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Endowed Deanship in Memory of Dean Sybil Todd

Endowed Deanship in Memory of Dean Sybil Todd

Sybil Todd was an accomplished and deeply loved associate dean at U.Va., whose years of service spanned the mid-1970s, 1980s and 1990s.  Her enthusiasm for the student experience at U.Va. and her genuine care for the students she encountered are still recalled with fondness by many alumni.  Through her passionate devotion to the First Year Seminar, orientation, student athletics, resident staff and other programs and groups, Sybil made everyone feel special.

After being diagnosed with cancer, Dean Todd’s all-too-short life came to an end in February 2007. Sybil’s many friends from her days at U.Va. (and her years elsewhere in the higher education community) came together to establish an endowed deanship in her name at the University.  Once fully funded at $1 million, the Sybil Todd Endowed Deanship will yield $50,000 annually for use by the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer in recruiting and retaining top talent consistent with Sybil’s own impact on the University. In addition, a current dean will carry the named position as an honor.

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Aaron Laushway

Associate Dean of Students

“Students, it’s my honor and privilege to welcome you this afternoon. We are all gathered here to celebrate the life, the accomplishments and the contributions of Sybil Todd, who was a vibrant member of our University of Virginia community…”

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Angela M. Davis

Associate Dean of Students and Director, Residence Life

With music by John D’earth, Department of Music Faculty

“Hello, former students, colleagues and the category most of us share, friends of Sybil Todd. We’re here to celebrate her life and her accomplishments. Although this is a memorial service, Sybil was truly spiritual and very religious. It’s very fitting that we’re doing this here in Cabell Hall instead of the Chapel, because Sybil frequently spoke here and when she did, she owned the stage. So, this is going to be a celebration of what Sybil would want…”

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Patricia M. Lampkin

Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

“Sybil was a special person. As most of you know and as Angela has suggested, she would use the term ‘special’ often. She was famous for it. She would use it in a room of 200 and each person in the room felt as though she was talking to them…”

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Ron Stump

SAC

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Colorado

“When I was asked to make some remarks, I wanted to talk about Sybil in a sense of something I think that we all can resonate to and that was a sense of importance she brought to issues, the sense of importance she had about herself, the sense of importance that if she was involved it was something very meaningful…”

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Peter Mahoney

CLAS 1981, LAW 1985

“I first got to know Sybil during my 3rd year, when I was a senior RA in the dormitories, in the resident staff programs … She was not in charge of me, but she was there for me…”

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Maribeth Southworth

CLAS 1982

“Sybil was the most charismatic woman I’d ever met. Her firm handshake, Amarillo accent, sparking smile, strong opinions, magnanimous warmth and confidence and non-size six figure intrigued me and drew me to her…”

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Shamim Sisson

Former Senior Associate Dean of Students

Reading a letter from Shannon Bristow Newsom

“I was so grateful to have been able to spend the last few years with Sybil, especially the last 9 months. I am blessed to have walked the journey of her illness with her, as I witnessed so much strength, courage, good humor, and love within the last months…”

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Mary Huey

Personal Friend

“As all of you know here, Sybil loved a good story. She loved to tell one, she loved to hear one, she loved to read one. She also created a great story, and that was the story she made in living her life…”

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Aaron Laushway

Associate Dean of Students

Reading a Letter from the Seven Society

“Dean Sybil Todd was a rightly beloved figure at the University and is remembered by a generation of students and colleagues for her leadership, for her compassion, for her genuine interest in their lives and for her kindness. Her nickname, the ‘Dean of Hugs’…”

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Good Old Song

“That Good Old Song of Wahoowa, We’ll sing it o’er and o’er. It cheers our heart and warms the blood to hear them shout and roar. We come from old Virginia, Where all is bright and gay. Let’s all join hands and give a yell for dear old U.Va. …”

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