Genius grant winner to
speak at convocation
Janine Jagger, who recently received one of the so-called MacArthur
Foundation genius grants, will be the keynote speaker
Oct. 25 at Fall Convocation, which kicks off Family Weekend. The
event will be held at University Hall at 2 p.m. Jagger, a U.Va.
epidemiologist who directs the International Health Care Worker
Safety Center, patented a safer design to prevent needle-stick
injuries. Fall Convocation will also recognize students who receive
intermediate honors. In addition, the Thomas Jefferson Award will
be given to a distinguished member of the University community.
Classes will remain in session.
Weekend packed with activities
Oct. 25-27 is Family Weekend at U.Va., a program coordinated by
the Office of Orientation and New Student Programs. In addition
to Fall Convocation, activities include library presentations,
candlelit tours of the Lawn and the University forum, with remarks
by President John T. Casteen III and a question-and-answer session.
The forum will take place 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 26 in Old Cabell
Hall. At 1 p.m., Edward Ayers, dean of Arts & Sciences, will
discuss undergraduate education in the College, in Wilson Hall
Auditorium, followed by a presentation by religious studies professor
Benjamin C. Ray. A reception will follow in Garrett Hall Commons.
you cannot live without books
Bag a deal at the University of Virginia Press annual warehouse
book sale Oct. 25 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Oct. 26 from 10 a.m.-2
p.m. at the press warehouse, 500 Edgemont Road (just off the intersection
of Alderman and McCormick roads). Thousands of books on literature,
history, the Civil War, African-American studies and Virginiana
will be available for as little as $3 and $6.
The University has switched from Wachovia to the Bank of America.
Employee pay continues to be deposited automatically in the bank
of choice. Employees need take no action regarding automatic direct
deposit. University checks will look the same except for the bank
An upcoming forum will focus on Charlottesvilles downtown
pedestrian mall as an example of how university research can help
community projects. Co-sponsored by U.Va. and the Pew Partnership
for Civic Change, the conference will be held at the Boars
Head Inn Oct. 16-17. Roundtable discussions will focus on Solutions
for America, a two-year initiative that paired researchers
with nonprofit and government organizations to help them assess
the results of their programs.
documents when town and gown work
together, the whole community benefits, said Suzanne Morse,
executive director of the Pew Partnership.
invited to Minority Career Day talk
As part of Minority Career Day, Athletic Director Craig Littlepage
will kick off the festivities at an opening reception 6-8 p.m.
on Oct. 21, to which faculty are invited.
University Career Services 19th annual minority career fair
will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the Omni Hotel in
Charlottesville. U.Va. students, as well as students from more
than 30 colleges in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland, will be able
to talk with more than 100 employers from major companies, government
agencies and non-profit organizations.
At its Oct. 4 meeting, the Board of Visitors established three
new professorships in the School of Medicine, bringing the number
of endowed chairs to 412. The professorships are the Bayer Corp.-Gerald
L. Mandell Professorship in Internal Medicine, the Cancer Center
Distinguished Professorship and the Ruth E. Murdaugh Professorship
in Family Practice. In addition, the board approved an endowed
chair at U.Va.s College at Wise, the Kenneth Asbury Professorship.
In honor of its late director, the International Center will be
renamed the Lorna Sundberg International Center, according to
action taken by the Board of Visitors last week. The newest building
at U.Va.s Fontaine Research Park is being named for the
late Gerald D. Aurbach, a U.Va. alumnus and internationally recognized
endocrinologist. The Aurbach Medical Research Building will bring
together the Universitys various diabetes programs and other
endocrinology research programs. The board also approved the naming
of the Dr. Ralph and Marion Falk Medical Research Lab and the
Food Lion Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Get a taste of Australia via New York City. U.Va.s Kluge-Ruhe
Aboriginal Art Museum is sponsoring a weekend bus trip with a
down-under theme Nov. 8-10. See The Native Born exhibit,
eat at Eight-Mile Creek restaurant and browse in the Australian
Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery. Round trip is $450 and includes two
nights stay at the Empire Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Call
gets B in natl report
Virginia is doing well compared with other states in preparing
students for college, according to Measuring Up 2002,
the second in a series of biennial, state-by-state report cards
for higher education produced by the National Center for Public
Policy and Higher Education. The report grades states on their
performance in five categories: preparation, participation, affordability,
completion and benefits. David Breneman, dean of the Curry School
of Education and an expert on higher education finance, chairs
the centers National Advisory Panel for the Report Card.
Curry professor Margaret Peg Miller is the project
director of the National Forum on College-Level Learning.
with a writers eye
This years Writers Eye, organized by the U.Va. Art
Museum docents, has opened. The 16th annual competition encourages
writers to think about and to view the works of art in the museums
collection in a fresh way. The museum invites area students from
grades 3 to 12, as well as University students and adults, to
write an original poem or short story in response to one of the
pieces. This years art will be selected from two exhibitions
The Orchid Pavilion Gathering and Imagination
on Edge and from the permanent collection.
All entries must be received by Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. Community and
university educators will serve as elementary and middle school
judges. For details, call 924-7458.
hes a jolly good fellow
Whos the most likely professor to be roasted by Virginia
politicians on his 50th birthday? Larry J. Sabato, of course.
The director of the Center for Politics turned the big 5-0 a few
months ago. Gov. Mark R. Warner, Lt. Gov. Timothy Kaine, Attorney
General Jerry Kilgore and U.S. senators John Warner and George
Allen will help Sabato, one of the nations most quoted political
analysts, celebrate in Richmond Oct. 21 at a benefit dinner for
the center, which Sabato founded in 1998.
open in benefit plan
Enrollment in the Virginia Sickness & Disability Program for
full-time classified employees is open until Nov. 30 for workers
in the previous plan who would like to join VSDP. Employees will
be automatically switched to the VSDP unless they opt out.
bridge over technology divide
From rural outposts to poor inner-city streets, students who show
great promise and fit the criteria for gifted and talented
will get a boost from a new Curry School program that allows them
to pursue higher academic levels via distance learning. Armed
with a new $1 million federal grant, Education School graduate
students and technology staffers, along with five faculty members,
will train teachers for the project in Charlottesville. Dubbed
LOGgED On, which stands for Learning Opportunities
for the Gifted Economically Disadvantaged Online, the project
will set up an interactive distance learning program that includes
video, audio and online equipment, giving students access to teachers
and resources from remote locations.
to his roots
As next years artist in residence at the Smithsonian Institutions
National Museum of the American Indian, Chris Cornelius, a lecturer
in the Architecture School, will use the fellowship to work on
a cultural center for his tribe, the Oneida Indians of Wisconsin.
his masters thesis, Cornelius generated design ideas based
on the Oneida creation myth. The native arts fellowship will enable
him to continue visually translating these ideas to make
Oneida cosmology visible in the architecture of the building.
The Architecture School hopes to exhibit his work in the fall
Food: Students serve up a most excellent lunch
If you want something substantial to munch on during Wednesday
lunches, join a bunch of undergraduates who will share their research
with classmates and the community in a new series of brown bag
presentations tagged Brain Food, from noon to 2 p.m.
in Jefferson Hall. The new program is sponsored by the Center
of Undergraduate Excellence, which acts as a clearinghouse for
information about undergraduate research, fellowships and interdisciplinary
Fueled by private money, the center is an example of the Universitys
goal to protect academic services during the budget crisis, said
Nicole Hurd, center director. Student response to the Brain
Food series has been so strong that Wednesdays are almost
booked for the year, Hurd added.
For middle-age employees who find themselves sandwiched between
caring for their parents and their children, the Faculty and Employee
Assistance Program can help plan and deal with current situations.
FEAPs free ElderCare services include assessing needs for
physical care and providing information about financial and legal
resources, as well as short-term counseling. For details, call
right to safety
With the safety and security of the University community in mind,
the U.Va. Police Dept. publishes an annual report with statistics
of reported crimes on Grounds and nearby locales. It also features
policies concerning issues such as crime prevention and sexual
assault, as well as instructions on how to report crimes. To get
a copy, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 924-7166.
link: Faculty experts guide
A searchable database at http://uva.category4.com/uvaexperts/
features more than 500 University experts online. The resource
is intended to help media and others identify experts in the humanities,
arts, sciences, law, government, education and health, and covers
more than 1,500 topics ranging from abortion to youth violence.
highlight Chinese, European art
Two exhibits at the U.Va. Art Museum take viewers back in time
and to distant parts of the world. The Orchid Pavilion Gathering:
Chinese Painting from the University of Michigan Museum of Art
and The Imagination on Edge: European Prints from the Mid-18th
to the Early 20th Century, which come from the museums
permanent collection, are on display through Dec. 22. Hours: Tuesday
through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
goes to Net for advising, registration processes
For years, we have been told how computers will make our lives
easier and save paper and money. In some cases, this has actually
proven true. Take, for instance, the College of Arts & Sciences
recent decision to put its entire course registration and academic
advising program online. The move is expected to save hundreds
of person-hours and nearly $60,000 particularly valuable
in this time of budget cuts and hiring freezes.
INS rules snare international students
New Immigration and Naturalization Service rules meant to better
track foreign students studying in the U.S. passed in the
wake of last years 9-11 attacks are delaying some
students education, according to U.Va. officials. Several
students have experienced delays and denials of their visa applications
and will be allowed to begin their school years in the spring
semester. Three students who arrived on tourist visas were sent
home at their own expense until they secured a student visa.
Secret Museum to explore pornography
John R. Clarke, a fine arts professor from the University of Texas
Austin, will talk about pornography in ancient Roman art and how
it relates to present perceptions of the obscene in a lecture
Tuesday. Clarke will discuss "The 'Secret Museum' from Pompeii
to Brooklyn: Pornography, Patriarchy and the Obscene" at
6 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 160. By examining obscene objects
from ancient Herculaneum and Pompeii, Clarke will explore the
way the ancient people viewed the art, the role these objects
played in the creation of the word pornography and
controversies over recent censorship attempts. Clarke, a specialist
in ancient Roman art and architecture, is the author of two books,
The Houses of Roman Italy, 100 B.C. -A.D. 250: Ritual Space
and Decoration, and Looking at Lovemaking: Constructions
of Sexuality in Roman Art, 100 B.C.- A.D. 250. His third
book, Art in the Lives of Ordinary Romans, is forthcoming.
For details, contact Maurie D. McInnis at (434) 243-8651 or McInnis@virginia.edu.
fair set for Nov. 13
The Community Relations Office will hold a fair on Nov. 13 for
non-profit organizations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Newcomb Hall
ballroom. The fair is a way for non-profits to display their services
and programs during the Commonwealth of Virginia campaign, and
it will provide an opportunity for U.Va. employees to gain information
that might be helpful in caring for their families. The event
is free to U.Va. employees.
dinners begin Oct. 17
The first in the Student Faculty Dinner Series will be held Oct.
17 with professors Brian Balogh, Brad Brown, Breyette Lorntz and
Daphne Spain. The professors represent disciplines including history,
commerce, international health and architecture. The dinners are
open to first- and second-year students, who can e-mail alederer@
virginia.edu for a full invitation or for additional details.
art explored on Oct. 24
Paul Barolsky, U.Va. professor of art history, will explore the
close relationship between Michelangelo's art and his poetry,
theology, biography and aesthetics in a lecture on Oct. 24. The
lecture, Michelangelo and the Creation of Adam," is
based on Barolskys latest book, Michelangelo and the
Finger of God, due out in 2003. He has written two other
books on Michelangelo, Michelangelo's Nose and The
Faun in the Garden. The lecture will be held at 6 p.m. in
Room 160 of Campbell Hall. For details, contact Maurie D. McInnis
at (434) 243-8651 or McInnis@virginia.edu.
Marvin Lang Power, 71, of Charlottesville, died
Sept. 11. He retired as an electrician with the department of
Gerald L. Trett, 71, of Charlottesville, died, Sept. 17.
A U.Va. alumnus, he was an editor of the University Press of Virginia.
Theodore Roy Ted Turner, 80, of Charlottesville,
died Sept. 26. He was an artist and retired professor. After teaching
medieval architecture at Dartmouth for several years, he moved
to Charlottesville in 1952. At U.Va., he taught printmaking, watercolors,
sculpture, art history and photography for 33 years until he retired