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Ed Ayers, Dean Of The College, To Speak At Fall Convocation On Oct. 26

October 1, 2001-- Edward L. Ayers, the new dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, will deliver the University of Virginia's annual Fall Convocation address on Oct. 26. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on the Lawn.

Ayers, a nationally known expert in Southern history and Civil War, joined the faculty in 1980 after earning an undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee and master's and doctoral degrees at Yale University. Ayers' enthusiastic and engaging lectures quickly placed his courses among those most in demand at the University. He was promoted to associate professor in 1986 and awarded the Hugh P. Kelly chair and a full professorship in 1993. Earlier this year, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of approximately 30 U.Va. faculty members to attain that distinction.

Ayers is a co-founder of the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia, along with current center director William G. Thomas. Among Ayers' best-known works is the acclaimed Web project, "Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War," a comprehensive examination of everyday life before and during the Civil War in two small communities on either side of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Ayers chaired the U.Va. Faculty Senate from 1998 to 1999, leading a major discussion of the role and impact of technology in academic life during his term.

CONVOCATION CEREMONIES

During the 2 p.m. Lawn ceremony on Friday, Oct. 26, which officially opens Family Weekend, students who have earned grade-point averages of 3.4 or higher during their first two years at U.Va., will be awarded Intermediate Honors.

The Thomas Jefferson Award, given annually to a member of the University community who exemplifies in character and achievements the ideals of U.Va.'s founder, also will be presented.

Family Weekend at U.Va. includes the University Forum, remarks by President John T. Casteen III, followed by a question and answer session. The forum will take place Saturday, Oct. 27, in Old Cabell Hall from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

The rain site for Friday's convocation is University Hall.

Contact: Katherine Jackson, (434) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 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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