return to the House call: kluge Gift supports home health care
A new challenge gift from philanthropist John W. Kluge will help
the School of Medicine promote the value of in-home care, especially
for elderly patients or patients in the late stages of a terminal
The $500,000 commitment, which must be matched by $1.5 million
from other donors, will create a professorship in palliative care.
care includes health practices designed to relieve pain or discomfort
in patients who suffer from conditions with no known cures. The
endowed chair will support faculty who are exploring new ways
to enhance patient comfort and quality of life.
In addition to providing greater comfort and convenience for patients,
in-home visits also can help doctors gain an immediate grasp of
a patient’s particular needs and circumstances, said Dr.
Daniel Becker, professor of internal medicine and health evaluation
sciences at U.Va.
Outstanding employees deserve recognition
It’s time to nominate exceptional employees whose hard work
you’ve supervised or seen firsthand for an Outstanding Contribution
Award. The completed package is due by 5 p.m. March 19.
The winners will each receive $1,000, along with being honored
at the annual awards banquet on June 3. Either the nominator or
one of the two endorsers must be the nominee’s supervisor.
Up to 11 classified employees will be chosen — five from
the academic division, five from the Health System and one from
U.Va.’s College at Wise. Nomination forms are available
online at www.hrs.virginia.edu/linksforms.html.
Outstanding employees will be automatically submitted for the
Governor’s Awards, which are given to employees around the
state and will be announced during Virginia Public Service Week,
Charity Breaking records
Hundreds of U.Va. volunteers contributed to the record-breaking
success of the 2003 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (the state
employees’ annual workplace-giving program) and the local
United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring last September.
Urged on by 670 volunteer campaign leaders, approximately 3,200
U.Va. employees contributed a total of $595,236 to the CVC, surpassing
last year’s total. Their dollars were designated for more
than 400 charities locally and throughout the nation. Employees
statewide gave more than $3.2 million.
During the United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring, a
community service effort started by the local nonprofit organization
in 1992, nearly 400 University employees — up from 258 in
2002 — completed 47 volunteer projects ranging from deck
repair, painting and landscaping to reading to children, organizing
parties for senior citizens and sprucing up schools.
Community spirit celebrated
The annual “Celebration of Community Spirit” awards
reception was held Jan. 29 in Newcomb Hall Ballroom to recognize
U.Va. employees who made special volunteer efforts in the CVC
Campaign and the Day of Caring.
The following units were recognized for CVC participation:
• The Office of Senior Vice President for Development &
Public Affairs Robert D. Sweeney, The Jean M. Holliday Award for
• The Office of President John T. Casteen III, The Hovey
Dabney Award for highest average gift
• The Office of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating
Officer Leonard W. Sandridge, The Wah-Hoo-Wah Award for greatest
increase in participation in the CVC
• The Office of Vice President of Research and Graduate
Studies R. Ariel Gomez, The Campaign Spirit Award for outstanding
• The Office of Vice President for Finance Yoke San Reynolds,
The Campaign Spirit Award for noteworthy accomplishments
made fun and easy
Eat food and have fun while learning about the Integrated System
upgrade! The first major upgrade, to version 11i, will take place
in early May, but you can peek into the future and ask questions
about the present at the Integrated System User Fair on March
3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom and South
Along with balloons and refreshments, giveaways and door prizes,
try out the system’s new look and feel at the Finance, Human
Resources and Procurement labs. Visit central office tables, get
answers to questions you’ve wanted to ask, and register
for training. Attend presentations on new features, cutover information
and tips on carrying out transactions and business processes.
See full program at www.virginia.edu/integratedsystem/Upgrades/11i/index.html.
Buildings could be more healthful
A Feb. 20 symposium on “Healthy Communities, Healthy People”
will explore the connections between the plan and design of buildings,
neighborhoods and cities and whether these environments are healthy
Sponsored by the School of Architecture’s Department of
Urban and Environmental Planning, the symposium will feature a
keynote address by Dr. Richard Jackson, of the Centers for Disease
Control, on “The New Public Health Agenda?”
Maurice Cox, U.Va. professor of architecture and mayor of Charlottesville,
will give closing remarks at 5 p.m. A student exhibit exploring
public health and the built environment will be on display through
The event is free and open to the public.
make lunch reservations, contact Bettie Hall at 924-1339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
and select “News & Events.”
opens house to public, youth
From an artificial heart pump to a solar-powered car, a range
of projects will be exhibited at the annual School of Engineering
and Applied Science Open House, held Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m., throughout the Engineering School complex.
The event, free and open to the public, is especially appropriate
for middle- and high-school students considering careers in engineering.
The nearly 50 exhibits include lasers, a movie of a mouse heart
MRI and a scanning electron microscope.
Kathryn Thornton, former astronaut and assistant dean of graduate
programs for the Engineering School, will give an audio-visual
presentation, “The Sights and Sounds of Space Flight,”
at 1 p.m. in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering building,
Visitors may register at the event in the lobby of Thornton Hall
or online at www.seas.virginia.edu
/openhouse/. Free parking is available near Scott Stadium,
adjacent to the Engineering School.
General Faculty council seeks nominations
The General Faculty Council is seeking nominations for general
faculty to represent several constituencies: administration, College
of Arts & Sciences (two positions), libraries, health professionals
(two positions), and the Curry School of Education. You may nominate
yourself or someone else, with no limit on the number of nominations.
E-mail nominations by Feb. 16 to Derry Wade, elections chair,
The General Faculty Council represents full and part-time academic
general faculty and administrative and research professional staff.
The council exists to represent the interest of the general faculty
to the University and to advise the University on matters pertaining
to the general faculty. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday
of each month. For information about the General Faculty Council,
visit the Web site at www.virginia.edu/genfac.
The Board of Visitors established three new endowed professorships,
bringing the total to 432. They are the LaBrosse-Levinson
Distinguished Professorship in Religion, Culture and Social Theory;
the Joseph and Frances Larner Professorship in Pharmacology; and
the Justice Thurgood Marshall Research Professorship in Law.
Goodbye, German house
The Buildings and Grounds Committee
approved the demolition of the Max Kade German House on Brandon
Avenue. Colette Sheehy, vice president for management and budget,
said the 1928 building required $378,000 in repairs to meet fire
and safety codes, and the Housing Division had concluded the building
was not worth the expense. Arrangements have been made to house
the German language students elsewhere, and once renovations are
finished at Bice House, she said, the German students could have
a suite there.
In other board business At its meeting last week, the Board of
• Heard a report on the University’s endowment, which
finished 2003 at $1.97 billion, its highest month-end level ever;
• Selected Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates of Philadelphia
to assess sites for a University Center to be located near Newcomb
• Approved construction of a $5.9 million residence hall
at the College at Wise;
• Ratified the purchase of a new clinical-operations building
in the Fontaine Research Park, to be funded through the sale of
• Named law student James W. Head as its new student member.
Head, who completed his undergraduate studies at U.Va. in 2003,
is a former
member of the Honor Committee.
Awards and achievements of U.Va. faculty and staff
• Engineering professor Brian L. Smith has been named as
the Council of University Transportation Centers’ 2003 outstanding
new faculty member in transportation.
The council recognized Smith for his transportation research,
his teaching and his contribution to professional engineering
organizations. Smith directs U.Va.’s SmartTravel Laboratory
and heads a $1.5 million research program to alleviate traffic
congestion and provide more dependable transportation services.
• Ann Taylor has been appointed executive director of the
Darden School Foundation. A 1985 Darden and 1980 College of Arts
& Sciences alumna, Taylor was most recently chief operating
officer of Gold Violin, a specialty retailer in Charlottesville.
She has served on U.Va.’s Alumni Board of Managers and as
a Darden alumni chapter president.
• Nancy Iverson has won the 2003 Best Dissertation Research
Award from the National Staff Development Council. Iverson was
recognized for her work on the U.Va. Standards of Learning Project,
a program of courses, conferences and workshops to help educators
implement Virginia’s SOL
• Dr. Paul D. Mintz, director of the Division of Clinical
Pathology and the Medical Center’s Clinical Laboratories
and Blood Bank, is president-elect of the American Association
of Blood Banks. The AABB is the principal international scientific
and standard-setting association in transfusion medicine.
• Capt. Michael Coleman of the U.Va. Police Department has
been elected treasurer of the Virginia Campus Law Enforcement
Also, officers Joshua Ryan, Angela Santiago and Jeremy Tabler
recently graduated from basic police training at the Central Shenandoah
Criminal Justice Training Academy.
symposium explores Brown v. Board’s 50th anniversary
Jack Greenberg, one of the attorneys who argued the 1954 Brown
v. Board of Education case before the U.S. Supreme Court, will
be the keynote speaker at a symposium Feb. 20 and 21 commemorating
the case’s 50th anniversary. The event is sponsored by the
Virginia Law Review and the Center for the Study of Race and the
Law. Greenberg’s talk will occur Friday at 4:15 p.m. in
the Law School’s Caplin Pavilion. E-mail email@example.com
for information or to register.
SERIES on politics and history
The Miller Center is sponsoring a series on politics and history.
The interdisciplinary forum is free and open to the public. Talks
are held at the Miller Center at noon. R.S.V.P. for lunch.
• Feb. 20. Gretchen Ritter, associate professor of government,
University of Texas-Austin. “Privacy and Citizenship in
the American Constitutional Order, 1960-1980.”
• Feb. 27. John Skrentny, professor of sociology, University
of California at San Diego. “The Rise of Instrumental Affirmative
Action: Law and the New Significance of Race in America.”
Speakers’ papers will be posted online a week ahead. For
a complete schedule, see http://www.americanpoliticaldevelopment.org.
Bold films by women
OFFScreen, the independent film group at U.Va., presents two more
films in its series “Extreme Vision: New Women Auteurs”
• Feb. 15. “In My Skin,” the debut effort of
Marina de Van. The film looks at the theme of the human body as
a boundary and a battleground for self-mutilation and escape.
• Feb. 22. “Open Hearts,” by Susanne Bier. The
film explores the thorny question: How does one survive the reverberations
of a single tragic moment?
Movie times: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Newcomb Hall Theater. Tickets
$3; memberships $26.
Center offers support groups
This spring, the Women’s Center Counseling Service is offering
support groups open to students, employees and community members.
One group is for women who have had abortions and would like to
process their experiences and share their stories in a nonjudgmental,
therapeutic atmosphere. Another group is for exploring healthy
relationships, from familial to intimate relationships, including
same-sex relationships, in a supportive and therapeutic environment.
Call 982-2252 or visit www.womenscenter.virginia.edu.
invited for Distinguished Alumna
A successful model of leadership. An extraordinary achiever in
her field. A positive force for change. If you know of an outstanding
female graduate, you can nominate her for the Women’s Center
2005 Distinguished Alumna Award. Nominations must be postmarked
by March 1. For information, call Virginia Moran at 924-3946.
This year’s Distinguished Alumna awardee is Gov. Janet Napolitano,
a Law School graduate who will be honored April 21.
• William Cleerdin, 56, of Crozet, died Jan. 18. He was
employed by the faculty housing department until his medical leave
in October 2003.
• Margaret Mason Taylor, 84, of Charlottesville, died Jan.
19. A 1941 graduate of the U.Va. School of Nursing, she was in
charge of the hospital’s hematology lab.
• Marcella Patricia “Pat” Wilson Dickerson,
47, of Charlottesville, died Feb. 1. She was employed by U.Va.
Catering at the time of her death.
n Edward P. Knight, 83, of Dyke, died at his home on Feb. 3. He
retired from Facilities Management in 1985.
• Frances C. Morris, 79, of Earlysville, died in Afton,
on Feb. 4. She retired from U.Va. in 1992.