the shuffle: Departments move to accommodate construction
Photo by Lincoln Ross Barbour
By Jane Ford and Matt Kelly
When school started last Wednesday, several departments
were not where students had left them last spring.
Over the summer, renovation and construction
prompted a complex departmental shuffle, leaving many people wondering, “Where
did they go?” While complicated in the retelling, the following should
help readers navigate who’s where.
The Department of Religious Studies has vacated Cocke
Hall, now under renovation. Some of its offices moved
to Halsey Hall — occupying space loaned from
the Department of Environmental Sciences and vacated by the Department of Statistics,
which joins the math department in Kerchoff Hall. The remainder of religious
studies is now housed in a temporary building between Halsey and Maury halls.
Nightmarish,” is how chairman Harry Y. Gamble described the religious studies
department’s move. “This was an enormous undertaking,” he said.
A lot accumulates in 35 years.
The bulk of the department’s assets — its books — posed an
unexpected problem due to their cumulative weight. “One engineer told us
not to put too many books in the [temporary office] trailer, because it is not
rated for books,” said Eugene F. Rogers, assistant professor of modern
Christian thought, who estimated he had 20 to 30 boxes of books.
Religious studies will remain at Halsey and in the temporary
building until summer 2008, when it expects to
move into the new building planned
of the South
The Department of Germanic Languages & Literature also left Cocke Hall for
two temporary buildings south of Halsey Hall. According to Brenda J. Ayres, secretary
to chairwoman Lorna Martens, only about half of the German department was in
town for the move, and some of them were telephoning in instructions. Consequently,
the move was “really hectic,” she said.
Ayres didn’t mind moving, though. “The building was in very bad condition,” she
said. Her only disappointment was knowing that the department would not move
back into Cocke Hall after its renovations are complete in fall 2005. (The departments
of philosophy and classics are currently slated as Cocke Hall’s next tenants.)
Instead, the German department will make two more moves: first to New Cabell
Hall to the space that will be vacated by philosophy, and finally to the new
South Lawn building when it is built.
The McIntire Department of Art moved out of Fayerweather
Hall, which is under renovation through late 2005,
and into three separate
offices, art history and visiting studio artists are now
headquartered in the Rugby Faculty Apartments
building, just north of Beta
Bridge at 203 Rugby
Other studio art faculty, formerly housed at Fayerweather,
are now in one
of two temporary buildings behind Ruffner Hall near the newly
The temporary buildings — formally “Dell 1” and “Dell
2,” but nicknamed “Bob” and “Ted” in honor of former
studio art faculty members Robert T. Barbee and Theodore R. Turner — are
air-conditioned (a first for studio space at U.Va.) and have soaring open space,
said art department chairman Lawrence O. Goedde.
Dell 1 houses the department’s painting, photography and exhibition space,
while Dell 2 houses printmaking, papermaking and sculpture. The outdoor space
between the buildings will be used for large projects and as a place to use spray
fixatives and other noxious substances.
Associate professor Megan B. Marlatt, who became head
of the studio art program over the summer, said students
at first, but she is confident the open, flexible space
will work well. “It’s
more conducive to making art” than the currently “chopped up” Fayerweather
Hall, she said.
The art department retains its space in Brooks Hall,
Peyton Trailer, and the Bayly Building.
Art history faculty are scheduled to return to Fayerweather
in spring 2006. Studio art will occupy Dells 1 and
2 until a long-awaited
be named Ruffin Hall, is completed in the Carr’s Hill Arts Precinct. Groundbreaking
on Ruffin is expected to begin next fall.
The Department of Economics, formerly at Rouss Hall — another building
under renovation — now occupies two floors in the Dynamics Building at
2015 Ivy Road.
are the first academic department to move off Grounds,” department chairman
David E. Mills said. The location concerns him somewhat because he fears that
students may not stop by as frequently as they did before.
To retain a presence on Grounds, the department
moved its office for graduate students in
in Rouss through the spring term, and it
has also retained some office space
faculty to meet with students.
Economics will be in the Dynamics Building
until it can move into Monroe Hall. But
Hall, which will
happen once its new building is completed
at the far
southeast end of the Lawn behind (and connecting
Air Force ROTC
The Air Force Reserve Officer Training
Corps has left Varsity Hall, which is
currently scheduled to be relocated
new on-Grounds site later
to make room for the new Commerce School
building. Offices for the Air Force ROTC
can now be found
in the Astronomy
vacated by ITC.