May 20, 2005
Vol. 35, Issue 9
Back Issues
Graduates embark on caring, creative courses
Bulloch takes circuitous route
2005 Sullivan Awards
Aunspaugh Fifth-Year fellows in studio art
Whitlow blends photography and writing to create a new form of graphic novel
Phan relies on father's advice: 'Education is the key to survival'
Research trip to China helps student decide between career as scientist or physician

A-School students get big picture through outreach program

McIntosh learns from patients, follows their stories
Taite creates permanent home for Nicaraguan Orphan Fund
McDonald founded U.Va. chapter of Innocence Project that frees the wrongly convicted
Claudia Aguilar is an advocate for Hispanic/Latino students
Welch giving physics new energy through creative teaching methods
Wise grad paving way for siabled students
Education grad Michael Townes puts his newfound faith into action
The Center for Undergraduate Excellence is where students thrive
Numbers make sense to her
Student film documents foot soldiers in Virginia's Civil Rights Movement
Korean-American student shares journey to self-discovery
Few can keep uo with this Jones


Student-athletes indeed

This summer, a dozen former Cavalier football players will be rookies in National Football League training camps. Eleven of them will do so with U.Va. degrees in hand, head coach Al Groh — himself a U.Va. graduate — notes with pride.

“For any people who think there is a disconnect between playing big-time college football and performing academically, this dispels that,” he said.

The players, their degrees and the teams they will play for:

• Elton Brown, anthropology, fourth-round draft choice, Arizona Cardinals.

• Chris Canty, African American studies, fourth-round draft choice, Dallas Cowboys.

• Isaiah Ekejiuba, electrical engineering, free agent, Arizona Cardinals.

• Patrick Estes, archaeology, seventh-round draft choice, San Francisco 49ers.

• Dennis Haley, anthropology, free agent, New York Jets.

• Jermaine Hardy, psychology, free agent, Arizona Cardinals.

• Andrew Hoffman, environmental sciences, sixth-round draft choice, Cleveland Browns.

• Michael McGrew, urban planning, free agent, New England Patriots.

• Heath Miller, sociology, first-round draft choice, Pittsburgh Steelers.

• Alvin Pearman, sports medicine, fourth-round draft choice, Jacksonville Jaguars.

• Marquis Weeks, sociology, free agent, Seattle Seahawks.

The seven players selected in the NFL Draft were the most in school history. Nine other football players who have completed their athletic eligibility will earn their degrees, as will five players who still have eligibility remaining.

In the past four years — the first four under Groh’s tenure as head coach — Virginia won 30 of 51 games. The Cavaliers earned invitations to three postseason bowl games, winning twice.



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