State employees to get raises
State employees at the University will get raises later this year,
thanks to action taken by the General Assembly and Gov. Mark Warner.
increases of 2.25 percent for state employees were proposed by
the legislature during its session in February, but the Assembly
made the raises contingent on sufficient revenues later in the
however, pledged to provide the raises regardless of the economic
outlook and criticized legislators for making an election-year
promise they might not be able to keep.
Assembly, which met for its veto session April 2, agreed with
raises, which are for both faculty and classified staff, will
be effective Nov. 25 for University employees.
allows wartime e-mail
The Commonwealth has announced a special relaxation of state policy,
allowing computers to be used to communicate with family members
and friends in the military stationed in the Middle East due to
the war in Iraq.
an e-mailed memo to all state employees, Gov. Mark Warners
chief of staff William Leighty said employees may use the state
Internet system to communicate with loved ones in the military.
All other provisions of the computer policy against personal use
new vice provost for international affairs
The Provosts Office is beginning a job search for vice provost
for international affairs, to succeed William B. Quandt, who has
served as vice provost since 2000 and will return to full-time
teaching. Responsibilities include overseeing the International
Studies Office, its programs for study abroad and work with international
students and scholars, the International Center and the International
Residential College. The vice provost is also involved in expanding
the Universitys ties with universities abroad, in hosting
visiting foreign delegations and in representing the University
in international settings. Only U.Va. faculty are eligible to
apply. The half-time position will be for three years. Application
review begins May 14 and will continue until the position is filled.
details, see http://www.virginia.edu/provost/
or call Laura Hawthorne in the Provosts Office at 924-3561.
grants propel digital projects
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded grants for
three U.Va. projects. Spanish professor David Gies and the Center
for Liberal Arts, which offers continuing education for teachers,
will receive $200,000 to develop curriculum materials to teach
about contemporary Spanish culture. With participation from the
Curry School and the Robertson Media Center, local teachers will
create an electronic archive of clips from contemporary Spanish
films that they can then use to teach language and culture.
Thomas, director of the Center for Digital History, was awarded
$80,287 to create A Digital Archive of Materials that Document
the History of Technology and Cultural Development in Virginia.
U.Va. professor, Brian Owensby, won a summer research NEH grant
of $5,000 to work on his history project, Justice against
Powerful Hands: Law and Colonial Lives in 17th-Century Mexico.
win Goldwater Scholarships
Three U.Va. students will receive Goldwater Scholarships, which
are given in a national competition for second- and third-year
students in mathematics, science and engineering. Second-year
student and chemistry major William Hill Harman, third-year students
Yvonne M. Mowery, a double major in biology and biochemistry,
and Anna M. Palumbo, who is majoring in music as well as biology,
will receive up to $7,500 for one or two years. This brings the
total of U.Va. students who have received Goldwater Scholarships
John and Maggie Unsworth, who joined the faculty in 1993, will
be leaving the University at the end of the academic year for
new positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Maggie, executive director of the Curry School Foundation, will
serve as director of development for the College of Business,
planning the strategy for an upcoming campaign. John, an associate
professor of English who has directed the Institute for Advanced
Technology in the Humanities, will be dean of the College of Library
and Information Science.
did U.Va. use tuition surcharge dollars?
From academic support to financial aid to support for residence
life staff, the University has put tuition surcharge dollars to
use in ways that directly benefit students and protect academic
programs. To see the complete list of where the $6.6 million went,
see the Web at:
of the times
Theres a distinction between deaf and Deaf, and from the
distinction arises a culture and field of study. Lowercase deaf
is a condition, while Deaf refers to a community,
with its own language and customs. U.Va. students may fill their
foreign-language requirement by learning American Sign Language.
Although 75 students participate in the ASL Program, only about
15 percent of interested students can be accepted into its introductory
sections, due to class size restrictions. Nevertheless, instructors
hope to add courses in literature, history and culture in the
near future. A graduate student at U.Va. in the 1990s, assistant
professor of English Christopher Krentz, who is deaf, helped start
the program in 1998. For more, see the March edition of Arts &
Sciences Online at http://aands.virginia.edu/toc.phtml?iss=20
from Curry School
The Curry School of Education Foundation will give its 2003 awards
and scholarships at the schools Awards Day April 25.
awards for outstanding teaching are made possible by the Curry
School Foundation for Virginia teachers: Nancy Jean Markos from
Broadus Wood Elementary School; John R. Nicholas, Parkside Middle
School in Prince William County; Joyce Harlow Corriere, Hampton
High School; Robert C. Pianta, Curry School professor; and Brenda
Boyd, Curry staff. Retired Curry professor Mary Alice Gunter will
be recognized as this years distinguished alumna.
for nominations: Zintl leadership award
The U.Va. Womens Center is accepting nominations for the
2003 Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award. Nominees must be women
currently employed at U.Va., who display excellence in work that
makes a direct impact on the core academic enterprise and who
possess an unusually high degree of service to U.Va.
The deadline for nominations is May 9. A reception honoring the
recipient will be held in the fall.
award, which includes a $1,000 prize, was established in memory
of Elizabeth Zintl, a writer and journalist who served as chief
of staff in the Presidents Office until her death in 1997.
Past recipients include Shirley Menaker, Claire Cronmiller, Louise
Dudley, Dr. Sharon Hostler, Patricia Lampkin and Sylvia
information, contact Kristy Vipperman Haynes at 982-2902 or e-mail
her at email@example.com
chance to create your teaching portfolio
The Teaching Resource Center can tell you why its a good
idea to have a teaching portfolio. The center is holding a three-day
workshop devoted to the endeavor the mornings of May 13, 16 and
22. This wont be offered again until 2005, according to
director Marva Barnett.
by sending a letter of interest, a brief CV and a statement of
support from your chairman. For details, see
The deadline is April 15.
electronics lab helps students see concepts
After 20 years of working in the field, engineering professor
John Bean had a pretty good mental picture of the world of semiconductor
physics. But sharing that world with his students had not been
easy until he hit upon a solution: develop a virtual microelectronics
$500,000 from the National Science Foundation, he assembled a
team of educators from the Northern Virginia community college
system, the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Virginia
magnet high school of science and technology, and local Albemarle
County high schools.
than 20 undergraduates, as well as high school and community college
teachers, are building modules.. They are getting a lot
out of the process, Bean said. As a learning experience,
they have created a virtual lab Web site where visitors can take
a virtual tour of the Micron Semiconductor facility in Manassas,
build transistors and electronic circuits and learn about the
principles of electronics by examining everything from a guitar
pickup to a scanning electron microscope.
office technology skills
ITC Training Services will host the Office Technology Conference,
Raising the Bar, May 21 at Newcomb Hall from 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to attend sessions
featuring new technology and software in the U.Va. environment,
tips and tricks for applications and other topics. This year,
two concurrent sessions designed especially for the Health Science
Center will also be offered.
will need your departmental PTAEO number to register online at
The fee is $25 for local support associates and $50 for all other
up-to-date information on procurement
If you are a U.Va. employee responsible for purchasing goods and
services, see the new home page for Procurement Services, http://www.virginia.edu/procurement.
The Tools section has direct links to the most-used
reference pages in the site, including the Goods and Services
Procurement Guide and a completely revised and expanded Diversity
Procurement Programs topic area. It now includes new pages offering
information on small, women-owned and minority-owned enterprises
currently doing business with U.Va.
medicine: The shape of things to come
U.Va. marks the recently formed Morphogenesis and Regenerative
Medicine Institute with a symposium May 19-21. The symposium will
showcase some of the major national and international researchers
studying morphogenesis and regenerative medicine, areas which
deal with how biological forms and structures come to be and how
they seek to duplicate the growth process of tissues and organs.
the Virginia 2020 planning process, the University targeted the
area of morphogenesis, where it already possesses strengths in
the basic fields of cell adhesion, cell motility, cell signaling
and nuclear functions, as well as in developmental biology, cardiovascular
biology and biomedical engineering.
For registration, which is required by April 15, see the Web site
Dont resist spring celebrate Garden Week in Virginia
with the University Art Museum at its annual Flowers Interpret
Art exhibit April 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Individuals
of all ages are invited to create still-life floral or other creative
arrangements in response to works of art on view in the museum.
For details about creating a floral design, contact Virginia Paul
to the museum will vote for their favorite arrangements, and refreshments
will be provided.
annual Flowers Interpret Art buffet dinner will conclude
the day at 6 p.m. in the museum. The buffet is $25 for members
and $30 for non-members.
are required by April 18. For details about the buffet, contact
Mike Alexander at 243-8874.
winner at McIntire symposium
Daniel Kahneman, who last year won the Nobel Prize in economics,
will be the featured speaker at the fourth annual spring symposium
sponsored by the McIntire School of Commerce. The symposium will
explore Judgment in an Uncertain World: Conversations with
Master Decision Makers.
a psychologist by training and one of the founders of the new
field of behavioral finance, is counted among the most influential
thinkers in 20th century economics. Taking issue with the idea
of man as a rational consumer, his research suggests that man
is irrational but in ways that can be predicted.
daylong symposium, which is free and open to the public, will
be held Friday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., in U.Vas
Old Cabell Hall auditorium.
room to be restored
One of the splendors of Alderman Library for more than six decades
has been the magnificent wood-paneled reading room and exhibition
space, which has drawn thousands of visitors from around the world
and been the site of lectures by such writers as William Faulkner
and W.H. Auden, wont be forgotten when the Universitys
renowned collection of rare books and manuscripts moves into a
new Special Collections Library next year.
historic Tracy W. McGregor Room will be restored and re-furnished
as an elegant reading room, open to all students, library officials
have announced. A new lecture series in the renovated room is
to a $200,000 grant from the McGregor Fund, a Detroit-based private
foundation, we will have the opportunity to restore the
McGregor Room to its former use as a quiet space for reading and
reflection, said University Librarian Karin Wittenborg.
Students tell us that, while they greatly appreciate computer
labs and coffee shops, there is a clear need for quiet, comfortable
library intends to put attractive books in the wall-to-ceiling
bookcases, unshutter the large windows, refinish the floors and
add new carpets, tables, lamps, chairs and draperies. The renovation
will probably begin in the fall of 2004.
Meanwhile the Tracy W. McGregor Library of American History will
move to a new special collections facility, the Albert and Shirley
Small Special Collections Library, due to be completed in the
fall of 2004.
Frank Whitney Finger, 87, a psychology professor from 1942
until 1985, died March 31.
of the Thomas Jefferson Award in 1980, Finger was praised in his
citation with the description, Mr. Jefferson would have
indeed admired this dedicated teacher, sympathetic counselor,
tireless researcher and community servant.
held the world record in 400 meters for his age group and was
the North American Champion in the half marathon event for the
masters age bracket when he was 63.
became the Universitys official carillonneur on April 13,
1957, when the Seven Society presented the carillon to U.Va.,
and continued playing the distinctive toll at the Chapel, announcing
the death of Seven Society members.
his 25 years of academic work, Finger conducted groundbreaking
research examining the bodys 24-hour clock, its circadian
earned bachelors and masters degrees from Syracuse
University, and his Ph.D. in 1940 from Brown University.
Robert Milton Desper Sr., 68, of Troy, died April 2. He retired
from facilities management in 1999.