On Monday, September 18, College Council approved five funding requests. They are as follows:

  • Persian Conversation Club
    • Date: October 2nd & onward, 1st floor New Cabell Lounge
    • The Persian Conversation Club is an extension of the Persian section of the Middle Eastern Studies department. The club meets weekly on Wednesdays or Thursday and seeks to foster improvement in spoken Persian Language. The request is to provide funding for food and drinks for the meetings of the semester. The average weekly attendance is 30 per week.
  • Garba Night
    • Date: October 8th, Student Activities Building
    • Garba night is a celebration of Navaratri – an important festival for different deities such as Amba and Krishna. The festivities include dancing – also known as Raas-Garba, colorful adornment of Gujarati clothes, and traditional Indian food. It’s open to all as a learning opportunity to promote Indian culture.
  • Undergraduate Psychology Poster Session
    • Date: December 1st, Gilmer Academic Commons
    • The Undergraduate Psychology Seminars Poster Session will bring together two 4th-year psychology seminars—(1) Designing and Conducting Research with Children and (2) The Modern Family: Parenting and Child Development in Diverse Family Systems—in a joint poster session to share research completed by the students in Fall 2017.
  •  Global Development Organization Garden Party
    • Date: not given, Garden I
    • This is one of the biggest events Global Development Organization hosts each year. We hope to foster student-professor interaction between students who have an interest in one of the four Global Development Studies tracks. Open to all years this is an informal setting to speak with a professor about a topic they are passionate about.
  • Faculty-Student Interaction Grant: Gretchen York, Fun Home Field Trip
    • Date: September 24th, Virginia Repertory Theater, Richmond, Virginia
    • As part of my first-year composition course, “Gender and the American Musical,” I will take students to Richmond to see the new American musical “Fun Home,” based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir about growing up as a lesbian with a gay father. The musical addresses key themes of the course, including the relationship between gender and sexuality and questions about whether gender is socially constructed or innate to a person.