April 27-May 3, 2001
Vol. 31, Issue 15
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Healthy cause -- grad students rally
Casteen rallies U.Va. community to work toward future excellence
Jefferson Scholars Foundation offers graduate fellowships
In Tune -- Dave Matthews Band Concert photo
Faculty Senate lectured on book-buying economics

Economics professor designs auction to reduce irrigation

General Faculty 2001-02 Council
Characteristics of the University in 2020
In Memoriam
Area code 434 starts June 1
Notable -- awards and achievements of faculty and staff
Hot Links -- Finals Weekend schedule
Important academic dates

Systems engineering students analyze Charlottesville's voting procedures

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Healthy cause

Matt Kelly

About 100 graduate students held a rally in front of Old Cabell Hall April 18 before President John T. Casteen III’s State of the University address. Dressed up in bandages and slings, the students urged the University to provide health insurance for all graduate students and their families. During his talk, Casteen said he supports the issue.

U.Va. administrators announced a week earlier that they will seek approval from the Board of Visitors to offer a $900 annual subsidy toward health insurance for graduate teaching and research assistants, who make up about 60 percent of the total number of graduate students. The annual cost to U.Va. would be approximately $1.8 million, to come from earnings on the unrestricted endowment, indirect cost recoveries from research grants, tuition and fellowship funds.

Rates are going up for the two QualChoice plans, to $915 and $2,263 next year; rates to cover spouses and children are higher.


Matt Kelly
President John T. Casteen III

People at core of realizing the vision
Casteen rallies U.Va. community to work toward future excellence

By Anne Bromley

President John T. Casteen III reminded members of the U.Va. Community at his State
of the University address April 18 that the primary reason for the fundraising of the past decade and the Virginia 2020 planning efforts is to support the University’s human capital, its most precious asset.

“When all is said and done, and we’ve looked at the numbers and considered the progress and talked about the challenges, the University’s most important investment is not in its buildings, not in its history or its Grounds … or its stadium. The investment is in students and in faculty and in staff,” he told an audience of several hundred.

He recounted a Chinese proverb: “If you are planning for one year, grow rice. If you are planning for 20 years, grow trees. If you are planning for centuries, grow people,” saying the University’s purpose is the latter — to grow people. Full story.


Jefferson Scholars Foundation
offers graduate fellowships

By Anne Bromley

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation, the parent of U.Va.’s successful undergraduate pro-
gram, has launched a new effort to attract top-notch graduate students. This fall, the first three graduate students will join the U.Va. community.

“We want to take what we do at the undergraduate level and enrich the University community of scholars with the most promising Ph.D. candidates,” said Byron Hulsey, assistant director of the foundation. The University’s Jefferson Scholarships, offered since 1980, support about 30 to 35 undergraduates a year. Full story.

 

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