27 September 2007


Greetings!

Just a quick introduction to the 07-08 Fraternity & Sorority Life staff. We are looking forward to a very good year, and we invite you to stop by our office (lower level of Madison House) to introduce yourself to the team. We are here to support your experience in the greek Community:

Mike Citro, Assistant Dean of Students (working closely with NPHC & IFC)
Vicki Hawes, Off-Grounds Housing Manager
Sally Kline, Assistant Dean of Students (working closely with MGC & ISC)
F. Aaron Laushway, Associate Dean of Students & Director
Michele Monger, Office Manager
Meghan Tellone, Undergraduate Intern
Chris Wilcox Elliott, Doctoral Intern

Office of the Dean of Students/Fraternity & Sorority Life (OFSL)
434.924.7430

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I. Well-Deserved Accolades: Mid-Autumns Carnival

II. Pre-Approved FOA Programs

A. Newly updated FOA Program Resource Guide
B. Requests for Peer Health Educator presentations
C. Film Screening for Hispanic Heritage Month

III. The InterGreek Committee announces schedule of events for Greek Weekend on October 18-20, 2007

IV. Greek Men's Club Welcomes New Members

V. Hispanic Heritage Month continues now through Oct 15th
 
VI. Check Me Out: Screenings for Depression Available

VII. Pancakes for Parkinson's GREEK RESULTS - Sat, 29Sept07

VIII. Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) recruiting new members

IX. Become a mentor through U.Va.'s Day in the Life Program

X. News from Newcomb:

a. Spring/Summer Room Reservations on the SOURCE
b. Chalking Policy
c. HooView ads/flyers in Newcomb for your organization

XI. The JUMPSTART mentoring program is hiring for 2007-2008!

XII. Have you heard of the Honor Loan Program at the University?

XIII. Don't Forget to Register to Vote - Deadline Oct 9th

XIV. Light the Night: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Annual Walk
Thurs, Oct. 11, 5:30 pm at Lee Park

XV. Multicultural Events Calendar - PLENTY of events for programming and personal enrichment

XVI. Service & Philanthropy Events from Connections @ U.Va.

XVII. Presidents' Corner

A. Toolkit Site for Fall 2007 FOA Programs now active at UNKN14
B. Recording your Chapter's Community Service Hours

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I. Well-Deserved Accolades: Mid-Autumns Carnival

Congratulations to the Mid-Autumns Carnival Executive Committee and to all of the House delegates who helped to make this event a success this year:

President: Margaret Fowler
CFO: Charlie Morgan
Historian: Charles Gamper
Vice Presidents of Logistics: Max Erwin and Gordon Forsyth
Vice President of Sponsorship: Meredith Sachs
Chairs of Sponsorship: Suraj Jain, Graham Owens, and Charlie Scott
Vice President of Advertising: Bubba Albrecht and Angela Johnson
Chair of Advertising: Michael Grosewicz
Vice President of University Relations: Liza Trickett
Chair of University Relations: Jon Stapor
Vice Presidents of Community Outreach: Hunter Deely and Suzy Natz

A message from the Committee: The 2nd Annual Mid-Autumns Carnival was held this past September 15th. This year's turnout was greater than last year with over 400 children attending the event. Charlottesville families enjoyed the afternoon playing carnival games and bouncing on inflatibles. Over 40 houses volunteered throughout the day, running concessions and booths. Thank you to all our volunteers and attendees for being a part of this amazing community event!!

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II. Pre-Approved FOA Programs

A. Visit the newly updated FOA Program Resource Guide for ideas and contact information for the 07-08 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.

B. Requests for PHE outreach should be directed to the Office of Health Promotion at 924-1509 or phe_outreaches@yahoo.com, PHE Outreach Intern at least two weeks prior to the requested presentation date.

Additional information regarding these programs and the PHE program in general can be found at http://www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/peer/outreach.html.

(Satisfies Personal Health & Safety FOA program requirements)

C. Testimony: The Maria Guardado Story

Tuesday, October 2
6:00pm
Necomb Theater
Documentary screening with a special question and answer session with Maria Guardado and Randy Vasquez, the filmaker.  Reception, will screening to follow.

Sponsors: Bolivar Network, Office of Diversity & Equity, Office of the Dean of Students, Office of Student Affairs, and Unviersity of Virginia Library Multicultural Issues Committee, Women's Center

(Satisfies Diversity & Discrimination FOA program requirement)

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III. The InterGreek Committee announces schedule of events for Greek Weekend on October 18-20, 2007

Oct. 14th- Oct. 18th ~ During the day-Crimson War Blood Drive

The Evening of Oct. 18th ~ Greek Weekend Bar Night on the Corner

Oct. 19th- 1p.m. to 4p.m. ~ Habitat Building in the Amphitheater
All 100 volunteers will get a free t-shirt as well as Dinner following the build.

The Evening of Oct 19th ~ GIANT DATE FUNCTION AT SATELLITE BALLROOM!!
from 9p.m-2 a.m. Wear your casual attire and come enjoy some good music and some great drink specials!

Oct. 20th ~ Rugby Rd. and Cherry Ave. Clean up from 10a.m.-noon. Each chapter has been assigned one of the two locations. 2 Volunteers from each house will each receive a free t-shirt as well as free admittance into Chi-Phi's Hoodang.

Contact your Council’s IGC representative if you have further questions.

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IV. The Greek Men's Club is a student-run social and support group for gay, bisexual, and questioning men in IFC-recognized fraternities.

Join us if you want to meet other gay men in Greek organizations, and see how they are managing life in the Greek community.

Don't worry: Meetings are held in a secure location and membership is held strictly confidential.

If you are interested in learning more about the group, please email Elio at greekmensclub@virginia.edu.

 

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V. Hispanic Heritage Month continues now through Oct 15th

UCS Open House

Monday, October 1
7:00-9:00pm
University Career Services
Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium, Football Recruiting Room
How to work abroad in Latin America, and International Students working in the US
Sponsor: University Career Services

Testimony: The Maria Guardado Story

Tuesday, October 2
6:00pm
Necomb Theater
Documentary screening with a special question and answer session with Maria Guardado and Randy Vasquez, the filmaker.  Reception, will screening to follow.
Sponsors: Bolivar Network, Office of Diversity & Equity, Office of the Dean of Students, Office of Student Affairs, and Unviersity of Virginia Library Multicultural Issues Committee, Women's Center

5th Annual Organization for Hispanic Leadership in America Conference at the University of Virginia

Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6
To register: www.virginia.edu/deanofstudents/latinoohla
Sponsors: Office of the Dean of Students

Voter Registration Drive

Tuesday, October 9
Time and location TBA

Spanish Tour and Hispanic/Latino History at U.Va.

One Day Tour: Wednesday, October 10
After 5:00pm
U-Guide: Elio Jordan

Latino Greeks at U.Va.

Thursday, October 11
6:00-8:00pm
Kaleidoscope
Presenters & Sponsors: Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, La Unidad, Lamda Upsilon Lamda Fraternity, Inc.

Community Service Event

Sunday, October 15
After 5:00pm
Contact Bernice: bernice.ramirez@gmail.com

For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month, please contact Carla Zeballos at crz5d@virginia.edu

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VI. Check Me Out: Screenings for Depression Available

"Lately I've been feeling tired, annoyed with everyone around me, uninterested in my classes and unable to make myself study. I don't want to bother my friends with my negativity, so I spend less time with them. They probably don't want to be around someone who's sad most of the time anyway."

What you have just read is a common experience for students, and in fact a 2006 national survey of college students in which U.Va. participated showed that 44 percent of U.Va. undergrads reported at least one episode of depression in the previous year. At U.Va., about 1,800 students sought assistance from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). According to Dr. Russ Federman, director of CAPS, "We see a very large number of students experiencing stress-induced depression. University life can be really difficult because of simultaneous academic stress, financial stress, problems with friends and roommates, and a whole range of personal challenges."

There are several ways to quickly check out if a problem deserves more attention. First, go to Newcomb 168 on Thursday, October 4, anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to take a five-minute depression screening, and receive immediate feedback about your results.

Bring a friend if you would like, and bring a Chick-fil-A if you need to eat while taking your screening. But please come if you are at all curious or concerned. U.Va. Student Health CAPS is sponsoring the screenings as part of National Depression Screening Day. You can also go to Check Me Out, http://www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/capsonline.html, for anonymous online screenings and information about emotional well-being for students.

If you decide that you would like to talk with a mental health professional, call CAPS at 243-5150 and request an appointment. If you feel you can't wait for a scheduled appointment, CAPS also sees students on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Additionally, if you or someone you know is ever faced with a mental health emergency after 5 p.m. or on weekends and holidays, a CAPS clinician is available through the Student Health answering service at 972-7004.

Sincerely,

Lenny Carter, LPC Clinical Coordinator/Assistant Director Student Health, Counseling and Psychological Services 400 Brandon Avenue

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VII. Pancakes for Parkinson's GREEK RESULTS - Sat, 29Sept07

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday to support Pancakes for Parkinson's! Through the Greek community alone, we made almost $4000! The final total from the day for all donations should be announced soon. I hope everyone enjoyed the festivities - you all really helped entertain our guests during the contests! The first place winner for the sororities and for the fraternities will receive a check tomorrow for $200 to their charity of choice. If the presidents of these respective chapters could e-mail me back with who they would like the check made out to and where it should be delivered, that would be great.

The top five for sorority contests:

The WINNER of the SORORITY Competitions: SIGMA KAPPA!
Second Place: Alpha Chi Omega
Third Place: Theta Nu Xi
Fourth Place: Chi Omega
Fifth Place: Delta Gamma

The top five for fraternity contests:

The WINNER of the FRATERNITY Competitions: SIGMA CHI!
Second Place: Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Third Place: Chi Phi
Fourth Place: Phi Delta Theta
Fifth Place: Sigma Alpha Mu

The sorority flipping contest winner:
Ashley R. from Sigma Kappa

The sorority eating contest winner:
Kathryn S from Sigma Kappa

The sorority cooking contest winner:
Christina A from Chi Omega

Also, special thanks to Sigma Gamma Rho, Alpha Delta Pi, Kappa Delta, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Sigma for their strong support in various aspects of the competitions.

Thanks again to everyone and hopefully we can continue to have a strong Greek presence at Pancakes for Parkinson's in the future. Feel free to share the results with your chapters or councils.

Enjoy Fall Break!

Maggie Carter.

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VIII. Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) recruiting new members

My name is Lindsay Reigel and I am a member of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT). We are currently recruiting members for this year and we would love your help to expand our group of diverse, creative, and engaging individuals. As a peer education group, we are looking for dedicated, responsible students who are passionate about the concern of alcohol and other drug abuse at U.Va., and demonstrate a strong commitment to improving our community. Students having struggled with alcohol or other drug abuse at U.Va. who believe their experience may benefit others would be excellent candidates for ADAPT.

We ask for your assistance in recommending any student who you believe may meet these qualifications. Please recommend as many students as possible since we are hoping to accept a large, diverse group of new members for next year.

If you'd like to nominate some outstanding students for our organization, we would really appreciate it. We will send an introductory letter and application to those students you recommend.

Nominations should be sent to me by Wednesday, October 10.

The application deadline is Monday, October 15.

Thank you for your time and effort, and I hope to hear from you soon!

Lindsay Reigel
lmr7p@virginia.edu

Want to know the difference between alcohol use and abuse?
Want to educate your peers about how to party... responsibly?
Want to make our University a safer and happier place?
Join ADAPT - the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team!
We're a group of peer educators who strive to alleviate some of the problems related to alcohol and drug use and abuse around Grounds through education programs and special events like Safe Spring Break and Substance Abuse Awareness Week.

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IX. Become a mentor through U.Va.'s Day in the Life Program

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a child? Consider helping with U.Va.'s Community Relations program, Day in the Life! U.Va.'s Day in the Life Program recruits U.Va. students to help local youth build or regain an appreciation for education. U.Va. students provide mentoring and tutoring assistance to children in need in Charlottesville and Albemarle County public schools. Community service looks great on any resume!

The program provides on-going opportunities for youth to spend "a day in the life" of university students, at both the undergrad and grad levels. Contact Charles Johnson at cwj3r@virginia.edu for further information on how you can sign up and discover what many already know: The results of your simple actions will ripple across time and generations.

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X.News from Newcomb:

a. Spring/Summer Room Reservations on the SOURCE begins Thursday

The Newcomb Hall Event Planning Office will begin accepting reservation requests from active CIO’s, FOA’s, Agency and Special Status student groups for Spring and Summer 2008 (Jan. 16, 2008 – Aug. 8, 2008) exclusively via The SOURCE website (http://www.virginia.edu/source/)  at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007. 

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. Only requests sent at or after 8:00 a.m. will be processed.

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 November. Any requests for these spaces for the Spring Semester will be saved until then and confirmations will be sent via email.

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 Oct. 4. Thank you for your cooperation and for planning your events in Newcomb Hall.

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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 

b. Exterior Posting and Chalking Policy

We’d like to remind you about the "Exterior Posting and Chalking" Policy that outlines the appropriate outdoor locations, methods and types of notices that may be posted on Grounds.  For your convenience, I am including a link to the policy:
https://etg07.itc.virginia.edu/policy/policydisplay?id=PRM-008.  The policy was approved last March and is effective immediately.  In this context, we would appreciate your assistance in supporting the objectives of this policy in order to protect our historic University Grounds.


c. HooView FREE ADVERTISING for your organization

We are pleased to announce that "HooView" -- the network of flat-screen televisions being placed around Grounds in locations like Newcomb, the Libraries, or the Recreational Sports Facilities -- is now accepting advertisements from CIOs. So instead of printing flyers, you can simply design an electronic graphic or flyer and have it show up on multiple screens almost instantly. This service is free to all registered student organizations at the University and made possible by "The Wire" (check out http://www.uvawire.com for more details).

In addition to advertising on the HooView System, CIOs may also utilize the Student Activities Calendar (http://www.virginia.edu/studentcalendar) and the outdoor information kiosks -- all made possible in part by Student Council.

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XI. The JUMPSTART mentoring program is hiring for 2007-2008!
 
Jumpstart is a work-study and AmeriCorps program that recruits college students to mentor 3-5 year-old children from low-income communities in language, literacy, and other essential school-readiness skills. Read stories, sing songs and play games that support young children's learning, and earn a competitive work-study wage ($8.25 per hour for undergrads/$15 per hour for grad students, if eligible) and a $1,000 AmeriCorps Education Award in the process.
 
Each Jumpstart Corps Member is paired with a partner child in a local preschool program. Corps Members work 10-12 hours per week at the centers, planning and facilitating enrichment sessions and gaining classroom experience by assisting full time teachers. Add valuable skills and experience to your resume, earn money for yourself and your education, and make a difference in the life of a child all at the same time! Graduate and undergraduate students of all majors and backgrounds are welcome.
 
REQUIRED AVAILABILITY:
In order to participate in Jumpstart, you must be available for one (1) of the following session time slots. Here are the options:
 
1) Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
2) Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30 PM-5:30 PM
3) Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:45 AM-11:45 AM
4) Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
 
In addition, you must be available to serve an additional four (4) hours per week in a preschool classroom—exact times will depend on your personal class schedule.
 
APPLY ONLINE TODAY!
Step 1: Go to www.jstart.org/apply
Step 2: Click on any of the "Apply now!" links on the page to access the application.
Step 3: Submit your application! It will be sent directly to the Jumpstart Site Manager electronically.
Step 4: We will contact you to set up an interview.
 
For more information, please contact Beth Bailey, Site Manager, at 434-982-2065 or jumpstart@virginia.edu.
 
We look forward to receiving your application!

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XII. Have you heard of the Honor Loan Program at the University?

Budget Crunch for Books or Rent? Honor Loans Can Help.

Offered through the Dean of Students Office (Peabody Hall), the Honor Loan is a no hassle, interest-free, short-term loan available for full time undergraduate and graduate students at U.Va..  It provides qualified students the opportunity to receive a maximum loan amount of $600 to help with emergency and short-term financial needs.

Book an appointment with the Dean of Students Office or find out more information at 924 7133 or email jl3ub@virginia.edu. Regular appointment hours are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Walk-ins are welcome. Call in advance if you have special needs.

Thank you very much. Best regards,

Jing Luo
Honor Loan Officer, 2007-2008
McIntire School of Commerce, 2008

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XIII. Don't Forget to Register to Vote - Deadline Oct 9th

Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Outside Newcomb.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m., Outside O-Hill.

If you want to vote in the Presidential Primary, register now. Absentee ballots and registration forms (in and out-of-state) can be picked up and turned in throughout the week at the locations listed above. Registration will take place at the various locations through Oct. 8. The registration deadline is Oct. 9. Election Day is Nov. 6. Please e-mail us or go online to learn more.

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XIV. Light the Night: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Annual Walk

Thurs, Oct. 11, 5:30 pm at Lee Park

Hoos for a Cure would like to invite your organization to walk as a team in this celebration and commemoration of lives touched by cancer. In this casual two mile walk, participants carry lighted balloons- white for survivors, and red for supporters. Walkers are also encouraged to raise money before Light the Night to help the society reach its mission of curing leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma and improving the lives of those touched by cancer. 

The evening is a lot of fun and it’s a great cause!  Please email Kim (kmac@virginia.edu) for more information, or visit www.hoosforacure.org.

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XV. Multicultural Events Calendar

The Lorna Sundberg International Center and the International Studies Office present, the Multicultural Events Calendar: an initiative to promote the diversity of our community both at the University and the rest of the Charlottesville community. All affiliates of the University (students, faculty and staff), as well as Charlottesville residents, are welcome to subscribe to the list. To learn more about the calendar please see the bottom of this email.

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Events September 24 – October 7

Exhibit

Kin and Country in Australian Aboriginal Art
Date and Time: September 7, 2007 – December 22, 2007, daily except Mondays and Sundays, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Kluge-Ruhe Collection, 400 Worrell Drive
Description: Kinship and kin-based relationships to country are fundamental elements of Australian Aboriginal art. Both the themes of paintings and stylistic components, such as cross-hatched designs, are determined by kinship. Kin relationships also determine one's country and the ancestral stories that are depicted in art. This exhibit examines Aboriginal conceptions of kin and country and they way they are expressed in traditional art from many different regions of Australia.
Event URL: http://www.virginia.edu/kluge-ruhe
Contact: (434) 244-0234


What I Did This Summer: A Visual Essay

Date and Time: September 7, 2007 – October 13, 2007, daily except Mondays and Sundays, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Kluge-Ruhe Collection, 400 Worrell Drive
Description: This exhibit follows the director and curator of the Kluge-Ruhe Collection on a two-week, 4000 mile tour through the Australian bush visiting 24 Aboriginal art centers. Margo Smith was one of seven American delegates chosen to participate in this mission, sponsored by the Australian Trade Commission and the Northern Territory government. Included in the exhibit are new acquisitions from Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia as well as photos and text about the trip.
Event URL: http://www.virginia.edu/kluge-ruhe
Contact: (434) 244-0234


Testimony: The Maria Guardado Story

Date and Time: October 2, 2007, 6:00 PM
Location: Newcomb Theater
Description: Documentary screening with a special question and answer session with Maria Guardado and Randy Vasquez, the filmmaker.
Contact: BolivarNetwork@virginia.edu

Conversation Group

The Pause-Cafe
Date and Time: Thursdays, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: The French House
Description: Come practice your conversational French and enjoy good conversation and free food at the French House!
Event URL: http://www.student.virginia.edu/~maison/index.php?lang=en
Contact: ecm2m@virginia.edu


Chinese Corner @ U.Va.

Date and Time: Thursdays, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: South Lawn (near Cabell Hall)
Description: Speak Chinese? Want to learn Chinese? If so, welcome to Chinese Corner @ U.Va.! Chinese Corner provides a natural and relaxing environment for people to practice oral Chinese, learn about Chinese culture, and also discuss about China issues. FREE & OPEN to public! FREE refreshments & notebooks!
Event URL: http://www.student.virginia.edu/~csss/events/index.php
Contact: jl2ge@virginia.edu, cam3qd@virginia.edu, db6wq@virginia.edu

Special Event

African Drum Class--Djembe and Dundun Rhythms of West Africa
Date and Time: September 26 – November 7, 2007, every Wednesdays, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Charlottesville Friends Meeting House, 1104 Forest St. ( Forest runs parallel to Harris and Rose Hill off of Preston Ave. near Bodos)
Description: The class is geared towards beginner and intermediate drummers. All are welcome and rental drums are available.  We concentrate on technique, traditional rhythms, connecting as a group, and having fun.
Fee: The class is offered as a six week session for $80.00 and rental drums are $10.00 for the six class sessions.
Contact: Kevin Munro, ursadrums@earthlink.net, (434)
977-8694 and mail 1/2 the class fee to 318 Avon St. Charlottesville, VA 22902. Also mention if you need to rent a drum.


Sukkot Survivor Sleepout

Date and Time: September 26 – October 3, 2007, daily, 6:30 PM
Location: Between Brown College and Monroe Hill
Description: Sleep-out to fight homelessness! Participate in the Sukkot Survivor Sleepout, a fundraiser for Compass Day Haven, a local organization that provides basic necessities and services to homeless persons in the Charlottesville area. Get friends and family to sponsor you to sleep outside for 1-8 nights for a great cause. Come to our kick-off on the 26th for free food and to decorate the Sukkah!
Event URL: http://www.uvasleepout.org
Contact: Sarah Rosen, (303) 919-3129, sbr5d@virginia.edu



Alternative Spring Break Thanksgiving and Winter Projects

Date: October 1, 2007
Location: www.altbreak.org
Description: Alternative Spring Break has a Thanksgiving project in Richmond, Va, volunteering at the Beaumont Juvenile Correction Center. There are also three Winter projects in the Grand Canyon, Thailand, and Brazil. The Application deadline is for these projects is October 1.
Contact: Ethan Carroll – Publicity Chair: ethancarroll@virginia.edu, Megan Dunning - VP Selections: med5j@virginia.edu


Workshop on Contemporary French Songs

Date and Time: October 2, 9, 15, 23, and 30, 2007, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: French House
Description: Come and improve your French while discovering contemporary French songs! The workshop will be entirely in French. We will study the lyrics of popular French songs. Then, if students play an instrument or sing, they could learn the songs and sing them during the talent show in the French House, November 30. Students could also make short videos for the songs, that would be screened during the talent show in the French House, November 30. RSVP choquet@virginia.edu
Event URL: http://www.student.virginia.edu/~maison/
Contact: Isabelle Choquet, choquet@virginia.edu


5th Annual Organization for Hispanic Leadership in America Conference at U.Va.

Date and Time: October 5 – 6, 2007
Location: Newcomb Hall Ballroom
Description: The OHLA Conference will provide Hispanic/ Latino Students in the Mid Atlantic Region with an opportunity to participate in programs and sessions focused on leadership.  Students will return to their campuses with the tools necessary to be effective leaders both on campus and in the wider community.  The Conference was created by the Hispanic Student Association at George Mason University with the vision to be hosted annually, rotating through different institutions in the area.  The conference will allow students to be exposed to a variety of settings and student populations, while honing on their leadership and networking skills and exploring opportunities for future development.
Event URL: http://www.virginia.edu/deanofstudents/latino/ohla
Contact: Vanessa Arancibia, vra2y@virginia.edu


Malu Family Festival

Date and Time: October 6, 2007, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Kluge-Ruhe Collection, 400 Worrell Drive
Description: Join us for a free, fun-filled opportunity to learn about the life, culture, and art of Australian Aboriginal families. Family members of all ages will enjoy Australian themed games and art activities. There will also be storytelling and didjeridu demonstrations along with scavenger hunts through our new fall exhibit, Kin and Country in Australian Aboriginal Art.
Event URL: http://www.virginia.edu/kluge-ruhe
Contact: (434) 244-0234


Workshop on French Theater (in French)

Date and Time: October 10, 17, 24, and November 7, 14, and 28, 2007, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: French House
Description: Come and improve your French while learning about French literature! The theatre workshop will be entirely in French. Students will choose and read a theatre play during the workshop. Then, they will select a part of the play, learn and perform it during the talent show in the French House, November 30.
Event URL: http://www.student.virginia.edu/~maison/
Contact: Isabelle Choquet, choquet@virginia.edu

If you have any feedback please email it to: mcecalendar@virginia.edu. To Subscribe/unsubscribe visit: https://list.mail.virginia.edu/mailman/listinfo/multiculturalcalendar or visit http://www.virginia.edu/iso/ic/email.html#. Email events to mcecalendar@virginia.edu or visit http://www.virginia.edu/iso/ic/email.html#

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XVI. Service & Philanthropy Events from Connections @ U.Va.

Alternative Spring Break: Thanksgiving and Winter Trip Applications
Deadline: Oct. 1.
Alternative Spring Break Thanksgiving Project to Richmond, Va. (Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Facility) and winter projects to the Grand Canyon, Thailand, and Brazil. Please apply online. Direct any questions to Ethan.

A Cappellooza: Every A Cappella Group at U.Va.
Oct. 3, 7 p.m., Chem Auditorium.
Come see all your favorite U.Va. a cappella groups perform Oct. 3. This is the biggest a cappella concert U.Va. has ever seen. Don’t miss out. Tickets are on sale on the Lawn or at the door for $5. All proceeds benefit Dance Marathon - it’s for the kids. Please e-mail us with questions.

Sukkot Survivor Sleepout: Sleep Out to Raise Money for Charlottesville's Homeless
Through Oct. 4, between Brown College and Monroe Hill.
Sleep outside with your friends and raise money for Compass Day Haven, which provides local homeless people with necessary services. Come join us for as many of the nights as you want. Visit our Web site to learn more, sign up and get sponsors. Questions? Send us an e-mail.

5K Run/Walk for Office
Oct. 20, 10 a.m., Newcomb Plaza (outside the University Bookstore).
The University Democrats present the 5K Run/Walk for Office. Go online for a registration form and drop off in the University Democrats’ box in the SAC or at any UDems Meeting (Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Clark 108). Contact us with questions.

Health Disparities Candlelight Vigil
Sept. 30, 5 to 7 p.m., front steps of the Rotunda.
Fight for equitable healthcare for all people at the Memorial Candlelight Vigil for victims of health disparities. Hosted by the Daniel Hale Williams Pre-med Society, students united to end health disparities. Contact us for more information.

Fast-a-Thon: Fast for a Day to Feed the Needy
Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m., Student Activities Building.
Join the Muslim Student Association on Oct. 2 for Fast-a-Thon. Pledge to fast during the daylight hours and break your fast in the evening with a free catered dinner. Each pledge contributes to the Emergency Food Bank of Charlottesville. Sign up to pledge at Newcomb this week. Contact us for more details.

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XVII. Presidents' Corner

A. Toolkit Site for Fall 2007 FOA Programs now active at UNKN14

You may now access the FOA Contract toolkit site at any time to upload FOA program materials (evals and rosters). Additionally, you will be asked to submit complete Fall chapter rosters by November 1st into this toolkit site as well. The site is available at:

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. Recording your Chapter's Community Service Hours

We would love to be able to report accurate statistics about how many hours of service are generated from the Greek community at U.Va.. We know that each chapter contributes considerably, but we have not yet been able to record this data with any degree of accuracy.

There is a form available on the FOA toolkit site under the materials section, which can be submitted under homework submissions on the same site. We appreciate any help that you may be able to offer in this regard!

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Thanks for taking the time to skim this newsletter! Good luck as we move toward Fall Reading Days on Oct 8-9th.


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