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Founder's Day Photo

April 12
On Founder's Day, Australian architect Glenn Murcutt, center, receives the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture. Former Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Mortimer Caplin (College '37, Law '40), at right, is awarded the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Law. A tree is planted on the Lawn in honor of
Frederick D. Nichols, the late Cary D. Langhorne Professor of Architecture.

Katie Couric Photo

April 12
Katie Couric (College '79),
cohost of Today on NBC, visits the Grounds to shoot
a feature that will air on the morning news program
May 22.

April 20
To foster philanthropic support for the University's core liberal arts programs, Arts and Sciences alumni create the College Foundation of the University of Virginia.

College Foundation Photo

Dave Matthews Photo

April 21
The Dave Matthews Band goes back to its roots in a spectacular way, performing a benefit concert before a

crowd of more than 50,000 in the newly expanded Scott Stadium.

Francis Collins Photo

May 20
Dr. Francis S. Collins (College '70), top, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, addresses graduates at Final Exercises and offers parting advice with a song he wrote for the occasion. A day earlier, former Yahoo! chairman Timothy
A. Koogle (Engineering '73) speaks at the 2001 Valedictory Exercises.

Tim Koogle Photo

May
The restoration of Pavilion VII, the oldest building on the Lawn, is completed. The pavilion is the sixth to be restored and represents the largest and most complex project undertaken since the University began its historic preservation program in 1984. Begun in the fall of 1998, the restoration encompassed the original Jeffersonian structure, an addition dating from the mid-1800s, and a much larger section built early in the twentieth century to provide overnight accommodations for visitors. The project also took in the pavilion's garden, service yard, side alley, and furnishings.

Pavilion VII Photo

May
Indiana University Police Chief Paul E. Norris, Jr., is tapped to head the University of Virginia's 133-member Police Department, succeeding Michael Sheffield.


June 2001
The University establishes a graduate fellowship fund in creative writing named for Edgar Allan Poe and William Faulkner, two celebrated writers long associated with the institution. The fellowship is made possible by a $1.5 million gift from Paul G. Kimball of New York.

Faulkner Poe Photo

June
Penelope J. Kaiserlian, former associate director and editorial director of the University of Chicago Press, becomes the new director of the University Press of Virginia.

Solar Car Photo

July
The Fiske Guide to Colleges lists U.Va. as one of its forty-three best buys, citing the University for offering "remarkable educational opportunities at a relatively modest cost."

July 15
A sixteen-member team of engineering students pilots
a solar-powered car from Chicago to Los Angeles in the American Solar Challenge.

Commission Photo

July 31
The National Commission on Federal Election Reform, organized by the Miller Center of Public Affairs and led by former Presidents Gerald Ford, left, and Jimmy Carter, right, formally presents its findings to President Bush.


August
Two leading figures in American fiction, Ann Beattie and Christopher Tilghman, join the highly regarded creative writing faculty in the University's English department.


August 20
Via an international videoconference, below, the University forms an academic partnership with the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Academic Partnership Photo

August 25
The 2,980 members of the Class of 2005 move into University residence halls
and begin their first year
of college.


September
Ann Whiteside, former visual resources librarian for the Harvard School of Design, becomes fine arts librarian for the University.

October 20
R. Edward Howell, director and chief executive officer of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, is named the vice president and chief executive officer for the University of Virginia Medical Center. In this new position, created as part of a reorganization of the University Health System, he will oversee the operation
of the University's hospitals and clinics.


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