June 30, 2006
Vol. 36, Issue 12
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IN THIS ISSUE
$6M for student aid
What teenagers want
House bill supports South Lawn
Digest
Headlines
The power of food
Charting a new course for Semester at Sea
Leaps and bounds
Joyriders vs. jaywalkers
Declaration of Independence exhibit at library open on July 4
African-American Affairs summer film series
Heritage Repertory Theatre indulges in 'Nunsense'
Fixing the hands of time

 

News Briefs

JULY 3 FLOAT TIME GRANTED
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has granted additional holiday time for state employees in celebration of Independence Day. Since the summer school is in session and due to the 24-hour operations requirements, the University of Virginia will not observe this additional time on July 3. Instead, qualifying U.Va. employees will see an additional eight hours credited to their leave balances as compensatory time, or float time. This additional holiday time must be used by July 3, 2007. For questions, call the University Human Resources Leave Center at 924-1426 or 924-4404 or e-mail hrdept@virginia.edu.

NEW WEB SITE FOR PRINTING AND COPYING SERVICES
A newly redesigned Web site makes it easier than ever to choose Printing and Copying Services as your department’s one-stop shop for all printing, copying and mailing needs. The new Web site streamlines online ordering, simplifies product information, and gives the user access to the names (and faces) of the PCS staff. PCS offers a wide range of services, including graphic design, single or multi-color printing, mailing preparation and delivery, copying and coordination of all aspects of job planning, production and delivery, whether on Grounds or to the U.S. Post Office. Learn more at http://www.virginia.edu/uvaprint/.

RECENT U.VA. POLICY CHANGES
No Smoking Policy

Smoking is now prohibited inside all facilities owned or leased by the University and in any University-owned vehicle. Smoking is no longer allowed in private offices with adequate ventilation or former indoor designated smoking areas. This revised policy provides employees and students with a smoke-free environment in which to work and learn while protecting them from the potential health hazards from exposure to smoke.  

Access to Confined Space
This new policy enhances the University’s compliance with relevant federal regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in order to create a safer working environment for employees who are required to enter and work in a confined space. Any questions about this policy should be directed to the Office of Environmental Health & Safety (982-4911).

Use of the Rotunda
A policy had been established that carefully considered the use of the Rotunda so as to preserve the useful life of the structure. A change to the policy now provides the president flexibility in granting policy exceptions for serving alcoholic beverages on the Porticos. Any questions about this policy should be directed to the Rotunda Administration office (924-1019).

Full details of recent University policy changes are available at: www. virginia.edu/uvapolicies/whatsnew.html

SUMMER SESSION AT A GLANCE
Get a head start on the upcoming academic year, by enrolling in the University’s Summer Session. Many of these courses are not available or were over enrolled during the academic year.

In 2005, the Summer Session saw a significant increase in enrollment, courses offered and faculty participation. This summer’s session promises to build upon last year’s successes.

2006 Summer Session Dates:
Session I

May 15 - June 10
Session II
June 13 - July 11
Session III
July 13 - August 10
Nine-Week Session
June 13 - August 10
Summer Language Institute
June 12 - August 11

SUMMER SESSION 2005 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Enrollment topped 4,000 students, with 90 percent being U.Va. students.
  • Graduate students made up 41.4 percent of the total enrollment
  • Roughly 37 percent of all U.Va. students who earned an undergraduate degree in 2004-2005 had completed at least one Summer Session class during their studies.
  • Total credits earned exceeded 23,000 hours.
  • 119 (30 percent) of the 396 courses taught during the 2005 Summer Session were not available during the preceding spring or fall semesters
  • Nearly 90 percent of the students who completed an online course evaluation rated their experience as excellent or good.
  • Of the 346 total faculty, 40 percent were graduate teaching assistants; 45 percent were female; and 10 percent were visiting faculty.

For more info visit www.virginia.edu/summer/ or call 924-3371.

NEW HUMAN RESOURCES WEB SITE
The revamped University Human Resources Web site (www.hrs. virginia.edu/) launched June 19, incorporating more than 100 suggestions and offering five major new features:

  • “Explore U.Va. & Charlottesville” — an overview of the region’s distinctive characteristics to help with the recruitment of prospective employees.
  • Improved navigation scheme — easily locate job openings, benefits information, training opportunities and other information, such as forms to complete following a major life event (e.g. marriage or childbirth).
  • Toolbox — direct links to many of the functions, services and most-used tools.
  • Latest news, announcements and memos — with archived links to older news and announcements.
  • “Search UHR” — powered by the Google™ search engine.


LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CENTER OFFERS NEW PROGRAM FOR MID-LEVEL ADMINISTRATORS
U.Va.’s Leadership Development Center now offers the “Leadership Foundations” program for mid-level administrative professionals. The 11-day program opens on Sept. 18 and sessions run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., twice a week, through Nov. 9. The program is open to all administrative staff with a minimum of three years at U.Va., who currently have supervisory or management responsibility. Applicants must be nominated by a supervisor or department head, but special exceptions are frequently granted. Sponsoring organizations pay $1,475 per person.

Questions? Contact Brian Bell at 924-4398 or bcb7b@virginia.edu, or visit http://www.virginia.edu/ldc.

MEMORIAL SERVIOCE FOR SCOTT KEENEY
When: July 6, 11 a.m.
Where: University of Virginia Chapel

A memorial service for Scott Keeney, director of University Printing and Copying Services, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 6, at the University of Virginia Chapel. The service will be followed by a reception at the Colonnade Club.

Keeney, 58, died at his home on Monday, June 19. He was a 1970 graduate of the University of Virginia, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Naval Reserve commission through ROTC. Upon graduating he served in the United States Navy until being honorably discharged as a lieutenant in 1972.

A proud employee for 32 years, Keeney had a boundless love for U.Va. He shared his birthday with Thomas Jefferson and took joy in presenting awards to his staff with the founder’s “signature” that he learned to imitate. His dedication to the University was reflected in his desire to do what was right on its behalf, and in the care and pride he and his staff took in producing the highest quality work.

Keeney was appointed director of University Printing and Copying Services in 1993. Under his leadership, PCS became one of the best university printing organizations in the country, receiving numerous awards for excellence.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (Save the Bay), 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403, ATTN: Development Support Services; or your local SPCA.

MAKING HEADLINES

  • Dewey Cornell, professor of education, “Breaking The Spell: The Young D.C. Sniper Turns on His Deadly Mentor,” Newsweek, June 5.
  • Robert E. Davis, associate professor of environmental sciences, “Al Gore’s Propaganda Meltdown,” Philadelphia Inquirer, June 27.
  • Robert Emery, professor of psychology, “Who Says There’s No Ex in Friendship? Defying Divorce Stereotypes, Some Former Spouses Have Paired Up Again as Pals,” Washington Post, June 27.
  • Michael Garstang, distinguished investigator and research professor of atmospheric sciences, “He Thinks He Can Stop a Hurricane/Skeptics Abound, But One Entrepreneur Is Brainstorming Big on Weather Modification, a Field Whose Means Are Scientifically Unproven,” Chicago Tribune, June 25.
  • Jack Gwaltney, emeritus professor of medicine, “Ketek Sparks Calls to Stiffen Antibiotic Trials,” Wall Street Journal, June 13.
  • Dr. Bankole Johnson, chairman of Psychiatric Medicine, “New Help for Alcoholics,” ABC News, June 26.
  • Saras Sarasvathy, associate professor of business administration, “Swing Away, But With Less Risk/You Needn’t Go For Broke To Be an Entrepreneur,” Boston Globe, June 25.
  • Mark H. Saunders, director of marketing at the U.Va. Press, “University Press Officials Discuss Problems and Options in a Digital Age,” Chronicle of Higher Education, June 19.
  • Francis H. Shen, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, “The Scoop On Eliminating Your Droop/Good Posture Is a Healthy Habit, and Here’s How to Get It,” Chicago Tribune, June 25.


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