Oct. 25-Nov. 7, 2002
Vol. 32, Issue 29
Back Issues
State budget in crisis
Garry Wills takes his turn at writing U.Va. history
Headlines @ U.Va.
Lampkin named new VP

Wanted: Minority grad students

Faculty Actions -- from the October BOV meeting
New director has familiar face
The struggle to create the University -- excerpt from Mr. Jefferson’s University
Grounds Keeper
Nursing enrollment, ranking on the rise
Opportunity key to library’s outlook
‘With Good Reason’ turns 10
Talk maps out path of early explorations
Dove’s play debuts in C’ville
America’s global stature Levinson Lecture focus
Tears for the Earth
Bond package to spur research

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State budget in crisis
The Assembly of Professors convened for the first time in a decade Oct. 14 to discuss the state’s budget crisis and how U.Va. should proceed.
Photos by Andrew Shurtleff
The Assembly of Professors convened for the first time in a decade Oct. 14 to discuss the state’s budget crisis and how U.Va. should proceed.

U.Va. is cut $98.2M over biennium

By Lee Graves

High rankings are usually a cause for kudos at the University, but the latest round of state budget cuts has put U.Va. in a spot no one envies.

The University is near the top of the budget hit list — both in terms of total dollars and percentages — among public colleges and universities in the state. Only the Eastern Virginia Medical School must deal with larger percentage cuts.

Fortunately, officials at U.Va. have been anticipating the cuts with plans for a mid-year tuition increase, department-by-department reduction strategies and use of private funds to support core programs.

While Gov. Mark R. Warner said last week that 1,837 full- and part-time state employees would be laid off to reach his initial goal of $858 million in reductions, U.Va. President John T. Casteen III has made it clear that protecting jobs at the University is a No. 1 priority. Earlier this month he authorized implementing 15 percent reduction plans prepared by University departments “with the exception of any proposal that may involve layoffs, furloughs or some program of enforced early retirements.”

Casteen also has designated $6 million to retain faculty, support graduate students and protect core programs.

“It’s important to maintain key elements essential to academic excellence at the University,” Casteen said. “As much as possible, we must preserve the range of courses offered, the moderate size of classes and access to our libraries. In addition, we must recognize the valuable contributions of our classified employees in these tough times. They are critical to sustaining quality in patient care, teaching, research and dozens of other activities that are essential to the University’s mission. “

The Board of Visitors authorized the midyear tuition surcharge earlier this month. The amount will be set by Leonard W. Sandridge Jr., executive vice president and chief operating officer, in conjunction with board members and the administration. Full story.

Faculty call for tuition increase

By Carol Wood

More than 400 University professors answered the call to gather as a group for only the third time in the last half-century. The topic: the state budget crisis.

They came on Monday, Oct. 14, to send a strong message to state legislators that higher education in Virginia is under attack – and that the University of Virginia could be “in danger of slipping into mediocrity.”

“We are convinced that it is vital that we, the faculty, have a forum to voice our concerns, frustration and hopes,” said politics department chair Robert Fatton Jr., setting the tone for the evening. “…We will voice some criticisms, but we aim to be constructive. Tonight we will speak plainly, but in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.”

There were remarks by several faculty members who balanced reason with despair over the current budget situation and how it might harm the University’s core academic mission. This was not a new problem to many in the Chemistry Building lecture hall who had weathered a similar storm. Full story.

Garry Wills takes his turn at writing U.Va. history

By Matt Kelly

Thomas Jefferson the artist has long captivated historian and author Garry Wills, whose latest book, Mr. Jefferson’s University, is an examination of U.Va.

When National Geographic asked selected authors to write about their favorite places for a new book series, U.Va. was near the top of Wills’ list. “I’ve been visiting it for 30 years, and it has always intrigued me because I see something new every time,” he said. “It is an amazingly rich cluster of interrelations.”

Wills has been writing and teaching aspects of Jefferson for years. He once researched Jefferson’s architecture for American Heritage magazine and has taught courses at Northwestern University on Jefferson the artist. Full story.


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