New UVA Rector and Vice Rector Will Take Office in July
Source: Charlottesville NewsPlex

With the July 1 turn of a two-year cycle, the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors will have new leadership.

John O. “Dubby” Wynne (Law ‘71) of Virginia Beach, who was elected vice rector two years ago, will begin his two-year term as the University’s 40th rector, or chairman of the board. He succeeds W. Heywood Fralin of Roanoke, who will remain on the board until 2012.

Wynne said that he is looking forward to the challenges of the coming year, noting that he and the board will preside over a number of major University leadership changes. Last week, University President John T. Casteen III announced that he would step down on Aug. 1, 2010.


UVA baseball misses chances at College World Series, but looks toward next year
Source: Steven Pivovar, The Roanoke Times

Virginia’s first trip to the College World Series provided the Cavaliers with a lifetime of memories.

First, they’ll have to wrestle with thoughts of what might have been.

Virginia’s stay in Omaha ended Wednesday night with a 4-3, 12-inning loss to Arkansas. The Cavaliers were one strike away from closing out the Razorbacks in nine innings. They had the winning run 90 feet from home in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings, and the tying run at third base in the 12th.

“We had opportunities from the bottom of the ninth right there until the end,’’ Virginia right fielder Dan Grovatt said. “We just didn’t come up with the big hit.’’


UVA Med School Dean is One of 11 Leading Scientists Nationwide Appearing in GQ Magazine as ‘Rock Stars of Science’
Source: UVaToday

Nationally recognized University of Virginia researcher and physician Dr. Steven T. DeKosky adds another distinction to his scientific career, appearing as a “Rock Star of Science” in the June issue of GQ magazine with such rock celebrities as Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, Black-Eyed Peas member and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” co-star Will-i-am, and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry.

DeKosky, vice president and dean of UVA’s School of Medicine, and 10 other leading medical researchers nationwide turned in their lab coats for a designer menswear photo shoot as “Rock Stars of Science,” a new public service campaign sponsored by GEOFFREY BEENE GIVES BACK and GQ magazine. The campaign spotlights the need for greater funding for medical research and strives to make science a more attractive career choice for tomorrow’s stars.


Balz, Dobie and Watson are demolished this summer
Source: Brian McNeill, Daily Progress

The University of Virginia is poised to demolish three 43-year-old dormitories and replace them with a pair of modern residence halls.

UVA will raze Balz, Dobie and Watson halls [this summer], clearing the way for construction to begin on the new residence halls, which will be linked by a new one-story student activity center.

“I don’t want to say that [Balz, Dobie and Watson] are decrepit, but they’re aging,” said Don Sundgren, UVA’s chief facilities officer. “These sorts of buildings have a lifespan. And they’ve reached the end of that lifespan.”

The project — officially known as the Alderman Road Residence Area Phase II — is projected to cost between $66.4 million and $72.4 million.