U.Va. Students To Gain New Home On Saturday, Nov. 11
10, 2000 -- With bags packed and boxes loaded, about
110 first-year students will participate in their own "Move-In
Day" on Saturday, Nov. 11, beginning at 8 a.m., as they become
the first residents of Woody House, a new residence hall on Alderman
hall staff will move into Woody House today to decorate the building
and prepare it for Saturdays opening. Members of U.Va.s
Housing Division and Facilities Management as well as residence
staff of the Alderman Road residence halls will assist students
with the move.
four-story, 70,000 square-foot building, located on the lower slope
of Observatory Mountain behind the other Alderman Road residence
halls, is designed to accommodate 148 first-year students in double
rooms. The air-conditioned building has three lounge/study rooms
on each floor.
June the U.Va. Board of Visitors named the building for the late
T. Braxton Woody, an alumnus and member of the faculty for 43 years.
He joined U.Va. in 1928 as an assistant professor in the Department
of Romance Languages and retired in 1971 as professor emeritus.
While serving as Assistant Dean of the College, Woody was asked
by President Edgar Shannon to chair a committee studying the possibility
of coeducation. The Woody Committee report, given to the president
in late 1968, recommended coeducation and laid the groundwork for
the unrestricted admission of women undergraduates in 1970. Woody
died this January.
first residents of Woody House have been living in triple rooms
in Alderman Road residence halls since school opened this fall.
Although construction delays prevented the building being available
for occupancy during the traditional August "Move-In Day,"
the students assigned to Woody House went through fall orientation
and academic advising together as though they were already residents
of the facility. Students who will be roommates in Woody House have
been living in adjoining suites in other Alderman Road residence
halls so that they could become acquainted with each other.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857