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August 30, 2015 | Richmond Times-Dispatch

The challenges are “why you get up in the morning. I have the best job because I’m helping to prepare the future of Virginia and I believe the future of the United States, maybe the world,” she said. “Mr. Jefferson wanted an educated citizenry to sustain the republic. I think that’s more important now than ever.”

August 27, 2015 | WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

Scholars and leaders from around the country confronted racial issues during a forum at the University of Virginia Thursday afternoon. The director hosting the panel says it is part of the university's responsibility to prepare its students for the world they'll enter after college. The forum is in response to racial violence that has divided the country, like the massacre at an African-American church in Charleston and police shootings of unarmed black men.

August 27, 2015 | Charlottesville Daily Progress

Speakers at the first in a series of panel discussions on race relations at the University of Virginia expressed frustration with recent events that they say highlight ongoing racial inequality and violence against African-Americans, most notably the June 17 shooting in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, that left nine people dead.

August 28, 2015 | WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

Students at the University of Virginia are learning some valuable lessons about the dangers of texting while driving thanks to a new partnership between AT&T and DRIVE SMART Virginia.

August 26, 2015 | Charlottesville Daily Progress

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan is pledging to continue to step up safety on Grounds for the new school year. UVa received national news coverage for all the wrong reasons last academic year, including the disappearance and slaying of second-year student Hannah Graham and a controversial arrest of a black then-third-year student Martese Johnson by agents with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. “We set a lot of things in motion last year and we’re going to continue them,” she said in a meeting with reporters Wednesday afternoon. “What I’m hoping is we took a bad situation and learned from it.”

August 26, 2015 | Charlottesville Daily Progress

The University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies will present a panel discussion, “Engaging Race: Forum on Race, Citizenship and Social Justice,” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 125 of Minor Hall. The forum, which is free and open to the public, is the first of a series that will be held throughout the academic year that will focus on race in American society.

August 26, 2015 | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Could a constitutional amendment help stabilize college funding in Virginia? That was a question debated Monday by presidents of public universities as they discussed proposed initiatives to support the goals of The Virginia Plan for Higher Education, which was approved last year by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan said in an interview later that higher-ed funding is a problem in all states and it’s not clear what the solution should be. “The issue is that the last thing you fund is higher education, so we are the most subject to the fluctuations in the economy,” she said.

August 24, 2015 | WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

The University of Virginia is starting the new school year with new safety initiatives. UVA says stopping sexual violence is its biggest priority. Student council is working to create a new Saferide App that encourages students to take university transportation home instead of walking home alone. These initiatives are part of several steps taken at UVA to keep students safer.

August 24, 2015 | Charlottesville Newsplex

The start of a new school year is an exciting time, but also the most dangerous time for students. The first few weeks of the new academic year at any college or university are called "The Red Zone," according to University of Virginia Dean of Students Allen Groves. It's when students are most at risk for sexual assault.

August 24, 2015 | WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)
August 22, 2015 | WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

A sexual assault prevention program at the University of Virginia is getting new support from beyond the University. Members of the Charlottesville community took part in an open house Saturday for the Green Dot Program to learn more about bystander intervention and stopping violence before it happens.

August 24, 2015 | Charlottesville Daily Progress

Faculty members at the University of Virginia are weighing in on a style of speaking that has been described by one professor as “the single worst, most tenacious problem I’ve seen in my 40-plus-year teaching career.” The “problem” is known as “vocal fry,” a low vocal register that is produced when a person loosely closes their vocal folds while speaking, resulting in a rattling, creaky-sounding voice.

August 24, 2015 | Charlottesville Daily Progress

Faculty members at the University of Virginia are weighing in on a style of speaking that has been described by one professor as “the single worst, most tenacious problem I’ve seen in my 40-plus-year teaching career.” The “problem” is known as “vocal fry,” a low vocal register that is produced when a person loosely closes their vocal folds while speaking, resulting in a rattling, creaky-sounding voice.

August 24, 2015 | Charlottesville Newsplex

Move In weekend for the University of Virginia has come and gone, and now businesses on the corner are getting ready for the massive amounts of students to fill their stores. "It's really exciting to have a lot of the students back," said Nina Montecalvo, a shift manager at The Virginian, "they bring us a ton of business with their friends, and their family."

August 23, 2015 | Newsweek

The Berkeley course isn’t the first class on Game of Thrones by any stretch. The Daily Mail did a story on a similar class at the University of Virginia, which covers both the book series and the show.

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