Oct. 5-11, 2001
Vol. 31, Issue 31
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Harris named Darden dean
Dietrich unmasked -- Virginia Film Festival features Marlene Dietrich
Rate hikes drive U.Va. to seek new disability vendor
ROTC puts its best foot forward
"Masquerades" to be uncovered at 14th annual Virginia Film Festival

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Commemorative wall to stay through October
Play explores family misunderstandings
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Dietrich unmasked

The Virginia Film Festival will feature Marlene Dietrich in “Morocco” (1930), showing a newly restored print provided by the Library of Congress. See "Masquerades" to be uncovered at 14th annual Virginia Film Festival.

Robert S. Harris Harris named Darden dean

Staff Report

Robert S. Harris, a senior faculty member at the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and chief learning officer for United Technologies Corp., today was named dean of the Darden School.

The school’s seventh dean in its 47-year history, Harris succeeds Edward A. Snyder, who resigned last May to become business dean at the University of Chicago. As Darden’s dean, Harris will become the Charles C. Abbott Professor of Business Administration.

“Bob Harris’ strong teaching and research credentials, combined with his global experience as a corporate officer for a Fortune 50 company, make him the ideal choice to lead the Darden School at this promising time in both the school’s and the University’s evolution,” U.Va. President John T. Casteen III said. “He has articulated a vision that will build on the school’s growing international reputation as a leader in addressing today’s critical business issues.”

In the coming year, the Darden School will complete a major expansion of its facilities and technology infrastructure as it prepares to increase enrollment in its MBA program in 2002. The school’s executive education program last year involved more than 120 programs worldwide. Full story.

Rate hikes drive U.Va. to seek new disability vendor

Staff Report

In light of significant premium increases announced by Unum Provident Corp. for its optional long-term disability coverage, the University has begun looking for a new vendor on behalf of employees who have chosen this insurance. The UNUM contract with the University expires July 1, 2002, but the new rates, some doubling or tripling, are effective this month.

Although this plan is not a University-sponsored benefit, the University has historically secured group rates (typically more reasonable than individual rates) and permitted employees to pay premiums through payroll deduction as a service to those who wish to purchase this type of insurance. The University’s attempts to negotiate lower increases with UNUM were thwarted by the plan’s declining enrollment and rising claims. Full story.



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