Record year for fund raising
The University received almost $262 million in donor support in
the fiscal year just concluded, marking the third time in four
years that U.Va. has set a record in its fund raising. The total
was $6.9 million or 2.7 percent higher than the record amount
received in 2001-2002.
and pledge payments in the $261,921,891 total made between July
1, 2002, and June 30, 2003, included some of the largest single
gifts in the Universitys history. Last fall, distributions
from the estate of alumnus David A. Harrison III and from a trust
he had created earlier provided $64 million, largely for endowed
professorships in law and medicine.
than 61,000 other donors made gifts to U.Va. in 2002-2003. Of
these, nearly 51,000 took part in U.Va.s annual giving program,
providing $34.2 million for current operations. These resources
have been especially welcome to deans and department heads whose
budgets have been hard hit by recent cuts in state funding.
to lend a helping hand
Lend a helping hand is the theme of the 2003 Commonwealth
of Virginia Campaign, an annual opportunity for state employees
to donate to charity. Oct. 1 has been declared CVC Day
fall, U.Va.s salaried employees receive pledge cards to
support a variety of charities through payroll deduction, check,
credit card, cash or stocks, with 100 percent of the donation
going to the selected charities. The CVC is based on employees
commitment to help others, with employees deciding many elements
of the campaign. Last year U.Va. gave more than $560,000 to more
than 400 organizations, making the University No. 1 in giving
in the state.
information, contact the CVC Office at 924-3939 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
or access the Web site at www.virginia.edu/cvc/.
English language skills
The average number
of postdoctoral researchers at U.Va. varies from 350 to 500. Nearly
two-thirds of them are non-U.S. citizens, and in the latest survey,
they represent at least 27 countries. Until now, those in U.Va.s
science community have not had advanced English language courses
available to help them strengthen their skills in communicating
with students and co-workers, as well as with colleagues at conferences.
the Center for American English Language and Culture has added
courses for foreign scientists in Arts & Sciences and the
School of Medicine. The Office of the Vice President for Research
and Graduate Studies is providing additional funding for academic
communications. Written and oral communications courses are also
being offered for the fall and spring.
years ago, the center began offering content-specific English
language courses for several schools and departments law,
engineering, commerce and economics.
information, contact Dr. Kimberly Dunsmore, director of postgraduate
enhancement programs, at 924-3885 or email@example.com.
tickets available in lottery
The U.Va. Athletic Ticket Office has announced that approximately
75 mini-season mens basketball tickets are available through
a lottery to full-time U.Va. faculty and staff. Three packages
for five or six games between November and March will cost $97
or $110, respectively. Those interested in entering the lottery
may stop by the Athletic Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at the Carl
Smith Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday,
until the deadline of Oct. 17. Winners will be notified by Oct.
U.Va.s College at Wise
Couple gives $520,000 for scholarships
James and Martha Holyfield, who grew up in Wise and live in Denver,
have donated $520,000 to help students go to U.Va.s College
at Wise, which the Holyfields never had the chance to attend.
college was established in 1954 as Clinch Valley College, and
the Holyfields moved away
Roberts Holyfield Endowed Scholarship Fund will benefit local
students with financial need who plan to go to the college starting
in the fall of 2004.
Holyfield retired in 1990 as vice president and comptroller of
Chase Manhattans western district, although she never went
to college. She supported her husband through two degrees, and
he retired from Colorados state human resources department.
Over the 50 years they have lived elsewhere, the couple has returned
to Wise regularly to visit family.
listeners tune in
WISE-FM listeners can now enjoy expanded national public radio
programming through a new agreement with the Universitys
College at Wise and WVTF-FM in Roanoke, the public radio station
operated by Virginia Tech. The new agreement is an extension of
a long-standing association in which WISE-FM partnered with WVTF
to provide state- wide news coverage. Much of the daily programming
will remain the same.
1999, when the Wise radio station went on the air, it has provided
National Public Radio service to an area where signal reception
was spotty at best. WISE-FM airs at 90.1 in Big Stone Gap and
Washington and Russell counties, 90.3 in Clintwood, 90.0 in St.
Paul, 91.3 in Pound and Jenkins, Ky., and 91.7 in Norton.
Despite private gifts and local business underwriting, adequate
funding has not been available due to recent state budget cuts.
Center to expand Hues program
As part of the U.Va. Womens Centers commitment to
leadership in the area of diversity, its programs focus on the
intersections of race, gender, class and ethnicity. The centers
Hues Mentoring program a unique opportunity for women of
color - brings together mentors, students, community members and
visiting scholars, artists and leaders. The centers Black
Womens Leadership Conference, which was originally a brainchild
of an undergraduate Hues student, has become an annual event.
year the program has undergone some changes, according to Kimberley
Roberts, director of mentoring and lecturer in Studies in Women
and Gender. We are changing the name, for one. It will be
called the Hues Leadership Network for Women of Color, she
said. Mentoring will continue to be offered, but events will be
added that will be of more interest to women of color. Professional
development will be an ongoing theme. Watch the Web and Inside
UVA calendars for upcoming events.
A new publication from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
features pictures and words to help those in need of healing.
Tough Times Companion is a book of poetry, fiction,
essays and photography by and for people surviving difficult times.
In order to reach those who face tough times daily, the book,
produced by the Violence and Survival program, will be distributed
throughout the region to hospitals, shelters, emergency care-givers,
firefighters, police and rescue workers. For information, call
Althea Brooks at 924-3296 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
to host Norwegian scholars
A group of six to eight graduate students from Norway will visit
the Grounds Oct. 6-10 to study the Curry Schools well-regarded
special education programs. Hosted by Curry professor Robert Pianta,
the Norwegians are advanced students in special education who
plan academic or policy careers. They are interested in getting
a sense of how the Curry School provides training in special education,
and how special education programs operate in local schools. Special
education is a fairly broad field in Norway, so Pianta said he
and his colleagues hope to expose the visiting scholars to a range
of activities or topics.
research featured in journal Nature
James Brookeman, professor of radiology and biomedical engineering,
had research findings published in the Aug. 21 issue of Nature.
In his work, he examined the use of hyperpolarized helium and
xenon gas as a vehicle to make lungs, the brain and other organs
visible through magnetic resonance imaging. MRI is much faster
using these gases than using conventional MRI procedures. This
new technique may help reduce the cost of MRIs and enable smaller
health-care facilities to offer the technology.
Q. Barrett, professor of pharmacology, published in the July
10 issue of Nature news of a discovery about T-type calcium channels.
These channels have been implicated in the pathogenesis of arrhythmias,
epilepsy, diabetes, hypertension and in the progression of congestive
heart failure. Undergraduates, as well as graduate students, postdoctoral
researchers and lab technicians, work in Barretts laboratory.
work may delay traffic
Several types of work related to construction of the Ivy Road/Emmet
Street Garage began this week, and with it, the potential for
traffic delays. Drilling and earth-moving account for periods
are widening Rothery Road, off Ivy Road and opposite the garage
driveway, closing Rothery temporarily, in advance of building
a traffic island.
on the new Emmet Street turn lane begins Sept. 29.
In mid-October, areas of Ivy and Rothery roads near the garage
will be paved, temporarily interrupting traffic flows.
subscribe to monthly e-mail updates about U.Va. construction projects,
contact the Community Relations Office at 924-1321.
are also posted on the Web at www.virginia.edu/communityrelations/.
Salmonella bacteria are responsible for up to 4 million infections
and 500 deaths in the United States every year. As reported in
the Sept. 26 issue of Science magazine, scientists at the U.Va.
Health System, working with colleagues at Rockefeller University,
have found that a protein in salmonella called SipA invades healthy
human cells by using two arms in a stapling action.
Egelman, U.Va. professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics,
said this research is significant because it offers the possibility
of designing molecules that would prevent SipA from binding to
a protein called actin, thereby preventing the severe infection
and symptoms associated with salmonella.
article can be accessed on the Web at www.sciencemag.org
Walk needs warm bodies
Would-be actors who would like to portray a ghost from Charlottesvilles
past are invited to audition for the Albemarle-Charlottesville
Historical Societys Spirit Walk, a dramatic
evening walking tour. Auditions will be held Sept. 27 at 10 a.m.
and 7 p.m. at 200 Second St. N.E. About 20 actors are needed to
portray a variety of historical characters, including men and
women of all ages and racial backgrounds. Behind-the-scene volunteers
also are needed.
ninth annual Spirit Walk will take place Oct. 24,
25 and 26, leading groups through historic downtown Charlottesville,
including Jackson Park, Maplewood Cemetery, the old High Street
jail and the Court Square area.
offers workshops on communication
Whether you have to deal with difficult people at work or you
are the difficult person for co-workers, the Faculty and Employee
Assistance Program offers a workshop on communication that could
help. The six-week series, held Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m.,
Oct. 1-Nov. 5, will cover different facets of communication from
several perspectives, such as using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator,
managing anger constructively and understanding and appreciating
others. Sessions will take place in the fifth-floor conference
room of the Blake Center at 1224 West Main Street. To register,
contact Denese Straughn at email@example.com
The Learning Needs & Evaluation Center at U.Va. urgently needs
volunteers to read textbooks onto tape for students with disabilities.
Good readers are needed only one hour per week, Monday through
Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Elson Student Health Center. Contact
Genevieve Grosbaum at 243-5187 or