Milestones 1997-98, continued

• Nearly three thousand incoming students are welcomed by President Casteen as the Class of 2002. Just under 80 percent come from the top tenth of their high school class and a record 4.5 percent are from overseas.

• Work is under way on a Modern Media studies program that will include the Robertson Media Center in Clemons Library, funded by a $1.2 million gift from Timothy B. and Lisa Nelson Robertson.

• The University-wide program working to address Year 2000 computer readiness, reports its work is well ahead of schedule.

October

• Coretta Scott King, founder and director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, speaks on race relations and human rights to a packed auditorium.

• Lech Walesa, founder of the Solidarity movement and later Polish head of state, visits the University to inaugurate the Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies at the Miller Center for Public Affairs.

• Anita K. Jones, University Professor of computer science in the School of Engineering, is appointed to the National Science Board, which oversees the policies of the National Science Foundation.

• The University's Capital Campaign reaches the three-quarter mark toward its new $1 billion goal.

• Jonathan D. Moreno is appointed the Medical Center's new director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics.

• The Board of Visitors approves designs for a new $41 million biomedical engineering and medical science research building.

• President Casteen's University-wide retreat is held to discuss the formation of the planning commissions.

• The drama department sponsors the eleventh annual Festival of American Film featuring "cool" culture as depicted in the movies.

• U.Va. is ranked number one for the fifth consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report (in a tie this year with Berkeley) as the best public university in the country.

• A memorial service is held for Dr. Edward W. Hook Jr., founder of the humanities in medicine program and former chair of internal medicine.

August

September

November

• Philip D. Zelikow assumes the directorship of the Miller Center for Public Affairs, replacing Kenneth Thompson, who served as the center's director since 1978.

• Sylvia V. Terry, associate dean of African-American affairs, and Patricia M. Lampkin, associate vice president for student affairs (pictured above), are named recipients of the first Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Awards.

• The U.Va. Medical Center is selected as the site for a clinical study of new laser treatments to treat coronary artery disease.

• The Dalai Lama and Jody Williams (pictured above) join Desmond Tutu, Oscar Arias Sanchez, and five other Nobel Peace Laureates at a historic two-day conference, "Bringing Hearts and Minds Together," at the University of Virginia. Students meet with the leaders at afternoon class sessions held around the Grounds.

• The University's biomedical engineering department receives a $10.5 million grant from the Whitaker Foundation to study cardiovascular disease.

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