Gus Blagden Room Selection Committee

January 30th, 2012

The Committee to select an individual to live in the Augustus Silliman “Gus” Blagden, III, Room 15 West Lawn, is soliciting nominations from the University community.  The Committee is looking for an undergraduate student in their fourth year of study at the University.  The Scott family, who endowed the room in 1968, characterized the desired recipient as someone who:

  • Selflessly commits their time to serving the University community;
  • Maintains good moral character;
  • Conducts themselves according to a high standard;
  • Displays genuine concern and care for fellow students;
  • May be distinguished by academic merit (but need not be);
  • May be in a recognized position of leadership (but need not be); and
  • Carries these fine qualities with the utmost humility.

Gus was a student at the University in the early 1960’s.  During these years, he was beloved and admired throughout the University community.  Gene Corrigan, past athletic director at Virginia, knew Gus very well.  He wrote that “Gus was a very average student and a mediocre athlete, at best, but was so well respected by his teammates that they chose him to be co-captain of the 1963 Lacrosse Team.  He was, above all, a kind, generous and gentle person.”  Gus died only a few years after graduation, but he had so affected the people with whom he had contact that this room was endowed and dedicated to his honor.

Nominations for the Gus Blagden room should include a letter describing the characteristics and qualities of the nominee that make them worthy of this high honor.  All members of the University community are invited to make nominations.  Please include any personal stories that shed light on the character of the individual.  Letters of nomination must be at least 250 words and should not exceed 500 words.  Letters must be sent electronically as a Word attachment and e-mailed to no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2012. Nominations must meet the above criteria or they will not be  accepted. These letters carry an especially heavy weight as they will be the starting point of consideration for all nominees.


Tori Tucker, on behalf of the Gus Blagden Selection Committee

Cultural Programming Board

January 18th, 2012

Cultural Programming Board: Need money for cultural programming?

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 Megan Drake. 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.

Fall Proposal Hearings

  • October 23, 2012
    Submission deadline Friday, October 19, 2012
  • November 6, 2012
    Submission deadline, Friday, November 2, 2012
  • November 20, 2012
    Submission deadline, Friday, November 16, 2012
  • December 4, 2012
    Submission deadline, Friday, November 30, 2012