Jan. 16-29, 2004
Vol. 34, Issue 1
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Dick Gregory to headline King Day Jan. 20
Scholarship for Child of U.Va. employee

Legislators back slow growth
Wilkinson, Walker win coveted Thomas Jefferson Medals
Former A&S dean dies
Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign
Digest — U.Va. News Daily

Headlines @ U.Va.

U.Va.’s black graduation rate again best in nation
Windscape wind quartet blows onto Grounds Feb. 3
Islam through calligraphy
Feb. 2: State of African-American Affairs

News Briefs

Dick Gregory to headline King Day Jan. 20
Civil rights activist, nutritionist and comedian Dick Gregory will speak at U.Va. Jan. 20, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “A Conversation with Dick Gregory: History, Humanity and Humor” will be held at 7 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium.

Gregory has taken part in protests and fasted for many causes, including opposition to the Vietnam War, world hunger and drug abuse. He is the author of several memoirs, including the recently updated “Callus on My Soul.” Gregory continues to work for human rights causes around the world and divides his time between Washington and Plymouth, Mass.

The event, sponsored by the Office of African-American Affairs, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, is free and open to the public. For information, contact La TaSha Levy at 924-7923 or lbl4a@virginia.edu.

Scholarship for child of U.Va. employee
Sons and daughters of current full-time faculty and staff are eligible to apply for the Faculty and Staff Undergraduate Scholarship for the 2004-2005 academic year. Applicants for the scholarship may be students who are new, transferring or currently enrolled. The award amount will be $2,900. The application deadline is March 31.

All entering or transfer students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, as well as the Entering Undergraduate Financial Aid Application and the Faculty and Staff Undergraduate Scholarship Application. The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The other applications can be downloaded from www.virginia.edu/financialaid. Parents must have worked at U.Va. for at least one year.

For information, contact Donna Oliver in Student Financial Services at 924-7827 or dlo8v@virginia.edu.

USEMs proposals due Jan. 23
For more than a decade, the University Seminars program has provided first-year students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and explore ideas in an environment that encourages interactive learning and intensive discussion. Seminars offer an ideal means for promoting intellectual community among students and faculty, particularly during the early years of undergraduate study when students are enrolled in large, introductory classes.

The deadline to submit USEM course proposals for 2004 is Jan. 23. Faculty should submit proposals for the fall and spring semesters and indicate which semester they would like to teach. USEMS are open to all faculty, including general and retired faculty, who have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.

Submit proposal forms, available from the dean’s office in each school, to Janet Yunessi, USEMS Coordinator, Booker House, P.O. Box 400308. For information, contact her at 982-2334 or yunessi@virginia.edu.

Bowl proceeds to fund music festival
The athletics department has pledged $50,000 from its football bowl proceeds to finance an upcoming University music festival, Director of Athletics Craig K. Littlepage announced in late December. While the festival has not been planned yet, music department chairwoman Elizabeth Hudson said her goal is to fashion a festival of interest to a wide range of students while dovetailing with her department’s academic interests.

U.Va. expects to receive $1 million from the Atlantic Coast Conference as its share of the bowl-game payouts, said Keith Vanderbeek, associate athletics director for business operations. The Cavaliers beat the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, 23-16, on Dec. 27 in the Continental Tire Bowl, played in Charlotte, N.C.

Ayers on PBS
Edward L. Ayers, dean of Arts & Sciences and a Civil War history professor, is an on-screen commentator in the PBS American Experience film, “Reconstruction,” that aired Jan. 13 and 14. The Web site at http://pbs.org/amex/reconstruction features a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, personal accounts from the era and a teacher’s guide.

Marching to the beat
The marching band has a new Web site. Check it out at www.virginia.edu/ marchingband/.

The Cavalier Marching Band will debut during this fall’s football season. The 200-member ensemble will include students from virtually every academic department of the University.

Any student at U.Va. and other colleges in the Charlottesville area, including PVCC, are welcome in the Cavalier Band. Contact band director William Pease at 982-5347 or at pease@virginia.edu.

Awards & achievements of faculty & staff
z Dr. Vamik Volkan, professor emeritus at U.Va.’s School of Medicine and founder of the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction, has been awarded the Sigmund Freud Award given by the city of Vienna in collaboration with the World Council of Psychotherapy. The honor is given for “outstanding contributions to psychotherapy worldwide.”

z Dr. Irving L. Kron, chairman of the Department of Surgery, has been named president-elect of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. Kron, a specialist in cardiac, thoracic and peripheral vascular surgery, takes office as president in November.

z U.Va. composer Judith Shatin has released a new compact disk, “Piping the Earth,” featuring four of her orchestral pieces from 1985-90 on Capstone Records. All of the pieces have been performed by the University and Community Symphony Orchestra at U.Va.

Diversity program plays again
An encore presentation of “Different Voices, Common Threads,” a new diversity program that debuted during first-year orientation last fall, will be held Jan. 16 at noon in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium. The performance is a visual presentation highlighting the University’s history relative to diversity and intending to give insight into the shared experiences of current students and faculty.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. For information, contact Tabitha A. Enoch, director of Orientation & New Student Programs at 982-4546 or tabenoch@virginia.edu.

In Memoriam
Raymond Chester Richards, 84, of Charlottesville, died Dec. 3, 2003. He was retired from the University.

Dr. James David Kitchin III, 72, of Ivy, died Dec. 6. Kitchin joined the U.Va. Medical School faculty in 1967, working until his retirement in 2000. He was named the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1983.

Bruce A. Chartres, 74, of Charlottesville, died Dec. 8. He became professor of applied mathematics and computer science in 1965.

Nancy Jenkins Wright, 71, of Dyke, died Dec. 10. She retired from the physical therapy department in the Medical Center after 42 years
of service.

Harry Morgan Frye Sr., 78, of Charlottesville, died Dec. 25. He retired as a supervisor in the housing department after 25 years of service.

Faye L. Morton, 59, of Charlottesville, died Dec. 26. She was a longtime employee of the Medical Center.

Phillip R. Krauth, 65, died Jan. 2, at his home in Scottsville after battling a brain tumor.

He was a purchasing specialist.




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