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The disappearance of second-year student Hannah Graham and list of missing person cases in central Virginia has sparked a new program at the University of Virginia.
The goal of the “Hoos Got Your Back” campaign is to make students feel safe again, and there will be a big push during homecoming this weekend.
The campaign is about promoting community awareness of sexual violence, and encouraging being an active bystander. ... On Sunday, the UVA drama department is also putting on a play called “Find Your Voice” that is bringing awareness to real stories of sexual violence.
Alumni, parents, and University of North Carolina fans will flood UVA this weekend.
Most of the hotels are already completely booked in the greater Charlottesville area. The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce says hotel rooms, food, and shopping combined brings in $3 million to $4 million in total revenue. ... The CRCC says this is one of the biggest weekends of the year for Charlottesville revenue, falling just behind graduation in the spring.
A man who has served as an adviser to secretaries of state in the United States over the past two decades is weighing in on what makes a great president. Aaron David Miller spoke to more than 100 people at the University of Virginia's Miller Center Wednesday.
He just published a book - titled "The End of Greatness" - arguing presidents can only be great when they have character, capacity, and crisis to combat. Miller identifies a national crisis as something bigger than the tension involving ISIS in the Middle East right now.
“Sustained commitment.” “Strategic patience.” This is the attitude Americans must accept if we want to prevent another 9/11.
The words are those of former Ambassador Ryan Crocker, who has served in such hotspots as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Pakistan.
But they also generally reflect the views of analysts/authors Aaron David Miller and Trudy Rubin, who joined Mr. Crocker for this year’s Ambassador William C. Battle Symposium on American Diplomacy at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.
In the fight against terrorism, we must be committed for the long haul.
And not because we want to remake the political landscape in the Middle East — as appealing as that might be — but rather because our foremost strategic goal must be to protect our homeland.
Underrepresented students of color at the University of Virginia will be offered new, international research opportunities through a five-year, $1.25 million grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. ... "The program will provide us with an incredible opportunity to collaborate across schools, disciplines and national boundaries to implement a training program that centers on innovative, rigorous, mentored research projects that address rural health issues," said Center for Global Health Director Rebecca Dillingham, one of the principal investigators.
...Later in the evening, I joined scholars and community members for a candlelight ceremony to dedicate a recently discovered graveyard on the university grounds, where anonymous enslaved and free Black citizens were buried.
By design, the symposium set out to restore the identities and lives of enslaved people to a central place in the history of slavery’s role in funding, building, and maintaining college campuses. As many of the symposium’s participants noted, during the last decade cultural awareness of the deep entanglement of 18th and 19th century colleges with slavery has been gradually increasing. This knowledge raises uncomfortable questions about how we and our institutions should acknowledge, and potentially repair, the injustices of the past.
The University of Virginia (UVA) is just beginning to research and commemorate the ways in which it has been shaped by slavery, a process that will continue through its bicentennial in 2017.
...Fletcher Allen Health Care in Vermont and the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville both said their equipment left part of the neck exposed but that they have already placed orders for hoods or full-coverage equipment.
Based on a “Book Buddy” project created by Charlottesville Public Schools and the University of Virginia, the Lifesavers program uses volunteers to help students with their reading skills. Locally, the project has been around for about 14 years.
Students at Johnson Elementary School in Charlottesville celebrated a national day called “Read for the Record” Monday.
The University of Virginia football team was there to help. Players read “Bunny Cakes” to the students, in an effort to get children excited about reading. “We have a school-wide goal of getting them really excited about and really engaged in literacy so we thought about who we could bring in that would get them the most excited and get the message across the best so UVA football totally made sense,” said Sarah Messham, the school's librarian.
The players came to the school early and left late, even taking a little time to practice football with the students.
... Many university-based Christian study centers see themselves as a “faithful presence” (to use James Davison Hunter’s term) in the university. ... Thousands of students find their way every year into the Center for Christian Study at the University of Virginia, whether for stimulating lectures, group discussions, the wildly popular Move-In Day program, a film showing, or a place to study in the Center’s library.
One University of Virginia student group is trying to make a difference in the lives and futures of Albemarle County students.
The National Society of Black Engineers went out into neighborhoods Saturday to share college information packets with teenagers in the area. Group members knocked on doors and talked to families about STEM careers; those are in science, technology, engineering and math.
Among key drivers in the cost of higher education are the salaries of support staff — and that can include anyone from the police to the provost.
With three exceptions in Virginia, such salaries at the state’s public four-year institutions aren’t out of line with what’s paid at comparable schools nationally, a General Assembly-mandated study says. The average salaries of upper- and mid-level support staff at most schools are near or below the average of similar institutions.
But the report last week by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission singles out the University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute and Virginia Tech as going against the trend.
...All three schools say the conclusion is based on faulty peer groups.
The Board of Trustees has appointed John D. Simon, the executive vice president and provost of the University of Virginia, the 14th president of Lehigh University.
Roughly 150 years after they were laid to rest, the University of Virginia on Thursday commemorated about 70 people buried in a gravesite for African-Americans — both enslaved and free — who toiled as servants on Grounds in the university’s early years. “They may have been forgotten by man, but, by God, they were never forgotten,” said Dr. Marcus L. Martin, the university’s chief officer for diversity and equity. Martin led the nighttime ceremony at the UVa Cemetery.