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Muki Honored for 56 Dog-Years of Service

Muki, the 10-year-old Belgian Malinois who has served loyally as the University Police Department’s explosive-detection canine for eight years, was recognized at a reception in the Rotunda in April. UVA Police Chief Tommye Sutton highlighted Muki’s career in the Department’s K-9 program. Chief Sutton presented Muki and his handler, Officer Audrell Ragland, with a plaque honoring Muki’s career and the years he worked to keep our community safe. Highly trained and using powers beyond the capability of humans, Muki’s job was to sweep athletic and concert venues, such as Scott Stadium and John Paul Jones Arena, by sniffing for explosives.

 

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Twister!

Tornadoes can occur in any part of Virginia and at any time of year. That's why UVA participated in the state tornado drill on March 19. As part of the drill and test of its Alert system, UVA sent 

  • 23,205 text messages to UVA Alert subscribers 
  • 64,008 emails to active students and employees with a valid UVA account
  • 88 displays to LED screens in classrooms
  • 11,500 desktop displays in academic division and to all desktops in the Health System
  • Twitter feed to @uvasafety and @uvapolice
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When Hearts are More than Valentines

In February Valentine's hearts are everywhere, but the most important hearts are the ones we cannot see.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but UVA wants to decrease deaths on our Grounds through one of the most extensive higher ed public access defibrillation (AED) programs in the country. Locate your nearest AED at work and take a refresher on hands-only CPR. Be ready in case someone's heart suddenly relies on your hands.

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