May 17-23, 2002
Vol. 32, Issue 18
Back Issues
The play’s her thing
Legrand reaches for the stars
Speaking on the Lawn
Reserve a 2002 graduation video
Finding cultural identity in deafness and teaching
Six students get grad school boost

Collins takes on international human rights

Student first at U.Va. to win Scottish fellowship
Sullivan Award winners honored
Healing, unity student’s passions
Award also goes to faculty member
Graduates have been pillars of U.Va. student self-governance
College is time of spiritual, intellectual growth
Adult degree program graduates first students
Graduation: Did you know?
Nursing student answers
9-11 call
Students will have their day in the sun
Graduate rallies volunteers to bring arts to schools
Fifteen dozen cookies and a law degree
Wise student aspires to career helping students in higher ed
The beauty of Antarctica beckons, but graduate’s passion is teaching

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College has been a time of spiritual as well as intellectual enlightenment for Brian Edmonds. For more on the story, see College is time of spiritual, intellectual growth.

Sarah Drew The play’s her thing

By Jane Ford

Sarah Drew’s parents noticed she had an uncanny stage presence at her graduation from kindergarten.

Now, as she nears graduation from U.Va., the film and theater worlds are taking notice, too.

Drew received rave reviews from the New York Times and Variety for her performance as Juliet in a production of “Romeo and Juliet” at the celebrated McCarter Theatre in Princeton last September.

“Juliet, played by Sarah Drew, [was] petulant, giddy, incorrigibly girlish, willful and completely enchanting in a never-to-be-forgotten balcony scene,” wrote Alvin Klein, the New York Times reviewer. “Ms. Drew’s exploration of a teen-ager’s heart and her awakening to desire are defining, and from now on, indelible, aspects of Juliet.”

Drew now is flying around the country auditioning for parts in movies starring Michael Douglas, Philip Seymore Hoffman and Annette Benning. Full story.

Legrand reaches for the stars

By Charlotte Crystal

Hiram Legrand rarely saw the stars from the windows of his family’s crowded apartment in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach. It was a rough-and-tumble neighborhood where life was fast and money was tight.

Marisol Roman brought little with her from Puerto Rico and couldn’t give her children much, but she loved them and insisted they work hard in school.
“I knew from an early age that if I ever wanted to get out of Brooklyn, I had to do well in school,” Legrand said.

And he did. Legrand’s dedication to his education will pay off as he graduates from the University with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering and a minor in philosophy. He hopes to pursue a career as an astronaut. Full story.

Speaking on the Lawn

Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner will deliver the commencement address to an expected crowd of some 35,000 people May 19. The graduation ceremony on the Lawn begins at 10 a.m.

Best-selling author David Baldacci, a 1986 U.Va. law alumnus, will be the featured speaker at Valedictory Exercises May 18 at 11 a.m. He will sign his books at 1 p.m. at the University Bookstore. Full story.

Reserve a Finals ’02 video

Final Exercises will be taped. The videos can be ordered through U.Va. Bookstore. The cost is $29.95, plus shipping and handling. Allow six to eight weeks for delivery. For information, see Web site: http://www.virginia.edumajor events/finals.html#.

© Copyright 2002 by the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia

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