Nov. 4- 18, 2005
Vol. 35, Issue 19
Back Issues
IN THIS ISSUE
Pay raises
ROTC: Molding military leaders

Warner: Idealism, not cynicism

Gibbs wins Thomas Jefferson Award
Edmundson: Failure is good
Moreno elected to Institute of Medicine
Letter to the editor
Green, Hamlin and Hudson elected AAAS Fellows

NEWS BRIEFS
2005 U.Va. holiday schedule
Flu shots given through Nov. 16
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Digest
Rainey: Campaign will be 'defining event'
Peterson wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Researchers building terahertz spectrum device to study biological molecules
Students construct first ecoMOD house
Better voting machines
Scurry is new interim chief human resource officer
Algorithms with an edge
Math, 'Queen of the Sciences'
Fall drama festival
Street children in Kenya find homes
Wahoo space tourist Gregory Olsen to speak
Creative circle

 

News briefs

2005 U.VA. HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
Thanksgiving
Thursday, Nov. 24: Closed: Thanksgiving Day
Friday, Nov. 25: Closed: Day after Thanksgiving

Christmas
Friday, Dec. 23: Closed: Christmas Eve (observed)
Monday, Dec. 26: Closed: Christmas Day (observed)
Tuesday, Dec. 27: Closed: Day After Christmas (observed)

New Year
Friday, Dec. 30: Closed: New Year’s Eve Day (observed)
Monday, Jan. 2: Closed: New Year’s Day (observed)

Recently Gov. Mark R. Warner granted additional holiday time for the upcoming Thanksgiving (4 hours on Nov. 23) and Christmas (8 hours on Dec. 22) holidays. U.Va. will grant these 12 hours as compensatory special leave time (float time) for qualifying employees. (New leave will be credited to leave balances on those two days).

For questions, call UHR at 924-1426 or 924-4404 or e-mail hrdept@virginia.edu.

FLU SHOTS GIVEN THROUG NOV. 16
U.Va. is offering free flu shots through Nov. 16. Bring an ID, as the vaccine is only offered to employees eligible for benefits. (Eligibility questions, call 924-4392.)

For clinical questions regarding the vaccine, call 243-0076.

  • Flu shots will be given:Mon. Nov. 7
    1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
    Carruthers Hall, Conference Room E
  • Tues. Nov. 8
    1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
    Darden School, Room 145
  • Fri. Nov. 11
    1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
    Printing Services, Old Ivy Road
  • Wed. Nov. 16
    9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Fontaine Research Park, 545 Ray C. Hunt Dr.
    2nd. Floor Orthopedic Meeting Room 2, Room 231

DATES FINALIZED FOR J-TERM 2006 & FINALS 2007
J-term 2006 will run from Tuesday, Jan. 3 to Friday, Jan. 13, 2006.
Classes will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7. This calendar adjustment allows two weekdays between the end of J-term and the beginning of the spring semester, Wednesday, Jan. 18, and will eliminate the need for class on Monday, Jan. 16, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Final Exercises 2007 will be held on May 20. Further information for the 2006-2007 academic calendar will be distributed soon. It also will be posted online at www.virginia.edu/ registrar/calendar.html.

NEW USEM AND DIVERSITY COUIRSE PROPOSALS DUE NOV. 28
Diversity / Community Engagement course proposals
The provost’s office will support faculty development of community engagement pilot courses and new, permanent courses that address topics related to diversity, including, but not limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic diversity. These courses are intended to become part of the regular course offerings of the school or department.

Proposals may address or propose pilot efforts to more effectively draw upon the diverse backgrounds of students to deepen their learning.

FALL 2006 AND SPRING 2007 USEM PROPOSALS
First-time request for three-credit USEMs

Particularly encouraged are proposals for new USEM courses that address topics related to diversity. These courses may include a “Community Engagement” component.

There is also a three-year pilot program to solicit proposals for three-credit USEM courses cross-listed as regular undergraduate courses.

For more information, contact Beth DeBow at 982-2334 or by e-mail at bdebow@virginia.edu.

BENEFITS OPEN ENROLLMENT RUNS THROUGH DEC. 2
Open Enrollment provides an annual opportunity for you to choose between available health programs, add or drop a spouse or dependent from the U.Va. Health Plan, or sign up for a Flexible Spending Account (FSA). It also gives you a chance to consider the other benefits that are available to you, such as the Tax Deferred Savings Plan and Long Term Care Insurance, even though you may sign up for these benefits at any time during the year.

All the materials that you will need for Open Enrollment, including a description of the changes to the health plan, premium information and FSA enrollment material, are available at http://www.hrs.virginia.edu/openenroll.html.

Highlights:

  • Open Enrollment runs through Dec. 2.
  • Paperwork must be received by 5 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the UHR Office of Employee Benefits, 914 Emmet Street, P.O. Box 400127, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4127; fax: 924-4486.
    A drop box is available to the left of the entrance to Michie South, 914 Emmet Street.
  • The Office of Employee Benefits will send a confirmation e-mail or post card via messenger mail for every form received in the office. If you have not received a confirmation within 10 business days, e-mail openenrollment@virginia.edu.
  • By default, you will automatically remain in the health program that you chose last year, either the High Premium or the Low Premium. If you wish to switch plans, you must complete a Program Election Form, which is available online or from UHR.
  • You must sign up for the Flexible Spending Account Program during the Open Enrollment period if you wish to participate in 2006. FSAs are an excellent way to save on anticipated expenses.

FALL RESOURCE FAIR NOV. 10
Open Enrollment Information Sessions and New Employee Welcome

When: Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Health plan and benefit vendor presentations every hour on the hour.
  • New employee welcome session at 10 a.m.
    Where: Newcomb Hall Ballroom

The Fall Resource Fair will feature benefits vendors available to answer questions and help employees make decisions about benefits enrollment.
Vendors include Southern Health, United Concordia, PharmaCare, Flex America, The Standard, Liberty Mutual, Prudential, Minnesota Life, VRS, TIAA-CREF, Fidelity and Vanguard among over 40 exhibitors. Vendors will give presentations every hour on the hour except 10 a.m.

Every hour on the hour, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Employee Benefits will present a 45-minute information session about this year’s changes to the health plan. A detailed schedule of sessions is available at http://www.hrs.virginia.edu/openenroll/resourcefair.pdf.

This will replace the information sessions offered around Grounds in previous years.

There also will be a special welcome session at 10 a.m. in the Newcomb Hall Theater for new faculty and staff hired between March 1 and Sept. 30 of this year. Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Leonard Sandridge will be the guest speaker.

For questions about benefits, please contact the Office of Employee Benefits at 924-4392, or via e-mail at openenrollment@virginia.edu.

Due to the high volume of contacts during this period, please give the benefits counselors 48 to 72 hours to return your contact. If you have an emergency, please let the office know, and they will do their best to move your call to the front of the line.

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM LAUDED WITH GOVERNOR'S AWARD
On Oct. 6, at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, U.Va.’s ‘Day In The Life’ mentoring and tutoring program received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Service Program among programs throughout Virginia.
The ‘Day in the Life’ program matches U.Va. students with local public school students for one-on-one mentoring and tutoring for an entire academic year.

Local youth, identified by their school as having academic potential, regularly spend ‘a day in the life’ of U.Va. students by attending cultural, athletic and social events together. This time together builds a close relationship that allows the U.Va. student to help the youth to set goals, increase self-esteem, and build confidence in their ability to pursue higher education.

In addition, these youth are tutored after school and on weekends by students from the Curry School of Education who thereby fulfill the service-learning requirements of their classes.

During the 2004-2005 academic year 324 U.Va. students provided 8,000 hours of mentoring and tutoring to 485 youth from local schools, helping to break down stereotypes that have caused divisions between the University and the community. ‘Day in the Life’ is a program of the U.Va. Community Relations Office.

GIVE TO A NEEDY FAMILY VIA HOLIDAY SHARING PROGRAM
Madison House’s Holiday Sharing program works in conjunction with the Salvation army to brighten the Christmas season for low-income families in the Charlottesville area by matching these families with sponsors who are willing to provide food for three full meals and gifts for each member of the family. If interested in making a donation or becoming a sponsor, please call Madison House at 977-7051 and ask for the Holiday Sharing program.

MAKING HEADLINES
U.Va. faculty and staff in articles cited in Headlines@U.Va.:

  • Amanda Balestrieri, adjunct professor of voice, had her Washington, D.C. performance reviewed in “Rare Treats are Well Done by Bach Sinfonia, Handel Choir,” The Washington Post, Oct. 31
  • Julian Bond, history professor, “Rosa Park’s Death Highlights Other Women’s Work,” The Associated Press, Oct. 30
  • Rita Dove, professor of creative writing, “Emotion Beyond Words,” The (Thailand) Nation, Oct. 25
  • Ted Genoways, editor of The Virginia Quarterly Review, “The Comic Age,” Boston Globe, Oct. 23
  • Dr. Fern Hauck, professor of family medicine, and Dr. John Kattwinkel, professor of pediatrics, “Big Binky Brouhaha; A New Study that Says Pacifiers Help Prevent Crib Death Reignites an Old Debate / Parents and Doctors Take Sides,” Newsweek, Oct. 31
  • Frederick Hayden, professor of infectious diseases, “Flu Puts Old Drug Back on Fast Track,” USA Today, Oct. 30. “Scientists Puzzle Over Mysterious Spread Of Bird Flu,” Associated Press, Oct. 30. “Bird Flu’s Mystery: How Do Some of Those With Most Exposure Stay Healthy?” Associated Press, Oct. 27.
  • William Morrish, professor of architecture who has been named to a panel that will advise the city of New Orleans on rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina,”Panel Will Advise on Rebirth of N.O.” Times-Picayune, Oct. 28
  • Dr. Ronald Turner, professor of pediatrics, “Ginseng May Reduce Number and Severity of Colds,” New York Times, Nov. 1 “Plant Offers Cold Comfort,” The (London) Times, Oct. 25


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