March 17 - 30, 2006
Vol. 36, Issue 5
Back Issues
U.Va.'s minimum hourly pay rate jumps to $9.37
Medical Center makes changes to its compensation system

Dworkin, Zumthor TJ Foundation Medalists

Parking rates to rise June 1

Grad student research to be showcased
Highest staff award noms due March 31

Preparing for future faculty needs to begin now
Balancing act
In search of excellence
Faculty Senate awards $100,000
Faculty senators discuss Semestar at Sea
Spanish creative writing course makes its debut
Series gives first-hand reports from frontiers of biodiversity and conservation science

Dove wins international award



News briefs

The effects of fair-trade coffee. A stars survey study. The constitutionality of President George W. Bush’s policies. These are among the topics to be showcased at the Sixth Annual Robert J. Huskey Graduate Research Exhibition on March 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Newcomb Hall Ballroom.

The exhibition will feature 24 speakers representing the spectrum of graduate research in the College of Arts & Sciences, as well as 75 posters on other graduate research projects.

Other features of the event include a new Excellence in Arts exhibition from the music and drama departments, and published works of creative writing graduate students, including MERIDIAN, the student literary magazine. And graduate students who produce Amalgam, a research journal, will hold a launch event for stu-dents from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

A panel of faculty members will judge the presentations. Peter Brunjes, associate dean for research and graduate studies, will present the research awards. Karen Ryan, associate dean for the arts, humanities and social sciences, will present the Excellence in Arts Award.

For more information, contact Sarah Rush at 243-4815 at sem6u@ For the event schedule visit

Nominations for Outstanding Contribution Awards (OCA) are due by March 31. As the highest public honor the University bestows on employees, the award goes to staff whose service, contributions and commitment to U.Va. have far exceeded exemplary achievement. Award winners receive $1,000 cash, an engraved award and public recognition at the annual Service Awards dinner, to be held on June 14.

Three University selection committees will choose up to 11 employees to receive an OCA (five from the Academic Division, five from the Medical Center and one from U.Va.-Wise).

The nomination form and information are at

When: April 15,
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Camp Holiday Trails, off Fontaine Ave.

This year’s Cavaliers Care event in the Charlottesville area will benefit Camp Holiday Trails, a year-round facility that provides a traditional camping experience for children who cannot attend a regular summer camp because of their severe medical conditions. The camp also provides counseling, education and programs for the families of sick children, to improve the support network. U.Va. alumni, families and friends are invited to volunteer and help the camp in areas such as painting, carpentry, clearing trails and general clean-up. For children 12 years old and up, age-appropriate tasks will be available. To register and for more information, visit or contact Mike Knasel at or 540-456-8899

Following an intensive, yearlong analysis, software company PeopleSoft has been chosen to provide the new student information system that will replace the current 16-year-old Integrated Student Information System (ISIS). The new system will handle information and functions related to admissions, financial aid, registration, transcripts, billing, housing and dining for all schools and offices at the University.

PeopleSoft has been successfully implemented at numerous universities of comparable size and complexity to U.Va. and offers flexibility that will accommodate both current and future University requirements, said Charles Grisham, professor of chemistry and Student System Project director, who led the search for an ISIS replacement.

With the software decision made, Grisham will begin establishing a timeline for implementation. He said that, typically, other universities have required up to four years to fully implement a new student system.

Key stakeholders in the new student system were involved throughout the selection process, including input from six different advisory groups that represented students, faculty, technical advisers and senior administrators; user participation in 17 workshops; and an online brainstorming session. More than 2,600 different student system requirements were identified and prioritized as the process unfolded.
In assessing the software options Grisham and others contacted over 30 institutions and made site visits to five schools, including Georgia Tech, Stanford and Minnesota, to examine the systems under consideration.

After synthesizing input from the University community and from peer institutions, “PeopleSoft was clearly the best alternative for our specific needs,” Grisham said.

When: April 25, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Charlottesville Omni Hotel

This conference on “Enhancing Your Professional Tool Box” will feature Carol Wood, U.Va. assistant vice president for university relations, as the keynote speaker. The other eight planned speeches will address diversity in the workplace; your personal credit and how it can affect a job application; customer service in today’s not-for-profit environment; leading a generationally diverse workforce; the art of delegation; sustaining drive, determination and dedication; managing multiple projects; and lowering your stress level. Other speakers also from U.Va. include William Harvey, vice president and chief officer for diversity and equity, and Owen McKenzie, director of the Faculty and Employee Assistance Program.

Academic and Medical Center classified staff who attend the conference with supervisor permission may record the time as “hours worked.” Costs range from $75 to $110, depending on whether you register before April 1 and whether you are a member of U.Va.’s Exceptional Assistant Network, which is sponsoring the conference. Register online at

When: March 22, 7 p.m.
Where: Vinegar Hill Theatre

The Virginia Film Society and the Virginia Festival of the Book will present two classic Buster Keaton silent comedies, “The Playhouse” (1921) and “Sherlock Jr.” (1924), which was named one of Time magazine’s All-Time 100 Best Films. The films will be introduced by Edward McPherson, author of the 2005 biography, “Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat.” Live musical accompaniment will be provided by The Reel Music Ensemble. Admission is $8. For more information, visit

Sara Wilson, director of the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management, recognized several state agencies for their participation in the 2005 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC). U.Va. received the Platinum Award at the statewide awards ceremony held in Richmond on March 2. It recognized the hard work of employees in the fall workplace giving campaign.  

 The University also received the Pinnacle Award for having its best campaign ever. The Medical Center and School of Medicine received a special award for their creative events held to promote the campaign. Representatives from U.Va. Community Relations and Health System Community Relations, Outreach and Service were on hand to accept the awards. CVC Chair Ida Lee Wootten, and Bruce Vlk, CVC administrator, also received individual awards.

When: March 17-19
Where: Maury Auditorium, Newcomb Theater, Wilson Auditorium

For the 20th anniversary of the French House, students from the French Department have organized a Festival of French Cinema, made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture.

All five of the major French films were released in the past three years and are subtitled in English. The showings are free except for “Games of Love and Chance” (French: L’esquive) which is $3.

The festival begins with a reception at the French House at 4 p.m. Friday. Each screening will include an introduction and a discussion afterward hosted by a faculty member or graduate student of the French Department.

More information and screening times at

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

  • Dr. Barry Farr, infectious disease specialist, “Md. Bill Seeks Data on Hospital Infections/Reporting Is Not Mandatory in State,” Baltimore Sun, March 13
  • Craig Littlepage, athletic director and chairman of the NCAA tournament selection committee, “NCAA’s Little Guys Get a Chance to Play,” and “NCAA Selection Chairman Slams Critics,” Associated Press, March 13; “Expansion, Addition, Subtraction/Big East Gets Two No. 1 Seeds And Eight Berths While ACC Settles For Four,” Washington Post, March 13.
  • William Lucy and David Phillips, professor and associate professor of architecture, “Newcomers Willing to Pay for City Living/Moving Up in Life Used to Mean Moving Farther Out From the City. No Longer.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 5.
  • Justine Owens, assistant professor of research in internal medicine, “University of Virginia; Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Better for Mood Improvement, Massage Better for Pain,” Biotech Week, March 1.
  • Abdulaziz Sachedina, Islamic studies professor, “Islam Fatally Flawed, Says Voice From Corona via Al Jazeera,” Los Angeles Times, March 13; “Rabbis Train for Questions About Fertility Medicine,” New York Times, March 13.
  • Ethan Saliba, assistant professor of physical medicine and kinesiology and head athletic trainer, “Mask Keeps Player in the Game,” Roanoke Times, Feb. 28.
  • Andrew Wicks, co-director of Olsson Center for Applied Ethics, “Wal-Mart: Desperately Seeking Ethics,” Fortune, March 7.
  • Houston G. Wood III, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, “As Crisis Brews, Iran Hits Bumps in Atomic Path,” New York Times, March 5.



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