Technology Sites Extend Reach Of U.Va's Public Services
19, 2000 -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday,
Oct. 18, unveiled two sites -- one physical and one electronic --
that demonstrate the University of Virginia's increasing "connectedness"
throughout the region, the state and the world.
is one of the founding partners of the Connected Community Technology
Center, a public/private initiative to create a state-of-the-art
community center that can help bridge the digital divide.
11,500 square-foot center -- a former industrial warehouse located
at 999 Grove Street in Charlottesville's Fifeville neighborhood
-- includes offices, classrooms and meeting rooms. The initial tenants
include Computers4Kids, a non-profit organization that provides
refurbished computers to children who don't have computers at home;
Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), which will operate two
25-station computer learning laboratories and a Biotechnology Training
Center; the Charlottesville Area School Business Alliance; the CATEC
Vocational High School's Virtual Information Academy; a prototype
robotics manufacturing facility; and the Virginia Piedmont Technology
supporters of the Connected Community initiative include the City
of Charlottesville, the County of Albemarle, Virginia's Center for
Innovative Technology, and the Orange County Schools. Numerous private
companies have also provided significant financial and in-kind support
for the center. The Entrepreneurial Village, a non-profit organization,
helped establish the Technology Center in its new facility.
center provides a site where residents can learn about and use new
technologies. It is also the headquarters of the VPTC Connected
Community technology education partnership that focuses on providing
Internet resources to residents.
A. Kalegis, director, University of Virginia Gateway and chairman,
Virginia Piedmont Technology Council, sees the public/private partnership
as a model for providing technological benefits to area residents.
Wednesdays ceremony Gene Block, U.Va.s Vice President
for Research and Public Service, announced the creation of Outreach
Virginia, a Web site describing the hundreds of services and programs
that the University provides. With rich color images that represent
the University, the variety of people U.Va. serves, and the geographic
areas of such services, the Web site offers readers a comprehensive
list of such outreach efforts as publications, digital collections,
medical care, demographic information, training opportunities, degree
programs, and public policy analysis.
wanted anyone, particularly those in our local community and throughout
the state, to see how the University of Virginia could help make
a difference in their lives," Block said.
at http://www.virginia.edu/outreachvirginia/, the Outreach
Virginia site allows readers to search for services according to
the following selection criteria: interest area, geographic region,
program type, audience, or a combination of such factors. People
can also search the database by entering key words.
currently about 300 entries, the site offers readers a good understanding
of the breadth of programs and services U.Va. provides and explains
how to take advantage of them. For example, by clicking on "Commonwealth
of Virginia," readers will see nearly 100 entries offering
brief descriptions of such services as Bodytalk, a consumer health
center; Callaloo, an African-American and African literary journal;
and the TEMPO Reading Outreach Program. More entries are being posted
400 public service and outreach programs were identified through
an inventory conducted last year by Laura Hawthorne, coordinator
of public service.
descriptions of such programs in a comprehensive Web site was one
of the early
of the Public Service Commission that is part of the Virginia 2020
planning process at U.Va. "The unveiling of the Web site is
the first concrete outcome of the Public Service Commissions
work," Hawthorne said.
fall Hawthorne will visit with representatives of chambers of commerce,
school boards, local governments, and other community groups throughout
Virginia to promote the Web site and the Universitys public
service and outreach programs.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857