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 October 9, 2017
Monday, October 16 is the last day to register to vote in the VA gubernational election on Tuesday, November 7. 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
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
"The first step of solving any problem is not to hide from it. The first step to any form of action is awareness.” - Mellody Hobson
Spotlight on Student Achievements
Kendall Jordan is a Fourth year from Richmond, Virginia, majoring in Psychology and Spanish. At UVA, he is an OAAA Peer Advisor and is the current president of the Iota Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. With the Alphas, he has led the chapter in mentoring efforts at Clark Elementary School in Charlottesville, and also participated in mentoring high school black males with the Collegiate 100 Society (C100). Kendall has modeled for the CRAVE (Creative, Raw, and Very Edgy) Fashion show, which annually donates proceeds to the Boys’ and Girls' Club. After graduation, Kendall would like to start a big non-profit organization to impact youth, because he believes that such organizations (like the YMCA) have made a huge impact on his life through sports, counseling and volunteering.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) every Thursday by 12 noon.
Mellody Hobson, born April 3, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois, is an American financial expert, investment authority, and businesswoman. In 2017, she became the first African-American woman to head The Economic Club of Chicago. Currently, she is the president of Chicago-based Ariel Investments and the Chair of the Board of Directors of DreamWorks Animation. She attended Princeton University, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In addition, Hobson is a regular contributor on financial issues on CBS This Morning and a spokesperson for the annual Ariel/Schwab Black Investor Survey. Hobson is married to film director and producer George Lucas, and they have one daughter, Everest Hobson Lucas.
Opportunites with Deadlines
This Week in Black History
President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologizes to African diplomat. On October 10, 1957, President Eisenhower offers his apologies to Ghanaian Finance Minister, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, who had been refused service at a restaurant in Dover, Delaware. It was one of the first of many such incidents in which African diplomats were confronted with racial segregation in the United States. Although the matter might appear small, relative to other events in the Cold War, the continued racial slights to African (and Asian) diplomats during the 1950s and 1960s concerned U.S. officials, as the Civil Rights movement was gaining momentum.
The Boer War begins in South Africa on October 11, 1899. The Boers, also known as Afrikaners, were the descendants of the original Dutch settlers of southern Africa. Britain took possession of the Dutch Cape colony in 1806 during the Napoleonic wars, sparking resistance from the independence-minded Boers, who resented the Anglicization of South Africa and Britain’s anti-slavery policies.
On October 12, 1912, Actress, playwright, novelist Alice Childress was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Alice Childress attended the American Negro Theater School of Drama and in 1944, made her theatrical debut in Anna Lucasta, which became the longest running all-black play on Broadway. She wrote more than a dozen plays, including Trouble in Mind.
OAAA Announcements & Services
For information on other upcoming events in the Charlottesville community, visit the University and Community Action for Racial Equality (UCARE) Newsletter and Facebook page: http://us5.campaign-archive.com/?u=edd9fe79282e5d0d8a4b6479f&id=cddcfc0f3f