“Pink tutus and bejeweled tiaras? Check. Diva sunglasses and sparkling earrings? Check. Shimmering face glitter and pink nail polish? Check. Emma flashed me a twinkling smile and nodded her head – Team Tinker Bell was ready to rock and roll.”

That is how graduating biology major Bethany Bruno began the personal statement that accompanied her medical school applications.

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The faculty of the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences voted Wednesday to pilot the first significant, comprehensive changes to the College’s undergraduate student curriculum in more than 40 years.

The new curriculum model to be piloted has three distinct components designed to better prepare students for a rapidly transforming world. It covers the breadth of the liberal arts in a way that emphasizes open inquiry and reflection, shared intellectual experiences and synthesis and connection across disciplines and fields of knowledge.

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Legend holds that the University of Virginia’s Women’s Club Rugby Team was founded on a dare directed at some female students from a boastful member of the men’s team in the late 1970s. It’s been flourishing ever since.

The club team competes at a Division I level and has advanced to the national semifinals more than 16 times. This year, for the first time ever, the fearless women of Mad Bowl will compete in the USA Rugby Women’s Division I Spring Championship. They will take on the University of California, Davis in Moraga, California on Saturday.

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University of Virginia student Dominick Giovanniello will study Arabic for a year in Amman, Jordan, thanks to a Boren Scholarship, and in exchange, will devote time to government service.

Giovanniello, a second-year student double-majoring in Arabic and global security and justice, with a minor in French, will receive $20,000 for a year to study Arabic with CET Academic Programs in Amman. In exchange for Boren Scholarship funding, students commit to work in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

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Internationally acclaimed author Salman Rushdie, Emmy Award-winning writer and producer (and creator of HBO’s “The Wire”) David Simon, and celebrated chef, author and National Humanities Medalist Alice Waters will be among more than 50 special guests participating in Human/Ties, a three-day celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities to be held Sept. 14-17 at the University of Virginia and venues throughout Charlottesville.

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Like many good ideas, David Waldman and Marian Leitner’s new company began around the dinner table, when the couple realized they were paying more for the wine bottle than they were for the wine it held.

Some might have been content to let this observation go. But Waldman and Leitner’s mutual entrepreneurial drive – they met at a social enterprise pitch competition in Washington, D.C. – and respective experience in winemaking and marketing led them to create their own solution.

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As a University of Virginia undergraduate student and a member of the Cavalier football team, Tom Santi transformed on the gridiron into a star who was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2008.

But when a knee injury ended his career after three years in the NFL, he needed another transformation.

“That actually, in a strange way, provided a good opportunity for me to start thinking more about the future, and forced me to do it realistically,” Santi said.

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We are young, fearless and just as passionate as you.”

Those words overlay an image of two astronauts blazing through space with jet packs. The image appears on the website for rADical, a student-run advertising agency co-founded by Arthur Wu and his friend, Kelsey Miller.

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To honor the co-founder who has helped thousands of patients across Virginia and the world better access health care, the University of Virginia Center for Telehealth has been renamed the Karen S. Rheuban Center for Telehealth.

A pediatric cardiologist by training, Rheuban said she was inspired to help create the center through the challenges she would face seeing her own patients. “We would be driving all over Virginia to see patients. But when we’re not there, we’re not there,” she said.

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A presidential election year means a waterfall of political fodder for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” but to reveal the truth behind its hardest-hitting zingers, the show often turns to the experts. On Monday’s episode, that expert was Kyle Kondik of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

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Emily Riff’s journey to the University of Virginia School of Law, from which she will graduate May 22 as a member of the Class of 2016, began on Capitol Hill.

Riff worked as a staff member for Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, and then as a legislative aide to Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota. It was while working on education policy for Franken, she said, that she realized she wanted – needed – to know more.

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Teachers who regularly use stress-reducing strategies increase their abilities to cope with the demands of the career and are positioned to do a better job educating students, according to results from a program administered by the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.

Teachers in New York City public schools who participated in “Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education,” or CARE, a mindfulness professional development program, not only felt an improvement in their own well-being, they also improved the quality of their classroom.

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A former tennis champ-turned-budding business leader has received the University of Virginia’s Sky Alland Scholarship.

Michelle Fabiola “Faby” Chaillo, a third-year commerce major from Mexico City and Falls Church, will receive full tuition and fees for her fourth year at the University as well as a $10,000 stipend for living expenses.

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At first glance, dance and engineering would appear to be vastly different pursuits. But somehow, Aqura Russell found a way to be heavily involved with both at the University of Virginia.

The Newport News native began dancing at the age of 8 and is trained in both ballet and modern dance. Before she arrived on Grounds, Russell planned to major in chemistry.

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Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The world’s most famous tales of things that go bump in the night can all trace their heritage to a distinct 65-year period when the British public became enraptured with the horrid. The English Gothic novel dominated popular fiction from 1765 to 1830 and spawned an endless tradition of dark storytelling and over-the-top parodies around the globe.

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How regularly do women with disabilities receive pelvic exams and Pap tests? Primary care related to their sexual and reproductive health? And how often do they experience unintended pregnancies in a country where roughly half of all pregnancies are unplanned?

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Each year, the #UVAPhotoContest captures the most picturesque locations on the University of Virginia’s Grounds through photos posted on Instagram. This spring, contestants were asked to showcase life on Grounds through images that included at least one person or animal.

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It’s that time of year again. Couches are placed on sidewalks and perfectly good appliances are thrown into the trash. This annual ritual is part of the mass exodus that occurs across the nation as college students move out of apartments and student housing.

The University of Virginia offers another option, one that benefits the local community: Chuck It for Charity.

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In a year where it seems like every aspect of American politics is being watched and analyzed on the world stage, University of Virginia doctoral candidate Michael Poznansky is interested in the powerful political plays that are hidden beneath the surface.

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This year’s award-winning teachers at the University of Virginia show the enormous impact a passionate teacher can have on students’ lives.

Scores of students, faculty peers department chairs and deans contributed glowing testimonials about 13 professors, plus a medical resident and five graduate teaching assistants, who were chosen for a range of teaching awards sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. The teachers were to be honored at a banquet Wednesday.

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