1 December 2007

The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life wishes you well this season as you finish up your Fall coursework and prepare for a long winter break. Happy Holidays!!

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I. Dean of Students' Open House just prior to Lighting of the Lawn...

II. Don't Miss LIGHTING OF THE LAWN on Dec 6th!!

III. Service & Philanthropy Events

IV. Pre-Approved FOA Programs

A. Miller Center Forum: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the U.S
B. Hazing: The Fallout - with Travis Apgar
C. What Happy Faces Are Hiding: Talking About Depression
D. Consult the FOA Program Resource Guide

V. Did you miss Randy Pausch's Last Lecture? See it online...

VI.A few quiet places to STUDY

VII. Pick up your Holiday gifts from UPC's Artisans' Bazaar

VIII. Resources from University Career Services - How do I...

IX. ReMIX Fall Concert on Fri, Dec 7th

X. 'Tell Us a Tale' Serves Up Latkes & Roast Beast...

XI. Support the Hoos' Basketball teams at JPJ in December...

XII.Book the Poplar Ridge Challenge Course for your Chapter/Organization

XIII. Asia Night - Study Abroad Opportunities

XIV.Applications Available for Student Member of the Board of Visitors

XV. Presidents' Corner

A.Ensure the accuracy of your chapter roster for Fall grade reports
B. MidYear Report and FOA program submissions PAST DUE

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I. Office of the Dean of Students' Winter Open House

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II. Don't Miss Lighting of the Lawn on Dec 6th!!

Thursday December 6, 2007
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Lighting of the Lawn is an event that has been shared by the University and Charlottesville communities since 2001. It is a holiday tradition that brings the two communities together and celebrates the actual lighting of the Lawn. Singing groups, Lawn room receptions, and Pavilion receptions provide entertainment for students and Charlottesville residents. This event is co-sponsored by several organizations of Grounds including Third Year Council, Second Year Council, First Year Council, and UPC.

Sponsored by Class of 2008 Trustees
Contact Information Lucy Harris, lucyh@virginia.edu

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III. Service & Philanthropy Events

Donate food in your house or apartment before leaving for break!

Contact the Charlottesville Emergency Food Bank at 434-979-9180 or the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank at 434-296-3663. The following (unopened, nonperishable) foods are always needed, but especially during the holiday season:

  • canned fruits and vegetables
  • cereal
  • canned fish
  • beans
  • soup
  • peanut butter
  • pasta and sauce

Visit the Emergency Food Bank's website at http://avenue.org/efb/home.html or the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank at http://www.brafb.org/.

Warm clothing donations are also much appreciated during this time of year at a number of different local agencies:
Goodwill Industries (Pantops) - 1242 Richmond Rd, 434.295.3967
Goodwill Industries (29N) - 1720 Seminole Trl, 434.872.0171
Salvation Army thrift store (SE of U.Va. Hospital) - 604 Cherry Ave, 434.979.5230
SCPA Rummage (end of Grady) - 943 Preston Avenue, 434.293.8475

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IV. Pre-Approved FOA Programs

A. Miller Center Forum: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the U.S.

Monday December 3, 2007
11:00 AM

Miller Center of Public Affairs
2201 Old Ivy Rd.
Charlottesville VA 22904
http://www.millercenter.org

Dr.Trita Parsi is the founder and president of the
National Iranian American Council. Parsi, who earned his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University under the direction of Francis Fukuyama, has written and lectured widely on Middle East politics, and has served as a Congressional foreign policy advisor. In his book, Parsi argues that the most important sources of tension in the Middle East are not the conflicting worldviews of Iranian and Israeli leaders but are strategic and geopolitical; each seeks hegemony in the region. A book signing will follow the Forum.

For more information, contact: Shirley Kohut, (434) 924-6049, sak3u@virginia.edu

(Satisfies Diversity & Discrimination FOA Program requirement)

B. Hazing: The Fallout - with Travis Apgar

Saturday, January 19th from 6:30-7:30pm
Rotunda Room of the Doubletree Hotel on Rt. 29 North
Space is limited, so RSVP quickly with the # of attendees to appleorg@virginia.edu

Travis Apgar is an Associate Dean of Students at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Northeast Greek Leadership Association since 2001.  He also assists with the development of resources and materials for National Hazing Prevention Awareness Week and was a 2005 keynote speaker at the Second Annual National Hazing Symposium.  Travis is an anti-hazing activist involved in a variety of activities with the goal to abolish hazing.  His own personal story of hazing, combined with his professional experiences, has made him an outspoken advocate against such activities.

This program is one keynote for the APPLE Conference, hosted annually by the Center for Alcohol & Substance Education and the NCAA. Your RSVP is required to attend.

(Satisfies Hazing FOA Program requirement)

C. What Happy Faces Are Hiding: Talking About Depression (w. Ross Szabo)

Sunday, January 20th from 9-10am
Rotunda Room of the Doubletree Hotel on Rt. 29 North
Space is limited, so RSVP quickly with the # of attendees to appleorg@virginia.edu

Ross Szabo is the Director of Youth Outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign. During the past 5 years Ross is the only person in the country who has spoken to over 500,000 young people about mental health issues. He has been featured in Parade and Seventeen magazines and appeared on CNN, MTV and CBS. In 2004 PBS turned his presentation into a television program titled, “What’s On Your Mind?” He was named the 2006 Rising Star Speaker of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine which recognized him as one of the top speakers in the country on the college speaking circuit. The goal of his organization is to remove the stereotypes surrounding mental health issues.

This program is one keynote for the APPLE Conference, hosted annually by the Center for Alcohol & Substance Education and the NCAA. Your RSVP is required to attend.

(Satisfies Personal Health & Safety FOA Program requirement)

D. 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.Did you miss Randy Pausch's Last Lecture? See it online...

Prof. Randy Pausch visited the University of Virginia on Tuesday Nov 27, to give a lecture at 3:00pm in Old Cabell Hall (which seats 850, and he filled to capacity!).  This talk was videotaped and is now available on the Web. 

Randy was a professor in U.Va.'s Department of Computer Science from 1988-1997, and at CMU since then.  In August he was told that his pancreatic cancer had progressed and he has only three to six months of good health remaining.  He is 47 years old, married with children ages 1, 3, and 5.

In addition to his recent Oprah Show appearance in Oct and other TV and
newspaper interviews, Randy was named "Person of the Week" on ABC's World News.

The Disney-owned publisher Hyperion has paid $6.7 million for the rights to publish a book about Randy called "The Last Lecture" (co-authored by Randy and Wall Street Journal reporter Jeff Zaslow):   

In his recent U.Va. lecture, Randy focused on "how you can get the most out of your time, no matter how much or how little time you have left".

As usual, Randy's talk was full of his unique combination of humor, inspiration, and insightful life advice.  Check it out online here.

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VI. A few quiet places to STUDY

Need some alternatives to the library to prepare for exams? 

You are welcome to use the lounge space in the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life during business hours (M-F, 8am-5pm). We can offer holiday treats and coffee/tea along with the cavalier network.

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University Baptist (next to Red Roof Inn on the corner) will be open for students from 1:00 - 11:00 pm, December 8-17.  Wireless internet is available as well as rooms for study groups.  Coffee, tea and snacks provided.  There is plenty of parking, and entry to the study area is off the side parking lot.  

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Need caffeine or food on Grounds during exams? Check the website for U.Va. Dining locations as they revise their hours of operation soon for Finals and the Holidays: http://www.virginia.edu/dining

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VII. Pick up your Holiday gifts from UPC's Artisans' Bazaar

Newcomb Hall Ballroom
December 6, 2007 - December 7, 2007
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Are you still looking for gifts for the holidays? Don?t have much time to shop? Come to the annual Artisans’ Bazaar hosted by the University Programs Council featuring handmade arts and crafts by selected community members, faculty and students. Artisans will be selling wares for all occasions at prices that fit any budget including jewelry, fashion accessories, ceramics/ pottery, photography, painting along with many others unique items. In addition there will be interactive activities, raffle drawings and live performances throughout the two days.

Sponsored by University Programs Council http://www.uvaupc.com
Contact: Colleen Johnson
cmj6p@virginia.edu
434-924-3286

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VIII. Resources from University Career Services - How do I...

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

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IX. ReMIX Fall Concert
Friday December 7, 2007
McLeod Hall, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The one and only....ReMiXXXX. Come out and help ReMiX put on the most official concert of the year...trust us, you DON'T want to miss this!!! Three hours of non-stop musical entertainment for your enjoyment. Bring a Friend!

For more information please contact:
Brandon Rogers, ReMiX President
bdr3b@virginia.edu
Or visit http://www.remixuva.com

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X. Tell Us a Tale Serves Up Latkes & Roast Beast...

@ Gravity Lounge
(103 S. Street Downtown Mall)

Saturday December 15, 2007
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Join Peter Jones and Jen Hoffman from Tell Us A Tale, the internationally syndicated children's radio program (heard locally on University station WTJU 91.1 FM), for a special holiday show that will be recorded for later airing on stations in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand!

In between the Christmas and Chanukah stories (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, How Murray Saved Christmas, etc.), there will be all different varieties of music. The scheduled acts are the Front Porch Americana sound of Jan Smith, Cajun/Zydeco swing of Matty Metcalfe & Crewe d’Bayou, Gypsy Jazz stylings of the Rick Olivarez Trio, and Klezmer sounds of Simchah!. Come for just part or all of this holiday extravaganza!

http://www.tellusatale.com/performance.htm
Contact: Peter Jones
434-978-3603
radio@tellusatale.com
Sponsored By WTJU: 434-924-0885

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XI.Support the Hoos' Basketball teams at JPJ in December...

Wed, Dec 5      Men’s Basketball          vs. Syracuse     C'ville       7:30 p.m.        
Fri, Dec 7          Men’s Basketball          vs.Longwood   C'ville       7 p.m.            
Wed, Dec 19    Men’s Basketball          vs. Hampton     C'ville       7 p.m.            
Thu, Dec 20      Women’s Basketball     vs. Davidson     C'ville       7 p.m.            
Sat, Dec 22       Men’s Basketball          vs. Elon            C'ville       2 p.m.
Dec 28-29        Women’s Basketball     Marriott Cavalier Classic in C'ville
Sun, Dec 30      Men’s Basketball          vs. Hartford      C'ville     3 p.m.           


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XII.Book the Poplar Ridge Challenge Course for your Chapter/Organization

Poplar Ridge, Experiential Learning and Training

Want an exciting, bond-building activity for your Fraternity or Sorority?  U.Va.’s challenge course, Poplar Ridge, provides team building, leadership, and high-ropes opportunities for the University and surrounding communities.

Poplar Ridge is an experiential learning and training program operated by the Department of Intramural-Recreational Sports. Most of our programs utilize our beautiful, eight-acre site located on Grounds.

All programs are custom designed and are based on the desired outcomes of your group.
Our typical program options are as follows:

Team building:  These activities take place at or near ground level and consist of both physical and cognitive challenges.  The team-building programs accelerate relationship building, improve lines of communication, build trust, and develop high performance teams. Our trained facilitators assist each group with processing their experiences.

Combination: These programs start with team building and add one of the stand-alone high-ropes elements involving climbing at some height above the ground.  High elements typically focus more on the challenge of each individual.

If you have questions or want additional information please contact John at poplarridge@virginia.edu or at 924-3791.

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XIII. Asia Night - Study Abroad Opportunities

Kaleidescope Room (Newcomb 3rd Floor)
Wednesday December 5, 2007
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Learn about study abroad opportunities in Asia. Representatives from programs to China, Tibet, and Japan will be on hand to share their experiences and answer your questions. Refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored By the International Studies Office, please contact Chris Payne (cp4bc@virginia.edu) with questions.

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XIV.Applications Available for Student Member of the Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors has maintained a position for the Student Member since 1983. The student may be either a graduate or undergraduate student of the University. The term of the Student Member is one year, beginning in March. More than anything else, the Student Member serves as a soundboard for the Board of Visitors with regard to issues that affect students at the University. Although the Student Member does not have a vote on the Board, full members consider his or her voice equally among the opinions of others. Consequently, the Student Member must actively assess and predict the general student reaction to the Board's decisions.

Applications and nominations are being accepted for the Student Representative on the Board of Visitors. Candidates must be full time students whose completion of degree requirements is at least one year beyond the date of appointment to the Board of Visitors.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Minimum Cumulative G.P.A.: 2.5.
  • At the time of application, undergraduate students must be within one year of completing degree requirements (an undergraduate student can serve only during her or his final year of undergraduate study, and therefore s/he applies during the next-to-last year of study).
  • At the time of application, graduate/professional students must be in their second year of study, or they must previously have attended U.Va. as an undergraduate.
  • Meet deadline for application no later than 4:00 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2008.
  • All applications and transcripts must be submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, located in the SW Wing of the Rotunda.

Visit VPSA website for more details.

XV. Presidents' Corner

A. Ensure the accuracy of your chapter roster for Fall GRADE REPORTS

Don't forget to submit any changes to your Fall rosters on Toolkit. Fall GPA reports are generated based on this roster, so make sure that we have the most updated version.

https://toolkit.itc.virginia.edu/cgi-local/tk/U.Va._UNKN_2007_Fall_UNKN14-1

Please contact Dean Mike Citro at citro@virginia.edu with any questions about this process.

B. MidYear Report and FOA program submissions PAST DUE

Have you submitted your midyear reports yet? Has your chapter completed the three of six required FOA Programs but you have yet to submit the eval/roster? These documents were due December 1st, so please complete them asap and submit via toolkit. Review the Fall expectations for the FOA Packet 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.

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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