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Partnership News

Faculty and students partner with community organizations to develop research grants or service learning projects that respond to public needs. Publicly engaged teaching and research lies at the heart of the country's top public research institutions.

View these stories below to see a snapshot of UVa's academic engagement with local, state, national, and international communities.

2012: Virginia Food Heritage – Planning for Sustainability and Resilience
Students enrolled in this course produced 17 short films on local food heritage, all based on individual interviews with elders from Charlottesville and counties of Albemarle, Louisa, Fluvanna, Nelson and Greene.

The Summer Morven Summer Institute: The Farmers Market
All of the final presentations were really interesting and well thought out. The Farmers Market students each chose a farmers market in the region and developed research questions and an implementation plan to collect data for their market research.

FMC Collaborates with the University of Virginia to Host First Ever Course on Farmers Market Research
June 11, 2012 | Farmers Market Coalition
Since the beginning of this year, the Farmers Market Coalition has been working with instructors at the University of Virginia to plan the syllabus, reading, and assignments, of a ten day course devoted to teaching students about farmers market research.

Music Professor Wraps Up Successful Pilot Year of Arts Outreach
May 25, 2012 | UVAToday
On a recent evening, University of Virginia music professor Bonnie Gordon watched a handful of local children select the instruments they will play in school band next year.

For One Student, Love of Gardens Sprouts Into Several Projects
February 29, 2012 | UVAToday
University of Virginia fourth-year student Erin Block is fired up about gardening, and her enthusiasm has branched into several efforts to benefit gardens at local schools that she hopes will bear fruit long after she graduates.

Win-Win: Local Nonprofits, Students Both Gain From Grant-Writing Course
February 17, 2012 | UVAToday
Five anti-poverty initiatives in Charlottesville may be getting a grant-funding boost this year, thanks to a new course in the University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

U.Va. Students Help Local Children 'Dream' Their Way to College
February 15, 2012 | UVAToday
Imagine knowing as a sixth-grader that your entire college education will be funded. This is what businessman Eugene Lang has done for more than 15,000 students in the United States and New Zealand, 62 of whom are in Charlottesville.

U.Va. Students Now Certified as Red Cross First-Responders
February 14, 2012 | UVAToday
It's 3 a.m. Newlyweds Jonathan and Kristin Greene are awakened by the sound of pounding rain and, upon crawling out of bed, find themselves ankle-deep in water. They flee their home and luckily are able to get to a nearby shelter.

'Belmont Vortex' Workshop Links U.Va. Architecture School and Community
February 13, 2012 | UVAToday
Nearly 300 University of Virginia School of Architecture students and faculty members, along with public officials and citizens, gathered Saturday at the Music Resource Center in Charlottesville to view the presentations of "Belmont Vortex," a bridge-design workshop that occupied almost the whole school for 10 days.

Increased Volunteering Interest at UVA
Feb 9, 2012 | NBC29 WVIR
The Peace Corps says the University of Virginia is among the nation's top volunteer producing schools for 2012. Over 60 undergraduate alumni at UVA are serving overseas with the corps.

UVa-Designed Game Teaches Local Kids About Planning, Urban Development
December 16, 2011 | The Daily Progress
Land on a crossing guard, skip ahead two spaces. Roll a pothole, lose a turn.

Charlottesville Traffic Island Soaks Stormwater
December 16, 2011 | NBC29.com
A small space of tall grasses and berry bushes is slowing down and cleaning up stormwater from the parking lots and neighborhoods around Charlottesville High School.

Students, Community Members Reflect on Benefits of the U.Va. Institute on Aging's Inaugural 'Art And Aging' Course
May 2, 2011 | UVAToday
Recent research demonstrates that viewing nature and art may improve mood, reduce stress and improve attention or concentration. University of Virginia students in a three-credit, interdisciplinary "Art and Aging" course this semester used this research to benefit local individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

From Russia, (and U.Va.), with Books
April 25, 2011 | Richmind Times Dispatch
Written in another language on another continent almost two centuries ago, the story led to a discussion about contemporary relationships.

Service Is Part of Inauguration Celebration, as Well as University's Mission
April 18, 2011 | UVAToday
Despite Saturday's severe weather, 600 University of Virginia students, faculty and community members came out to volunteer as part of "Cavaliers Care: A Day of Service." Though "Cavaliers Care" was founded in 2000, this year President Teresa A. Sullivan chose to incorporate the service event into her inaugural celebrations.

Day in the Life Program a Win-Win for U.Va. and Area Students
April 4, 2011 | UVAToday
More than 1,200 local youths are finding academic help and building relationships with more than 450 University of Virginia tutors this year through U.Va.'s Day in the Life Program.

New Class Introduces Books Behind Bars
March 24, 2011 | Cavalier Daily
A group of University students is interacting with local incarcerated residents as part of a normal course schedule this semester.

Philosophers' Club Helps Students Explore Virtues and Improve Academic Skills
February 24, 2011 | UVAToday
Several University of Virginia student interns recently asked a group of high school students how they would establish a community on a fictitious island. In the discussion, the high schoolers soon realized in order for it to work, some rules and responsibilities would be needed to balance the desire for freedom.

Art &  Alzheimer's at UVa.
February 3, 2011 | The Chronicle of Higher Education
Art engages the senses and makes few demands. It is easily appreciated for its own sake. It humanizes.

January Term Class Tackles Local Food Hub Challenges
January 21, 2011 | UVAToday
Over 10 long days this January term, 24 University of Virginia students tackled real-world challenges facing the Local Food Hub, a local non profit that aggregates crops produced by small, local farmers to make it feasible and convenient for customers like restaurants and institutional cafeterias to serve locally produced food.

Student Campaign Takes Public Service 'From the Classroom to the Community'
December 9, 2010 | UVAToday Volunteering at the University of Virginia takes on many forms – and names. Engagement. Service. Outreach. Could a new umbrella "brand" bring more focus and interest? That's what Angela Davis and Megan Raymond wanted to know.

U.Va. Engineering Design Course Challenges Students With Real-Life Projects
November 11, 2010| UVAToday
The logical point of engineering, says University of Virginia engineering professor Brad Bennett, is to develop products and systems that benefit humans.

Epic Undertaking: U.Va. Professor Aims to Strengthen Teaching of High School Philosophy
August 31, 2010 | UVAToday
Aesthetics. Epistemology. Metaphysics. Just a few terms that University of Virginia philosophy professor Mitchell Green hopes become part of the lexicon of American high school students.

Dawn Culpepper: Devoted to Mentoring Girls in Leadership
May 10, 2010 | UVAToday
"Sometimes we are so very fortunate to 'discover' individuals who exemplify the academic and personal characteristics that portend a meaningful commitment to public service," said Jennifer Merritt, director of mentoring and diversity at the University of Virginia Women's Center.

Better Health is Possible in Mountain Empire
April 9, 2010 | Bristol Herald Courier
With a collaborative grassroots effort, Southwest Virginia can get healthier, community leaders said during a health summit here Thursday.

History of Charlottesville's Downtown Mall the Subject of Two Exhibits
March 31, 2010 — UVAToday
Take a stroll on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall, and it's evident that residents consider it a community living room. The brick-paved pedestrian area is a stage set for musicians, outdoor dining and promenading as residents visit banks, stores, theaters and music venues.

Water Quality Improves in Meadow Creek, Dell Pond
December 17, 2009 | UVAToday
Biofiltration is cleansing runoff in the University of Virginia's award-winning stormwater management system.

ecoMOD4 House in Charlottesville Dedicated; ecoREMOD is Kicked Off
December 14, 2009 | UVAToday
A crowd of more than 100 well-wishers braved the cold Saturday afternoon for a ribbon-cutting marking the fourth ecoMOD4 project. The house, located at 104 Elliott Ave., is a collaboration between the ecoMOD project at the University of Virginia, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville and the City of Charlottesville.

Urban and Environmental Planning Class Works to Improve Services for Public Housing Residents in Charlottesville
December 9, 2009 — Students in a University of Virginia class spent the fall semester exploring ways to improve Charlottesville's public housing community, and their final report, "Changing the Game for Public Housing Residents," proposes the creation of a neighborhood resource center as an agent for change.

U.Va. Students Present Visualizations about Vinegar Hill Urban Renewal
December 8, 2009 | UVAToday
To open the Neighborhood ReGeneration exhibit at the Charlottesville Community Design Center on the Downtown Mall, students in a University of Virginia digital history seminar on Friday presented visualizations of their research on Charlottesville's Vinegar Hill – a once-thriving African-American neighborhood that was demolished for urban renewal in the 1960s.

Books Behind Bars
December 3, 2009 | They Cavalier Daily
Can great literature truly change peoples’ lives? Next semester, students enrolled in a new course at the University, “Books Behind Bars: Life, Literature, and Community Leadership,” will attempt to answer this question in the affirmative. Led by Russian Prof. Andrew Kaufman, the course will use academics and community service to study literature’s power to promote positive social change in the youth of a local juvenile treatment center.

ACE Courses Provide an Outlet -- and Funds -- to Move Teaching and Research into the Community
November 12, 2009 | UVAToday
A dozen new courses being offered this year at the University of Virginia are designed to foster public service and engaged research among students and faculty.

NowComment.com Offers Improved Text Analysis Tools
November 13, 2009 | Cavalier Daily
With the goal of facilitating enhanced communication in their classrooms, several University professors have begun to use a new Web site, NowComment.com. The unique site allows students and faculty members to attach comments to specific sentences or paragraphs of a text that has been uploaded, instead of leaving a comment at the end of the document, founder Dan Doernberg said.

U.Va. Partners With Local Company to Develop NowComment Software
November 11, 2009 | UVAToday
Starting next week, University of Virginia faculty and students will have access to a new Web-based software tool for in-depth class discussion of texts, enabling dozens of people to annotate and comment on individual sentences, paragraphs or the document as a whole.

After Two Decades, the TRC's Flagship Program Still Embodies our Mission
Fall 2009 | Teaching Resources Center
Marva Barnett Founding Director Marva Barnett helps new faculty gear up for the first day of class at the August Teaching Workshop. This year the Teaching Resource Center celebrates its 20th year of service to the University community.

ecoMOD4 to be Moved to Its Site Soon; Remodeling Project Takes Shape
September 2, 2009 | UVAToday
After a busy summer of construction in the old hangar at the University of Virginia-owned Milton Airfield, the four modules of ecoMOD4 – a first floor with kitchen and living area, a second floor with two bedrooms and a bathroom, and first- and second-floor stairwell-storage-powder room modules that tie the two stories together – will be hauled by tractor-trailer later this month, lifted by crane onto the prepared foundation, and assembled on its permanent Elliott Avenue site.

Stockstrom to Develop Affordable Housing
July 22, 2009 | The Frazee Forum
A project proposed by Frazee native Leah Stockstrom was chosen for an inaugural round of funding from the Jefferson Public Citizens program at the University of Virginia.

U.Va. Students Build a Floating Environmental Classroom
July 13, 2009 | Architecture
About 10 University of Virginia students, along with a handful of alumni, two faculty members and consultants, put in another 16-hour workday Thursday at a Norfolk shipyard. Their mission: to prepare a floating classroom, dubbed the "Learning Barge," for its September launch date.

Grants Awarded for Courses That Connect University with Community
July 10, 2009 | UVAToday
University of Virginia faculty members have received 11 grants to develop courses that will bring U.Va. closer to its surrounding community. Faculty members will use their 2009 Academic Community Engagement grants to create new courses or revise existing ones to incorporate community service or a community-based research project.

Midlothian student’s project chosen for U.Va.‘s inaugural Jefferson Public Citizens Program
July 8, 2009 | Midlothian Exchange
A project proposed by Michael David Zoghby of Midlothian has been chosen for the inaugural round of funding from the Jefferson Public Citizens program at the University of Virginia.

16 Student Projects Receive Funding in Inaugural Year of Jefferson Public Citizens Program
June 4, 2009 |UVaToday
Sustainable affordable housing. The use of a sensory resource guide in the care of dementia patients. A GED class for the homeless. These are a sampling of the 16 student group projects the University of Virginia is funding as part of its newly launched Jefferson Public Citizens program, which grew out of Commission for the Future of the University.

Community/University Research Partnerships Subject of Public Forum April 6
April 1, 2009 |UVAToday "Making Central Virginia a Great Place to Age: Community Research Partnerships," is the subject of a communitywide and pan-University of Virginia research forum to be held Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. in Sandridge Hall at the John Paul Jones Arena.

New University of Virginia Health System Report Shows Obesity, Hypertension, Arthritis and Diabetes Prevail at Nation's Largest Free Mobile Clinic in Wise, VA
March 18, 2008 | UVAToday
They are 40-something, overweight or obese, and suffer from arthritis, diabetes and/or hypertension.

Really Want That Internship? Pay Up
March 12, 2009 | NPR's Day to Day
U.Va. Parents Committee grants help with living expenses for unpaid internships in public service.

U.Va. Renews Jefferson's Mission to Create Public Citizens
March 10, 2009 | UVAToday
University of Virginia students who are passionate about public service now have a new option, the Jefferson Public Citizens program, which combines scholarship and service.

U.Va.'s Young Women Leaders Program Receives Statewide Mentoring Award
January 29, 2009 | UVAToday
The Virginia Mentoring Partnership has given the University of Virginia's Young Women Leaders Program its 2009 Outstanding Mentoring Program Award.

Theory to Practice
Cavalier Daily
A class project in the Architecture School demonstrates how undergraduate research can benefit the community.

Class Research Reveals Local Foreclosure Spots
Cavalier Daily
Piedmont Housing Alliance to use students' data when analyzing local foreclosures

UVA Class Documents Local Foreclosures
October 21, 2008 | Charlottesville News & Arts
Last week, a group of UVA seniors studying foreclosure trends presented preliminary findings to the Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA) staff.

U.Va. Students Opt for Community Service During Spring Break
February 25, 2009 | UVAToday
Spring break can be more than a day at the beach.

U.Va. Named to National Community Service Honor Roll
February 9, 2009 | UVAToday
The Corporation for National and Community Service honored the University of Virginia today, naming the school to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities.

Students Study City SRO Sites / Nonprofit Plans to Built Homeless Facility by 2011
December 16, 2008 | C-Ville Weekly
... the nine seniors in Betsy Roettger’s community design studio put together plans that will help a nonprofit build housing for Charlottesville’s homeless. ... The class narrowed the list from 10 sites to four, and then each student picked a site and designed a 60-unit facility to fit the space. ...

UVa Green Team Takes on Lynchburg
November 19, 2008 | Lynchburg News Advance
Preserving a sliver of land along every major waterway in the city is one recommendation a group of University of Virginia students taking stock of Lynchburg’s environmental as-sets may include in their final proposal.

New Partnership Enlists U.Va. Students to Support Local Alzheimer's Patients
November 19, 2008 |UVAToday
University of Virginia students in the Curry School of Education's Communication Disorders program are now making house calls to six people in the community with memory loss, thanks to a $9,000 Academic Community Engagement grant provided by U.Va.'s Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

University Researches Cost-Efficient Social Services
November 17, 2008 | Cavalier Daily
University economics professors and students are collaborating with the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County in an effort to make social services more cost-efficient and effective.

U.Va. Researchers Put Close Watch on At-Risk Youth — and Local Budgets
November 13, 2008 | UVAToday
Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville spend millions of dollars each year on social service programs to help area youth considered "at risk" for a variety of reasons, from failing at school, to behavioral and emotional issues, to parental neglect or involvement by the courts.

U.Va. Architecture School Students Help Community Envision a Sustainable South Bronx
July 17, 2008 | UVAToday
New York City's South Bronx neighborhood is poised to become a model for urban sustainable development on a large scale, and a group of University of Virginia Architecture School graduate students have helped citizens and community leaders there visualize their dreams.

Engineering Program Addressing Water Resources Challenges
July 8, 2008, UVAToday
Virginia and its citizens are facing a unique set of problems for ensuring the sustainability of water systems for humans and natural ecosystems. U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science graduate students and faculty are helping partner organizations address these challenges.

From Sea to Shinning Seed
June 11, 2008, Eastern Shore Post
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) ... along with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) ... have been actively harvesting eelgrass behind Wreck Island off Oyster. ...Karen McGlathery, [associate] professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, acts as project leader for a group of UVA students who stay during the summer and work closely with TNC and VIMS. ... [See page 8 of PDF]

Course Seeks Sustainable Solution to Food Shortage Crisis

Tanya Denckla Cobb's spring course, "Healthy Communities, Healthy Food Systems: Global-Local Connections," led students in a novel endeavor to figure out where Charlottesville's food comes from, be it local or from thousands of miles away.

Degree-Earners’ Next Stop: Clinic in Guatemalan Valley
May 18, 2008, Daily Progress
Hanging in a corner of Megan Dunning’s room on the Lawn at the University of Virginia is a framed photograph of young Guatemalan children learning how to sneeze into their sleeves.

University of Virginia Architecture Students Share Visions for New College Institute in Martinsville
April 15, 2008, UVAToday
Fourth-year architecture students from the University of Virginia experienced the power of architecture to bring community together and saw the ability of education to be an economic development tool in a fall studio design class.

University of Virginia Receives President's Honor Roll Award for Service
February 20, 2008 – A federal program has named the University of Virginia to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.

Students Take on a Community Goal: Help Charlottesville Become America's Healthiest City
Februray 6, 2008, UVAToday
Charlottesville has a goal: to become America's healthiest city by 2015.  To that end, city officials sought the assistance of two urban and environmental planning classes in the University of Virginia's School of Architecture.

Engineering takes the stage / UVa students turn knowledge into special-effects craft
December 04, 2007, Charlottesville Daily Progress
In the short comedy “Three Magic Purple Balloons,” a magical orb vanishes, a telephone rings on cue and a levitating veil changes color from silver to red. The original play, written and directed and performed by University of Virginia drama students, is part of a series of 10 one-act plays being performed at the university. Each of the plays features special effects designed and built by first-year engineering students.

ecoMOD3 Expands Modular, Sustainable, Affordable Housing Research
August 21, 2007, UVa Today
Some University of Virginia students cheered and clapped as a crane lifted the prefabricated modules into place at their new home in the Castle Hill-Fifeville neighborhood in Charlottesville.

Hi-Tech Homes Preserve Past
August 15, 2007, WCAV Charlottesville News Plex
Using nails, drills, and levies, UVa students worked together to assemble three modular units they have spent years designing.

UVA Students' Work Assesses Mental Health Resources
May 14, 2007, Daily Progress
A group of University of Virginia students has contributed an entire school year analyzing a local initiative aimed at improving mental health services and how it relates to the criminal justice system.

Students Take Alternative Spring Break
April 3, 2007, UVa Today
Some U.Va. students went to tropical climates for spring break, but instead of lounging on the beach, they spent their week helping people.

Innovation Through Collaboration: New Ways of Thinking and Learning
UVA TopNews
Innovation is a complex phenomenon where talented and motivated people exploit the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams.

Historic Significance: Local Residents Try to Protect Their Neighborhood
Daily Progress, November 20, 2006
Two local residents - one from Albemarle County, the other from Charlottesville - are banding together to preserve the neighborhood they both inhabit.

Public Viewing of the EcoMod3 Design Project on Dec. 8
December 7, 2006, UVa Today
The ecoMOD project at the University of Virginia is holding a one-day public viewing of the ecoMOD3 prototypical house design -- the SEAM house it -- on 4th Street, SW in the Fifeville neighborhood of Charlottesville.

Crossing Over: Teacher's Students from CHS and UVa Learn from Each Other
October 23, 2006, Daily Progress
Charlottesville High School senior Miko Jones walked into a classroom at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education last year and asked himself: “What am I doing here?”

Curry's Pianta Gets $10M for National Preschool Study
August 25, 2006, Inside UVa Online
The Curry School of Education has been awarded $10 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to determine if a new method for training preschool teachers results in their students, especially disadvantaged children, learning language and literacy skills better.

U.Va. Engineering Student Helps Make America 'Really Ready'
August 22, 2006, Top News
What would you do in the event of an emergency?

Gautier Gets a Solar Habitat Home
WLOX-TV Mississippi, August 14, 2006
Architecture student Joy Wang is installing new windows today at a home in Gautier.

Center for Digital History Partners in $1 Million Grant for Teaching American History
Top News, August 14, 2006
The evolution and growth of democracy in America has deep roots in Virginia.

History Teachers Get Boost for Study
Daily Progress, August 7, 2006
History teachers in five local school divisions will get a chance to “live and breathe” the story of Virginia’s role in American history, thanks to the University of Virginia’s Virginia Center for Digital History and a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Cuban Trade: U.Va. Fund Helps Bring Art to Country
University of Virginia Magazine, August 7, 2006
When Jill Hartz, director of the U.Va. Art Museum, and a group of museum members first visited Havana in January 2002, they found a thriving art scene.

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