OAAA E-Weekly August 30, 2023

OAAA E-Weekly August 30, 2023

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, September 5 / Wednesday, September 6
Add/Drop/Withdrawal Deadlines

Saturday, September 30 – Tuesday, October 3
Reading Days

Tuesday, October 17
Last Day to Withdraw from a Course (Use SIS)


Student Spotlight

Gabriella Amina Watson is a 3rd year Ridley Scholar from Richmond, Virginia studying Chemistry with hopes to matriculate into graduate school to earn her PhD. In her free time, she loves to write poetry at UVA with Flux, express herself through aerial dance, and perform comedy sketches. On Grounds, she works as an intern at Alumni Hall to support the Ridley Scholarship program by cultivating a safe space for African-American students through community outreach and leading team-bonding activities. Over the summer, she conducted research in the Cliff Stains Lab at UVA and will continue this semester. Specifically, she focuses on researching fluorescent dyes in order to develop a more targeted chemotherapy treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Gabriella is also an aspiring author and plans to finish a novel before she graduates.

Quote of the Week

“Science is not a boy's game, it's not a girl's game. It's everyone's game. It's about where we are and where we're going. Space travel benefits us here on Earth. And we ain't stopped yet. There's more exploration to come.” - Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols (December 28, 1932 – July 30, 2022) born Grace Dell Nichols; was an American actress, singer, and dancer. She is best known for her role as Lieutenant Uhura in the '60s television series Star Trek

Schedule a Meeting with a Dean

 In addition to the cultural programs we host, each Dean is available to meet with students to provide one-on-one support (i.e., academic, social, and emotional) to all our students.

Walk in Support
Kelly Smith




We are excited to extend an invitation for your CIO to host an upcoming Black Friday event this semester.



To have your CIO host a Black Friday event, we kindly request you to complete the form provided at the following link: https://forms.gle/DyGDd5iwBrxNjY5L9. Additionally, once the form is completed, please send an email to [email protected] indicating your preferred date. This will enable us to promptly confirm your chosen date. We urge you to fill out the form as soon as possible. We look forward to collaborating with you this semester!


Upcoming UVA Events, Learning & Services

Fall Study Abroad Fair

Wednesday, September 6 - 11:00 am-3:00 pm - Newcomb Ballroom and Main Lounge

Join the International Studies Office for the Fall Study Abroad Fair! Learn more about the many different study abroad programs available for UVA students. Meet with UVA faculty program directors, program providers, and host universities. We hope to see you there!


Teach the Conflicts!
September 13th at 6pm at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Hall

Have classrooms become a monoculture? Is there too little room for differing opinions? Students don’t really want it to be this way. Most professors don’t either. In this talk, Mark Edmundson will offer some ways to crack the crust of schoolroom silence and get rich discussions going.
This is the inaugural talk presented by Heterodox Academy at UVA. Bring a friend.
Contact Name: Rafael Triana
[email protected]

 ELA 2610, Liberal Arts & the Health Professions 

Course Description 

Liberal Arts and the Health Professions introduces 2nd and 3rd year UVA students to diverse health professions while engaging in a career exploration process. Students explore how insights from various disciplines inform their understanding of healthcare.  Guest lectures and informational interviews connect students with healthcare professionals to gain a better understanding of the various health professions and to assess their own career goals.  Students develop skills in interdisciplinary research and problem solving, in oral and written communication, and the integration of diverse perspectives. 

Contact Name:   Kim Sauerwein & Kyle Hodges [email protected]  [email protected]



Opportunities with Deadlines

VISAS (Volunteers with International Students, Staff, and Scholars) 

Application Deadline: Sunday, September 3rd at 11:59 pm

VISAS (Volunteers with International Students, Staff, and Scholars) is a free program that serves the international community at UVA. Through VISAS’ various programs, volunteers and international participants practice English together, meet new people, build meaningful relationships, and learn about other cultures. We invite English learners and English speakers to come join us now!  Want to practice your English and meet new people? If you are an English language learner and a UVA student/employee (or family member of a UVA student/employee), please register here to achieve your language goals, immerse yourself in American culture, and find community at UVA by joining the VISAS Language Consultant program. Want to volunteer with UVA’s international community? If you are a UVA student or employee with high-level English proficiency who would like to become a volunteer, please apply here to help UVA’s international community practice English, exchange cultures, and meet new people! VISAS has several volunteer programs with flexible levels of commitment. Check out our website www.visasatuva.org for more information!  

A Moment in Black History

Did you know? The lady circled in the photo was Lucy Higgs Nichols. She was born into slavery in Tennessee, but during the Civil War, she managed to escape and found her way to the 23rd Indiana Infantry Regiment which was encamped nearby. She stayed with the regiment and worked as a nurse throughout the war. After the war, she moved north with the regiment and settled in Indiana, where she found work with some of the veterans of the 23rd. She applied for a pension after Congress passed the Army Nurses Pension Act of 1892, allowing Civil War nurses to draw pensions for their service. The War Department had no record of her, so her pension was denied. Fifty-five surviving veterans of the 23rd petitioned Congress for the pension they felt she had rightfully earned, and it was granted. The photograph shows Nichols and other veterans of the Indiana regiment at a reunion in 1898. Beloved by the troops who referred to her as “Aunt Lucy,” Nichols was the only woman to receive an honorary induction into the Grand Army of the Republic, and she was buried in an unmarked grave in New Albany with full military honors in 1915.