Diversity consultant to speak April 28
Steve Birdine diversity consultant, motivational speaker,
comedian and educator will discuss Moving Our Diversity
Dialogue From Talk to Action on April 28 at 7 p.m. in Clark
Hall Room 108. Sponsored by the Office of African-American Affairs,
Birdines speech is free and open to the public.
is president and chief executive officer of Affirmations in Action,
a diversity consulting firm based in Indianapolis. He was featured
in the May 2002 issue of Ebony Magazines 100+ Most
Influential Black Americans in the U.S. and has conducted
workshops on diversity and related issues at colleges and universities
center censures the censors
For the 12th year, in honor of its namesakes birthday, U.Va.s
Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression
offered its annual Muzzle awards, given to those who seek to limit
free expression. Released each April 13, the Jefferson Muzzles
call attention to some of the more ridiculous or egregious affronts
to free expression occurring in the preceding year.
years honorees include the U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft
for keeping the activities of the Department of Justice hidden
from public scrutiny while simultaneously expanding the departments
authority to find out as much as possible about the private lives
of the American public, says director and law professor Robert
ONeil. National Zoo Director Lucy Spelman also was cited
for refusing to release medical records on a giraffes death
to a Washington Post reporter. Releasing such records, Spelman
declared, would violate the late giraffes right of privacy.
the full list of winners, see http://www.tjcenter.org/
warns against travel to SARS areas
Not only has the University cancelled or changed several summer
programs because of severe acute respiratory syndrome, but an
April 18 memo from the University administration also strongly
recommends that faculty, staff and students heed a U.S. State
Department warning about travel to Asian countries afflicted by
the virus. Those returning from such travels are being asked to
monitor carefully their health for any symptoms of the disease,
which include fever and respiratory difficulties. For updates,
check the Web site, http://www.cdc.gov/travel/other/acute_resp_
site work under way
The initial site work for the new U.Va. multipurpose arena began
April 14. In addition to moving equipment on site, preparation
for construction involves fencing around the area and installing
soil and erosion control measures, underground utilities and foundation
walls for the parking garage. Work for storm water management
extends to the Dell near the back of the McCormick Road dormitories.
groundbreaking ceremony is planned for May 30. Major construction
is expected to begin in early August.
information and project updates, visit the Web site at http://www.fm.virginia.edu/arena.
site details affirmative action issues
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments April 1 in the case
challenging the University of Michigans affirmative action
admissions policies. At U.Va., the Web Communications office has
added a Web page on affirmative action, with updates and links
to related sites, at http://www.virginia.edu/affirmativeaction/
Care Center to be state-of-the-art
When the University Health Systems Breast Care Center opens
this summer, it will offer one-stop shopping to provide
the best possible outcome for women with breast cancer. Currently,
services are scattered in different areas. In the 7,500-square-foot
center, which is undergoing $1.9 million in renovations, patients
will have access to mammographers, surgeons, oncologists, pathologists
and physical therapists. The center will be near the main lobby
of the old hospital, called the West Complex Multistory.
approves building guidelines
The Building and Grounds Committee of U.Va.s Board of Visitors
approved on April 17 architectural design guidelines for the Studio
Art Building. Proposed for the north side of Carrs Hill,
the building is estimated to cost $12.5 million and have 35,000
to 40,000 square feet in three stories. It will provide teaching
studios for painting, sculpting, photography and other disciplines
as well as offices, gallery space and studios for visiting faculty.
University Architect Samuel A. Pete Anderson said
six architectural firms are on the short list of candidates to
design the building.
offices to move temporarily
In anticipation of summer repairs to another section of the Rotunda
terraces, the Development Office will move April 28 to the Fontaine
Avenue Research Park at 400 Ray C. Hunt Drive. Senior Vice President
William Harmon will also move to the same building. Telephone
and FAX numbers, as well as P.O. box addresses, will remain the
repair work is scheduled to begin after graduation and take about
about environmental negotiation
Applications are being accepted for the Virginia Natural Resources
Leadership Institute, a one-year program that trains people from
industry, businesses, local and state government and the environmental
community on ways of addressing difficult environmental and community
issues. VNRLI is a partnership between the Universitys Institute
for Environmental Negotiation, Virginia Techs Center for
Economic Education and the Virginia Department of Forestry.
deadline for applications is May 30, and those accepted will be
notified by June 25. Cost for the yearlong course is $1,600. For
an application, contact Tanya Denckla or Caroline Brennan at 924-1970
or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
application is also available on the institutes Web site:
-- Awards and achievements of faculty & staff
Joshua Dienstag, associate professor of politics, has been
awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies
for next year. It will allow him a years leave to work on
a forthcoming book, The Pessimistic Spirit: The Past and
Future of an Untimely Ethic. Dienstag seeks to explain pessimism
in political philosophy since the Enlightenment, not as a psychological
condition but as a coherent approach to fundamental questions
of identity and freedom.
Jeffrey Plank, associate vice president for research and graduate
studies, has won the Victorian Society in Americas 2003
Ruth Emery Book Award for The Early Louis Sullivan Building
Photographs. Sullivan, known as the father of the modern
steel skyscraper and one of Americas most influential architects,
practiced in Chicago in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The award recognizes an outstanding book published the previous
year which studies the arts or architecture created in the Victorian
period and deals with a regional topic.
David W. Weiss, professor emeritus of drama, was inducted into
the College of Fellows of the American Theatre April 20. Membership
is one of the highest honors theater educators and professionals
can confer on their peers. Weiss taught at U.Va. for 37 years,
including 16 years as department chairman. He retired in 1991.
honor society recognizes several at U.Va.
Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, recently
recognized several members of the U.Va. community and inducted
two faculty members, along with some 60 students, into the society.
The faculty members joining ODK are Kathy Henley Haugh, director
of Transfer Student Orientation in the Nursing School, and Ellen
M. Whitener, senior associate dean in the McIntire School.
Linda K. Bunker, Curry School professor of education, received
the societys Arthur F. Stocker Award. Alton Taylor, who
has served as faculty secretary for ODK since 1994, was honored
for his outstanding service to the organization, and Vicki Coleman,
director of Clemons Library, received the Alton L. Taylor Service
Award. The Virginia Circle ODK Staff Award was given to Dana Hannum-Rivera,
assistant to the director in U.Va.s Community Relations
Office, for outstanding service to the University community during
the past year. The Edgar F. Shannon Jr. Scholarship Award was
given to second-year undergraduate Meghan E. Sullivan.
to focus on health of African Americans
Cancer is the leading killer of African Americans in Charlottesville-Albemarle
and surrounding counties. The U.Va. Cancer Center and the Quality
Community Council, a nonprofit citizens coalition comprising
residents, city staff and agency professionals, have teamed up
with 20 community organizations to present the first comprehensive
health event geared to African Americans in the area. The free
health festival will be May 3 at Buford Middle School on 9th Street
S.W. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Called Living Your Best Life,
the event will feature information from cancer experts plus musicians
and artists. A program will be launched to get more city residents
to take up walking for exercise.
your commute a clean one
Ever considered a carpool, bike or bus to get to work? You can
help reduce traffic congestion and its harmful effects on the
environment by participating May 2 in Clean Commute Day
(formerly known as Give Air a Break Day). Individuals
can ride for free on CTS buses and JAUNTs Big Blue Express.
Commute to Fashion Square Mall for free gifts, drawings and information
from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is sponsored by the American
Lung Association and Commuter Information.
Public Service Week
May 5-11 is the week Gov. Mark Warner has designated as Virginia
Public Service Week to recognize state employees for their
hard work and dedication to the Commonwealth. Seven U.Va. employees
were nominated for the governors awards from the pool of
employees nominated for the Universitys Outstanding Contribution
Awards. The awardees will be honored at a ceremony in Richmond
technology involves students during lecture classes
Often its hard to tell if students are on course in a large
lecture class. New uses of technology, with laptops or remote
control devices, can help. The Teaching Resource Center is offering
a lecture-demonstration April 29 on what are called Student Response
Systems with U.Va. physics professor Stephen Thornton and William
Junkin, a physics professor and dean of learning and technology
at Erskine College. The event will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
in room 203 of the physics building.
leads ER to national certification
The U.Va. Health Systems Department of Emergency Medicine
has been awarded the Society for Academic Emergency Medicines
highest rating, making it only the second such department in the
nation to earn that designation. The standards used to evaluate
potential level one emergency centers include quality of physicians
and nurses, quality of education, patient flow, cleanliness and
Were happy to know that we are level one and we are
doing things right. We also appreciate the recommendations so
that we know how and where to do things better, said Dr.
Marcus Martin, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine
and past president of the society. While our recent renovations
in the emergency department helped our scores, one of the recommendations
made was for more patient care space, which we are currently addressing.
leads to new test for dysentery
Amebic dysentery is a leading killer of children, usually in developing
countries, caused by contaminated water. Until recently, though,
only 10 percent of cases were correctly diagnosed in U.S. and
Canadian labs. Now a U.Va. team, led by Dr. William Petri, has
developed the only FDA-approved diagnostic test for the parasite
that causes the disease.
U.Va. studies of Bangladeshi children have shown that children
who have been infected once and survive are immune, so researchers
here are working on a prototype vaccine.
May 7, 9 p.m. Concert by The Green Fields of America and De Dannan
(Old Cabell Hall) $20
8, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Musical narrative and reading The Lonesome
Touch featuring Martin Hayes (Jefferson Theater) $7
8, 4:15-5:30 p.m. Short films screening, short dramatic and documentary
films. Presented by the Cork International Film Festival (Vinegar
Hill Theatre) $7
8, 8:15 p.m. Film screening, new Irish film presented by the Irish
Film Board: Goldfish Memory (Newcomb Hall Theater)
9, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Musical narrative East Wind-European Influences
on Contemporary Irish Musicfeaturing Andy Irvine (Jefferson
9, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Short dramatic and documentary films. Presented
by the Cork International Film Festival (Vinegar Hill Theatre)
9, 8:15 p.m.
Foley Corn Exchange Production of Michael Wests
Foley starring Andrew Bennett (Culbreth Theatre) $20
10, 10:45-12 noon. Musical narrative, Songs and Stories
from the Ulster Countryside featuring Len Graham and John
Campbell (Jefferson Theater) $7
10, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Musical narrative, Songs of the Hidden
Ulster featuring Len
Graham and Padraigin Ni Uallachain (Jefferson Theater) $7
10, 4:15-5:30 p.m. Short films screening, short dramatic and documentary
films presented by the Cork International Film Festival (Vinegar
Hill Theatre) $7
10, 4:15-5:30 p.m. Musical narrative, Appalachian Music
& Dance featuring Bruce Molsky and dancer (Jefferson
10, 8 p.m. Foley (Culbreth Theatre) $20
10, 8:30 p.m. Concert by Solas and Cherish the Ladies (Old Cabell