July 14, 2006
Vol. 36, Issue 13
Back Issues
Jefferson honored on July 4
Darden-Curry program nets $5M grant
Salut! French House celebrates 20 years

Online shopping coming in December
'New faces on grounds'


Giving back to U.Va.
Women and philanthropy
Upward Bound program gives teens a route to college
Community invited to tour JPJ Arena
Exploring Southern Africa


News Briefs

Nominations are now being accepted for the Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest honor given to a member of the University community. The award will be given at Fall Convocation to a member of the faculty, administration or staff who has exemplified in character, work and influence the principles and ideals of Jefferson.

The award consists of a citation and a cash prize, the income of an endowment established in 1955 by the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation. To be eligible to receive the award, a person must have served at the University for a minimum of 15 years in a full-time capacity. Retired faculty and staff are not eligible.

Send nominations with supporting data (e.g., resume, letters) to the Thomas Jefferson Award Committee, Leake Cottage, Box 400139, by noon on Sept. 20.

Classes began on Wednesday. Other dates to note this semester include the following.

  • Reading Days: Oct. 7-9
  • Fall Convocation/ Family Weekend: Oct. 20-22
  • Thanksgiving Recess: Nov. 18-26
  • Courses End: Dec. 5
  • Reading Day: Dec. 6
  • Exams: Dec. 7-15 (No exams on Sunday, Dec. 10, or Wed., Dec. 13)
    For more calendar information, visit www.virginia. edu/Calendar/.

The first-ever “Super Saturday” financial aid workshop, held Feb. 4, 2006, in Charlottesville, was honored recently at the Poster Session of the yearly conference of the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) in Seattle as one of four “innovative financial aid practices” from across the nation. 

The Super Saturday event drew 320 people from eight Central Virginia cities and counties, provided one-on-one counseling to 100 persons, and helped 40 students to complete on-line federal student aid applications.

It was co-sponsored by U.Va. and PVCC, and was free and open to all families and students, regardless of age or what college they planned to attend.

“We want all students who desire a college education to understand the path to it, through academic preparation, and how to finance it,” said Robin White, project manager of the Access UVA financial aid program and one of the architects of Super Saturday. “We believe the level of attendance indicates that there is a high demand for outreach to support college access. U.Va. and PVCC are both committed to making a difference in the perception of the availability of financial aid, regardless of school choice.”

The second annual Super Saturday is scheduled for February 2007. For more information, please contact Robin White at 924-6759 or robinwhite@virginia.edu, or visit http://www.virginia.edu/topnews/releases2006/20060725NAFSAAaward.html

Recently published books by U.Va. faculty and staff

  • Karen Hunger Parshall, professor of history and mathematics, “James Joseph Sylvester: Jewish Mathematician in a Victorian World,” (The Johns Hopkins University Press)
  • Leonard Schoppa, associate professor of politics, “Race for the Exits: The Unraveling of Japan’s System of Social Protection,” (Cornell University Press)
  • Ravindra S. Khare, professor of sociology, “Caste, Hierarchy, and Individualism: India Reacts to Louis Dumont,” (Oxford University Press)
  • William H. Lucy, Lawrence Lewis Jr. Chair of the department of urban and environmental planning and David L. Phillips, associate professor of urban and environmental planning, “Tomorrow’s Cities, Tomorrow’s Suburbs,” (American Planning Association)
  • George Michael, assistant professor of politics, “The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right,” (University Press of Kansas)
  • Eric Lott, professor of English, “The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual,” (Basic Books)
  • Joseph P. Allen, professor of psychology, “Out of the Woods: Tales of Resistant Teens,” (Harvard University Press)
  • Jerome McGann, John Stewart Bryan Professor of English, “The Scholar’s Art,” (University of Chicago Press)
  • Cynthia Sundberg Wall, associate professor of English, “The Prose of Things,” (University of Chicago Press)
  • Patricia Meyer Spacks, Edgar Shannon Professor of English Emerita, “Novel Beginnings: Experiments in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction,” (Yale University Press)

Faculty and Staff Achievements

  • Dr. G. Frederick Wooten, chairman of the Department of Neurology, will receive the American Parkinson Disease Association’s 15th annual Fred Springer Award of $10,000. APDA is the country’s largest grassroots organization serving the 1.5 million Americans afflicted with the degenerative neurological disease, for which no cure is known. The award is presented to a physician or scientist who has made a major contribution toward easing the burden and finding the cure for Parkinson’s disease. He is also director of APDA’s Center for Parkinson’s Research at U.Va.
  • Mark Fletcher, associate director of Intramural-Recreational Sports, has been selected to serve a second three-year term as one of nine members of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Foundation Board of Directors. The NIRSA Foundation provides professional development, research and scholarship opportunities for intramural athletes.
  • Toby Berger, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was given the Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award “for sustained excellence in graduate education and research in information theory” by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional society, with 365,000 members in 150 countries.
  • David W. Breneman, dean of the Curry School of Education and University Professor, received the Golden Quill Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. The annual award, presented to Breneman on July 6 in Seattle, honors one scholar each year whose collected writings have advanced the cause of access and equity for students.

The U.Va. Athletics Department has expanded an existing partnership with Gray Television, owner of three local TV stations, to make it the flagship TV partner for Virginia Athletics.

Gray Television’s three stations in the Charlottesville area (WCAV-CBS19, WVAW-ABC16, and WAHU-FOX27) will continue as the home of “Cavalier Sports Weekly” for the next five years. Gray will also now carry the “Cavalier Weekend Preview,” which highlights the upcoming weekend’s events for Virginia Athletics on each of its stations during newscasts on Thursdays and Fridays. Additional programming, including football and basketball season previews, fall and spring Olympic sports previews and post-season shows will also air on the Gray stations.

The first “Cavalier Sports Weekly” program for 2006-2007 will air on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 10:30 a.m. on ABC16 and at 11:30 p.m. on CBS19. The program will air on Monday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. on WAHU FOX27.

The Alumni Travel Program has a new name: Cavalier Travels. The change reflects the program’s commitment to serving not only alumni, but also parents, family and friends. What’s more, U.Va. faculty members now accompany the trips, lending in-depth knowledge and unique perspectives. Already planned for 2007 are trips to China, the Lake District of Italy, Hemingway’s Africa, Ireland, Peru and the Greek Islands. Trips are scheduled from February through October. Learn more at the new Cavalier Travels Web site: http://www.virginia.edu/cavaliertravels/, or call 982-5252 or (800) 346-3882.


  • Cindy S. Aron, professor of history, “Work in August? Non!/In France, Vacations Are Sacred. In the U.S., the Work Ethic Seems Too Strong to Let Us Relax,” Los Angeles Times, Aug. 20, “Home Alone/Life Without Family Gets a Little Feral, Three Summer Bachelors Discover,” Washington Post, Aug. 6
  • Gerald Clore, professor of psychology, “Her Quest Is to Understand Emotion,” Boston Globe, Aug. 14
  • Diane M. Hoffman, associate professor of education, “No Brats Allowed!/Is American Society Increasingly Intolerant of Tots?” MSNBC, Aug. 15
  • Teresa W. Lockard, director of ITC computing support services, and Tony Townsend, U.Va. chief technology analyst, “Move-In Day at U.Va./ 3,000 First-Years, All Searching for a Connection/Tech Squads Ease Computer System’s Huge Hookup Test,” Washington Post, Aug. 20
  • Peter Sheras, professor of education, “Too Few Overachievers/Academically Stressed Students Aren’t the Country’s Norm,” Washington Post, Aug. 21
  • Sarah Turner, associate professor of education and economics, “Economic Scene/What Baseball Can Teach Those Who Dream of Creating the Next Silicon Valley,” New York Times, Aug. 17, “Commentary: The Relationship Blend,” NYT, July 27
  • Dr. Janet I. Warren, associate director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, “Documentarian Now a Player in the Ramsey Case,” Los Angeles Times, Aug. 21
  • Rick Webb, research professor in environmental sciences, “Wind Power Promises ‘Clean’ Energy,” Associated Press, Aug. 20
  • Pat Werhane, the Ruffin Professor at Darden, “Devil or Angel? Ethicists Debate Wal-Mart,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Aug. 13


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