Year in Review Grounds & Culture

Julian Bond

January

Robert Michael Franklin, Jr., visiting scholar in residence at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute and president emeritus of Morehouse College, is the keynote speaker for U.Va.’s Community MLK celebration. President Sullivan and local government leaders also attend a screening of a documentary on Julian Bond, civil rights leader and U.Va. emeritus professor of history, at Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater as part of the celebration.

February

Secretary of State John Kerry delivers the first address of his term at U.Va., making a case for U.S. investment and diplomatic efforts around the world.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine with German Marshall Fund Vice President for Programs Ivan Vejvoda

March

Following the recent U.N. General Assembly’s resolution on Education for Democracy, which underscores the international importance of democracy education, leaders from six continents gather at U.Va.’s Morven Farm to strategize on how best to promote democracy education around the world.

Cast of You Can’t Take It with You

April

The Ruth Caplin Theatre makes its debut with the Department of Drama’s production of the classic American comedy You Can’t Take It with You. The new 300-seat facility is a “thrust-style” theater, extending the stage into the audience on three sides, creating a greater sense of intimacy between the performers and the audience.

With the assistance of fourth-year engineering student Kyle Smalkowski, the University installs an electric vehicle charging station in the Central Grounds Parking Garage. Energy used by the station will be partially offset by a solar panel array on the garage’s roof.

May

Comedian Stephen Colbert delivers the 2013 Valediction address to a near-capacity crowd at John Paul Jones Arena.

President Teresa A. Sullivan announces the completion of the $3 billion Campaign for the University of Virginia. The campaign is one of only 10 higher education fundraising campaigns to raise more than $3 billion and one of only four public universities to raise more than $3 billion.

June

With the approval of the General Assembly’s 2013 budget, the Rotunda renovation project gains a big public boost in Richmond. The Commonwealth’s anticipated financial commitment is roughly $24 million to continue the project, adding momentum to fundraising efforts for the historic landmark.

July

The U.Va. Medical Center unveils its renovated, expanded lobby, the latest in a series of projects intended to improve the patient and visitor experience.

August

The University welcomes its largest, most diverse, and accomplished entering class, with 23 members posting perfect scores on the math and verbal portions of their SATs. Minority students account for 28 percent of the Class of 2017, which also includes students from 44 states and 72 countries.

September

U.Va. alumna and comedian Tina Fey returns to the Grounds to kick off the new President’s Speaker Series for the Arts.

The new McArthur Squash Center boosts the men’s and women’s squash programs. Located at the Boar’s Head Sports Club, the $12.4 million facility is a gift from the Charlottesville-based Quantitative Foundation.

October

The University launches new fundraising initiatives in the areas of faculty support (Arts & Sciences’ Faculty Forward!), historic preservation (Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative), and student scholarships (AccessUVa) at “Toward Jefferson’s Third Century,” an event for alumni, volunteers, parents, and friends.

The Women’s Center receives a $3 million gift to support its programs from 1951 alumna Maxine Platzer Lynn. This is the largest donation in the center’s 25-year history.

November

The Board of Visitors approves the “Cornerstone Plan,” a new strategic plan for the Academic Division that builds on U.Va.’s commitment as a public university while setting goals in new strategic areas. More than 10,000 University stakeholders provided input into the development of the plan since the process began in 2012.

December

The 2014 Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of the 100 best values in public colleges again ranks U.Va. No. 2 nationally. Kiplinger’s bases its assessment on standards including admission rate, graduation rates, sticker prices, financial aid, and student debt levels.