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  • Register for Sustainable Solutions Challenge

    The 2023 Sustainable Solutions Challenge invites students to propose an initiative of your choice that would work to create a culture around sustainability at University of Richmond.

    Students from all majors are invited to enter the Sustainable Solutions Challenge and pitch their best ideas, so long as the idea is centered on the campus definition of sustainability and has relevance to the University of Richmond's Sustainability Plan. The team with the winning proposal will be awarded $500 per team member and invited to work on the implementation of their solution. The second-place team will be awarded $250 per team member. Register by Feb. 16!
  • Spider Health Report

    As of noon on Feb. 2, there were 21 active COVID-19 cases reported among students, faculty, and staff, and the 7-day average for cases reported was 4.4 per day. The CDC COVID-19 Community Levels for our area are medium. More information about recommended precautions is available at:

    If you experience symptoms, please test quickly, and report all positive tests right away. If you are a close contact, follow the testing instructions provided by our contact tracers, including instructions on testing and masking. Information about how to report is available at

    The University provides COVID-19 self-test kits and high-quality masks at no cost to students, faculty, and staff. More information is available at Test kit supplies are limited. Please pick up a test kit only if you are symptomatic or have been identified as a close contact.
  • Friday Rethink Waste Programming

    Rethink Waste has a busy day Friday February 3! This week of Campus Race to Zero Waste has a theme of recycling/composting on campus and there are still plenty of ways to get involved!

    -From 11-5, the Spider Exchange is open.

    -Spider Exchange pop-up at the Hanging Lounge (2nd floor THC) from 12-3! Stop by for some free stuff.

    -Eco Inspired will be at the Spider Exchange from 12-5 for eco-friendly product refills! Bring empty, clean, and dry containers.

    -Some of our representatives will be tabling at THC and Organic Krush from 12-3, so stop by to play a game, maybe win a prize, and learn more about correctly sorting your waste at dining locations on campus.

    Hope to see you there!
  • Metaphor of the Month! Gordian Knot

    Ready to untie something no one else can? Or use a trick? Learn more at

    The Writing Center helps you to build a strong vocabulary. Nominate a word or metaphor useful in academic writing by contacting Joe Essid at, and your choice will be featured at our blog. Want help with your writing? Find out more at
  • Study Abroad Info for Spiders FLI

    Are you part of the first gen and/or limited income student community? Are you considering studying abroad during your time at UR, even just a little bit? Come to the Study Abroad event for Spiders FLI! Members from Financial Aid, International Education, Scholarship and Fellowship programs, and returning first-gen/limited income students will all be there to answer any questions you may have about study abroad! Finances? How to tell your parents? Which program, and more!
  • Are Imaginary Numbers Real?

    Dr. Michael Kerchove opens the spring 2023 Mathematics & Statistics Colloquium. He will present, "3D Rotations via the Sandwich Product and a Twisted Factorization in 4D (with Applications to Computer Animations)." Abstract: Are imaginary numbers real? Is the use of I = ¿¿¿(-1) in algebraic equations made more legitimate by understanding this "impossible number" as a counterclockwise rotation through 90 degrees? The introduction of the Argand diagram in 1813 sparked a debate. By 1843 number systems in dimensions 4 and 8 had been devised, the former linked to rotations in 3-space. New numbers beget new constructions: the talk will conclude with Hopf's twisted factorization of the 3-sphere.
  • IS Alert: Telecom Maintenance

    The Telecom Office will be performing maintenance on the phone system on Friday, February 3, beginning at 8:00 pm. Some phones will go down for a brief time, but should return to normal service after the maintenance work has been completed (approximately one hour). If you find your phone at a log in screen when you return to your office, you may need to log in again; please see the link below with instructions on how to log back in to your phone. If you experience any problems at all, please contact the Telecom Office at extension 6500, or email at You may also submit a service request to SpiderTechNet, and a technician will respond as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience while we perform this routine maintenance.

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  • Meet the Firms

    Interested in Accounting? Want to learn about the Big 4 and other accounting companies? Join us for Meet the Firms!

    Instead of having the top public accounting firms participate in the Job & Internship Fair or separate information sessions, Career Services is putting all the firms (both big and small) in one room on one evening.

    The event will feature two main parts: 1. Presentations: The firms will give you a quick "sales pitch" about their organizations and externship/internship opportunities, and 2. Structured networking: Think speed-dating where you will have the opportunity to speak to each firm.

    *Registration closes on Friday, 2/3 at 12 p.m.
  • Antisemitism in America with Dr. Jacob Lewis

    Join the Political Science Department, Office of the Chaplaincy and Richmond Hillel for a lecture from Dr. Jacob Lewis, Assistant Professor of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University and 2022 Fellow for the ADL's Center for Antisemitism Research. Dr. Lewis will present his most current research on Antisemitism in America and its impact on American Jews.

    Pizza and light refreshments will be served. RSVP is kindly requested by Tuesday, February 21, at noon.
  • ChinaFest: Thursday - Sunday

    The 18th Annual ChinaFest is now underway, featuring student videos, the opening lecture, and three films with student-led introductions:

    THURSDAY 02/02
    The Irby B. Brown Opening Lecture, given by Handel Lee, international attorney and property developer: "Entangled Engagement: Enchantments, Expectations, Disillusion and Repulsion in the US and China Relationship" - 7 p.m. International Commons

    FRIDAY 02/03
    Film: "The Wandering Earth" - 3:30 p.m. Ukrop Auditorium

    SUNDAY 02/5
    Film: "Ne Zha" - 3:30 p.m. Ukrop Auditorium
    Film: "The Captain" - 5:30 p.m. Ukrop Auditroium

    The Hometowns Project, featuring student-created video tours of Changchun and six other cities in China.

    Details, videos, film trailers, and full schedule online: