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
construction schedule will be altered for exam periods and
C. Riggin Jr.
Senior project manager,
new special collections library will be worth the two-year construction
disruption, said Donald C. Riggin Jr., senior project manager at
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.
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 Universitys 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.
Project helps teachers engage students
with history SOLs
By Margaret Edwards
at U.Va. will help the states high school teachers use the
Wide Web to make history come alive as they prepare their students
for success with the Virginia Standards of Learning.
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.