May 9-22, 2003
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Youths get taste of college life
U.Va. student Janay Jones (left) works with Alvita Adams, an eighth-grader at Buford Middle School, during one of the study sessions held in the school’s library this spring.
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U.Va. student Janay Jones (left) works with Alvita Adams, an eighth-grader at Buford Middle School, during one of the study sessions held in the school’s library this spring. Jones is one of some 40 U.Va. students who volunteer their time in U.Va.’s “Day in the Life” mentorship program. U.Va. students are paired one-on-one with their middle-school mentees.

By Fariss Samarrai

What do you do with middle school students who are smart, funny, maybe a little sassy, and not on track to go to college?

Send them to college.

That’s what the University of Virginia is doing with about 40 students from Buford Middle School in Charlottesville. The Buford students are getting a taste of college life firsthand from U.Va. students who are serving as mentors, inspirational guides and friends.

“U.Va. students are a part of the Charlottesville community,” said first-year student and mentor Cassidy Fludd. “We should share our college life with kids in the community.”

The program, called “A Day in the Life,” is in its first year, and already the Buford students have spent a lot more than a day in the life of their U.Va. student mentors. The pairs study together, go to U.Va. sports and social events together, attend U.Va. classes together and stay in regular communication, even during school breaks. The Buford students are seeing firsthand that college is fun and challenging, and that college students do more than party. Full story.


Centralized approach needed to recruit minority grad students

By Anne Bromley

When a young Argentine came to the United States in 1980 for a medical fellowship, his new neighbors — two children followed by their mother — welcomed him with a homemade cake.

More than 20 years later, Dr. Ariel Gomez, U.Va.’s interim vice president for research and graduate studies, wants to extend a similar welcome to minority graduate students, although the cake’s ingredients would consist of stipends and resources. Full story.

 

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Carol Wood

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