About 40 local residents joined design consultants, University of Virginia representatives and students Friday night to consider ideas about what a memorial to the enslaved African-American workers who helped build and maintain the University might convey.

The idea of a memorial to UVA’s enslaved laborers has gained momentum and support over the past several years. It was built into the mission of the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University, which President Teresa A. Sullivan established three years ago.

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In the hyper-competitive era of non-stop news and information, being first with a breaking news story can be critical.

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When you think about religious teaching, you might not think about farming, debates on immigration or gun control, or conducting firsthand interviews with both civil rights leaders and notorious Klansmen.

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Damian Stinnie, a 24-year-old Charlottesville resident with lymphoma, couldn’t drive to work.

He was well enough physically, but his driver’s license had been suspended and his personal debts, which included more than $1,000 in traffic fines, mounted. The court didn’t have a repayment plan that he could afford. Then he became seriously ill, and he fell into homelessness.

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Not only were the Rotunda and the Academical Village lit up Thursday night during the University of Virginia’s 16th annual Lighting of the Lawn ceremony, but so were the faces of the thousands of students, faculty, staff and community members who gathered in the cold to observe the tradition.

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Tom Walls, a legal, legislative and political advocate, is the new executive director of the University of Virginia’s Thomas C. Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, a program that trains Virginians in the skills of politics and public policy and promotes ethics and civility in public life.

Ray LaMura, chairman-elect of Sorensen’s Statewide Advisory Board and chair of the search committee that chose Walls, announced the appointment.

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“It’s all about the kids,” fourth-year University of Virginia student Morgan Gronbeck said Friday morning, as she surveyed a room full of boxes packed with all kinds of gifts and household items, from stuffed animals and soccer balls to cereal and canned vegetables.

A Madison House program director, she and other student volunteers work for the Holiday Sharing program year after year, she said, because of seeing those children’s faces light up as they see their gifts of bicycles, toys and more.

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Three University of Virginia undergraduates in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences are this year’s recipients of the Hannah Graham Memorial Award.

Nadjad Nikabou-Salifou and Golda Houndoh will conduct a collaborative, community-focused health impacts study in Lomé, Togo. Jessica Amick will conduct a research project on maternal mortality and morbidity in Rwanda. All second-year students, none has yet declared a major.

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Next fall, first-year students at the University of Virginia will have a unique opportunity: to spend their first semester studying abroad in one of the world’s most celebrated international cities.

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University of Virginia biologist George Bloom, cell biologist David Brautigan and physicist Brad Cox are 2016 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon association members by their peers.

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Hours and hours spent scrimmaging and practicing technical drills on Carr’s Hill Field throughout the fall semester paid off in a big way last month for the University of Virginia men’s club soccer team when its members found themselves on the brink of winning a national club soccer championship.

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Since its founding three years ago, one of the top goals of the University of Virginia’s Data Science Institute has been to help create opportunities for cross-Grounds collaboration in “big data” research.

Through a grant from the Jefferson Trust, the institute, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research, has inspired graduate students in diverse disciplines to work together on big ideas involving real-world problems, and to attack those problems with data-driven solutions.

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An online program designed to help people overcome insomnia significantly improves both the amount and quality of sleep, a new University of Virginia study has found.

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From the front of her classroom inside the University of Virginia’s McLeod Hall, Assistant Professor of Nursing Amy Boitnott spends several mornings each week lecturing to her students about practices and protocols common to pediatric care.

Boitnott is beloved among her peers as well as her students, many of whom claim she has a profound ability to resonate with them and that she is a constant source of inspiration.

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Imagine a commute where, instead of steering yourself through traffic, you can sip your coffee, get some work done or even nap while your self-driving vehicle makes your commute for you. Or perhaps your whole family could pile into a hotel-like car, sleeping through the night while your car takes you home for the holidays.

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In his second year at the University of Virginia, Murad Idris is challenging his students to critically examine the established norms of political thought. In particular, the assistant professor of politics is focused on the concept of peace and how it’s been wielded throughout history.

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Thousands of people will gather Thursday evening on the University of Virginia’s iconic Lawn to witness the annual illumination of the Rotunda and Academical Village that surrounds them.

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Debra Saunders-White, a 1979 University of Virginia alumna who had been chancellor of North Carolina Central University, died Nov. 26 in Durham, North Carolina. She was 59.

The school announced in August she was taking a medical leave of absence to treat kidney cancer.

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While volunteering with a nonprofit in Nicaragua’s capital city of Managua, former University of Virginia swimmer Timmy Hayes started teaching local children how to swim – and found his next career.

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University of Virginia students William Henagan, Abraham Axler and Sarah Koch have received Marshall Scholarships to pursue graduate study in the United Kingdom – marking the first time the University has had three students selected to receive the prestigious scholarships in a single year.

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