Milestones, 1996-97

November 1996

December 1996

The University officially names the new Spanish language-and-culture residential house "Casa Bolivar" in honor of Fernando Bolivar who came to the University to study in 1827.

The Darden School is ranked 5th nationally by Business Week magazine, with high marks given from students and corporate recruiters.

The University is selected as a "Best Practice Institution" for institutional budgeting by the American Productivity and Quality Center, a nonprofit organization managed in conjunction with the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The University begins a five-year partnership with Ecole des Hautes Etudes on Sciences Sociales, initiating a formal scholarly exchange with the French school.

A sapling from the 170-year-old McGuffey Ash tree, which was cut down in 1990, is transplanted to the Pavilion IX garden.

The Board of Visitors approves names for the following buildings: the Darden School's central building becomes Saunders Hall; the new law school complex is named the David A. Harrison III Law Grounds; and three law buildings are named in honor of James C. Slaughter, Buckner Clay, Sr., and the law firm Hunton and Williams.

The University receives 2,325 applications from students asking to be considered for early admission -- a 6 percent increase over the previous year.

With the aid of an investment by IBM valued at $1 million, the School of Engineering and Applied Science launches the Institute for Micro-electronics, designed to build partnerships between industry and higher education.

Paula D. McClain, professor of government and foreign affairs, received a human rights award for her book on racial and ethnic minorities in American politics.

The Board of Visitors' finance Committee unveils its plan to fund supplementary faculty salary raises by increasing distribution from unrestricted endowments, raising more private money, and asking individual schools to draw on discretionary funds.

The Board of Visitors: from top stair, C. Wilson McNeely, III; student member Charles F. Irons; Terence P. Ross; Henry L. Valentine, II; Champ Clark; and John P. Ackerly, III. Standing Below the stairs, left to right, Walter F. Walker; Franklin K. Birckhead; William G. Crutchfield, Jr.; Albert H. Small; T. Keister Greer; Elsie Goodwyn Holland; Rector Hovey S. Dabney; Charles M. Caravati, Jr., M.D.; Elizabeth A. Twohy; James C. Wheat, III; President John T. Casteen, III; and William H. Goodwin, Jr.

January 1997

February 1997

The Worrell Foundation of Boca Raton pledges $4 million to support international and minority students entering the Darden School's MBA program.

Alderman Library opens "The Most of Special Collections," an eclectic exhibit from its special collections, with items ranging from a recipe by Eudora Welty to one of Winston Churchill's cigars.

History Professor Joseph C. Miller is named president-elect of the American Historical Association, the main professional organization of the country's historians.


Filmmaker Ken Burns previews his newest documentary, Thomas Jefferson, at the Newcomb Hall Theatre.

Nine junior diplomats arrive at the University to begin a Kuwaiti Diplomacy Institute, a joint program developed by the Division of Continuing Education and the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf Studies Program.

Senior government officials from Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, and South Africa participate in a World Health Organization/University of Virginia collaborative meeting to establish a health care networking system.

The University's celebration of African-American History month kicks off with a performance by the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble.

William A. Wulf is given the 1997 Virginia Engineering Foundation's Achievement Award.

The Board of Visitors renames Brandon Avenue dormitory Bice House, honoring University historian and professor emeritus of psychology Raymond Bice, Jr., and his late wife, Zula Mae Baber Bice, former acting dean of the nursing school.

March 1997

April 1997

The University of Virginia and Virginia Tech dedicate a new $16.8 million building as a shared continuing education center in Northern Virginia.

The School of Law increases its capital campaign goal from $75 million to $100 million, announcing that it has already raised $77 million.

Carl P. Zeithaml, business professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is named dean of the McIntire School of Commerce, succeeding Bonnie Guiton Hill.

Book lovers attending the third annual Virginia Festival of the Book hear works from English professor and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, creative writing professor George Garrett, novelist John Grisham, and professor and poet Charles Wright.

Faculty and staff representing the schools of education, engineering, architecture, and graduate business travel to Brazil to bring back model planning and sustainable design processes to apply to the Piedmont Region of Virginia.

New appointees to the Board of Visitors, Messrs. Wheat, Walker, Ross and Crutchfield.

Governor Allen names William G. Crutchfield, Jr., Terence P. Ross, Walter F. Walker, and James C. Wheat, III, to the Board of Visitors, replacing Mortimer M. Caplin, Warner N. Dalhouse, Evans B. Jessee, and Arnold H. Leon.

U.S. News & World Report includes the University's graduate programs among its top national rankings: the creative writing program ranks 4th; the architecture school's master's program, 6th; the law school, 8th; and the Darden School, 11th.



"Beyond Green: Ethical Values in Environmental Conflicts," a University-wide conference sponsored by the President's Office and the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation, includes participation from all 10 schools.

Faculty/staff campaign leaders report that each University school and division is exceeding expected participation rates.

Founder's Day is celebrated with the bestowal of Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Awards on Brazilian environmental leader Jaime Lerner and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The University mails letters offering admission to 4,757 prospective students, approximately one-third of the 16,692 students who applied.

The Faculty Senate presents the results of a University-wide dialogue to improve teaching. The semester-long conversations involving all 10 schools focused on teaching evaluation, skills development, and incentives.

Concerned about marked declines in University faculty salaries compared to its peers, the Alumni Association pledges $1 million to help attract and keep the best professors.

14 faculty members and 4 graduate teaching assistants who were named outstanding teachers in 1997 are recognized at the 6th annual "In Celebration of Teaching" banquet.

The School of Nursing is awarded a $104,000 grant from the Virginia Health Care Foundation to improve mental health services for rural central Virginians.

Milestones, May - November 1997

President's Report 1996-97 Contents

Financial Report 1996-1997