Nov. 2-8, 2001
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Jones' $20 million gift puts arena project on fast track

By Carol Wood

For University alumnus Paul Tudor Jones II, coaching his daughters’ youth basketball team drove home the message that athletics “are absolutely essential for everyone’s health and mental well-being.”

Jones, who has supported U.Va. academic initiatives in the past, decided it was time to make a difference somewhere new. On Monday, U.Va. President John T. Casteen III announced that Jones had pledged $20 million to the Department of Athletics.

Jones’ gift, a 10-year pledge, will allow the department to fast-track a basketball arena project, moving it quickly through the final planning stages to groundbreaking. The announcement comes just four months after an anonymous donor pledged an initial $20 million that allowed the University to proceed with plans for the $125 million, 12,000- to 15,000-seat arena.

“Paul Tudor Jones came forward with his customary generosity and business-like approach,” Casteen said. “Paul has said more than once, ‘Let’s get things moving.’ His gift pushes us much closer to doing exactly that, and will bring completion of the project nearer than we had earlier imagined.

“For many years he has helped to move the University forward in academics, and now he is doing the same for athletics. All of us at the University of Virginia are grateful to Paul — for both his generosity and his unfailingly energetic support.”

Jones, 47, who graduated from U.Va. in 1976 with a degree in economics, is chairman of the Tudor Group in Greenwich, Conn., the money management firm he founded in the 1980s. Full story.

Edward Ayers and John T. Casteen III
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U.Va. President John T. Casteen III (right) and Arts & Sciences Dean Edward L. Ayers spoke at the Fall Convocation last Friday.

Ayers: Why the university endures
Sabato receives Jefferson Award at Convocation

By Staff Report

Larry J. Sabato, the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University and one of its best-known teachers and scholars, received U.Va.’s highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award, at Fall Convocation ceremonies Oct. 26.

Convocation, which marked the beginning of Family Weekend, also featured Edward L. Ayers, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, who gave the keynote address, and the conferring of intermediate honors on third-year students.

The Thomas Jefferson Award honors a member of the University community who exemplifies in character, work and influences the ideals of U.Va.’s founder.

“Without his tremendous energy and passionate public-mindedness, the quality of research and teaching at the University, and of political understanding across the state and nation, would be poorer,” said President John T. Casteen III, reading from Sabato’s award citation.

“His contributions to students, to his profession as a prolific and distinguished scholar … and to the public as an incisive and eminently sane political analyst — all of these activities have made him indispensable.” He was also honored for his quiet, behind-the-scenes efforts to help people. Full story.


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