Milestones 1997-1998

• The Health Sciences Center is the first University unit to pass the $100 million mark in the University's Capital Campaign. The goal for Health Sciences is raised from $140 million to $160 million.

• Fourth-year student Micah J. Schwartzman receives a Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University. Since the awards were first established in 1904, forty-two Rhodes scholars have been named at U.Va., more than at any other state-supported university.

William H. Gray, President of the United Negro College Fund, spoke at the University's celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

• The Department of Music hosts a celebration in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King's achievements. The event includes music, dance, oratory and song.

• Alderman Library opens exhibition on the "Tibetan Book of the Dead," highlighting the University's collection of scrolls and other artifacts.

• At his fall address to students and parents, President John T. Casteen III points to "the great divide between academic life and social life" on Grounds, and urges "an ambitious initiative to help build intellectual community at the University."


Virginia Gateway, a new program designed to forge links between research faculty and the high-tech business coommunity, is inaugurated. Key to this initiative are former president of Piedmont Virginia Community College Deborah DiCroce, State Senator Emily Couric, and President Casteen, pictured here.

• Businessman and philanthropist John W. Kluge donates more than 1,500 objects from his collection of twentieth century aboriginal art to the University, including works on paper, wood, canvas and bark.

• Award-winning Native American writer Simon Ortiz and poet Michael Harper speak to students as part of the Rea Visiting Writer Program.

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• The letters of John Dos Passos are donated to U.Va's special collections department by his widow, Elizabeth Dos Passos, completing the University Library's collection of his manuscripts.

• The University of Virginia Library publishes the historic Holsinger photographic archive on-line, documenting life at the University and in central Virginia from the late nineteenth century to the early 1920s.

• Larry Flynt and the Rev. Jerry Falwell, above, debate the value of freedom of expression in the Law School's Caplin Auditorium.

• The University's Combined Virginia/United Way campaign exceeds both last year's campaign total and this year's goal, raising $330,000 for local service organizations.

• President John T. Casteen III is named president-elect of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accreditation authorities in the United States.

• Ten Harrison Awards recognizing outstanding contributions to the University by faculty and administrators are announced. University alumnus David A. Harrison III funded the awards to recognize those who sustain and enhance the University's national stature.

PRA International, a pharmaceutical research company, is the third tenant to sign a lease at the University's new 525-acre Research Park at North Fork. Nationally-recognized architects Duany Plater-Zyberk designed the proposed town center, shown here, which won a silver medal for design by the American Institute of Architects.

• At the dedication of Casa Bolivar, the University's Spanish language and culture dormitory, Venezuelan ambassador Pedro Luis Echevarria unveils a plaque commemorating Fernando Bolivar as a student here in 1827.

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