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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.
plans expansion to address nursing shortage
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.
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."
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."
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.
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
move would reduce faculty retirement benefit
alters course in dealings with Greek system
University's relationship with fraternities, long built on an arm's-length
strategy of limited liability, appears to be undergoing a shift.
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.
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.
think I would describe the change in philosophy as a needed partnership,"
said Dean of Students Penny Rue.
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.
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.