The University Library celebrates the 250th anniversary
of the birth of James Madison and his contributions to the University.
Civil rights leader Roger Wilkins comes to the University as
part of the Explorations in Black Leadership series sponsored
by the Institute for Public History and the Darden School.
Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore (College '71, Law '77)
comes to the University to unveil the nation's first statewide
guiding principles for planning and developing e-communities.
Charlottesville City Council approves a community
chalkboard, proposed by the University's Thomas Jefferson
Center for Protection of Free Expression as a monument
to free speech. The project was conceived by Robert B. Winstead
and Peter O'Shea (Architecture '93), a member of the
landscape architecture faculty.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presents its Energy
Star Partner of the Year award to Facilities Management for
commitment to pollution prevention through continuous improvement
of the University's energy management practices.
Novelist Paule Marshall and feminist philosopher bell hooks speak
at the Virginia Festival of the Book.
Governor Gilmore appoints University alumni Thomas F. Farrell II
(College '76, Law '79), left, and Thomas A. Saunders III
(Darden '67), right, to the University's Board of Visitors.
Sasha L. Wilson (College '02) becomes the new student member.
The wait is over for 5,374 high school seniors who receive offers
of admission from
the University. Of these, nearly 3,000 will be in the 2001 entering
At a banquet in the Rotunda, the University recognizes excellence
in teaching. Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor of Architecture,
receives the Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, and
Susan E. Burns, assistant professor of civil engineering, wins the
Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award. Glenn Beamer, assistant
professor of government and foreign affairs; Claire Lyu, assistant
professor of French; Anthony Spearing, Kenan Professor of English;
Robert Weikle II, associate professor of electrical and computer
engineering; and Timothy D. Wilson, professor of psychology, win
the All-University Outstanding Teaching Award. Sarah Farrell, assistant
professor of nursing, and Cynthia Wall, associate professor of English,
honored for their teaching
in first-year seminars.
Response to a National Crisis
In response to the events of September 11, the University moved
quickly to provide emergency information and counseling to students,
faculty, and staff, especially to those who were affected directly
by the deaths at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. On its
Web site, the Alumni Association posted a memorial to alumni who
perished in the attacks, and adjacent to Nameless Field, students
in the School of Architecture created a place for notes, flowers,
and other tributes to those who were lost. As the week unfolded,
the University community drew together for comfort and support,
gathering at candlelight vigils, memorial services, and teach-ins.
A blood drive on the Grounds attracted thousands of donors.
The value of our faculty's expertise on the Middle East and
many other relevant topics became abundantly clear, as the media
turned to them for insights on issues ranging from the vulnerability
of our electronic infrastructure and the likely course of our
fight against terrorism to the effects on our economy and immigration
policy. Suddenly University research on detecting chemical and
biological warfare agents, as well as on treatments for those
who are exposed, took on new urgency. In these and other ways,
the University is helping the nation ensure our security while
safeguarding our way of life and the core principles of a free
Faculty and graduate teaching assistants, below, were honored
at the Rotunda for their work in the classrooom.
Richard Guy Wilson, below, receives the Distinguished Professor
Award from Peter Low, vice president and provost.