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Ruth and Mortimer Caplin  
Longtime U.Va. Benefactors Ruth Sacks Caplin and Mortimer Caplin Give $4 Million for Drama Addition

THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA Drama Department’s dream of a building expansion has taken a major step toward becoming reality with a $4 million gift from U.Va. alumnus Mortimer Caplin (right) and his wife, Ruth (left), both ardent proponents of the fine and performing arts at U.Va. Their gift will fund construction of a 300-seat thrust-stage theater, part of a $26.3 million expansion and renovation that will provide the drama department with more performance, studio and instructional space, as well as additional offices for faculty and graduate students. Full story.

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Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson Finds Harmony by Blending Business Savvy with Love of Music

Phil Jackson (above) has been a music fan since he was young, growing up with parents who sing and a brother who plays the piano. When Jackson began his studies at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, he found harmony by combining his passion for music and his affinity for business to create his own recording group. After Jackson graduates on Sunday, he will be starting a job in advertising, working on strategic account planning, and working in the music business at night. His long-range plan includes a degree in entertainment law and working as a manager, writer and/or producer. Full story.

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Catherine Neale
Catherine Neale Defers New York for a Year of Relief work in New Orlena

Catherine Neale (above), a 2005 Truman Scholarship winner, was among 25 other University of Virginia students who traveled to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to spend one week doing hands-on relief work as part of a two-week January term course. After graduation this weekend, Neale had planned to go to work for an executive search firm in New York City, but now she will return to the broken city to concentrate on community rebuilding and sustainable development. Neale still plans on taking the job and will later attend law school and eventually pursue a career in higher education. Full story.

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In Todd Aman’s Perfect World, Diversity Training Would be Mandatory

Todd Aman (above) is a feminist and proud of it. Passionate about social justice, Aman became an intern at the University of Virginia Women’s Center this past year out of concerns about societal attitudes toward and treatment of women. The double major in political theory and religious studies has used his college years to explore intersections between those subjects and gender and minority status. After he walks the Lawn on Sunday, he will put himself to the test in the real world. He plans to work for a year, possibly as a paralegal, and apply to law school with an eye toward public policy. Full story.

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