The Difference a Department Makes: Woodson Institute Determines Its Destiny

Posted: October 9, 2017, 12:00am

The creeping re-segregation of public schools. Consequences of recent changes to voting rights laws. The widening gap between the wealthy and the poor. The effects of incarceration on families. Charlottesville’s history of race relations. These are just a few examples of topics to which the academic discipline of African-American studies brings valuable, necessary perspectives, according to University of Virginia English professor Deborah McDowell, director of UVA’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. This year the institute has become a full-fledged department in the College of Arts & Sciences. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

Making Connections: Undergrads Help International Newcomers Learn the Culture

Posted: September 29, 2017, 12:00am

When Başak Özaslan first came to the University of Virginia from Turkey in 2014, she had three objectives: earn a Ph.D. in systems engineering, improve her English and get to know people from other cultures. Today, Özaslan is in her fourth year of the systems engineering program, and thanks to an organization called Volunteers with International Students, Staff and Scholars, or VISAS, she regularly meets with English-speaking undergraduates, while also helping other internationals improve their language skills. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Abigail Lague)

The Case for Full Coeducation at UVA Turned on a Late-Night Phone Call

Posted: September 28, 2017, 12:00am

In the spring of 1969, Virginia Scott was 18 and preparing to graduate from Albemarle High School. She was also working part-time for a lawyer named John Lowe. Stories in the local newspaper about his work on civil rights cases had inspired her to apply for a job in his Charlottesville office. That collaboration would lead to a monumental event – full coeducation at the University of Virginia. On a recent summer morning in Charlottesville at Bodo’s Bagels on Emmet Street, Lowe recalled a long-ago conversation with Scott that got the coeducation ball rolling. His young employee told him she was about to graduate with exceptional grades. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)

UVA's Lewis House Renamed Yen House to Honor Noted Chinese Graduate

Posted: September 25, 2017, 12:00am

A dormitory in the University of Virginia’s International Residential College has been renamed for a pioneer: the first Chinese student to earn a degree from UVA. The former Lewis House is now Yen House, in honor of Yan Huiqing, who is also known as W.W. Yen. The member of the Class of 1900 holds a second UVA distinction. He is the first international student to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)

Rector Addresses University's History and Its Place in Current Events

Posted: September 14, 2017, 12:00am

University of Virginia Rector Frank "Rusty" Conner III delivered remarks at the Board of Visitor's meeting on September 14, 2017. (READ MORE)