24 October 2006

Greetings!

As part of our ongoing efforts to further develop the communication and impact of the Greek community at U.Va., the subscription of this newsletter has been expanded to include all 2784 current members of Sororities or Fraternities. See below for subscription/unsubscription details and directions for future postings to this list. Please direct all Greek News inquiries to celliott@virginia.edu. Thank you for your time.

~Chris Elliott
Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life (OFSL)
434.924.7430

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I. Well-Deserved Accolades…
A. Crimson War Blood Drive
B. Mid-Autumns Carnival

II. Pre-Approved FOA Programs
A. Dating Violence Happens: How to Help a Survivor - Wed, 25Oct 7pm in the Kaleidoscope (Newcomb)
B. "Virginia is for Lovers: Civil Rights in VA (w. Julian Bond)" - Tues, 31Oct at 7pm in Newcomb Ballroom
C. Reaching the Bamboo Ceiling with Dr. Frank Odo - Mon, 6 Nov at 7:00 pm in the Dome Room
D. Perfect Illusions Candlelight Vigil - Thurs, 2 Nov from 8-9:30pm in Wilson 402
E. FOA Program Saturday - 4Nov from 12:30-4pm in Chem Auditorium (limit two per chapter)
1. Facebook, MySpace, and Online Safety (w. ITC)
2. Personal and Chapter Responsibility & Liability (w. Student Legal Services)
3. Hazing and the University Judiciary Committee
4. How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: What Men Can Do (w. 1in4, available upon request)
F. Fifteenth Annual 4th Year 5K Run/Walk - Sat, 11Nov beginning at 10am in Newcomb Hall Plaza

III. U.Va. Step Off 06, Hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi - Sat, 4Nov from 5-8pm at C'Ville Performing Arts Center

IV. Halloween Trick-or-Treating (Madison Lane and the Lawn) - Tues, 31Oct from 3:30-6pm

V. Mumps Update & Fall Immunization Clinic (Flu shots, MMR)
See message below from Vice President for Student Affairs.

VI. Red Flag Campaign - PLEASE take this online survey.
See below for details.

VII. The Inaugural 'Hoos for a Cure' Benefit Concert
Thursday, 26 Oct from 8-10pm in Chem 402

VIII. Hoo's New in Newcomb - Satellite Office for Student Financial Services is Now Open
See below for more info.

IX. Newly forming InterGreek FOA Programming Committee looking for members
Email celliott@virginia.edu if interested.

X. Upcoming Events and Opportunities for Involvement around Grounds

XI. Miscellaneous
A. Back it Up: What is an FOA Program anyway?
B. Quotes or Quips of the Week

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I. Well-Deserved Congratulations…
A. Crimson War Blood Drive - Congrats and Thank You to all those who helped and donated blood this year.
The drive registered 1,112 donors and collected 820 units of blood this year, which will assist Virginia Blood
Services in life-saving capacities for up to 2,460 individuals across the Commonwealth. A special thanks to
Jeremy John for his commitment to this project throughout the year.

B. Mid-Autumns Carnival - (http://cavalierdaily.com/CVArticle.asp?ID=28253&pid=1498) As you may have read in the CD this past Monday, we are very proud of the success of the Mid-Autumns Carnival this year. The event raised over $4,000, involved hundreds of Greek members as volunteers, and bridged gaps between the University and the Charlottesville community. I was particularly impressed that Carnival organizers offered free tickets to custodial and service staff with children in Newcomb Hall and through a number of local schools to encourage a broad range of involvement. Congrats to Jeremy Pollock and the most impressive committee which contributed to this event's success.

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II. Pre-Approved FOA Programs
A. Dating Violence Happens: How to Help a Survivor - Wed, 25Oct 7pm in the Kaleidoscope (Newcomb)

A panel discussion and open forum for friends, partners, and survivors of dating violence to discuss their experiences. Anyone who wants to know more about dating and domestic violence is welcome to come and listen to a panel of friends, partners, and survivors of dating violence share their stories. Come find out what it is like to be in a healthy relationship or how to help a friend who might be in an abusive one. Learn more about an issue that affects more people on grounds than you might think. Check it out at http://uva.facebook.com/event.php?eid=2213839233 (Sexual Assault FOA Program)

B. "Virginia is for Lovers: Civil Rights in VA (w. Julian Bond)" - Tues, 31Oct at 7pm in Newcomb Ballroom
The LGBT Resource Center and the Office of African-American Affairs, in conjunction with the Office of Student Life and the Library Multicultural Issues Committee are proud to present:

"Virginia Is For Lovers?" A look at civil rights in Virginia and the upcoming Marshall-Newman amendment.

Featured Speaker: Julian Bond, Chairman of the NAACP, and Professor of History, University of Virginia

Program also includes: William Harvey, Vice-President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, Maurice Apprey, Interim Dean, Office of African-American Affairs, Penny Rue, Dean of Students, Tamara Dottin,
President, Black Student Alliance, Blake Wilding, President, Queer Student Union

Special Performance by: Greg Greenway, www.greggreenway.com

Tuesday, October 31st
7:00 PM
Newcomb Hall Ballroom
Free and Open to the Public. See flyer attached to bottom of this memo.

For more information contact Joy Pugh, Coordinator, LGBT Resource Center at joypugh@virginia.edu or Dion Lewis, Assistant Dean, Office of African-American Affairs at dwl2b@virginia.edu. (Diversity & Discrimination FOA Program)

C. Reaching the Bamboo Ceiling with Dr. Frank Odo - Mon, 6 Nov at 7:00 pm in the Dome Room

Dr. Frank Odo is a nationally recognized scholar in the field of Asian Pacific American Studies. He currently is the director of the Asian Pacific American Program at the Smithsonian Institute. His talk will concentrate on the development of the Bamboo Ceiling in America and how it has affected the growth and development of Asian Pacific Americans throughout the nation. Dr. Odo has published several books include Roots: An Asian-American Reader, widely considered the first major Asian American studies reader in the nation. His most recent book is the "The Columbia Documentary History of the Asian American Experience." Dr. Odo received his PhD in Japanese History from Princeton University and has taught at Columbia, Princeton, University of Hawaii, and The University of Pennsylvania. (Diversity & Discrimination FOA Program)

D. Perfect Illusions Candlelight Vigil - Thurs, 2 Nov from 8-9:30pm in Wilson 402

Perfect Illusions is a candlelight vigil where people from the audience can share their experiences with eating disorders. Learn more about eating disorders while listening to first-hand experiences with these life-changing disorders. Come share your own personal story. (Personal Health/Safety FOA Program)

E. FOA Program Saturday - 4Nov from 12:30-4pm in Chem Auditorium (limit two per chapter)
1. Facebook, MySpace, and Online Safety (w. ITC)
2. Personal and Chapter Responsibility & Liability (w. Student Legal Services)
3. Hazing and the University Judiciary Committee
4. How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: What Men Can Do (w. 1in4, available upon request)

This day will provide an opportunity for chapter members to attend up to two educational programs that are planned for larger audiences. The order/schedule of events will be forthcoming along with more details from each presentation, but if your chapter is interested, please block out the time and email John Grenier at jbg2z@virginia.edu. Free Food will be available, and space will be limited, so RSVP today.

F. Fifteenth Annual 4th Year 5K Run/Walk - Sat, 11Nov beginning at 10am in Newcomb Hall Plaza

The 4th Year 5K Run/Walk is an annual event presented by the Peer Health Educators to provide students with a healthy alternative to the dangers of high-risk drinking near the date of the last home football game! It is a great way to show the community that U.Va. students are committed to the health and safety of themselves and their friends while having fun! All runners receive a commemorative long-sleeved t-shirt and race day refreshments and there are fabulous prizes for the winners! Register on the Lawn or in Newcomb Hall from October 30th to November 10th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM or check us out online at www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/peer/5k.html. Contact Sarah Strunk srs8f@virginia.edu to register for this event. Add a short 15-minute PHE presentation to your chapter meeting to fulfill the FOA requirement (Alcohol & Drugs FOA Program)

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III. U.Va. Step Off 06, Hosted by the Eta Sigma of Kappa Alpha Psi -
Sat, 4Nov from 5-8pm at C'Ville Performing Arts Center

No DesKription needed. If you've been at U.Va. and not under a rock for the past couple of years then you know what's about to happen. The hottest Step Show to be presented on U.Va.'s grounds is almost here. U.Va. Greeks battling for the Title of Best Stepper...U.Va. STEP OFF 06.

-$7 - Presale U.Va. tix
-$10 - Presale non U.Va. tix
-$10 - U.Va. at the door
-$15 - Non U.Va. at the door

Contact sh2cx@virginia.edu for more details or visit http://uva.facebook.com/event.php?eid=2211816112

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IV. Halloween Trick-or-Treating (Madison Lane and the Lawn)

In addition to the University's trick-or-treating on the Lawn, join the U.Va. Greek community as we host our own version of these time-honored, kid-friendly festivities.

Madison Lane Halloween Trick or Treat
This event will take place on Halloween day, Tuesday, October 31st, 3:30 PM until 6 PM. Approximately 80 children will attend from the Boys and Girls clubs of Albemarle County as well as Charlottesville. Another group, Keystone, which is a volunteer program, will host contests such as pie eating and fear factor in MadBowl. Fraternities and Sororities surrounding Mad Bowl will have candy at their homes for trick-or-treaters. If you have any questions or concerns, contact DV5j@virginia.edu (Daniela Vasan), or KCB3j@virginia.edu (Kaitlin Bottock) as soon as possible.

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V. Mumps Update & Fall Immunization Clinic (Flu shots, MMR)
See message below from Vice President for Student Affairs.

Over the past few weeks, 16 individuals within the local area have developed symptoms consistent with mumps. Twelve of the 16 cases are U.Va. students, all undergraduates. Of the total cases, 13 people have completely recovered. The other three have mild cases and are expected to recover soon. All of the cases involve people who had been vaccinated.

Given the closely shared living environment of many students, we want to remind you of some very simple but important measures that can be helpful in avoiding mumps and other contagious diseases. Please remember to:

o Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water.
o Avoid sharing drinking and eating utensils.
o Cover your mouth and nose, preferably with a tissue, when coughing or sneezing.
o If you do develop symptoms, stay home and call Student Health (982-3915) to determine the best steps to take.

These measures are a good idea at any time, but especially now with flu season approaching and mumps appearing to be on the increase. The number of confirmed cases of mumps means the local area is experiencing a mumps outbreak as defined by the Centers for Disease Control.

Mumps is a virus that can cause fever, headache, muscle aches, and swelling and tenderness of the glands close to the jaw. Serious complications are rare. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes or through direct contact with the saliva of an infected person. Symptoms usually appear about18 days after exposure, but may appear any time within 12 to 25 days. Mumps is contagious three days before the onset of swelling of the glands close to the jaw.

Student Health will hold the fall Immunization Clinic on Wednesday, November 1, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Newcomb Hall Ballroom. Flu shots will be available. If you need to receive the immunization for MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), that will also be available. If you have not received the MMR or any other immunizations required by the University, this is a good opportunity to protect your health and avoid being blocked from registration for the spring semester.

The health department and U.Va. have worked together to provide opportunities for unvaccinated students to get the MMR shots and to take steps to reduce the risk that infected students will pass the disease on to others. Currently, 99.1 percent of all U.Va. students have been vaccinated with the MMR.

More details about mumps, the clinic, and related information is available on the Student Health Web site: www.virginia.edu/studenthealth

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VI. Red Flag Campaign - PLEASE take this quick online survey…

Red Flag Campaign :: Would you know what to do or say if a friend gave
you a clue that she or he was in an abusive relationship?
http://womenscenter.virginia.edu/coreprograms/events/publist10162006.html#flag

A non-profit agency is interested in getting college students' opinions about college relationships and dating violence. All you need to do to give your opinion is click on the link below, and participate in a completely anonymous 10-question survey. Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary.

It's simple, it's easy...and you can take the survey in no more than five minutes. What could be easier?

The more people who answer the survey, the more helpful the information. Your participation will help us in our work to educate your peers about intimate relationships in college.

Here's the link to survey...and thanks again for your help! Even if you click on this link, you don't have to fill out the survey, or, for that matter, to finish it. We won't be able to count partial surveys, though, so if you can, please do complete it. Here's the link to the survey...and thanks again for your help!
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=874762588766

P.S. If you've experienced abuse in your relationship or know someone who has, here's where you can get help:
· U.Va. Women's Center/Sexual & Domestic Violence Services: 434-982-2774
· Virginia Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline (anonymous): 1-800-838-8238 (v/tty)

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VII. The Inaugural 'Hoos for a Cure' Benefit Concert
Thursday, 26 Oct from 8-10pm in Chem 402
Proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Join us for the first ever Hoos for a Cure Benefit Concert to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! Help find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin's disease, and support patients and their families.

Featuring the Virginia Gentlemen, Hoos in Treble, Virginia Belles, New Dominions, The Whethermen, and Blue Notes.

Tickets:
$3 presale
$4 at the door

Contact an HfaC member for a ticket or visit our lawn table on Oct 23-25, 11 am - 3 pm.

http://www.student.virginia.edu/~hfac/Benefit%20Concert.jpg

Please invite all your friends!
Contact kmac@virginia.edu for more details.

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VIII. Hoo's New in Newcomb - Satellite Office for Student Financial Services is Now Open
See below and for more info.
Yvonne Hubbard and SFS just opened "Hoo's In…", the Student Financial Services satellite office on the 1st floor of Newcomb Hall in the former STA Travel space. They will continue to outfit the space, adjust their service offerings, and hours in response to student feedback.
They are currently operating from 10:00AM to 5:00PM and the manager of the satellite it Trudy Taylor, so stop by, say hello, and check it out when you have a chance.

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IX. Newly forming InterGreek FOA Programming Committee looking for members

Do you have an interest in educational programming? Would you like to contribute to the larger Greek community at U.Va.? Join this committee and help to diversify the offerings for public FOA programs and assist in shaping the future of the system. I am looking for one or two individuals from each of the four Councils.
Email celliott@virginia.edu if interested.

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X. Upcoming Events and Opportunities for Involvement around Grounds

It's time for the Virginia Film Festival - Oct 26-29th, Right here in C'Ville!! Check out the schedule of films and speakers at:
http://www.vafilm.com/php-bin/filmfest/schedule.php

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Monday, October 30
International Guest Lecture: Justice Mirna Perla
Retos Para la Construción de Justicia y Paz, El Salvador [Challenges in the Construction of Justice and Peace in El Salvador]

4:00-6:00 pm
Lecture and Reception
Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library Auditorium

The Women's Center and Law School Human Rights Program welcome Salvadoran Supreme Court Justice Mirna Perla, an extraordinary woman whose work on human rights is remarkable. Justice Perla's concerns include women's rights and domestic and sexual violence as well as the significant problems remaining from the war years, such as disappearances and missing children. Justice Perla will speak about her work on the issue of gender violence in armed conflict, including domestic violence and sexual violence in the aftermath of war on extreme political repression.

Justice Perla was deeply involved in working against the reactionary regime during the war. Her life was constantly threatened, as was that of her husband's, Herbert Anaya, who was a leading human rights activist and the Commissioner for Human Rights in the 1980's. Anaya was assassinated within one year of his appointment. Justice Perla fled with her children and lived in Canada while her children were fostered by friends in California. Eventually she ended up in Costa Rica, where she participated in the creation of a Central American Commission on Human Rights and was involved in the El Salvador peace accords of 1992. Justice Perla has since returned to El Salvador, where she has continued her advocacy for human rights. Cosponsored with the Law School Human Rights Program.

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Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a student-run organization that conducts service projects during winter, spring, and summer break for University of Virginia students. Trips range from United States to other countries. We would really appreciate five minutes of your organization's time at your next meeting in order for two of our leaders to give a short presentation on the applying for ASB. Applications for Spring Break trips are due on November 1st, so we would like to present at a meeting as soon as possible. For more information please contact Tom Albert (tsa5e@virginia.edu).

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The Asian Student Union presents the FIRST ANNUAL Fall week dedicated to
issues facing the Asian Pacific American Community at the University
and in America. It will kick off on Monday November 6 with the
Opening Speaker, Dr. Frank Odo of the Smithsonian Institute and end
with APAlooza--The first Annual Asian Pacific American Cultural Show
at the University of Virginia on Friday, November 10.

The Schedule of Events:

Monday, November 6--Reaching the Bamboo Ceiling with Dr. Frank Odo
7:00 pm, Dome Room of the Rotunda - Full event description above under "Approved FOA Programs"

Tuesday, November 7--Turning Over A New Leaf
7:00 pm, Kalidoscope Lounge (Newcomb Hall)
The future of the APA community: Come out for a panel discussion with APA leaders and U.Va. administrators about the future of
the APA community at the University of Virginia

Wednesday, November 8--Shoots and Ladders: Climbing the Bamboo Ladder
7:00 pm, Monroe 134
A workshop describing how to negiotate the bamboo leader.

Thursday, November 9--State of Denial--APAs and Mental Health
7:00 pm, Ruffner G004C
A program by Counseling and Pyschological Services on APAs and mental health.

Friday, November 10--APALooza and Food
7:00 pm, McLeod Auditorium
The First Annual APA Cultural show at the University of Virginia!!!
Come out and see the talent and skills the APA Community has. Before the show, enjoy some food sold by Alpha Kappa Delta Phi.

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U.Va. Naval ROTC is sponsoring a Toys for Tots drive this semester!
Help bring Christmas joy to kids who badly need it. To donate money, contact MIDN Heywood at cjh3n@virginia.edu or any Midshipman you know. To donate a new, in-the-box toy, bring it to the Sun Nov 5 toy drive at Toys R Us on US-29 from 10AM-8PM. The Marine Corps thanks you! For more information please contact Chris Heywood <cjh3n@virginia.edu>.

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Calling for submission of art from survivors of sexual violence.

Do you know a talented artist who is a survivor of sexual violence? Would s/he want to contribute a piece to a new, statewide public awareness effort?
The Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance, a statewide coalition dedicated to stopping sexual and domestic violence, is initiating a survivor art exhibit, designed to enhance the public's understanding of sexual violence.
The Art of Surviving will be exhibited in communities across Virginia beginning in 2007. We are currently collecting art from survivors who would like to participate in the exhibit. Two-dimensional pieces, such as paintings, charcoals, drawings, poetry, collages, and any other media that can be framed are all eligible. The exhibit is meant to raise awareness about the prevalence and scope of sexual violence, its effects, and the recovery and growth process in moving from victim to
survivor. Visions of a world without sexual violence (and how we can achieve that) are also encouraged. You must be at least 18 years old ( you are welcome to send artwork that you made when you were younger than 18) and live in Virginia in order to submit a piece to be considered for the exhibit.
To find out more, please contact Kate McCord at info@vsdvalliance.org,
(866) 387-3822, or (757) 566-4602 x2303.
Visit www.vsdvalliance.org to download submission forms.

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"Dangerous Living" Film screening with Dilcia Molina - Tuesday, October 24th - 7:30-9:30pm - Minor Hall 125

Tuesday, October 24
"Dangerous Living"
7:30-9:30pm - Minor Hall 125

Film screening with Dilcia Molina (who appears in the film)

Queer and Allied Activism is proud to sponsor the acclaimed Amnesty International documentary, "Dangerous Living", which examines the struggles and triumphs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the Global
South. Joining us and appearing in the film is Honduran Dilcia Molina, a lesbian and a mother, who specializes in social psychology, investigations and popular education. Molina has lived in the United States under political
asylum since 2002 and is one of the first people to be granted asylum in the U.S. on the basis of sexual orientation. An active proponent of LGBT human rights in Honduras, her investigation of transgender child prostitution and
her decision to march in a gay pride parade with her face uncovered eventually forced her to flee persecution in her country.

Because of her work as a human rights activist in the LGBT Honduran community, she has become an information specialist for other LGBT Latina/o asylum seekers. At the Cl?nica del Pueblo, Molina coordinates support groups
for people living with HIV, and is conducting a study on immigrant Latinos who are involved in commercial sex in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. She also helps female victims of domestic violence, and along
with other community leaders, plans to create a center that provides support to domestic violence victims.

Cosponsored by the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, Latin American Studies, LGBT Resource Center, the U.Va. Women's Center, Studies in Women and Gender, Minority Rights Coalition, La Alianza, Feminism is for Everyone, and the Sexual Assault Leadership Council.

Contact: Julianne quaa@virginia.edu For more info: http://www.afterstonewall.com/dangerous.html


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XI. Miscellaneous
A. Back it Up: What is an FOA Program anyway?

The Fraternal Organization Agreement (FOA) is a contract that outlines the legal relationship between a fraternity or sorority and the University of Virginia. Documentation to support this contract is submitted annually by the President of individual chapters in the Spring semester for the upcoming academic year. One element (out of 8) of this documentation is the verified completion of six educational programs addressing six topical areas (Drugs & Alcohol, Sexual Assault, Personal Health & Safety, Diversity & Discrimination, Hazing, and Liability) - three completed programs per semester. Examples and resources can be found on the OFSL website at www.virginia.edu/ofsl/resource.html. If you have seen phenomenal presentations that you think should also be included on this resource website, please send me that information to be loaded onto the page.

B. Quote of the Week

"Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning." ~Warren Bennis


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Cheers.
~Chris Elliott
Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life
Lower Level, Madison House
434.924.7430