March 27, 2020

Here are some things to know about UVA's and UVA Engineering's novel coronavirus response.

#HoosResilient: Students Don’t Let COVID-19 Dampen the Hackathon Excitement – It’s on with the show this weekend for organizers of UVA Engineering’s annual HooHacks hackathon. The event is happening online using slack and other platforms. The hackathon, a 24-hour UVA student tech event, begins on Saturday, March 28. Participants and the event’s many sponsors are invited to use #HoosResilient to post updates on social media. Good luck to all participants!

Another Virtual Event: UVERS – The University of Virginia Engineering Research Symposium, scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, and organized by the Graduate Engineering Student Council, will also take place virtually this year. Details, including an updated schedule, can be found here, and more information will be forthcoming.

Important Resources for Faculty and Staff – The following resources are available to our hard-working faculty and staff:

  • The Center for Teaching Excellence continues to offer virtual, one-on-one support sessions and webinars to help faculty with online instruction. Visit this page to get more information.


  1. Coping with COVID-19:  A Panel Discussion

Ken Horne, LCSW, Dominique McLaughlin, LPC, and Deb Early, LPC, CEAP

Live Webinar (via Zoom)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020; 3:30-4:30

FEAP is dedicated to helping people navigate through these uncharted waters by providing support, informative content, and the capacity to connect with one another.  As part of that goal, we are offering a panel discussion featuring 3 FEAP consultants focusing on different areas of coping during these challenging times.  We will look at positive strategies to help with overall resilience, elder caregiving and couples as we navigate this unprecedented time when how we live and work has been impacted dramatically. There will be opportunities to ask questions of the panel through chat, and we would also love to hear your success strategies to share with other participants. Learn more and register.

  1. Communicating Effectively During Difficult Conversations

Monica Maughlin, MEd, LPC, CEAP

Option 1: Live Webinar (via Zoom)

Thursday, April 2, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Option 2: Live Webinar (via Zoom)

Tuesday, April 21, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Learn how to prepare yourself for challenging conversations and how to repair with others when things go awry.  Want to learn helpful strategies that will allow you to recognize what is happening within you and between yourself and others in challenging interactions? In this interactive session, participants will increase their knowledge and understanding of how to lay the groundwork for productive and successful interactions with others, and strategies for engaging in and maintaining productive dialogue. Learn more and register. Questions?


#WeAreUVAEngineering – Don’t forget we’re looking for positive-news stories via this online form. You can upload photos or short (20 seconds or less) videos. We’ll share your stories on our social media channels (#WeAreUVAEngineering) and in our novel coronavirus news blog.

Where to Find and Keep Track of News and Information – UVA Engineering’s novel coronavirus web page archives our school mass e-mail communications related to COVID-19 and includes links to the University’s sites. You can find this page from the Engineering School’s homepage at We’ve also got a new blog with updates, news and tips: