March Madness: Gentlemen’s Edition

March 19, 2010 | NeW Staff

The Network of enlightened Women at UVA is excited to share with you an event we’re currently hosting on Grounds. We were so inspired by NeW at ASU, that we decided to do our own version of “The Gentlemen’s Showcase.” We’re taking the annual tradition of “March Madness” and giving it a twist. UVA is hosting “March Madness: Gentlemen’s Edition” as a way to recognize and thank the many gentlemen at The University. 

For this event, we asked the student body to submit nominations of gentlemen they know at UVA. With each nomination, we asked them to tell us a story explaining how this man fits the profile of a gentleman. We received over sixty nominations and had the privilege of reading each of the stories. I thought I’d share one of my favorites: 

“He demonstrates a level of civility in his daily interactions that exude the traits any gentleman should strive for. He is highly courteous, kind, and appreciative. He actively displays respect for women that distinguishes him from most men I know. Without fail he will offer his seat to a woman who is standing, or open a door for her. One of his most positive attributes is his humility, he views his actions as standard expectation rather than anything out of the ordinary.”

 It was so encouraging to read the stories about the gentlemen known and respected at UVA. We’ve gotten the list down to the Top 16 and we’re waiting to hear back from the gentlemen to make sure they’re willing to participate. During the next round, the students will have the opportunity to vote based on the stories that were sent in the nominations. We’re very excited to see who wins and I’m looking forward to keeping all the Blog Readers updates about the process! 

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