May 25-June 7, 2001
Vol. 31, Issue 19
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Collins did it his way: mixing humor, wisdom and even song
Paul E. Norris Jr. to head U.Va. police
U.Va.-Wise gets new chancellor
More nurses coming, hospital will reopen beds
Nursing receives $1 million for McLeod expansion

Search committees for key posts named

Probing the mental wounds of ethnic conflict
Graduation festivities
Hot Links -- graduation special edition
Second Hot Links -- hospital centennial
Shenandoah Shakespeare Express coming to Charlottesville June 28
U.Va.'s 'Chicken Run'
In Memoriam
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Dr. Francis S. Collins
Matt Kelly
Francis Collins

Collins did it his way: mixing humor, wisdom and even song

By Matt Kelly

Finals speaker Dr. Francis S. Collins exhorted the graduates to have fun and, as an illustration, burst into song at the close of his address.

Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute and a native of Staunton, received a standing ovation for the song, a parody of “My Way” about getting through college by doing it “their” way.

More than 5,500 degrees were conferred under cloudy skies May 20 in the 172nd graduation ceremony for the University. Exuberant students ignored the mud on the Lawn and the threat of more rain as they celebrated the latest milestone in their education. Some students screamed and waved to friends and family while others joked among themselves and hoisted colorful balloons as they processed from the Rotunda to Old Cabell Hall.

University President John T. Casteen III said that graduations marked shared accomplishments and he praised families for the sacrifices that made it possible for the students to be there. He also praised the faculty for its passion for learning and for conveying that passion to the students. Full story.

Paul E. Norris Jr. to head U.Va. police

By Dan Heuchert

Matt Kelly
Michael Sheffield, left, introduced his successor, Paul Norris, to the University community during Finals weekend.

Paul E. Norris Jr., who rose through the ranks from patrol officer to chief of police in a 31-year career at Indiana University, has been named chief of the
U.Va. Police Department. He will take command Aug. 1.

Norris succeeds Michael Sheffield, U.Va. chief for 17 years, who announced his retirement last August but agreed to remain on the job until his successor was named.

“I welcome Mr. Norris to the University and Charlottesville community and look forward to working with him,” said Leonard W. Sandridge, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Paul is a seasoned, committed and hard-working police professional. We will benefit from his long and successful career at Indiana University. Paul’s impressive record, leadership style and commitment to excellence fit well with what I consider to be an exceptionally high-quality police department here at the University of Virginia.” Full story.

Steven Kaplan
Steven Kaplan

U.Va.-Wise gets new chancellor

Staff Report

Steven Kaplan, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., has been named chancellor of the
University’s College at Wise.

U.Va. President John T. Casteen III made the announcement May 21 in Wise, where he introduced Kaplan and his wife, Anemone Schweizer-Kaplan, to the U.Va.-Wise faculty and staff.

“Steven Kaplan’s commitment to liberal arts education and his vision for solidifying the college’s growth in stature as one of the nation’s premier public liberal arts institutions give him a powerful base on which to build as chancellor,” Casteen said.

“His background includes both significant scholarship and progressively more responsible leadership positions in higher education administration. In an uncommonly talented group of applicants, he stood out as the ideal candidate to lead Wise in new directions, including international initiatives, collaborative education and service learning. We are fortunate to have attracted someone of his energy and talent, and we are pleased to welcome Mr. Kaplan and his family to the University of Virginia community.”

Kaplan succeeds L. Jay Lemons, who left U.Va.-Wise in January to become president of Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Penn. Lemons had been chancellor of the University’s only branch college since 1992. Full story.



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