Gift To Benefit Many U.Va. Organizations
16, 2000 -- At Valediction Exercises on Saturday,
May 21, officers of the Class of 2000 at the University of Virginia
will present to President John T. Casteen III a class gift of more
than $37,000. It is designated to benefit about 170 organizations,
including Madison House, the Office of African-American Affairs
and the Women's Center.
year's class gift was designed to allow students to give to whatever
U.Va. organization, department, school or team that meant the most
to them. A portion of each student's gift -- 20 percent -- will
be donated to the Elizabeth Coggins Scholarship Fund. Coggins was
a first-year student at U.Va. when she died in 1996.
"60 Minutes" correspondent Andy Rooney will be the featured speaker
at the Valedictory Exercises at 11 a.m. on the Lawn. In case of
rain, the event will be held in University Hall.
program also will include presentation of awards to students, faculty
and other members of the University community to honor their contributions
fourth-year students and a long-time University administrator will
receive the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards in recognition
of their excellence of character and service to humanity. They are
Annette Gibbs, professor of education and director of the Center
for the Study of Higher Education at the Curry School of Education,
and students Leslie H. Williams Jr. of Alexandria and Pooja
V. Sukhwani of Miami.
secret Seven Society will announce winners of the Louis A. Onesty
Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award and the James Earle Sargeant Award.
The Sargeant award goes annually to an organization making exceptional
efforts for the general benefit of the University.
other awards to be presented will be three class awards. The 2000
Class Award for Cultural Fluency will be given to Sonia Rosa Chang
of Jamaica Plain, Mass. for understanding and appreciation
of cultural and intellectual diversity. Sarah Elizabeth Crawford
of Nashville will receive the Trustees' Award for Community
Service for sincere and continued commitment to service. Presented
for the first time, the 2000 Class Award for the Performing and
Creative Arts will be given to Adam Jerome Popp of Earlysville
for his commitment to the arts.
events on Saturday will include commissioning exercises for Army,
Navy and Air Force officer candidates in Old Cabell Hall. The ceremony
will feature an address by Gen. John N. Abrams of the U.S. Army
Training and Doctrine Command.
day's schedule also will include a reception hosted by President
Casteen for graduates and their guests, a School of Nursing pinning
ceremony on the Lawn, a Glee Club concert in Old Cabell Hall and
a class of 2000 party Saturday night.
Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629