Throughout the academic year, deans make annual
reports to their staff and faculty, laying out the goals, aspirations
and challenges for the upcoming year. School Reports is an occasional
series written by University Relations staff that takes a look
at the state of the University one piece at a time.
Back to the
future: McIntires move will open opportunities
by Rebecca Arrington
1975, the McIntire
School of Commerce moved from its home on the Lawn to Monroe
Hall. Last year, the Commerce School learned it would be moving
has chosen Hartman-Cox Architects of Washington, an architectural
firm with strong credentials in historic preservation, to renovate
Rouss Hall and design a new, 100,000-square-foot academic complex
attached to the buildings rear.
into the new building will allow the school to expand its offices,
state-of-the-art classrooms and popular capital markets and financial
on the success of the schools most recent fund-raising effort,
which brought in nearly $8.8 million in gifts and pledges in fiscal
year 2002, McIntire will launch a $50 million Back to the
Lawn capital campaign in April.
addition to providing new space for Commerce School classes, the
Rouss Hall addition will enable McIntire to expand its course
offerings to College students, create other new courses for University
students and promote interdisciplinary research. John Griffin
(McIntire 85), president and founder of Blue Ridge Capital,
provided the initial funding for the collaboration with a $500,000
the long term, this collaboration promises to transform the experience
of students and faculty in both the McIntire School and the College
of Arts & Sciences, said McIntire School Dean Carl Zeithaml.
intend to create an inspirational physical presence to facilitate
innovation and collaboration among the faculty and students of
McIntire and the College.
Still, 2002 was a tough year in some ways. In particular, the
state budget crisis meant a budget cut of almost 9 percent, or
about $1.5 million, for McIntire. The school is working to protect
core activities and minimize its impact, but faculty and staff
have not received raises in two years and McIntire students are
paying higher tuition.
so, the McIntire School stepped up two places in the U.S. News
& World Reports ranking of undergraduate business programs
and now stands at No. 5, tied with the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill.
spring, the school hosted some of Americas most creative
minds in such diverse industries as winemaking, hospitality, banking,
aviation and entertainment through the Center for Growth Enterprises
third annual symposium, Creativity and Innovation in Mature
the guests were Robert Mondavi, father of the modern American
wine industry, and Stanford University Professor Robert I. Sutton,
who discussed his book, Weird Ideas that Work: 111/2 Practices
for Promoting, Managing, and Sustaining Innovation.
stressed the importance of businesses tolerating failure because
it is impossible to generate a few good ideas without generating
a lot of bad ideas.
The only kind of failure that deserves
to be punished is inaction.
by Stephanie Gross
Programs, grants, gifts keep E-school focused on future
a field that changes as rapidly as engineering, there is no such
thing as business as usual.
one constant is keeping focused on the future.
despite cuts in state funding, that future is rich with opportunity,
says Dean Richard Miksad.
response to budget cuts is not to hunker down, but to act prudently
and decisively, Miksad said. Theres no doubt
that cuts in state support have reduced our short-term flexibility,
but they have also inspired us to think hard about the future.
Securing new sources of funding helps researchers progress in
areas such as information technology, nanotechnology and bioengineering,
year, Engineering School
researchers brought in nearly $38 million, almost double the $20.6
million secured five years ago, according to Haydn Wadley, associate
dean for research.
$5 million grant from the National Science Foundation laid the
foundation for a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.
Thanks in part to $10.5 million from the Whitaker Foundation,
the department of biomedical engineering moved into a new building
in February and is hiring six new faculty members. And faculty
in the computer science department have combined with investigators
from other schools to attract nearly $9 million for research.
gifts from foundations, corporations and alumni reached $15 million
last year, bringing total private giving to $90 million since
1995, according to Tom Connors, executive director of the Virginia
creativity also figures into the revenue picture. Over the past
three years, they have sought patent protection for nearly 80
inventions, including more than 30 last year, Wadley said.
the ultimate measure of strength is in the schools educational
programs, Miksad said. Although undergraduate enrollment has grown
by nearly 400 students up 25 percent since 1992
and some class sizes have gotten larger, the quality of the students
the school attracts remains high. Initiatives such as the Science
and Technology Policy Washington Internships and the Department
of Energy Solar Decathlon have drawn top students.
applications also have grown, doubling every two years, according
to Kathy Thornton, assistant dean for graduate programs. Online
applications, introduced in October 2001, helped the school attract
nearly 2,500 applications last year, a record.
promote innovation in teaching and research, the school has encouraged
faculty members to collaborate in four cluster areas
bioengineering; computer and information science and engineering;
nanotechnology; and societal and environmental systems.
an engineering school of our size and our high aspirations, its
imperative that we leverage our resources by collaborating with
others, Miksad said. And since major advances in engineering
have always occurred at the boundaries between established disciplines,
collaborative ventures are essential to the continued vitality
and relevance of the school.