Oct. 11-24, 2002
Vol. 32, Issue 28
Back Issues
Solar team shines on the Mall

‘Genius Grant’ winner to speak at Convocation
Family Weekend packed with activities
If you “cannot live without books”
U.Va. changes banks
Town-gown solutions forum
Faculty invited to minority career day talk
Board establishes professorships
Board names buildings
G’day, art lovers
Virginia gets ‘B’ in nat’l report
See with a writer’s eye
For he’s a jolly good fellow
Benefits open enrollment
Another bridge over technology divide
Back to his roots
‘Brain Food:’ Students serve up a most excellent lunch
Who’s minding grandma?
Your right to safety
Hot Link: Faculty experts guide
Exhibits highlight Chinese, European art
College goes to ‘Net for advising, registration processes
New INS rules snare international students
‘The Secret Museum’ to explore pornography
Non-profit fair set for Nov. 13
Student-faculty dinners begin Oct. 17
Michelango‘s art explored on Oct. 24
In Memoriam

Budget cuts implemented
Biggest gift ever
Digest/Daily news about U.Va.
Headlines @ U.Va.

Making every drop count

LBT group offers compromise
15th annual Virginia Festival of Film
A voice for Africa
To our readers -- redesign of IUVA print version
Wylie’s ‘Stillwater’ runs through Oct. 27
Basketball ticket lottery
‘Waltzing the Reaper’
Infrastructure not glamorous but a vital part of bond package

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Students make final adjustments to U.Va.’s solar house.
Photo by Jenny Gerow
Students make final adjustments to U.Va.’s solar house.

Solar team shines on the Mall

By Jane Ford

Towels were hung out to dry in the sun at many of the houses at the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The teams took advantage of the direct application of solar energy – aka sunlight – to save the power in their batteries, collected with photovoltaic cells. They had to return the dried towels to the judges to be weighed. Each team would receive the total number of points allotted only if their towels weighed to-the-ounce what they did before they were washed.

The practical and technical parts of the competition were under way. Decathletes were busy cooking meals, running the dishwasher and washing machine, producing a newsletter in their home offices, watching six hours of TV or video, driving an electric vehicle and taking showers with 110 water. The 14 teams, from colleges and universities across the nation, were busy completing their assigned tasks for the day.

In addition to day-to-day living chores, they were required to maintain room and water temperatures and monitor other systems on a regular schedule to earn points in the complicated rating scheme. Full story.

Budget cuts implemented
Casteen’s action reduces budget by 15 percent immediately

By Dan Heuchert

With a two-year state budget gap last officially pegged at $3 billion and expected to grow, U.Va. President John T. Casteen III announced earlier this month that the University would go ahead and implement most elements of a worst-case budget-cutting plan submitted to Gov. Mark Warner.

Warner required state agencies to submit contingency plans reflecting 7, 11 and 15 percent cuts in state funding, and is to announce Oct. 15 his deficit-reduction plan. Casteen’s action implements the 15 percent plan immediately.

“It would be unwise and imprudent to delay taking inevitable steps to meet the level of these further reductions,” Casteen wrote in a memo to University faculty and staff. Full story.

David A. Harrison III Biggest gift ever

By Bill Sublette

The late David A. Harrison III of Hopewell, one of the University’s most loyal and generous alumni during his lifetime, has made an even greater impact on the institution through his estate.

A retired lawyer, investment banker and farmer, Harrison died June 8 at the age of 85. Recent distributions from his estate and a previously established trust have provided the University with $64 million, most of it directed toward endowed professorships in the schools of law and medicine. The Virginia athletics program and the University Library also will benefit from the estate’s provisions. Full story.


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