It’s been an eventful year at the University of Virginia with highs, lows and everything in between, as fourth-year class president Malcolm Stewart puts it in the video above.
Before the 2017-18 academic year even began, UVA and Charlottesville found itself in the spotlight when national white supremacist groups descended for a weekend of violent demonstrations on Aug. 11 and 12. It was a painful and tragic weekend that spurred passionate, challenging discussions and other activities throughout the year as students, faculty and others in the UVA and Charlottesville communities rallied in support of tolerance and diversity.
Alongside those tough discussions were more celebratory moments. The University welcomed alumnus and former School of Law professor James E. Ryan as its president-elect in September; and a short month later welcomed its third century with a huge bicentennial celebration on the Lawn. Exactly 200 years before, U.S. presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and James Madison laid the cornerstone of this university. Now, UVA’s third century is here.
The regular rhythms of University life continued around these more monumental occasions, and brought plenty of extraordinary achievements. Faculty members around Grounds made huge strides in research on everything from diabetes to self-driving cars. At least twelve students and alumni won Fulbright Scholarships, putting UVA among the top institutions in the country for that award. And UVA’s student-athletes continued to impress on and off the playing field, all while welcoming another new addition: Director of Athletics Carla Williams, who became the first female African-American athletic director at a Power Five conference school when she joined UVA this year.
Take a look back at these moments and many others as Stewart reviews the year – his last as an undergraduate at UVA – in the video above.