Feb. 8-14, 2002
Vol. 32, Issue 5
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Work on new library starts
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Bobby McFerrin

Photo by Dan Grogan
Bobby McFerrin brought out the music in everyone during his U.Va. residency last week, sponsored by the Arts Board. The vocal improviser, body percussionist, conductor and composer engaged audiences and participants with his spontaneous vocal inventions in a range of genres, from jazz to classical to pop to chant. McFerrin, pictured here with students at a vocal workshop, also led rehearsals with U.Va. ensembles and gave two sold-out concerts at Old Cabell Hall.

Work on new library starts

By Matt Kelly

Donald Riggin Jr.

“The construction schedule will be altered for exam periods and commencement.”

Donald C. Riggin Jr.
Senior project manager,
Facilities Management

The new special collections library will be worth the two-year construction disruption, said Donald C. Riggin Jr., senior project manager at Facilities Management.

Speaking Jan. 30 at a meeting at Newcomb Hall, Riggin said Beers-Skanska Inc. of Richmond had been awarded the contract to construct the $26 million Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture, which will house the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. The contractor may start erecting a fence around the site as early as this week, with completion scheduled by February 2004.

Miller Hall, formerly home of the Office of Admissions, will be torn down in April or May, and 40,000 cubic feet of dirt will be excavated to accommodate the construction of a 72,700-square-foot facility, 80 percent of which will be underground. When completed, it will house the University’s Special Collections — 300,000 rare books and 12 million manuscripts valued at $350 million, described by University Librarian Karin Wittenborg as state and national treasures. Full story.

Project helps teachers engage students with history SOLs

By Margaret Edwards

Historians at U.Va. will help the state’s high school teachers use the World
Wide Web to make history come alive as they prepare their students for success with the Virginia Standards of Learning.

The special project is an in-depth Multimedia Guide to the Virginia Standards of Learning for teachers and students in 11th grade U.S. and Virginia history, two subjects that must be passed in order to graduate. A joint effort of historians at U.Va.’s Miller Center of Public Affairs and Virginia Center for Digital History, the multimedia guide is intended to help history teachers apply the vast resources of the Web to their standards-based curriculum. An early edition of the guide is online at www.vcdh.virginia.edu/solguide. Full story.

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