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Meeting Information

STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ATHLETICS COMMITTEE
Saturday, November 8, 1997
8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
East Oval Room, The Rotunda


Committee Members:

C. Wilson McNeely, III, Chair
Franklin K. Birckhead
Charles M. Caravati, Jr.
Champ Clark
Elsie Goodwyn Holland
Kristine L. LaLonde
Walter F. Walker
Hovey S. Dabney, Ex Officio

AGENDA

I. CONSENT AGENDA (Mr. Harmon)

II. REPORTS BY THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS (Mr. Harmon)

A. Honor Committee Update (Mr. Harmon to introduce Ms. Erickson; Ms. Jen Erickson to report)

B. Restructuring of the Office of African-American Affairs (Mr. Harmon to introduce Mr. Turner; Mr. M. Rick Turner to report)
C. Vice President's Remarks
  1. Report on Minor Hall Incident
  2. Orientation Task Force
  3. Student Legal Services Audit
  4. Newcomb Hall Opening

III. REPORTS BY THE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS (Mr. Holland)

A. Team Records and National Rankings

B. Upcoming events including ACC/NCAA Championships


I. WTJU ANNUAL REPORT

BACKGROUND: The management of WTJU is overseen by the Rector and Board of Visitors who hold the FCC broadcasting license. This license is a noncommercial educational operator's license. The objectives of WTJU are:

To present original, rich, and diverse programming of music and other forms of expression free from the direct constraints of commercial interests, reflecting the broadest educational goals of the University.

To provide the University and surrounding communities with a significant alternative to other broadcast media within the station's service area.

To provide educational and informational programming on issues, events, and activities of interest to listeners within the station's service area.

To serve as a communications link between the University and surrounding communities, bringing the resources of the University to its neighbors, providing opportunities for participation in the creation of programming and the experience of broadcasting, and fostering closer contact between different groups.

To serve as an archive for the preservation of current and future recorded material acquired by WTJU.

DISCUSSION: WJTU is one of two non-profit radio stations based in Charlottesville. Here are some highlights from this years operations:

WTJU celebrated its fortieth anniversary and hosted a variety of events throughout the year, including a successful reunion of alumni volunteers and on-air personalities. WTJU enjoys relationships with approximately 850 alumni.

The station's antenna was relocated to a temporary site pending the installation of a permanent antenna with an enhanced broadcast range.

The main studio was completely renovated and new equipment installed.

WTJU was recognized in the June issue of National Federation of Community Broadcasters magazine as Station of the Month.

WTJU raised over $85,000 in support of its operational expenses through advertising, concerts, donations, grants and other independent sources.

Copies of WTJU's Annual Report are being submitted separately.

ACTION REQUIRED: Approval by the Student Affairs and Athletics Committee and the Board of Visitors.

APPROVAL OF WTJU'S 1997 ANNUAL REPORT

RESOLVED that WTJU's 1997 Annual Report be approved, as recommended by the President and the Vice President for Student Affairs.


II.A. HONOR COMMITTEE

BACKGROUND: In recent years, the Honor Committee has worked to revitalize the Honor System. A video has been produced and mailed to First Year students, and the Honor Committee has revised the by- laws governing the Honor System.

DISCUSSION: This report will be an update on the Honor Committees goals and objectives for the current academic year. The Committee will describe some of the issues being reviewed and discussed; for example, a proposal to modify the appeals process is being discussed this fall. This report will also focus upon efforts made by the Honor Committee to build stronger relationships and increase participation of the graduate student and minority student communities.

ACTION REQUIRED: None.


II.B. RESTRUCTURING OF THE OFFICE OF AFRICAN-AMERCIAN AFFAIRS

BACKGROUND: On April 18, 1997 the Task Force on the Realignment of the Office of African-American Affairs submitted to the Vice President for Student Affairs a report entitled Proposal for the Development of the Center for Multi-Ethnic and Cultural Affairs at the University of Virginia. The membership of the Task Force included students, administrators and teaching faculty from all areas of the University community. The charge assigned to the Task Force by the Vice President for Student Affairs was to examine the needs of the multicultural student population and to develop a plan which would respond to those needs. In recent years, reports from Student Council, the Black Student Alliance, the Asian Student Union, and La Sociedad Hispanica have all expressed concern that more could be done to create a welcoming, supportive environment for all minority students.

The Task Force recommended that the Office of African-American Affairs be restructured and its mission expanded to provide support for all minority students. Citing the successes this Office has had with African-American student graduation rates, the popularity of the student mentoring program, and other programs, the Task Force concluded this Office was best situated to become the multi-ethnic student center.

DISCUSSION: This report will describe the Task Forces recommendations and the proposed implementation plans being developed by the Office of African-American Affairs.

ACTION REQUIRED: None.


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