Oct. 20-26, 2000
Vol. 30, Issue 34
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Virtually reaching out - photo
Alumnus Halsey Minor gives $25 million to Arts & Sciences
Tradition, technology mix at Fall Convocation
Displaced club strives to provide same functions for faculty
Demand for information technology booming

David Gies honored with Thomas Jefferson Award

Free trolley between U.Va. an downtown launched
Connecting town-gown communities with technology
Equity for women in medicine lagging
Hot Links - Institutional Performance Agreement
Dog photographer coming to U.Va.
Pegasus helicopter is an air force in flight for life
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Halsey M. Minor
Halsey M. Minor

Alumnus Halsey Minor gives $25 million to Arts & Sciences

Staff Report

Halsey M. Minor, founder and chairman of CNET Inc., will give $25 million to the University to integrate digital technology with the humanities and social sciences in ways that promise to redefine a liberal arts education in the Internet Age.

University President John T. Casteen III called Minor's gift extraordinary in its foresight. "His creative thinking and generosity will help us to infuse new ways of teaching and learning into our classrooms and our libraries so that we can play a key role in transforming higher education more broadly through innovative uses of digital technology," Casteen said.

Minor's challenge gift is designed to encourage other donors -- individuals, corporations, foundations and governmental entities -- to match his commitment in both funds and support for the project. The gift is the largest ever to U.Va.'s College of Arts & Sciences, and will help create a 21st-century Digital Academical Village, modeled on Thomas Jefferson's original Academical Village, where faculty and students live and learn in proximity to one another. Full story.


Virtually reaching out
Outreach programs the University provides to the public are as diverse as they are plentiful. Here, Jane Anne Young, director of education at the University's Bayly Art Museum, gives a tour to school children. A new Web site, Outreach Virginia, catalogues U.Va.s public service programs like this one. See Connecting town-gown communities with technology for new ways the University is working on bridging the digital divide.

Tradition, technology mix at Fall Convocation

By Dan Heuchert

Tradition hung warmly in the Indian summer air Oct. 13 as the University celebrated Fall Convocation. The historic Lawn, an academic procession, messages from two secret societies and a remembrance of the many contributions of retiring Senior Vice President Ernest H. Ern lent a retrospective feel to the afternoon ceremony, in which intermediate honors were bestowed upon some 742 third-year students and David T. Gies won the Thomas Jefferson Award (see David Gies honored with Thomas Jefferson Award).

But as falling yellow leaves softly pelted students, faculty and guests, there was also a clarion call to a high-tech future from keynote speaker Anita K. Jones, University Professor and Lawrence R. Quarles Professor of Engineering and Applied Science. Full story.

 

 

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