Oct. 15-28, 2004
Vol. 34, Issue 18
Back Issues
'Tremendous,' 'Smart,' 'Pragmatic'
Faculty salary ranking on rise; board OKs code of ethics
Access UVa: The door's open
University presidents make the case for charter
Insurance costs going up, but health coverage to expand
Ann Lee Brown gives $10.5 million to U.Va.
Board in tune with U.Va.-Wise, thanks to Smiddy
Faculty Actions from the October BOV meeting
Thanks to Charlottesville families
Film festival examines reel 'Speed'
NYT columnist, others, to discuss election

Whiteness exhibit to open its only East Coast showing

Gies to speak at fall program
Taking stock of Virginia mountain streams

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' ‘Tremendous,’ ‘Smart,’ ‘Pragmatic’
Board, president back diversity and equity initiatives

Michael J. Smith (right) and Angela M. Davis
Photo by Tom Cogill
Michael J. Smith (right) and Angela M. Davis, co-chairpersons of the Commission on Diversity and Equity, discuss their final report during a media briefing Oct. 2.

By Kathleen Valenzi

The accolades were soaring across the oval table at the Rotunda Board Room Oct. 2 during the early morning meeting of the Board of Visitor’s Special Committee on Diversity.

In describing the final report of the Commission on Diversity and Equity to the board, President John T. Casteen III called the 51-page, orange-bound document “smart and pragmatic.”

Board member John O. “Dubby” Wynne, of Norfolk, deemed it to be “great”; committee chairman Warren M. Thompson, of Herndon, “tremendous”; and rector Gordon F. Rainey Jr., “an extremely important piece of work.” Full story.

Faculty salary ranking on rise; board OKs code of ethics

By Dan Heuchert

Center stage at the Board of Visitor’s quarterly meeting Oct. 1 and 2 was the diversity report and news of a major gift, but there was plenty happening further down the agenda. Full story.

Access UVa: The door’s open
Alumnus Thomas stars in financial aid campaign

Sean Patrick Thomas
Sean Patrick Thomas is the face and voice of Access UVa.

By Dan Heuchert

Up-and-coming actor Sean Patrick Thomas will serve as the face and voice of the University’s new “Access UVa” financial aid program.

Thomas, a 1992 alumnus who himself received need-based financial aid while at U.Va., is featured in a series of radio and television public service announcements and print advertisements. The ads feature the theme, “If you’ve got the brains, but not the bucks, the door’s open. Access UVa makes it happen.”

Several current students — all financial aid recipients — appear alongside Thomas. Some will be spotlighted individually in print and Web advertisements. Full story.



University presidents make the case for Charter

By Christina Nuckols
The Virginian-Pilot

Key General Assembly leaders signaled Oct. 12 that they are seriously interested in granting three of Virginia’s top universities greater independence from state regulations.

The lawmakers were quick to add that the request for charter status made last month by the College of William & Mary, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech will require revisions to ensure that the three institutions don’t become too disconnected from the state’s higher education system. Full story.


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