Carey, students honored at Convocation
by Peggy Harrison
President John Casteen III (right) congratulates Dr.
Robert Carey on receiving this year’s Thomas Jefferson
Award, U.Va.’s highest honor.
By Matt Kelly
still in shock,” said former School of Medicine Dean Robert
M. Carey as he shook hands and hugged well-wishers, minutes after
being named the 2003 recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award.
President John T. Casteen III presented the University’s highest
honor to Carey, 63, who served for 16 years as Medical School dean
and is known internationally as a researcher, at Fall Convocation,
held Oct. 31 at University Hall. “This is a wonderful surprise,”
Carey said after the ceremony. “It is the greatest honor I
could have received and it honors my family.”
Thomas Jefferson Award is presented annually to a member of the
University community who exemplifies in character, work and influence
the principles and ideals of the University’s founder. Carey
was nominated by colleagues, students and alumni, who lauded him
as a passionate scientist and scholar, an institutional change agent,
a champion of humanistic and professional values, a leader whose
actions bespeak integrity and honor, a model citizen of the University
and a servant of the public good. Full
Setting Monacan history straight
spoke at a public lecture on Monacan culture and life in the
Dome Room Oct. 23.
By Fariss Samarrai
sat with their eyes closed. Others watched transfixed. But all listened
intently as Daniel Red Elk Gear, a leader of the Monacan Indian
Nation, sang an ancient honor song to a full house of guests during
the Oct. 23 “Engaging the Mind” program in the Dome
Room of the Rotunda.
song was followed by an ancient Monacan peace prayer — first
in Tutelo, the language of the Monacans, then in English —
by Karenne Wood, a Monacan leader and a poet.
more than two hours the Monacan members, along with their tribal
Chief Kenneth Branham, and U.Va. anthropologist Jeff Hantman, discussed
Monacan culture and life, and the ways that the Monacan nation and
U.Va. are working together to accurately and fully tell the history
of the Monacan people. Full story.