CHARTER BILL GOES BEFORE ASSEMBLY
On Friday, Jan. 21, identical bills granting public universities more financial and operational autonomy were introduced in the General Assembly.
Del. Vincent F. Callahan Jr., R-McLean, sponsored the House bill, along with House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Fredericksburg, and Del. M. Kirkland Cox, R-Colonial Heights. Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr.,
R-Williamsburg, introduced the Senate bill.
The charter proposal, spearheaded by the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and William & Mary, has evolved over the past two months to include all of higher education. During that time, Gov. Mark R. Warner, the Council of Presidents and SCHEV have thrown their support behind the initiative. At Warner’s invitation, institutions worked with his staff and COP representatives to broaden the initiative and to develop a three-level, systemwide approach to grant greater autonomy — along with greater accountability — to participating schools.
Key changes in the new legislation include the following:
- All public colleges and universities will remain state agencies;
- Classified staff will remain in the Virginia Retirement System;
- All institutions will get basic autonomy, including tuition flexibility;
- Agreements with the Virginia Community College System, whereby associate degree graduates receive full credit at four-year institutions; and
- Guarantees that tuition levels not be barriers to access through increased financial aid and the agreements with VCCS.
NEW PUBLICATIONS FOR U.VA. PRESS
The University of Virginia Press has released its Spring 2005 catalog of new publications. Dumas Malone’s classic biography, “Jefferson and His Time,” will be reissued as a complete, illustrated, six-volume biography available in a boxed set. The biography, which was originally published in six volumes over a period of 34 years, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history and became the standard work on Jefferson’s life. In addition, the Press has two titles on higher education topics this season: William Bowen’s newest book, “Equity and Excellence in American Higher Edu-
cation,” which was expanded from the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Distinguished Lectures given at the University, and “Saving Higher Education in the Age of Money” by Harvard professor James Engell and coauthor Anthony Dangerfield.
OFF THE SHELF
Recently Published Books by U.Va. Faculty and Staff
- Bethany Bryson, assistant professor of sociology, “Boundaries and Meaning in U.S. English Departments.” Stanford Press.
- Mary Jo Hatch,commerce professor, “The Three Faces of Leadership.” Blackwell Publishing.
- Timothy Naftali, director of the Presidential Recordings Program, “U.S. Intelligence and the Nazis.” The National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration for the Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Records Interagency Working Group.
- H. H. Shugart, William W. Corcoran Professor of Environmental Sciences, “How the Earthquake Bird Got its Name and Other Tales of an Unbalanced Nature.” Yale University Press.
- Richard Guy Wilson, architectural history professor, “The Colonial Revival House.” Harry N. Abrams.
HOW TO HELP TSUNAMI SURVIVORS
In light of the recent disaster in South Asia, many members of the University community are looking to reach out in some way. But at times the number of charities can be overwhelming, and it is often difficult to know with which organization you can place your trust. One way to put your donation in a safe place is to give through the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. Employee donations will be distributed equally among the 18 charities recommended by USAID that were participants in the 2004 CVC fundraiser. One hundred percent of the donations will go to these charities to help rebuild stricken
areas and to help provide healthy living conditions for tsunami survivors.
1. Visit http://www.virginia.edu/cvc for a list of participating charities.
2. Place donation in a sealed envelope, clearly marked “CVC Tsunami Relief Fund.” Although cash will be accepted, donors are strongly
encouraged to use checks. Checks should be payable to “Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, Tsunami Relief.”
3. Give the sealed envelope to the CVC volunteer for your department or take it to McKim or Newcomb Hall Mail Room by Feb. 3.
CVC volunteers are also listed on the Web site. All donations must be
received in U.Va.’s Community Relations Office at 400 Ray C. Hunt Drive by noon on Friday, Feb. 4. For more information, contact U.Va.’s Community Relations Office at 924-3165 or communityrelations@
VIRGINIANS CAN ASSESS HEALTH
State employees received an e-mail message from Governor Warner on Jan. 11, encouraging everyone to join the Healthy Virginians initiative. One way to do that is to complete the online health assessment of the Virginia on the Move program. The site is based on the State Health Benefits Program, but University employees can use these separate instructions to assess their health online:
Log onto http://www.gethealthytools.com; choose “new user registration”; use key code: Commonhealthwage; once you have competed the registration information, you will arrive at the homepage; choose “Health Assessments” to complete the assessment. The online health assessment is strictly confidential.
Print the confirmation page from the completed health report and bring it to the program.
VIRGINIA CENTER ON AGING TO AWARD FUNDS
Virginia Commonwealth University’s Virginia Center on Aging is calling for proposals for its Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund. The award provides seed money to stimulate innovative research into biomedical and psychosocial aspects of dementia, including cell biology, care giving and animal modeling. Studies for the award can include the underlying causes, epidemiology, diagnosis or treatment of Alzheimer’s and related diseases; policies, programs and financing for care and support of those affected by Alzheimer’s and related diseases; or the social and psychological impacts of Alzheimer’s and related diseases upon the individual, family and community. The awards are limited to $25,000 each. The fund encourages partnerships between community-based agencies/facilities and academic institutions. U.Va. has been a consistent winner, garnering 36 awardees since the beginning. For more information, visit http://www.vcu.edu /vcoa/ardraf.htm.
SHIRLEY MENAKER MEMORIAL FEB. 1
One of the University’s most influential female leaders, Shirley Lasch Menaker, who died Dec. 24, will be honored in a memorial service Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. in the University Chapel. It will be followed by a reception at the U.Va. Art Museum.
Known to be fair, tireless and tenacious, Menaker retired from U.Va. as
associate provost for academic support and classroom management after an academic career spanning more than 35 years. Menaker’s responsibilities included supervision of the offices that support the University’s academic mission, such as the Registrar’s Office, the Women’s Center, the University Art Museum, the U.Va. Press, Summer Session and the Upward Bound program. She also was U.Va.’s liaison to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, working on matters such as space use, new degree programs and annual
GET JOB TRAINING ONLINE
University employees can now get technical training outside the classroom, at their convenience. The UHR Human Resource Development and Training division is offering Web-based training and professional development classes. The training is meant to complement
instructor-led classroom training, and will increase U.Va.’s ability to support individual and group job performance and development at all levels. The online site, U.Va. NetgLearning, provides more than 2,000
interactive courses covering business and professional development, desktop applications, information technology applications, general IT concepts and IT tools. A one-time enrollment fee of $135 per user provides all U.Va. employees, students and onsite contractors unlimited and anytime access to all courses for the duration of the contract (Jan. 1 through Dec 31). For more information, visit http://www.hrs.virginia.edu/DOT/netg/index.htm.
NEW AWARD RECOGNIZES MANAGERS
University faculty and staff who have used their educational benefits are well aware of how integral it was to have their managers’ support while they took classes. Now they have a chance to say thank you by nominating their bosses for the first-ever Educational Mentor and Manager Award.
The award is the brainchild of Emily Bardeen, director of Faculty and Staff Career Services in Human Resources. She said that last year she
became curious about how many U.Va. employees had received a
degree as a result of their educational benefits, and the results were tremendous. She received countless e-mails from employees articulating how meaningful it was to have a manager or supervisor back their personal education dreams.
“This past calendar year, the value of educational benefits used by U.Va. employees was more than $665,000,” Bardeen said. Managers and supervisors are a huge part of this, she said, in ways such as working out time issues, financial support from the department and applying what they are learning in the classroom in the workplace.
Employees who would like to nominate their bosses should send a one-page letter of nomination describing how their manager/supervisor also was their educational mentor. Letters should be submitted by
4 p.m. on Feb. 25 to Faculty and Staff Career Services via messenger mail at Box 400127 or via e-mail to employeecareerservices@ virginia.edu. The selection committee will make as many awards as they deem appropriate, and the awards will be announced at the U.Va. Employee Education Benefits Conference and Resource Fair on March 8. (See Calendar on p. 11 for more on the conference and fair.) Direct any questions to Emily Bardeen at email@example.com.
LIBRARY BEGINS NEW PROCESS FOR COMPUTER USE
U.Va. faculty, students and staff using the Alderman public terminals will need an “Eservices” password, which they can get by activating their
Eservices accounts (see www.web.virginia.edu/pswd/). Visiting scholars and guests from the local community will be able to get a guest password from the Alderman service desk.
Logging in has been required since 2004 in ITC’s computer labs and electronic classrooms. It will be implemented in the main libraries over a period of weeks, beginning with Alderman. The full implementation schedule is still being developed, but until then details of the project and FAQ can be found at http://www.lib.virginia.edu/logininfo.html.
FELLOWSHIP FOR OUTSTANDING PH.D. CANDIDATES
To attract top doctoral students, the Graduate Studies Office is offering money — in the form of stipends. Called the Fellowship Enhancement for Outstanding Doctoral Candidates, each award offers supplements of $10,000 per year for up to three years and is intended as an add-on to a financial aid package from the applicant’s department, which
already includes a stipend, tuition and fees, and health insurance. A $500 travel allowance also will be available for awardees to visit U.Va.
Nominees must be interested in pursuing a doctoral degree within one of U.Va.’s Ph.D.–granting programs and should be outstanding students with credentials comparable to students competing for U.Va. President’s Fellowships and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Departments may nominate one applicant per year. Currently enrolled students are not eligible. The deadline for applications is Feb. 7. Departments may contact Miles Gibson at 243-2018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.Va. faculty and staff media quotes recently cited in Headlines@U.Va.:
- Greg Fairchild, Darden professor “What’s In Your Future?” Entrepreneur, January.
- Harold Gould, a visiting scholar at the Center for South Asian Studies “Fundamentalism, American Style,” Hindu [Madras, India], Jan. 11.
- Charles W. Gross, otolaryngology professor “Endoscopic Sinus Surgery is Safe, Effective in Older Patients,” Science Daily, Jan. 20.
- William McDonough, Darden School adjunct professor “Virginia Tech Student Wins International Home Design Competition,” Associated Press, Jan. 14.
- Sidney Milkis, politics professor “A ‘Transcendent Ritual Of American Democracy’,” Newhouse News Service, Jan. 16.
- Shigehiro Oishi, psychology assistant professor “It’s A Glad, Sad, Mad World,” Time, Jan. 17.
- Eric Patashnik, politics associate professor “Capitol Crunch,” U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 17.
- Charlotte J. Patterson, psychology professor “Fatherhood by a New Formula,” Washington Post, Jan. 17.
- Sarah Turner, associate professor, Curry School
“Summers’ Remarks on Women Draw Fire,” Boston Globe, Jan. 18.
- W. Bradford Wilcox, sociology professor “Right On Campus” (commentary), Wall Street Journal, Jan. 14.
For a complete list of citations, see Inside UVA online. To receive Headlines@U.Va. daily via e-mail, a free service of U.Va. News Services,
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