New networking initiative encourages
Almost 100 staff and faculty members attended
a reception to launch a new partnership to help promote diversity
within the University community. Yoke San Reynolds, vice president
for finance, and Robert D. Sweeney (at lecturn), senior vice
president for development and public affairs, hosted the Monday
The University needs the guidance of this group to accomplish
its goals, Sweeney said in opening remarks. One of these goals
is attracting more women, African-American, Asian and Hispanic
staff and faculty to U.Va. Together, he said,
we can build a diverse and welcoming community.
The reception, which was held in the University Art Museum,
also featured entertainment by Black Voices, a student singing
South Lawn Project allows us to re-imagine the humanities
and social sciences and also the sciences and arts at U.Va.
Its an almost unprecedented possibility to rethink
what the liberal arts can be for the next century.
Dean of Arts & Sciences
selects award-winning New York architect firm for South Lawn Project
University has selected Polshek Partnership, an award-winning New
York City architecture firm, to design its $125 million, 202,000-square-foot
South Lawn Project.
most ambitious construction undertaking on the Central Grounds in
nearly a century, the project will yield two new buildings that
will strengthen the schools academic core and reinforce the
atmosphere of community that characterizes the U.Va. undergraduate
project also will include renovations to Rouss and Cocke halls.
An architect for that phase of the project has not yet been selected.
Partnership, best known for the Rose Center for Earth and Space
in New York City an iconic, glass-enclosed sphere
was chosen because of its reputation for collaborating with clients
to support their goals and visions.
has a distinct sense of who they are and how they would like to
evolve, said Timothy Hartung, the firms partner in charge
of the project and a member of the design team, along with James
Polshek and Todd Schliemann. It is an honor to be traveling
down a path with the College of Arts & Sciences to create a
new paradigm for education.
Partnership was founded in 1963 by James Stewart Polshek. In 1992,
the partnership received the American Institute of Architects
highest honor to an architectural practice, the Architecture Firm
the past 38 years, the firm has designed hundreds of projects for
cultural, scientific, educational and governmental institutions,
including the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center in Little
U.Va. plan calls for new buildings that will be designed and positioned
to promote interdisciplinary teaching and research. They will house
classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, spaces for student
and faculty interaction, flexible work areas and faculty offices
organized to promote collaboration. Full