Sept. 13-26, 2002
Vol. 32, Issue 26
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Steven Kaplan, newest chancellor of U.Va.-Wise, pictured with U.Va. President John T. Casteen III
State OKs parking garage
’92 bonds transformed Grounds
HR to implement payroll in Oracle Sept. 26
Nominations sought for Thomas Jefferson Award

Ayers paints realistic budget picture for board

Budget crisis at a glance
Research boosts economy
Why study war in 21st century?
On Ethical Grounds
Faith makes a good dad
In Memoriam
Hot Links -- State Governmental Relations
Bioethicist sees cautionary tale in clash of ethics, science
Vaccine holds meningitis cases to zero
Echinacea — Does the herbal cold remedy really work?
New chancellor installed at Wise
Events feature activists, authors, films and music
After Hours -- Green thumb comes with British touch

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Steven Kaplan and John T. Casteen III
Photo by Fletcher Dean
Steven H. Kaplan (left) was installed as the fifth chancellor of U.Va.-Wise in a ceremony on Sept. 6, attended by U.Va. President John T. Casteen III (right), along with a host of state officials and delegates from colleges and universities. See New chancellor installed at Wise.

State OKs parking garage

By Louise Dudley

U.Va. can proceed with the proposed Ivy Road parking garage, the state’s secretary of administration announced Sept. 4.

“My actions allow construction to proceed at the university’s discretion, but under condition that the university pay for all traffic and safety improvements directly related to the garage,” Sandra D. Bowen wrote to U.Va. President John T. Casteen III. She noted that the nature and cost of those improvements will not be clear until a new traffic study being commissioned by the University and the City of Charlottesville is complete.

The city is advertising for traffic engineering firms interested in conducting the study, to be paid for by the University. The study is expected to be complete by Nov. 30.

The University already has committed to pay more than $5 million for several improvements related to traffic in the area, including a new connection between Massie Road and the U.S. 29/250 bypass, the expansion of one lane west from the garage’s Ivy Road entrance, and synchronizing six traffic signals on Ivy Road and Emmet Street. Full story.

’92 bonds transformed Grounds

A decade ago, Virginians turned out in record numbers to endorse a higher education bond issue by a 3-to-1 margin. This support for construction and renovation reflected a keen understanding of the need for additional space to provide better resources for teaching and medical research – the kind that produces educated citizens and cures for diseases. On Nov. 5, citizens are being asked to make another investment in the future of higher education.

By Matt Kelly

Michael Levenson’s memories of Wilson Hall are not fond ones.

“It was insupportable and unpleasant. There was gloom inside,” said Levenson, chair of the English Department.

He considers the 42,289-square-foot Bryan Hall, built as a result of the 1992 bond referendum, a major boost toward a new era for the English Department.
Its construction allowed English, the University’s largest department, to move into new facilities, attract top faculty and provide a modern learning environment for its students.

Other University projects that resulted from the ’92 bond referendum included: a major addition to Jordan Hall for medical research and education, $14.6 million from state bonds; an addition to the Chemistry Building that allowed the department to significantly expand its research, $8 million; construction of Bryan Hall, $4.5 million; renovations to Old Cabell Hall, $3.6 million; and renovations to Minor Hall, $2.1 million.

The 1992 referendum provided $613 million in general obligation bonds for construction projects at public colleges and universities around the state. U.Va. received $35.8 million, which officials supplemented with private money to fund about $67 million in new construction and renovations. In addition to its direct impact on the University and its students, the surrounding community felt the ripple effect from the five building projects. Hundreds of local construction jobs were added in the community, and it was estimated that 30 new research labs would bring an additional permanent annual payroll of $5.6 million. Full story.


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