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John D. Simon, Duke Scientist and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, To Become University of Virginia’s Executive Vice President and Provost

August 24, 2011 – University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan today named John D. Simon, Duke University’s vice provost for academic affairs and a respected scientist, as executive vice president and provost, effective September 1. (Read More)


Honor Keynote Address and Cookies at Carr’s Hill Cap Busy Move-In Weekend

August 22, 2011 – Bracketed by rain and thunderstorms on Friday and Sunday, the first two-day move-in weekend at the University of Virginia went smoothly. First-year students lined up Friday to check in at the Student Activities Building an hour before they could move into their new homes away from home. With the help of parents, siblings, and dozens of official U.Va. “Greeters” in fluorescent green T-shirts, the newest Wahoos – many already sporting Virginia logos – carted boxes, bags, suitcases and those ubiquitous small refrigerators to their rooms. (Read More)


Housing Aims to Transform the Student Experience with New Residence Halls

August 19, 2011 – Members of the Class of 2015 moving in this week will be the first to occupy two new residence halls in the Alderman Road residence area, Balz-Dobie and Watson-Webb. (Read More)


Outstanding Class Ready to Put Its Stamp on the University of Virginia

August 17, 2011 – The students come flocking back to the University of Virginia beginning Friday, including the largest and most academically qualified first-year class in University history. It is an annual migration that reminds local residents of the swallows returning to Capistrano. But this year’s return of the students to Charlottesville will be a little different: First-year move-in has been divided into two days, Friday and Saturday, instead of the usual one day because of construction in the Alderman Road housing precinct.(Read More)


Amid Renovation, Newcomb Hall Will Be Open for Business

August 15, 2011 – Newcomb Hall, the University of Virginia’s student activities building, remains open despite renovations that have closed parts of it. (Read More)


University Prepares for Wave of New Students

July 5, 2011 – Summer Orientation, which begins this week, will bring several thousand new students and parents to the Grounds between July 7 and the first day of class. Students will receive their first glimpse of the University of Virginia as true insiders, taking care of important business such as registering for fall classes and obtaining their ID cards. (Read More)


Hammer Time: Summer Construction Season in Full Swing at U.Va.

May 27, 2011 – The University of Virginia has another summer of extensive construction and renovation under way, with projects that restore historic buildings, create new ones and expand familiar facilities. Newcomb Hall, the University’s student center, and New Residence Halls are two of these projects. (Read More)


Sullivan Names Johns Hopkins’ Michael Strine as University’s Executive VP and COO

May 12, 2011 – University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan today named Michael Strine executive vice president and cheif operating officer, effective July 1. (Read More)


Rising from Poverty in Baltimore, Reginald Benbow Offers a Hand Up to Others

May 6, 2011 – Reginald Benbow knows his story is the exception rather than the norm – and he plans to continue working to change that after he graduates May 22 from the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences.

The Baltimore native grew up in a poor neighborhood, his mother working and raising two boys while his father served nine years in prison. Crediting his mother and his fifth-grade teacher, especially, for his educational success, Benbow will return to the city this fall in the Teach for America program. (Read More)


University of Virginia Student Ben Wallace Selected as Truman Scholar

March 31, 2011 – Ben Wallace, a third-year student at the University of Virginia’s College of Arts and Sciences, is a 2011 Truman Scholarship winner.

Wallace, 20, of Hockessin, Del., will receive a scholarship worth about $30,000. Given by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, the award goes to college juniors who exhibit exceptional leadership potential and who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in public service. The scholarship provides financial support for graduate study and leadership training. (Read More)


U.Va. Diversity Award Goes to Angela M. Davis

March 9, 2011 – Angela M. Davis, a 35-year faculty member and administrator, has been named the recipient of the University of Virginia’s John T. Casteen III Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Leadership Award.

The award recognizes a member of the University community who has demonstrated a deep commitment and distinct passion for diversity, exemplified a leadership role in increasing diversity, equity and inclusion, and achieved a sustained and quantifiable impact in these areas. (Read More)


African-American Affairs Office Focuses on Growth in Black Students’ Academic Success

February 7, 2011 – After Maurice Apprey sits down on the leather couch in his office in the Luther P. Jackson House on Dawson’s Row, he loses no time in explaining what drives him in his job every day: the academic and personal achievements of the University of Virginia’s African-American students.

Now in his fifth year as dean of the Office of African-American Affairs, Apprey recently talked about three concepts his office focuses on to enhance the success of black students, beyond the range of the structured services it offers. (Read More)


U.Va. Student Council Creates Awards to Honor Faculty and Staff

November 9, 2010 – The University of Virginia’s Student Council will begin accepting nominations Friday for two new awards, which will be the most prestigious the council will present to faculty and staff.

The Student Council Distinguished Teaching Award will recognize faculty members who make an outstanding effort in cultivating relationships with students while promoting an “engaging and challenging classroom atmosphere,” Student Council President Colin Hood said.

In addition, the Leonard W. Sandridge Student Partnership Award – named in honor U.Va.’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, who will retire at the end of the academic year – will recognize faculty or staff members who make a lasting impact on the University through their involvement with students and student leadership groups.

“It’s for someone who does major things for the University, but works with students to achieve those goals,” Hood said.. (Read More)


U.Va. Latino Student Alliance Newsletter Seeks to Galvanize Hispanic Community

November 5, 2010 – Hispanic Heritage Month has just wrapped up, but the Latino community on Grounds remains active year-round in sharing news and promoting opportunities for students and local community members of Hispanic descent.

Currently, some members of the Latino Student Alliance are working together to raise support and awareness for the proposed Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act.

First proposed in 2001, the DREAM Act is a piece of federal legislation, which, if passed, would grant temporary six-year residency to deportable immigrants who arrived in the country as minors, graduated from a U.S. high school and are of good moral character. If at the end of that time the student has acquired a bachelor’s degree or has completed two years, in good standing, in a degree program, he or she would be eligible for conditional permanent residency. (Read More)


U.Va. Addresses Increased Criminal Activity Against Students


Day of Dialogue’s Events Provide Time for Sharing, Healing and Moving Ahead

September 26, 2010 – The University of Virginia took what President Teresa Sullivan called the “first step toward building a more caring community” through Friday’s Day of Dialogue.

It was a day dedicated to expressions of mourning, connection and hope and to the exchange of ideas, thoughts and feelings through discussions and the arts. More than 1,500 members of the University community had registered to participate.

After Sullivan’s opening remarks in a packed Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, students, administrators, faculty and staff members met in small groups for facilitated and confidential discussions starting from the question, “Am I my brother’s/sister’s keeper?” They shared lunch in the McIntire Amphitheatre, accompanied by music, poetry readings and dance performances, and they checked out a resource fair held on the lower Lawn. (Read More)


Gordie Foundation Merges With U.Va.’s Alcohol and Substance Education Center

September 16, 2010 – The Center for Alcohol and Substance Education at the University of Virginia and the Gordie Foundation, two organizations that work to reduce hazardous drinking and promote student-to-student intervention, have merged to create the Gordie Center for Alcohol and Substance Education at U.Va.

For 23 years, U.Va.’s center – known as CASE – has developed innovative and award-winning approaches to educate students about alcohol’s effects and correct the misperception that alcohol abuse and college go hand in hand

The Gordie Foundation was founded in Dallas in 2004 by Michael and Leslie Lanahan, whose son, Lynn Gordon “Gordie” Bailey Jr., died of an alcohol overdose at the University of Colorado after a fraternity initiation ceremony. (Read More)


Sullivan to Students: University’s Intangibles Make it ‘Good’

September 7, 2010 – Members of the University of Virginia community filled the seats of the University Chapel Friday night to hear U.Va.’s new president, Teresa A. Sullivan, present a heartfelt and inspirational speech titled “How Will We Know We Are Good?”

Sullivan was the first in a weekly speaker series hosted by the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, a longtime student organization.

Sullivan noted that the newly released U.S. News & World Report rankings placed the University in the No. 25 slot for best university in the nation, tied with the University of California, Los Angeles and Wake Forest University, and the second-best public university in the nation. (Read More)


President Sullivan Greets Students and Parents on Move-In Weekend

August 23, 2010 – Across the quad between the McCormick Road first-year residence houses, word spread quickly Saturday morning: President Sullivan is here.

Arriving aboard “Wahoo 1″ – Pat Lampkin’s smart car, renamed for the occasion – newly installed University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan visited with new students, parents and residence staff at the start of move-in weekend, the first of many events that mark the start of a new academic year.

Lampkin, vice president and chief student affairs officer, and Allen Groves, dean of students, guided Sullivan around the McCormick area houses. By the time she arrived in front of Kent, she was greeted by a large group of resident advisers who wanted their pictures taken with her. (Read More)


Graduates Competing for Fewer Jobs after College

May 24, 2010 – University of Virginia graduates are headed to the same types of jobs to which they were headed in 2008, prior to the “Great Recession,” but in smaller numbers.

Graduates are taking positions in banking, both retail and investment; consulting; government; education; health care; information technology; manufacturing; consumer products, and other sales and service jobs, said James McBride, executive director of U.Va.’s office of career services.

He said opportunities were fewer than in 2007, but “slightly better” than in 2008 and 2009. On-Grounds interviewing last fall was down 20 percent from the previous fall, as were the number of employers attending career fairs.

“The employers who did attend seemed confident, or at least optimistic that they would have full-time and internship positions available – just in fewer numbers,” McBride said. (Read More)