Milestones 1998-99



Robert T. Canevari, known for his steadfast commitment to students, retires after nearly thirty years as dean of students. Canevari was honored at Final Exercises with a tribute from the Seven Society and the establishment of the Robert T. Canevari Award.


Ten medical specialties of the U.Va. Health System make the U.S. News & World Report's 10th annual guide to"America's Best Hospitals." The top-ranked departments are endocrinology; cancer; otolaryngology; neurology and neurosurgery; urology; gastroenterology; cardiology and heart surgery; pulmonary medicine; gynecology; and geriatrics.


5,300 women and men cross the Lawn for the last time as students in the presence of 30,000 family members and guests as members of the Class of 1999 receive their degrees. Howard H. Baker Jr., former U.S. Senator from Tennessee, delivers the commencement address and urges students "not to neglect the internal life--of the mind, the heart, and the soul." Valediction exercises included a talk by Sara James (Col '79) of "Dateline NBC."

Thirty U.Va. faculty members receive Harrison Awards in recognition of their devotion and skill as undergraduate advisers.

Alumni and their families from nine classes return to U.Va. for a weekend of reunion activities, beginning with a traditional march down the Lawn.

U.Va.'s only branch college becomes the University's College at Wise, retiring the name Clinch Valley College.

Law School Dean Robert E. Scott and Commonwealth Professor of Biology Michael Menaker are elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The association members are recognized for their achievements in science, scholarship, the arts, and public affairs.

U.Va.'s athletic program ranks 8th in the final 1998-99 Division I Sears Director's Cup Standing, the first time the Virginia program has made the top 10.

The drama department's Heritage Repertory Theatre begins its 26th summer season with record ticket sales and critical acclaim." West Side Story"was one of the highlights of the year.  

The Faculty Senate awards grants to thirty-one academic initiatives designed to promote excellent teaching. 

The University submits its 2000-06 capital budget plan to Gov. Jim Gilmore. The list includes requests to renovate Fayerweather Hall, home of the University's art department and a new studio art building and parking facility.


Peter Waldman, professor of architecture, wins the 103rd Rome Prize Competition, which is awarded by the American Academy in Rome.

"All the Hoos in Hooville" library exhibit examines life at the University through those who lived it. The repository of historical materials, reflecting the life and times of the University, includes the photograph above of U.Va. students playing tennis in Madison Bowl circa 1895.

The Virginia men's lacrosse team wins the NCAA men's lacrosse championship, capturing the title for the first time since its 1972 win.

The Office of African-American Affairs presents its 1999 Outstanding Faculty Award to William E. Jackson, associate professor and chair of the German department, for his support of African-American students over the past three decades.

Engineering students drive their custom-built, solar-powered car from Washington D.C. to Florida as part of Sunrayce '99.

More than 3,000 first-year and transfer students attend the University's new summer student orientation program, designed to acquaint students and their parents with U.Va.

Baki Ilkin, Ambassador of the Turkish Republic, speaks at the Dome Room on international relations.

The Virginia Quarterly Review summer issue includes a previously unpublished short story, "Lucas Beauchamp," written by William Faulkner more than 50 years ago.


The presidents of the National Academy of Science and the National Academy of Engineering meet with members of U.Va.'s Science and Technology Planning Commission to discuss national perspectives on planning in science and technology.


The CMC raises a record $910,000 as part of the Children's Miracle Network telethon.

The Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education convenes at the Rotunda to discuss methods of assessing outcomes and state funding formulas.