1 February 2008

The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life would like to congratulate those chapters who have successfully completed recruitment activities over the last few weeks. We are pleased to welcome nearly 1,000 new members into the Greek Community!

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I. Congratulations to the following chapters for outstanding academic performance - GPA Reports now available for Presidents to pick up from OFSL!

II. President Casteen's Annual State of the University Address - Feb 6th @ Old Cabell

III. Service & Philanthropy Opportunities

IV. Pre-Approved FOA Programs

A. Focus on Living: Portraits of Americans with HIV/AIDS
B. The Tie that Binds: Charlottesville’s Black Community
C. Black History Month 2008 Keynote Address: Black History, the Missing Chapter: African-American Entrepreneurs
D. Consult the FOA Program Resource Guide

V. Days of Dialogue on Gender, Sexuality & Social Class

VI.You can still get a FLU SHOT from Student Health

VII. CLAS Research Grant Opportunity - due Feb 22nd

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

IX. National Girls & Women in Sports Day - Virginia Wins

X. Counseling Groups Open for Spring 08

XI. Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) recruiting for Fall 08

XII.Sexual Assault & Anti-Violence Advocacy/Support on Grounds

a. Join Sexual Assault Peer Advocacy (SAPA)
b. Women's Sexual Assault Recovery Group
c. U.Va.'s 1in4 offers annual new member Fraternity Ed. Program Feb 16-17

XIII. Anonymous online survey for LGBTIQ students now through Feb 20th.

XIV.Teach for America Documentary Screening & Informational Session

XV. Did you know: How many Service Hours are generated within the Greek Community?

XVI. Apply to be an Orientation Leader - Applications due Feb 6

XVII. Interested in UPC Short Courses? Come to the Preview Fair!

XVIII. Presidents' Corner

A. Pick up your Fall GRADE REPORTS
B. FOA program submissions on SPRING Toolkit site

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I. Congratulations to the following chapters for outstanding academic performance - GPA Reports now available for Presidents to pick up from OFSL!

The following chapters achieved the highest average Fall 07 Term GPAs within their respective councils:

NPHC: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

MGC: Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.

ISC: Chi Omega Fraternity**

IFC: Sigma Alpha Mu

**A special congratulations to U.Va.'s chapter of CHI OMEGA for achieving the top GPA of all recognized Greek organizations on Grounds!

Chapter Presidents or Academic Officers may pick up your chapter's Fall GPA report from OFSL during normal business hours. Please bring a photo ID.

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II. President Casteen's Annual State of the University Adress - Feb 6th @ Old Cabell

State of the University Address
Feb. 6, noon, Old Cabell Hall.
Join President Casteen as he addresses the University community in his annual review of plans, programs, and progress. All students welcome!

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III. Service & Philanthropy Opportunities

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!

Participate in RECYCLEMANIA?!

U.Va. Recycling is participating in Recyclemania 2008! 400 schools across the country will compete to see who can recycle the most and trash the least. Last year, U.Va. placed 9th in the Gorilla Prize which measures total recyclables collected. Help us do even better this year by remembering to reduce, reuse, and recycle! Get your house involved by recycling your waste NOW - and track U.Va.'s weekly progress here.

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IV. Pre-Approved FOA Programs

A. Focus On Living: Portraits of Americans with HIV/AIDS

Opening Ceremony & Keynote
Monday, Feb. 11th at 7pm
Kaleidoscope (Newcomb Hall, 3rd Floor)
Speakers, appetizers, and photography on display

Brought to You in Part By
The U.Va. Parents Committee
Co-sponsored by Elson Student Health, Office of Health Promotion, Peer Health Educators, The Office of Greek Life, The Global Health Society, ASAP, LGBT Resource Center, AIDS Services Group of Charlottesville, The Women’s Center and The Minority Rights Coalition

(Satisfies Personal Health & Safety FOA Program requirement)

B.The Tie that Binds: Charlottesville’s Black Community

February 6, 7:00 PM, Newcomb Hall Ballroom
Description: This program will commemorate the Charlottesville’s Black Community’s contribution to the area, which has historically added to the success of the University of Virginia.
Organized by: Office of African-American Affairs, OAAA Black Leadership Institute, as part of U.Va.'s Black History Month

(Satisfies Diversity & Discrimination FOA Program requirement)

C. Black History Month 2008 Keynote Address: Black History, the Missing Chapter: African-American Entrepreneurs
Featuring Alfred A. Edmond Jr.
Editor-in- Chief , Black Enterprise Magazine

February 25, 2008
Newcomb Hall Ball Room, 7:00 p.m.

An award-winning reporter and editor, Alfred A. Edmond, Jr. has been recognized by TJFR Business News Reporter as one of America 's 100 Most Influential Financial Journalists. During his tenure as the chief editor of Black Enterprise , the magazine has earned five Folio: Editorial Excellence Awards in the category of business/finance consumer magazines, a Griot Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists and more than a dozen other editorial and design awards. A nationally recognized expert on business and economic trends, Edmond has appeared regularly on such television shows as CNN's MarketCall, BET Nightly News and America 's Black Forum.

Sponsors: Office of African -American Affairs, Graduate Student Programs in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

(Satisfies Diversity & Discrimination 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.Days of Dialogue on Gender, Sexuality & Social Class

Interested in student leadership at U.Va. and issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality?  Join student leaders from across the University for Days of Dialogue.

These days will bring together student leaders from varying backgrounds to gain an understanding of multiculturalism, and to develop important, lasting relationships.  If you are interested in applying, please visit http://www.virginia.edu/deanofstudents/announcements.html to download our application.  Please send applications to days.of.dialogue@gmail.com

Application deadlines are as follows:
Jan 24th   Day of Dialogue on Race
Feb 7th   Day of Dialogue on Class
Mar 6th   Day of Dialogue on Gender & Sexuality

Actual dates are as follows:
Feb 2nd   Day of Dialogue on Race
Feb 16th  Day of Dialogue on Class
Mar 15th  Day of Dialogue on Gender & Sexuality

The Days of Dialogue Committee strongly recommends attendance at all 3 days, though since the first days has already passed, we welcome applications from the Greek Community to participate in our next two days of dialogue.

Please direct any questions to jwf9h@virginia.edu or am3wk@virginia.edu.

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VI. You can still get a FLU SHOT from Student Health

You Can Still Get a Flu Shot at Student Health
Students are experiencing a mid-winter surge of influenza. More than 170 cases have been treated at Student Health since Jan. 21. Students are reporting high fevers, body aches, headaches, sore throat and cough. They are quite uncomfortable for three to five days. It is not too late to get a flu shot at Student Health. It affords protection in 10 to 12 days and can prevent the flu.

In the meantime, students with fevers, body aches, and cough or sore throat should consider seeking medical care. Antiviral agents such as Tamiflu can shorten the course of the disease and prevent spread to others. Students who are ill with flu-like symptoms should stay home from classes for at least 24 hours after the fever has resolved and suspend all other outside activities to avoid spreading the infection to others.

Remember, too, to practice careful cough and hand hygiene.

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VII. CLAS Research Grant Opportunity

CLAS Research Grant Opportunity
Application deadline: Feb. 22.
The CLAS Research Grant will give five students in the College $1,500 each to conduct research on any topic of their choice. Applications are available online and must be submitted via e-mail by Feb. 22. All applicants must have a faculty mentor. Questions? Contact us.

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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. National Girls & Women in Sports Day - Virginia Wins
Women’s Basketball: U.Va. vs. FSU

[Sunday, February 10 (2:00PM) in The John Paul Jones Arena]

This year, the University will honor the founders of the Women in Sports organization for their support and recognition of the athletic accomplishments of girls in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area during a special ceremony at halftime of the FSU basketball game. Tickets for the game may be purchased at the gate or at the U.Va. ticket office in Bryant Hall.

Cosponsored with the Department of Athletics.

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X. Counseling Groups Open for Spring 08

The following group counseling offerings are free and available to all students, supported by the Curry School of Education Counselor Education Program:

CHOOSING HAPPINESS – for students and community members hoping to increase their sense of satisfaction in life.
 
MEN'S ISSUES – for U.Va. men wishing to discuss men's issues in society.

WOMEN'S GROWTH GROUP – for U.Va. women wanting to learn how being a woman can affect your mental health.

Groups are led by doctoral students under faculty supervision and will last for 8 weeks.  All groups will begin in early February 2008. An individual interview is required before you may join a group.

Call: 434-924-0772 for more information or send an E-mail to CounselorEdServices@gmail.com. If you e-mail, include only your name, phone, & name of the group in which you interested. The group leader will contact you.

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XI.Young Women Leaders Program recruiting for Fall 08 semester

Make a difference in the life of a 7th grade girl by volunteering to be a  Big Sister with the Young Women Leaders Program! YWLP is a mentoring program run by the U.Va. Women's Center and the Curry School of Education. It focuses  on building competent, connected, and autonomous women leaders through a  combination of coursework, individual and group mentoring in the local community. Information sessions will be held in Newcomb 389 on:
Thursday, January 31st, 6pm
Wednesday, February 6th, 6:30pm
Thursday, February 7th, 6pm
We're looking for dedicated and motivated women! Applications available at ywlp.virginia.edu or at the Women's Center.

Early Deadine: Feb 29. Regular Deadline: Mar 14.

Questions: Jequeatta Upton: jupton@virginia.edu or Stephanie Hall: seh6j@virginia.edu       

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XII.Sexual Assault & Anti-Violence Advocacy/Support on Grounds

a. Join Sexual Assault Peer Advocacy (SAPA)!

One in Four college age women experience rape or sexual assault.  Help us change this number. 

If you are interested or would like to learn more about how to help, come try out for Sexual Assault Peer Advocacy.  We teach sororities, fraternities, classes, and a variety of other groups about how to help a survivor and how to break harmful myths about rape and sexual assault. 

Sign up for an interview slot on Lawn room 29 West! Sign-ups begin Tuesday, January 22nd and end Friday, February 1st. Interviews will be held February 4th through the 6th.

Please e-mail any questions to klz4k@virginia.edu. SAPA hopes to see you soon!

b. WOMEN'S SEXUAL ASSAULT RECOVERY GROUP

[Thursday, February 21 (4:30PM-6:00PM) at the U.Va. Women's Center]

Sexual assault is a traumatic event that impacts women physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially. For the second year, this group will offer an opportunity for women who have experienced a recent sexual assault to meet in a safe environment to support one another in the recovery process. We will meet every Thursday at the Women’s Center starting February 21. An individual appointment needs to be scheduled at least two weeks prior to the start of the group. Contact Leize Gaillard (leize@virginia.edu) or Katherine Keller (khkeller@virginia.edu) or call 982-2252.

c. U.Va.'s 1in4 offers its annual new member Fraternity Ed. Program Feb 16-17th

In collaboration with U.Va.'s chapter of One in Four, the IFC has coordinated a series of programs that will occur on the weekend of February 16 & 17. All of the IFC fraternities have signed-up for various times for their new members to attend the programs and all new members will be able to attend this valuable program focused on sexual assault and the Greek community in particular.

Special recognition goes to Hunter Deeley, the IFC Chair for Membership Education, and Pat Cronin, President of One in Four, for coordinating this weekend.

We’re excited to see 100% participation from the IFC groups for what will be a great weekend of programs led by One in Four. If other fraternity chapters outside the IFC are interested in hosting this unique program, please contact the 1in4 VP & Scheduling Coordinator, Don, at drp4y@virginia.edu

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XIII. Anonymous online survey for LGBTIQ students accessible through Feb 20th.

Dear Students,

I am an undergraduate student and intern at the Women’s Center doing research on relationship health among sexual and gender minority students at the University.  If you are a graduate or undergraduate student at U.Va. and identify yourself as having a non-heterosexual sexual orientation and/or a gender identity or expression not traditionally associated with your birth sex (such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, or questioning) please take a few moments to fill out this survey.  Additionally, please forward this to any individuals and/or organizations you think might be willing to participate.

This is an anonymous survey and should take approximately 12 - 20 minutes to complete.  Questions address experiences and attitudes relating to relationship health and violence as well as knowledge and accessibility of resources.  The IRB number for this survey is: 2007-0339-00.  If you choose at the end of the survey you can enter yourself in a raffle to win $25 to either the U.Va. Bookstore or Best Buy.  Your responses will help us assess the needs of LGBTIQ students as we continue to work to support this community and to educate and train our peers, faculty, and staff about these important issues.

The survey is open until February 20, 2008.  To participate in this survey, please click or copy/paste on the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=AgF1cA7MUlpmwKAF9Z_2fnBA_3d_3d

In an effort to reach as many potential participants as possible, this email is being circulated widely via University list-servs.  Please note that you are receiving this email because you are a U.Va. student and for no other reason.

Please email me at jkoch@virginia.edu if you have any questions or concerns. 
Thank you for taking the time to do this!

Sincerely,

Julianne Koch
Outreach Assistant
Sexual and Domestic Violence Services
U.Va. Women’s Center

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XIV.Teach for America Documentary Screening & Informational Session

Tues., Feb. 5, 7 pm, Robertson 223.

In America today, 9-year-olds growing up in low-income communities are already three grade levels behind their peers in higher-income communities.*

Educational inequity is our nation's greatest injustice - and you have the power to change this.

Teach For America is coming to the University of Virginia. If you want to help level the playing field for our nation's children, join us for a documentary screening.

THIS TUESDAY, February 5, 2008
7pm
Rouss and Robertson Halls, Rm 223

Have an immediate impact on the lives of students who have tremendous potential but don't have the educational opportunities they deserve.

Seeking all academic majors and career backgrounds. Full salary and benefits. No previous education experience or coursework necessary.

To learn more, visit www.teachforamerica.org, contact admissions@teachforamerica.org, or subscribe to our e-newsletter at:
https://www.teachforamerica.org/online/request/subscribe.jsp.

FINAL Application Deadline February 15, 2008
*Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2005

 

XV.Did you know: How many Service Hours were generated last Semester within the Greek Community?

Beginning this Fall, OFSL has begun to collect data on the number of service hours generated through our recognized Greek Organizations. Based on this initial collection, which includes approximately 90% of the 58 recognized chapters, the Greek Community has reported 18,179 hours of community service. This also indicates that chapters generate approximately 7.3 hours of service PER PERSON as a result of their involvement in a Greek-lettered organization.

XVI. Apply to be an Orientation Leader - Applications due Feb 6th

APPLY TO BE A 2008 ORIENTATION LEADER!! Applications are due this WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 BY 4:00 PM to the Office of Orientation and New Student Programs (1 Poe Alley). Applications are available at www.virginia.edu/orientation/leader.html. Questions? Contact  connie@virginia.edu or 434-982-4540.

XVII.Interested in UPC Short Courses? Come to the Preview Fair!

In the hallway outside of 2nd floor Newcomb dining hall.
Tuesday February 5, 2008
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM 

UPC short courses registration is starting! Come check out information on the different classes being offered for this semester, Pick up a brochure and sign up for a class!
http://uvaupc.com
Contact: Francesca Wolf - Fbw8n@virginia.edu

XVIII. Presidents' Corner

A. Pick up your Fall GRADE REPORTS

Fall GPA reports are generated based on rosters submitted last Fall, and they are ready to be picked up from OFSL. Your academic officer/chair may also pick up the report, but make sure that the delegate brings a U.Va. photo ID.

B. FOA program submissions on SPRING Toolkit site

The new Spring 2008 FOA Toolkit site is ready for your Spring 08 FOA program submissions. Please do not upload spring programs into the old Fall Toolkit site.

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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