Best of 2021
Here are some of Virginia Magazine’s most popular—and most talked-about—stories of last year. From the late Pep Band to our latest poll, from UVA’s first medalist to our newest Olympians, take a look, or even a second look.
December 9, 2021
From the Publisher: Turning Voices into Insights
A new initiative, Vox Alumni, captures the diversity of perspectives among 250,000 alumni.
D. Alan Williams: June 14, 1928–August 3, 2021
UVA’s ‘Swiss Army Knife’ served in a variety of influential roles in four-decade career.
The Legend of UVA’s First Olympic Medal
A tale of performance-enhancing good manners, how nice guy James Rector had his 100 meters dashed.
’Hoos in Tokyo
Here’s a look at our most recent Olympians: current and former UVA athletes and coaches who competed in the delayed 2020 Olympic Games.
UVA alumni tackle the complicated issue of Nazi-looted art
As time goes on and cases get harder to prove, these alumni work to restore art to their rightful owners.
From President Ryan: Unsung heroes in an unprecedented year
President Ryan applauds the efforts of people in the UVA community who have contributed good things in a tough year.
For Ridley restaurateur, a personal promise
With some proceeds going to the Ridley Scholarship fund, a new Charlottesville restaurant’s mission goes beyond table service.
Making the most of a COVID situation
In a hard year, some UVA notables found comfort and escape in books, music, movies and the woods. Here are the good things that have helped them through.
On the shelf
From academic research to rollicking fiction, UVA alumni and faculty members have been churning out books on a variety of topics. Here’s a look at some of them.
Lily E. West named UVA Alumni Association President and CEO
Darden grad and former COO of the Alumni Association, West to bring rich background of experience to the Association starting Jan. 1.
December 17, 2020
From President Ryan: Covid’s test of strength
President Ryan shares how the challenging times of Covid are making the University stronger.
Eat, darlings. Thirsty? Wahoo recipes for the soul
Alumni share some favorite comfort food recipes as this crazy year winds down.
Alumni confront Covid close-up
From health professionals to elementary teachers, Wahoos discuss their Covid experiences.
Game Show ’Hoos
Pressing their luck and testing their knowledge, clever Cavs take a spin on Wheel, Jeopardy!
October 26, 2020