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 16, 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)
Saturday, October 21 – HOMECOMING – Virginia vs. Boston College (Game time: 12:30 pm)
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
“Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; it does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge.” Toni Morrison
Spotlight on Student Achievements
Melvin Walker, a native of Stevensville, MD, is a Third year in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in American Studies with a concentration in Race and Ethnicity, and minoring in Business Spanish. On Grounds, Melvin serves as the Vice President of the Zeta Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. He is a Fellow of the Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership and works as a Career Peer Educator at the UVA Career Center, This semester, he is also an assistant to Dean Grimes and the GradSTAR Program in the Office of African-American Affairs. After graduation, Melvin would like to be a management consultant in the corporate or federal sectors. He also looks forward to starting a non-profit organization for minority youth, to help them prepare for college. He believes in paying it forward – and is developing skills at UVA now to make that happen!
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: email@example.com) every Thursday by 12 noon.
Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford) on February 18, 1931, is an American novelist, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved, which was adapted into a film of the same name (starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover) in 1998. Morrison was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. In 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her to receive the Jefferson Lecture award, the nation’s highest honor for achievement in the humanities. Morrison was also commissioned to write the libretto for the opera, Margaret Garner, first performed in 2005.
Opportunites with Deadlines
This Week in Black History
October 18, 1998 - Pipeline explosions kills 700 in Nigeria - A pipeline explosion in Jesse, Nigeria, kills 700 people. The resulting fire burned for nearly a week. Nigeria is an oil-rich country on the west coast of Africa. The oil fields are controlled by several multi-national corporations in cooperation with the Nigerian government. Very little of the proceeds from oil exports reaches the average citizen of the country and millions of people live in abject poverty. The pipeline explosion instantly incinerated hundreds of people while others died from agonizing burn injuries. The fire burned so hot that rescue workers could not approach the scene for six days.
100,000 people march on the Pentagon on October 21, 1967 - Demonstrators marched and rallied in front of the Lincoln Memorial in the Nation’s Capital to hear Dr. Benjamin Spock—baby specialist, author, and outspoken critic of the Vietnam War -- call President Lyndon B. Johnson, “the enemy.” Starting as a peaceful rally, many demonstrators waved the red, blue, and gold flag of the Viet Cong, and began marching toward the Pentagon. Violence erupted when the more radical element of the demonstrators clashed with the soldiers and U.S. Marshals protecting the Pentagon. This protest paralleled demonstrations held in Japan and Western Europe. At the same time, the most violent protests occurred outside of the U.S. Embassy in London, when 3,000 demonstrators attempted to storm the building. Visit to learn more.
On October 23, 1993, Carter homers to win World Series - Toronto Blue Jay baseball player Joe Carter wins the World Series for his team by whacking a ninth-inning home run over the SkyDome’s left-field wall. It was the first time that the World Series had ended with a home run since Pittsburgh’s Bill Mazeroski homered to break a 9-9 tie with the Yankees in the seventh game of the 1960 series. It was also the first time in baseball history that a team won the championship with a come-from-behind home run. “It was the ultimate sports fantasy,” Carter said. His memorable homer won the game, the series, and was the highest-scoring game in history (81 runs in all). For the Blue Jays, it was their second championship in a row.
OAAA Announcements & Services
Fall 2017 Healthcare Consulting Night Follow Event
Monday, October 16th 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Recruiting Room - Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium
Interested in consulting and don't want to abandon your interest in healthcare? Come to the 2017 Healthcare Consulting Night to learn about the range of opportunities in consulting across the spectrum of care. Meet companies, learn about the innovative services they offer, and network with UVA alumni in the field. Attire: Business Casual . What to Bring: Padfolio / Notebook and Pen/Pencil https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/61672 , Contact Name: Hannah Guffey firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Careers Shuffle Follow Event
Tuesday, October 17th 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Ballroom - Newcomb Hall
Join the UVA Pre-Health Advisors, the Healthcare Community, and the Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board for the 3rd Annual Health Careers Shuffle. Meet and learn from local healthcare professionals in four 20-minute info sessions. Reserve your spot today! Free food for all attendees. https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/62989 Contact Name: Hannah Guffey Contact Email: email@example.com
Diversi-TEA Career Conversations: Peace Corp Alum, Michael Swanberg Follow Event
Wednesday, October 18th 2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Multicultural Student Center, Newcomb Hall
Join UVA Nursing alum Michael Swanberg, PhD for a conversation on how his personal identity shaped his experience as a Peace Corp volunteer in Burkina Faso, a French-speaking West African Country. Learn more about Michael Swanberg here - https://www.nursing.virginia.edu/people/ms6tb/ Diversi-Tea Career Conversations is a series of informal chats with alumni and friends of the university around topics including: personal identity and career exploration, navigating recruitment and applications, and building community through mentors and networks. Light refreshments will be available. https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/95946 Contact Name: Jasmine S Jackson Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diversity in Museums and The Arts Follow Event
Wednesday, October 18th 2017 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Fayerweather Hall Lounge
Hear from internship sites that want to hire students from diverse cultural and academic backgrounds, and learn how to get a $3500 grant to pursue what you really want to do this summer! https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/82818 , Contact Name: Kate Melton Contact Email: email@example.com
2017 Skills Share: Portfolio Basics Follow Event
Thursday, October 19th 2017 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm OpenGrounds
Avoid the last-minute scramble for work samples--Get your online portfolio in shape for applications this year! During this session, Kate from the Career Center will give a 45-minute presentation on the basics of portfolio development for any creative field, including: - writing/journalism - visual art & photography - design (graphic, architectural, interior) - film - digital media & marketing. Attending one of these sessions (October 11th or 19th) will give you access to an Alumni Portfolio Coach who will give you feedback and help you get your work prepared! Those who complete the program be included in a resume book that the Career Center will send to employers seeking creatives. Learn more at the event! URL for more information: https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/61690 Contact Name: Kate Melton Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diversi-TEA Career Conversations: UVA Law and Med Alumni, Sanford & Dr. Anastasia Williams
Friday, October 20th 2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Multicultural Student Center, Newcomb Hall
Join UVA Law and UVA Medicine alumni Sanford and Dr. Anastasia Williams for a conversation on personal identity and their unique career stories.
Sanford is the Director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, DC. The Office serves as the principal advisor to the Chairman and the Commissioners on issues, rulemakings, and policies affecting small, women, and minority-owned communications businesses. Learn more about Sanford Williams here - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanford-s-williams-aa30876/ Dr. Anastasia Williams is the Founder of Olde Towne Pediatrics, with offices in Manassas and Gainesville, Virginia. She is a board certified pediatrician and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is on the University of Virginia School of Medicine Board of Trustees, and is Chairman of the Pediatric Council of Novant Hospital. Learn more about Dr. Anastasia Williams here - http://www.oldetownepeds.com/doctors/dr-anastasia-williams/ Diversi-Tea Career Conversations is a series of informal chats with alumni and friends of the university around topics including: personal identity and career exploration, navigating recruitment and applications, and building community through mentors and networks. Light refreshments will be available. URL for more information: https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/94889 Contact Name: Jasmine Jackson Contact Email: email@example.com
Social Media Careers Follow Event
Monday, October 23rd 2017 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Gallery - Newcomb Hall
UVA alum David Tra will walk you through roles that exist within social media and how to prepare yourself to stand out in applications! David has been in social media strategy for almost ten years, serving clients and companies such as Merck, General Motors, Animal Planet, and PBS. URL for more information: https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/82946 Contact Name: Kate Melton Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Careers Abroad
Monday, October 23rd 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Great Hall Room - Garrett Hall
Interested in working abroad after graduation? Considering teaching abroad? Attend this panel to hear from experts who have taught outside of the US. Panelists will include: Sarah Benson, Peace Corps and Fulbright Sarah, a PhD student in special education at the Curry School, just returned from three years of teaching overseas. She has served in the Peace Corps, Jordan 04-06, as special education teacher and trainer. In 2012 she was a Fulbright Roving Scholar in Norway, where she taught Norwegian high school students about American history and government, while working with teachers on best teaching practices. Prior to entering Curry she was a learning support specialist at the International School of Brussels, an IB (International Baccalaureate) school in the heart of the European capital. And most recently she completed a 6 week summer study abroad at the HoGent College in Belgium, through the Global Internships office here at UVA. Her time abroad has been invaluable in shaping her as an educator and framing her view of American education systems. URL for more information: https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/62394 Contact Name: Dreama Johnson Contact Email: email@example.com