Meetings on U.Va. Health Plan changes
The open enrollment period for employees to make changes to their
health plans is Nov. 3-Dec. 12. Employees must choose one of the
new programs, Direct Access or Point of Service, or they will
be switched automatically to the Direct Access program.
The benefits office has scheduled information sessions (see below)
to explain details and answer questions about changes in the U.Va.
• Nov. 10, 2 p.m.
Darden Classroom 40
• Nov. 11, 2 p.m.
Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room
• Nov. 14, 1 p.m.
Carruthers Hall – ITC Conference Room A
• Nov. 18, 8:30 a.m.
Medical Center Camp Heart Auditorium
• Nov. 24, 9 a.m.
Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room
• Nov. 25, 3 p.m.
Facilities Management, Lunch/Break Room
• Dec. 2, 4 p.m.
Medical Center Camp Heart Auditorium
• Dec. 11, 10 a.m.
Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room
Virginia’s first-ever Governor’s International Education
Day will take place Nov. 17 in Richmond. The University will sponsor
its own weeklong program Nov. 16-23 to coincide with International
Education Week. U.Va. events will include an open house featuring
information on study abroad programs Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. in Minor
Hall room 216; a student musical reception at the Lorna Sundberg
International Center on Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.; and a viewing of the
new Japanese woodblock print exhibit at the University Art Museum
Nov. 23 at 3 p.m.
For information about the state program, visit the Web site at
For information about the U.Va. program, call 924-7983
DECLARES NOV. HIV/AIDS MONTH
President John T. Casteen III has declared November to be “HIV/AIDS
Awareness Month” at U.Va. The annual observance —
formerly just a week long — was created as a service learning
project through a nursing course, “HIV/AIDS: A Personal
and Social Perspective,” taught by Reba Moyer Childress.
Various awareness and fund-raising activities will take place
throughout November and early December, including:
• Nov. 5 and 6: Dinner & A Movie Benefit, 5-10 p.m.,
St. Maarten’s Café, 14th and Wertland streets. The
restaurant will donate a percentage of its nonalcoholic sales.
Diners are eligible for a free movie drawing.
• Nov. 11: A Cappella FUN-D Concert featuring the Academical
Village People, Virginia Belles, Hullabahoos, Silhooettes and
Virginia Gentlemen. 8 p.m., McLeod Hall. Tickets, $4 in advance
and $5 at the door, will be on sale Nov. 10-11 on the Lawn.
• Nov. 15: AIDS/HIV Services Group of Charlottesville’s
13th Annual Creative Charlottesville Auction. 6:30 p.m., Fry’s
Spring Beach Club. The theme: “Puttin’ on the Ritz:
Celebrating the Swing Era.” It will include food and dance,
plus the auction. Tickets begin at $40; for reservations, call
Extra holiday leave
Gov. Mark Warner has authorized an additional three days (24 hours)
for the Commonwealth of Virginia holiday schedule, considered
compensatory “float time” leave for University classified
Four hours of “comp special” leave will be credited
to employees’ leave balances on Nov. 26, and 20 hours will
be credited to balances Dec. 22. For general faculty, the additional
24 hours of leave should be worked out with managers. The leave
must be used within 12 months of the date earned. While managers
are asked to give maximum consideration to employees’ preferences,
they must make sure offices are adequately staffed.
The extra leave applies to the Academic Division, but not to the
appointed for international consortium
President John T. Casteen III announced Oct. 20 that Blaine A.
Brownell, president of Ball State University, will lead U21pedagogica,
a wholly owned subsidiary of Universitas 21, an international
higher education consortium that includes U.Va. and 16 other research
Brownell will tentatively begin his duties Feb. 1, 2004, and will
out of an office in Charlottesville.
U21pedagogica is charged with developing global standards for
academic quality for Universitas 21. Among the consortium’s
activities is Universitas 21 Global, an online university created
in partnership with The Thomson Corp. and aimed at students in
countries without highly developed educational infrastructures.
U21pedagogica approves Universitas 21 Global’s courses,
subjects, templates, processes, instruction and assessment, ensuring
that each meets Universitas 21 quality standards.
Local ministries honored
The Chaplaincy Services at the U.Va. Health System presented the
first Clyde M. Watson Jr. Distinguished Service Award in Pastoral
Care and Education to local ministries. The two recipients are:
Dr. Nan Brown of the Way of the Cross Baptist Church in Fluvanna
for her involvement with Chaplaincy Services and for her work
in educating people about HIV/AIDS; and the Cherry Avenue Christian
Church for its 25 years of programming at the Kluge Children’s
Rehabilitation Center. They are being honored for their work in
providing pastoral care to patients at the Health System. A presentation
was held Oct. 22. The award is named in honor of Clyde M. Watson
Jr., who founded clinical pastoral education at U.Va. and served
as the director of Chaplaincy Services from 1965 to 1996.
engineering becomes undergraduate major
The Department of Biomedical Engineering has received approval
from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia for a
new undergraduate major.
“This new degree will enable us to compete for the most
talented young people in the country who are captivated by this
exciting discipline,” said Thomas C. Skalak, chairman of
U.Va. has offered graduate degrees in biomedical engineering since
1967 and an undergraduate minor for the past four years. The field
has gained acceptability and visibility in recent years, and jobs
in medicine and industry have opened up for graduates, said William
F. Walker, assistant professor and the program’s undergraduate
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that jobs in biomedical
engineering will increase 31.4 percent by 2010 .
Distance learning in engineering master’s on rise
Thanks to the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program, students
working toward a master’s degree in engineering at any of
five universities in Virginia — including U.Va. —
can take classes at any of the participating schools. Now in its
20th year, the distance-learning program has helped nearly 400
professional engineers improve their skills while strengthening
the engineering capabilities of private companies and government
agencies around the state.
“This distance education program for graduate engineering
was one of the first
in the nation,” said James Groves, U.Va.’s program
director who assumed the role of statewide program director this
fall. U.Va.’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies
administers the program.
For information, see http://www.cgep.virginia.edu/.
Awards and achievements of U.Va. faculty and staff
Dr. Richard L. Guerrant, the Thomas H. Hunter professor of international
medicine and director of the Medical School’s Center for
Global Health, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine.
Part of the National Academies, the institute announced the election
of 65 new members and five foreign associates Oct. 27.
The Gerontological Society of America has chosen John R. Nesselroade,
Hugh Scott Hamilton Professor of Psychology, to receive its 2003
Award for the Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology.
The prize is given annually to an individual whose theoretical
work has made significant contributions to the field of gerontology.
GSA noted that Nesselroade helped establish “the field of
life-span development as a legitimate area of study in the social
The award will be presented this month at the society’s
annual meeting in San Diego. GSA is a national multidisciplinary
scientific organization devoted to the advancement of gerontological
Edmund Russell received the Edelstein Prize from the Society for
the History of Technology for his book, “War and Nature:
Fighting Humans and Insects with Chemicals from World War I to
Silent Spring,” published by Cambridge University Press
in 2001. The prize is for an outstanding book on the history of
technology published in the previous three years. Russell is an
associate professor in the Engineering School’s Department
of Technology, Culture and Communication.
Jann Balmer, director of Continuing Medical Education for the
School of Medicine, has been selected by the Accreditation Council
for Continuing Medical Education to receive the 2003 Willard M.
Duff Award. The award recognizes volunteers who have provided
exemplary and long-term service to the ACCME. According to the
ACCME, Balmer’s career reflects her commitment to continuing
a living memorial celebrates legacy
For more than a century, U.Va. has honored those who have made
significant contributions to the Grounds or to the life of the
University community by planting trees on Grounds. More than 100
of these trees are now identified on a Web site spearheaded by
Helen Wilson, a landscape architect in the University’s
Office of the Architect, and funded by the Arboretum and Landscape
Committee. The Web site, at http://www.virginia.edu/architectoffice/memorialtree,
lists honorees, tree species and maps showing their locations.
A memorial tree program has been in place since 1947, allowing
individuals and groups, through private donations, to honor alumni,
families and friends connected with the University. In 1970, the
University began an annual tradition of planting a tree on Founder’s
Day to honor someone whose legacy in the areas of design, planning
and care has shaped the University’s landscape.
Dorothy S. Crute, 55, of Charlottesville, died
on Oct. 22. She worked as a cook for the U.Va. Hospital West Snack
Bar and Cafeteria.
Linda Cogdill Winner, 60, of Charlottesville,
died of cancer on Oct. 25. During her tenure as director of leadership
development at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, she
was instrumental in establishing the Senior Executive Institute,
a highly regarded leadership program for select local government
Gladys M. “Blue” Calloway, 50, of
Charlottesville, died Oct. 24. Still employed at the time of her
death, she worked at the Medical Center for 29 years.
Inside UVA will be published two more times this semester: Nov.
21 (with a Nov. 12 deadline) and Dec. 5. The deadline for the
December issue is Nov. 25. The newsletter will resume printing
with the Jan. 16, 2004 issue.