U.Va. programs reach others in the state
Ida Lee Wootten
The University is making a difference
in the lives of about one million people every year with more
than 400 public service and outreach programs statewide, according
to preliminary figures gathered by Laura Hawthorne, coordinator
of public service.
of such programs have been posted on the "Outreach Virginia" Web
The site is one of the first tangible results of the Virginia
2020 Public Service Planning Commission.
matter how well you think you know the University, expect to be
surprised when you visit Outreach Virginia for the first time
and see how much U.Va. is doing to make life better in this community
and throughout the state," Hawthorne said.
build awareness of the Web site and the hundreds of services the
University provides, Hawthorne is making on-Grounds presentations
to a range of groups. Meetings with alumni, the news media, elected
and appointed civic officials, as well as business, education
and political leaders across the state are next on the agenda.
Hawthorne and others also will highlight U.Va.'s outreach activities
in conjunction with faculty lectures sponsored by the Faculty
Senate Speakers Bureau. Events are planned in Tidewater, Lynchburg
and Northern Virginia this spring.
Included here is a sample of some of the University's current
contributions to public life.
Since 1998, through the Center for State and National Programs
for Educators in the School
of Continuing and Professional Studies, U.Va. has provided
assistance to 129 of the 132 Virginia public school divisions
in realigning K-12 curricula with Standards of Learning.
In fall 2000, approximately 65,000 elementary, middle, and high
school students participated in the nation's largest online mock
election, run by the Youth Leadership Initiative, part of the
Center for Governmental
Studies at U.Va. Schools from fourteen other states are now
getting into the project.
Every day, approximately 30,000 users from 40 to 50 different
countries download 150,000 digital texts from the internationally
In 2000, nearly 40,000 people visited the Bayly
Art Museum. Each year, approximately 6,000 schoolchildren
visit the Bayly for guided tours.
U.Va.'s Blue Ridge Poison Center, which serves more than half
the state, receives almost 31,000 calls each year from frantic
parents, loved ones, rescue squad personnel and physicians. Over
half these calls involve a child younger than six years old.
In fall 2000, teachers throughout Virginia used an evaluation
tool developed at the Curry
School of Education to test the reading abilities of more
than 65,000 children in K-3 classrooms.
Every year, the U.Va. Women's
Center serves more than 11,000 people in the Charlottesville-Albemarle
community through counseling services, information referrals,
mentoring programs, sexual assault education, special events and
Over 7,000 individuals and organizations receive a monthly newsletter
from the Weldon
Cooper Center highlighting demographic and workforce trends
in Virginia. Each month, over 3,000 individuals retrieve information,
including demographic, income, and workforce data, from the Cooper
Center Web site.
On New Year's Day 2000, Dr. Karen Rheuban, a pediatric cardiologist,
used the telemedicine system to diagnose a rare, life-threatening
heart defect in a 2-day old infant in Winchester. To date, nearly
2,500 consultations have taken place via the Health
System's Telemedicine Program, saving time, money, and lives
by using technology to provide clinical and consultative health
care services for patients in remote areas.
Since 1996, more than 8,000 people throughout Virginia have received
medical information on current treatment options and research
at no charge through our Health System's BodyTalk program.
Several thousand people participate every year in the lifelong
learning programs offered through the Center for University Programs
in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, exploring
topics that range from the Civil War to landscape architecture.