Feb. 15-21, 2002
Vol. 32, Issue 6
Back Issues
Ryan nets 25th year
Employees form union
Budget to be topic of town meetings
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways
Weekend doubleheader to open transformed baseball stadium

Off the Shelf -- recently published books by U.Va. faculty and staff

Correction -- Thermometers supplied for free
Debbie Ryan looms as a giant in women’s basketball
Hunter to head science, engineering libraries
Notable -- awards and achievements of faculty and staff
Scholarship applications for faculty and staff children now available
Hot Links -- Newcomb Hall’s Web site
Engineering annual open house Feb. 23
Finding meaningful patterns in climate

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Ryan nets 25th year

Debbie Ryan

Photo by Katie Hamlin/Cavalier Daily
Virginia women’s basketball coach Debbie Ryan watches intently Monday night during her team’s come-from-behind victory over Georgia Tech, 85-79. Ryan will be honored this weekend at festivities marking her 25th season heading up the program, during which she has led the Cavaliers from a virtual athletic afterthought to a national power. For more on Ryan’s career, see story, Debbie Ryan looms as a giant in women’s basketball.

Employees form union

By Matt Kelly

Members of the Labor Action Group have taken the first steps toward forming a union, creating the Staff Union of the University of Virginia and signing a pact with the Communications Workers of America.

In a noon-time ceremony Feb. 6 at Newcomb Hall attended by about 75 people, Jan Cornell and Sylvia New Strawn signed on behalf of SUUVA, and national officers Peter Catucci and Brooks W. Sunkett signed for CWA.

Organizers hope to recruit 500 members for the new local within a year, according to Cornell, the president of SUUVA and a facilities manager at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. There are approximately 4,200 classified employees in the academic division and 4,900 employees at the Medical Center. New Strawn, executive vice president of the union and an administrator in the art department, said dues are $10.70 per month and may be paid through payroll deductions. Full story.

Budget to be topic of town meetings

Staff Report

To help employees better understand what’s happening to U.Va.’s budget, the Office of State Governmental Relations plans to host town meetings Feb. 19 after the House and Senate complete work on the budget bill Feb. 17. Colette Sheehy, vice president for management and budget, and other U.Va. officials will give legislative and budget updates and answer questions. The University community is invited, and supervisors are encouraged to allow staff members to attend.

The meetings will be held at noon in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom and at 2 p.m. in the Facilities Management lunchroom.

On Tuesday newspapers statewide carried headlines warning that the budget crunch might lead to the layoff of 700 of the state’s 100,000 employees.

While Gov. Mark R. Warner stressed he had not yet signed off on such a strategy, U.Va. administrators said they would do everything in their power to prevent layoffs. Full story.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways

By Anne Bromley

Notions of ideal love abound, from traditional fairy tales to modern films and TV shows, as if the quest for the perfect partner could really end in “happily ever after.”

Although we might wish true love could be as sweet as Valentine’s Day chocolate, even the most romantic relationship consists of a mixture of flavors from day to day, a U.Va. doctoral student is finding in his research.

David Sbarra, who is in his sixth year in clinical psychology, began two studies in the fall of 2000, one on dating and one on breaking up. He’s looking at how exclusive relationships among undergraduates progress over time and how individuals cope when things don’t work out. Full story.


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