MEDIA ADVISORY: Coverage of 2010 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal Events on April 13

April 7, 2010 — The University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation will present their highest honors, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in architecture, law and citizen leadership, during Founder's Day activities on April 13. The awards are presented jointly by U.Va. and by the foundation, the independent, nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello, Jefferson's home.

The recipients:

    •    Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University environmentalist, scientist and ethicist, will receive the 2010 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture.

    •    Janet Napolitano, U.S. secretary of homeland security, will receive the 2010 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law.

    •    Joseph Neubauer, chairman and chief executive officer of ARAMARK, will receive the 2010 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership.

Read the complete Feb. 25 press release here  for more information about the awards and the recipients.

Media are invited to cover the medal presentations and the public talks by the recipients.

NOTE: Press passes are required for the presentation ceremony and Dr. Wilson's lecture. RSVP to U.Va.'s Public Affairs Office by April 12: 434-924-7116.

Joseph Neubauer: Featured speaker at Monticello's commemoration of Jefferson's 267th birthday on at 9 a.m. on the West Lawn of Monticello. The event is free and open to the public. TV cameras should be in place no later than 8:45 a.m. ARAMARK is a global provider of professional services, including food, hospitality, facility and uniform services. For information, contact Wayne Mogielnicki, director of communications at Monticello, at 434-984-9828 or waynem@monticello.org.

Medal presentations: 11 a.m. in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium. In a departure from most previous medal ceremonies, this will be a public event, with U.Va. President John T. Casteen III and Thomas Jefferson Foundation President Leslie Greene Bowman presenting the medals. TV cameras need to be in place no later than 10 a.m. A multbox will be available.

Edward O. Wilson: 3 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium. TV cameras must be in place no later than 2:15 p.m. A multbox will be available. Due to a demanding schedule, Wilson will not be available for interviews during his time at the University. Media representatives who would like to interview him can call 617-495-2315 and leave their name and telephone number for a return call.

Janet Napolitano: 3:30 p.m. in Caplin Auditorium at the U.Va. School of Law. Free and open to the public; parking around the building will be unrestricted after 3 p.m. Media representatives who wish to attend the lecture should contact Mary Wood, 434-924-3786 or mwood@virginia.edu.