Milestones 1998-99


Citing accreditation difficulties, U.Va. decides against opening a branch college in the Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar.


Mary Elizabeth"Tipper" Gore, wife of Vice President Gore, meets with U.Va. students (above) from government professor Larry Sabato's class during a stop at the University of Virginia.

The first pictorial overview of the University in three decades is published by the University Press of Virginia and the University Bookstore. The University of Virginia: A Pictorial History captures both the rich heritage and constant change that distinguish the University.

U.Va. remains in the top 25 of U.S. News & World Report's rankings and is named 2nd best public college or university in the nation.

Environmental sciences professor George Hornberger (right) wins the 1999 Excellence Award from the American Geophysical Union.

Matthew Holden Jr. (below), professor of government and foreign affairs, gives the keynote address to students at Fall Convo-cation ceremonies. Raymond J. Nelson, professor of English and former dean of Arts and Sciences, receives U.Va.'s highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awards the University its 1999 Green Lights Education Partner of the Year Award for success in global climate protection through the use of energy-efficient technologies in University buildings.



Nigerian writer and recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in literature, Wole Soyinka (above, left), gives a series of lectures at the University on the theme of African expression and censorship.

The engineering school's Office of Minority Programs wins a Presidential Award for its efforts to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rate of minority students.

The University institutes voluntary water restrictions as the region faces drought conditions. By August, rainfall totals are down 34 percent from normal.

The NIH chooses U.Va.'s Health System as one of its sites of excellence and awards researchers $5.7 million for the study of Parkinson's Disease.

The Board of Visitors establishes the Jeanette Lancaster Alumni Professorship in Nursing, making Lancaster, dean of the nursing school, the first female dean to be honored by a professorship at U.Va.

The 12th annual film festival includes workshops with special effects creator Stan Winston, actor Sigourney Weaver, and a new theme, TechnoVisions.

Nearly 3,000 1st-year students from 46 states and 66 foreign countries arrive in Charlottesville, move into residence halls, and become the class of 2003.

The University's College at Wise launches the first public radio station in Southwest Virginia, WISE-FM.

The University hosts, with participation by alumni leaders of the Internet and digital revolution, such as Yahoo! CEO, Tim Koogle (Engr '73)(right).

Julie Novak, professor of nursing, is recognized by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates for Outstanding Dedication and Service.

Religious studies professor James Childress (below), a member of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, presents the report of his Human Subjects subcommittee to President Clinton at a White House ceremony.

Rebecca Rimel (Nurs '73) (right), president and CEO of the Pew Charitable Trusts, is named the 1999 Distinguished Alumna by the University's Women's Center.

Capital Campaign leaders announce that $971 million in gifts, pledges, and estate gifts has been raised as of September 30, bringing the campaign total to 97 percent of its $1 billion goal.