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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

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

Intermediate Honors student with Dean Apprey

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!

Quote's Corner

 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 Cliff Maxwell as a single PDF via email. Grant size now ranges from $20K-$100K. $125K available/year.


Grey-Carrington Scholarship

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.

Black History collage

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: 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)

OAAA Science Tutoring
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday4:00-7:00 pm – LPJ Black Cultural Center

Contact Emeka Ikpeazu ( for specific courses & to make an appointment

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

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 ( for more Information

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

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

Come & join us for food & fellowship!  


Upcoming Events

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:

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 - First Baptist Church
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
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society,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 Megabus website. This is an independently operated service not associated with UVA.