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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"

Special Announcement

Information and applications are on line now for the

 2018-2019 OAAA / GradSTAR Faculty-Student Mentoring Program!
Application Deadline extended to Monday, September 17 by 5:00 pm


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Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, September 11 – Last day to ADD a course in the following schools: Architecture, Arts & Sciences, BIS, McIntire/Commerce, Curry/Education, Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy & Nursing – For more information, see the UREG Academic Calendar

Wednesday, September 12 – Last day to DROP a course without penalty (course removed from transcript) in the following schools: Architecture, Arts & Sciences, BIS, McIntire/Commerce, Curry/Education, Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy & Nursing – For more information

Saturday, September 15 – UVA Cavaliers Football vs. Ohio University, 3:00 pm, Scott Stadium

Monday, September 18 – Deadline when students must enroll in or waive their right to individual health insurance coverage - For more information

Saturday, September 22 – UVA Cavaliers Football vs. Louisville, time TBD, Scott Stadium

Friday, September 28 – Deadline when a student can appeal the decision if a health insurance waiver is denied – For more information

Saturday, October 6 – Tuesday, October 9 – Reading Days (no classes)

Saturday, October 13 – UVA Cavaliers Football vs. Miami FL. Time TBD, Scott Stadium          

Tuesday, October 23 – Last day to DROP a course with a “W” in the following schools: Architecture, Arts & Sciences, BIS, McIntire/Commerce, Curry/Education, Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy & Nursing – For more information

Friday, October 26 - Sunday, October 28Family Weekend 2018

Wednesday, October 31st – Deadline by which students must pay the annual premium for the Aetna Student Health Insurance plan



Quote of the Week

 “We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It's our basic human right.” - Aretha Franklin

Dove Johnson

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Dove-Anna Johnson is a 3rd year Echols and College Science Scholar from Prince William County, Virginia, majoring in Neuroscience. She is passionate about conducting research and studying its clinical benefits. In summer 2018, Dove-Anna conducted laboratory research funded by the Harrison Undergraduate Research Award and has presented her findings at national conferences in Connecticut and Arizona. On Grounds, Dove-Anna is an officer in the Undergraduate Research Network URN), where promotes awareness and participation in research opportunities. She is also a member of the Daniel Hale Pre-Medical Honor Society, the American Medical Student Association, the Madison House Medical Services, and the Cavalier Symphony Orchestra. She cites her early participation in the OAAA GradSTAR and Project Rise Programs as helping her academic development and success. Dove-Anna also loves attending sporting events -- especially basketball games -- and traveling, including a study abroad experience in St. Kitts and Nevis.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a career within the medical field that includes research in some capacity.


You can nominate a student (not yourself) to be featured in the Spotlight. Send your nominations to:
Dean Patrice Grimes ( every Thursday by 12 noon.

Quote's Corner

   Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, actress, pianist, civil and women’s rights activist, and mother.  Franklin began her career as a child, singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. At age 18, she embarked on a secular career and by the end of the 1960s, was known as "The Queen of Soul." She created a musical legacy spanning six decades, winning 18 Grammy Awards and selling more than 75 million records worldwide. For her lifetime contributions, Franklin received the U.S.A.’s highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal Of Freedom, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award and a Grammy Living Legend award. Her powerful and distinctive gospel-honed vocal style has influenced countless singers across multi-generations, justifiably earning her Rolling Stone magazine’s No. 1 spot on its “Greatest Singers of All Time” list. Franklin also received honorary degrees from Harvard University and New York University (2014), as well as honorary doctorates in music from Princeton University (2012), Yale University, (2010), Brown University, (2009), University of Pennsylvania (2007), Berklee College of Music (2006), New England Conservatory of Music (1997), and University of Michigan (1987). Franklin died at her home on August 16, 2018, at the age of 76.

Opportunites with Deadlines

Fulbright US Student Award

Internal Deadline: Wednesday, September 12

Please email Lisa M. Grimes ( for information and instructions.

Accenture's Virtual Coffee Chats

Interested in learning about consulting opportunities at Accenture? Then participate in one of the virtual coffee chats via Skype or phone this fall. During these informal discussions, you will speak with members of the firm and learn more about what a consultant does and can ask questions. Chat hosts are:  Chris Smith, Strategy Senior Manager in Accenture Federal Services; Emily Strait, Strategy Senior Analyst based in the Washington, D.C. Office; and Emily Hauben, Consulting Analyst in the NY office. To register for one of the chats, click here. Sign up soon as spots are limited! Questions? Contact Suchita Chharia and Camille Lorenzana

The Jefferson Trust - 2018-19 Grant Applications

Proposal Submission Deadline: Monday, October 1 by 11:59 pm

The Jefferson Trust has launched a new web-based proposal system. Create an account and submit a proposal! Your information will be saved in the system, but is not visible to the reviewers until you submit the final version. Please contact if you have any problems with your account

Churchill Scholarship

Application Deadline: Thursday, November 1 by 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)

This scholarship funds a year of research at Cambridge University (England), where a student can also earn a graduate degree. Fourth year students (or those within 12 months of graduation) are eligible to apply. For details visit the website.

FBI internships
Applications are open for our Summer 2019 FBI Honors Internship Program. This 10-week paid internship offers undergraduate and graduate students an unparalleled opportunity to gain an insider's perspective on FBI operations. Applications are also now open for the 2019 Collegiate Hiring Initiative. Apply through October 14!


This Week in Black History

 Did you know?   On September 15, 1963, a bomb exploded during Sunday morning services in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls. With its large African-American congregation, the 16th Street Baptist Church served as a meeting place for civil rights activities. Fifteen sticks of dynamite were planted in the church basement, underneath what turned out to be the girls’ restroom. The bomb detonated at 10:19 a.m., killing Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Addie Mae Collins–all 14 years old–and 11-year-old Denise McNair. Spike Lee’s documentary film, Four Little Girls, depicts this true story.

Did you know? The desegregation of public schools in the USA began on September 7, 1954 in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD. In a unanimous opinion, the United States Supreme Court in its historic Brown v. Board of Education decision overturned Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and declared that separate schools were “inherently unequal.” The Court delayed deciding on how to implement the decision and asked for another round of arguments. The Court ruled that the federal government was under the same duty as the states to desegregate the Washington, D.C. schools (Bolling v. Sharpe).


Did you know? Eva Beatrice Dykes was the first African-American woman to fulfill the requirements for a doctoral degree, and the third to be awarded a Ph.D. from Radcliffe College. Born in Washington, D.C. on August 13, 1893, she attended M Street High School, then Howard University, graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in 1914. While attending Howard University, Eva was initiated into the Alpha chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dykes later attended Radcliffe College, graduating magna cum laude with a second B.A. in 1917 and an M.A in 1918. While at Radcliffe, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1920, Dykes began teaching at Dunbar High School, returning to Howard in 1929 as a member of the English Faculty. In 1944, she joined the English faculty of the Seventh-day Adventist Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, as the first staff member to hold a doctoral degree. Before retiring in 1968, she was instrumental in assisting the college to gain accreditation. She continued to teach at Oakwood between 1970 through 1975 and died on October 29, 1986.


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OAAA Announcements & Services

Black Friday
Every Friday - 1:30 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center #3 Dawson’s Row

Come & join us for food & fellowship! We’ll celebrate September birthdays with cake and punch!

“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study & Tutoring Sessions- Fall Semester
Sundays through Thursdays (Starting September 9) - 5:00-8:00 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center (study with Peer Advisors). For questions, contact Raising-the-Bar Coordinator: Martha Demissew (

OAAA Calculus Tutoring Sessions with Travis Elliott
Every Tuesday & Thursday – 3:30-6:00 pm – W.E.B DuBois Center Conference Room. #2 Dawson’s Row.  For details, contact: Travis Elliott

OAAA Biology & Chemistry Tutoring
Every Thursday –
1:00-3:00 pm – W.E.B. DuBois Center Conference Room (Chemistry)

Every Thursday – 3:00-5:00 pm – LPJ Black Cultural Center (Biology)

RTB 4.0 – It’s Not Just for First Years’ Anymore!

Black College Women (BCW) Book Club Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Sunday (Starting Sunday, September 9) – 6:30 pm – Maury 113

Black President’s Council (BPC) Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Monday (Starting Monday, September 10) – 6:30 pm – Newcomb Hall Board Rm 376

OAAA/GradSTAR Lunch Series: Tuesdays @ DuBois with Dean Grimes
Every Tuesday (Starting Tuesday, September 11) 12:30-2:00 pm - W.E.B. DuBois Center Conference Room.

Join Dean Patrice Grimes for lunch and conversation. RSVP to reserve lunch by the Friday before each Tuesday to Ms. Carter (924-7923 or

Black College Women (BCW) - In the Company of my Sister
Every Wednesday (Starting Wednesday, September 12) - 12:00 pm - W.E.B Dubois Center Conference Room. Contact: Dean Mason ( for more Information

Black Male Initiative (BMI) Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Wednesday (Starting Wednesday, September 12) – 6:30 pm – Newcomb Hall – Commonwealth Room




Upcoming Events

Meet the OAAA Deans and Staff

Monday, September 10 - 12:30 pm – OAAA Main Conference Room -- # 4 Dawson's Row

Come to an informal open house at OAAA to meet the deans, staff, and find out what services are available this year in the Office of African-American Affairs. Refreshments!

Office for Undergraduate Research: “Getting Started in Undergraduate Research” Workshops

Monday, September 10 – 12:00-1:00 pm – Commonwealth Room – Newcomb Hall

Tuesday, September 11 – 4:00-5:00 pm – Commonwealth Room – Newcomb Hall

Wednesday, September 19 – 1:00-2:00 pm – South Meeting Room – Newcomb Hall

Thursday, September 20 – 4:00- 5:00 pm – South Meeting Room – Newcomb Hall

Are you interested in doing research but don’t know how to start? Come to this workshop and find out! Learn  talk about undergraduate research: what it is, how to find a mentor, how to apply, and more. For more information.

Undergraduate Research Network (URN) Fair

Wednesday, September 19 – 1:00-3:00 pm – Newcomb Ballroom

Students: Are you interested in doing research with a UVA faculty member? Faculty: Would you like to find undergraduate students to assist with your research? If so, the 4th annual Undergraduate Research Fair is for you! All disciplines are welcome! For more information, visit the URN website or contact Brian Cullaty (

Professor Jacqueline Battalora Lecture & Reception

Wednesday, October 17 – 12:00 pm - Harrison-Small Auditorium, Central Grounds

Professor Jacqueline Battalora of Saint Xavier University (Chicago) will discuss her book, Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance. The public is invited. Parking is available in the garage near the UVa Bookstore (fee).

Our Evolving Food System: from Slavery to Sovereignty

Wednesday, October 17 & Thursday, October 18 – Downtown Charlottesville

The University of Virginia Sustainable Food Strategy Task Force (SFSTF) announces a Bicentennial Symposium. All events are free and open to the public. RSVP on the website for more information at Contact SFSTF student intern, Alexandra Cook at, with questions. Funded by the Alumni Board of Trustees, UVA Committee on Sustainability, Office for Sustainability, Aramark Dining Services, President's Commission on Slavery and the University, School of Architecture, Virginia Humanities, and School of Nursing.

Inauguration of the University of Virginia’s Ninth President, James E. Ryan

Friday, October 19 - 3:00 pm - The Lawn

The University of Virginia and its Board of Visitors will formally inaugurate the University’s ninth president, James E. Ryan. See

In the Community

Charlottesville – Albemarle NAACP Monthly Membership Meeting

Second Monday of each month - 7:00 pm - Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, VA

Meet in the Mary Williams Center on the first floor adjacent to the Vinegar Hill Café. Free parking is available on site.

2018 Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce Business Diversity Luncheon

Tuesday, September 18 - 11:00 am - 1:30 pm - Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 2nd floor 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville, VA

Keynote Speaker: Michel Zajur, President/CEO & Founder, Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Andrea D. Copeland-Whitsett. To register for the luncheon, visit.

NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

Friday, September 29 - 7:00 pm - Charlottesville Doubletree Hotel, 990 Hilton Heights Road, Charlottesville, VA

This annual fundraiser event of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will feature live musical entertainment, a keynote speaker, a silent auction and dinner. Recipients of the Virginia Banks Carrington Award and local scholarship winners will also be featured.

2018 Women’s Health Awareness Celebration

Saturday, September 29 - 8:30am -- 12:00pm - Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church - 105 Lankford Avenue

Come and bring your friends for women’s health topics, health screenings, and information. Plenty of Parking. Email Thanks to all the sponsors & community donors including the Oakwood Foundation, Stuart E. Houston, Farkas Family Foundation, UVA Friends of Midlife, Sentara MJH, Lion’s Club Hearing and Vision, Free Clinic, TJ Health Department, and .Z95. Refreshments. Exciting door prizes, goodie bags. For more