the University, physically and academically
presentations made during the Board
of Visitors meeting last month showed new visions for elevating
the University, from the concrete -- the Groundswalk that will
add walkways over roads -- to the intellectual -- a new interdisciplinary
emphasis bridging computer science in engineering and information
technology in humanities that would raise U.Va.'s standing in
this emerging field.
board also established two new endowed professorships and heard
a review of U.Va.'s compliance with recommendations in the Governor's
Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education.
the full report of the June 15-17 Board of Visitors meeting in
23 Inside UVA Online.
should build up new discipline
The University should create a new cross-disciplinary center combining
computer and information sciences and engineering, said computer
science professor Anita Jones, who chairs the Virginia
2020 Science and Technology Planning Commission.
to the board's Educational Policy Committee last month, she said
her commission is recommending in its report to President John
T. Casteen III a plan to create a new set of "bridge"
programs that would allow students to take computer-related courses
in different schools for new interdisciplinary majors.
and information sciences and engineering combined have emerged
as a "substantial intellectual discipline" (called CISE)
that fuels advances in hardware and software, but also can be
applied to every academic discipline, she said.
The University is presently limited in resources and the number
of faculty devoted to the new discipline, Jones said, but it should
be developed here and would advance U.Va.'s academic standing
in science and technology.
Jones proposed retooling the Shannon Center for Advanced Studies,
which was originally established to recruit world-class faculty
but has languished without funding in recent years, as a good
place through which to coordinate the effort. Because it doesn't
belong to any one school or department, it could provide a framework
for new faculty to work together across disciplines (though they
would still be hired into departments). A physical location is
needed, she said, adding that a new building in the Engineering
School dedicated to CISE is a top priority, but another facility
will probably be needed that is connected with Arts & Sciences.
Methods of retrieving, presenting and electronically manipulating
data are creating a new form of scholarly research. Bridge programs
that combine courses from different schools in using emerging
technologies might be similar to the kind of projects begun through
for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, she suggested.
New undergraduate and graduate majors in computer science could
be established between Arts
& Sciences and the Engineering
School, she said. Right now there is neither a B.S. degree
in computer science nor a related program in Arts & Sciences.
"I'd love to see a Bachelor of Arts program where you have
a double-major in computer science and another subject,"
she said. More information technology courses are needed that
go beyond the skill-oriented short courses offered by ITC and
the library, such as the Introduction to Media Studies course
money were not an issue, how soon could this get going?"
asked board member William H. Goodwin Jr.
"There's a lot we could do in the next two years," Jones
Board members expressed concern that students are not able to
enroll in existing computer science and information technology
courses, which Jones said were oversubscribed.
Vice President for Development
Robert D. Sweeney sounded an enthusiastic note, saying that donors
may be interested in supporting this kind of initiative.
Re-visioning the University
Sheehy, vice president for management and budget, said that phase
one of the planned University Groundswalk, which will include
a bridge and connecting walkway across Emmet Street to the Lambeth
Colonnade, is scheduled to be completed by fall of 2002. She also
mentioned that another pedestrian bridge is being planned over
University Avenue to connect the Carr's Hill precinct with Central
Grounds near the Chapel.
then introduced a discussion on arts precinct design issues, which
Casteen said would be the first of many talks about how to approach
the challenges facing the University as it plans buildings for
this "transitional area" on Grounds. He warned that
the University's general design guidelines might not always apply
explaining that the needs of the buildings -- in particular the
natural light demanded in a studio art building -- would have
to dictate their design.
said that he had been studying studio art buildings at other universities
and that University Architect Pete Anderson had been compiling
a collection of photographs from around the country. "I think
this is going to be fun to work through," Casteen said, "but
it also poses issues different from what we've dealt with before."
professorships and residence hall name approved
The board established two new endowed professorships, bringing
the total number to 444. It also named the new residence hall
located with the Alderman Road dormitories.
anonymous benefactor has given the School of Nursing its largest-ever
outright gift, $1 million, to endow the new Centennial Distinguished
Professorship in Pediatric Nursing.
new endowed chair in pediatrics was also created, the Robert J.
Roberts Professorship, in memory of the former chair of the department
and director of the Children's
Medical Center, who died in January 1997. The professorship
has been funded with gifts and commitments from the pediatrics
department, the Charles A. Dana Foundation and the Office of the
Vice President and Provost of the Health
U.Va.'s newest first-year dormitory, under construction in the
Alderman Road dormitories area, will be named Woody House in honor
of the late T. Braxton Woody, an alumnus and member of the faculty
in Romance languages for 43 years. While serving as assistant
dean of the College, Woody was tapped in 1968 to head the committee
that studied and later recommended full coeducation.
complying with recommendations
Gordon F. Rainey Jr., the U.Va. board member on the ad hoc committee
that examined the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher
Education Report, said that the group had done a detailed review
of the recommendations and concluded that "with one exception,
we're in full compliance."
exception involves the recommendation that "each institution's
budget requests to the Governor and General Assembly should be
accompanied by a certification by the Board of Visitors that it
has reviewed and considered the request ..." The timing of
the state budget and the schedule of U.Va. Board of Visitors meetings
has made it difficult to incorporate time for board members to
look at the budget. It was decided that a copy of the final budget
would be mailed to each member of the board for review.
the 73 Commission recommendations, Rainey said that a dozen applied
to boards of visitors. He went through all 12, noting what was
being done now and what might be done in the future to further
enhance compliance. He referred several recommendations -- including
one regarding core curriculum and another on grade inflation --
to the Educational Policy Committee for future discussion.
In the June
23 Inside UVA article on the Board of Visitors June
15-17 meeting, the first mention of the board's approval
of the endowment income distribution should have said it
will be an increase of 30 percent, up to $13.6 million.
In other business:
The board agreed to issue bonds for construction projects at
the Darden School, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory
and the College at Wise;
The board approved the design for the Monroe Lane student residence
project, a larger student residence facility on Jefferson Park
Avenue that will replace the present Gildersleeve Apartment
This year's College at Wise Samuel R. Crockett Award went to
former board member Champ Clark, whom Chancellor Jay Lemons
called "a beloved person in Southwest Virginia."
Rebecca Arrington, Anne Bromley and Carol Wood contributed to
Faculty Actions are listed in this
issue of Inside UVA Online and will be published in an August