William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment Fund for the Academical Village
The William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment Fund for the Academical Village furthers
Jefferson's vision of using the University's buildings
and grounds as a means of instruction. Income from the fund supports
research, architectural and field internships for students, exhibitions
and other public programs, and the publication of preservation materials
for general distribution.
In the summer of 2002, the award recipients, working with their faculty advisors,
engaged in projects to increase public understanding of some lesser
known aspects of Jefferson's "Academical Village."
The students and their projects were:
- Adrienne J. Gauthier, an education graduate student, documented the early
history of astronomy at the University, beginning with Jefferson's
plans for a star map on the dome of the Rotunda and an observatory,
to the creation of the McCormick Observatory in the 1880s. She
created a video for use at the historic observatory, in schools,
and for other educational purposes.
Priya N. Parker, a rising third-year Arts & Sciences student,
produced a history of desegregation and coeducation at U.Va.
She focused particularly on landmark cases of students who were
denied admission at first. They include Gregory Swanson, who
in 1950 became the first African-American student at U.Va. when
a court ordered him admitted to the law school, and Virginia
Scott and three other women who won a court ruling in 1970 that
the University had to consider applications without regard to
gender. Parker helped the University Guide Service broaden its
historical presentations about minorities and women at the University
as well as prepared a digital archive.
|Priya N. Parker
|Natalie N. Shonka
- Nia Rodgers, a graduate student in landscape architecture and urban and environmental
planning, explored the physical relationship of the early University
to the local African-American community. Her research looked
at the many contributions of African-Americans in the construction
and design of the University as well as contributions by U.Va
to the African-American community over the years. She developed
a course for African-American youth to help them interpret U.Va.'s
- Davin Rosborough, a fourth-year history major, created a public exhibit
about African-American employees and their contributions to
University life in the 1890s. The exhibit, to be on display
in Jefferson's Rotunda, includes background about race
relations and perceptions in that era.
- Natalie N. Shonka, a fourth-year American Studies major and Echols Scholar,
organized a vast archive of questionnaire-answers reflecting
the memories of hundreds of alumni back to the 1920s who have
lived on the historic Lawn. She created an online searchable
database of these mini-histories that open a valuable window
on University life.