spring, U.Va. courts thousands of high-school seniors and their
families during its Days on the Lawn program, where soon-to-be
college students can tour the Grounds, attend classes and cultural
events and decide if U.Va. is the place for them. Spring Fling,
held April 10-12, is part of Days on the Lawn. Its aimed
at recruiting minority students who have been offered admission
to U.Va. Above, visitors watch a performance by a student dance
group in Newcomb Hall Ballroom April 11. At right, parents and
students attend an information session. U.Va. has offered admission
to 5,661 applicants for the coming academic year.
by Andrew Shurtleff
Smiths give $23.5 million for the
and Hunter Smith have been investing in the University of Virginia
for many of the 45 years they have lived in Charlottesville - and
always with an eye toward furthering the University's goals and
Thursday, through a combination of personal pledges and foundation
commitments, the Smiths pledged $22 million to the University toward
a $47 million performing arts center and $1.5 million to endow a
student marching and concert band.
said he and his wife were drawn to the performing arts center project
for many of the same reasons they got involved in the expansion
of the University's football stadium more than six years ago. Full
SARS, war cancel trips
By Matt Kelly
and conflict have forced the University to cancel summer study trips
to Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai in China and Jordan. Another
trip has been rerouted.
is bad luck, said William B. Quandt, vice provost for international
affairs. We usually dont have a war and a plague at
the same time.
plague is the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome,
or SARS, blamed for 495 deaths as of April 21. It has spurred the
State Department to issue travel warnings about China, leading to
the Universitys decision earlier this month, Quandt said.