Date: December 15, 2011
To: Parents of all U.Va. Students
From: Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
Re: Semester-end news and updates
With the University’s last exam scheduled for this Friday afternoon and Winter Break officially beginning on Saturday, I hope you soon will be enjoying family time with your student. I am writing with several updates and reminders as the semester ends and a new year and new semester lie ahead.
Closing of First-Year Residence Halls
First-year residence halls will reopen for the spring semester on Sunday, Jan. 15, unless your student has received special permission in advance to remain on Grounds for Winter Break or to return early for January Term. First-year women who are participating in Inter-Sorority Council recruitment may return on Saturday, Jan. 14.
Chick-fil-A Bowl: U.Va. vs. Auburn
Educational Tax Benefits
Emergency Plans and Alerts
An important reminder: During an emergency, the University will communicate all pertinent information and updates through the U.Va. homepage. This is the best source of official news from the University during and after an emergency. Technology, however, sometimes fails during emergencies. If this occurs, the University will switch to a no-frills, back-up emergency site. The University’s social media sites on Twitter and Facebook also will offer means of following an emergency or reporting updates.
Given the likelihood of a technology overload during a large-scale emergency, students are advised to give their parents a quick update on their welfare via a text, social media post or a phone call. Once students make the initial contact with their parents, they are asked to keep the phone lines free so emergency responders and related officials can get through and quickly access resources.
Flu Shots: It's Not Too Late
Student Health has a generous supply of the vaccine. Students who want to get the shot at Student Health should make an appointment by going to the Healthy Hoos website. Student Health will be open during Winter Break but will observe the same holidays as the University. For more details, please see the Student Health website.
Family Weekend Wrap-Up
Another highlight of Family Weekend was the Dome Room dinners, held Friday and Saturday evenings in the Rotunda’s historic Dome Room. (Due to their popularity, the dinners are offered through a lottery process prior to Family Weekend.) The speaker at Saturday night’s dinner, Professor of English Michael Levenson, captured the hearts of both parents and students with his talk, “Let Go, Hold On.” Here’s a sample passage: “The shape of the future is unclear, the turns of history as uncertain as any I’ve known in my life. All over the planet, there is shaking and trembling. There’s also laughing and leaping.” Read his speech here.
The date of Family Weekend 2012 will be announced sometime during second semester, after the release of the fall 2012 football schedule.
You’re Invited: Alumni Career Services Webinars
An upcoming webinar on Jan. 6 will feature Engineering School alumnus Tim Chaney discussing “Goal Achievement Made Fun.” To register for this webinar or to view past programs, please go to the Alumni Career Services webinars and events page.
Finals Weekend: May 19-20, 2012
If you like to plan ahead, dates of Final Exercises for upcoming years can be found at the Parent Resources website.
Request a Copy of the 2011 Handbook for Parents
Printed copies of the current parent handbook are still available. To request one, please e-mail Virginia Carter, director of communications for Student Affairs. We will be happy to mail one to you.
Dec. 17: First-year residence halls close (noon)
Dec. 17 – Jan. 17: Winter Break
Dec. 31: Chik-fil-A Bowl, U.Va. vs. Auburn (Atlanta)
Jan. 3 – 13: January Term 2012
Jan. 15: First-year residence halls re-open
Jan. 18: Courses begin
March 3 - 11: Spring Break
May 1: Courses end
May 3: Exams begin
May 11: Exams end
May 12: All residence halls close
May 20: Final Exercises
In closing, I extend warm wishes for the holiday season to you and your entire family. Enjoy the time with your student over Winter Break. We look forward to working on behalf of you and your student in 2012.
Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
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