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Kevin Everson
Sundance screens works
by U.Va. filmmaker

For the third time, a work by filmmaker Kevin Everson, assistant professor of art at the University, was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. This year's entry was Vanessa, a three-minute film that uses moving and still images to recount the murder of Vanessa Jordon, a girl he dated when he was 14. In addition, fifteen of his short films were screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Studio Museum in Harlem presented three films Mr. Everson made while a 2001-02 fellow at the American Academy in Rome. He is now working on a feature-length film, his first, about teenage school bus drivers in Mississippi in 1959. "It's also about a particular place in history," said Mr. Everson, whose father and uncle drove buses at that time. "It's a volatile moment, right after Brown v. Board of Education.... There's a sense of unsettlement and hope." The film will be shot in black and white to evoke civil rights footage.


Standard & Poor's awards the University its AAA debt rating, making it one of only two public universities in the country to hold the top debt ranking from all three major bond-rating agencies.


MARCH
Writers Nikki Giovanni, John Grisham, and Donald Westlake join U.Va. faculty members Rita Dove, Gregory Orr, Charles Wright, and Ann Beattie at the Virginia Festival of the Book.

  Gov. Mark R. Warner appoints Susan Y. "Syd" Dorsey (Architecture '82, Darden '87), Georgia M. Willis (McIntire '83), John O. Wynne (Law '71), and L. F. Payne, Jr. (Darden '73), to the Board of Visitors.
New board members, from left, Georgia Willis, John Wynne, Susan Dorsey, and L. F. Payne attend their first meeting.  
   



The University Art Museum displays twelve newly acquired works by twentieth-century American artist Joseph Cornell.

Dr. Sydney Anne Rice succeeds Dr. Sharon Hostler as medical director of the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center.

 

Twelve works by Joseph Cornell are received from the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.

Gordon F. Rainey, Jr. (College '62, Law '67), of Richmond is elected the thirty-seventh rector of the University.


APRIL

The McIntire School of Commerce kicks off its "Back to the Lawn" campaign, a $50 million effort to renovate Rouss Hall and to construct a 115,000-square-foot addition to the historic building.

 
  Justice Anthony Kennedy receives
the Jefferson Medal in Law.
   
Lawton Fitt (Darden '79), the first American to head the Royal Academy of the Arts in London, receives the 2003 Distinguished Alumna Award from the University's Women's Center.

In the wake of racial incidents involving students, President Casteen creates the President's Commission on Diversity and Equity, and the Board of Visitors creates a special committee on diversity chaired by board member Warren M. Thompson (Darden '83).

Bobbie Nau and John L. Nau III (College '68) make an $8.5 million commitment for a new history building, part of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' South Lawn Project.

 
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, shown with Dean of Architecture Karen Van Lengen, left, receive the Jefferson Medal in Architecture.  
   
Husband-and-wife team Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, designers of the University's Hereford College, share the 2003 Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture. Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy receives the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Law.
 
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