SENATE AND HOUSE PASS BILLS TO GIVE UNIVERSITIES MORE FREEDOM
On Tuesday, the Senate and the House passed legislation to give Virginia's 16 public colleges and universities greater control of financial and administrative affairs.
The bills, which passed 37-3 in the Senate and 76-22 in the House, both offer three levels of autonomy in which even the smallest colleges can qualify for freedom to manage salaries, purchasing and leasing.
The level of autonomy depends on each school's financial strength and ability to manage day-to-day operations — with increasing autonomy granted in areas such as building projects, procurement and personnel.
At the highest level, U.Va., Virginia Tech, and the College of William & Mary — the three schools that initiated the legislation — would remain public universities, but gain the right to negotiate individual agreements.
Under both bills, schools will develop six-year academic and financial plans that outline tuition-and-fee estimates as well as enrollment projections. Schools also will develop plans for how to meet statewide objectives and agree to a number of accountability measures, including meeting benchmarks related to accessibility and affordability.
Differences between the two bills are expected to get resolved in conference committee before the General Assembly adjourns Feb. 26.
For the latest on charter, go to http://www.virginia.edu/chartereduniversities/.
SERVICE AWARD CALLS FOR NOMINATIONS
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 18.
The winners will each receive $1,000, along with being honored at the annual awards banquet. 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 in May.
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR EMPLOYEES’ CHILDREN
Dependent children of current full-time faculty and staff who have been employed by U.Va. for at least one year are eligible to apply for the Faculty and Staff Undergraduate Scholarship for the 2005-2006 academic year. Applicants for the scholarship may be new, transfer or currently enrolled students. Entering/Transfer students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the University Financial Aid application and the Faculty and Staff Undergraduate Scholarship application by the March 31 priority filing date. Returning students must complete the FAFSA and the scholarship application by the same date. The FAFSA can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov and the University applications can be found at www.virginia. edu/financialaid. Inquiries can be made to email@example.com.
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS EDUCATIONAL AID
When you work at U.Va., it's easy to think about going back to school. The educational benefits offered to every University employee are extensive. Come to the U.Va. Employee Education Benefits Conference and Resource Fair on March 8 to find out more about what the University has to offer. The conference, hosted by Faculty and Staff Career Services, is designed to help employees make good choices about educational
Registration for the conference is available online at http://www.hrs.virginia.edu/educben/EEBC.html until Feb. 18.
WHO'S AN AWARD-WINNING MANAGER?
The first Educational Mentor and Manager Award, recognizing a manager who was influential in their employees’ education, will be presented at 9 a.m. March 8 at the Employee Education Benefits Conference and Resource Fair. Employees still have time to to nominate their bosses — the deadline is Feb. 25. Send a nomination letter to Faculty and Staff Career Services via messenger mail at P.O. Box 400127 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The selection committee will make as many awards as it deems appropriate.
CURRY SCHOOL TO HOLD RESEARCH CONFERENCE
The Curry School of Education will showcase the wide range of its faculty’s research at a Feb. 25 conference in Ruffner Hall. The conference, “Partnerships in Educational Research: Problems, Solutions and Impacts,” is open to the public and will run from 1 p.m.-5 p.m., with a reception following the afternoon’s discussion sessions. Topics include the use of technology and new curricular ideas to enhance student learning, and methods of assessing teaching quality and measuring student achievement. The event is part of the Curry School’s centennial celebration.
GRISHAM DIRECTING NEW STUDENT SYSTEM PROJECT
Charles M. Grisham, professor of chemistry, has traded his seat as chief technology officer of the College of Arts & Sciences for a director’s chair. Since last semester, Grisham is now director of the Student System Project, the third element of U.Va.’s Integrated System. When completed, the new student information system will replace the currently 15-year-old ISIS, which lacks the functionality and comprehensiveness possible of newer systems designed using state-of-the-art information technologies.
As envisioned, the new system will facilitate grade submission, admissions, class registration, classroom scheduling, degree audit, financial aid and other facets of student administration.
Implementation of the Student System Project is expected to occur within five years’ time. For ongoing updates on the project, visit http://www.virginia.edu/integratedsystem/studentSysProj/index.html.
EMPLOYEES DIG DEEP FOR CVC
University employees: it’s time to pat one another on the back. For the 12th year in a row, U.Va. has led all state agencies in giving through the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, with a total of $636,759 in donations. Not only did one in four full-time employees — or 3,487 people — contribute to the cause, but U.Va. also raised the most money of any state agency in the campaign’s history. U.Va. raised 21 percent more than its $525,000 goal. The second place agency raised approximately $186,000 less, and U.Va. raised 94 percent of the combined total from Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University.
STATE OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN AFFAIRS
Dean M. Rick Turner gave his second "State of African-American Affairs" speech in the Rotunda on Feb. 2. To hear the speech online, visit http://www.virginia.edu/flashaudio/uva_player2_content.html?the_file=turner/turner.xml.
LIBRARY WINS NATIONAL AWARD
The University Library has won one of the top awards sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries and Blackwell’s Book Services — the 2005 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. The association gives three prizes recognizing the staff of a college, university and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution.
The library was selected for its innovation that now is being emulated by other academic libraries.
Other award recipients are Mount Holyoke College Library and the Pierce College Library. Each library will receive $3,000 and a plaque.
LOCAL CHARITY GIVES GENEROUSLY UNIVERSITYWIDE
The Governing Board of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation has approved several gifts for U.Va.-related organizations. The foundation is a collection of many charitable funds. Each has its own identity and donor-defined objectives, and each benefits from pooled investments with other funds.
The gifts U.Va. will receive include the following:
$15,000 to Madison House from the CACF
Unrestricted Community Fund. This gift is in recognition of Madison House’s vital work in the community.
The gifts from The Dave Matthews Band Bama Works Fund: $2,100 to the Curry School Foundation for a project focused on Clark Elementary School; $5,000 to the Department of Family Medicine for transportation and food for a program directed to the health needs of refugee and immigrant youth in the community; and $2,900 to the Department of Pediatrics to expand dental care to include the Teen Health Center and the Orange Pediatric Clinic.
From CACF Donor Funds: $2,500 to the Virginia Film Festival.
HISTORICAL FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH U.VA.
The University is working with a Civil War organization on two separate projects. First, for the first time ever, the nation’s most prestigious award in the field of Civil War history will be presented in the South. The 15th annual Lincoln Prize, which is hosted by the Tredegar National Civil War Center Foundation, will be presented in April in Richmond, and preceded by a reception sponsored by U.Va. in the historic Tredegar Gun Foundry, the Confederacy’s principal cannon factory. The Lincoln and Soldiers Institute of Gettysburg give the literary prize for the year’s best book on Abraham Lincoln and/or the Civil War era. The winners will be announced this month.
The Tredegar National Civil War Center Foundation also is partnering with U.Va.’s Virginia Center for Digital History and Richmond City Public Schools to develop a Web-based education program that will benefit Virginia school children. Congress awarded the foundation a $200,000 grant to develop an innovative program, which will complement schools’ social studies curricula and address the commonwealth’s Standards of Learning. Slated for completion by Virginia’s 400th anniversary in 2007, the program will benefit students regionally and nationally.
BOOK FESTIVAL COMING IN MARCH
Bookmark your calendar March 16 through 20 for the 11th annual Virginia Festival of the Book, featuring readings, panels and discussions with authors, illustrators and publishing professionals. The five days of free literary events, open to the public, honor book culture and promote reading and literacy. Sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the festival has a comprehensive Web site at http://www.vabook.org listing each day's schedule and highlighting authors and activities.
U.VA. TOP SUPPLIER OF PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS, AGAIN
For all of the doctors and lawyers U.Va. produces, it also churns out a huge number of graduates who go to work for an agency devoted to world peace and friendship. This year, the University has again landed itself the No. 1 medium-sized school on the Peace Corps' list of Top Producing Colleges and Universities, with 84 alumni currently serving as volunteers. Schools are ranked according to the size of the student body. Small schools are those with less than 5,000 undergraduates, medium-size schools are those between 5,001 to 15,000 undergraduates, and large schools are those with more than 15,000 undergraduates.
NEW GENERAL FACULTY REPRESENTATVES SOUGHT
The General Faculty Council is accepting nominations. According to its Web site, “the council exists to represent the interests of the General Faculty to the University, to advise the University on matters pertaining to the General Faculty and to provide service to the University.” Councilors serve for a three-year term, and must have been employed at the U.Va. as a general faculty member for at least one year. The council meets for 90 minutes once each month. In the March, 2005 election, positions are open in the following areas of representation: administration, athletics, health professionals (2), engineering and student affairs.
More information is available at our website: http://www.virginia.edu/genfac/.
Send nominations to Derry Wade, elections chair via e-mail at email@example.com, by phone at 982-2921 or by fax at 982-2678, attention: Derry Wade. Nominations must be received by noon on Feb. 14.
JEFFERSON SOCIETY HOSTS AMBASSADOR OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
On Feb. 11, the students from the Jefferson Society will welcome the first of two distinguished ambassadors to the United States by hosting Ambassador Igor Davidovic. In a speech entitled, "Bosnia: Ten Years after the Dayton Agreement", Ambassador Davidovic will speak on issues pertaining to the recovery of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the 1992-1995 war. The Society will host the talk in Jefferson Hall as part of this semester's Speaker Series. The speech will begin at 8:30 p.m.,
although guests are recommended to arrive early for guaranteed seating. All meetings of the Society are free and open to the public.
U.Va. faculty and staff media quotes recently cited in Headlines@U.Va.:
Jeffrey Aaron, psychiatric medicine professor
- “Bill Banning Death Penalty for Juveniles Gets Tabled,” Virginian-Pilot, Jan. 31.
David Adesnik, fellow, Miller Center Of Public Affairs
- “Marvel Comics and Manifest Destiny,” (commentary), Weekly Standard, Jan. 28.
Louis Bloomfield, physics professor
- “How to Have Winter Fun Indoors,” Knight-Ridder-Tribune News Service, Jan. 28.
- “How Things Work: Wacky Approach to Teaching Physics Pays Learning Dividends For UNC Professor,” Chapel Hill [N.C.] News & Advocate, Jan. 27.
- “Teachers go High-Tech to Nab Student Plagiarists,” [Palm Springs, Calif.] Desert Sun, Jan. 23.
Robert S. Brown Jr., psychiatrist and clinical professor
- “Murder Trial Continues as Attorneys Argue Goss Couldn't Control His Rage,” Winston-Salem [N.C.] Journal, Feb. 1.
Ming-Jer Chen, Darden professor
- “China Checklist: Managers Must Rethink HR Practices to Keep Skilled Workers: Free Lunches And Popsicles May Help,” Industry Week, Feb. 1.
Julia Connelly, medicine professor
- “Battling Burnout,” U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 31.
Bob Conroy, associate dean, MBA Education, Darden School
- “Graduates of the 'Lost Year' Come up Trumps,” Financial Times, Jan. 24.
Dewey G. Cornell, education professor
- “Panel Backs Bill Targeting School Bullies,” Associated Press, Jan. 27.
- “Subcommittee Endorses Bullying Bill,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, Jan. 25.
Johanna Drucker, media studies and English professor
- “Back Story: The Artist Behind The Art,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jan. 23.
R. Edward Freeman, Darden Professor and co-director, Olsson Center for Applied Ethics
- “Wal-Mart Sets New Policy on Ethics,” USA Today, Jan. 31.
Glenn Gaesser, kinesthesiology professor
- Gaesser was quoted Tuesday in a National Public Radio “Morning Edition” report on a federal report that suggest people need 90 minutes of daily exercise to stay healthy.
- “Bread Looking for a Comeback,” United Press International, Feb. 1.
- “Is America Ready to Renew its Love Affair With Bread?” CBS Marketwatch,Feb. 1.
Sharon Hays, sociology professor
- “The Bands That Rock the Cradle,” USA Today, Feb. 1.
Jay Hertel, assistant professor, Curry School’s Graduate Athletic Training Program
- “Eagles Haven't Yet Counted Out Owens,” Washington Post, Jan. 26.
E..D. Hirsch, English professor emeritus,
- “Scholars Tackle Teaching in State,” [Little Rock] Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Feb. 2.
Christopher Holstege director, medical toxicology division
- “State Rules Fire Death Accidental,” Danbury [Conn.] News-Times, Feb. 1.
A.E. Dick Howard, law professor
- “Wilkinson, Luttig are Potential Bush Picks for High Court,” New York Sun, Jan. 26.
Milagros Huerta, pediatric endocrinologist and co-director, Children's Fitness Clinic
- “A Weighty Issue,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Feb. 1.
Peter Jackson, deputy director, communications, Center for Politic
- “Does Warner's Future Hinge on Kaine?” Augusta Free Press, Jan. 21.
Jonathan Malesic, religious studies post-doc
- “Rooting for the Competition,” Chronicle Of Higher Education, Feb. 1.
Michael Mann, environmental sciences professor
- “Commentary: Let Science Debate Begin,” National Post, Jan. 27.
- “Canadians Find Flaw In Kyoto 'Hockey Stick',” National Post, Jan. 27.
Charles Marsh, religious studies professor
- “Doing Unto Others,” (Book Review), Washington Post, Jan. 30.
Julia Martin, research director, Weldon Cooper Center For Public Service
- “Northern Virginia Growth Continues at Double-Digit Pace,” Associated Press, Feb. 3.
William McDonough, former architecture dean and Darden lecturer
- “Solar Homes to Shine in Roanoke?” Architectural Contest, Feb. 2.
- “Organizers See City as Eco-Friendly Showcase,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Feb. 2.
Sidney Milkis, politics professor
- “Analysis: Where Bush Sees 'Freedom,' Others See Will of U.S.,” Cox News Service, Jan. 21.
Margaret A. Miller, education professor
“White Women Have Edge in College Graduations, Report Says,” Virginian-Pilot, Jan. 31.
William Lee Miller, scholar, Miller Center of Public Affairs, was one of the first three recipients of “First Freedom Awards” given wednesday by the Richmond-Based Council for America's First Freedom at a dinner at the Jefferson Hotel. The awards were the subject of an article,
- “Three Earn First Freedom Awards,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jan. 20.
John Norton Moore, law professor
- “Waging War Against Terror, Via Courtroom,” [Bergen County, N.J.] Record, Jan. 24.
Jonathan Moreno, director, Center for Biomedical Ethics
- “NIH Limits Scientists' Outside Work,” USA Today, Feb. 2.
Brian Nosek, psychology assistant professor
- “See No Bias: Many Americans Believe They are not Prejudiced,” Washington Post Sunday Magazine, Jan. 23.
Robert M. O’Neil, law professor and director, Thomas Jefferson Center for Free Expression
- “Nazi Costumes Prompt VMI Investigation,” Washington Post, Jan. 30.
Daniel Ortiz, law professor
- “Senate Panel Advances Constitutional Gay Marriage Ban,” Associated Press, Jan. 25.
John Pfaltz, computer science professor
- “Citylink Delayed for Testing, Training,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, Jan. 23.
R.K. Ramazani, the Edward R. Stettinius Professor Emeritus Of Politics
- “Can America Prevent A Nuclear Iran?” (Commentary) Charlottesville Daily Progress, Feb. 2.
Dudley Rochester, pulmonary medicine professor emeritus
- “House Panel Rejects Clean Air Bill,” Associated Press, Feb. 2.
Larry J. Sabato, politics professor and director, Center for Politics
- “Nelson Aware That he is a Target on Social Security,” Omaha [Neb.] World-Herald, Feb. 2.
- “Allawi Calls on Iraqis to Unite After Successful Sunday Vote,” Investor's Business Daily, Feb. 2.
- “High Stakes at Ballot Box,” San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 30.
- “Seeking Common Ground to Fight Abortion,” [New Orleans] Times-Picayune, Jan. 29.
- “Va. GOP Delegates Rev Up Car-Tax Relief Campaign,” Washington Post, Jan. 25.
- “Analysts: Iraqi Election Success Critical for Bush's Second Term,” Voice Of America, Jan. 25.
- “Rice and the Battles to Come,” Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 24.
- “Scores of Felons Voted Illegally,” Seattle Times, Jan. 23.
- “Despite Cancer, Rehnquist Attends,” Baltimore Sun, Jan. 21.
- “Second Term Offers a Short Window to Accomplish President's Domestic Agenda,” New York Sun, Jan. 21.
- “Excluded Leaders Criticize Unity Statement,” New York Blade, Jan. 21.
- “Expert: Bush Needs to Score Points,” CBS News, Jan. 20.
- “Bush Gives Himself Wide Latitude With War on Tyranny: Analysts,” Agence France Presse, Jan. 20.
- “Unions' Split Spilling Over to Other Races,” The Hill, Jan. 20.
Abdulaziz Sachedina, religious studies professor
- “In Iraq, 'Martyrs' and Martyrs,” (Commentary) Washington Times, Jan. 31.
Gregory Smith, a 15-year-old graduate student in mathematics
- “Smith Receives Three Nobel Peace Prize Nominations,” North Carolina State University Technician Online, Feb.1.
William Steers, chairman, urology
- “The Problem No One Wants to Talk About,” New York Sun, Jan. 24.
Jerry Stenger, research coordinator, State Climatology Office
- “Virginia Braces for Storm,” Charlottesville Daily Progress, Jan. 30.
David Waldner, director, Middle East studies and associate professor, government
- “Up Against The Past,” (commentary) Newsday, Jan. 23.
Michael Williams, director, hematologic malignancy program
- “'A Smart Guided Missile' to Cancer Cells: Radiation Therapy Remission Rate High,” USA Today, Feb. 3.
Tim Wilson, psychology professor
- “Die-Hard Adventurers,” L. A. Times, Jan. 25.
William Wood, executive director, Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
- “Allen Coy About Aspirations,” Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, Jan. 23.
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