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April 4, 2006
AND FOREMOST after a natural disaster is
to replenish the food and water supplies
of the devastated areas. But providing
information to refugees, such as the locations
of missing family and pets, as well as
instructions on how to begin to repair
their shattered lives, was just as critical
to Constance Chatfield-Taylor. The U.Va.
alumnus and now president of Flying
Colors Broadcasts, a small independent
television production studio in Washington,
D.C., banned together with her
counterparts in the broadcast industry
to form the Katrina Information Network.
University of Virginia was among several
state agencies recently recognized for
their participation in the 2005 Commonwealth
of Virginia Campaign. U.Va. received
the Platinum Award at the statewide awards
ceremony held in Richmond on March 2.
It recognized the hard work of employees
in the fall workplace giving campaign.
U.Va. also received the Pinnacle Award
for having its best campaign ever. The
Medical Center and School of Medicine
received a special award for their creative
events held to promote the campaign.
Representatives from U.Va. Community
Relations and Health System Community
Relations, Outreach and Service were
on hand to accept the awards. CVC Chair
Ida Lee Wootten, and Bruce Vlk, CVC administrator,
also received individual awards.
graduate students are essential in strengthening
the University of Virginia’s reputation
as a top research university. They help
in the recruitment and retention of top
faculty. They also serve as role models
and help get undergrads involved in research,
said Roseanne Ford, U.Va.’s associate
vice president for research and graduate
studies. But cutbacks in state support
for higher education, limited federal
grant funding and attractive financial
offers from private universities are
making it harder for U.Va. to compete
effectively for top students. Ford is
working to see that U.Va.’s graduate
students get the attention and funding
they deserve. Full
Violence Helped Make a Stumbling President
Lincoln into a Visionary
4 p.m., Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 145 Ednam Drive • Speaker:
William W. Freehling, VFH Senior Fellow • Free and open
to the public.
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