did it his way: mixing humor, wisdom and even song
By Matt Kelly
speaker Dr. Francis S. Collins exhorted the graduates to have fun
and, as an illustration, burst into song at the close of his address.
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
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.
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
E. Norris Jr. to head U.Va. police
Sheffield, left, introduced his successor, Paul Norris, to the
University community during Finals weekend.
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.
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.
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.
Pauls 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.
gets new chancellor
Kaplan, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler
University in Indianapolis, Ind., has been named chancellor of the
Universitys College at Wise.
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.
Kaplans commitment to liberal arts education and his vision
for solidifying the colleges growth in stature as one of the
nations premier public liberal arts institutions give him
a powerful base on which to build as chancellor, Casteen said.
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.
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 Universitys only branch college
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