May 12-18, 2000
Vol. 30, Issue 17
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Casteen outlines new arts precinct plan in annual speech
U.Va.'s third residential college to feature international theme
Lampkin to focus on future of student life
White House calls on library

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Heavy reading

A U.Va. student takes advantage of the balmy weather while putting in some studying time. Spring semester final exams were scheduled May 5 through 12, and grades will be mailed May 31. Finals weekend, including Valediction and Commencement, will be held May 20 and 21. See the Finals Web site for events and information.

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U.Va. President John T. Casteen III

Casteen outlines new arts precinct plan in annual speech

By Rebecca Arrington

Old Cabell Auditorium, with its mural reproducing Raphael's "School of Athens," provided the perfect backdrop for the news President John T. Casteen III delivered in his State of the University Address May 3 -- the progress, to date, on the arts precinct.

During his well-attended, two-hour talk, Casteen also covered the budget, student life, equity issues and facilities, as well as how the University will take its Virginia 2020 future initiatives plan from the design to action phase.

"All arts programs here are operating in buildings that at best are jury-rigged," Casteen said.

U.Va. is the last school of its size without a concert hall, he said. But not for long, if the proposed diagram of the new arts precinct he displayed becomes reality. The plan includes a studio art building, which just received state funding of $9 million and is currently in the design phase; a 600-car parking garage; 40,000 square feet for a new museum (compared to the Bayly Art Museum's current 18,000 square feet); an addition to the drama building; and a new fine arts library and amphitheater.

The plan also calls for a 15,000-seat concert hall to be built at Nameless Field, with a bridge spanning University Avenue to link the performing arts building to the other structures near the Architecture School that will make up the precinct. Full story.

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Gwathmey House, shown here, and adjacent Mumford and Lewis houses, located between Sprigg Lane and Emmet Street, will become U.Va.'s third residential college.

U.Va.'s third residential college to feature international theme

By Dan Heuchert

The quiet, tree-lined neighborhood near Alumni Hall could become a dynamic center of international learning and culture in fall 2001, when the University's third residential college is scheduled to open its doors.

Plans for the new International Residential College are being finalized now, and the call was to go out by next week for two internationally oriented faculty members to serve as its first principal and coordinator of programming, respectively. The college will be housed in existing space at the Gwathmey, Mumford and Lewis residence halls on Sprigg Lane. The Mosaic House, in the nearby Hoxton residence hall, would continue to operate independently, but its students would be encouraged to take part in the college's activities.

"We're hoping it will be a really vibrant mix of faculty and students, both American and international, all eager to share international experiences," said vice provost Barbara Nolan, who worked with a committee headed by Theo Van Groll, director of the International Studies Office, in formulating the plans. Full story.


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