Fall Convocation opens
held Oct. 13-15, begins with Fall Convocation, to be held Friday
at 2 p.m. on the Lawn. Anita K. Jones, former director of the
Pentagon's multibillion-dollar research program and University
Professor of Computer Science, will be the keynote speaker.
the past year, Jones has led the work of U.Va.'s Science
and Technology Planning Commission, that will provide a blueprint
for future growth at the University.
who joined the faculty in 1988, interrupted her academic career
to become the Department of Defense's director of science and
technology program from 1993 to 1997. In that position, she oversaw
the science and technology program of the U.S. Department of Defense,
with an annual budget of about $35 billion. She was the first
computer scientist and the first woman to hold that prestigious
honors undergraduate students for their academic excellence, awarding
them Intermediate Honors for earning grade-point averages of 3.4
or higher during their first two years at U.Va.
Thomas Jefferson Award, given annually to a member of the University
community who exemplifies in character and achievements the ideals
of U.Va.'s founder, also will be presented.
Weekend also includes the University Forum, a public address by
President John T. Casteen III on the state of the University,
followed by a question-and-answer session. The forum will take
place Oct. 14 on the South Lawn from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Family Weekend comprises a variety of events, from performances
to faculty talks, with schools and departments hosting their own
programs. For the complete schedule, see http://www.virginia.edu/~family