Dec. 7-13, 2001
Vol. 31, Issue 39
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New networking initiative encourages diversity
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New networking initiative encourages diversity
diversity reception
Rebecca Arrington

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 evening event.
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 group.

Ed Ayers
Rebecca Arrington

The South Lawn Project allows us to re-imagine the humanities and social sciences and also the sciences and arts at U.Va. It’s an almost unprecedented possibility to rethink what the liberal arts can be for the next century.

Edward L. Ayers
Dean of Arts & Sciences

U.Va. selects award-winning New York architect firm for South Lawn Project

By Jane Ford

The 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.

The most ambitious construction undertaking on the Central Grounds in nearly a century, the project will yield two new buildings that will strengthen the school’s academic core and reinforce the atmosphere of community that characterizes the U.Va. undergraduate experience.

The project also will include renovations to Rouss and Cocke halls. An architect for that phase of the project has not yet been selected.

Polshek 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.

“U.Va. has a distinct sense of who they are and how they would like to evolve,” said Timothy Hartung, the firm’s 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.”

Polshek 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 Award.

Over 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 Rock, Ark.

The 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 story.


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