Milestones 1998-99  


As part of the Rea Visiting Writer program in the English department, National Book Award- winning writer Andrea Barrett reads from her latest novel.

Debbie Ryan, Virginia's head women's basketball coach, celebrates her 300th victory February 21. The 1999 season marked Ryan's 22nd year anniversary at U.Va.

George Plimpton, award-winning writer and editor of the Paris Review, speaks at the U.Va. Bookstore as part of the English department's lecture series.

Jim Massa of Cisco Systems, Inc. and Vint Cerf of MCI Worldcom, Inc. unveil the Virginia Internet Teaching Laboratory funded by a $1 million equipment gift to the engineering school.

Jazz artists Pat Metheny and Herbie Hancock perform at U.Va.'s Jazz Fest, organized by the student-run Arts Board.

The State Council of Higher Education in Virginia names Edmund P. Russell III, assistant professor in the engineering school, as an Outstanding Faculty member, the Commonwealth's highest honor for college and university faculty.

The University library acquires two rare and privately printed booklets of poetry written by T.S. Eliot, including a poem, "Virginia,"presumed to have been written after Eliot's visit to the University.

The Faculty Senate leads a University-wide discussion series on "Technology and Change in the University Community." Technology's applications for scholarship and community building has been championed by the Faculty Senate in recent years.

Founder's Day activities include awarding the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Award in law to Elaine Jones (above left), who in 1970 became the first African-American to graduate from the law school, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Medal in architecture to Richard Rogers, a major figure of modern architecture.

U.Va. receives 17,000 applications--the highest number ever--for the 1999 entering class.

University architect Elizabeth W. Lawson is elected by the American Institute of Architects to its prestigious College of Fellows.

Annette Gordon-Reed, of New York Law School (left), and University Press director Nancy Essig discuss Gordon-Reed's new book on Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, published by the Press.

Cell biologist John C. Herr is named the Christopher J. Henderson Inventor of the Year by the U.Va. Patent Foundation.

African-American history month is celebrated with an address on ethical revolutions of the 20th century by internationally known African scholar Ali A. Mazrui (shown above, left, with M. Rick Turner, Dean of African-American Affairs).


Julian Bond, national chairman of the NAACP and U.Va. professor of history, moderates a panel discussion on "Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture." Participants also include three Pulitzer Prize-winning historians.

"In Celebration of Teaching"awards are bestowed upon Thomas F.X. Noble (below left), professor of history and Brian Owensby (below right), assistant professor of history.

The literary journal, Meridian, publishes two uncollected poems by Robert Frost discovered in the University's Special Collections Library by English graduate student and Meridian editor Ted Genoways.

As the U.Va. campaign reaches $761 million, surpassing the University's original goal more than a year ahead of schedule, President Casteen delivers his annual State of the University address to students, faculty, and staff in Old Cabell Hall.

President Casteen affirms the University's commitment to diversity at a Faculty Senate meeting, commenting on a charge by a private think tank that U.Va. admission policies are racially biased. In October, the Board of Visitors supports expansion of outreach efforts in the admission office, declaring its policies legal and defensible.

The 5th annual Virginia Festival of the Book brings nationally acclaimed writers, including Alice McDermott and Allan Gurganus, to Charlottesville to join U.Va. authors Stephen Cushman, Rita Dove, George Garrett, and Gregory Orr.