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Dept: President's Letter
President Sullivan discusses new additions to the U.Va. faculty.
President Sullivan discusses some of the exciting research projects undergraduate students will take on this summer.
In the last issue of Virginia Magazine, I described the strategic planning process that was just beginning in Charlottesville. A few months later, we are seeing the first fruition of this work. Working groups drawn from faculty, staff, students, alumni and parents have reported their initial priorities in seven areas: faculty recruitment and retention; student life; technology; streamlining; resources; synergies; and what it means to be a public university in this century. We have held open forums on Grounds to encourage members of our community to express their ideas, and alumni and friends have submitted comments through the...
In August 1818, Thomas Jefferson and several prominent colleagues gathered in a Rockfish Gap tavern in the Blue Ridge Mountains to produce a comprehensive plan for the University of Virginia. The Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia, commonly known as the Rockfish Gap report, spelled out the broad purposes of the institution, the location and physical arrangement of its buildings, the academic courses that would be taught by its professors, and other details of the University's future. Virginia's General Assembly reviewed the report that winter and, on January 25, 1819, formally established the University of Virginia...
As you relax on a sunny beach or shady porch to read this summer issue of Virginia Magazine, you may suppose that the University closes its doors and takes a vacation at this time of year. We do encourage our students and faculty and staff members to take some time to rejuvenate during the summer months, but the Grounds still bustle with a broad range of academic, research, and recreational activity. Each summer, the University offers a rich selection of courses to thousands of students and lifelong learners through its Summer Session program. The Summer Session takes place...
One of the stories in this issue of Virginia Magazine describes the complex societal problems we are facing in our country and around the world as the human population surpasses seven billion. Another story describes the emergence of the University’s newest school, the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and its work to prepare a new type of policy leader through rigorous training in analysis, advocacy and leadership. Read the stories back to back, and you will understand why the Batten School is essential: our country and our world need a new generation of...
Teresa A. Sullivan Photo by Luca DiCecco One of the energizing aspects of daily life at U.Va. is the constant exposure to astonishing research, scholarship and other creative activities. Our faculty members are working at the leading edge of discovery to develop solutions to societal problems and to drive innovation in a multitude of disciplines. This work has real-world implications for all of us, because efforts under way now at U.Va. have the potential to improve human health, restore our environment, respond to natural disasters, and generally enhance the future that we—and our children and grandchildren...
Teresa A. Sullivan Photo by Luca DiCeccoThe cover story in this issue of Virginia describes the experience of living in the pavilions in the Academical Village. These original buildings, designed by Thomas Jefferson, give us a physical connection to the earliest days of the University, when the first professors and students converged on Charlottesville to give life to Jefferson’s great experiment in higher education. By Jefferson’s design, the first floors of the pavilions served as the classrooms, where faculty members and their student-neighbors came together to learn. Each of the early professors taught in a specific field —law,...
Three spooky stories from alumnus Rob Craighurst's Charlottesville ghost tour.
See the Rotunda fire like you've never seen it before.
New alumni creations for mind and mirth.
Is it time to bid farewell to "The Good Old Song"?
Learn the hidden stories behind one of U.Va.'s most unusual places.
Former Cavaliers Tony Covington and Ted Jeffries bring expertise to U.Va. broadcasts.
How exactly can you evaluate whether there really might be life on other planets? The answer is a paradox, says U.Va. astronomy professor Ed Murphy.
In 1939 and 1953, students gave grand funerals for two beloved University dogs.
Actor and public speaking expert Rob Biesenbach (Col '85) shares a handful of the more common offenses.
Larry Sabato examines JFK's enduring influence on American politics.
U.Va.'s annual Reunions Weekend has a colorful origin.