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‘Envision’ sessions bring goals into focus
Architecture looks to create new ties to U.Va. community
Arts & Sciences planner looks forward to more esprit de corps
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Arts & Sciences planner looks forward to more esprit de corps

“We had scientists, humanists and people in the arts together — chemists talking about peace and conflict, anthropologists talking about global economic issues, like hunger,” said Joseph Grasso, associate dean for Arts & Sciences planning and operations.

“We’re creating a new climate.”

Coinciding with its strategic planning process, Arts & Sciences held two Envision meetings with Vice President and Provost Gene Block and Senior Vice President for Development and Public Affairs Robert Sweeney. Participants from the College and Graduate School included undergraduate and graduate students, a College Foundation board member, senior and junior faculty, plus deans.

“It was another step in building community,” said Grasso.

“We found a great esprit de corps growing among deans and the provost’s office. Having the offices of the provost and development team with deans sends a strong message about the concerted effort to get clear ideas of programmatic needs,” he said.

Moreover, with other deans and school representatives attending the Arts & Sciences meetings, “we found new ideas for cooperating on interdisciplinary proposals and leveraging our strengths – with the School of Medicine, with Architecture, Engineering, Commerce and Curry,” Grasso said.

Among already established programs is the environmental sciences department’s Global Environmental Change Program in Africa. It’s the successful result of a concerted faculty effort to set up exchanges in teaching and conducting research.
The University’s strengths are not packaged together, however, in a way that shows how multiple programs create the whole.

“Arts & Sciences would like to develop ways to provide an overarching structure to enable cooperation and integration, at the same time preserving each school’s individuality, sort of like the new European Union,” Grasso said.

“We want to marry the recently completed strategic plan with a fund-raising plan — to create a clearly articulated document so others can understand and support our goals.”

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