U.Va. accepts 872 early applicants
The University mailed acceptance letters Nov. 26 to 872 early
decision applicants, forming the vanguard of the Class of 2008.
Those accepted came from an applicant pool of 2,368 that featured
significantly more international and African-American applicants
than applied for early decision last year. In-state applicants
made up 82 percent of those offered admission, which is comparable
to past years, said John A. Blackburn, dean of admission. The
final class will be roughly two-thirds in-state, which is consistent
with previous entering classes.
Males closed the gender gap, accounting for slightly more than
48 percent of applicants, compared to 46 percent a year ago.
Overall, “it’s a good group,” Blackburn said.
“There’s a sense that they look a lot like last year’s
group, which is the strongest class we have enrolled in the history
of the University.”
Send a Santa letter and support the CVC
Employees can send holiday greetings to children while
supporting the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, thanks to Bonnie
Bragg, office manager in Student Financial Services. She creates
colorful Santa letters, filled with holiday cheer and printed
on special stationery.
For each letter, Bragg asks that a $5 check made payable to “CVC”
accompany the order. She will give the proceeds to Big Brothers
and Sisters of Central Virginia.
Requests for Santa letters are due by Dec. 10 and should be mailed
to her at P.O. Box 400204 with the name, gender and address of
Donations for the Santa letters are part of a separate fund-raiser
for the CVC and are in addition to any individual pledge an employee
may wish to make.
invites business ideas
If you have a great idea for a business but need start-up cash,
consider the 2004 U.Va. Business Plan Competition, which is accepting
entries through Jan. 12. Sponsored by the Darden Graduate School
of Business Administration, the Batten Institute and the Entrepreneur
and Venture Capital Club, the contest will honor four finalists
with the opportunity to participate in the Progressive Incubator.
First place wins $10,000; second place, $4,000; third place, $1,000;
and fourth place, $500. Finalists will give presentations at Darden
on Feb. 10. All teams must include at least one U.Va. student,
staff member or faculty member. For information, contact Elizabeth
Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners of photography contest showcased
Through Dec. 21, local high school students will exhibit work
at the University Art Museum from a photography contest called
“Our View,” sponsored by the museum and Oakwood Arts.
Students photographed their communities during a one-week period
A distinguished professional panel of photographers, including
Sam Abell, Mary Motley Kalergis, Stacey Evans, Bill Sublette,
Nicholas Nichols and John Grant, judged the entries. Winners of
the contest are featured in the exhibit.
A companion book is also on sale.
Students OK Board of Elections
In November, students
approved by a wide majority the formation of the University Board
of Elections, a nonpartisan student group that will oversee elections
for Student Council, the Honor Committee, University Judiciary
Committee, class councils and other student organizations. The
resulted from a student committee that worked on reforms following
the 2003 Student Council elections.
Awards and achievements of faculty and staff
• Jules I. “Jay” Levine,
a 1960 alumnus, has been named the international president of
Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. Levine joined the U.Va. faculty in
1972 and currently serves as associate vice president for the
Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity was founded in 1913 to provide opportunities
for Jewish college men to develop leadership skills and undertake
• Dr. Claudette Dalton was elected to the Council on Medical
Education of the American Medical Association. She also recently
received the Community Service Award from the Medical Society
of Virginia, mostly for
her work with the Remote Area Medical Clinic at Wise.
• Linda Watson, associate dean and director of the Claude
Moore Health Sciences Library, has been named a member of the
Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Building a 21st-Century
Community Health Care System in Rural America. The institute is
part of the National Academy of Sciences.
U.Va. fields top turf award
The University has received the 2003 University Sports Field Complex
of the Year Award from the Sports Turf Manager’s Association.
This is the first year for the University Sports Field Complex
of the Year Award.
Among the criteria used to determine the award recipient were
that a minimum of three fields be included in the complex and
that the fields host a minimum of three different sports. Virginia’s
awarded field complex includes the Carl Smith Center, home of
Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium; Davenport Field at the U.Va.
Baseball Stadium; Klöckner Stadium; and the artificial turf
field behind University Hall.
proposals due Feb. 27
Full-time humanities faculty interested in using advanced computer
technology in their scholarship are eligible to apply for a two-year
fellowship in digital scholarship, sponsored by the University’s
Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. The deadline
is Feb. 27.
Interested faculty are encouraged to meet with IATH directors
to discuss their proposals in advance. Fellows receive a half-time
teaching release for the first year. The institute continues to
support the research for the life of the project.
See the institute’s Web site at www.iath.virginia.edu/iath/fellowships.html
for guidelines and an application.
Selections will be made by the end of March, and the fellowship
will begin July 1.
Technology Open House Jan. 13
The Division of Information Technology & Communication will
host a Technology Open House for U.Va. faculty, researchers and
instructors on Jan. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the third floor
of Wilson Hall.
Technology professionals will demonstrate technology and software
tools to assist faculty in teaching or research. The open house
also provides the opportunity to learn about the Instructional
Toolkit and see a demonstration of the new Faculty Scheduler.
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• Nancy E. Walton Pugh, 45, died Nov. 25. A U.Va. Medical
School alumna, she taught general pediatrics at U.Va. for the
last five years.
• Dr. John S. “Jack” Horner Sr., 76, died Nov.
26. He taught at U.Va. for 29 years and directed the Communication
Disorders program for four years. He also served as an audiologist
in U.Va.’s department of otolaryngology.