Look Up!, Groundbreaking HVAC Apprentice, Virginia Film Festival

Look Up!, Groundbreaking HVAC Apprentice, Virginia Film Festival


It's easy to walk around with your head down and eyes glued to a phone screen, but there is so much to see if you look up! Autumn is one of the most beautiful times to be on Grounds and in this area. It's a great time to put the phone in your pocket and look up, down, and all around. Here are just a few of the many great things you might spot if you take a look -- a sunflower painting perched near the roofline of a fraternity house, a giant skeleton Halloween decoration on the portico roof of another, and a tiny nest hidden in a corner of the west-side Rotunda walkway. 

Look up and down and round about you!
John Muir


Ashley Bell works on ventilation system exhaust belts at the Chemistry Building.

The people who work across Grounds inspire me every day. After a career in finance and time spent abroad, Ashley Bell has set out to be the first female graudate of the Facilities Management HVAC Apprenticeshp Program in more than 30 years. Read more about Ashley, including how she identified a problem and collaborated on a solution that prevented a disruption in research and kept conditions safe for the faculty, students, and staff who work in the Physical Life Sciences Building. Keep up the great work, Ashley! 

Learn more about the FM Apprenticeship Program


Virginia Film Fesitval drive-in mobie at Morven

The 34th annual VIrginia Film Festival has begun! This year's lineup includes showings in theatres -- following COVID protocols -- and drive-in presentations under the stars at Morven. Check out the VFF schedule and take advantage of this great opportunity to watch some of the more than 80 films representing different genres, periods, and subjects and hear from special guests including actors, writers, and directors.