One of the coolest new traditions at U.Va. is the “flash seminar.” Sort of like “flash mobs,” they are one-time, mini-courses held around the University and Charlottesville area “that seek to bring together faculty, students, and community members in small, informal settings to explore ideas and issues outside the formal classroom,” according to the Flash Seminar website. It’s a great way to engage with the University, as either a student or community member.
Flash seminars are announced about a week in advance, so you need to sign up for the newsletter to be in the know. The first couple are already posted: “Universities of the 21st Century,” led by Associate Dean and Art History Professor Maurie McInnis (Sept. 10, 5 p.m.), and “The London Olympics: Symbolism of the Opening Ceremony,” led by Art History Professor Douglas Fordham (Sept. 13, 4 p.m.)
If you want to receive information about future flash seminars, or lead one, or even bring the concept to your school, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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| Tuesday, September 4th | By: Dan @5:09 pm |
OK, last post on the 2012 Summer Olympics. Probably.
This is more of a shout-out to Brian Schwartz at Streaking the Lawn, who has been all over the Olympic thing. It’s pretty well-known by now that U.Va. athletes and alums tallied three medals in London, all gold (congrats again to swimmers Lauren Perdue and Matt McLean, and soccer defender Becky Sauerbrunn!), and you may even have noted that only 20 entire nations had more wins than ‘Hoos.
But how does that compare to other U.S. schools?
According to Schwartz, the Cavs led the ACC in total golds; only N.C. State matched Virginia’s three medals. Across the nation, only nine schools brought home more gold, and 13 had more total medals. (The tally includes only medals won for the U.S.)
Also, NBC-29 had a story on a trio of Olympians who got a big welcome when they arrived back in Charlottesville on Monday night.
| Tuesday, August 14th | By: Dan @1:34 pm |
This morning, U.Va. community radio station WTJU got a chance to interview U.Va. fourth-year swimmer Lauren Perdue, who on Wednesday won a gold medal in the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay by virtue of swimming in the preliminary heats. (Sure, it may not be as glamorous as swimming in the final, on TV, in prime time, but if Perdue hadn’t done her job, the Missy Franklins of the world wouldn’t have gotten a chance to do theirs. And her medal is the same one the others received!) To hear the interview, click here: Lauren Purdue interview.
Perdue was the second Cavalier swimmer to earn a gold medal. One night earlier, Matt McLean (right), a 2011 graduate, grabbed one as part of the men’s 4×200 free relay team, having also swum in the prelims. This is the first time that two Cavalier swimmers have won medals in the same Olympics.
So far, none of the other Cavalier athletes have yet brought home medals. The best remaining bet appears to be women’s soccer player Becky Sauerbrunn (a 2007 alumna), whose U.S. team swept its three games in pool play. The U.S. faces New Zealand tomorrow in the single-elimination bracket.
| Thursday, August 2nd | By: Dan @1:48 pm |
From Streaking the Lawn
Eleven – or maybe 13 – current and former U.Va. athletes are participating in the 2012 Olympics in London, which kick off Friday with the opening ceremonies. If you want to keep up with how – and what – they are doing, we have you covered.
Virginia Sports has launched a Web page that will provide updates about ‘Hoos in London. Continue reading…
| Thursday, July 26th | By: Dan @3:26 pm |