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Welcome to the YAAHOOs!

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We are the Young Assistant and Associate Professors who are HOOs! Our mission: to help reforge a faculty club wherein we can all come together, socialize, relax, learn, share ideas, and enjoy life. Sponsored by the generous support of the Colonnade Club and the Office of the Provost, the YAAHOOs Club is a place for you to meet other young UVA faculty, explore what our University and Charlottesville communities have to offer… and smile and have a drink with friends while you’re at it!

Interested in Joining Us?

You can now sign up online for our discounted membership. Benefits include invitations to exclusive YAAHOOs events, as well as the full privileges of Colonnade Club membership. These include but are not limited to:

● Reserving spaces in Pavilion VII for meetings, receptions, or celebrations.
● Ensuring a memorable and convenient stay for your guests and speakers – right on the Lawn! – by reserving overnight accommodations in one of 8 well-appointed guestrooms.
● A 15% discount on selected items at any U.V.A Bookstore location.
● Visiting more than 100 faculty clubs at colleges and universities worldwide through a reciprocity arrangement with the Association of College and University Club.
● Attendance at Colonnade Club events.

Standard non-YAAHOOs Colonnade Club annual dues are $190 per year. See more membership benefits here.

Upcoming Events

The first step to a great club is awesome members (that’s you!), but the second is awesome programming. Check out some of our exciting events planned for the spring semester below. As an added benefit for families with young children, complimentary babysitting services are offered at each YAAHOOs event that’s hosted on Grounds.

 draft taproom


Thursday, March 16
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Draft Taproom

Enjoy a $20 voucher!


RSVP Not Required

Draft Taproom is a one-of-a-kind taproom and restaurant, recently opened on the Downtown Mall, that boasts a 4.5 star rating on Yelp. There are 60 different taps with craft beer, hard cider, and wine! Serve yourself by the ounce to try them all. YAAHOOS members who attend will get $20 off beer and drinks.

Location: 425 E Main Street, Charlottesville 22902

 adventure farm


Tuesday, April 4
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Adventure Farm

YAAHOOs: $20
First Guest: $20
Other Guests: $45

This is an exclusive YAAHOOs-only event! Adventure Farm is a working farm, vineyard, and tasting room — perfect for a relaxed evening out with friends and family. Join us as we escape from city life for a few hours to taste some wine, listen to live music, and enjoy good food. Attendees will receive a complimentary voucher for food and beverage. See full food truck menu here.

Location: 1135 Clan Chisholm Lane, Earlysvile, VA 22936


Wednesday, April 12
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Pavilion VII

A Colonnade
Club Event

Who knows what small treasures you’ll find at our private Farmers Market? Our club is proud to host Charlottesville vendors offering local produce, baked goods, home décor, and more. Guests will receive a complimentary sample of the offered wares before they peruse the market.


Saturday, April 29
Gates open at 9AM
Foxfield Track

A Colonnade
Club Event

Experience a thrilling day at the races, with family and friends!



Friday, May 5
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Pavilion VII

A Colonnade
Club Event

Celebrate a hard-earned end to the academic year at our Cinco de Mayo Closings Reception. Kick back your heels with feel-good music, great food, and great friends.


Sunday, June 25
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Pavilion VII

A Colonnade
Club Event

Summer afternoons are the perfect chance to enjoy yourself in the sunny outdoors. Bring the kids and dig into a juicy smoked roast, catered by Red Hub, to the sound of a local bluegrass band!

Recommend a Colleague

Know of any young assistant or associate professors who would make a great addition to the YAAHOOs? We want to hear about them! Let us know so we can issue a special invitation to them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the cuttoff age for YAAHOOs membership?
A: Currently the cuttoff age is roughly set at around <45 years old. (Exceptions can be made for those who are close to this age and still especially young at heart!)  
Q: Can other members of the UVA faculty who do not hold Assistant or Associate Professor rank (e.g. lecturers) ever become members of the YAAHOOs?
A: Yes, but this process is not automatic and they are not instantly approved as current Assistant and Associate Professors are. In accordance with the bylaws of the Colonnade Club (to which all YAAHOOs automatically receive membership), such applicants must be nominated for membership by two current club members (members of the entire Colonnade Club not necessarily just the YAAHOOs), submit an application for membership, and then the club’s Board of Governors will review these documents and vote on approving their membership at their monthly meeting. 

Q: How does membership work for households containing two UVA faculty members? Does each one need to pay separate membership dues?
A: If one of the two UVA faculty member household signs up for membership, we are currently willing to grant each faculty member individual membership privileges (i.e. both will receive our correspondence and would be able to sign up for events). However, this is done with the understanding that they will not ever try to exploit the “special guest” discount that is applied to most events. In other words, if they want to invite extra guests to an event beyond just the two of them, they should not try to sign up individually in an attempt to each try to invite and additional extra guest at the discounted “special guest” rate (which is intended to subsidize the cost of a member’s significant other). Please contact us if you have signed up for membership and would also like your UVA faculty spouse to receive membership status.

Questions or Concerns?

The YAAHOOs faculty club is just getting started, meaning that our future direction is in your hands. We’d love to hear your thoughts, whether you have suggestions, questions, or concerns. Shoot us an email and we’ll get back to you within 48 hours.