Dec. 3-9, 1999

Holiday leave
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Casteen announces administrative changes
Faculty/Staff Scholarship applications now available
ATTN: 'Green Card' holders

Grant will help Woodson Institute map new curricula focusing on race and ethnicity

Automation could revolutionize medical research
Technology taking history into the 21st century
Youth civic effort nets $1 million
Researchers' start-up companies move to West Main Street offices
Sad during the winter? Lighten up
Notable - awards and achievements of faculty and staff
Student selected to be on 'Jeopardy!'
U.Va., city, county officials discuss transportation concerns
Note the schedule for mail services during the holidays
Hot Links - Fine and Performing Arts Commission
"Lights of Love" ceremony set for Dec. 5
Virginia Football Florida-bound

Youth civic effort nets $1 million

In an effort to combat the rising tide of apathy and cynicism many Americans feel toward politics and government, U.Va.'s Center for Governmental Studies launched a Youth Leadership Initiative this year, and politicians are supporting the effort -- the program just received $1 million from Congress, following this year's earlier $500,000, two-year grant from the Virginia General Assembly. The goal of the initiative, founded by government professor Larry J. Sabato, is to rekindle citizen interest and participation in the American electoral process by reaching out to high school students.

"Everyone at the Center for Governmental Studies is grateful to all the members of the Virginia congressional delegation for their commitment to education and to the young citizens of this Commonwealth and nation," said Ken Stroupe, program director.

The Youth Leadership Initiative aims to educate the community about public policy and encourage greater participation in the political process through projects such as student-hosted candidate debates, the largest online mock election in the nation, public town hall meetings and an academic curriculum linked to the Virginia Standards of Learning.


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