On Tuesday, the University of Virginia’s Young Alumni Council is spearheading the first-ever “Giving TueHoosDay.” Read more about it and take a look at a Storify the Alumni Association put together capturing some of the conversation about the day. Keep an eye out for the Jefferson memes:
The University of Virginia Magazine used alumni employment data to make an amazing interactive infographic that shows the connections between a particular major and the fields those graduates ended up working in.
As the magazine reports, the results show that “the path you take as an undergraduate matters, but your major is just one of many decisions that contribute to your occupational choices.”
On Friday, the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death, Digital Curation Services in the University of Virginia Library will use Twitter to provide a digital reenactment of how the nation got the news.
Using a copy of the United Press International broadcast wire from that fateful day, the @UVADigServ Twitter account will post the United Press International broadcast wire transmissions that notified news outlets across the country of Kennedy’s death.
On Nov. 22, 1963, UPI reporter Merriman Smith was in the front seat of the wire service pool car just behind the president’s convertible in Dallas. Just minutes after Kennedy was shot, Smith sent this message using the UPI wire service: “An unknown sniper fired.”
A series of messages followed that documented the news of the president’s death and its immediate aftermath. The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library has a transcript of the UPI broadcast wire transmissions and will post them on Twitter beginning at 1:45 p.m. Friday and continuing until 6:30 p.m.
Read more about the broadcast and how Special Collections received the wire transcript, and follow @UvaDigServ on Twitter.
The School of Engineering & Applied Sciences is in the h0me stretch of a video contest in which students try to capture the essence of what it means to be a SEAS student.
The winner gets a grand prize of $500 and the winning video will be posted on the SEAS admission site. The four finalists are online, and the voting is open.
Here’s a look:
Vote on the contest website through Friday.
A recent story in the New York Times touched off a lot of online discussion about how – and whether – college admissions offices evaluate the social media accounts of prospective students.
So does U.Va. look at an applicant’s tweets as well as her GPA? DeanJ of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions wrote a pair of posts on Notes From Peabody, the U.Va. admissions blog, to clear the air about how she uses social media in the admissions process. The three main points from her first post:
1. I like social media.
2. I don’t have time to search for students on the internet.
3. If you include #UVA in a tweet or photo, you’re asking our entire community to see it.
The second post offers some additional detail about the occasions on which she does turn to the Internet for more information.
Both are well worth the read, both for the information and the cat memes: