Casteen speaks on the state of U.Va. April 10
President John T. Casteen III will present the annual State of
the University address April 10 at 11:30 a.m. in Old Cabell Hall
Open to the University community, his talk typically features
a wide-ranging update on U.Va.s progress and challenges,
including the past years achievements, recent legislation
and future plans.
changes coming at U-Hall
In anticipation of site preparation for the new basketball arena,
Parking & Transportation will close 300 parking spaces in
the Massie Road lot across from University Hall in early April.
will be redirected to vacant spaces across the street in lots
immediately adjacent to University Hall. UTS Green route buses
will shift service to the west side of U-Hall, between U-Hall
and Klöckner Stadium. Parking permit- holders affected will
be notified in the weeks before the changes take effect.
arena construction begins, the project will gradually consume
all of the spaces in the Massie Road north lot. A 1,200-space
parking garage on Ivy Road, slated to open in September, will
accommodate the displaced vehicles.
consultant hired by the University and the city recently completed
a traffic plan for the area. The University committed to paying
for traffic improvements necessitated by the garage, plus the
synchronization of 11 traffic lights at nearby intersections.
has been an extraordinary example of how representatives of the
city of Charlottesville, the neighborhood, the business community
and the University can work together to improve the quality of
life we all enjoy, said Leonard W. Sandridge, U.Va. executive
vice president and chief operating officer. This community
is the Universitys home and the home of our faculty, students
and staff it is critically important that we
and our neighbors work together to address our common challenges.
Two win Truman scholarships
Third-year students Katie Hamm and Sean Driscoll have been named
2003 Truman Scholars. Hamm, from Stafford, and Driscoll, from
Belle Harbor, N.Y., are both majors in the Political and Social
Truman Foundation each year grants 70 scholarships of $30,000
to promising college juniors nationwide to help them pay for their
last year of college. Truman Scholars are selected on the basis
of leadership potential, intellectual ability and their likelihood
of making a difference. The University has had 22
students win the award.
leadership in age of Accountability
The nationwide trend toward accountability in public schools
largely measured by standardized testing is putting new
demands on school principals, according to a new book, Educational
Leadership in an Age of Accountability: The Virginia Experience,
edited by Curry School of Education professors Daniel L. Duke,
Pamela D. Tucker and Walter F. Heinecke with University of Missouri
professor Margaret Grogan.
new mission of schools is now crystal clear get students
to achieve state-dictated passing scores on state-commissioned
tests, said Tucker.
leadership has always been a hallmark of successful schools, but
educators now need greater understanding of how young people learn,
the research team said. And principals must free teachers to focus
on teaching and buffer them from punitive aspects
of the standards mandates.
is possible, the study concludes, that by removing ambiguity the
accountability programs might make educational leadership easier.
Fitt named Distinguished Alumna
After being named to Fortunes list of the 50 Most
Powerful Women in American Business in 1999 and after 23
years as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, Darden alumna
Lawton Wehle Fitt has taken a new position to head the Royal Academy
of the Arts in London. The breadth of her accomplishments and
activities were among the factors in the Womens Centers
choice of Fitt for its 2003 Distinguished Alumna Award. She will
be honored on Grounds April 9 and give a public talk at 1:20 p.m.
in the Darden Schools C.C.A. Amphitheatre as part of its
Distinguished Speakers Series. A public reception will be held
from 3:30-4:30 p.m. that day at Carrs Hill.
who graduated in 1979, says of the new job, Ive had
to work hard to keep the arts side of my life alive, but it has
been important to me in the past and has provided a critical base
for this next chapter in my life. Skills are transferable
always keep your eyes open for opportunity and never count yourself
nontraditional students meet their goals
Programs for nontraditional students represent one of the
fastest-growing areas in higher education, said Brian Pusser,
assistant professor of higher education at U.Va. and co-leader
of a new study on how nontraditional students attain their educational
Lumina Foundation has awarded the Curry Schools Center for
the Study of Higher Education a two-year, $950,000 grant to look
at what effects state and federal policies, funding mechanisms
and other factors have on nontraditional students access
to degrees, training and credentials.
will analyze whether these students have the same opportunities
for meeting their educational goals as their traditional peers.
looks at community resilience
Two vulnerable rural communities faced threatening events. A conference
on community resilience, to be held at McLeod Hall auditorium
April 11, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will examine how these communities
mobilized and maintained coherence during times of crisis.
will include The Murder of James Byrd as Community Trauma:
Jasper, Texass Constructive Response by Ricardo Ainslie,
professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas
at Austin, and Rebuilding Bayview, Virginia: Community Design
as Catalyst for Social Change by Maurice Cox, associate
professor of architecture at U.Va. and mayor of Charlottesville.
The conference is sponsored by the School of Medicines Center
for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction. For information,
call 982-1045, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/csmhi.
articles on the Web
Will the experience and lessons gained from past medical war crimes
be brought into the new era? Is it possible that we are witnessing
the beginning of a transition in American culture, one fraught
with implications for bioethics, since the Sept. 11 attacks? These
questions are discussed in articles listed on a new Web site launched
by U.Va.s Center for Biomedical Ethics, in collaboration
with the American Journal of Bioethics. The resource is online
director of Kluge Center appointed
Dr. Sydney Rice recently joined U.Va. as the medical director
of the Kluge Childrens Rehabilitation Center. Rice received
her B.S. from Stanford University and her medical degree from
the University of Arizona. She completed residency training in
pediatrics, including a year as chief resident, and joined the
Arizona faculty. Rice came to U.Va. to earn a masters degree
in health evaluation sciences, which she completed in January
as part of fellowship training in developmental pediatrics. Her
patient care and clinical research focus is on children and adolescents
with acquired head injury.
System child-care center expands
The staff members at the Malcolm Cole Child Care Center can empathize
with the nursery rhyme character who lived in a shoe and had so
many children she didnt know what to do.
centers latest attempt to find more room will result in
the conversion of space previously assigned to school-age children
into two classrooms. The new classrooms will serve the 2- and
3-year-old groups, which have the highest demand for enrollment,
and will allow the center to accommodate 24 new children. Renovation
of the space will be completed soon.
center is also changing its admission policy to favor direct caregivers,
including residents, which may help the hospitals recruitment
advice for moms-to-be
If youre pregnant, you receive advice from many sources
friends, relatives, books, magazines, nosy strangers
some more helpful than others. What if you could get reliable
medical advice in a timely, non-threatening e-mail directly from
medical experts? The U.Va. Health Systems Womens Place
is offering just that in The Parent Review, which sends customized
weekly messages to mothers-to-be from the 20th week of pregnancy
through 20 weeks after birth.
information, contact Diane Sampson, education director for the
Womens Place, at 924-9920 or email@example.com.
ways to work with stress
Our lives are filled with daily stresses: work, family, health,
finances, war. Recent research shows that practicing mindfulness
can help individuals decrease their stress while enhancing their
coping, listening, caring and self-healing skills. This technique
has also been shown to help those with health problems gain self-awareness
and empowerment in their own health care.
Department of Family Medicine is offering its next eight-week
program of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction March 31-May 19,
, on Mondays, 6:30 9 p.m., with an all-day retreat May 10. Sessions
will be held at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Conference
Room, lower level. The fee is $325, but a sliding scale fee is
available. Another program will be held in the fall Sept. 22-Nov.
information, call Clare Howard at 924-1190 or Allie Rudoph at
scholarships honor alumni
The Glenn D. Kirwin Sept. 11th Scholarship honors the memory of
Glenn D. Kirwin, a 1982 graduate of the College who lost his life
while at his office in the World Trade Center during the terrorist
attacks. The $5,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to one
or more rising second-, third- or fourth-year students whose character
and involvement in University life most resembles Kirwans,
with first preference to applicants who are children of Sept.
11 victims. For information, contact Donna Slough at Alumni Hall
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
scholarship deadline April 21
In 2000, Stephen and Sallie Bryant established a memorial scholarship
honoring the life of Sean Bryant, a fourth-year student who died
in 1996. The scholarship will be awarded on a merit basis to a
rising fourth-year student enrolled in the University who has
demonstrated a wide array of intellectual interests and pursuits,
and compiled a record of significant leadership in service to
the University community. The scholarship recipient also will
have shown a commitment to speaking for and representing people
whose voices are traditionally unheard. The scholarship will be
for $1,000. The deadline is April 21.
to focus on local knowledge in light of gender, race and nation
A conference April 10 will explore the idea of rethinking
local knowledge and constructions of gender, race and nation.
Called Localizing the Global, Globalizing the Local,
the all-day event will feature anthropologist Clifford Geertz,
professor emeritus of the Institute for Advanced Study.
meeting will mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of Geertz
influential book, Local Knowledge: Further Essays in Interpretive
Anthropology. Scholars from U.Va. and other institutions
interdisciplinary symposium, to be held in the Rotunda Dome Room,
is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Local Knowledge in
the Carter G. Woodson Institute. For information, contact Corey
D. B. Walker at 924-8891 or email@example.com.
in a democratic society
Robert Stewart, former head of the National Organization of Black
Law Enforcement Officers, will speak about policing in a democratic
society March 31 at 4 p.m. in Room 30 of the Darden School. An
outgrowth of the Community/University Police Liaison Committee,
the event is designed for citizens and law enforcement officers.
A light dinner will be available. For information, call 924-1321.
silent Faust comes to screen with live music
F. W. Murnaus epic restaging of the Goethe classic, Faust,
comes to the screen with an original score written and performed
by Charlottesville-based jazz artist John Dearth and a specially
assembled jazz/chamber ensemble. This long unavailable classic
of the silent era will be shown March 30 at 7 p.m. in Newcomb
currently conducts the University Jazz Ensemble.
are $10. See the OFFScreen Web site at http://www.student.virginia.edu/~indie
Ireland in Irish art today
The tensions between tradition and modernity and their capacity
to bring about change in Irelands sense of identity is the
focus of a special exhibit, Re-Imagining Ireland: Irish
Art Today, which opens at the University Art Museum April
planned with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in conjunction
with its major international conference, Re-Imagining Ireland
May 7-10, the exhibition will be on view through June 8.
by museum director Jill Hartz and Charlottesville-based sculptor
Susan Bacik, the exhibit presents artistically and politically
challenging works in a range of media by artists living and working
in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The paintings,
sculpture, photographs, prints, mixed media and video works are
drawn primarily from the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern
Art, with additional loans from Dublin galleries, artists and
Lewis and Clark brought back their party
Bring back your party safe... ordered Thomas Jefferson
to Meriwether Lewis in preparation for one of the greatest explorations
in U.S. history. Amazingly, he and his co-leader, William Clark,
were able to accomplish that. Of the entire Corps of Discovery,
only one man died, not of injury or accident, but probably from
appendicitis, an outcome that was inevitable in the early 19th
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library has a new Web exhibit that
examines the medicine and medical theory Lewis and Clark employed
to promote health and recovery. It also examines the trials the
explorers faced due to disease, accident and injury. Created by
the Historical Collections and Services staff, it may be viewed
Billy R. Shifflett, 68, of Earlysville, died March
6. He retired from Facilities Management after 35 years.
Sharyn B. Johnson, 54, of Charlottesville, died March 10.
At the time of her death, she was a patient care assistant.
James F. Hewitt, 71, of Charlottesville, died March 16.
He was a housekeeping worker senior.