University of Virginia regains its place as the best public
university in the nation, tying with the University of California
at Berkeley for top honors in U.S. News & World Report's
University ranks twentieth among all national institutions,
public and private. The magazine also puts U.Va. first among
publics in the Best Value category. The University of Virginia's
College at Wise is named the number two public college in
the South for the second consecutive year.
Boxwoods obscuring the Rotunda are taken down to provide
better views of the historic building and are replaced with
NIH awards U.Va. researchers $5 million to study Crohn's
award of $1.9 million from an anonymous donor fuels innovation
at the Curry School's Center for Technology and Teacher
Education and carries the school past its $14.3 million Capital
University donates surplus computers to local public schools
and nonprofits, thanks to a new state law that enables state
agencies to donate a percentage of their used property.
University Library makes 1,200 textsincluding the Bible,
works by Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen, Jefferson, and Twainavailable
online to the general public as free downloads.
3,000 first-year students move into residence halls and enter
life as the Class of 2004. Twenty-nine percent of the new undergraduates
were in the top 1 percent of their class.
University launches a program to distribute free personal computers
to entering students with special academic and financial needs.
Library's Geostat Center posts historic maps of Charlottesville
online, showing the city as it looked in 1920.
Cavaliers open their 111th season against Brigham Young in the
dedication game at the newly expanded Carl Smith Center, home
of David A. Harrison Field at Scott Stadium. Some 61,000 fans
fill the stands, the largest crowd ever to assemble for a college
game in Virginia.
University of Virginia School of Medicine receives $20 million
for prostate cancer research from the estate of the late Paul
Mellon. This is the largest gift in the medical school's
history and the fourth largest for the University.
student and swimmer Ed Moses (above, left) and former women's
basketball player Dawn Staley (above, right) join eight other
current or former U.Va. athletes competing in the Olympics in
Australia. Breaststroke specialist Moses brings home silver and
gold medals and Staley, a member of the 2000 U.S. Women's squad,
brings home team gold.
Faculty Senate's annual retreat addresses enhancing the University's
excellence through diversity.
groups bring speakers to the University throughout the fall,
including Gloria Steinem and Ralph Nader for perspectives
on feminism and Green Party politics.
in Black Leadership, an oral history project cosponsored by
the University's Institute for Public History and the
Darden School, kicks off with a discussion by history professor
Julian Bond (left) and civil rights lawyer Henry Marsh.
expert Vicki Coleman takes over as the new director of Clemons
Jay Lemons, Chancellor of U.Va.-Wise since 1992, announces
his departure in 2001 for the presidency of Susquehanna University
Investors Service, one of the world's leading credit rating
companies, upgrades the University's rating to "a gilt
edged" Aaa, making U.Va. one of only three public universities
in the nation so ranked.
Cornel West, Harvard professor and author of Race
Matters, speaks to a standing-room only group on race relations
in America at Old Cabell Hall.
study by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia shows
that U.Va. tops the list of graduation rates of state colleges
and universities, with a 91.3 percent graduation rate within six
T. Gies, former president of the Faculty Senate and professor
of Spanish, is awarded the University's highest honor,
the Thomas Jefferson Award, at Fall Convocation Ceremonies.
The award cites Gies's scholarship and involvement in
M. Minor (Col 87), founder and chairman of CNET Inc.,
gives the University $25 million to integrate digital technology
with the humanities and social sciences in arts and sciences.
This is the largest gift arts and sciences has received.
University joins local constituencies to open the Connected Community
Technology Center, providing technology outreach and training
programs for area residents.