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June 29, 2006
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Maureen Weiss  
U.Va. Professor Maureen  Weiss Testifies Before U.S. House on Character-Building and Youth Sports
DOES SPORTS PLAY a role in shaping the character of a child? Some say that participation in sports can teach children values such as honesty, respect, empathy, responsibility and fair play. Others argue that instead of building character, sports develops characters who learn, among other things, how to skirt the rules in order to win at all costs or who believe rules do not apply to them. Stepping into the fray is Maureen R. Weiss (left), professor and director of the Sport and Exercise Psychology Program in the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, who testified before a U.S. Congressional committee on Wednesday that youth sports programs that include a life-skills curriculum and coach training have the potential to build character in young people. Full story.
U.Va. Hillel: Students Post Notes on Final Days of Recent Trip to Jerusalem

A jeep ride on the Golan Heights. Swimming in the Mediterranean Sea at sunset. These are just a few of the highlights of a recent trip taken to Jerusalem by a group of Jewish students, organized by U.Va.’s Hillel, which sponsors such travels as part of its mission to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. U.Va. Hillel sponsors Jewish students who have never visited Israel through “Taglit-birthright israel,” which provides a free, 10-day, campus-based trip
to Israel for Jewish students, ages 18-26, who have never traveled to the country on a group tour. See the blog that chronicles the final days of their trip.

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Cool to Do Well in School: U.Va. Curry Students Give Ideas for Closing Minority Achievement Gap

Scott ImigUniversity of Virginia assistant professor of education Scott Imig (left) took an idea from business schools where the students work with real companies on real problems and applied it to his capstone course on contemporary educational issues. Students in the class spent two months conducting research at Buford Middle School this year on how to bridge the minority achievement gap, an issue that prevails in most school systems. The students’ ideas conveyed the message that it’s cool to be smart and do well academically, and offered creative ideas that would complement Buford’s school plan. Not only did this project give the educators new ideas, it gave these future teachers new understandings that will help guide their practice and enhance the quality of teaching in their classrooms, said Imig. Full story.

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C-Ville Weekly Clarification — 6/27/2006
Richmond Times-Dispatch Letter to the Editor — 5/24/2006
U.Va. Celebrates 177th Final Exercises, May 20-21
U.Va. Unveils Schematic Design for South Lawn Project
U.Va. Leads Public Universities with Highest African-American Graduation Rate for 12th Straight Year
Web Calendar   Heritage Repertory Theatre’s South Pacific
Through June 30, and July 1 • 8 p.m.,Culbreth Theatre • Tickets: 924-3376 • Sponsored by U.Va.’s Drama Dept.

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Women’s Golf:
Arseneault Bows Out at Western Amateur in Quarterfinals

Virginia’s Horn Playing For Russian National Team

Track & Field:
Tomika Ferguson Finishes 10th at U.S. Nationals

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