|Students made the
most of the winter weather, Jan. 20, engaging in a snowball
fight on the Lawn after the first significant snowfall in three
winters. Five days later, a surprise storm dumped six inches
on Grounds. The University remained open.
Charity drive surpasses
University community set new standards this year for participation
and money pledged to the annual Combined Virginia Campaign, which
raises funds for local and state non-profit agencies.
President John T. Casteen III announced Jan. 18 at a luncheon to
honor campaign leaders and volunteers that pledges totaled $430,841
as of Jan. 14, with more money still trickling in. The total exceeded
the announced goal of $400,300 and the unofficial "stretch"
goal of $425,000, he said.
also increased slightly, with 22.3 percent of employees making a
pledge, up from 21.7 percent last year.
departments were recognized with special awards.
The School of Medicine ended the Vice President and Provost's Office's
four-year run as the winner of the Hovey S. Dabney Award, which
recognizes the highest average gift. Medical School pledges averaged
$287.71 per person.
The University Development Office won the Jean Holliday Award with
a participation rate of 91.1 percent. Campaign chair Dolly Prenzel
presented a second award to the Department of Athletics, which raised
its participation rate from 23.2 percent last year to 74.9 percent
were also two winners of the Campaign Spirit Award for "demonstrated
spirit of giving time, talents and money": the Vice President
for Management and Budget's area, cited for its 65 percent participation
rate, 49 Day of Caring volunteers and exceeding its fund-raising
goal by 20 percent; and the University Health System, which had
94 campaign volunteers and raised more than $45,000.
extols King's radicalism
Luther King's more radical side has often been "air brushed
out" of his life by those who memorialize him, author and New
York University law professor Derrick Bell told a crowd of more
than 500 at U.Va.'s annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s
birthday Saturday night.
program, coordinated by Cornelius L. Bynum, interim assistant dean
of African-American Affairs and director of the Luther P. Jackson
house, and a student committee, included a mélange of word and song.
Hilda E. Ward, peer health educator at Student Health, read from
her poetry; three U.Va. students read from the autobiographical
writings of Corretta Scott King, Ralph Abernathy and Andrew Young;
and Bell, author of four books on racism in the U.S., gave the keynote
address. Interspersed with the talks were performances by Black
Voices, a U.Va. student choral group, and the Youth Alive Center
Children's Choir. Full story.