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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

This is the last issue until January 2019 – Enjoy your winter holiday!

2018 Lighting of the Lawn – Thursday, December 6 – 7:00 – 9:00 pm 
We are Brighter Together.

This year, Lighting of the Lawn is taking the time to say that we are Brighter Together. 
This year, Lighting of the Lawn presents a space for everyone in our community. 
This year, we are offering a place for reflection, positivity, and most importantly: Unity. 
Because ultimately, we are Brighter Together.


Mark Your Calendar

Friday, December 7 - Classes End

Thursday, December 13 - Reading Day

Tuesday, December 18 - Course Examinations End

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

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” LeBron James

Stanley Trent

Spotlight on Student Achievements

Faculty Spotlight

Stanley C. Trent, is an Associate Professor of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education in the Curry School of Education. He joined the  Curry faculty in 1997, after five years at Michigan State University. A 1992 UVA graduate of the Education School’s special education doctoral program, he returned to UVA to work in the federally funded Center for Minority Research in Special Education. The four-year, $4 million initiative provided technical support to the faculty of historically black colleges and universities and other institutions with high minority populations to gain funding for special education research. Trent is an internationally recognized researcher and author on multicultural teacher training in special education, the disproportionate placement of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education programs, programs for the gifted, and inclusive education practices in urban schools. He continues to infuse special education content in the Curry courses he teaches for general educators. Currently, he teaches Introduction to the Teaching Profession for first and second year students who are considering a teaching career. For many years, Trent has mentored many new and junior faculty across the university, and has been a key contributor to diversity and equity initiatives within the Curry School for faculty, staff, and students.

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

Quote's Corner

LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American basketball player with the Los Angeles Lakers. James first garnered national attention as the top high school basketball player in the country. With his unique combination of size, athleticism and court vision, he became a four-time NBA MVP. After leading the Miami Heat to championship titles in 2012 and 2013, James returned to Cleveland in 2016 and helped the franchise claim its first championship. Often considered the best basketball player in the world and regarded by some as the greatest player of all time, James' accomplishments are extensive and include four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, three All-Star Game MVP awards, and an NBA scoring title. He is the all-time NBA playoffs scoring leader and has amassed fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, twelve All-NBA First Team designations, and five All-Defensive First Team honors.

Opportunites with Deadlines

UVA Global Internships

Application Deadline: December 10th

UVA Global Internships draws upon UVA’s ever-expanding global network to establish GIO Independent Internship opportunities in diverse fields and 15+ countries for students across the University. To see the full list of opportunities, read details about each unique position, and apply, log into Handshake and search “UVA global internships.”

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.  Contact Katherine Walters

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. For details, visit

Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute

Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

The 2019 Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute will provide housing, meals, and a stipend for ten rising undergraduate seniors to reside in New York City and engage in seminars and research for seven weeks from June 3 to July 19. Apply today !

2018 Cornerstone Summer Institute at UVA: College Counselors Needed

Application Deadline: February 25, 2019 | Institute Dates: June 22-29, 2019

The Cornerstone Summer Institute is an eye-opening weeklong summer program at UVA for high school students (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors). Participants will explore the Grounds, Charlottesville, and historic sites (Monticello, Montpelier, etc.) to learn about slavery and its legacies, and develop thinking skills for success in college and beyond. Counselors guide students through historical investigation, archaeological excavation, and community engagement. Training activities start during the spring semester. Counselors will receive a stipend, meals & housing. Apply today!

Duke University Summer Session: Summer 2018 Staff Positions

Application Deadline: January 30, 2019

Duke Summer Session seeks exceptional undergraduate and graduate students interested in working with domestic and international high school students through a paid summer internship, plus meals & housing.  Learn more about the residential, administrative, and instructional opportunities on the Employment Opportunities page. Submit an online application now!

This Week in Black History

December 1, 1955: Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. This single act of nonviolent resistance was one of a series of events that led to the Montgomery bus boycott, an eleven-month struggle to desegregate the city's buses.

December 2, 1983: Thirty five years ago, MTV aired the full 13 minute version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video for the first time. In 1984, the single peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at No. 3 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. In 1984, the video was inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, the first video to ever receive this honor for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

December 9, 1922: John Elroy Sanford, better known by his screen name, Redd Foxx, was born in St. Louis, MO. He was an American stand-up comedian and actor, best remembered for his explicit comedy records and his starring role on the 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son. Known as the "King of the Party Records," he performed on more than 50 records in his lifetime. He also starred in The Redd Foxx Show and The Royal Family. His film projects included, All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960), Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970), Norman... Is That You? (1976) and Harlem Nights (1989). He died on October 11, 1991 in Los Angeles, CA.

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OAAA Announcements & Services

“Raising-the-Bar 4.0” Study / Tutoring Sessions & OAAA Student Activities

“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
Tuesdays – 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 (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!
This will be the last Black Friday for this semester 


Upcoming Events

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:

In the Community

Family Tech Night
Thursday, December 6- 6:00 - 8:00 pm – Albemarle High School, 2775 Hydraulic Road, Charlottesville
Join Albemarle High School's Computer Science Honor Society as members host an evening of discovery, engagement, and computer science. Come to the Technology EXPO to learn about local and national tech companies with other technology organizations from UVA and beyond. Parents are welcome to join their students for the evening or visit with organizations at the EXPO in the main lobby.

An Evening With Visual Artist Uzo Njoku
Saturday, December 8 - 6:00-7:00 pm – Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 4th Street, NW
Join us for an evening of wine, cheese, and a discussion of Uzo Njoku’s new book, The Bluestocking Society. Uzo is a a fourth year at the University of Virginia. In July, she published a coloring book on inspirational women of color that has been selling out in all Charlottesville bookstores.

Cville Series: The Open Mic
Saturday, December 14- 6:45 pm – Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Sign-up will begin at 6:45 pm; the event starts at 7:00 pm. Cover fee is $5 for audience members and free for the performers. All proceeds benefit JSAAHC. 2018 Hosts: Destinee Wright and Ike Anderson

KWANZZA Celebration featuring Soweto Street Beat
Wednesday, December 26- 1:00 pm–4:00 pm – Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Join this annual cultural celebration of the African-American family and community with a libation ceremony, and cultural activities for adults & children.  Vendors will sell African fabric and clothes, jewelry, children books, Kwanzaa symbols, paintings and more.

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.