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Recognizing top researchers and successful administrative leaders, the University of Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson Awards honored four recipients this year – two for scholarship and two for service – after the awards were cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

The honorees include: Dr. William A. Petri, a top scientist pursuing the secrets of the deadly new coronavirus and sharing the latest knowledge with anxious citizens; Colette Sheehy, a financial specialist who broke the glass ceiling for women after rising through the ranks of the UVA administration; Dennis R. Proffitt, whose contributions in research and teaching have helped to create a new approach to psychology that could continue to impact the field far into the future; and Carl Zeithaml, who as dean of the McIntire School of Commerce established programs to prepare students with rigorous skills and opportunities to work with business leaders to solve complex, real-world problems. Read more.


The American Institute of Architects has announced that Alice Raucher, architect for the University of Virginia, has been elected to the College of Fellows, the institute’s highest membership honor. Only 3% of 95,000 member architects carry this distinction, which is awarded following a rigorous selection process by a jury of seven fellows. Architects are elevated to fellowship in recognition of their “significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.” A release from the institute noted that Raucher “consistently strives to build community through her commitment to innovative campus planning, historical relevance, and architectural design excellence.” Read more


The Architect’s Newspaper has selected the University of Virginia’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers as the Project of the Year in its 2020 Best of Design Awards, and also named it the best in the category of public and social impact. Read more.


The University of Virginia has turned to electric and hybrid vehicles to reduce its fleet emissions, helping it earn a Sustainable Fleet Accreditation from NAFA and Calstart. In the past year, the fleet department has reduced its gasoline consumption by 3,200 gallons and its carbon emissions by 28 metric tons by replacing 10 of its older, less-efficient vehicles with electric and hybrid vehicles. The team also reduced the department’s number of older diesel vehicles by 50% down to just 13, resulting in a reduction of 2,500 gallons of diesel and 26 metric tons of emissions, according to Michael Duffy, CAFM, transportation operations and fleet manager for the university. Read more.


The University of Virginia’s Department of Safety and Security turned the corner on its first year by formally recognizing 12 individuals for their extraordinary service to safety and security at UVA. Awardees were selected from within the department and from among community partners in the region. 

University Police Officer Dean Dotts received the Lifesaving Medal. Dotts was the first on the scene to respond to Emmet/Ivy Garage when a person was found not breathing and without a pulse. Dotts administered CPR. When rescue personnel arrived, they found Dotts had the scene under control. Within minutes, the patient was revived and transported to the hospital with a pulse and breathing. The UVA physician who treated the patient credited Dotts with saving a human life.

Read the full list of award recipients.


or the first time in its 200-year history, UVA has the data of all of its 22,000 employees – in the Academic Division, the Health System and the University Physicians Group – in one system, thanks in part to the efforts of Teresa Wimmer, assistant vice president of enterprise applications, who worked as the Information Technology Services leader for the Ufirst Human Resources transformation project. Read more.


The University of Virginia is No. 1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for its use of green energy, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Since April 2006, the EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power use. The Individual Conference Champion Award, which UVA recently received, recognizes the school in each qualifying conference that uses the largest amount of green power. UVA beat its conference rivals by using nearly 71 million kilowatt-hours of green power, representing nearly 21% of its total annual electricity use. Read more.


The project was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as one of nine outstanding architectural projects in the world for 2019. The 2019 Architecture program celebrates the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type. These stunning projects show the world the range of outstanding work architects create and highlight the many ways buildings and spaces can improve our lives. Read more.


The University of Virginia, one of the most energy conscious institutions in the United States, was recognized today by Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award Advisory Panel as the 2019 Innovation Award winner in the category "Higher Education Energy Efficiency Technology" for its Delta Force innovation approach to energy efficiency advances. Read more.


The University of Virginia was recognized as a gold medal recipient of the Virginia Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, the commonwealth’s highest honor in the field. UVA was awarded this honor for “its demonstrated commitment to the stewardship of Virginia’s natural resources” through its comprehensive sustainability programs, according to the award citation. Read more in UVA Today.


The UVA Police Department was recently selected as the Agency Spotlight by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). Read the article on the IACLEA site here.

IACLEA is the premier professional organization for higher education law enforcement and public safety. They have more than 4000 members from over 1000 institutions in 15 different countries throughout the world.


UVA HR, specifically the Ufirst project, has received the CUPA-HR 2018 HR Excellence Award! This award honors transformative HR work in higher education from across the nation, and recognizes teams who provided HR leadership resulting in significant and ongoing organizational change within their institutions. Kelley Stuck said, “It is a true honor to receive this national award, and for UVA to be recognized as a leader in higher education HR transformation. It is due to the outstanding work of the Ufirst team, and all members of the UVA HR community, who have made this important initiative successful.”  Sean Jackson shared, “The Ufirst Project is arguably the largest and most complex project that UVA has ever undertaken. We are extremely grateful to all who have worked with us to develop and implement a streamlined and cohesive HR delivery model supported by a state-of-the-art cloud-based system.” As part of the award, CUPA-HR is pleased to offer a $3,000 contribution to a University of Virginia scholarship fund. UVA HR has named the UVA Faculty and Staff Scholarship Fund as the recipient. Congratulations Ufirst and UVA HR!


Two University of Virginia police officers were honored Wednesday with meritorious awards for heroic service to the community. At a ceremony at Alumni Hall, UVA Police Chief Tommye Sutton presented Officer Nicholas Champigny with the Medal of Valor, a Purple Heart and a Life Saving Award. Sutton gave Officer Brandon Smoot a Life Saving Award as well. Read more.


UVA Facilities Management Associate Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer Don Sundgren was recently honored by the Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) with the Campus Leaders Who Care Award. This award was created by CSHEMA to recognize institutional leaders who are advancing a culture of safety at their university. In the last five years, Don has effectively empowered the Facilities Management Occupational Health and Safety team to create a robust safety program by engaging employees from across Grounds. With the blessing of Don and Facilities Management leadership, employees actively contribute to safety programs, create training, serve on safety committees and focus teams and are honored monthly for individual contributions to a culture of safety. Don believes that these investments of time, talent and resources in safety will provide a return on investment, both in the short run and the long run, as a safe workforce is also productive and loyal, feels valued and has increased morale. With the support of leadership, Facilities Management continues to strive toward ensuring the University of Virginia is the safest university in the country.