UVA in the News
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...Later in the evening, I joined scholars and community members for a candlelight ceremony to dedicate a recently discovered graveyard on the university grounds, where anonymous enslaved and free Black citizens were buried.
By design, the symposium set out to restore the identities and lives of enslaved people to a central place in the history of slavery’s role in funding, building, and maintaining college campuses. As many of the symposium’s participants noted, during the last decade cultural awareness of the deep entanglement of 18th and 19th century colleges with slavery has been gradually increasing. This knowledge raises uncomfortable questions about how we and our institutions should acknowledge, and potentially repair, the injustices of the past.
The University of Virginia (UVA) is just beginning to research and commemorate the ways in which it has been shaped by slavery, a process that will continue through its bicentennial in 2017.
...Fletcher Allen Health Care in Vermont and the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville both said their equipment left part of the neck exposed but that they have already placed orders for hoods or full-coverage equipment.
Based on a “Book Buddy” project created by Charlottesville Public Schools and the University of Virginia, the Lifesavers program uses volunteers to help students with their reading skills. Locally, the project has been around for about 14 years.
Students at Johnson Elementary School in Charlottesville celebrated a national day called “Read for the Record” Monday.
The University of Virginia football team was there to help. Players read “Bunny Cakes” to the students, in an effort to get children excited about reading. “We have a school-wide goal of getting them really excited about and really engaged in literacy so we thought about who we could bring in that would get them the most excited and get the message across the best so UVA football totally made sense,” said Sarah Messham, the school's librarian.
The players came to the school early and left late, even taking a little time to practice football with the students.
... Many university-based Christian study centers see themselves as a “faithful presence” (to use James Davison Hunter’s term) in the university. ... Thousands of students find their way every year into the Center for Christian Study at the University of Virginia, whether for stimulating lectures, group discussions, the wildly popular Move-In Day program, a film showing, or a place to study in the Center’s library.
One University of Virginia student group is trying to make a difference in the lives and futures of Albemarle County students.
The National Society of Black Engineers went out into neighborhoods Saturday to share college information packets with teenagers in the area. Group members knocked on doors and talked to families about STEM careers; those are in science, technology, engineering and math.
Among key drivers in the cost of higher education are the salaries of support staff — and that can include anyone from the police to the provost.
With three exceptions in Virginia, such salaries at the state’s public four-year institutions aren’t out of line with what’s paid at comparable schools nationally, a General Assembly-mandated study says. The average salaries of upper- and mid-level support staff at most schools are near or below the average of similar institutions.
But the report last week by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission singles out the University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute and Virginia Tech as going against the trend.
...All three schools say the conclusion is based on faulty peer groups.
The Board of Trustees has appointed John D. Simon, the executive vice president and provost of the University of Virginia, the 14th president of Lehigh University.
Roughly 150 years after they were laid to rest, the University of Virginia on Thursday commemorated about 70 people buried in a gravesite for African-Americans — both enslaved and free — who toiled as servants on Grounds in the university’s early years. “They may have been forgotten by man, but, by God, they were never forgotten,” said Dr. Marcus L. Martin, the university’s chief officer for diversity and equity. Martin led the nighttime ceremony at the UVa Cemetery.
One-hundred people from all over the country are in Charlottesville this week talking about how to help our kids flourish. The fourth annual Youth-Nex conference, hosted by the University of Virginia's Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, is being held at UVA this week. The conference, called "Let's Talk After-School," focuses on the importance of after-school programs to kids' healthy development.
The executive branch cuts McAuliffe announced Wednesday are part of a plan that also includes reductions in state aid to colleges and universities and local governments to cut spending by $346 million in the fiscal year that began July 1.
At Virginia’s public colleges and universities, a student typically pays $13,200 over a four-year career to fund “support services,” according to a new state study. That’s a lot of money – and mostly for functions that do not directly assist academics. … The University of Virginia, however, spent 50 percent more than its peer institutions, as did two other schools. In its defense, UVa noted that it is ranked as the No. 2 public university in the country, yet it achieves that status despite ranking 59th in resources expended per student. UVa says it already is looking into the issue of efficiencies and expenditures. That’s something all state schools should be addressing.
The University of Virginia's Honor Committee is trying to extend its honor system to include having a sandwich on the Corner. The proposed program is called it Eat Now, Pay Later. Think of it as dining and dashing but with both parties' consent. If students forget their wallets, the program would allow them to order food from the Corner on their honor. The students pledge to return and pay back their bills.
The University of Virginia’s bike-sharing program, which was originally set to launch at the end of the summer, has been delayed until late in the current semester. The university has bikes, stations and a communications plan ready for the program. However, issues with production of the “brain” – a system designed to keep track of the bikes and participating members – has caused the delay.