15 March 2008

Greetings on the Ides of March - and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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I. Cheer on the HOOS Basketball team Monday, March 24th at JPJ in the second round of the CBI Tournament!

II. Newcomb Hall Reservations Opens its Books for Fall 08 Space

III. Service & Philanthropy Opportunities

IV. Pre-Approved FOA Programs

A. Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. and B.E.A.T.S. present:
Portraits: A Production on Diversity - March 27th at 7pm in McLeod Auditorium

B.The Long Way Home: Former U.Va. and NBA player Gus Gerard’s Path to Recovery - Monday April 7th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m

C. Foxfield Informational Program will be on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:00pm in the Chemistry Auditorium

D. Take Back the Night Rally & Vigil - Thursday, April 3rd

E. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes on April 13th from 1:30-2:30pm

F. Consult the FOA Program Resource Guide

V. Annual Take Back the Night Events & Rally

VI.Latino Awareness Week - March 17-21

VII. Join the University Board of Elections

VIII. Resources from University Career Services - What's Coming Up?

IX. Scholarships & Grants

X. Call HELPLINE: Anytime, Any Reason

XI. Greek Men's Club Welcomes New Members

XII. Upcoming Festivals & Events

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I.Cheer on the HOOS Basketball team Monday, March 24th at JPJ in the second round of the CBI Tournament!

Show your spirit Monday night at JPJ as our basketball team takes on Old Dominion University in the inaugural College Basketball Invitational Tournament.

Think your NCAA bracket has a shot? Let's see how well you do - look for "U.Va. Greek" in the Facebook Bracket Challenge.

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II. Newcomb Hall Reservations Opens its Books for Fall 08 Spaces

.The Newcomb Hall Event Planning Office began accepting reservation requests from active CIO’s, FOA’s, Agency and Special Status student groups for Fall 2008 (Aug. 9, 2008 – December 31, 2008) exclusively via The SOURCE website (http://www.virginia.edu/source/)  at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2008.  

Requests must be submitted through The SOURCE no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and will be processed in the order in which they were received.

Your submitted request does not constitute reservation of the space. A confirmation will be sent via email once your request has been approved.

Please note that spaces in academic facilities which Newcomb Hall reserves will not be available until the beginning of June. Any requests for these spaces for the Fall Semester will be cancelled and we ask that they be resubmitted after June 1.

The Event Planning Office will not be accepting new requests, for the current semester, in person or over the phone until after 1:00 p.m. on March 13. Thank you for your cooperation and for planning your events with Newcomb.
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Krisztina J. Ujvagi-Roder, CMP
Event Planning Manager, Newcomb Hall
Phone:  982-2327
Fax:  924-7111
http://www.virginia.edu/newcomb/space/index.html 

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III. Service & Philanthropy Opportunities

HOOS in SYNC: On behalf of the Sisters of Sigma Kappa and the Brothers of Sigma Pi I would like to invite you to participate in our annual spring philanthropy event, Hoos in Sync.  Hoos in Sync is a lip syncing contest that will be held on Friday, March 28, 2008 from 3-5pm at Sigma Pi.  We welcome groups of any size to prepare a dance and lip sync with costumes to a song of their choice.  “Celebrity” judges will choose the groups with the best costumes and the best lip sync routines and rewards will include packages of gift certificates to local restaurants.

 The cost is $5 per group member or $3 at the door for non-participants.  Attendees will be able to enjoy free food provided by Raising Canes.  T-shirts and cups will also be on sale for $10 and $2.

All money raised will benefit Sigma Kappa’s national foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association.  We will be taking sign-ups and selling t-shirts and cups on the lawn the week of March 24th.

Thank you for aiding us in our service efforts and please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about Hoos in Sync.

Sincerely,
Courtney Campbell
Sigma Kappa Foundations Chair
Csc3w@virginia.edu
(304) 561-5521

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The Charlottesville Ten Miler needs to recruit nearly 400 volunteers to help staff the race course.  The race is on Saturday, March 29 and although it begins early, volunteer duties wrap up early as well!  Every volunteer will receive a free wicking shirt as a thank you.  This event will benefit several area non-profits, including Madison House.  The primary beneficiary is the Charlottesville / Albemarle Rescue Squad.

Please consider signing up to help with the race.  Volunteer duties are simple.  You staff a specific intersection along the course and direct traffic, (both runners and vehicles) as well as ensure runner safety and cheer them on.  It is important to have every intersection staffed, so we need to find nearly 400 volunteers.

Please register at www.madisonhouse.org/c10m and tell friends, volunteers, family, anyone!  It is a fun morning and you’ll be surprised who you see jog by!

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The Int'l Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence
Mark your calendars for the Charlottesville March Downtown - April 13, 2008.

Can you walk the walk? The Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) is looking for brave men from all walks of life to walk one mile in women’s high heeled shoes through Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall to protest rape, sexual assault & gender violence. Inspired by the old saying, “You can’t understand a person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes,” fellow walkers have included Virginia Rugby Football Club players, fraternity brothers, doctors, lawyers and ministers. Dedicated participants will strap on a pair of women’s high-heeled shoes and walk for a great cause.  
Proceeds from sponsored walkers in the event will benefit SARA’s violence prevention efforts and rape crisis services in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Nelson, Louisa, Greene, and Fluvanna counties.
SARA is a non-profit organization that provides crisis-intervention and support services to women, children, and men who have experienced sexual violence. SARA also offers educational and prevention programming to educate all community members about sexual violence and to engage others on the efforts to create a safe and peaceful communities free of sexual violence. Services include: 24-hour crisis hotlines; accompaniment to hospitals, police stations, and courts; individual counseling and group therapy for survivors, their families and significant others; and prevention education.
Get a team of walkers together or sign up on your own and register to walk and join us in this fun opportunity for men to educate and rally the community to take action to prevent sexual violence.
Men have to be part of the solution and you are here to help. Join us on April 13th in saying that rape is not just a woman’s issue.

For more information visit www.sexualassaultresources.org/WalkAMileInHerShoes.html

Damon Watson
SARA (Sexual Assault Resource Agency)
P.O Box 6880
Charlottesville, VA 22906
(434) 295-7273 ext 10
Fax-(434) 220-4791
www.sexualassaultresources.org

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IT’S TIME TO WALK FOR HEALTHY BABIES!
CHARLOTTESVILLE HELPS TO SAVE BABIES WITH MARCH FOR BABIES EVENT

WHO:            2008 CHARLOTTESVILLE MARCH FOR BABIES

WHAT:         AN EVENT TO WALK FOR THE HEALTH OF ALL BABIES

WHEN:         SUNDAY, APRIL 20 AT 2:00 PM

WHERE:       MCINTIRE PARK- RUGBY AVENUE

WHY:            TO SUPPORT THE MARCH OF DIMES’ RESEARCH IN PREVENTING PREMATURE BIRTHS AND BIRTH DEFECTS

HOW:            Come join us for a morning of walking, food, and fun!  Registration will begin at 1:00 p.m., and then we walk at 2:00!

The funds that you help raise will support the March of Dimes efforts to prevent birth defects and prematurity in babies both here and across the world. Over 500,000 babies will be born too soon next year in the U.S. – one of every eight babies in Charlottesville-- and in half those cases, doctors wwill be born too soon next year in the U.S. – one of every eight babies in Charlottesville-- and in half those cases, doctors will not be able to predict who is at risk.

For more information about forming a team, volunteering, or sponsoring March for Babies, contact Bryan Harris at 800/868-5894 or email bharris@marchofdimes.org.

Charlottesville Community Food Project Volunteers Needed
The premise of the Charlottesville Community Food Project is to raise money from the University and city community, use that money to purchase produce, eggs and pasture-raised meats from small, local farms, and to give that good food to low-income members of our community. Help provide healthy, tasty food for those who could not otherwise afford it, and support for our local food system. This community project is just getting started. If you want to get involved, please contact me via e-mail.

Project SERVE 2008 Site Leader Applications Due
Application deadline March 17.
U.Va.'s Project SERVE is an annual event with a twofold mission: to introduce incoming students to service and service learning opportunities at U.Va. and to familiarize participants with some of the local agencies that rely on the continued dedication and commitment of the University community. Project SERVE 2008 will take place on Sept. 13. Applications to be a Serve site leader are available on the Web and are due March 17. Please e-mail Alexis with questions.

Building Tomorrow's Bike to Uganda
Weekly Building Tomorrow meetings: Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Pavilion VIII.
Exercise and change lives at the same time. Hop on a stationary bike for Bike to Uganda. Come help us plan and raise funds for this awesome event. Contact us or go online to learn more.

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The mission of the Shelter for Help in Emergency is to end domestic violence in our community. In order to achieve this mission, we provide temporary shelter to victims of domestic violence and their children, helping them find resources, and providing counseling and education to help empower them.
We are continually looking for volunteers to help in the shelter answering the hotline and to lead children's programs.  Additionally, this year, we are moving into a new home and are in need of lots of help with housewarming items -- this is a great opportunity for chapters to fundraise for everything from forks to footstools. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Robin Goldstein at 434.963-4676 or rgoldstein@shelterforhelpinemergency.org .  Thank you!

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IV. Pre-Approved FOA Programs

A. Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. and B.E.A.T.S. present:
Portraits: A Production on Diversity

Join us for a night of personal experiences, opinions, or issues related to race, culture, religion, background, or lifestyle expressed through poems, songs, spoken word, freestyle, monologues, art, etc.

March 27th at 7pm - McLeod Auditorium - FREE ADMISSION

Questions? Contact Aika Zikibayeva az6j@virginia.edu or Khalifa Lee ksl9h@virginia.edu

(Satisfies a Diversity and Discrimination FOA program)

B. The Long Way Home: Former U.Va. and NBA player Gus Gerard’s Path to Recovery
Monday April 7th
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Newcomb Hall Ballroom
Presented by Hoos In Recovery, Department of Athletics,
Office of the Dean of Students,
Center for Alcohol and Substance Education,
Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, IFC and ISC
For more information contact HoosInRecovery@virginia.edu

http://www.virginia.edu/case/documents/GusGerardPDFFlyer.pdf
Additionally, Gus’ bio is available under the “About Us” link here:

(Satisfies EITHER an Alcohol/Drugs OR a Personal Health/Safety FOA Program requirement)

C. The Foxfield Informational Program will be on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:00pm in the Chemistry Auditorium at U.Va. .

Panelists will discuss the changes in enforcement and prosecution at the Foxfield Races, including:

  1. U.Va. peer educators who will provide basic alcohol information
  2. Ernie Allen (Albemarle Co. Police) and Roger Stevens (Department of ABC)
  3. Anne Susen, Pat Butterfield and Ben Dick (Foxfield Racing Association)
  4. Allen Williamson (U.Va. Special Events Medical Management)
  5. Allen Groves (speaking about risk management for students and groups)

Each presenter will briefly outline the above topics, allowing for Q&A at the end. Based on years past, we expect to have 500 students there, so you will want to arrive a bit early to get seats. 

(Satisfies EITHER an Alcohol/Drugs OR a Liability FOA Program requirement)

D.Take Back the Night Rally & Vigil
Thursday, April 3rd - Take Back the Night Rally

5:30pm at Washington Park (at the end of 14th/Madison Ave)
7:30pm March from Washington Park to the Amphitheater
8:30pm Candlelight Vigil
U.Va. Amphitheater
Survivors of sexual assault are invited to share their stories anonymously with the U.Va. community
FREE - visit tbtnuva.com for more details

(Satisfies Sexual Assault FOA Program requirement)

E. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes on April 13th from 1:30-2:30pm

The Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) is looking for brave men from all walks of life to walk one mile in women’s high heeled shoes through Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall to protest rape, sexual assault & gender violence. Inspired by the old saying, “You can’t understand a person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes,” fellow walkers have included Virginia Rugby Football Club players, fraternity brothers, doctors, lawyers and ministers. Dedicated participants will strap on a pair of women’s high-heeled shoes and walk for a great cause.  

Proceeds from sponsored walkers in the event will benefit SARA’s violence prevention efforts and rape crisis services in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Nelson, Louisa, Greene, and Fluvanna counties.

Get a team of walkers together or sign up on your own and register to walk and join us in this fun opportunity for men to educate and rally the community to take action to prevent sexual violence. Men have to be part of the solution and you are here to help. Join us on April 13th in saying that rape is not just a woman’s issue.

For more information see the attached brochure or visit www.sexualassaultresources.org/WalkAMileInHerShoes.html

(Satisfies Sexual Assault FOA Program requirement)

F. Consult the FOA Program Resource Guide

Visit the updated 07-08 FOA Program Resource Guide for ideas and contact information for this academic year. And if you are involved in an organization on Grounds that can offer these programs, please contact Meghan Tellone at tellone@virginia.edu to be added to the list.

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V.U.Va.'s Annual Take Back the Night Events - March 28th-April 3rd

Friday, March 28th - MEN | Take Back the Night Kick-Off Dance Party
Satellite Ballroom, 9pm

Tickets on sale NOW!Newly formed DJ duo MEN features the musical stylings of JD Samson and Jo, members of the politically charged riot grrrl band, Le Tigre, which they formed with former Bikini Kill member Kathleen Hanna. Throughout the last decade, Le Tigre has mixed activism, politics, and feminism with fun electronic samples and lo-fi beats. Now, during Le Tigre's extended hiatus, JD and Johanna have continued to rock on, and are bringing a DJ set to Charlottesville that is sure to get your feet moving and to shake up a serious social polemic over issues of gender norms, sexual violence, and female and queer rights. For more information on MEN, please visit the band's myspace: www.myspace.com/mrandmrsmen.

The Dance Party is the kick-off event for this year's Take Back the Night week of events. Take Back the Night is an annual effort at the University of Virginia to end the silence of sexual violence survivors in the Charlottesville community, with the hope that we can eventually end sexual violence and abuse through outreach, community building, and by raising a collective and powerful voice.

All proceeds for the Dance Party featuring MEN will go to benefit the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) and the Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) which provide counseling and shelter for victims of sexual violence in Charlottesville.

Monday, March 31st - "How to Date a Survivor" Panel
Survivors of sexual assault and their partners share insights about the specific challenges involved in dating a survivor.
8pm / Minor 130
FREE

Tuesday, April 1st - Mock SAB Trial
A reenactment of the steps a survivor must take within the University's Sexual Assault Board
Time and Place TBA
FREE

Wednesday, April 2nd - Lightcatchers
Theatrical performance about domestic violence
Time and Place TBA
FREE

Thursday, April 3rd - Take Back the Night Rally
5:30pm at Washington Park
(at the end of 14th/Madison Ave)

7:30pm March from Washington Park to the Amphitheater

8:30pm Candlelight Vigil
U.Va. Amphitheater
Survivors of sexual assault are invited to share their stories anonymously with the U.Va. community
FREE

Dear Fraternity Men of U.Va.,
My name is Graham Evans. I am the Take Back the Night Men's Involvement Chair.  I contact you to request your support and involvement with three initiatives i wish to make happen in conjunction with the event.  As men of integrity, our commitment to this event is imperative.  It symbolizes readiness take leadership in the changing landscapes of masculinity, violence and relationship

1) Grassroots Male Publicity Campaign
This year, i hope to put together a all male publicity campaign made up for guys willing to commit to attend the event who then also commit to gently but firmly convince their friends to a) attend the event and b) join the campaign.  Please email me ASAP to be involved

2) Men's TBTN Art Project
I endeavor to create a male organized art project in support of TBTN.  I consider the possibility of a performance art piece in addition to producing a physical work

3) Masculinity Forum
I work on organizing a masculinity forum to take place after and in response to TBTN.  I envision a saturday afternoon where men get together discuss what it means to be a man in these changing times, how we want the male community to look in the future, and how we can achieve positive change toward this end.

Please contact me if you have ideas or wish to be involved.  Please consider ways your whole fraternity can get involved. I will need most help on the third initiative. 

Thanks again,
graham cge2e@virginia.edu

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VI. Latino Awareness Week - March 17th- March 21st

Monday, March 17th
“¿Puedo Hablar? May I Speak?”
Documentary film on HUGO CHAVEZ

Photo Exhibit, screening, Q&A with producer and co-director Chris Moore
Kaleidoscope 4:30 pm
Sponsors: La Alianza, SUR Magazine, Cultural Programming Board, Spanish Department, Library Multicultural Issues Committee

Tuesday, March 18th
Immigration Panel
Kaleidoscope 5:00 pm
Sponsors: Latino Student Union, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Latin American Photo Exhibit
Kaleidoscope: Tuesday, March 18th- Friday March 21st
Sponsors: Students Helping Honduras, Towards a Better Latin America

Wednesday, March 19th
Café con Leche
Tuttle Lounge 9:00 pm
Sponsors: B.E.A.T.S. , Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.

Thursday, March 20th
HIV/AIDS among Hispanic/Latinos in the US
Commonwealth Room 6:00 pm
Speaker: Carlos Soles
HIV/AIDS Screening: Newcomb 168, 9am - 2:30pm
Sponsors: La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Inc. , Students Helping Honduras, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, AIDS Service Group (ASG), AIDS Service, Awareness, and Prevention (ASAP)

Friday, March 21st
Conversations among Communities
Newcomb Main Lounge at Noon
Sponsors: La Alianza, Peer Mentor Program, Latino Student Union
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For more information please contact Carla Zeballos at carla@virginia.edu
Special thanks to the Office of the Dean of Students.

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VII. Join the University Board of Elections

Application deadline: March 24, 5 p.m., electronically
Applications for the 2008-2009 University Board of Elections (UBE) are now being accepted.  No prior experience is required, but we are looking for enthusiastic and hard-working applicants.  The UBE regulates and supervises the University-wide Student Elections; for more information and application information, please visit the UBE website at www.U.Va.vote.com. Questions?  Contact UBE-Applications@virginia.edu.

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VIII. Resources from University Career Services - What's Coming Up?

Visit the UCS website at http://www.career.virginia.edu/ for more information and upcoming events.

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IX. Scholarships & Grants

Parents Committee Internship Grants
Deadline: March 31.
Make a difference this summer and get money for your dream internship in public service. Learn more about these $2,500 grants online.

Larry Simpson Internship Scholarship
Deadline: April 7, noon.
This need-based scholarship is designed to encourage rising fourth-year students in the College of Art and Sciences to participate in summer internships. It is administered in a collaborative arrangement among the U.Va. Alumni Association, University Career Services, and U.Va. Student Financial Services. The award will total up to $2,000 per summer. Learn more online.

Gilbert J. Sullivan Scholarship
Deadline: April 10, 1:37 p.m.
The Z Society offers the Gilbert J. Sullivan Scholarship, a $2,000 need-based scholarship awarded to a returning undergraduate student of the University. To apply, pick up an application from University Career Services (UCS) in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium, or download a copy from the UCS Web site. Applications are due by 1:37 p.m. on April 10 and may be returned to UCS or via e-mail.

U.Va. Skinner Scholarship
Applications due March 15.
St. Paul's Memorial Episcopal Church (Charlottesville) is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for the upcoming school year. Scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate Episcopal students enrolled at the University of Virginia who are interested in pursuing ordained or lay ministry (lay ministry to be interpreted broadly). Applications are due March 15 and may be downloaded at the St. Paul's Web site by clicking the U.Va. Mission Skinner Scholarship. Please contact us with questions.

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X. Call Help Line: Anytime, for Any Reason!

Whether you are feeling stressed out by school, having family issues, got a lot on your mind, or just need someone to listen, we’re here. Call HelpLine. HelpLine is a 24/7 listening and referral service. It is nonjudgmental, and nondirective, completely anonymous and confidential. Feel free to call at any time for any reason. 434-295-TALK (8255). We are here to listen.

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XI. Greek Men's Club Welcomes New Members

The Greek Men's Club is a student-run social and support group for gay, bisexual, and questioning men in U.Va. fraternities. It is strictly confidential, and we don't assume that anyone who contacts us is gay. We also don't want to pressure anyone to come out to our meetings, let alone come out completely; what we want is to make everyone feel comfortable and supported within the Greek community. Contact the Greek Men's Club to find out more about the group's meeting time/place.

Additionally, the Lambda 10 Project is a National clearinghouse for educational resources and materials related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression as it pertains to the fraternity/sorority experience. In addition to serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students and alumni(ae), this organization offers resources and support for heterosexual folks interested in allying with their GLBT brothers and sisters.

XII. Upcoming Festivals and Events

Virginia Festival of the Book
Right Here in Charlottesville, March 26-30, 2008
Featuring Special Events with Walter Mosley Devil in a Blue Dress and M*A*S*H star Mike Farrell.

2008 Washington DC National Cherry Blossom Festival
Two weeks of exciting events in DC including:
Saturday, March 29
Family Day & Opening Ceremony w/the National Building Museum

Wednesday, April 2
Grand Sushi & Sake Tasting

Saturday, April 5
Musical Prelude and Fireworks Show at the Southwest Waterfront

Wednesday, April 9
Annual Gala Dinner Cruise aboard the Odyssey

Saturday, April 12
Southwest Airlines presents the Parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival

March 29-April 13
Cultural Performances at the steps of the Jefferson Memorial

and much more, including art exhibits, tours, sports competitions, and delectable cuisine!

Tickets on sale NOW...Festival hotline: (877) 44-BLOOM or www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

FILMFEST DC - WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Date: April 24-May 4, 2008 
  
Location: 4000 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, DC
  
Attendance: 37,000  
Description: For 12 days each April, filmgoers take a cinematic journey around the world, without ever leaving the nation's capital. The Washington, DC International Film Festival brings outstanding world cinema right to Washington, DC with more than 100 features, documentaries, short films and special programs.

Foxfield Spring Races - Saturday, April 26th
STUDENTS - please visit the website at www.foxfieldraces.com for updated policies for the 2008 races, and attend the informational meeting listed above.

The designated beneficiary for the Spring 2008 Race Meet is Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charlottesville who will be hosting "Sumo, Sushi, and Sake," at John Paul Jones arena on Friday, April 25th, 2008. This fundraising event will showcase the exotic world of Sumo Wrestling while featuring Japanese Cuisine with all proceeds going directly to Ronald McDonald House.

 

Have you seen the new consolidated University calendar, which now combines academic, student, and holiday calendars? Check it out here.

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Thanks for taking the time to skim this newsletter! We look forward to seeing you around the office and the Grounds.

Greek News is a public list that is available for folks involved in the Fraternity & Sorority community at U.Va., so feel free to forward the list membership link for subscription or unsubscription (https://list.mail.virginia.edu/mailman/listinfo/greeknews).

If you would like me to add something to this newsletter in the future, please email your info blurb (see format above) to clwe@virginia.edu.

Cheers.
~Chris Wilcox Elliott
Doctoral Intern
Office of the Dean of Students/Fraternity & Sorority Life
Lower Level, Madison House
434.924.7430