June 22-July 5, 2001
Vol. 31, Issue 21
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Solar-powered! Photo of engineering students preparing solar-powered car
U.Va. gets $20 million for arena; board OKs budget
Medical Center revises security policies
ISP switchover eagerly anticipated

Faculty Actions from the June Board of Visitors meeting

Bayly Art Museum offers summer camp for middle-school students July 30-Aug. 16

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Rebecca Arrington
A 15-member team of U.Va. engineering students is preparing its solar-powered car, Solar Revolution II, for the Formula Sun Grand Prix 2001, a 2,300-mile solar car race from Chicago to Claremont, Calif. The July 15-25 race will include 40 solar cars built by various university teams, companies and clubs worldwide. Teams must qualify for the race by meeting strict specifications and road-worthiness standards during an event July 9-13 in Kalamazoo, Mich. U.Va. students, with the help of faculty adviser George Cahen, professor of materials science and engineering, have been working on their car since 1998 and raced for the first time in 1999. Here, left to right, engineering students Justin Selfridge, Fernando Hannaka, Chung Lee and Gen Shimizu work on the car’s brakes as they prepare for the qualifying event. Visit the U.Va. solar car Web site at http://www.UVaSolarCar.com

U.Va. gets $20 million for arena; board OKs budget

Staff Report

The University will receive $20 million to kick off its fund-raising campaign for a proposed athletics and special events arena on Massie Road, U.Va. President John T. Casteen III announced to the Board of Visitors during its three-day meeting last week.

The anonymous gift represents about one-third of the core funding needed to begin the arena project, estimated to cost $125 million. The gift, the second largest gift ever for U.Va. athletics, will finance the planning of the project, slated for completion by fall 2006.

“This extraordinary commitment is wonderful news for men’s and women’s basketball,” Casteen said. “The need for a new facility is clear. The larger community will also benefit. We are deeply grateful to the donor for expressing a firm dedication to excellence through this gift.”

Aside from basketball, the arena could be used for concerts, major addresses and other special events, he said.

The board authorized strategic planning for a new arena in October 1998 and included it in a six-year capital spending plan this past spring. Full story.

Some capital projects proceed

By Dan Heuchert

University officials welcomed news of Gov. Jim Gilmore’s approval to spend $64.1 million in privately raised funds on several capital projects that had been frozen since he and state legislators were unable to resolve a state budget impasse.
The money released includes $43.3 million for academic division projects and $20.8 million for the Medical Center.

Under Virginia law, Gilmore and the state General Assembly must authorize all major capital spending, regardless of the source of funding. The University had requested amendments to the current two-year state budget totaling $132 million in non-general funds — money not from state coffers — and bonds. But Gilmore and the legislature were unable to agree on a budget, and the assembly adjourned, leaving the projects in limbo.

State law, however, allows the governor to approve some non-general-fund projects on his own authority, although he cannot allow the state to assume debt without legislative approval. Further negotiations pared the University’s request to the amounts announced June 13 and 14. Full story.


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