Practice Facility Planned
A new indoor practice field, designed to accommodate the football program and available to the rest of University’s teams, is on the way. “It’s a need,” said executive associate athletics director Jon Oliver. “Frankly, we don’t have a place to practice in inclement weather.” The structure would be 78,000 square feet and cost up to $13 million. Funds are currently being raised from private donors and a completion date of summer 2013 is targeted.
Rise in Giving
Despite the slow recovery of the economy, philanthropy is alive and well at the University. Overall giving in 2011 was up $27 million (35 percent) over 2010. Private giving is increasingly important to the University because the state appropriation has been cut by nearly $52 million since 2007. An additional cut of $13 million will be made this year.
“The loyalty of our alumni and friends and what they are doing to ensure the continuing advancement of quality and excellence at UVA is truly inspiring,” says Gordon Rainey (Col ‘62, Law ‘67), chair of the $3 billion capital campaign. “The results this year are the latest example of their generosity. Philanthropic support for the University generally is rising.”
New Director for Patent Foundation
In September, Michael P. Straightiff took the helm of the UVA Patent Foundation. He brings experience as the former director of biomedical engineering commercialization in Case Western Reserve University’s technology transfer office. The UVA Patent Foundation has put more than 600 early-stage research discoveries on the path to commercialization through partnerships with industry. Since 1977, the foundation has provided the University with $40 million and UVA inventors with more than $21 million.
Seven UVA Scholars Receive Fulbright Awards
Two UVA graduate students and five recent graduates were awarded Fulbright Scholarships to study abroad. The international educational exchange program is designed to increase mutual understanding among Americans and people of other countries.
Geoffrey Barstow (Grad ‘14) will study the history of vegetarianism in eastern Tibet. Lauren Caldwell (Col ‘10) will study applications of political power in Taiwan. Rebecca Cooper (Com ‘11) will research micro-finance and economic development in Paraguay. Anna Jacobs (Col ‘10) will study sub-Saharan immigration and how international organizations aid immigrants in Morocco. Alison Melnick (Grad ‘08, ‘14) will research the cultural and religious legacies of Tibetan nun Mingyur Peldrön in India. Alyssa Paredes (Col ‘11) will study skilled production and conscious consumption in Japan. Mike Slaven (Col ‘07) will study migration politics in the United Kingdom.