Oct. 15-21, 1999
Vol. 29, Issue 33
Inside UVA Online
the Newsletter for Faculty & Staff at the University of Virginia
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Arts & Sciences taking aim at top-10 ranking
Miller Center launches project on the presidency and the economy
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Dell contract gets DCI rolling

Forum showcases creative teaching and captivating web sites

Scrapbooks show Jefferson was a clipper of newspapers
Arts' focus on technology: visiting artists to share techniques and sound
Notable - faculty and staff
Miller Center announces National Fellowship in Politics
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In Memoriam
Sleepless — but not lost for words
Car parts transformed into art in "Body Shop"


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Camping for a cause

Peggy Harrison
Rained out Oct. 4, the student group Advocates for Diversity in Education postponed their overnight event to celebrate diversity on Grounds for two days and the sun shone down upon them. Faculty and administrators gave talks and led small groups, the U.Va. African Drum and Dance Ensemble performed, and the discussions continued through the evening, as a small but hardy band camped in tents set up on the lower Lawn.

Arts & Sciences taking aim at top-10 ranking

By Dan Heuchert

U.Va.'s post-campaign future is beginning to take shape, and it has an ambitious goal: pushing the University into the ranks of the top 10 institutions of higher education, public or private, by 2020.

University President John T. Casteen III made reference to that goal in his remarks to the Faculty Senate Oct. 4, when he said he would submit a plan to the Board of Visitors at its Oct. 15-16 meeting that included such a goal as a recommended option.

Three days later, Melvyn P. Leffler, dean of Arts & Sciences, elaborated on that goal in delivering his annual report to the faculty, and returned to a familiar touchstone to justify the University's ambition.

"Jefferson said that we should strive to be the bulwark of the human mind in this hemisphere," Leffler said. "In today's terms, that means aspiring to be as good as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford and Chicago."

Leffler identified four broad areas in which he hopes the College of Arts & Sciences -- which he called "the core of this great university" -- can improve enough to vault U.Va. into the top 10. Three of those areas dovetail with the work of the University's Virginia 2020 planning commissions. Full story.

Miller Center launches project on the presidency and the economy

By Robert Brickhouse

Do the carefully set economic and spending policies of U.S. presidents have a decisive effect on economic performance?

The public seems to think so. Former President George Bush lost his re-election bid partly because of the perception that he failed to maintain America's economic strength. And President Clinton has weathered potentially crippling scandals in part because voters believe his policies have sustained high economic growth, low inflation and record levels of employment.

Government officials and scholars have begun questioning the assumption. It is often argued today that the chair of the Federal Reserve, Wall Street and international capital markets have a far greater impact on the economy than does the president. To address this topic, the U.Va. Miller Center of Public Affairs is launching a research program to examine the true relationship between presidential policy and economic performance. Full story.

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