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The Hoos Internship Accelerator is a new program created by the Career Center and Alumni Association to help students find internships this summer. The U.Va. Career Center created this program in conjunction with the Alumni Association to help address the lack of summer internships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rising third and fourth years are eligible to apply to specific internships hosted by the program, and employers will decide whether internships are conducted virtually or in person, though most will be conducted virtually.
As vaccination rates pick up speed, officials in the International Studies Office have been considering whether study abroad programs for summer 2021 are possible. On Wednesday, the University’s Education Abroad office canceled nine study abroad programs scheduled to take place this summer, including U.Va. in Lyon and U.Va. in Jordan. Currently still scheduled to run are the U.Va. in Valencia and U.Va. in Florence programs, which are both operated by in-country providers.
The University’s COVID-19 tracker reported one new case of COVID-19 on Sunday, two cases Saturday and four Friday bringing the current number of active cases to 40. Out of the 40 active cases, 26 are student cases and 14 are faculty and staff cases. There have been 1,733 total cases this spring.
The McIntire School of Commerce released decisions for their B.S. in Commerce program Monday. According to McIntire’s Director of Undergraduate Admissions Sadie Royal Collins the school received a record-high 597 applications and extended offers to 381 students — an acceptance rate of 63.8 percent. Students must make a decision on the offer by March 8 at noon.
The University’s Miller Center of Public Affairs hosted a webinar Monday night about the future of relations between the U.S. and China, arguing that the Trump administration was responsible for worsening tensions between the two countries. The webinar consisted of a panel of eight scholars and politicians. Five panelists from the Miller Center and Center for Politics at the University were joined by three panelists from the Center for American Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, a partner institution of the University.
The U.Va. Health System received around 3,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday morning, according to an internal email sent to the Health System. The first vaccine was administered Tuesday afternoon to Dr. Ebony Hilton, an associate professor of anesthesiology in the School of Medicine, and then to doctors, nurses, environmental science workers and pharmacists at high-risk of contracting the disease while working.
With students living closely together in dorms, one important factor in minimizing the number of positive COVID-19 test results has been the enforcement of University policies, including mask-wearing, social distancing and group-gathering limits. Enforcement often falls to resident advisors, who have been on the front lines of the University’s efforts to limit positive cases of COVID-19 in on-Grounds residence halls.
The Democracy Initiative Student Advisory Council hosted a watch party for the presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday evening. The event took place in the amphitheater and adhered to University COVID-19 guidelines.
Bob Good, a former Campbell County Supervisor and Director of Athletics Development at Liberty University, is running as the Republican candidate to represent Virginia’s Fifth District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
This semester, first years have been hit with an unprecedented number of obstacles — undergoing dorm-wide testing, being placed in quarantine and isolation rooms and spending their first few months of college with limited social contact while taking classes in front of a computer screen. There have been 232 positive COVID-19 cases in first-year dorms. Currently, University COVID-19 guidelines restrict gatherings to no greater than 10 individuals, mandate mask-wearing and prohibit travel to and from Charlottesville.
On Wednesday evening, community members gathered near the Charlottesville Amtrak station to honor Black Transgender and Queer lives as part of the Charlottesville Black Lives Matter movement. The demonstration was located at the intersection of Seventh and West Main Street in remembrance of Sage Smith, a transgender woman who went missing in November 2012 and was last seen in the area.