Milestones 1997-98, continued

• The Faculty Senate selects thirty-nine teaching initiatives to receive funding from the provost's office. They represent a wide range of interests -- from creating electronic archives to new workshops for graduate teaching assistants.



• 4,291 women and men cross the Lawn for the last time as students. Just the day before they had listened to actor and spinal cord research advocate Christopher Reeve, left, deliver the Valedictory address, urging students to "find out what really excites and motivates you, and pursue it." The next day, degree candidates heard Gov. James Gilmore (Col '71, Law '77), inset, tell them "your education, your liberty, and your duty go hand in hand."



• Record attendance of 4,000 at Reunions Weekend indicates the highest number of returning alumni ever, with more than 20 percent participation from the Class of 1988.

• The Women's Center selects Elaine T. Jones, director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the first black woman to graduate from U.Va's Law School, for the Distinguished Alumna Award

• The University's first undergraduate Faculty and Staff Scholarship is awarded to Angela M. Ashby, the daughter of a University employee.

• Plans are unveiled for a new underground Special Collections Library to house the University's world-class rare books and manuscripts collection. Construction is expected to begin in the year 2000.

• History officer and psychology professor Raymond C. Bice Jr., right, retires after fifty years of service at U.Va.

• Senator John Warner (Law '53) announces federal funding of $1 million for a "Groundswalk" to connect North Grounds and Central Grounds of the University. Funding will go toward construction of a bridge over Emmet Street for pedestrians, cyclists and light transportation.





• U.Va. historians Lenard R. Berlanstein and Nelson Lichtenstein receive Guggenheim Fellowships for their research achievements.


• Thomas A. Saunders III and Jordan Saunders (shown above with President Casteen) and daughter Calvert establish the Saunders Challenge to endow professorships in the schools of architecture, education, and nursing. In less than two weeks, all three schools find benefactors to meet the challenge, creating nine new endowed chairs.


• The Faculty Forum for Scientific Research, chaired by microbiologist David L. Brautigan, celebrates its twentieth anniversary.


• Elizabeth K. Meyer, chair of landscape architecture, is honored by the Women Faculty and Professional Association at its annual awards luncheon as their Woman of Achievement for 1998.


• Rita Dove, former Poet Laureate and Commonwealth Professor of English, appears in a public television special performance with composer John Williams and violinist Joshua Bell (above) in an evening of poetry and music with the Boston Pops Orchestra.

U.S. News & World Report acknowledges excellence in seven medical specialties at the University Medical Center. The University of Virginia hospital is one of only 132 hospitals in the nation to be distinguished. The School of Medicine is now ranked 27th nationally.



• Clinch Valley College announces a sister institution agreement with Istanbul University, Turkey's most prestigious institution of higher learning.

.The Board of Visitors: front row, l to r, 1997 student menber Kristine L. Lalonde, 1998 student member Michael Allen, Elizabeth A. Twohy, University Rector John P. Ackerly III, President Johnt T. Casteen III, Walter F. Walfer, Joseph E. Wolfe, Timothy B. Robertson, Dr. Charles M. Caravati Jr., William G. Crutchfield Jr., T. Keister Greer. On stairs, l to r, Benjamin P.A. Warthen, Elsie Goodwyn Holland, Terence P. Ross, Henry L. Valentine II, Champ Clark, James C. Wheat III, William H. Goodwin Jr.

• The Board of Visitors approves the University's new operating budgetof $1.09 billion. This is a 3.5 percent increase over last year's figure and is attributed to state-mandated salary increases and cost of technology enhancements.

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