What's Inside the Tent on Peabody Hall's Lawn? Stop By and Find Out

University at Large

Gabriela Corredor’s eyes welled with tears as she took visitors on a tour of a makeshift tent in the middle of the lawn in front of the University of Virginia’s Peabody Hall. There, in the center of the structure, were two dirty mattresses. Sitting on top were torn towels, ripped clothing, shoes with no laces, an empty water jug and – most heartbreakingly – a pair of children’s stuffed animals. They’re all part of an exhibit that the fourth-year student and fellow members of the student organization Towards a Better Latin America have been planning since the beginning of the semester.

Austin Edwards: Student Spotlight

Architecture School

UVA School of Architecture student Austin Edwards was featured on KooZA/rch, an online 'Visionary Platform for Architecture'. His design proposal Angles of Incidence was highlighted by KooZA/rch, a digital platform that aims to explore and challenge the role of architectural drawing in contemporary practice. This platform encourages the translation of architectural ideas into intricate and captivating drawings.

New Business Brewing: Sahand Dilmaghani (McIntire '13) of Terra Kaffe

McIntire School

A McIntire graduate with concentrations in Finance and IT, Dilmaghani began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst for DCS Advisory (formerly Signal Hill Capital) doing middle-market M&A and private placement work for tech-enabled businesses. Two years into his analyst position, he felt the need to scratch a persistent entrepreneurial itch. Thanks to a Comm School connection he forged during his third-year exchange in Beijing, he found himself in Berlin at unu motors GmbH, during a very early stage of the scooter startup’s history.

Accolades: Governor Honors UVA With Environmental Excellence Award

University at Large

The University of Virginia was recognized as a gold medal recipient of the Virginia Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, the commonwealth’s highest honor in the field. The award, given in April at the 29th Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington, recognizes significant demonstrated leadership across the commonwealth and across sectors in protecting Virginia’s natural environment. The awards are sponsored by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The Batten School and Center for Politics Launch New Batten Course Taught by Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato

Batten School

The University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the UVA Center for Politics today announced a new Batten School undergraduate course that will be taught by Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato and Center for Politics Chief of Staff Ken Stroupe this spring. The course, titled “Lessons in Leadership: JFK and the Most Personal Office,” is the first-ever Batten School course to be taught by Sabato and will introduce students to the history, politics, and leadership legacy of John F. Kennedy.

Ramapati Singhania (MBA '81): From Textiles to Tech

Darden School

Among Ramapati Singhania’s (MBA ’81) favorite memories of Darden, Singhania fondly remembers Professor Alec Horniman and his identical suits. Singhania said that Horniman’s teaching impressed him deeply and lessons from his classes are still shaping his career. “From him, I learned the value of consistency, the pain of firing and the importance of managing people. I remember him clearly even though 38 years have passed,” Singhania said.

Malcolm in the Middle: Ex-UVA Hoops Star Recruits NBA Players to Build Wells


On Monday morning, Brogdon announced the launch of Hoops2o, an initiative – modeled after former UVA football star Chris Long’s “Waterboys” – in which the Milwaukee Bucks guard and other NBA players hope to raise money to build wells in East Africa. Already, Brogdon has recruited former UVA teammates and fellow NBA players Joe Harris and Justin Anderson for his “Starting Five.” (Rounding out the lineup are the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Anthony Tolliver and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Garrett Temple.)

Global Week: Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio to the U.S.

Batten School

During Global Week at UVA, it was only fitting that a diplomat made a cameo in the Dome Room of the Rotunda. Earlier this week the Batten School, together with the Center for Politics and the International Residential College, hosted Italian Ambassador to the U.S. Armando Varricchio as part of “Democracy in Perilous Times: Unprecedented Challenges and Controversies,” an ongoing program series organized by the Center for Politics and Batten for the 2018-19 academic year. 

UVA Guatemala Initiative Increasing Access to Academic Health Information

School of Medicine

In developing countries, hospitals like the one in Totonicapán, Guatemala, have brilliant doctors and nurses who desire to deliver the best care for their patients. And, while they do not have as much in the way of resources, it is not always the lack of tech that is the problem. Machines can be purchased or donated or found second-hand. The biggest gap in providing excellent care is knowledge. With limited internet access, getting the most up-to-date medical information can be difficult.

Global Week Alumni Spotlight: Isabela Medina-Mate

Batten School

Master of Public Policy (MPP) graduate Isabela Medina-Maté has wasted little time since she graduated from the Batten School last May. The native Colombian, who just completed an internship with the communications department at United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) in New York City, is already embarking on a new chapter, one that will take her to the west coast where she will be able to combine her passion for human rights and cinematography.

Funding for UVA Darden Alumni Ventures Shows Dramatic Growth

Darden School

As the entrepreneurial offerings at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business continue to grow and mature, funding for ventures started by Darden alumni is skyrocketing. According to data compiled by Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, fundraising for ventures started by Darden alumni spiked to $586 million in 2018, an 83 percent increase over the 2017 totals and a 45 percent jump from the previous high of $403 million in 2015.

MBA Students from Lima, Peru Study Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Darden

Darden School

The Center for Global Initiatives hosted a cohort of 32 part-time MBA students from PAD School of Management in Lima, Peru from 8-12 October for an international partner program focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. The program, led by the Darden faculty team of Raul Chao, Tom Steenburgh and Elena Loutskina, included lessons in finance, operations, marketing and leadership applied through an entrepreneurial lens.

Darden Engages with Key Stakeholders Across Asia on the New Story of Business

Darden School

In September and October, Ed Freeman, Elis and Signe Olsson professor of business administration and academic director of the Institute for Business in Society, Marc Johnson (EMBA ’13), senior executive director for global affairs and enterprise initiatives, and Kara Mullins, vice president for advancement, traveled across Asia engaging with Darden alumni and prospective students, connecting with corporate partners and meeting with local executives.

Behind the Scenes

University at Large

Vocalists, musicians, dancers and singers from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and beyond raised their voices together for a powerful performance over the weekend. More than 150 performers, including UVA’s University Singers and a local youth choir, DMR Youth Chorus, took the stage in downtown Charlottesville’s historic Paramount Theater to perform American composer Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass.” It was one of the largest performances UVA’s McIntire Department of Music has ever produced.

Commerce School Announces Formation of McIntire Global Advisory Board

McIntire School

As all business is a worldwide endeavor, success requires a strong yet nuanced international perspective. To support the McIntire School of Commerce in its mission to maintain a leadership position in global business education and research, the School has created the McIntire Global Advisory Board (MGAB). Board members will impact current and future business leaders from around the world, and engage with scholars and researchers in business education on Grounds and abroad.

International Partner Program Highlights Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Charlottesville and D.C.

Darden School

Nearly fifty Executive MBA students from Latin America visited Charlottesville and D.C. for an international partner program with Darden’s Center for Global Initiatives. The students, from PAD School of Management in Lima, Peru and INALDE Business School in Bogotá, Colombia, spent the week learning about entrepreneurship and innovation from a general management perspective through cases and classes led by the faculty team of Raul Chao, Tom Steenburgh, Bobby Parmar and Elena Loutskina.

Dancing With Robots

School of Engineering

Laughter and worried sharp intakes of breath occasionally drowned out the subtle whirr of servo motors as teams of first-year University of Virginia engineering students enrolled in an introductory course remotely choreographed the movements of 2-foot-tall humanoid robots. The students directed the French-made NAO (pronounced “now”) robots – which feature stocky legs, narrow hips, high shoulders and hands with two fingers and a thumb – to dance, sometimes to music.

Leonardo DiCaprio's Foundation Lends Platform, Megaphone to UVA Climate Expert

University at Large

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation tapped University of Virginia climate change expert Deborah Lawrence to write about the crucial importance of forests, just ahead of the United Nations’ landmark report on the dire situation the Earth is facing due to rising temperatures.

Unseen Infections Harming World's Children, New Research Reveals

School of Medicine

Children around the world are suffering from unnoticed infections that are stunting their growth and mental development, new research from an international coalition of scientists reveals. Up to 30 percent of children in low-resource countries suffer from stunted growth. Inadequate nutrition and diarrhea have long been blamed, but scientists have, until now, been unable to explain a large percentage of stunting cases.

These Alumni Turned a Student Project Into a Pioneering Startup


As you step into Babylon Micro-Farms, a startup founded by University of Virginia alumnus Alexander Olesen, the first thing you notice are the sounds. Water gurgles. Fans whir. Motors hum. Next, you notice the space: an industrious, sawdust-swept studio, crowded with equipment, electrical cords and water tables. There is so much to take in you almost miss the trays of leafy plants.