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Chief Information Officer Virginia Evans Announces Plans to Retire on Dec. 31

Virginia Evans recalls clearly the time when she was advised that the University of Virginia would need to move its 2020 spring semester courses online during the COVID-19 pandemic. The task was enormous and the time frame short. Evans, UVA’s chief information officer, found herself at the point of the University’s hectic dash to shift 4,200 classes for thousands of students online so instruction could continue while everyone anxiously awaited vaccines that would safely enable in-person activities, including a return to classrooms. Virginia Evans recalls clearly the time when she was advised that the University of Virginia would need to move its 2020 spring semester courses online during the COVID-19 pandemic. The task was enormous and the time frame short. Evans, UVA’s chief information officer, found herself at the point of the University’s hectic dash to shift 4,200 classes for thousands of students online so instruction could continue while everyone anxiously awaited vaccines that would safely enable in-person activities, including a return to classrooms.

Finance VP Melody Bianchetto To Retire After 26 Years of Service to UVA

In her 26 years at the University of Virginia, Vice President for Finance Melody Bianchetto has championed numerous initiatives that have enhanced the University and shaped its future – and she has been a UVA basketball fan even longer.

BOV Committee Reviews Plans for Karsh Institute of Democracy Building

The University of Virginia Board of Visitors’ Buildings and Grounds Committee reviewed plans and preliminary drawings Thursday for the future home of the Karsh Institute of Democracy, a 65,000-square-foot facility, the project that was approved by the board in June 2021 to be the second academic building constructed as part of the redevelopment of the Emmet-Ivy Corridor.

Second Night Added for ‘UVA Night at Winter Wander’ at Boar’s Head Resort

Due to an extraordinary response, the University of Virginia will provide a second night for the “UVA Night at Winter Wander” at no cost to faculty, staff and students.

High demand for the initial UVA Night at the Boar’s Head Resort’s Winter Wander Trail of Lights, set for Monday, quickly exhausted ticket supplies.

‘UVA Night at Winter Wander’ Offers Free Admission to Boar’s Head Resort Light Show

The University of Virginia today announced a special opportunity for members of the University community to experience – at no cost – the Boar’s Head Resort Winter Wander Trail of Lights.   

“UVA Night at Winter Wander,” set for Monday, will provide students, faculty, staff and their families and guests access to free tickets to the second annual holiday lights festival at the resort.

University of Virginia Requests Independent External Review of Nov. 13 Tragedy

Today, University of Virginia President Jim Ryan and University Rector Whitt Clement sent a letter to Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares requesting the appointment of special counsel to conduct an independent, external review of the events surrounding the tragic events that occurred on the University’s Grounds on the evening of Nov. 13.

McIntire School of Commerce Expansion Involves Blending Old and New

After more than 100 years, the University of Virginia’s historic Cobb Hall is getting a new life and a new partner to share it.

Cobb Hall will now be part of a larger complex with the new Shumway Hall next door, together housing an expansion of the McIntire School of Commerce. Seen as separate structures above ground with a shared exterior courtyard, the two buildings will be linked by a shared underground service corridor that will also connect to the McIntire School’s existing Rouss and Robertson halls.

The Bigger Picture: Grounds’ Most Famous Tree Signals the End of Fall

For more than a century, it has been the University of Virginia’s bellwether of the transition from comfortable autumn days to the approaching chill of winter. The majestic Pratt Ginkgo tree on the northwest side of the Rotunda is among the last of the trees to burst into full fall color, well after the peak of leaf season passes in Central Virginia.

Contemplative Commons Reaches Construction Milestone

The University of Virginia’s new Contemplative Commons building, designed as a blend of academic classrooms, a research laboratory, innovation hub and serene contemplative spaces, has reached another milestone.

Observers clustered Wednesday on the pedestrian bridge spanning Emmet Street to watch a decorated white beam carefully lowered into place on the east tower of the Contemplative Commons on Emmet Street. The beam, signed by University officials, workers at the Contemplative Sciences Center and employees of general contractor Hourigan Construction Corp., marks the final, uppermost piece put into the structure’s skeleton.

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign: Giving Local

The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign is the best opportunity for University of Virginia faculty, staff and others to support the organizations that support the community.

UVA Outlines Strategies To Boost Opportunities for Local, Minority-Owned Businesses

For more than a year, the University of Virginia’s Local Economy Working Group has worked to identify ways for UVA to do more work with local businesses and to identify and overcome barriers to pursuing that goal. In June, the group, which is affiliated with the President’s Council on UVA-Community Partnerships, presented its recommendations. And in October, President Jim Ryan and his administration responded to those recommendations, detailing a timeline for the University’s procurement staff to achieve them.

1,728 Tons and Counting: University’s Food Scraps Find New Life

Picture this: You are in one of the three University of Virginia dining halls and you just finished your breakfast. You place your dirty plate and food scraps in the dish return station, leave, and go about your day. Where does this waste go after you leave the dining hall? Caroline Baloga, UVA Dine’s sustainability manager, has the answer – and it is more complicated than you might think.

Safety at Your Fingertips: App Offers ‘Virtual Escort,’ Access to Resources

It’s fall, so the sun sets earlier across Grounds. The lonely walk home from a study session or sporting event might be in darkness. But with a quick swipe across your phone screen, your friends can virtually tag along to see you home safely. That “virtual escort” is through an app called Rave Guardian. University Police are urging everyone with a UVA ID – students, faculty and staff – to consider downloading the free app to their smartphones.

University Explores Storing Heat in Underground Wells

Geoexchange is a hole in the ground in which you store heat. Or, in this case, a hole in the Grounds. UVA’s Energy and Utilities Department is drilling test holes in the ground under Grounds to measure its viability to store hot air.

Let There Be Light

What had originally been designed as light wells for the original Alderman Library are turning into skylit study courts and presentation halls.

For several weeks, Kevin O’Donnell of Vector Constructs of Wichita, Kansas, and Jose Sanchez, along with the workers on the Alderman Library renovation, have been assembling and installing 47- by 31-foot skylights in both the east and west courtyards of the Depression-era library.

Workers assembled the 17,000-pound skylight frames on the ground before a crane lifted them and nestled them into place. After workers secured the frames and placed concrete around the edges, they installed the 40 glass panes, each roughly 6 by 8 feet – by affixing suction cups to the 900-pound panes and hoisting them into place with a crane.

Several Shovelfuls of Soil Signal Start of UVA Hotel Construction Project

University of Virginia President Jim Ryan and several University and University of Virginia Foundation officials ceremonially broke ground Thursday for a $130.5 million hotel and conference center to be built in UVA’s Emmet-Ivy entrance corridor.

Once completed, both the hotel and conference center and the School of Data Science will anchor the nearly 15-acre parcel that will serve as a central point to University Grounds, as well as an entrance corridor for visitors to the University.

UVA is Tops in Generosity. Let's Keep the Streak Alive.

 

If generosity were a sport, the University of Virginia would be ranked No. 1 in the state, a position it has held for the past 24 years. University leaders hope to extend that streak to 25 this year and they are seeking the help of every UVA employee to make it happen. Today marks the kickoff of the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, or CVC. It is among the best opportunities for UVA employees to support the nonprofits doing important work in the Charlottesville area and across the state. In the past 24 years, UVA employees have raised $18 million, surpassing not only every Virginia college and university, but all state agencies.

With BOV Approval, Darden's Vision for Its Grounds Comes Into Focus

The vision for the future of the Darden School of Business has become clearer as the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors recently approved a refreshed version of the school’s ambitious master plan. Darden’s newest master plan includes the development of a centrally located “academic innovation hub” connecting existing Darden buildings, plus renovations to faculty and student learning spaces, Grounds enhancements to promote accessibility and wellness, and development of residential housing to more fully deliver on Darden’s world-class residential MBA experience.

'If These Walls...' Mem Gym Has Hosted Champions, Icons and Celebrities

Memorial Gymnasium, the center of athletic and social life at the University of Virginia for a large segment of the 20th century, is getting a facelift. A 2019 survey of the gymnasium’s exterior revealed water damage and cracks in its masonry, cast stone and stucco elements. The renovation project, which has wrapped the building in scaffolding, is repairing the damage, including replacing the pedestals on top of the east-west façade capitals, replacing roof capstones and flashing, repointing masonry and patching stucco and concrete bands.

Renovations Slated for University Chapel

For the first time since the 1950s, renovations are planned for the University of Virginia Chapel. The 137-year-old Gothic structure will be undergoing work to clean, restore and refinish historic surfaces throughout its interior, including wainscotting, chair rails and baseboards, doors, elements of the wood ceiling, brick arches, and its columns. The building will be closed for about six months starting Jan. 2.

Student Turns Dream of Memorial Benches into Concrete Reality

To change the lives of future students – that is the lofty goal of University of Virginia fourth-year student Sanjeev Kumar’s project to install memorial benches around Grounds dedicated to groundbreaking faculty, staff and students. “What I didn’t realize is how it might impact the families of the honorees,” he said. Kumar, who was one of three recipients this spring of John T. Casteen III Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Leadership Awards, recently attended the first of seven dedications to celebrate the reality of his dream, the Memorial Benches Initiative.

Photos: UVA Spends a Day Giving Back to the Community

Swapping office attire for work clothes, dozens of members of the University of Virginia community spent several hours Wednesday cleaning up, sprucing up and fixing up properties all across the region. The volunteer effort was part of the local United Way of Greater Charlottesville’s annual Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring that matched volunteers with work projects at area schools, trails, nonprofits, and a host of other locations. UVA volunteers fanned out to nearly 50 different spots to lend a helping hand to the community.

What's the True Story of Brooks Hall? This Architectural Historian Has the Answer

...Brooks Hall was a gift to the University, the first building donated by an individual, Lewis Brooks of Rochester, New York. It was designed by John R. Thomas of Rochester – who also designed the Rochester Theological Seminary and Sibley Hall at the University of Rochester – as a natural history museum, to feature a collection created by professor Henry Ward, who collected artifacts from around the world and sold the collections as a business...

'A Little More Space.' McIntire Breaks Ground on Eye-Popping Expansion Project

 

The University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce on Friday broke ground on an expansion project worth over $100 million that will include the construction of Shumway Hall, a reimagined Cobb Hall, and many green spaces and meeting areas.

UVA Board of Visitors Approves Credit to In-State Undergraduate Students

The University of Virginia Board of Visitors today approved a one-time $690 credit to in-state undergraduate students for the 2022-2023 academic year. The credit is equivalent to the 4.7% increase in tuition that was adopted in 2021 for this academic year. Tuition and mandatory fees for 2022-2023 were approved by the Board of Visitors in December 2021.