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New Students To Arrive Saturday At U.Va.

August 25, 1999 -- The new academic year at the University of Virginia becomes reality on Saturday, Aug. 28, when approximately 2,925 first-year students will move into their residence halls. Beginning around 7:30 a.m., heavily burdened cars will make their way along Alderman and McCormick Roads to the first-year residence halls. Starting at 8 a.m. in front of the 37 buildings in which the new students will live, residence staff members will dispense room keys. Upperclass students wearing brown and green "Greeters" T-shirts will welcome families and assist the first-years in moving in.

U.Va. police estimate that the annual "Move-In" Day will bring about 5,000 cars and 12,000 people to Grounds on Saturday. About 20 police officers will be on duty from approximately 6:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. along Emmet, McCormick, Stadium and Alderman roads to assist traffic flow.

U.Va. President John T. Casteen III will address parents on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall. At Convocation and the Honor Induction on the Lawn (rainsite: University Hall) beginning at 7 p.m., President Casteen will address new students. As part of the Honor Induction, Donna Byrd, a former chair of U.Va.'s Honor Committee and now a manager at Coca-Cola Co., will deliver a speech.

Profile of Entering Class
The entering class is exceptionally high in academic quality, says Dean of Admission John A. Blackburn. Eighty-two percent of the in-coming students were ranked in the top 10 percent of their class; last year 79 percent were in the highest tenth. Twenty-two percent of the new students were in the top one percent of their class.

About 215 of the new students were class valedictorians in their high schools; last year's entering class had 199 valedictorians.

Eleven students had perfect 1600 scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT. Eighty-five had perfect 800 scores on the verbal part of the SAT, and 98 had perfect SAT-math scores.

The middle 50 percent of the combined SAT scores for the entering class was 1210-1410.

The new students will come from 46 states and 65 foreign countries. Admission officials anticipate that as many as 34 students will come from Korea, 23 from India, 15 from Canada and 12 from Pakistan. Eleven are expected from Turkey.

Launch of New Program
Saturday also marks the beginning of a new University of Virginia program, the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies. About 20 area residents will start the program designed to allow adults to pursue an undergraduate degree at U.Va. on a part-time basis. The program is open to people who graduated from high school at least six years ago and who have completed 60 hours of acceptable college-level work. For more information on the program, contact the BIS office at (804) 982-5274.

Activities of Note
Following are some beginning-of-the-school-year activities for both first-year students and those entering the BIS program:

Saturday, Aug. 28
Move-In Day
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
First-year students move into their residence halls

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Representatives from University offices will answer questions from first-year students and their parents and provide assistance.
Observatory Hill Dining Hall

BIS New Student Orientation
Zehmer Hall
9:15 a.m. Welcome by Sondra F. Stallard, Dean, Continuing Education, and John T. Casteen III, U.Va. President

9:30 - 10:15 a.m. "Joining the U.Va. Community of Learners"

9:30 - 10 a.m. Academic Expectations at U.Va.
Tom Noble, chair, BIS Advisory Committee, professor of history

10 - 10:15 a.m. Honor System Overview
Jim Baker, associate director, Center for University Programs

noon - 1:15 p.m. Picnic
Meadow behind Zehmer Hall
Rainsite: Zehmer Hall auditorium

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Information Tables on University Resources
Zehmer Hall meadow
Rainsite: Zehmer Hall
Representatives of University offices will promote their services

President's Address
1 - 2 p.m.
U.Va. President John T. Casteen III will speak to parents
Old Cabell Hall

7 - 8:30 p.m.
Convocation and Honor Induction on the Lawn
U.Va. President John T. Casteen III will address new students. In addition, Donna Lynn Byrd, who was the 1991-92 chair of the Honor Committee at U.Va. and is now brand manager at Coca-Cola Co. in Atlanta, will be a featured speaker during the Honor induction.
Rainsite: University Hall

Sunday, Aug. 29
5 - 7 p.m.
Transfer Student Picnic
Rainsite: Tent in Newcomb Hall Plaza

7 - 8 p.m.
University Lecture and Slides: "Jefferson's University: Columns, Domes, and Place" by Richard Guy Wilson, architecture professor
Old Cabell Hall

Monday, Aug. 30
9 - 11:30 a.m.
"Grounds for Discussion"
skits about University life
Old Cabell Hall

2 - 5 p.m.
Faculty Speaker Panels
"Why Did You Do That?": The Answer from the Social Sciences
Wilson 301

"U.Va. Arts Are Alive and Well": Drama, Art History/Studio Art, and Music at the University
Maury 209

"Building a New World Order": Physical, Biological, and Medical Sciences in Y2K.
Gilmer 130

"1-800-3400--Call Now to Reserve Your Place on the Dean's List": How to Improve your Study Skills
Wilson 402

5 - 7 p.m.
President’s Reception
Carr’s Hill

Tuesday, Aug. 31
9 - 11:30 a.m.
"Grounds for Discussion"
Old Cabell Hall

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Student Activities Fair
lively event as numerous student organizations promote their activities

Wednesday, Sept. 1
Classes begin

Contact: Ida Lee Wooteen, (804) 924-6857

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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