
Monday, April 19th · 5:30 PM · Monroe Hall 130
Led by: McIntire School of Commerce Professor Karin Bonding, CFA

Professor Bonding will walk you through what you need to know to begin making sound financial decisions as you begin your post-college life.  Free food and refreshments will be provided. Make sure to RSVP.

Dealing with Year-end Stress

April 8th, 2010

Most of us would agree that April is the most stressful month of the entire school year. Tests, papers, upcoming final exams, and other academic deadlines converge with various year-end activities as well as with long-awaited responses from graduate schools, potential employers and internships.

Whether you are preparing to walk the Lawn in May or simply moving from your first to your second year, the spring is a time of transition. It is normal to feel some degree of stress and anxiety. What is important to remember is that resources are available to help should you need them. You can also take steps to maintain your own health and safety.

Symptoms of Stress

How do you know if stress is affecting you in negative ways?

The symptoms of stress include: irritability; self-medication (by using over-the-counter medications, alcohol, or food to combat stress); a compromised immune system; feeling as though you don’t have time to relax; exhaustion, a lack of energy or a sense of dread; memory problems; an inability to concentrate; poor judgment; seeing only the negative; anxious or racing thoughts; and constant worrying.

Thoughts of harming oneself or others represent stress and depression in the most extreme form. While every thought may not lead to action, it is important not to dismiss such thoughts you may be having or such comments you may be hearing from friends or peers, especially if they are recurring.

Where to Call for Help

If you see patterns of stress and depression in your own life, or in your friends’ or peers’, it is important to seek help. Several offices at the University are available around the clock. They include:

  • Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): 434-243-5150 for appointments; 434-972-7004 for after-hours emergencies. For more urgent needs, walk-in services are available Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Office of the Dean of Students: 434-924-7133 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays; after hours, call University Police and ask to be connected with the dean-on-call who is available 24/7.
  • University Police: 434-924-7166; 911 for emergencies.
  • It is important to remind you that students who call 911 for medical emergencies will not face disciplinary action for doing so. It is critical that you always get immediate medical help for yourself or your friends. Even a brief delay in calling 911 can be critical.

Positive Steps for Dealing with Stress

As you approach the final weeks of the semester, please remember many of the basic steps that will help you approach stress in a healthy and safe manner:

  • Eat well, get as much sleep as possible, and keep up an exercise routine.
  • Watch your intake of alcohol. Negative consequences from alcohol use range from missed classes to sexual activity that is later regretted or deemed to have lacked consent. Alcohol is a depressant, not a stimulant, and recent studies show it can have dramatic, long-term effects on the brains of individuals in their late teens and early 20s. The combination of alcohol and stress is not healthy.
  • Use prescription drugs as prescribed by your doctor. Recent indicators show that students may be sharing prescribed psychostimulant medications such as Adderall and Ritalin. This is not safe. Only you should be taking drugs prescribed for you, and you should be taking them according to your doctor’s directions.
  • Maintain your personal safety as the weather and daylight hours improve. When the weather is beautiful at 3 a.m., you may be tempted to walk home alone, but this is not a safe or smart move.
  • Look for perspective and balance in your life. If you find this difficult, or if you are unable to talk with family or friends, then call one of the resources listed above.

Mental Wellness Screening
Sponsored by CAPS
April 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Newcomb Hall, Room 168.

Next Wednesday, students will be able to stop by Newcomb for a five-minute, anonymous mental health screening conducted by CAPS staff. Participants will receive immediate feedback about the results. The first 24 people will be treated to free pizza, and all will be invited to enter a raffle for free food on the Corner. You can also go online now for anonymous online screenings and information about emotional well-being.

In closing, I wish you well as you finish up the semester. Please know that we are here to support your success and that it is never a sign of weakness to ask for help, either for yourself or for a friend. When debating whether to ask for help or to remain silent, asking for help is the better choice.


Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer