Turner, with his wife, Tamyra
wins Sullivan Award
and commitment to others are words often used to describe Rick
Turner, said Nursing School professor Sharon Utz in presenting
U.Va.s Dean of African-American
Affairs with this years Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
at Valediction Exercises May 19. Students note that his
unwavering belief in them is a source of never-ending strength,
Utz said. A moral conscience for us all
the status quo and enriches the University community.
of the longest-serving deans at U.Va., Turner heads the Office
of African-American Affairs, charged with the creation of
a community supportive of African-American students full
participation in University life, according to its mission
statement. Its services include personal counseling and peer advising,
collaboration with black student organizations, encouragement
of communication among students, faculty and administration and
programming that involves African-American alumni and parents.
also serves as special adviser on minority affairs to U.Va. President
John T. Casteen III. Full story.
look back before moving on
By Rebecca Arrington
Class President M. Andrew Davis stepped up to the lecturn at Valediction
May 19 in the light blue parking
& transportation shirt he wore as a U.Va. bus driver during
his time here and welcomed the crowd of some 4,000. But by the
end of the ceremony, he had fulfilled a promise to his parents
by trading his uniform in for a suit jacket when he graduated.
the words of Bon Jovi, Youve got to hold on to what
weve got, Davis told his classmates, gathered
with family and others in University Hall instead of on the Lawn
due to heavy rain. The lyrics probably arent the best
choice, he said, but we do need to hold onto the memories
weve shared here.
off a number of historic events that occurred during their time
on Grounds the deaths of Mother Teresa and Princess Diana,
beating Duke in a home basketball game, witnessing the most controversial
presidential election in history, the Dave Matthews Band concert
Davis threw several questions to his fellow students, including:
Has U.Va. challenged us to take on the real world? Will
Bodos Bagels ever open?
answer to all of these questions is yes, he
said. Life beyond the Grounds does exist, but it starts
on Monday, he said, congratulating his fellow graduates.
with the presentation of student awards and the class gift, Timothy
A. Koogle, vice chair of Yahoo! Inc. gave the keynote address.
compromise your values. Be passionate. And do things to make the
world a better place, he said. Before leaving home for college,
Koogle said his father, a machinist and mechanic, told him to
figure out what he felt passionate about, because if youre
passionate youll be successful. And dont let money
guide your decision.
lived and done business according to this advice, said Koogle,
who was born and raised in Virginia and earned his engineering
degree from U.Va. in 1973.
student Kevin Neher presented U.Va. President
John T. Casteen III with the class gift of nearly $54,000,
the largest amount ever raised by a graduating class and with
the highest rate of participation, 36 percent. The gift, earmarked
for dozens of purposes, honors four female members of the class
who died of cancer.
thanked the class for its generosity and then invited the students
and their guests to his home at Carrs Hill to celebrate
what youve been at U.Va. and what you will become.