Feb. 28-March 13, 2003
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Caplin to give finals speech
2003 Virginia Film Festival will show us the money

Legislature: Cuts, caps and salary raises
Latinos see ‘world of difference’ in community
Digest -- U.Va. news daily
Headlines @ U.Va.

Writing is ‘like breathing’ for Argentine author

A day in the life of Yacov Haimes
Call for help -- ER doc pushes for wireless E-911
Police chief logs first year
‘Slave to Scholar’
Tours highlight African-American history at U.Va.
Two distinguished faculty members die
Small-town southern life
Nature writers to speak
Forum lines up powerhouse of scholars
On Alert: Be cautious, be calm

News Briefs

Caplin to give finals speech
The University helped shape Mortimer Caplin’s life, and he has since helped shape the University. Caplin, who earned undergraduate and law degrees from U.Va. before serving as a top official in the Kennedy administration and then embarking on a successful career in tax law, will give the commencement address May 18 at Final Exercises. A former member of the Board of Visitors and a past winner of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law, Caplin has been generous in his support for the University, particularly the Law School and the arts.

2003 Virginia Film Festival will show us the money
While budget troubles are on everyone’s mind, the Virginia Film Festival will devote its 2003 fall festival to movies and discussions reflecting on the pervasive role of money in media, art and society. More than 80 classic and premiere screenings and nearly 100 guest filmmakers and speakers will address the theme of “$.” Events will be held throughout Charlottesville Oct. 23-26.
Instead of escapist fare, there will be films about wealth and poverty, consumerism and commodification, gambling, robbery, greed and forgery, including “Citizen Kane,” “Wall Street,” “Take the Money and Run,” “How to Marry a Millionaire,” “Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” “The Gold Rush,” “Greed” and the cartoons of Scrooge McDuck.

Festival Director Richard Herskowitz notes that the 2002 festival’s “Wet” theme was accompanied by significant rainfall. “Since many believe that our last theme helped bring about the end of the region’s drought, we’re hoping this year’s ‘money’ theme will turn around the economy,” he said.

Outstanding employees to get $1,000 awards
It’s time to nominate exceptional employees
whose hard work you’ve supervised or seen firsthand for an Outstanding Contribution Award. New this year, the winners will each receive $1,000, along with being honored at the annual awards banquet on June 5. Either the nominator or one of the two endorsers must be the nominee’s supervisor. Up to 11 classified employees will be chosen — five from the academic division, five from the Health System and one from U.Va.’s College at Wise. Nomination forms are available online at http://www.hrs.virginia.edu/linksforms.html. The completed package is due by 5 p.m. March 21.

Outstanding employees will be automatically submitted for the Governor’s Awards, which are given to employees around the state and will be announced during Virginia Public Service Week, May 5-11.

Va. income 2000 from the Cooper Center
The annual income report from U.Va.’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service provides a snapshot of Virginians’ wallets at the end of an economic boom. By studying tax 2000 data, the center found that the state’s median income for couples was a record $56,520, just before the economy went sour after a six-year climb. The five highest-income localities were all in Northern Virginia, led by Loudoun County ($80,122), with the five lowest-income counties all in Southwest Virginia, bottomed by Lee County ($27,326).

Albemarle County ranked 14th in couples’ median adjusted gross income, which was $66,175, and the city of Charlottesville 41st, with median income at $50,560. Albemarle was among the localities with the greatest disparities in incomes between wealthier and less wealthy taxpayers in 2000.

Therapy gives one-two punch to lymphoma
The U.Va. Health System is now offering a new treatment for patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “Zevalin therapy” uses a drug that binds to specifically targeted cancer cells, then delivers a radiation burst. The approach provides better results with fewer side-effects than traditional chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

“The major direction in cancer research is to develop targeted therapies that have the ability to attack tumor cells more effectively while sparing normal tissue,” said Dr. Michael E. Williams, professor of medicine in the U.Va. Cancer Center.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which affects about 60,000 people a year, is a cancer of the lymphatic system that can arise almost anywhere in the body, most commonly in the lymph nodes.

Board establishes seven professorships
At its Jan. 31 meeting, the Board of Visitors established seven new professorships in business and law, bringing the number of endowed chairs at the University to 419.

From the estate of David A. Harrison III, one of U.Va.’s most generous benefactors, five professorships will be created in the School of Law, to which Harrison left $34.8 million. The bulk of the money will be used to fill the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professorships. More funds will boost three of the oldest endowed chairs at the law school, named for James Madison, James Monroe and John B. Minor.

The other two new professorships, established in the Darden School, are the Leslie E. Grayson Professorship in Business Administration and the Killgallon Ohio Art Professorship in Business Administration.

The Killgallon Ohio Art Professorship is being funded by William Carpenter Killgallon, who attended the Darden School’s Executive Program in 1976 and is now CEO of the Ohio Art Company, and his brother, Martin, who earned his MBA from Darden in 1972 and is now the company’s president. Their late father, William Casley Killgallon created the popular "Etch a Sketch" toy, made by the Ohio Art Co., in 1960.

Grayson taught in the Darden School from 1971 to 1998, specializing in international business management. Former students, friends and associates contributed to the Grayson Chair.

Darden hall named after C. Ray Smith
Following a proposal from Darden School to name its new wing east of the Darden library for one of the school’s most dedicated teachers and administrators, the Board of Visitors approved the naming of C. Ray Smith Alumni Hall. A member of Darden’s second graduating class, Smith earned his MBA in 1958 and joined the faculty in ‘61. He will retire this spring.

Conference center named for Darden founder
The Board of Visitors approved naming the recently completed Darden building, which houses a 500-seat auditorium, a new dining room and offices, after the founder of the school, Charles Cortez Abbott. Abbott served as dean from the time the school opened its doors in Monroe Hall in 1955 until his retirement in ‘72.

For U.Va.-bound sons and daughters
Sons and daughters of full-time faculty and staff are eligible to apply for the Faculty and Staff Undergraduate Scholarship. Applicants for the scholarship to U.Va. may be new students, transfer students or currently enrolled students. The award amount will be $2,000.The application deadline is March 31. Applications can be completed online at the following Web sites: www.fafsa.ed.gov and www.virginia.edu/financialaid. Questions? Call the Office of Financial Aid at 982-6000.

You could go to Mini-Med School
You won’t have to keep a resident’s hours, but you can be one among 139 “students” who get a closer look at physician training and medical research through the Mini-Med School, offered by the U.Va. School of Medicine March 27 through May 8. Each Thursday evening, from 7-9 p.m., a popular professor will speak on a topic that relates medical research to illness and health. Sign up for the free, seven-week session by March 10; participants will be selected by lottery. Call 924-5839 or 924-2563 or apply on the Web at www.med.virginia.edu/med-ed/minimed. Meetings are held in Jordan Hall, and free parking is available.

Junior Achievement seeking business role models
Junior Achievement is recruiting volunteers to go into the classroom as role models an hour a week for five weeks starting in February. The purpose of JA is to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business and economics in order to improve the quality of their lives. The Elementary School Program is designed to show students the relevance of education in the workplace, as well as to prepare them for lifelong learning. This year JA will work with more than 1,800 students in the Albemarle County and Charlottesville city schools.
All program materials are provided along with training by JA staff. Contact Kristin Grimes, executive director, at 293-1337 or by e-mail at
JADirectorKG@juno.com for more information.

• Historians Reginald D. Butler, director of the Woodson Institute for African and African-American Studies, and Corey D.B. Walker, director of the institute’s Center for the Study of Local Knowledge, are featured in an article in the Winter 2003 alumni journal of the Frederich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, about a two-week seminar they led there last summer on African-American history and slavery.

The journal is on the following Web site: http://www.uni-jena.de/content_page_1913#ami

• Dr. Bruce Hillman has been selected as the editor in chief of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Hillman, the Theodore E. Keats professor and chairman of the Department of Radiology at the School of Medicine, is a chancellor of the ACR.

• A recent volume of “The Papers of George Washington,” edited at Alderman Library, has been awarded the 2003 Jefferson Prize of the U.S. Society for History. The prize for an outstanding documentary edition went to Volume 11 in the Presidential Series, August 1792-January 1793, edited by Christine Patrick. Philander D. Chase is editor of the George Washington papers.

• Sarah Farrell, assistant professor of nursing, is the Nursing Alumni Association’s winner of a Spring 2003 Innovative Teaching Award for her proposal, “Global Connections: Videoconferencing to Enhance Teaching in a Global Classroom.” Farrell will test a method of videoconferencing in a nursing health policy course, evaluate its effectiveness, and serve as a consultant with other faculty to use this strategy in their courses.

• Laura Justice, assistant professor of communication disorders in the Curry School of Education, will receive the annual Early Career Publication Award for her article, “Use of storybook reading to increase print awareness in at-risk children,” published in The American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology in February 2002. The Division for Research of the Council for Exceptional Children established the award “to recognize an outstanding research publication by an individual within five years after completing the doctorate.”

Kudos for spreading the word about U.Va.
U.Va. public relations professionals garnered many awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District III Advancement Awards.
U.Va. News Services

• Special Merit Award for Media Relations Projects to information officer Jane Ford for her entry, “Danger in Exurbia”

University Publications and Development Communications
Award of Excellence in the category of annual reports with four or more colors, for the 2001 President’s Report, produced with the Office of the President
n Grand Award, Fund-Raising Publications, for the final Campaign Report, Campaign for the University of Virginia
• Award of Excellence, Direct Mail, for the MY-D-CAV young alumni fund-raising campaign, developed in coordination with the Reunion and Annual Giving staff in University Development and the Young Alumni Council
• Special Merit Award, Student Recruitment Publications, for the University of Virginia Prospectus, developed in coordination with the Office of Admission
• Special Merit Award, Low-Cost Publications, for materials created for a donor-recognition event, developed in coordination with the Donor Relations staff in University Development
Web Communications
• Special Merit Award in Overall Web Site Design and Implementation for U.Va.’s Web site, http://www.virginia.edu

Arts & Sciences Communications
• Award of Excellence in Electronic Newsletter Publishing, “A&S Online”
• Special Merit Award in Alumni Magazine Publishing, for Arts & Sciences magazine
• Award of Excellence in Direct Mail publications for “Fourth-Year Parking Party solicitation”

Health System Development
• Award of Excellence for Tabloid Improvement went to the Health System Development office’s newsletter. PULSE is published twice a year and highlights philanthropy in action — not only recognizing important gifts, but also spotlighting the cutting-edge research and lifesaving programs made possible through private support.

Health System Media Relations
• Award of Excellence for Television Outreach in the Total Programs-Media Relations category. The Health System Media Relations office used a three-pronged effort to increase television coverage in local and state markets: “House Call,” a twice-weekly, two-minute live interview featuring a U.Va. doctor or health care professional on medical topics for WVIR-Channel 29’s Live at Five newscast; “Healthy Living” series, a monthly video story on how to stay healthy and prevent illness for WVIR’s Sunrise newscast: and a video news release, a monthly package of two to three medical news stories, for distribution to 16 regional television stations, including stations in Washington and the metro areas of Richmond, Roanoke, Lynchburg and Norfolk, and CNN Washington bureau, NBC Newschannel and News 14 Carolina.

For exceptional assistants
A daylong professional development seminar for administrative assistants will be held at the Omni Hotel Ballroom March 12, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Keynote speaker will be Yoke San Reynolds, U.Va. vice president for finance.
Sessions will address: work/life balance, time management, assertive communication and career development.

Sponsored by the Leadership Development Center, the meeting is open to the public for a $50 fee, but has a reduced fee of $25 for individuals who have completed the four-day Exceptional Assistant Program at U.Va. To sign up, call Holly Heilberg at 924-7227, or see the Web site: http://www.

FEAP has a ‘Mission Possible’ for you
Want to increase work and life satisfaction? Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join the Faculty and Employee Assistance Program for a series of workshops March 26-April 23 focusing on long-term success. Learn or improve how to manage time, stress and problem-solving. Practice skills for relaxation,
maintaining motivation and setting goals. By the end of the series, which will be held on Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. in Carruthers Hall conference room 6, you should be on the path of success, ready to hear about your next mission. Deadline for registering is March 15. For information, call Denise Straughn at 243-2643 or send an e-mail to dds4e@virginia.edu.

In Memoriam
Eleanore C. Westhead, former director of the Learning Needs and Evaluation Center, died Dec. 31 at her home in Greene County.
Mary Catherine Blatz, 49, of Orange, died Jan. 17. She worked as a pharmacist at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Dr. Clifford H. Fox, 76, of Crozet, died Jan. 24. Fox received his medical degree from U.Va. in 1951 and was a member of the faculty until 1970.
Frederick Thomas Dove, 87, of Charlottesville, died Jan. 25. He retired from Facilities Management in 1978.
Roy J. Palmateer, 59, of Kents Store, died Feb. 1. He was a retired patient transportation dispatcher for the Medical Center.
Amanda Bell Martin Layman, 62, of Louisa, died Feb. 2. She was a former employee of the U.Va. Health System.
Samuel W. Walker, 94, of Charlottesville, died Feb. 3. He was a Medical Center employee who retired after 50 years of service.
Virgil Ward, 86, who retired in 1986 as professor emeritus in the Curry School of Education, died Feb. 16. In 1990, an endowed chair in the Curry School was established in his name to honor his 30 years of service and his lifelong commitment to educational opportunity for gifted students. His most recent work was a treatise on lifetime education based on his belief that the adult years are possibly “the most rewarding and effective period for the fulfillment of human potentialities within the individual.”


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