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Every other week, UVA Public Service recognizes students involved in public service in various ways, whether through volunteering, community or civic engagement, activism, social entrepreneurship, service-learning coursework or research, and other co-curricular service activities and interests.
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Hoos Serving: Tim Brown

October 6, 2021 - 3:39pm

Tim Brown is a second-year prospective commerce student and serves as the president of the UVA Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter. Tim is also an analyst at the McIntire Investment Institute and plans to pursue a career in the financial services industry.

Hoos Serving: Grace Kurcina

September 15, 2021 - 11:02am

Grace Kurcina is a fourth-year in the College of Arts & Sciences majoring in Global Security & Justice and English. She volunteers at UVA as the head program director of the Madison House Arts Mentors Program, which helps to bring the arts to students in underrepresented communities within Charlottesville. In addition, Grace co-chairs the Echols Council mentorship committee, serves as the president of the International Justice Mission UVA chapter, and serves as the president of the Reformed University Fellowship (RUF). After graduating, Grace hopes to work in the justice or nonprofit field and eventually go to law school.

Hoos Serving: Damir Hrnjez

May 3, 2021 - 9:56pm

Damir Hrnjez is a third-year studying systems engineering. He has been involved with FoodAssist since his first year at UVA and has served as the club’s president for this past academic year. Damir has also volunteered for Meals on Wheels in Charlottesville throughout the year as a way to further help fight food insecurity in our local community. After graduation, Damir plans to enter the work force as a systems engineer and work in sustainability and transportation systems. 

Hoos Serving: Kevin Breiner

April 19, 2021 - 9:31am

Kevin Breiner is a JD-MPP student, currently in his third of four years. He is primarily interested in environmental issues and hopes to practice environmental law after graduation. In addition to working with the Equity and Environment Fund, he is a member of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal and is a staff writer for the Virginia Policy Review.

Hoos Serving: Allie Clarke

April 6, 2021 - 9:24am

Allie Clarke is a fourth-year in the Batten School, studying Public Policy & Leadership and Global Security & Justice. During her time on Grounds, Allie has served as a Chair of ULink Peer Advising and a Director of the Blueprint Leadership Program. She also has been involved with Team One Love as a workshop facilitator and has served on the executive board of her sorority for two years. After graduation, Allie will be moving to Washington, D.C., to work as an associate consultant for Boston Consulting Group.

Hoos Serving: Daniel Chen

March 20, 2021 - 3:55pm

Daniel Chen is a fourth-year in the College of Arts & Sciences. He is in the interdisciplinary neuroscience program and plans to attend medical school this year. His volunteer work focuses on providing UVA students with service-learning opportunities. He serves as the co-president of the Brain Exercise Initiative (BEI) UVA Chapter, a Madison House Medical Services Program Director, and the founder of a mission partnership of Friendship Bench (FB) of Zimbabwe in Charlottesville.

Student Spotlight: Kiko Demetriou

February 21, 2021 - 2:24pm

Kiko Demetriou is a fourth-year Philosophy major and Sociology minor planning to attend law school in the fall. On Grounds, Kiko is a director for the Blueprint Leadership Program, a program aimed to develop students’ leadership skills by providing the resources for students to create a change in their community. Kiko is also involved off Grounds as the head instructor for an educational nonprofit start-up called Richmond Debate Institute.

Student Spotlight: Spencer Whitney

February 7, 2021 - 4:01pm

Spencer Whitney is a fourth-year majoring in Commerce and Economics. He currently serves as Chair of the University Board of Elections (UBE), which is responsible for coordinating all undergraduate and graduate student elections at UVA. In addition, he serves as a Counselor on the University Judiciary Committee (UJC) and previously served as the Secretary of Third Year Council for the Class of 2021.

Student Spotlight: Julia Larsen and Heath Yancey

November 18, 2020 - 11:57am

Julia Larsen (CLAS '21) and Heath Yancey (CLAS '22) are Peer Health Educators who organized the annual Fourth Year 5K. Despite being virtual this year, this UVA tradition raised around $3,000 for the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and benefited community members that were profoundly impacted by the pandemic. Julia is a Spanish and Biology major and a member of APO, a medical scribe with the UVA Emergency Department, and a pen pal to assisted living residents. Heath is a Neuroscience major and a volunteer on the UVA Hospital Acute Pediatrics floor.

Student Spotlight: Taylor Thompson

November 7, 2020 - 6:14pm

Taylor Thompson is a fourth-year in the School of Architecture on the Pre-Professional track. His most significant involvement on Grounds has been serving as the President of the Habitat for Humanity Club (HUVA). Taylor facilitates the organization of fundraising events, education and advocacy opportunities, weekly volunteer shifts, and seasonal trips both locally and nationally.