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MAY 2000
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Final Exercises 2000
Final Exercises 2000

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• Nasdaq president Alfred R. Berkeley III (Col '66) (top) and CBS news correspondent Andy Rooney speak at Final Exercises. More than 30,000 students and family members gather on the Lawn for U.Va.'s 171st graduation. The ceremonies are Webcast live on Yahoo!

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• The University finalizes plans for a third residential college to focus on international studies. In February, the board approved the $7 million project to house Russian, German, and Asian language houses.

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• In his annual State of the University Address, President Casteen outlines a new arts precinct plan that includes a 1,500 seat concert hall, a studio art building, and a new larger building for the Bayly Art Museum.

• U.Va. Patent Foundation names biochemist Ronald P. Taylor the Christopher J. Henderson Inventor of the Year. Ronald Taylor photo

• After twenty-five years in the registrar's office, University Registrar Ann Antrobus retires. In July, Carol Stanley arrives from Drexel University as the new registrar.
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The University's membership in the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences reaches twenty-six with the election of computer scientist Anita K. Jones (above, left) and endocrinologist Dr. Michael O. Thorner (above, right).

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• A new art exhibit, Poetry Walk, is installed near Brooks Hall, featuring writings from Thomas Jefferson's time to contemporary writers and poets.

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(Left to right) Darden School Dean Edward Snyder, U.Bertram Ellis Jr., and Arts and Sciences Dean Melvyn Leffler at Reunions Weekend.

• Reunions Weekend is capped off by a $10 million gift from Internet businessman and University alumnus U. Bertram Ellis Jr. and his wife, Deborah Hicks Ellis.

• The Children's Medical Center Telethon 2000 surpasses the $1 million mark for the first time in its sixteen-year history.

• One of U.Va.'s most eminent cancer researchers, Dr. Michael Weber, takes over as head of the Cancer Center. Michael Weber photo

• Biomedical engineering students, under the direction of associate professor William Walker, design a cheap, safe needle disposal system to be used in Third World countries.

• The Board of Visitors approves a $1.26 billion operating budget for 2000-01. Due to the stellar performance of the University endowment portfolio in fiscal year 1999-00, the Board of Visitors increases the distribution of this year's income by 30 percent, giving school deans an additional $13.6 million to devote to academic programs.

Art finds a place in the landscape at the University and in surrounding counties as part of the Bayly Art Museum's special exhibition, "Hindsight/Fore-site: Art for the New Millennium."

• The University breaks ground for a four-story, 45,000-square-foot addition to Clark Hall, creating additional laboratory space for the environmental sciences department and modernizing the Science and Engineering Library.
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• A $3.5 million bequest from Florence Farrow supports cancer research and the Health Sciences Library collection. This gift is the largest ever for medical research from an individual.

Best Hospitals photo • Medical care at U.Va. has never been better, as eleven medical specialties at U.Va.'s Medical Center are ranked in the top fifty in U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Hospitals guide.

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• U.Va. receives a trove of four hundred rare documents and artifacts from the estate of philanthropist Paul Mellon, including an 1855 lithograph of Perry's expedition to Japan, held by Special Collections staff Gayle Cooper and Edward Gaynor.

• The National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the W. Alton Jones Foundation give the Miller Center $200,000 in grants to transcribe and publish all the secret White House tapes made from the Roosevelt to the Nixon administrations.

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