OAAA E-Weekly Newsletter
The Office of African-American Affairs Newsletter Highlighting Events and Opportunities for OAAA Students
"Young, Gifted & Black:
40 Years of Preparing Students for the Quest"
OAAA E-Weekly September 25, 2017
Monday, October 16th is the last day to register to vote in the VA gubernatorial election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Pick up a voter registration form at the front desk of OAAA or visit http://www.elections.virginia.gov/citizen-portal/index.html for details.
Mark Your Calendar
Saturday, September 30 through Tuesday, October 3 – Reading Days (no classes)
Thursday, October 5 - Saturday, October 7 – UVA Cornerstone Bicentennial Weekend
Tuesday, October 17 - Last Day to Withdraw from a Class (Use SIS)
Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5 – Family Weekend
Monday, November 6 - Friday, December 15 - Students Apply in SIS for May 2018 Graduation
Tuesday, November 14 - Last Day to Withdraw from the University & Return for Spring 2018
Wednesday November 22 – Sunday, November 26 – Thanksgiving Recess
Monday, November 27 - Classes Resume
Tuesday, December 5 - Classes End
Wednesday, December 6 - Reading Day
Thursday, December 7 - Friday, December 15 - Course Examinations
Sunday, December 10 & Wednesday, December 13 - Reading Days
Quote of the Week
“I consider myself a crayon...I might not be your favorite color, but one day you’re going to need me to complete your picture.” – Lauryn Hill
Spotlight on Student Achievements
Briana Woody is a Third year student from Richmond, Virginia, majoring in Public Policy & Leadership in the Frank Batten School, while also pursuing a minor in Government from the college. She is passionate about learning how to use policy to break the socioeconomic and racial barriers that maintain systems of inequality in the USA. Briana contributes to the UVA and Charlottesville communities in many different ways. She is a Ridley and Echols scholar, the Executive Coordinator of the Sisterly Love Mentoring Program, an Orientation Leader for the Office of African-American Affairs Peer Advisor Program, a member of the Special Events and Leadership & Development Committees for the Black Student Alliance, and a University Guide. She also works as a Programs and Councils Assistant for the Office of the Dean of Students. In summer 2017, Briana interned with the Virginia Department of Health Professions in Henrico, VA. In that role, she engaged with the agency’s legal sector, working alongside lawyers and administrative professionals to uphold standards of healthcare in Virginia. Upon graduating in 2019, she plans to attend law school.
You can nominate an exceptional student (not yourself) to be featured in the Spotlight on Student Achievements. Please send your nominations to:
Dean Patrice Grimes (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) every Thursday by 12 noon.
Lauryn Noelle Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress. She is best known for being a member of the Fugees and for her critically acclaimed solo studio album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won numerous awards and broke several sales records. At the 41st Grammy Awards, the record earned her five awards, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist. Raised in South Orange, New Jersey, Hill began singing with her music-oriented family during her childhood. She enjoyed success as an actress at an early age, appearing in a recurring role on the television soap opera As the World Turns and starring in the 1993 film, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. In the early 2000s, Hill dropped out of the public eye, dissatisfied with the music industry and suffering with the pressures of fame. Hill has six children, five of whom with Rohan Marley, son of reggae music legend Bob Marley.
Opportunites with Deadlines
This Week in Black History
The Three-Fifths Compromise was reached between delegates from southern states and northern states, during the September 1787 United States Constitutional Convention. The debate was over whether, and if so, how, enslaved people would be counted when determining a state's total population for legislative representation and taxing purposes. The issue was important, as this population number would then be used to determine the number of seats that each state would have in the United States House of Representatives for the next ten years.The compromise was proposed by delegates James Wilson and Roger Sherman and is found in Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3, of the United States Constitution, which reads: “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.” The three-fifths ratio originated with a 1783 amendment proposed for the Articles of Confederation.
On Sept. 28, 1991, trumpeter and composer Miles Davis died of pneumonia, respiratory failure and a stroke at age 65. Davis for years defined "cool." Born in 1926, in East St. Louis. IL (where his father was a dentist), Davis received his first trumpet at age 13. The young prodigy deeply admired jazz legends Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine and others. He reportedly was accepted for admission to the prestigious Juilliard School in 1944, in the hopes that he could one day play with his musicial idols in New York City. He accomplished that goal within a year of getting to NYC, then dropped out of school. In 1947, the Miles Davis All-Stars debuted on the Savoy record label. Davis developed his craft during the be-bop era of music and also helped define other styles, from cool jazz to jazz-funk. He also discovered jazz greats Sonny Rollins and Percy Heath. In 1996, he was inducted as a performer into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Entrepreneur Jesse B. Blayton Sr. started the first Black-owned radio station, WERD in Atlanta, GA, on Oct. 3, 1949. When Blayton bought the 1,000-watt radio station, he hired his son Jesse Jr., as station manager. From sunrise to sunset, it featured a mix of musical genres, from gospel to rhythm and blues. "Jockey Jack" Gibson, one of the nation's most famous Black radio announcers, worked at WERD in its early days. The station's success enabled Blayton to buy a second station, KREL, in the Houston radio market. Earlier in his career, he became Georgia's first African-American certified public accountant in 1928. Prior to that, he and a group of African-American businessmen founded the Mutual Federal Savings and Loan Association, for which he served as president. He also taught at Atlanta University.
OAAA Announcements & Services
OAAA-GradSTAR: ‘Building Your Personal Brand’ Fall Seminar Series
Application now on line – Deadline Friday, September 29 by 5:00 pm
Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25 – 6:00 -7:30 pm; Recognition Dinner: Wednesday, November 1
Open to all classes, this 5-part series is designed to prepare you for upcoming interview, internship & job fair opportunities. GREAT for 1st years – and open to all classes. For details, visit here or contact Dean Grimes (email@example.com)
Truman Scholarship Session
Monday, September 25 - 4:00 pm - Rotunda Multipurpose Room.
This session is the best way to learn about the award and the process for applying. Are you a dynamic leader? An activist dedicated to positive change? Committed to public service? You should probably be considering the Truman Scholarship, which provides $30,000 toward graduate school and access to a group of incredible leaders. Come even if you aren’t sure about attending graduate school; you apply as a Third year. Website:http://www.truman.gov/. UVa Internal Deadline: November 14, 2017. For more information