Jan. 26, 2001
Vol. 31, Issue 3
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By-gone tradition - photo of ice pond
School plans expansion to address nursing shortage
University alters course in dealings with Greek system
P&T's White has 'interim' tag removed
In Memoriam


Study revealing land-use history of Grounds
Hoping to hammer out building costs, board suggests study
Pew funds new center
New leaders must be committed to carry out 2020 plans
Boosting student leaders
Hot Links - Status of searches
Faculty Actions
Colloquium series to focus on pragamatism
February is African-American Heritage Month
Second Graduate Research Fair set for Feb. 1-2
Stevenson studies children who remember past lives
Notable - awards and achievements of faculty and staff

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By-gone tradition
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Skating on the University's ice pond was a popular winter pastime for students during much of the 19th century. For more on the history of the pond, formerly located in the field behind Memorial Gymnasium, and U.Va.'s land-use history, see Study revealing land-use history of Grounds.

Jeanette Lancaster
Jeanette Lancaster

School plans expansion to address nursing shortage

By Rebecca Arrington

In response to the nursing shortage at University Hospital and nationwide, Nursing School Dean Jeanette Lancaster told the board that her school will increase the number of students in its undergraduate and master's programs by 20 students this fall. The school also plans to hire three new faculty members. Future enrollment growth will depend on resources, she said. Citing space needs, she proposed an addition to McLeod Hall. Estimated to cost $13.2 million and take three years to complete, the addition would expand classroom, research and office space by 30,000 square feet.

About 40 percent of nurses graduating from U.Va. go to work at University Hospital, Lancaster said. Incentive packages are being developed to encourage more nurses to stay, she noted. "We are also intensifying recruitment of male nurses, as they stay in the profession longer than women nurses."

"Resources to meet the Nursing School's goals are being put in place," said Leonard W. Sandridge, executive vice president and chief operating officer. "We will be recruiting heavily at PVCC, too, to keep nurses in the area."

U.Va. Rector John P. Ackerly III suggested establishing a scholarship in which nurses would have to work at the hospital "five years or so, as part of their scholarship agreement," he said.

Lancaster attributed the nursing shortage, nationwide, to a decrease in the number of students interested in pursuing a nursing degree, to an aging nursing workforce (the average age of a nurse is 45.2 years) and aging nursing faculty (average age 49 years), and the challenging environment of today's hospitals. Full story.

State move would reduce faculty retirement benefit

University alters course in dealings with Greek system

By Dan Heuchert

The University's relationship with fraternities, long built on an arm's-length strategy of limited liability, appears to be undergoing a shift.

The Board of Visitors on Jan. 19 embraced a report that calls for increased cooperation between fraternities, alumni and the University, including new investments in fraternity house renovations, the hiring of additional staff in the Dean of Students' office to work with Greek organizations, and the provision of leadership training for fraternity members.

In exchange, the Inter-Fraternity Council has vowed to improve self-governance structures and increase accountability, while requiring chapters to name the University as being co-insured on its liability insurance policies. The report also recommends chapters collect damage deposits from their members in an effort to better maintain chapter houses.

"I think I would describe the change in philosophy as a needed partnership," said Dean of Students Penny Rue.

The report was prepared by the Fraternity Working Group, formed last spring after the board directed University officials to work closely with the fraternities to address the health of the system.

Approximately two decades ago, the University distanced itself from the fraternity system in an effort to limit its liability, Rue said. That move was welcomed by the Greek system, which sought greater independence. However, the University also lost much of its positive influence over the houses as well, she noted. Full story.

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