Archaeology professor Ben Ford, right, takes a closer look
at what two of his students, Michelle Orkney and Justin Hogg,
found at one of the excavation sites the class is working on
at Monroe Hill. For more, see Grounds
serve as labs for class research.
Arts & Sciences
faculty pans split-school notion
remarks to the Faculty Senate in September, University President
John T. Casteen III raised the idea of restructuring the College
and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, which he suggested may be
unwieldy in size and scope, and invited faculty members to comment.
early returns are in, and it appears that the Arts & Sciences faculty
are pretty happy with the status quo.
following a panel discussion of the issue -- presented as part of
the Oct. 26 Arts & Sciences faculty meeting -- were overwhelmingly
against a split, which would separate either the sciences or the
fine and performing arts (or both) into separate schools.
Arts & Sciences dean Melvyn Leffler asked for a show of hands at
the discussion's conclusion, only three of the approximately 60
faculty members in attendance favored a split. Most faculty appeared
concerned about the potential dimunition of a broad-based, liberal
arts education for students enrolled in a science or arts school,
which they suggested would be more professional or pre-professional
professor Janis Antonovics -- one of the three proponents -- began
the panel discussion by describing his vision of a split, and laying
out arguments for and against such a move.
his plan, the so-called "hard" sciences in the College
would unite with the School of Engineering and Applied Science and
the basic sciences in the School of Medicine to form the College
of Science and Technology. The Medical School's clinical faculty
would simply be assigned to the Medical Center, and the remainder
of the Arts & Sciences would become the College of Arts, Humanities
and Social Sciences, he said. Full story.
SCHEV urges more funds
for higher ed buildings
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia is recommending an
additional $286 million in general fund support to address building
needs at Virginia's public colleges and universities. SCHEV sent
this and other 2000-02 budget amendments to the governor and the
General Assembly Oct. 17. The governor prepares the 2001-02 budget
the current 2000 Appropriation Act, the governor and General Assembly
provided $205.5 million in general funds for capital outlay.
members decided to target capital outlay due to concern about the
backlog of deferred maintenance at higher education institutions
and schools' already identified needs for substantial renovation
and improvement of facilities. Full story.