Feb. 2-8, 2001
Vol. 31, Issue 4
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Live, from Charlottesville ... Tina Fey conducts improv workshops
State move could reduce faculty retirement benefit
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Live, from Charlottesville …

Tina Fey

Stephanie Gross
"Saturday Night Live" writer Tina Fey (center) returned to her alma mater last week. With members of the Second City improvisational comedy troupe, she conducted workshops with U.Va. students. Here, she watches graduate student Jason Kehler and undergraduate Sarah Drew work through an improv game. Fey (CLAS '92) made her way to New York via Chicago, where she worked as a cast member of Second City, where the likes of Dan Aykroyd, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mike Myers launched their careers. Then Fey landed a writing job at SNL and became its head writer two years later -- the first female to hold the post in the show's 25-year history. This summer, producer Lorne Michaels tapped Fey to fill SNL's Weekend Update anchor chair -- the seat that has boosted the careers of Chevy Chase and Dennis Miller. "Tina's insight regarding the art of improv, as well as talking about her experiences since graduating from U.Va., were inspiring for many of our students contemplating a similar path," said Robert Chapel, drama department chair." All of the improvisation workshops were full. … I was extremely proud of [the students] on stage Friday night in collaboration with those from Second City. Both Culbreth Theatre performances were sold out and were received with great enthusiasm."

State move could reduce faculty retirement benefit

By Anne Bromley

One of several budget cuts Gov. Jim Gilmore proposes for the second year of the 2000-02 biennium -- because state revenues haven't risen as much as expected -- could lower statewide faculty retirement benefits, U.Va. financial administrators told the Board of Visitors at a Finance Committee meeting Jan. 19.

The measure would decrease the amount of the state's contributions for almost 80 percent of faculty, who choose an optional retirement program. The governor's plan would reduce the current contribution rate of 10.4 percent for the optional retirement program to 9.24 percent, the same rate applied to the Virginia Retirement System.

The University is looking at several options to make up the difference if the move does get passed, said Melody Bianchetto, U.Va. budget director. Full story.

Virginia Press to launch electronic publishing

By Robert Brickhouse

The University Press of Virginia will develop a peer-reviewed electronic-publishing program of original digital scholarship in the humanities with the support of a two-year, $635,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The new electronic imprint will publish large-scale scholarly projects that involve computerized research and are created in a digital format, not simply electronic versions of print publications or e-books.

The press will aim to publish two to 10 electronic publications a year in American history, American and British literature, architecture and archaeology, all areas emphasized in the press's book program. The publications will be available either on the Web or on CDs, or both. Staff will experiment with and document a variety of cost-recovery business models for electronic publishing in consultation with Darden faculty.

"By disseminating new knowledge, the electronic imprint will complete the cycle of digital scholarship at the University," U.Va. President John T. Casteen III said. Significant research is carried out at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities and other digital centers, instruction is involved through U.Va.'s Teaching and Technology Initiative, and collection and preservation of electronic materials are an important role of the library.

"This is a unique opportunity to experiment in applying the skills and standards of scholarly publishing to electronic projects, to attempt to resolve some of the issues that have stood in the way of scholarly electronic publishing, and to share what we learn with the academic and publishing community," said Nancy C. Essig, director of the press. Full story.


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