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A Safer Corner

Sanjay Suchak/University Communications

A new police substation opened in January to increase police visibility and presence in the Corner area. A joint effort of the UVA Police Department and the Charlottesville Police Department, the station will later be moved to a permanent location in the space once occupied by the Freeman-Victorius frame shop.
The University has also initiated an “ambassadors” program, staffed by international security firm G4S, providing additional support and security for students in the areas near the University. G4S ambassadors are carefully screened, unarmed, uniformed security officers.


Darden’s New Dean

Scott C. Beardsley

Scott C. Beardsley has been selected as the next dean of the Darden School of Business. Currently a senior partner of the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Co., Beardsley leads learning and leadership development for all McKinsey professionals and serves as a top adviser to some of the world’s leading companies. He has been based in the firm’s Brussels, Belgium, office for most of his 26-year career with the firm. Beardsley begins his term on Aug. 1, succeeding Robert F. Bruner, who will return to the faculty after 10 years as Darden’s dean.

A citizen of France and the United States, Beardsley has presented at the World Economic Forum at Davos and teaches as a faculty member in McKinsey’s programs. Previously, he lectured in the MBA program of the Belgian business school Institut d’Administration et de Gestion.


Helms Theatre?

The Class of 2015 has selected Ed Helms to speak at its Valedictory Exercises on May 15. Best known for his roles on The Office TV series and The Hangover movies, Helms has some familiarity with the University. He appeared with UVA’s Hullabahoos a capella group during an episode of The Office—the show’s executive producer, Halsted Sullivan (Col ’89), was a founder of the singing group.


Pedal Power

Getting around Grounds just got easier. What began as a concept developed by McIntire School students several years ago is now one of the largest collegiate bike-share programs in the country. Launched in January, the UBike program allows users to rent one of 120 GPS-equipped bikes from 18 locations around UVA using the Social Bicycles mobile app. The University’s Department of Parking and Transportation runs the program with maintenance and program support from local bike shop Blue Ridge Cyclery.

Courtesy of Social Bicycles