June 9-22, 2000
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Edward A. Snyder, Bert Ellis Jr. and Melvyn Leffler
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U. Bertram Ellis Jr. (center), a 1975 and '79 U.Va. alumnus and Internet businessman, stands with the deans whose schools will benefit from a $10 million gift he and his wife gave to U.Va., Edward A. Snyder (left) of Darden and Melvyn P. Leffler, of Arts & Sciences. Ellis currently sits on the Darden School Foundation Board of Trustees.

$10 million gift caps U.Va. reunions weekend

By Carol Wood

Internet businessman and University alumnus U. Bertram Ellis Jr., chair and chief executive officer of Atlanta-based iXL Enterprises, and his wife Deborah Hicks Ellis have given $10 million to the University.

The gift, one of the 10 largest in the University's history, is to be divided between Ellis' two U.Va. schools, the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, from which he graduated in 1975, and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, from which he earned an MBA degree in 1979.

In announcing the unrestricted gift during the June 3-4 reunions weekend, University President John T. Casteen III called the gift "another signal of the Ellises' commitment to and affection for the University."

The Ellises have been involved in University life and interested in helping to shape its future since he graduated from the College. Last year, Ellis was the chief architect of "e-summit@virginia," helping to bring together almost 100 U.Va. alumni leaders in the Internet world for a conference on the impact of new technology.

"Bert and Debbie consistently have given their time, their incredible energy and their financial support to University programs during the past 25 years," Casteen said. "Their gift today sets the standard for leadership among their generation. We are deeply grateful for their generosity of spirit."

"Debbie and I have been extremely lucky in our lives. We are committed to distributing 90 percent of our financial wealth during our lifetimes to institutions and organizations that have a positive impact on us, our family, and our communities," Ellis said. "This gift to U.Va. can help propel the University to even greater heights. I am honored to have this opportunity to give back." Full story.

First USEM fellows chosen

By Louise Dudley

Demonstrating the close ties between innovative research and teaching, two U.Va. professors known for their dedication to both have been selected to receive the University's first Storrs and Shaughnessy University-Seminars Sabbatical Fellowships, President John T. Casteen III has announced.

The two competitive fellowships, granting a semester's research leave at full pay, are open to faculty members who have taught in the University Seminars program, which features leading professors in small, intensive classes designed to promote critical-thinking skills for first-year students. The resulting research projects are aimed at publishable works that will become the subject of future USEMs. Full story.


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