Sept. 27-Oct. 10, 2002
Vol. 32, Issue 27
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Aging buildings, gleaming visions factored into bond package
$6 million fund to bridge gaps
U.Va. attacking water crisis
Board approves preliminary plans for arena
Med Center board gets construction report

Bonds will help build on aspirations

Presidential Accolades
Africa Consortium to broaden health, humanities projects
Time form, earnings statement show off new look
To the point with Ann Hamric
Off the Shelf -- recently published books by U.Va. faculty and staff
Blackford planning graceful exit as Quarterly editor
U.S. News ranks U.Va. No. 1 in “Best Values”
Women’s Center is recipient of the PIE award
Academic integrity topic of conference
Indigenous in black-and-white
Library offers rare glimpse into American history

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Aging buildings, gleaming visions factored into bond package

Virginia Gov. Mark Warner speaks at a bond rally

Photo by Andrew Shurtleff
The current generation of University students will likely see little benefit from the projects included in this November’s higher education bond referendum. But as Virginia Gov. Mark Warner reminded students Monday at a bond rally at the Rotunda, today’s students are the beneficiaries of a similar bond vote held 10 years ago. He urged the students to be good stewards of the University for the next generation.

The signs tell a story.

In Brooks Hall, where leaks and water damage are a constant problem, a sign outside a restroom reads: “Archival material is in the room below. DO NOT get water on the floor.”

In New Cabell Hall, the ceiling in one classroom is spotted with four pizza-size brown splotches from leaks. One looks fresh.

“For classroom repair, please dial ‘FIXIT’ 3-4948,” says a sign by the door.
There’s no sign outside an office in Cocke Hall. The space reeks of mildew, despite the rattle of a dehumidifier going full blast in the corner. Because of the conditions, the professor prefers to hang his hat at Alderman Library, said Joe Grasso, associate dean of planning and operations for the College of Arts & Sciences.

“Many faculty work at home because of the poor conditions,” Grasso said during a summertime tour of the facilities. That makes it more difficult for students to drop by and undercuts a sense of community among faculty.

Brooks, New Cabell and Cocke halls are not included in a Nov. 5 bond referendum that would provide $68.3 million for projects at U.Va. and $846 million for educational facilities around the state. But the plight of these and other buildings is symptomatic of why officials say the issue is so vital to U.Va. and other schools in the Commonwealth. Full story.

Board of Visitors, University departments chip in
$6 million fund to bridge gaps

By Anne Bromley

Using creativity and efficiency, U.Va. administrators have rounded up $6 million to retain faculty and support graduate students, President John T. Casteen III told Faculty Senate members at their annual fall retreat Sept. 13.

In addition to the Board of Visitors’ commitment of $4 million from the unrestricted endowment, several self-supporting units of the University will chip in to address academic needs in these tough financial times.

Casteen said Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Leonard W. Sandridge “took up a collection” from auxiliary services. The housing division, the University Bookstore, the athletics and intramural recreation departments, Parking & Transportation and Student Health came up with a combined $1 million to soften the effects of the state’s budget reductions. In addition, the University Real Estate Foundation is chipping in a $1 million surplus from its earnings.

“The $6 million will go to core programs,” Casteen said — to protect undergraduate teaching, course offerings and sections, to aid in retaining faculty and to provide ways to start new programs that are essential to U.Va.’s mission. The president said he would like to be able to reward extraordinary faculty efforts, as had been done before with a donation from late David A. Harrison III, for example. “I would like to go back to that model,” Casteen said.

The College of Arts & Sciences will be the fund’s main beneficiary because that it is the most dependent on state funds for operations, he said. Full story.


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