Aug. 29-Sept. 12, 2003

Vol. 33, Issue 15
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Jobs, spending help power regional economy
U.S. News ranks U.Va. No. 1 public
William Pease to lead U.Va.’s marching band
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For Dom Starsia, the summer of his content

ACC looks beyond athletics with Traveling Scholars Program

‘A great ride’ comes to a smooth landing
Reynolds puts love of numbers to work for University
New orthopaedic surgery chair focuses on today’s broken bones, tomorrow’s new legs
Breast Care Center offers high-tech health, warm environment
Appalachian clinic draws record crowd
Positive spin keeps wheels turning at Parking & Transportation
Bus schedule, escort changes enhance safety
Visa problems take toll on international students
Summer session office losing longtime leader
From bugs to satellites: A symposium on the limits of landscape
McCormick Observatory offers ‘Mars Mania’
All moved in
Pluses and minuses fill balance sheet of Luckson Hove’s life
Transfer students get early start at building community

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Jobs, spending help power regional economy
U.Va. ‘exerts stabilizing effect’
l-r: George Kasidiaris, Robert De Mauri, John Knapp and Klara Ferro
Photos by Andrew Shurtleff
These four know firsthand how vital the University is to Central Virginia’s economy. They are (l-r): George Kasidiaris of the White Spot, a Corner area restaurant; Robert De Mauri, executive director of the Thomas Jefferson Regional Economic Development Partnership; John Knapp, director of business and economic research for U.Va.’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service; and Klara Ferro, manager of Café Europa, also on the Corner.

By Charlotte Crystal

“Without U.Va., we don’t have a business,” says Klara Ferro, manager of Café Europa.

The cash register at the popular Greek restaurant on University Avenue may be more tuned to the rhythms of the University than those of other businesses in Central Virginia, yet it is not alone in benefiting from the presence of the University.

U.Va. is an engine that helps power the economy of Central Virginia.

Traditionally a Southern school that featured Thomas Jefferson’s historical architecture, U.Va. more recently has gained a national reputation as a mid-Atlantic powerhouse generating research to reckon with as much in the sciences as in the humanities. Full story.

U.S. News ranks U.Va. No. 1 public

By Carol Wood

The University has regained its No. 1 ranking among public universities, U.S. News & World Report announced last week.

Since U.S. News began ranking public schools in 1998, U.Va. has never been lower than No. 2, and this is the fourth time in seven years it has claimed the No. 1 spot.

In its 2004 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” U.S. News also ranked U.Va. as No. 21 in its Top National Universities category, which includes public and private institutions. In both rankings, U.Va. tied with the University of California-Berkeley. In the 17-year history of the rankings, U.Va. has never dropped out of the top 25 listing. Full story.

William Pease to lead U.Va.’s marching band

new band drirector William Pease
New band director William Pease will begin his duties later this semester.

By Jane Ford

William Pease gets a lot of ribbing from his Michigan friends. He still sports Virginia plates on his car even though he has been associate director of bands at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo since 1998.

For Pease, the drive from Michigan to Charlottesville, where he has just been named U.Va.’s new band director, will be longer than the mental trip. When talking about U.Va., he already uses the pronoun “we.”

Pease, a native of Virginia Beach, will begin his official duties at the close of this year’s football season.

“This is a great moment for music at the University of Virginia,” said Craig Littlepage, director of athletics. “Bill Pease will be a wonderful director of bands based on the work he has done at Western Michigan.” Full story.


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