Miss Virginia 1999, Crystal Lewis, will speak this evening at 7:30 about "Make a Difference Day," which occurs nationally Oct. 24.
Her appearance is part of Tuttle Tuesdays, a new program that takes place every Tuesday evening in the Tuttle Coffeehouse.
Fourth-year College student Frank Griffiths is coordinating Make a Difference Day participation at the University and said he is enthusiastic about Lewis' visit.
"We're extremely excited about the fact that we have her to speak not only about 'Volunteerism in America's Schools,' which is her platform, but also to preview her participation in Make a Difference Day," Griffiths said.
He said about 3,000 University students and staff are expected to participate in Make a Difference Day this year.
He added that Lewis will return to the University Oct. 24 and spend the day helping with two or three University students' projects of her choosing.
Stop, drop and roll
It is a good thing that out of all the sirens heard on Grounds each day, many of the calls answered by the Charlottesville fire department are false alarms.
Battalion Captain Raymond James said the Fire Department was called to both the Astronomy building and Madison Hall yesterday afternoon.
"We got the call about alarms in the building, and we responded and upon our arrival found that there were no alarms sounding in the building," James said.
But students should think twice before attempting to disrupt classes by pulling fire alarms.
University Police Capt. Michael Coleman said there are severe penalties for pulling false alarms.
"It's a class one misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 12 months in jail and/or up to a $2,500 fine," Coleman said.