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Learning in Action

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Volunteer of the Week: Lobna Raya

May 10, 2018 - 7:49am

Lobna Raya is a fourth-year in the College, majoring in Religious Studies with a concentration in Islamic studies and minoring in Bioethics. Some of Lobna's involvements include Alternative Spring Break (ASB), the Ronald McDonald House, and the Islamic Society of Central Virginia (ISCV). Through ASB, Lobna visited Pensacola, Fla., where she helped build houses with Habitat for Humanity. She also helped organize meals and bake at the Ronald McDonald House and volunteers on Sundays at the ISCV teaching Arabic to a class of nine-year-old students.

Volunteer of the Week: Miranda Gali

April 19, 2018 - 2:34pm

Miranda is a fourth-year English major in the College. She is the program director for HELP Line at Madison House, a volunteer-run confidential telephone service for UVA students (434-295-TALK). She also is the co-chair of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT), a peer education group that aims to reduce the negative outcomes associated with alcohol or other drug use.

Volunteer of the Week: Kayla Spigelman

April 4, 2018 - 8:29am

Kayla Spigelman is a second-year in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences studying systems engineering. She is passionate about science and sustainability, participating in the Society of Women Engineers, where she helps with the Girl Scout Day each year to inspire young girls to pursue careers in STEM. Spigelman is the community outreach chair of FoodAssist, an organization that aims to bridge the gap between food waste and food insecurity by delivering leftover food from Greek houses to other organizations in the community that need food. She also is involved in the Jewish community and tutors middle school kids for their bar and bat mitzvahs and loves volunteering through her sorority to assist with Alzheimer’s awareness and at the Martha Jefferson House.

Volunteer of the Week: John Barton

March 16, 2018 - 3:49pm

John Barton is a second-year in the College majoring in Latin American Studies and Global Development Studies with a minor in Urban and Environmental Planning in the A-School. He is the Resident Advisor (RA) of Casa Bolívar this year and a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary at UVA. John volunteers with the Latino and Migrant Aid program through Madison House, where he teaches ESL in Spanish. On Grounds, John also is involved in Sustained Dialogue, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, and the Cavalier Daily Spanish translation section.

Volunteer of the Week: Kirsta Hackmeier

March 2, 2018 - 8:48am

Kirsta Hackmeier is a third-year in the College studying Global Public Health and French. Kirsta is a presenter for One Less, a sexual assault and intimate partner violence education and advocacy group on Grounds, and also helps coordinate community outreach for Animal Justice Advocates, the only animal welfare group at UVA. Previously, she served as an intern for the Humane Society of the United States. Currently, she is the acting chair of the Restoration Ball Committee.

Volunteer of the Week: Jessica Harris

February 21, 2018 - 7:59am

Jessica Harris is a second-year in the College pursuing studies in arts administration, youth and social innovation, and drama. She is the founder of Empowered Players, a 501(c)3 nonprofit youth theater based in Fluvanna County. In addition, Jessica is on the executive board of and teaches with Kids Acting Out, a volunteer after-school theater program. She also participates in various mentorship and volunteer arts programs.

Volunteer of the Week: Virginia Chambers

February 7, 2018 - 11:44am

Virginia is a second-year Government major in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is a Tom Tom Founders Festival Food and Workshop Fellow and member of the Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) Advisory Board. Read on to hear more about her involvements at the University and in the community.

Volunteer of the Week: Ryan Partridge

December 14, 2017 - 9:46am

Ryan is a second-year pre-comm student in the College. He is the president of the UVA Lion's Club. We wanted to get to know him a little better, so we asked him a few questions.

Volunteer of the Week: Will VanOrden

December 14, 2017 - 8:41am

Will is a second-year economics and physics double-major in the College and a released firefighter/EMT with Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department (Station 8 Albemarle County Fire Rescue). We wanted to get to know him and his work with the station a little better, so we asked him a few questions.

Volunteer of the Week: Maame Esi Eghan

November 28, 2017 - 8:07am

Maame is a second-year student in the College involved in several service organizations, including Fashion for a Cause, Organization of African Students, and Green Grounds. She is the co-founder of the Yielding Accomplished African Women project.