April 13-19, 2001
Vol. 31, Issue 13
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Extending Jefferson's vision

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Extending the founder’s vision
Rebecca Arrington

April 13 is Thomas Jefferson’s 258th birthday. Jefferson realized his vision for the University of Virginia by raising more than $40,000 in private donations, as well as convincing the legislature to allocate funds — $15,000 to start — for a university “so broad and liberal and modern, as to be worth patronizing with the public support.”

Likewise, as U.Va. approaches its third century, President John T. Casteen III and many supporters have put tremendous energy into extending Jefferson’s vision through their seven-year fund-raising efforts.

When the Board of Visitors met April 5, one of its new members, Thomas A. Saunders III, a Darden alumnus who has played a major role in fund raising, read a letter that he and Ed Mitchell wrote as co-chairs of the Campaign for the University, commending Casteen. See Extending Jefferson's vision.

Board of Visitors balks at athletics recommendations

Staff Report

The Board of Visitors resolved to “receive” rather than “accept” a report from the Virginia 2020 athletics task force that recommends placing the University’s 24 varsity sports in a tiered system that champions the strongest programs and reduces support for less prominent ones. On April 7, the board passed a resolution charging the Student Affairs and Athletics and Finance committees with reviewing the report’s recommendations.

The board also passed a resolution to accept the other four Virginia 2020 commission reports, charging U.Va. President John T. Casteen III with developing strategic plans to meet their goals. Full story.

Student wins Truman scholarship

Brad Barnett’s work with the homeless was a major factor in his recent selection as a Truman Scholar, according to the Harry S. Truman Foundation. He founded CavsCare, a group of U.Va. students who volunteer at the homeless shelter in Charlottesville.

The Truman Foundation each year grants 70 scholarships of $30,000 to promising college juniors nationwide to help them pay for their last year of college. Full story.


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