November 2005

Model students
Members of the student-run International Relations Organization drew on their experience in planning this year’s Virginia Model United Nations conference at U.Va. High school students from across the country converged on Grounds for a weekend of debate and crisis management.

Hoo Knew link

Chief Chambers
Research into slavery in Virginia leads to honor in Africa.

Observing Ramadan
Month of fasting strengthens community and builds awareness of Islam on Grounds.

Prize writers
Sharing her late husband’s love of literature, Elizabeth Rea brings today’s best writers to U.Va.

Letter from Guam
Rebecca Cummings (History ’04)

Did You Know?

Students from 120 countries applied for admission to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences for this fall, and 87 countries are now represented in the graduate school enrollment.


Of Special Note

The University has announced that Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners of Santa  Monica, Calif., will design a new conceptual plan and initial  buildings for the South Lawn Project, construction aimed at strengthening the College’s academic core and reinforcing the atmosphere of community that characterizes the U.Va. undergraduate experience.

Known for its collaborative approach, MRY has designed campus master plans and buildings at many schools including University of Maryland, College Park; University of Washington, Tacoma; University of Oregon; and University of California, Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Addressing a space deficit in Arts & Sciences that exceeds 300,000 square feet, the South Lawn Project will eventually be home to half the College’s 25 departments. Faculty office suites will encourage scholarly collaboration. Wired classrooms and lecture halls and intimate seminar rooms will support the innovative use of technology, foster student-faculty interaction and spark  interdisciplinary teaching and research.

The College Foundation has received $26 million in pledges and gifts that will support the South Lawn Project; at least $45 million in commitments is required to break ground. For more information, contact Tom Jennings, associate dean for development: or 434-924-7213.