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ROSE Program, Reuse Store Offer Secondhand Office Supplies for Back-to-Schoolers

Back to school season usually means buying school supplies. The University of Virginia’s ROSE program offers a cost-free alternative to anyone in the community. The Reusable Office Supply Exchange program is designed to provide new and used office supplies to students, staff, faculty and community members. It offers a supply of pen, pencils, desk organizers, frames, calculators, sleeve protectors, mugs and cups, binders, folders, toner and ink cartridges, paper organizers and other office and school supplies. And everything is free.

Signed Beam 'Tops Out' Future Home of Data Science

Workers for Gilbane Building Company hoisted and placed the last of the high steel atop the University of Virginia’s School of Data Science building, after the beam had been festooned with flags and signatures. The school’s new home will anchor the University’s entrance corridor on the along Ivy Road.

UVA Volunteers Help Build 'Tool Library' for Community's Benefit

Have you ever started a project, only to be stymied by a lack of the proper tools? The Charlottesville Tool Library might be your solution. “Tool libraries are part of a larger network, part of the do-it-yourself movement and shared resources and the right-to-repair movement,” said Melissa Goldman, fabrication facilities manager at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and one of the founders of the library. “It helps empower neighbors to start a group within your community to share tools. It provides access and training … to support homeowners and entrepreneurs and blossoming makers of all sorts.” The tool library opened this spring and currently has about 100 members and an inventory of more than 500 tools.

A Hot,Wet Season Means a Heavy Workload for University Gardeners

At the University of Virginia, time seems to slow in the summer, when many fewer students populate Grounds. But summer is a busy time in UVA’s Jeffersonian gardens, when warm, wet weather hastens plant growth – including weeds that sprout rapidly and shrubs that encroach upon walkways.

UVA Electrician Drills a Well in His Kenyan Hometown

Peter Chege has a vision. Born in a rural Kenyan village, he wants to bring that village into the modern world. With the help of some friends, he may do it.

Hoos Building Bridges Awards Honor Leadership in Collaboration

Some recipients of the University of Virginia’s Hoos Building Bridges Awards this year stepped up during the pandemic and helped the University meet unprecedented challenges. Others are making progress in several of UVA’s strategic areas, from anti-racism efforts to sustainability improvements. The awards celebrate cross-disciplinary partnerships and projects among UVA employees, and honor recipients for their leadership, collegiality and efforts in establishing strong relationships that help get things done across Grounds. This time, 11 individuals and two teams have received the award and will be honored at a reception later this summer.

Morven Property to Become UVA's 'Sustainability Lab'

The University of Virginia and the UVA Foundation announced this month that the Morven Farm property will move forward as UVA’s “Sustainability Lab,” bringing together a broad range of education, experimentation, innovation, research and engagement in support of the University’s strategic commitment to environmental resilience and sustainability. 

University Leaders Outline Strategies to Create Career Opportunities for the Community

The University of Virginia’s Pipelines and Pathways Working Group spent more than a year exploring the barriers that community members face in seeking employment at UVA. In February, the group, which is affiliated with the President’s Council on UVA-Community Partnerships, presented its recommendations.

This month, President Jim Ryan and his administration responded to those recommendations, outlining specific actions that could be taken almost immediately, while also looking ahead at other recommendations that might be implemented down the road.

$5 Million Anonymous Gift Pushes Football Operations Facility 'Over the Goal Line'

During the June 2 Board of Visitors meeting, University of Virginia President Jim Ryan announced a $5 million anonymous gift toward the Football Operations Center as part of Phase 2 of the athletics department master plan. This commitment completed the funding for the $80 million facility that saw its groundbreaking that same day. 

Q&A: Chair of the LBGT Committee Talks Progress and Promise

As a student at the University of Virginia in the late 1980s, Gary Nimax tended to hold back on sharing parts of his life and background with others. “My parents both immigrated to the U.S. from Luxembourg. I’m the first person in my family to graduate from college,” said Nimax, who has worked at UVA since 1989 and currently serves as assistant vice president for compliance. “I received financial aid to cover part of my expenses at UVA, and I’m gay.”

Hawks Keep Watch Over the Alderman Library Construction Site

Apair of hawks – possibly a parent and offspring – have been so ubiquitous and so unfazed by workers at the University of Virginia’s main library construction and renovation site that they have become the project’s mascot. Workers on the site have seen an adult red-tailed hawk, the most widespread hawk species in North America, and younger hawk perched on railings, equipment and posts in the construction area.

Hoos ReUse Diverts Student Cast-Offs from the Landfill

Cast-off student furniture doesn’t just go away on its own – teams of people help it along. As University of Virginia students moved from their residence halls and off-Grounds housing at the end of the academic year, an annual effort called “Hoos ReUse,” working with Goodwill and Refurnished Charlottesville, collected discarded furniture and household items to put to good use. Goodwill resells items in its stores and Refurnish Charlottesville finds new homes for other items.

UVA Selects New Software System to Support Classroom Instruction, Collaboration

After a six-month evaluation process, the University of Virginia has landed on a new “learning management system” that will soon be phased in across all of UVA’s undergraduate programs. A learning management system, or LMS, is software that facilitates and supports instruction in any kind of setting. It provides tools, for example, for a faculty member to share materials and communicate with students online to support in-person classes, hybrid classes that have in-person and online components, and completely virtual courses.

University Transit Services Beginning to Go Electric With New Buses

The University of Virginia announced today that it is beginning to transition its transit fleet from diesel power to a more sustainable alternative with the purchase of four new battery electric buses. Delivery of the new zero-emission buses, manufactured by Proterra, is expected in summer or fall 2023.

Money Magazine Ranks UVA No. 3 Best Value in the Nation

The University of Virginia is the third-best college in the nation, based on the value of its education, according to new rankings announced Monday by Money magazine. UVA jumped from No. 6 in 2020 and No. 10 in 2019 on Money’s “Best Colleges” list. 

As High as It Goes: Alderman Library Renovation Reaches Its Pinnacle

More than 100 workers, bedecked in fluorescent vests and hardhats, gathered Thursday in the construction yard adjacent to the University of Virginia’s Alderman Library. They stood in front of the renovation/construction project to witness the traditional “topping-out ceremony,” marking the installation of the two uppermost steel beams in the project.

How UVA Preps the Lawn for Final Exercises

While the students are the centerpiece of graduation, the backdrop is the Lawn. The University of Virginia’s iconic Lawn – the greensward in the center of Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village – is a lush, living outdoor carpet that requires extensive care.

UVA at Sunrise

By daybreak, life at a university is swinging into action. Athletes. Chefs. Nurses. Teachers. Drivers. Start your day with a look at how UVA starts its days.

More Than 'Turning a Wrench': UVA Apprentice Program Builds Employment Pipeline

At a job fair at the University of Virginia’s Alumni Hall on April 12, the ballroom was filled with Facilities Management workers, craftspeople, managers and local contractors, as well as people looking not just for work, but for careers. Part of the throng were apprentices, already on their career path. UVA’s apprenticeship program is one pathway for those careers, developing skilled craftspeople in trades such as plumbing, electrical, heating/ventilation/air conditioning, carpentry and masonry. At the job fair, their clothing was color-coded – current apprentices in orange shirts, their instructors wearing blue – with both groups talking to prospective candidates.

Princeton Review: UVA is the Best Public College for Financial Aid - Again

For the second year in a row, The Princeton Review has ranked the University of Virginia the No. 1 public college or university in the country for financial aid. The Princeton Review released its 2022 Best Value Colleges compilation on Tuesday.

Progress Report: Binding the Old and the New in the Library

As the University of Virginia’s main library for nearly 100 years, Alderman Library, undergoes a major renovation and addition, UVA photographer Sanjay Suchak captured some glimpses of the range of work happening outside and in. This summer, the concrete exterior of the addition will gain a brick façade, just like its older counterpart, and a new connection to Clemons Library next door will be built. The work on Alderman is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2023, according to Senior Project Manager Kit Meyer.

Retired Landscape Architect Mary Hughes Honored with Jefferson Elm

About 70 people gathered Wednesday in front of Pavilion III under a softly overcast sky to honor Mary Hughes, the retired landscape architect for the University of Virginia. Hughes joined the ranks of luminaries honored at the University with trees as living monuments – in her case, with a Jefferson elm.

University Police, Local Partners Train to Respond to Active Threats on Grounds

On a chilly March morning during spring break, dozens of first responders gathered outside the University of Virginia’s John W. Warner Hall for a day of active threat training.

Leaders Give Thanks for Dedication of UVA Employees at Appreciation Event

University of Virginia leaders and UVA Human Resources as a whole expressed their appreciation for the contributions of the University’s thousands of employees at Wednesday’s 10th annual Staff Appreciation Breakfast. The breakfast, usually held during the week that UVA students are on Spring Break, was not held in 2021 because of the pandemic. About 850 staff members attended this year to enjoy food and camaraderie, despite rainy weather.

UVA, UVIMCO Take Next Steps on Responsible and Sustainable Investing

The University of Virginia Investment Management Co., which manages and invests the University’s endowment, released a new framework to invest University funds more responsibly by evaluating the environmental and social impacts of future investment decisions. The new investor responsibility framework is the next step in UVA’s ongoing efforts to invest more responsibly and sustainably.