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Humanities Professor Melvin Cherno Will Again Take On Role Of Principal Of Hereford Residential College

April 27, 2000 -- Melvin Cherno, the Joseph L. Vaughan Professor of Humanities in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been chosen as the new principal for Hereford Residential College at the University of Virginia. He will begin his term of office July 1, succeeding architecture professor Daniel Bluestone, who has served as the residential college's principal for the past five years.

Cherno, a member of the faculty since 1980, was chair of the Division of Humanities in the School of Engineering from 1980 to 1990.

He and his wife Dolores (Dee) are no strangers to Hereford College; they lived there when Melvin Cherno served as the first principal of the college from 1991 to 1996. They will again live in Vaughan House, the principal's residence, and say they are looking forward to working with a new generation of students and experiencing the college at a new stage in its history.

While teaching at Oakland University from 1960 to 1980, Cherno was active in the formation of innovative "inner colleges" there. Faculty and students involved in the inner colleges frequently ate together and were involved in joint activities outside of the usual college curriculum.

Hereford Residential College houses approximately 500 students, of whom about 125 are first-year students. Hereford is the second residential college to be created at the University of Virginia. (Brown Residential College, housing approximately 300, was the first.) There are tentative plans for a third residential college, an international college, which could open as early as the Fall of 2001, according to associate provost Shirley L. Menaker.

Hereford currently houses a large number of international students, who enjoy the community aspects of a residential college. The college offers many social events, short courses and opportunities for interaction with resident faculty and faculty fellows.

Browse the Hereford website at: http://hereford.virginia.edu// for more information about the college and its offerings.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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