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First-Year U.Va. Students To Gain New Home On Saturday, Nov. 11

November 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 Road.

Residence hall staff will move into Woody House today to decorate the building and prepare it for Saturday’s 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.

The 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.

In 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.

The 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.

Contact: Ida Lee Wootten, (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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