A Year at a Glance
President's Report: 2005-2006 University of Virginia
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University of Virginia
September 2007 - September 2008
 
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September 2007

  • Twenty-four University graduates start work as College Guides, helping Virginia high school students with college applications and financial aid forms, and taking students on field trips to college campuses. Funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the Office of the Vice President and Provost, the College Guide Program helped 15,000 Virginia students last year.
  • The Women's Center presents the Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award to Commonwealth Professor of Education Carolyn M. Callahan, a specialist in programs for gifted and talented students. Elizabeth Zintl was chief of staff in the president's office until her death in 1997. The award recognizes women at the University whose professionalism, creativity, and commitment mirror Ms. Zintl's.
  • More than 1,200 U.Va. volunteers are out in force for the 16th annual Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring, taking on projects for not-for-profit agencies in the greater Charlottesville community. Volunteers paint walls and pictures, clear brush, and assist childcare providers, among other activities.
  • The School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers its new certificate in nonprofit management. Certificate workshops cover key areas of management including planning and operations, fund-raising and marketing, finance and accounting, human resources and leadership, legal issues, and board development.
  • At the Symposium on Race and Society, Dr. Chester Pierce, professor of education and psychiatry emeritus at Harvard University, receives the 2007 Vivian Pinn Distinguished Lecturer's Award. The award honors lifetime achievement in the field of health disparities.

THE UNIVERSITY OF
VIRGINIA TODAY

U.S. News & World Report Rankings

  • The University ranks second among public universities and twenty-third among all national universities.
  • Five schools at the University are ranked in the top twenty:

    Architecture   6th
    McIntire   6th
    Law   9th
    Darden   14th
    Nursing   19th
  • The McIntire School of Commerce was judged as having the sixth-best business program in the country, while the School of Engineering and Applied Science ranked twenty-eighth in undergraduate engineering programs among universities granting doctoral degrees. This was a jump from number thirty-five last year.
  • The University ranks sixteenth among national universities on the Great Schools, Great Prices list and twenty-third in economic diversity, a measure of the percentage of students receiving federal Pell grants. U.Va.'s first-year experience placed it in one of thirty-three "Programs to Look For."
  • This is the fifth year that the University's College at Wise has ranked first among public colleges for the least amount of debt among graduates. U.Va.-Wise has been first among both public and private schools in four of the last five years.
  • Seven medical specialties at the University were ranked by U.S. News & World Report's eighteenth annual survey of "America's Best Hospitals," published July 2008.

    Endocrinology   7th
    Ear, nose, and throat   23rd
    Digestive disorders   26th
    Neurology/neurosurgery    33rd
    Cancer   36th
    Respiratory diseases   37th
    Gynecology   43rd

Other Rankings

  • The University ranked number one among comparably sized universities in the number of graduates who enter the Peace Corps. Seventy-two graduates in 2007 made the twenty-seven-month commitment to serve in the Peace Corps.
  • In 2007, the Institute for International Education ranked U.Va. fourteenth among the nation's top forty doctoral and research institutions in the number and percentage of students who participate in study abroad programs. In 2007–08, 1,927 students studied abroad or engaged in research abroad (including fall and spring semesters as well as J-term and summer sessions).
  • The School of Nursing is the nation's number one institution for doctoral student-authored National Research Service Award fellowships through the National Institutes of Health. The NIH also ranks the school twenty-second in the nation in overall nursing research funding.
  • The 2007 Thomson 100 Top Hospitals Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success Survey ranked the University of Virginia Medical Center as one of the top hospitals for cardiovascular care in the country. The survey analyzed 1,000 U.S. hospitals by looking at their outcomes for heart care, and U.Va. is in the top 100.
  • The University tied with Columbia University for the highest percentage of African American first-year students in the nation's top-ranked universities and liberal arts colleges, according to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education's fifteenth annual survey. African American students made up 11.4 percent of U.Va.'s first-year class in fall 2007. And for the fourteenth straight year, the University's African American graduation rate was the highest among those at all public universities in the nation, according to the annual compilation published by the Journal.
  • For the third consecutive year, the University's McIntire School of Commerce was ranked second among the nation's best undergraduate business programs by BusinessWeek magazine.
  • The Darden School of Business ranked fourth in a biennial survey of America's best business schools by Forbes. The survey ranks schools based on "return on investment," which is determined by compensation five years after graduation minus tuition and the forgone salary during school.
  • The University of Virginia ranked number three in the list of Top 100 Values in Public Colleges published annually by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. U.Va.'s four- and six-year graduation rates were the highest among the top 100 in the rankings, and the average debt load of graduates was the lowest among the top 10. U.Va. ranked second among the top 100 in total cost for in-state students after financial aid. This ranking reflects the impact of AccessUVa, the University's financial aid program.

The University at a Glance

ENROLLMENT, FALL 2008
Undergraduate   13,762
Graduate   4,904
First Professional (law and medicine)   1,725
On-Grounds Continuing Education   666
Total   21,057
 
FACULTY AND STAFF, 2007–08
Full-time instructional and research faculty     2,171
Full-time other staff in the Academic Division   6,034

Visit the Facts at a Glance site at www.virginia.edu/Facts/ for more University statistics.

October 2007

  • President John T. Casteen III and Dean of the Curry School of Education Robert Pianta break ground for Bavaro Hall, a four-story building for the Curry School. The building is named for Anthony D. "Wally" Bavaro, a friend of Dan Meyers, chair of the Curry Foundation and the school's most generous donor. Mr. Bavaro was a history teacher and coach in public schools in the Boston area.
  • The School of Engineering and Applied Science establishes a new International Programs Office to develop study-abroad and internship programs for U.Va. engineers. The office will collaborate with the University's International Studies Office to provide a global experience for engineering students who are studying world problems in areas such as energy, water, and the needs of an aging population.
  • Richard J. Bonnie (Law '69) becomes the fifty-fourth winner of the Thomas Jefferson Award, the University's highest honor. Considered the world's foremost expert in mental health law, Professor Bonnie is the Harrison Foundation Professor of Medicine and Law and director and cofounder of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy.
  • The number of subscribers to the U.Va. Alerts emergency system reaches 10,000. In case of an emergency, registered users receive text messages on their cell phones, while emergency messages flash on a dozen LCD screens placed around the Grounds.

November 2007

  • Albert H. Small (Engineering '46) helps the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library acquire 133 Revolutionary War–era issues of the Virginia Gazette, which on July 19, 1776, printed the first press report in Virginia about the Declaration of Independence and later published the complete text. The issues will join the Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection at the Small Special Collections Library.
  • The Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center and Research Institute, part of the U.Va. Children's Hospital, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. The Kluge Center offers developmental pediatrics, rehabilitation for children with brain and orthopedic injuries, respiratory care, outpatient aquatics, and more.
  • The lineup for the 20th annual Virginia Film Festival, "Kin Flicks," includes films like The Savages, Persepolis, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Starting Out in the Evening, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. In all, 95 guest artists and speakers present 87 films on the theme of family life to 11,000 attendees. The festival is also chosen to receive a three-year grant of $75,000 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to help develop long-term community outreach projects.
  • British-based Rolls-Royce announces plans to build a new jet engine manufacturing plant in Prince George County, Virginia. U.Va., Virginia Tech, and the Virginia Community College System will collaborate with Rolls-Royce in engineering and business endeavors including the creation of two major research centers: the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, which U.Va. or one of its related foundations will construct and operate adjacent to the Rolls-Royce facility in Prince George County, and the Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems at U.Va.

December 2007

  • David T. Gies
    David T. Gies
    Elizabeth Hutton Turner (College '73, Graduate Arts and Sciences '75, '85), a former senior curator at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., joins the University as its first vice provost for the arts. Ms. Turner, an American art expert, will be responsible for oversight of the University's two museums — the University Art Museum and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.
  • The University receives the prestigious Council of Graduate Schools/Peterson's Award for Promoting an Inclusive Graduate Community. The award is based on a proposal submitted by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies to establish a pilot mentoring program for graduate students from diverse backgrounds.
  • David T. Gies, Commonwealth Professor of Spanish, receives a surprise e-mail from the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C., announcing that he is to receive one of Spain's highest honors, the Order of Isabella the Catholic. The honor celebrates Professor Gies's academic achievements and devotion to promoting Spanish culture.
  • ecoMOD3
    ecoMOD3
    Governor Timothy M. Kaine attends the ribbon-cutting ceremony for two ecoMOD3 housing projects in Charlottesville. The ecoMOD initiative, a partnership with the Piedmont Housing Alliance, is a joint, multi-year project at the School of Architecture and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Students research, design, build, and evaluate a series of ecological, modular, and affordable house prototypes.
  • U.Va. again leads the state in giving to the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. A total of 3,807 employees donate a record of $888,888, with 100 percent participation in eighty-nine of the University's departments. Overall, the campaign raises $4 million for causes around Virginia.

January 2008

  • The Darden School of Business and the Wall Street Journal present "The Darden Perspective … In First Person." This series of nine columns includes thoughts and insights from Darden professors and school leaders on a variety of topics affecting today's business leaders. The series kicked off in December with Dean Bob Bruner's "Should We Panic Today about the Panic of 1907?"
  • Map from collection of Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz
    The map collection of Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz includes this detailed 1676 edition of a double-hemisphere projection, "A New and Accurat Map of the World."
    In celebration of Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz's pledged bequest of his collection of American maps, the University Library presents "On the Map," an exhibition featuring highlights from the more than 200 rare items in the collection. Included are one of the oldest maps to show the Western Hemisphere (1508), the first map to show Florida (Hernando Cortés's 1524 map of Mexico City), and an eighteenth-century map of the Ohio River Valley drawn by then-unknown surveyor George Washington.
  • The McIntire School of Commerce moves into its new home on the Lawn, and both Robertson and Rouss Halls welcome students for the first day of classes.
  • The University's efforts to prevent pollution are recognized with the 2007 Outstanding Achievement for Pollution Prevention award from Businesses for the Bay, a coalition of business, government, and nonprofits dedicated to preventing pollution within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. A $73 million upgrade to the main heating plant is reducing emissions, 90 percent of the University's lighting systems have been replaced with energy efficient lights, and 48 percent of its waste stream is being recycled.
  • The University of Virginia Art Museum opens "Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art," in which depictions of plantations, plantation views, and related slave imagery are examined in the context of the history of American landscape painting. The exhibition is organized by Angela D. Mack, deputy director for curatorial affairs at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, S.C., and guest curator Maurie D. McInnis (College '88), director of American studies and associate professor of art history at U.Va.

February 2008

  • A member of the faculty at the School of Law since 1990, Paul G. Mahoney is appointed the school's eleventh dean. An expert in corporate law, Dean Mahoney is the youngest of just five faculty members to have held the school's most eminent chair, the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professorship. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • The Board of Visitors now has an international representative, Adom Getachew, its new student member. Born in Ethiopia, Ms. Getachew (College '09) is a Jefferson Scholar, an Echols Scholar, and an honorary Holland Scholar. She also brings to the board a thorough understanding of student issues, having served as a resident adviser for two years and as an officer of Sustained Dialogue.
  • The University joins with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation to select recipients in citizen leadership, law, and architecture for its highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal. The University announces that this year's medals will be presented to U.S. Senator John W. Warner (Law '53), U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and Gro Harlem Brundtland, United Nations special envoy on climate change.
  • Tyler S. Spencer (College '08), an international health and environmental sustainability major, is named to USA Today's All-USA College Academic Team. Mr. Spencer, an Echols Scholar, received a Morris K. Udall Scholarship in 2007 and two Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards. Active in tennis and crew, he has also organized a cross-country cycling trip to benefit those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
  • A new documentary on Walter N. Ridley (Curry '53), the first African American to graduate from the University of Virginia and a leading figure in Virginia civil rights history, airs on PBS. Charlottesville producer and media studies faculty member Bill Reifenberger of Silverthorn Films worked with U.Va.'s Ridley Fund to create the documentary, which is narrated by former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English.

March 2008

Julian Bond
Julian Bond
  • Governor Timothy M. Kaine's Commission on Climate Change holds its second meeting at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. The forty-member commission is developing a plan to curtail Virginia's greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide emissions in the state rose by 34 percent from 1990 to 2004 — a rate nearly twice the national average.
  • Phoebe Crisman
    Phoebe Crisman
    The University Library acquires the personal papers of civil rights activist and U.Va. history professor Julian Bond. One of the first African Americans to reach national prominence in politics, Professor Bond is a former Georgia state legislator and the current chair of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
  • A coalition of U.Va. law students and area attorneys launches a pro bono project to help disabled veterans. As part of the National Veterans Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C., the group will provide legal services to veterans, who often have difficulty taking their disabilities claims through specialized courts. Law professor Chris Sprigman, along with several student veterans, helped organize the effort, which is sponsored by the School of Law, the student-run Virginia Law Veterans, and the Charlottesville/Albemarle Bar Association.
  • Phoebe Crisman, associate professor of architecture, receives the 2008 American Institute of Architects Education Honor Award for her work on the Learning Barge, a floating ecological classroom on Virginia's polluted Elizabeth River. The project has received several awards, including recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the James River Green Building Council, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
  • Erich Harshfield and Ana Jemec
    Erich Harshfield and Ana Jemec
    Erich Harshfield and Ana Jemec, both third-year chemical engineering students, learn that their design for a water purification system design has been selected as one of the 100 "Projects for Peace" to be funded by philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis. "Projects for Peace" is administered by the Davis United World College Scholars Program and provides funding for student initiatives that hold promise for the prospect of peace around the world.

April 2008

Rebecca Sauerbrunn
Rebecca Sauerbrunn
  • On or off the soccer field, Rebecca Sauerbrunn (College '08) excels. She is named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar Athlete of the Year, while earning a spot on the NSCAA Division 1 All-America Team. The 2007 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Ms. Sauerbrunn also receives the IMP Student Athlete Award as U.Va.'s top female athlete for the 2007–08 academic year.
  • The University of Virginia Patent Foundation licenses innovative silver nanoparticle technology to U.Va. start-up PluroGen Therapeutics, Inc., for use as an enhanced antimicrobial agent to fight infection and promote wound healing. The technology was invented by Lakshmi Nair, assistant professor of research in orthopaedic surgery; and Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. In 2007, seventy-six U.Va. researchers received patents or registered copyrights through the U.Va. Patent Foundation.
  • Katie Couric (College '79) joins her family; Governor Timothy M. Kaine; President John T. Casteen III; George Beller, M.D., the Ruth C. Heede Professor of Cardiology; and many other University leaders at the groundbreaking for the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center.
  • For the second year in a row, a U.Va.-student team takes first place in the final round of the annual KPMG National Audit Case Competition in New York City. The team includes three McIntire students — Margaret Fowler (McIntire '09), Catherine Mandigo (McIntire '07, '08), and David Myers (McIntire '08) — as well as College student Andrew Serafin (College '10). Student teams from twenty-seven top accounting schools competed in the national five-week competition sponsored by KPMG International's Global Services Centre and the KPMG Foundation.
  • The Carter G. Woodson Institute, under its new director — Deborah E. McDowell, the Alice Griffin Professor of English Literature — celebrates the 100th anniversary of author Richard Wright's birth. Following a theatrical performance largely based on Wright's writings and directed by drama professor Theresa Davis, the institute holds a symposium featuring nationally renowned scholars and critics who discuss Wright's life and work.

May 2008

  • Sheila C. Johnson, businesswoman and cofounder of Black Entertainment Television, speaks at Valedictory Exercises, telling the graduating class of 2008 that it should demand more of politicians, the media, and themselves. Hunter Rawlings III, president emeritus of Cornell University and a visiting professor of classics at U.Va., delivers the commencement address, in which he praises the liberal arts education for teaching students "to see familiar things with new eyes, and to form judgments based upon hard-won knowledge."
  • Virginia Quarterly Review
    The fall 2007 issue of VQR receives the National Magazine Award for best single-topic issue.
    Each year, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation sponsors awards at fifty-four colleges and universities in the southeastern United States to individuals who have served others, their institutions, and their wider communities. This year, James D. Erickson (College '08), Wallace Gundy (College '08), and Brian Balogh, associate professor of history, are cited for their tireless dedication, compassion for others, and tremendous creativity.
  • Doctoral nursing student Michael P. Cary, Jr., receives the Inaugural Johnson & Johnson/American Association of Colleges of Nursing Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Award. The award, one of five given nationally, will help Mr. Cary continue his studies and develop his career as an academic researcher.
  • The Virginia Quarterly Review captures a National Magazine Award, the magazine industry's highest honor, for its fall 2007 issue "South America in the 21st Century," co-edited by Daniel Alarcón and Ted Genoways (Graduate Arts and Sciences '99).
  • Charles Ransler (College '01, Darden '09) and Manoj Sinha (Darden '09) win the Social Innovation Competition at the University of Texas's RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. Their business, Husk Power Systems, which supplies electricity to rural villages in India by burning rice husks, was judged to be the most compelling new idea to change the world.

June 2008

15th Street S.W. was renamed to Jeanette Lancaster Way in honor of the long-tenured dean of the School of Nursing
  • After building a world-class Department of Biomedical Engineering, Thomas Skalak accepts the position of the University's vice president for research. A recognized expert in microvascular structure and function, computational modeling of disease, and biomechanics, Professor Skalak is a champion of cross-University collaboration.
  • This fall, the Marching Highland Cavaliers at the University of Virginia's College at Wise will take the field at halftimes with new uniforms and instruments, thanks to a $1.28 million gift from the Hunter Smith Family Foundation. The endowment also provides annual operating budget support for the band. Started just two years ago with thirty members, the band is expected to grow to 100 players by 2012.
  • The Board of Visitors approves President John T. Casteen III's proposal to rename 15th Street S.W. (between Lane Road and Crispell Drive) to Jeanette Lancaster Way to honor the University's longest-tenured dean as she steps down after nineteen years of leading the School of Nursing.
  • Longtime University benefactor and businessman John Kluge and his wife, Tussi, give sixteen Aboriginal paintings valued at $1.3 million from their private collection to the University's Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. The paintings are magnificent examples of early western desert art, according to Kluge-Ruhe director and curator Margo Smith (Graduate Arts and Sciences '89, '01). The Kluge-Ruhe Collection was established in 1997 through a generous gift from Mr. Kluge's private collection and ranks as one of the finest groups of works by Australian Aboriginal artists in the world.
  • John A. Blackburn, the University's longest-serving dean of admission, announces he will retire in June 2009, after a three-decade career at U.Va. A leader in increasing diversity at the University, he is a national expert on college admissions who is sought widely for his experience in the field.

July 2008

    Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
    Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
  • Billy K. Cannaday, Jr., a veteran educator who serves as Virginia's superintendent of public instruction, is appointed dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. During his career, Mr. Cannaday has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to promote educational reform. When he arrived as superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools in Richmond, fewer than half its fifty-nine schools were fully accredited by the state. Under his leadership, 100 percent received full accreditation five years later.
  • The National War Powers Commission, cochaired by former Secretaries of State James A. Baker III and Warren Christopher, recommends that Congress repeal the War Powers Resolution of 1973 and substitute a new statute to establish a clear process on decisions to go to war. The Miller Center of Public Affairs impaneled the commission in February 2007.
  • John C. Bean, the John Marshall Money Professor of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, receives the 2009 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award from the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology. With National Science Foundation funding, he developed online tutorials on micro- and nanotechnology for undergraduates and the general public, an effort that grew into the Virtual Lab, a public science education Web site (www.virlab.virginia.edu). By the summer of 2008, visitors from more than 2,000 schools had viewed more than four million pages of content on the site.
  • Governor Timothy M. Kaine appoints Helen Dragas (College '84, Darden '88) of Virginia Beach, chief executive officer of the Dragas Group; and Robert D. Hardie (College '87, Darden '95, '99) of Charlottesville, managing director of Level One Partners, LLC, to the Board of Visitors.
  • The University's College at Wise announces plans for construction of a $30 million convocation center seating 3,000 for sporting events and 4,000 for concerts or convocation activities. The largest single capital project in the College's history, it is expected to open in the fall of 2011.

August 2008

  • President John T. Casteen III announces the appointment of Gowher Rizvi as vice provost for international programs. Mr. Rizvi is an internationally renowned political scientist and the director of the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
  • The University's summer Travel and Learn program concludes with the 21st Seminar at Oxford, England: The Era of Revolution in Britain, France, and America and the Making of the Modern Western World. Heading this year's seminar are Peter Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History; and widely published scholar Jeremy Black, an Oxford University alumnus and established chair in history at the University of Exeter. Travel and Learn seminars are noncredit adult learning programs offered through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
  • UVaExpress
    UVaExpress
    Students and faculty returning for the fall term find several new facilities on the Grounds. Joining the Campbell Hall additions, the Claude Moore Nursing Education Building, and Ruffin Hall is Kellogg House, a residence hall in the Observatory Hill area. Named after the late Robert Kellogg, an English professor and former dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kellogg is home to 194 first-year students and nine resident staff members.
  • Some 100 students from twenty-three countries on five continents begin their U.Va. careers by way of the UVaExpress, a volunteer-funded transportation system that welcomes foreign students after an often long, arduous journey from their home countries. UVaExpress conveys international students and family members from Dulles Airport to Charlottesville free of charge.
  • U.Va. students announce the new University Unity Project, which promises to revolutionize student engagement and student governance. Seeking to bring a wide array of students together to achieve common goals, the Unity Project will challenge students to become involved in the greater community beyond the Grounds. Plans include an annual project in which all students would participate. The project will kick off with an on-Grounds Farmer's Market featuring local farmers from Charlottesville's City Market. The event is organized by the Student Council's Environmental Sustainability Committee.

September 2008

  • An international team of scientists circulates the first beam of protons at nearly the speed of light around the seventeen-mile Large Hadron Collider on the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. Brad Cox (Engineering '89), professor of physics and a principal investigator with U.Va.'s High Energy Physics Group, has been involved with the planning and instrument design for the LHC since its inception in 1993.
  • The University reports that it has surpassed the state's guidelines for purchasing from small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses. In fiscal year 2008, U.Va. spent 42.5 percent of its discretionary budget on goods and services from these "SWaM" firms, exceeding the 40 percent requested by Governor Timothy M. Kaine. The University spent $11.6 million with minority businesses, a jump from $7.1 million spent the previous fiscal year. Two years ago, U.Va. did just 23.9 percent of its business with SWaM firms, notes Bill Cooper (Architecture '76, '68, Darden '89), director of supplier diversity for U.Va.
  • Women in Leadership Conference
    Yoke San L. Reynolds and Karin Wittenborg at the Women in Leadership Conference
    The Miller Center of Public Affairs brings former finance ministers from around the world for a first-of-its-kind global summit to address pressing economic issues caused by changes in world economic power and influence. The group's recommendations will form a blueprint for global economic management in the twenty-first century.
  • A PBS documentary on the Constitution premieres on September 17 — Constitution Day — as part of a free event at the Charlottesville Pavilion. Produced by local PBS stations in partnership with the Center for Politics, "Questioning the Constitution" draws from the issues raised in A More Perfect Constitution: 23 Proposals to Revitalize our Constitution and Make America a Fairer Country, the latest book by Larry Sabato (College '74), the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics and director of the Center for Politics. The event is hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, the Center for Politics, and WHTJ Charlottesville PBS.
  • Sponsored by the University's Women in Leadership and Philanthropy program, the inaugural "Women in Leadership" conference convenes at the Abbott Center at the Darden School of Business. The conference features keynote speaker Sheila C. Johnson and a bipartisan panel of alumnae, including conservative political columnist Karin Agness (College '06, Law '09); Virginia Delegate Jennifer McClellan (Law '97), D-Richmond; Ellen Qualls (College '88), senior adviser to Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, D-California; and Charmaine Yoest (Graduate Arts and Sciences '01, '04), head of Americans United for Life.

 

 

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