Legislative forum to be held Jan. 3
panel of local legislators will speak at U.Va. on Jan. 3 in a
forum that will include U.Va. President
John T. Casteen III. Sen. Creigh Deeds, Del. Mitch Van Yahres,
Del. Rob B. Bell III and Del. R. Steven Landes will share viewpoints
on issues facing the 2003 General Assembly, including those that
affect the future of higher education and the Health System. The
forum, sponsored by U.Va.s Office
of State Governmental Relations, will begin at noon in the
Newcomb Hall Ballroom.
Groh voted ACC coach of the year
football coach Al Groh was voted Atlantic Coast Conference coach
of the year Nov. 26 by a panel of media representatives. Groh,
in his second year, was named on 49 ballots, easily outdistancing
Marylands Ralph Friedgen, second among the five coaches
who received votes. Predicted to finish eighth in the ACC in a
preseason poll, Grohs Cavaliers tied for second with a 6-2
conference record (8-5 overall). The Cavaliers post-season
bowl plans were still undetermined as of midweek when Inside UVA
went to press.
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924-SNOW or 243-SNOW for information on work schedules due to
Center cuts 200 positions
realignment plan to eliminate 200 positions at the Medical Center
has been completed with no layoffs, hospital officials say. Although
six employees resigned voluntarily and one retired, 61 found new
jobs elsewhere within the Medical Center.
132 vacant positions were left unfilled. Non-managerial employees
who were reassigned were guaranteed at least their previous salary,
and some got raises.
Medical Centers human resources department compared U.Va.
staffing levels with benchmarks at other academic
medical centers to formulate the plan.
resumes searches for two posts
Block, vice president and provost, has resumed searches for two
of three vice provost jobs open to U.Va. faculty: vice provost
for academic programs and vice provost for faculty advancement.
The vice provost for academic programs serves as the provosts
representative in academic matters related to curriculum and the
vitality of the academic units. The vice provost for faculty advancement
oversees University-wide recruitment and retention strategies
and practices and develops initiatives to promote diversity among
positions have been two-thirds time to allow the faculty member
to continue some teaching, but that aspect is negotiable. Application
review will begin Dec. 20 and continue until the position is filled.
Interested faculty should send a copy of their curriculum vitae
and a letter of interest, detailing any special qualifications
they have with regard to the position, to: Laura F. Hawthorne,
Office of the Vice President and Provost, Madison Hall, P.O. Box
for more information.
Committee completes plagiarism trials
Honor Committee on Nov. 23 completed the last of 158 trials on
plagiarism cases initiated by physics professor Louis Bloomfield.
initiated the cases in 2001 after a computer program he used to
review class papers identified strings of identical words. Of
the cases, 59 students were formally accused of an honor offense.
In total, 48 students left the University: 20 students who were
found guilty at trial and 28 students who chose to leave U.Va.
lawsuits filed in federal court challenged the jurisdiction of
the Honor Committee, but both were dismissed on summary judgment.
A federal court again affirmed Honor Committee procedures by stating,
the University provides in all Honor Committee cases an
extensive procedural system designed to guarantee that no individual
is wrongly punished.
addition has been made to the Universitys nondiscrimination
policy to include pregnancy. It reads as follows:
with federal and state law, the University does not discriminate
in any of its programs, procedures or practices on the basis of
age, color, disability, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation,
race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation
or veteran status. The University operates equal opportunity and
affirmative action programs for faculty, staff and students, including
discriminatory harassment policies and procedures. The University
of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Office of Equal Opportunity Programs enforces the Universitys
non-discrimination obligation. A faculty member, staff employee
or student having a complaint of prohibited discrimination may
file a discrimination complaint with the office subject to the
appropriate standards and procedures.
on the Arts to further 2020 goals
President and Provost Gene Block recently appointed 20 members
of the University community to the newly formed University Committee
on the Arts. The group, chaired by Block, includes deans, chairs,
administrators and student leaders in the arts who will advise
the provost on implementing initiatives identified by the 2020
Commission on the Fine and Performing Arts. The committee will
look at issues that will shape the future of the arts at U.Va.
funding, scholarships, programs, strategy and infrastructure
and set priorities for sustaining a thriving environment
for the arts.
this time of tight money, said Block, I am committed
to working with this committee to expand the cultural resources
for the University and the community.
What would you do with Morven Farm?
you had a farm in Albemarle, what kinds of educational and other
programs would you house there? Members of the University community
can suggest how Morven Farm, the core property donated to U.Va.
by longtime benefactor John W. Kluge, is used by the University.
plans for Morven Farm have focused on but are not limited
to four primary areas: environmental and landscape studies,
performing and creative arts, international activities, and public
service and outreach. Emphasis will be placed on activities related
directly to priorities identified in the Virginia 2020 plans and
on establishing centers of global pre-eminence.
and staff may submit suggestions by Jan. 3; students have until
Jan. 15. For details, call the provosts office at 924-3728,
or visit http://www.virginia.edu/uvafoundation/morvenfarms/.
borders about to open on Grounds
new venture in intercultural experience, the Passport Program,
aims to provide U.Va. students a fun and educational way to learn
about crossing borders into new cultural experiences.
Passports will be issued in January for the spring program. Participants
are expected to attend at least five cultural, academic or social
events that represent crossing a border for them (race,
gender, ethnicity, religion, gender, ideology, etc.).
Passport Program is a collaborative project of the offices of
the Dean of Students, African American Affairs and International
Studies and U.Va. student groups. For details, contact Amy Kang,
or Pablo Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org, 924-7438, or visit www.virginia.edu/deanofstudents/passport.
Technology applications due Feb. 3
who have innovative ideas about integrating teaching and technology
might consider applying for a Teaching+Technology Initiative Fellowship
for 2003-04. The program promotes interdisciplinary discussions
of effective teaching and developing methods for teaching with
technology that can be adapted by other faculty. It is open to
faculty members in any school at U.Va.
information is available from deans, chairs and the Teaching Resource
Center. Also see http://tti.itc.virginia.edu/.
Applicants are encouraged to consult with a TTI instructional
technology adviser on their proposals.
should be sent to the Provosts Office, c/o TTI Fellowship
Program, by Feb. 3. Fellows will be announced in late March.
out technology resources
Technology Resource Open House for U.Va. faculty will be held
Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Wilson Hall. Sponsored by ITC
Training Services, the event will feature software demonstrations,
faculty poster sessions, tours of the Research Computing Support
Center and ITC Help Desk, and a presentation on the faculty toolkit.
Participants can register to win a new Dell handheld computer.
information, contact Nancy Rogers, ITC Training Services, email@example.com
extends donation deadline
Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, the annual charity drive of
state employees, has extended the deadline for receipt of pledge
donations to Dec. 13.
As of Nov. 20, U.Va. had collected $103,550 of its $400,000 goal,
and the participation rate was 6.8 percent. Gifts are tax-deductible,
and all of designated funds go to the charity or charities employees
choose. For information, call 924-3165 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
or check the Web site for updates at http://www.virginia.edu/cvc/.
System launches KnowledgeLink
a new way to get answers to frequently asked questions on Health
System topics, from where to park on game days to knowing who
to call when locked out of the office. The Health System recently
launched an Intranet Web site, Know-ledgeLink, to further communications
and provide information to employees. The site includes information
ranging from employee benefits to booking rooms for meetings.
Log on to knowledgelink.healthsystem.virginia.edu. Employees will
be asked to login using the same user identification as for their
1,000 Charlottesville community members enrolled in more than
30 noncredit courses offered this fall by the Universitys
School of Continuing and Professional Studies, topping all previous
for spring classes begins Jan. 2 and continues until a class begins
or is filled. Class starting dates vary, beginning the last week
in January. Call 982-5313 to get a catalog or visit http://www.uvacharlottesvillecenter.info
for the full listing of courses.
to benefit CMC
two-day live program will be broadcast Dec. 6 and 7 from Fashion
Square Mall to benefit the U.Va. Childrens Medical Center.
The radio show will feature the centers patients, families
and doctors sharing their stories. Listeners can call in and make
a pledge or stop by at the mall. Four stations will air the program:
Country 99.7, Hot 101.9, Fox 102.3, and Mix 107.5
Lorna Sundberg International Center at U.Va. will feature a Nordic
Lands Christmas Celebration on Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the
International Residential College. The festive celebration of
Christmas traditions in Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Demark and Finland
will include caroling, creating ornaments and smorgasbord-style
food tasting. The Charlottesville Scandinavian Group is co-sponsoring
the Nordic celebration.
month of the academic year, a different country or region is featured
during First Friday receptions. The events introduce students
to various cultures through samples of foods, native dances and
other cultural and educational activities. The next gathering
is scheduled for Feb. 7.
Great American Novel Competition will be held in the spring in
conjunction with the Virginia Festival of the Book. Co-sponsors
include the U.Va. Creative Writing Program journal, Meridian and
Tupelo Press. Three winning entries will be chosen to receive
a consultation with Tupelo Press editor-in-chief Jeffrey Levine
and possible subsequent publication of their manuscript. Entrants
should submit a one-page summary, sample chapter and entry form
and fee by Jan. 31. Details about where to send submissions are
on the Web site, www.vabook.org/contest.
Any M.F.A. graduate student interested in serving as a reader
can contact Jeb Livingood, email@example.com.
The reading period will be mid- to late February.
U.Va. English professor Jerome McGann is one of five U.S.
scholars to be honored with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundations
second annual Distinguished Achievement Award in the humanities.
The award, for significant contributions to teaching and research,
is for up to $1.5 million to strengthen the Universitys
humanities scholarship and teaching through programs with which
McGann is affiliated. In addition, McGann has been awarded the
Modern Language Associations 33rd annual James Russell Lowell
Prize for his book, Radiant Textuality: Literature after
the World Wide Web, published by Palgrave Press. McGann
will receive the MLA award Dec. 28 at the associations annual
convention in New York.
Vice President for Finance Yoke San Reynolds was elected
vice president of the Eastern Association of College and University
Business Officers at the annual meeting in October.
Architecture professor Edward Ford and landscape architecture
professor Warren Byrd received awards from the Virginia
Society of the American Institute of Architects at the fourth
annual Visions for Architecture ceremonies, held Nov. 8 in Richmond.
won one of five Honor Awards for a house in Charlottesville he
designed for his family. Byrd, along with Susan Nelson
of Nelson-Byrd Landscape Architects, was cited for work that inspires
and complements the work of the architectural profession. They
received one of three Virginia Society Awards.
Professors from several colleges and universities led a special
seminar in honor of Nathan Scott, U.Va. Professor Emeritus
of Religious Studies and English. The seminar was held at the
South Atlantic Modern Language Associations convention last
month in Baltimore.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently presented the
WasteWise Award to U.Va. for the Facilities Management recycling
divisions innovative approaches to waste reduction. The
Universitys Division of Recoverable and Disposable Resources
also won the Virginia Recycling Award for colleges and universities.
The U.Va. recycling
program was recognized for amounts of materials recycled and diverted
from the landfill, income generated from the sale of recyclables,
and overall organization and operation.
Erik Elvgren, senior producer/director for the School of Continuing
and Professional Studies educational technologies center, was
listed as one of AV Video Multimedia Producer magazines
top 100 producers in its November issue.
Lewis S. Feuer, who retired as professor emeritus of sociology
and government in 1983, died Nov. 24 in Newton, Mass. His late
wife, Kathryn Feuer, was a professor of Slavic languages and literatures
at U.Va. and died in 1992.
Wendell Melville Lewis, 79, of Suggets Point in Richmond County,
20. An educator for most of his professional life, he was associate
dean of continuing education at the University when he retired
Charles Chick Moran, former head of the Universitys
Printing Services, died Nov. 17 at 89.
Dr. William Parson, a former professor and chairman of
internal medicine at the School of Medicine, died Nov. 25 of a
heart attack. He was 89. He worked at U.Va. from 1949 to 1966
and was living in Seattle when he died.