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Hunter and Carl Smith issue a challenge for the arts.  
Hunter Smith and Carl W. Smith (College '51) make a $22 million challenge gift toward a $47 million performing arts center, part of the Arts Grounds. The Charlottesville couple also provides $1.5 million for a new marching and concert band.

Icon of American dance Bill T. Jones gives a lecture and demonstration at the Culbreth Theatre.

Mary McAleese, president of Ireland, visits the University as part of an international conference titled "Reimagining Ireland" sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Dr. L. D. Britt delivers the Valediction address.
Dr. L. D. Britt (College '72), chair of surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, speaks at Class Valediction. The University's Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award goes to fourth-year students Michelle Morse and Andrew Bond and to Sylvia Terry (Graduate Arts and Sciences '72) associate dean and director of the Peer Adviser Program in the Office of African-American Affairs.

Mortimer Caplin speaks to the Class of 2003 at Final Exercises.
Graduates brave the rain at Final Exercises on the Lawn.
  Mortimer Caplin (College '37, Law '40), past member of the Board of Visitors and commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service during the Kennedy administration, addresses rain-soaked graduates and their families at Final Exercises.

The men's lacrosse team beats Johns Hopkins to capture the NCAA Division I championship.

The University's International Center turns 30 and is renamed in memory of former director Lorna Sundberg.

  Nobel laureate Eric Wieschaus
Princeton Nobel laureate Eric Wieschaus is keynote speaker for a symposium launching the Morphogenesis and Regenerative Medicine Institute.

Sports Illustrated names Director of Athletics Craig Littlepage to its list of the 101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports.

At the arena groundbreaking, John Paul Jones and his son, Paul Tudor Jones II, receive Virginia jerseys.  

The University breaks ground for a 15,000-seat arena and names it for John Paul Jones (Law '48), the father of the project's chief benefactor, Paul Tudor Jones II (College '76). In April it was announced that Mr. Jones had made a new pledge of $15 million, bringing his total support to more than $35 million for the arena. Board of Visitors member William H. Goodwin, Jr. (Darden '66), and his wife, Alice, also committed $5 million to advance the project.

For her research on alternative therapies to combat pain, Ann Gill Taylor, the Betty Norman Norris Professor of Nursing, receives the 2003 Distinguished Nurse Award from the Beta Kappa chapter of the nation's only nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau International.

The University of Virginia Patent Foundation confers its Edlich-Henderson Inventor of the Year Award on microbiologists William Petri and Barbara Mann, developers of an inexpensive test for amoebiasis, an intestinal infection that is a leading cause of death in children in developing countries.

  R. Ariel Gomez, becomes vice president for research and graduate studies.

Dr. R. Ariel Gomez, the Robert J. Roberts Professor of Pediatrics, is named vice president for research and graduate studies.

The Medical Center introduces the state's first PET-CT scanner, which is capable of detecting tumors earlier than other technology.

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