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 November 5, 2018
Virginia General Election - Tuesday, November 6 – VOTE!
Mark Your Calendar
Saturday, November 10 – UVA Cavaliers Football vs. Liberty, 3:00 pm - Scott Stadium
Wednesday November 21 – Sunday, November 25 – Thanksgiving Recess
Monday, November 27 - Classes Resume
Tuesday, December 7 - Classes End
Wednesday, December 9 - Reading Day
Sunday, December 13 & Wednesday, December 16 - Reading Days
Thursday, December 10 - Friday, December 18 - Course Examinations
Wednesday, December 19 -Sunday, January 13 – Winter Break
Wednesday, January 2 - Saturday, January 12 – January Term
Saturday, January 12 – First-year residence halls reopen at Noon
Monday, January 14 – Spring Classes Begin
Quote of the Week
“Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. – Ella Fitzgerald
Spotlight on Student Achievements
Congratulations to the students who received Intermediate Honors at the Fall Convocation during the recent 2018 UVA Family Weekend. They were in the top 20 percent of students who earned at least 60 credits of course work by the end of their first two years of study. A group of them met for lunch recently in the Garden Room with OAAA Deans Maurice Apprey, Kimberley Bassett and Patrice Grimes.
Honorees were Deborah Ayres-Brown, Kristen Barrett, Ciara Blackston, Alaijah Cheesman, Mariam Gbadamosi, Jessica Harris, Christina Johnson, Kevin Livingstone, Priscilla Opoku-Yeboah, Rachel Osbourne, Emmit Pert, Amber Thaxton, Sydney Williams, and Ms. Jocelyn Willoughby. We are so proud of you and your accomplishments!
Ella Fitzgerald (b.April 25, 1917 – d.June 15, 1996) was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman. Fitzgerald performed at top venues all over the world to sold-out crowds. Her audiences were as diverse as her vocal range -- rich and poor, many races, religions and nationalities.
Opportunites with Deadlines
Global Programs of Distinction (G-PODs)
Application Deadline: Monday, November 5
The Center for Global Inquiry & Innovation is sponsoring G-PODs to foster active global research programs. G-PODs could become self-sustaining centers of distinction, through outside grants and philanthropy, and/or become recognized as an area of particular intellectual strength at the University. All full-time faculty may apply. Proposals should be a single document not exceeding six pages (excluding CVs) Submit proposals to as a single PDF via email. Grant size now ranges from $20K-$100K. $125K available/year.
Nomination Deadline: November 13
This scholarship is awarded to a student entering their fourth year of graduation who displays characteristics exemplified by Arthur "Pete" Gray, IV and Edward Carrington, Jr. during their time at UVA — personal integrity achievement, leadership, and humility. The scholarship, which covers tuition, fees, and rent for one year. Visit for details.
The Carter G. Woodson Institute Fellowship Program
Application Deadline: Saturday, December 1
The Woodson Institute provides two-year residential fellowships—at the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral levels— to facilitate the writing of dissertations or book manuscripts. Successful applicants will join the community of fellows at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia to exchange works-in-progress, both with each other, and the broader University. Visit the website for the application and information:
UVA Summer Diabetes Research Internship
Application Deadline: Saturday, January 19
Undergraduates in this 10-week summer internship will be paired with a UVA faculty mentor to conduct diabetes research, attend interesting diabetes lectures, participate in professional development and journal club, and shadow UVA physicians in the operating room and clinic. First through third year students are preferred, as well as students from traditionally underrepresented racial, gender, and ethnic groups in the STEM and biomedical research fields. See the website for additional information.URL for more information: Contact Name: Katherine Walters Contact Email:
VSGC Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program
Application Deadline: Monday, January 28
The VSGC Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $8,500 to rising third and fourth years who are enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM), and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance. Applied Health Sciences majors are not eligible for this program. Please see the website for application and additional information:
This Week in Black History
November, 5 1968: Shirley Anita Chisholm (November 30,1924 – January 1, 2005) became the first African-American congresswoman in 1968. In 1969, Chisholm was one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Four years later, she became the first major party black candidate to make a bid for the U.S. presidency. She played a critical role in the creation of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
November 7, 1967: Carl Stokes (June 21, 1927 – April 3, 1996) is elected as Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio and becomes the first African-American elected mayor of a major U.S. city. Today, there are many buildings, monuments and a street named for him within the City of Cleveland. In 2006, the Western Reserve Historical Society opened an exhibit in his honor.
November 7, 1989: Lawrence Douglas Wilder (January 17, 1931- ) is elected as the 66th governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He became the first African-American governor of a U.S. state, since Reconstruction. He served as governor from 1990 to 1994, and has also served as the mayor of Richmond, lieutenant governor and a member of the Virginia senate.
OAAA Announcements & Services
“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study & Tutoring Sessions- Fall Semester 2018
Sundays through Thursdays – 4:00-8:00 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center (study with Peer Advisors). For questions, contact Raising-the-Bar Coordinator: Martha Demissew ()
OAAA Calculus Tutoring
Every Tuesday & Thursday – 3:30 pm-6:00 pm – W.E.B DuBois Center Conference Room. #2 Dawson’s Row. For details, contact:
RTB 4.0 – It’s Not Just for First Years’ Anymore!
Black College Women (BCW) Book Club Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Sunday - 6:30 pm – Maury 113
Black President’s Council (BPC) Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Monday – 6:30 pm – Newcomb Hall Board Rm 376
OAAA/GradSTAR Lunch Series: Tuesdays @ DuBois with Dean Grimes
Every Tuesday – 12:30-2:00 pm - W.E.B. DuBois Center Conference Room.
Eat & chat between classes! RSVP to reserve lunch by the Friday before each Tuesday to Mrs. Comfort at OAAA (924-7923) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black College Women (BCW) - In the Company of my Sister
Every Wednesday - 12:00 pm - W.E.B Dubois Center Conference Room. Contact: Dean Mason (email@example.com) for more Information
Black Male Initiative (BMI) Meetings
Every Second & Fourth Wednesday – 6:30 pm – Newcomb Hall – Commonwealth Room
Every Friday – 1:30 pm - LPJ Black Cultural Center #3 Dawson’s Row
Come & join us for food & fellowship!
January Term 2019: Registration Begins November 12
Students seeking to enrich their academic program can find a number of opportunities through J-Term. The next session is January 2-12. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify
Summer Research Internship Workshop Series: Landing a Summer Research Internship
Tuesday, November 6 – 12:00 pm -1:00 pm – Clemons Library, Room 204
Learn tips and tricks on how to search and apply for a summer research internship. Lunch will be provided. RSVP using this link:
Summer Research Internship Workshop Series: Benefits of a Summer Research Internship
Tuesday, November 13 – 12:00 pm -1:00 pm – Clemons Library, Room 204
Talk with student panelists about their experience at a summer research internship. Lunch will be provided. RSVP using this link:
Diversifying Scholarship Conference at UVA
To learn more about the conference, visit our website: http://www.diversifyingscholarship.virginia.edu/
Summer Research Internship Workshop Series: Make the Most of Your Internship
Tuesday, November 27 – 12:00 pm -1:00 pm – Clemons Library, Room 204
Learn tips from faculty on what it takes to be successful during a summer research internship. Lunch will be provided. RSVP using this link:
Summer Research Internship Workshop Series: Application Process
Tuesday, December 4– 12:00 pm -1:00 pm – Clemons Library, Room 204
Learn how to develop an effective resume and how to write a winning personal statement. Lunch will be provided. RSVP using this link: .
A History of Vinegar Hill: Race and Inequality in Charlottesville
Tuesday, November 7 – 5:30-7:00 pm, Building Goodness Foundation, 128 Carlton Road
Join Charlene Greene, Manager of the City of Charlottesville’s Office of Human Rights, for a discussion of this important chapter in our local history. Hosted by the Piedmont Housing Alliance.
2018 Charlottesville Women & Minority Business Expo
Thursday, November 8 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Jefferson School City Center / Carver Recreation Center, 233 4th Street NW
Join the City of Charlottesville in support of local businesses on our community. Free admission and free parking in the JSCC parking deck.
We Can, We Will: Commemorating the African-American Military Experience at the Jefferson School City Center
Friday, November 9 & Saturday, November 10 – 10:00 am
Sunday, November 11 – 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Military Historians will share some of the untold stories of African Americans’ roles in defending the ideals of freedom and democracy, while fighting against institutional racism. Special Keynote speakers on November 9 & 10.
Coming to the Table: Taking America Beyond the Legacy of Enslavement
Saturday, November 10 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm -
Join the next monthly gathering of the Charlottesville CTTT group. If you are ready to have the clumsy, courageous conversations on race, join us!
Gone But Not Forgotten: Unearthing Memories at the Daughters of Zion Cemetery
,200 Second Street NE, Charlottesville
In partnership with the Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery, this free exhibit explores the fascinating stories of people interred in one of the first public, African-American cemeteries in the South, established in 1873 near downtown Charlottesville. Visit during regular business hours in the Exhibit Hall of the main building.
Charlottesville – Albemarle NAACP Monthly Membership Meeting
Second Monday of each month - 7:00 pm - Jefferson School City Center, 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville
Members gather in the Mary Williams Center on the first floor adjacent to the Vinegar Hill Café. Free parking is available on site.
Megabus: New Service between Charlottesville and Washington, D.C.
Megabus offers frequent nonstop service from the Amtrak Station in Charlottesville to Union Station in Washington, D.C. Two trips per day are available Sundays, Mondays, Thursday, and Fridays. One trip per day is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Purchase tickets on the This is an independently operated service not associated with UVA.