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‘Art of Power’ Author Jon Meacham to Speak on Jefferson

7 hours 8 min ago
Matt Kelly

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham will deliver the Jefferson Scholars Foundation's inaugural Shadwell Lecture on University of Virginia founder Thomas Jefferson on Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium.

Free tickets are available at the Arts Box Office, located within the lobby of the Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Road.

Don’t expect the lecture to be a complete lovefest.

“I see Jefferson for what he was – a working politician,” said Meacham, author of “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power,” who believes people compartmentalize Jefferson as a philosopher, an educator, a slave-owner, a planter or as a foil for his political opponents. “Without defending him blindly, I think we are better off for having had Jefferson than if we had not had him.”

Meacham is a former editor of Newsweek, and is currently executive vice president and executive editor at Random House Publishing. He sees reporting and writing history as contiguous pursuits.

“I have gone to the past to see if the problems of the present are unique, which they are not,” he said.

The distance of time, he said, gives people the perspective to see more clearly the contributions of the past.

“What we think in real time is not what we will think 20 years from now,” he said.

An example of this is former President George H.W. Bush, about whom Meacham is writing a book.

“When the passions of the moment fade, reputations tend to rise,” Meacham said. “No sane politician believes he is fully appreciated in his own time. Politicians are like the rest of us, only more so – their vices and virtues are exaggerated.”

Meacham’s other books include “American Lion,” a biography of President Andrew Jackson, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. He also wrote “Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship,” an acclaimed study of the friendship between U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. He is also author of “American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers and the Making of a Nation.”

Meacham was named national affairs editor at Newsweek in 1995. He became managing editor in 1998 and editor from 2006 to 2010. He served as co-anchor of Public Broadcasting System’s “Need To Know,” a weekly primetime news and public affairs program, from 2010 to 2011. He also conducted in-depth interviews, provided commentary, published his “In Perspective” essays and anchored occasional special reports for “Need to Know,” as well as other PBS programs. 

Currently executive vice president and executive editor at the Random House Publishing Group, Meacham focuses on acquiring works of history, religion and biography, as well as advising on a broad array of publishing opportunities, including digital initiatives. He is editing a book by former Vice President Al Gore and a series of e-books published by Politico on the 2012 presidential campaign, as well as working on two new books of his own.

He has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Slate and The Los Angeles Times Book Review. In 2001, he edited “Voices in Our Blood: America’s Best on the Civil Rights Movement,” a collection of distinguished nonfiction about the mid-century struggle against Jim Crow.

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1969, Meacham holds a B.A. in English literature from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

“The more time I spend with the past, the more optimistic I get,” Meacham said. “We created a country, came through a civil war and two world wars and a period of possible nuclear Armageddon, with people not noted for their skills or their insights. Every generation thinks the previous one had it easier.”

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation serves U.Va. by identifying, attracting and nurturing individuals who posses qualities of leadership, scholarship and citizenship. Its Shadwell Society engages alumni and friends of the University to provide support, service and future leadership to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation.

“As a group, the opportunity to bring a world renowned literary figure to U.Va. for our inaugural speaker series is truly special and made even more impactful given Jon’s deep understanding of our local history,” said U.Va. alumnus David L. Bowlin Jr., who chairs the Shadwell Society.

“The Jefferson Scholars Foundation, in keeping within its mission of attracting outstanding individuals to Grounds, is very excited that Jon Meacham will address the University community,” said Jimmy Wright, the foundation’s president. “Throughout his career, Meacham has exemplified the Jeffersonian ideals of leadership, scholarship and citizenship.

“The foundation is also grateful to the members of the Shadwell Society, whose vision and generosity are making the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Shadwell Speaker Series possible.”

U.Va. Center for Telehealth Earns Governor’s Technology Award

8 hours 20 min ago

The University of Virginia Center for Telehealth received a 2014 Governor’s Technology Award for making it easier to access high-quality care and health education for patients across Virginia.

The center was honored in the “IT as Efficiency Driver – Government to Citizen” category for using technology to make it easier for Virginia residents to better access government services. The center received the award at this month’s Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium.

“Through our secure telemedicine network and partnerships with care providers across the commonwealth, we have been able to save lives, reduce unnecessary travel for medical care and bring high-quality specialty care closer to where our patients live,” said Dr. Karen Rheuban, director of the U.Va. Center for Telehealth.

Since its founding in 1996, the center has established 128 telemedicine sites across Virginia and supported more than 40,000 patient encounters in every region of the commonwealth in more than 45 medical subspecialties.

“As the technology has improved over the past 20 years, telemedicine has become an increasingly valuable tool to provide cost-effective, high-quality care while taking better advantage of the skills of our specialists here at U.Va.,” said David C. Gordon, director of the U.Va. Office of Telemedicine.

Here are some examples of how the U.Va. Center for Telehealth has benefited both patients and Virginia residents seeking health care careers:

  • Since the center’s founding, it has reduced the travel burden for Virginians seeking medical care by more than 10 million miles.
  • A program cares for pregnant women who are at higher risk for delivering their babies early. Neonatal intensive care unit days were reduced by 39 percent for babies born to women who participated in the telemedicine program.
  • More than 2,100 patients with diabetes have been screened via telemedicine for diabetic retinopathy – a leading cause of blindness in adults – with 44 percent of screened patients identified as being at risk for blindness or other eye abnormalities requiring further evaluation.
  • More than 2,000 Virginians have participated at 45 different locations in diabetes education programs.
  • Two hundred-eighty licensed health professionals have been trained as certified telehealth technologists to prepare them for telehealth jobs.

Chickahominy Chief Tells Visiting Youth of Education’s Importance in Democracy

Mon, 2014-09-22 17:06
H. Brevy Cannon

As part of a Global Perspectives on Democracy Program led by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, 39 high school students from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru gathered last week in Jefferson Hall.

There, Stephen Adkins, chief of the Chickahominy Tribe of Virginia, reflected on the American experience from the perspective of Virginia Indians, and emphasized how education is the best tool that indigenous people have to preserve their traditions and heritage.

“My primary responsibility to the Chickahominy people is to promote the value of education, to make sure all have access to a full, meaningful education,” Adkins told the students, who are in the U.S. for three weeks with the U.S. State Department’s Youth Ambassadors Program to learn about the importance of civic engagement, enhance their leadership skills and experience American culture.

Another responsibility as chief is civic engagement, Adkins explained. His community must exercise its right to vote in free, fair and open elections. All other rights depend on that right, he said.

Beyond that, Adkins has been active in local and state government, he said, primarily “trying to ensure the rights of our people are not overlooked.”

“How do you maintain Indian identity and yet live in another culture?” asked one student.

Adkins noted that he often explains how he lives in two worlds. During his 40-year career at DuPont, he often spent his days in management meetings, in the “white man’s world.” But every Friday he taught “Indian class” for his fellow Chickahominy.

The Chickahominy also hold community events like powwows to maintain and strengthen their sense of Chickahominy identity.

When Chickahominy youth near age 18, they often drift away from Indian culture, Adkins said, but many return to their roots when they mature into their 30s or 40s, he said. Though roughly 10 percent of students in the Charles City School System are Indians, and Indians are always among the top of each graduating high school class, they still feel sometimes feel ostracized and get mocked by other kids, who might do something like burst into war whoops.

“It’s tough to be Indian,” he said. “A large percentage of the U.S. population thinks Indians should be honored when a sports mascot comes out on a field and impersonates them with nonsense words and dancing.”

One student hinted at parallels in South America, where many indigenous groups struggle to maintain their ancestral lands, traditions and culture.

In her home country of Bolivia, one student explained, indigenous peoples make up more than 60 percent of the population, with 37 official languages aside from Spanish and more than 100 indigenous languages spoken. “We now have an indigenous president [Evo Morales], which I’m proud of, even though I don’t agree with all his policies.”

After speaking informally with some of the students, Adkins said, “Indigenous people across the Americas face the same challenges, some of the same kind of problems. Ever since the first European contact, people have tried to squelch our culture, to ‘Europeanize’ us.”

The Chickahominy first encountered European settlers within weeks of their landing in May 1607 at Jamestown Island. “Life for the natives, life for people like me, has never been the same,” Adkins said.

Before contact, the Chickahominy were one of largest tribes in eastern Virginia. In 1607, the primary leader of Virginia’s tribes was Powhatan, with more than 30 tribes under his control, but the Chickahominy were large enough – with a population of roughly 1,500 to 2,500 people – that Powhatan never made them subject to his rule. (Today there are about 1,300 Chickahominy living in Virginia, Adkins said.)

As an American Indian, “I’ve learned much about the dominant culture, but the dominant culture doesn’t know much about me, which was by design,” he noted. In Virginia, public primary and secondary schools teach Virginia history, but until recently it contained very little about native culture, little more than a mention of Powhatan and Pocahontas.

“You could successfully matriculate from [kindergarten] through Ph.D., even graduate from a top university like the University of Virginia, and have scant knowledge of Virginia’s indigenous people,” he said.

“I used to lament that fact, but never did anything about it. Now I have. I have served on the Virginia Standards of Learning framework committee, trying to make sure that the textbooks accurately reflect who we are. So often we were referred to in the past tense – like some historical oddity of the 17th century, and after that we didn’t exist.

“If you study the history of Virginia, and you don’t study the history of native culture, you haven’t gotten a complete history.”

But that is changing. In the latest iteration of the Standards of Learning, Adkins said, “We made tremendous strides.”

Creators of Award-Winning ‘Les Misérables’ to Take Center Stage at U.Va.

Mon, 2014-09-22 16:44
Robert Hull

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, “Les Misérables” – whether in the form of a novel, film or musical – tells an enthralling tale of love, sacrifice and redemption, a universal and timeless story lit with passion at every turn.

On Christmas Day 2012, yet another film version of “Les Misérables” opened in movie theaters across the United States: the first film version of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s award-winning stage musical of the same name.

The movie set a record for the highest opening-day gross for a musical film. It garnered eight Academy Award nominations and won three, including Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway.

Such fervor for Victor Hugo’s classic French novel isn’t surprising. Since 1897, there have been more than 50 films based on Hugo’s novel – not counting animated versions.


Even more amazing, since lyricist Boublil and composer Schönberg’s “Les Misérables” musical opened in Paris in 1980, it has been seen by more than 70 million people. The longest-running musical worldwide, it will celebrate its 35th anniversary next year. It has received more than 100 major awards.

Schönberg and Boublil will share their experience and creative insights with students, faculty, staff and the Charlottesville community on Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Culbreth Theatre on the Arts Grounds of the University of Virginia.

Tickets are sold out, but ticketholders must claim their tickets and their seats by 6:15; any unclaimed tickets will be released to patrons in the standby line. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. in the Culbreth Road Parking Garage.

The University Singers – under the direction of Michael Slon, assistant professor and director of the choral programs in the McIntire Department of Music – will open the program by performing several Boublil and Schönberg songs from “Les Misérables” and another Schönberg-Boublil collaboration, “Miss Saigon,” including “Do You Hear the People Sing?” and “At the End of the Day.”

Marva Barnett, professor in U.Va.’s Department of Drama, will lead the discussion with Schönberg and Boublil, who will discuss the world of musical theater and the process of composing the music and writing the libretto for “Les Misérables.”

Schönberg – a record producer, actor, singer, songwriter and musical theater composer – is best known for his collaborations with Boublil, a musical theater lyricist and librettist, author and producer. Their other major works together include   the rock operaLa Révolution Française” (1973), “Martin Guerre” (1996), “The Pirate Queen” (2006) and “Marguerite” (2008). Both raised in France, they now live and work in the English-speaking world.

Barnett’s primary research centers on Hugo. She edited “Victor Hugo on Things That Matter,” a reader that highlights Hugo’s ideas and their contemporary relevance, and has taught a first-year University Seminar, "Interpreting Les Misérables,” that explores the universal themes of the novel and musical.

“When I told Claude-Michel in June that I had taught Hugo’s novel in conjunction with the musical several times, he asked whether I would like him to come to U.Va.,” Barnett said. “He then invited Alain Boublil to join him.

“Claude-Michel has told me several times that his primary purpose in coming to U.Va. is ‘for the students.’”

For a book project about the novel’s continued relevance, Barnett is exploring with the musical’s creative artists how they make Hugo’s story come alive in performance.

“Insights from conversations with artists who saw Hugo’s ‘Les Misérables’ as their ‘bible’ enhance my book, which explores how Jean Valjean’s multiple moral challenges and triumphs can enlighten us today,” she said. “Hugo put much of himself into his timeless, inspirational characters.”

While at U.Va., Schönberg and Boublil will meet with students and faculty in various courses and groups to discuss their composition and libretto-writing experiences as well as their musical theater careers.

“There will be a variety of conversations with the students – all the way from details about how the musical came to fruition to acting in musical theater to songwriting,” Barnett said.

The visit is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Vice Provost for the Arts, the Department of Drama, the Department of Music, the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures and the Center for Global Inquiry and Initiative.

U.Va. Health System Honored for Improving Heart Attack Care

Mon, 2014-09-22 15:54

The University of Virginia Health System has earned a national award from the American College of Cardiology for enhancing care for heart attack patients.

U.Va. is one of just 55 U.S. hospitals to receive the “ACTION Registry-Get With The Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award.”

Hospitals receive the award for consistent compliance with performance measures from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. The standards focus on improving care for patients with a certain type of serious heart attack called a ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction, or STEMI.

Close coordination between U.Va.’s Emergency Department and Heart & Vascular Center is key to providing quality care for patients and earning this award. U.Va.’s STEMI alert process speeds care for patients with this type of heart attack through an on-call STEMI team that can be brought together within 30 minutes.

Over two consecutive years, U.Va. met performance standards for treating STEMIs at least 90 percent of the time, including:

  • Opening the blocked coronary artery in STEMI patients within 90 minutes of first contact with a rescue squad or other emergency medical responders.
  • Providing aspirin to STEMI patients within 24 hours of arrival at the hospital.
  • Prescribing beta blockers, aspirin and cholesterol-lowering medications when releasing STEMI patients from the hospital. 
  • Measuring heart function of STEMI patients before they are released from the hospital.
  • Providing STEMI patients who smoke with counseling on how to quit smoking before they are released from the hospital.

Dr. David R. Burt, an emergency medicine physician and director of the U.Va. Chest Pain Center, credited the dedication and teamwork of a large group in U.Va.’s Emergency Department and Cardiac Catheterization Lab as well as the partnership with local rescue squads.

“Everyone from our doctors and nurses to our scribes are key to providing high-quality care to patients suffering heart attacks as well as consistently seeking ways to improve our care,” Burt said. “Rescue squads from across Central Virginia play an important role as well by alerting us to potential STEMI patients they are transporting.”

Updates Regarding Missing University Student

Sun, 2014-09-21 00:00

Hannah Elizabeth Graham, a second-year student in the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences, disappeared in the early morning hours of Sept. 13. According to police reports, after leaving a party in a private residence in the area of 14th Street and Wertland Street, she walked north on 10th Street to Preston Avenue, east on Preston Avenue to Market Street, then south on Second Street to Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. She was last seen on a surveillance tape at 1:08 a.m. on the Downtown Mall, and sent a text message to friends around 1:20 a.m., reporting that she was lost.

Graham, 18, is 5-foot-11 with blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles. She was last seen wearing a metallic black crop top with mesh cut outs and black pants.

Anyone with information regarding Graham is asked to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-295-3851. Police are seeking a person of interest and offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the cause of Graham's disappearance.

You can also follow the University's Twitter feed and Facebook page.

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Letter from President Sullivan to the University Community

Dear Friends in the Community:

As we continue to search for Hannah Graham and to hold out hope for her safe return, I write to thank the many members of our University, Charlottesville and surrounding communities who have stepped forward to provide both emotional support and physical assistance. More than 1,200 volunteers, including many University students and local citizens, participated in the search for Hannah on Saturday, and search crews fanned out across Charlottesville and parts of Albemarle County again Sunday.

As you heard from Hannah's parents, Susan and John Graham, during a press conference today, our shared goal as a community is to locate Hannah and to return her safely to her family, and we will draw upon all of the University's resources to do so.

We are grateful to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the coalition of public agencies that have come from across the Commonwealth and beyond to assist with the search. Times of crisis often produce a heightened sense of collaboration and teamwork, and this has been true over the past week as we have come together with our colleagues in a unified effort to find Hannah.

We are cooperating fully with law enforcement authorities as they continue their investigation. If you have any information that might be helpful, no matter how inconsequential it might seem to you, please call the dedicated tip line at 434-295-3851.

The pursuit of truth is the paramount purpose of a university. The members of the University of Virginia community and our friends and neighbors will not rest until we know the truth that lies at the heart of Hannah Graham's disappearance. Please keep holding Hannah and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Teresa A. Sullivan



Statement Read by John and Susan Graham at Press Conference Today

Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. My name is John Graham. I am Hannah’s father. This is Sue, Hannah’s mother, and my wife.

As this nightmare for Hannah for us, for Hannah’s big brother James, for her grandparents and extended family continues, Sue and I would like to make this statement.

We have been utterly overwhelmed by the generosity of spirit of everybody we have met this week, and many more besides whom we’ve been unable to meet. We understand that over 1,000 volunteers took part in yesterday’s search and a similar number of wonderful people are out today looking for Hannah. Sue and I were out searching: so were some of our work colleagues, friends and neighbors from our home and Hannah’s friends from high school and softball team.

But the effort is much wider. Members of the Charlottesville community turned out in force to help. Armies of Hannah’s university friends are helping. I read that a gentleman came from as far away as Baltimore, Maryland to help. Thank you sir. Alexis Murphy’s aunt, Trina, was helping. Thank you ma’am. Sue and I thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts.

The reason that Hannah has such marvelous support is that is every parent’s worst nightmare. I am certain that everybody in the room and watching who is a parent knows that what happened to Hannah could happen to their child. We need to find out what happened to Hannah and make sure that it doesn’t happen to anybody else.

You have all read about Hannah, I am sure. You will have read that Hannah is a second-year student at the university of Virginia, a skier, a musician and a softball player. She likes to help people and is interested in a career helping others. For example, last spring break, instead of hanging around on a beach or sleeping, Hannah spent a week in Tuscaloosa, Alabama contributing to the relief effort after the devastating tornado.

That is one Hannah. But Hannah is also our little girl. Our only daughter and James’ little sister. Hannah is also the oldest granddaughter of both my own parents and Sue’s parents, my parents’ only granddaughter. And while you think of our pain, consider them, an ocean away, not knowing what happened to their cherished granddaughter, Hannah, and unable to help.

Somebody knows what happened to Hannah. And others watching may know something helpful and may not even realize it. We know Hannah was downtown early on Saturday morning. Hannah was distinctively dressed. Did you see Hannah? Do you think you might have seen Hannah? Please, please, please call the tip line with anything that might just help us to bring Hannah home.

Sue and I have received countless messages of support. I would like to read one email we received this morning from one of Hannah’s high school teachers:

“I am sure you are continually being inundated with hundreds of people reaching out daily, but I just wanted to touch base again to express some of my hope and confidence.

“Throughout the week as I spoke with Hannah’s friends and teachers, and the countless other people whose lives have been bettered by Hannah's passion and positivity, one theme shone brightly through each conversation: hope. Not because that's what people feel like they should say at a time like this, but because of who Hannah is. Hannah is brilliant, resilient, determined, and loves life more than anyone I know. Everyone agrees, if anyone could get through this, it is Hannah.

“I've been trying to frame my thoughts with the idea that every moment that passes we are one moment closer to having Hannah back. Let's hope today is the day.”

When I returned home from bringing Hannah to Charlottesville for the start of term last month. I found she left this little guy behind. This is BeBe, Hannah’s white rabbit. He was given to Hannah when she was just one week old by one of my friends. BeBe helped out in Tuscaloosa. And was Hannah’s constant companion, friend and guardian angel until last month. Constant companion, that is, except for about six months when Hannah was 3 years old when he was lost at her nursery school. Bebe was found and came home to Hannah and to us.

All we want is to bring Hannah home safely. Please help us.

Thank you.

Sept. 19, 2014

Information for U.Va. Parents from the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Dear Parents:

As the week comes to a close and the weekend begins, I know that you, like all of us, are anxious for any available updates about the disappearance of second-year student Hannah Graham. News media in Charlottesville and beyond are posting updates from the Charlottesville Police, and these reports are the best source of information at this time. We continue to update our main website with all related communications from the University. Please see Updates Regarding Missing University Student.

I want to express the collective thanks of the University to all of you who have written with words of encouragement, expressions of hope, and prayers for Hannah, her family, and friends. Although you may not have received an individual response, please know how much we appreciate the support of each of you. You are part of our extended UVa family.

Last night, students held a vigil for Hannah in the Amphitheater. This event was a tremendous display of hope and strength on the part of our students, still so young in their experience but so genuine in their capacity to comfort and care for others. Hannah's parents, John and Sue Graham, attended the vigil and wrote today to express their thanks.

We continue to encourage students to maintain their daily routines but not "to go it alone" if they need to speak with someone, whether a counselor, a staff member in the Office of the Dean of Students, a Resident Staff member, a faculty or staff member, or another resource within the community. I know that many faculty members are talking about this crisis in their classes, as well as reminding students of basic safety habits.

Increased police patrols on the Grounds and in areas where students congregate will be noticeable this weekend, and in fact, increased patrols already were in place earlier in the semester. In anticipation of upcoming weekend activities, Student Council President Jalen Ross wrote the student body to emphasize once again the importance of personal safety and watching out for one another. Please read his message here. His message links to a Staying Safe tip sheet that succinctly lists important phone numbers, resources, and reminders. Please encourage your students to be familiar with everything available to help them be safe and get support. If your student finds that any service is not being fulfilled as described, please let us know, and we will follow up.

Hannah's disappearance is likely to elicit one of the strongest instincts you have as a parent – to keep your daughter or son physically and emotionally safe. The single most helpful thing that you can do to create that safety is to talk with her or him. Given the complexities and fluidity of Hannah's situation, having those conversations with your student is easier said than done. I hope the following suggestions are helpful:

Don't try to change what your daughter or son is feeling. This sounds counterintuitive because, as parents, you may feel that it is your "job" to reduce your child's discomfort. Young people, however, feel most supported when they simply feel understood and validated. If you try to reason your student out of feeling scared, angry, sad (or whatever she or he is feeling), you will likely lose your opening for good communication. Instead, convey that you "get it," whatever "it" is. Try saying "Hey, I want you to know I really care about what you are going through … I'm going to be here for you." Then, just listen – it is one of the most precious gifts a parent can offer a daughter or son who is hurting.

Find your own support. It is with good intention that parents often unconsciously seek to alleviate their own anxiety by making their daughters and sons "feel better."  It will be very hard to enact the "Don't try to change what your student is feeling" idea if you are not getting your own support from someone who cares about you.

Provide good information about safety. Make clear, concise suggestions about how your daughter or son can keep herself or himself physically safe. Encourage your student to remain in the company of two other people when outside at night. Make sure she or he knows about Safe Ride (434-242-1122) and the University Transit System, both of which can provide safe transportation throughout the evening and early morning hours. More information is available in the Staying Safe tip sheet.

Suggest CAPS.  Ask that your student consider talking with a counselor at Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), particularly if she or he is not feeling safe or struggling to get to class. The best way to access CAPS at a time like this is to have your student walk in anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. CAPS is located in Student Health at the corner of Jefferson Park Avenue and Brandon Avenue. If your student would rather schedule some time with a CAPS counselor, she or he can do so by calling 434-243-5150. In addition, CAPS will be open throughout this weekend (Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Please call or have your student drop by. CAPS also will be available throughout the weekend to facilitate group meetings/discussions with affected student communities on Grounds.

Lastly, CAPS is here for you as well. If you would like to consult with one of the CAPS counselors about how to support your student, just call 434-243-5150 to speak with one of our counselors.

In her remarks at the vigil last night, President Teresa Sullivan talked about the challenge of maintaining hope while simultaneously feeling so much concern and anxiety. This is a big calling for all of us, especially our students, but we also know this crisis is the human condition laid bare. Much of what our students learn at UVa occurs outside the classroom. This is not an experience we would ever plan for them, but the kindness and great strength of the UVa community is pulling us all together.

We are here for you and your students, and we are grateful for all you are doing as part of the larger UVa community. We will continue to communicate with you in the days ahead.

Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer


CAPS holding weekend hours to support students

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) in Student Health will be open for extended hours throughout the weekend to assist students as they cope with Hannah Graham’s disappearance and as they learn of any new developments in the case. Extended hours of operation for the weekend are:

Friday, Sept. 19, 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CAPS also will be available throughout the weekend to facilitate group meetings/discussions with affected student communities on Grounds.

Students can reach CAPS during the above hours this weekend (and during other regular business hours) at 243-5150. Outside of these hours, students can reach the CAPS 24-hour emergency on-call clinician by calling 972-7004. CAPS is located in the Elson Student Health Center at 400 Brandon Avenue (at the intersection of Brandon Avenue and Jefferson Park Avenue).

In a message to parents, Vice President Patricia M. Lampkin offered suggestions on how parents can talk with their students about their feelings and concerns during this difficult time. Parents also are invited are invited to call CAPS at 434-243-5150 if they would like to consult with one of the CAPS counselors.


Stay Safe This Weekend Message from U.Va. Student Council President Jalen Ross

Fellow Wahoos,

We are coming to the end of a long, emotionally difficult week. Last night's vigil was an important moment for joining together and drawing strength from one another as we search for answers in the disappearance of Hannah.

As we head into the weekend, I want to encourage you, more than ever, to think about your personal safety and how we can be supportive of one another. Hannah's disappearance shows just how vulnerable we can be. We need not live in fear, but we must acknowledge the reality of threats to our safety and well-being. Moving forward together and with the help of others, we can keep ourselves safe in a world that is often not.

For a list of resources, tips, and phone numbers, please see the Staying Safe tip sheet.

Some reminders:

  • If you need help or see something suspicious, call 911. The police want you to call.
  • Walk with others at night. Avoid dark, deserted areas, even if you're with a friend.
  • Keep your doors and windows locked.
  • Be familiar with the University's blue-light phone system (see Staying Safe tip sheet).
  • When you go out, especially to parties, have a plan with your friends for getting there and getting back safely. Check in with your friends throughout the evening and make sure everyone leaves together.
  • If you drink, know your limits and know how certain factors, such as body weight, gender, food consumption, medication usage, and rate of drinking affect intoxication.
  • Do not leave a friend who has had too much to drink.

Please stay safe, and take care of one another.

Jalen Ross
President, UVa Student Council


Message from John and Sue Graham to the University Community

Dear Members of the UVa Community:

Last night, we attended the candlelight vigil organized by the students at the University of Virginia. We found the vigil to be extremely moving and would like to offer our sincere thanks to the students for arranging the event and to the University for enabling our attendance.

We were comforted by the evident high esteem in which our cherished daughter is held by her many friends at the University of Virginia and beyond.

We continue to be optimistic that Hannah will soon be returned safely to us. We repeat our previous appeal to contact the Charlottesville Police Department if you have any information that could help the Department’s enquires.

Lastly, it is now Friday, a week since Hannah’s disappearance. For those students planning to unwind this weekend, please be extra vigilant when you are out and walk with a buddy.

John and Sue Graham


• Sept. 18, 2014

Volunteers can help in search for Hannah Graham

Local and state emergency officials are seeking volunteers to assist with a mass search for Hannah Graham planned for early Saturday, Sept. 20. Graham is a student at the University of Virginia who has been missing since Saturday morning.

All volunteer searchers are subject to a background check and must register online no later than 5 p.m. Friday. Anyone who is unable to register online can register in person at John Paul Jones Arena (295 Massie Road in Charlottesville) prior to the 7 p.m. Friday volunteer briefing. Only those who have registered will be permitted to participate in Saturday’s search.

Volunteer searchers must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Carry NO weapons
  • Bring a copy of the registration form and driver’s license
  • Wear proper footwear and clothing for weather and conditions
  • Bring water to stay hydrated
  • Indicate on registration if they have previous military and/or search-and-rescue experience
  • Be physically in shape for walking/searching in up to four-hour periods

• Sept. 17, 2014

Statement from the Parents of Hannah Graham, Read at Charlottesville Police Press Briefing

Hannah is beyond precious to us, and we are devastated by her disappearance. It is totally out of character for us not to have heard from her, and we fear foul play. We are in constant contact with the Charlottesville Police Department and the University of Virginia.  
We have learned CPD has received many helpful leads from the public. We are very grateful for all information already provided and urge members of the public to continue to call the dedicated tip line, with anything at all, however small it seems.
We would also like to recognize the many messages of support we have received from Hannah's friends at UVA, her friends from high school, band and softball team, as well as our neighbors, friends and work colleagues, too many to count.
Although we are British, Hannah has lived in Virginia since she was five. This is her home and we have always felt welcome here.

We are so very grateful for everyone involved in the search for Hannah. Like you, we will not rest until we find her and she comes home.
Once again, if you have any information at all, however insignificant it may seem, please call 434-295-3851. Thank you.
 John and Susan Graham


Message from U.Va. Student Council President Jalen Ross

Fellow Wahoos:

It is with a heavy, but hopeful, heart that I write to you today.

As most of you know, early Saturday morning, Hannah Graham, one of our own, went missing. The authorities continue the relentless effort to bring her home safely.

We cannot--and must not--lose hope at this moment. In fact, it is now that Hannah's family and friends, as well as those conducting the search for her, need our support most.

I know that this is exactly the kind of need that our community will step up to meet, and I know that many of you have already made great efforts to support one another.

I invite all of you to take that support one step further by joining your peers in a Candlelight Vigil to Bring Hannah Home. We will meet in the Amphitheater on Thursday, September 18, at 9 p.m. to show support for Hannah, her loved ones, each other, and this community we call home.

I hope to see you there.

Jalen Ross

President, UVa Student Council


Message from President Sullivan to Alumni

By now you have most likely heard the news of the disappearance of Hannah Graham, a second-year UVa student who has been missing since early Saturday morning. All of us on the Grounds are anxiously hoping that she will return home safely very soon. The Charlottesville Police are leading the investigation of her disappearance, and we are offering all possible assistance to them and to the Graham family. 

We are making sure that students are aware of the resources that are available to help them with the anxiety and uncertainty they may feel during this difficult time. Yesterday, UVa Dean of Students Allen Groves sent a detailed message to our students; you can read the message from Dean Groves here. Students have launched a “Help Find Hannah Graham” page on Facebook here. 

The members of our University community form an extended family. This family includes our alumni and friends across the country and around the world. Just as families draw closer during times of crisis, let us draw together now as a UVa family, united by our concern, as we continue to hold Hannah Graham and her family in our thoughts and prayers. 

Very truly yours,

Teresa A. Sullivan


Message from President Sullivan to Parents of U.Va. Students

All of us on the Grounds are anxiously hoping that missing UVa student Hannah Graham will return home safely. The Charlottesville Police are leading the investigation of her disappearance, and we are offering all possible assistance to them and to the Graham family.

During this difficult time, we have resources available to help our students with the anxiety and uncertainty they may feel. Yesterday, UVa Dean of Students Allen Groves sent a message to our students with many helpful suggestions; you can read the message from Dean Groves here.

We are encouraging our students to maintain their daily schedules. Having structure in their day will help them in coping with uncertainty, and I hope that you will encourage your sons and daughters to stay on track. If your son or daughter seems to be in distress, do not hesitate to refer them to professional counseling if you believe it would be helpful for them. UVa's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) department has trained clinicians who can help students manage anxiety or other emotions they may be feeling. A student may call CAPS at 434-243-5150 to schedule an appointment during the daytime, or at 434-972-7004 after hours if they need help in a crisis situation.

You are perhaps the most important resource for your student. Many students will seek advice and reassurance from their families. If you become concerned about your student's resilience or health, please let me, Vice President Pat Lampkin, or Dean Groves know of your concerns.

We need the strength and comfort we can offer one another at this difficult time, as we continue to hold Hannah Graham and her family in our thoughts and prayers.

Very truly yours,

Teresa A. Sullivan


• September 16, 2014

Statement From Family of Hannah Graham

Hannah Graham’s family issued the following statement today regarding the disappearance of their daughter, a second-year student at the University of Virginia. Hannah has been missing since early Saturday morning, and law enforcement officials are actively searching for her. The family asks that the public and news media respect its privacy at this time.

“Since learning of Hannah’s disappearance, we have been heartbroken and at the same time heartened by the outpouring of support and help we have received. We remain hopeful that Hannah will be found soon. We urge anyone with any information, however insignificant it may seem, to call a newly dedicated tip line at 434-295-3851 at the Charlottesville Police Department.

“Those of us who know and love Hannah know that she would not disappear without contacting family or friends. She is highly responsible and organized. She embraces life with energy and enthusiasm and has enriched the lives of many. Her empathy is evident in her daily interactions with us and her friends. She loves the University of Virginia, and all summer she was looking forward to the start of the new school year. U.Va. is her intellectual home, a place that stimulates her thinking on a broad variety of topics. Socially, she has found kinship and passion with her fellow members of the Ski Team.

“We express our sincere gratitude to law enforcement and everyone who is involved in the search for Hannah. We also thank the University for the full attention they are devoting to the situation. The kindness and support of so many – her friends at U.Va., particularly her friends on the Ski Team, her friends from high school, our neighbors, and the larger community – mean so much to us at this difficult time.

“Please join us in our fervent wish for Hannah’s safe return home. Once again, if you have any information at all, however insignificant it may seem, please call 434-295-3851.”

John, Susan, and James Graham


Message from President Sullivan to Faculty and Staff

All of us on the Grounds are anxiously hoping that Hannah Graham will return home safely. The Charlottesville Police are leading the investigation of her disappearance, and we are offering all possible assistance to them and to the Graham family. 

During this difficult time, we have resources available to help our students with the anxiety and uncertainty they may feel. The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) department in Student Health has trained clinicians who can help students manage anxiety or other emotions they may be feeling. A student may call CAPS at 434-243-5150 to schedule an appointment during the daytime, or at 434-972-7004 after hours if they need help in a crisis situation. CAPS is located on the street level in the Elson Student Health Center, 400 Brandon Avenue, just off of Jefferson Park Avenue.

We are encouraging our students to maintain their daily schedules. Having structure in their day will help them in coping with uncertainty, and I hope that those of you who teach and support our students will help them stay on track. If students come to you in distress, I know that you will be understanding and listen to them carefully, but you should also not hesitate to refer them to professional counseling if you believe it would be helpful for them. Remember that our staff members in the Office of the Dean of Students are ready to assist you with any concerns you may have. During regular business hours, you can contact the Office of the Dean of Students directly at 434-924-7133; after hours, you can call 434-924-7166. 

Being older, many of us have already experienced frightening and disorienting events in our lives. Your wisdom from coping with such experiences may now help you in helping our students. But events such as Ms. Graham’s disappearance may also arouse within you, no matter how experienced you are, unpleasant emotions and memories that are hard to encounter. Please be aware that our Employee Assistance Program is available for you; you can call 434-243-2643, or find information here. You may also find helpful some of the suggestions in a message to students from Allen Groves here.

The Charlottesville Police Department has a new, dedicated tip line at 434-295-3851. We continue to urge anyone with any information, however insignificant it may seem, to call the police.

During this very difficult time, I urge you to pay special attention to students who may be in distress, and also pay attention to your own well-being. We need your calm and wisdom in addition to your dedicated service in these distressing days.

Very truly yours,

Teresa A. Sullivan


Message from Dean of Students Allen Groves on Community Resources and Safety

The University of Virginia community has been deeply affected by the recent report that a fellow student, Hannah Graham, has been missing for several days. Our thoughts remain with her family at this difficult time. Please know that the University is supporting them. Yesterday morning, you received an email from University Police Chief Mike Gibson, and Vice President Patricia Lampkin wrote to your parents to also inform them of this concerning case.

I have heard from a number of students in the past two days, offering their hope that Hannah will return safely (I share this hope) and also expressing their own concern and anxiety over Hannah’s disappearance. The UVa community is a tight-knit family, and an event like this touches a great many of us quite deeply. At such a difficult time, I want you to know that there are resources available to assist you if needed.

The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) department in Student Health has trained clinicians who can help you manage stress, anxiety, or other emotions you may be feeling. You will find them very welcoming and helpful. You may call CAPS at 434-243-5150 to schedule an appointment during the daytime, or at 434-972-7004 after hours if you need help in a crisis situation. CAPS is located on the street level in the Elson Student Health Center, 400 Brandon Avenue, just off JPA.

In addition, our professional staff in the Office of the Dean of Students is available to assist you. Our main office is located on the second floor in Peabody Hall, upstairs from the Office of Admission. You can stop in or call 434-924-7133 to schedule an appointment. In addition, if you live in a University residence hall, you should feel free to approach your RA and seek his or her support and a referral to other services. The main office of the Housing and Residence Life unit of the Office of the Dean of Students is located on the lower level of the Kent/Dabney residential community in the McCormick Road first-year living area. Professional staff located there are available to support and assist you as well.

I also want to make certain that you are aware of safe transportation options that exist in the area surrounding the University, particularly late at night on weekends.

Safe Ride operates up to three vans that provide door-to-door transportation for current students with a valid student ID who would otherwise have to walk alone at night. Hours of operation are Sunday through Wednesday from 12 midnight until 7 a.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 2:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. The service area includes most student housing areas in the vicinity surrounding the University Grounds (Safe Ride Map). A ride can be arranged by calling 434-242-1122. One Safe Ride van picks up passengers near the Alderman/Clemons Library every half hour during operating hours, when the library is in operation, Sunday through Thursday mornings.

University Transit Service (UTS) offers extended late night service on the Outer U-Loop and the Northline routes on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 12:30 a.m. until 2:30 a.m.

In addition, if you are unable to wait for a Safe Ride van pickup, are not near a UTS bus route late at night, or otherwise feel unsafe, please remember that you may call Yellow Cab Charge-a-Ride at 434-295-4131 to travel by taxi. If you do not have the money to pay for the taxi at that point in time, you need only show a valid student ID to the Yellow Cab driver and sign the document they will provide to you. You will then be billed through your student account.

Lastly, I want to stress the importance of being an active bystander at all times. Walk in groups, step in if you see a peer in a potentially unsafe situation, call 911 if you observe a situation that appears to require immediate police action, and always ask for help or assistance if you need it yourself. Charlottesville Police and University Police officers maintain an active presence in the area surrounding the University Grounds, and they will be promptly dispatched when 911 is dialed.

The police welcome any and all information that may be helpful in finding Hannah. If you have any information, however insignificant it may seem, please call a newly dedicated tip line at 434-295-3851 at the Charlottesville Police Department.

Please be safe, look out for each other, and help keep UVa the caring community we know it to be. #hoosgotyourback


Allen Groves

University Dean of Students

• September 15, 2014

President's Message Regarding Missing University Student

The University of Virginia has issued the following statement of President Teresa A. Sullivan, regarding the report of a missing U.Va. student:

The members of the University of Virginia community are united in our deep concern for Hannah Elizabeth Graham, who is missing and has not been in touch with her family or friends since early Saturday morning. The Charlottesville Police Department is investigating this case, and has been conducting an extensive search since learning of Ms. Graham’s disappearance. Our University Police Department was notified of the report Sunday evening, and this morning has contacted all students, faculty and staff to make them aware of the situation. Our Office of Student Affairs has provided this information to parents as well.

Anyone with information regarding Ms. Graham is asked to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000. A photograph of Ms. Graham may be found at this link: http://www.virginia.edu/graham/. We are hopeful that someone will come forward soon with information that will lead the authorities to Ms. Graham.

Teresa A. Sullivan


Message to Parents from the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

I am writing to alert you that the below message went out this morning to more than 40,000 members of the UVa community in Charlottesville – all students, faculty, and staff. We are deeply concerned about the whereabouts of Ms. Graham, and local law enforcement have been involved in an extensive search since learning of her disappearance.
To repeat from the below message: Anyone with information regarding Hannah is asked to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.

Please keep Ms. Graham's family and friends in mind during this difficult situation. We will share more details as they become available.


Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer


Message to the University Community from the Chief of University Police

The Charlottesville Police Department is investigating a missing person incident involving a University of Virginia student, Hannah Elizabeth Graham. Hannah is a white female and 18 years old. She is approximately 5'11" tall with a skinny build. She has blue eyes, light brown hair and has freckles. She was last seen wearing a black crop top with mesh cut outs. The last contact she had with friends was via text message at 1:20 a.m. on September 13, 2014.

A photo of Hannah is available here: www.virginia.edu/graham.

Anyone with information regarding Hannah is asked to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.

Michael Gibson

Chief, University Police