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Friday, January 22, 2021


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Faculty & Staff


Seven professors presented with Distinguished Educator Awards

Seven faculty members received the Distinguished Educator Award on Aug. 22 at Colloquy, an annual celebratory event during which faculty and staff gather to mark the official beginning of the academic year, said Steve Allred, provost and vice president for academic affairs. The professors who received the awards were Bertram Ashe, English and American studies; Henry Chambers Jr., law; Dean Croushore, economics; Jennifer Erkulwater, political science, Lidia Radi, Italian and French, Patricia Strait, human resource management and Thad Williamson, leadership studies. After President Ayers delivered an address, Allred presented the awards to each recipient, along with a few comments that had been prepared by a faculty selection committee, Allred said. Each year, the committee members are responsible for choosing recipients to be honored at the succeeding year's ceremony.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty speak on business professionalism

Faculty members in the Robins School of Business held a panel on Feb. 23 to share their perspectives on the importance of professionalism with students. "A professional is someone who is willing to go the extra steps to ensure that their work is consistently high in its quality," Nancy Bagranoff, dean of the Robins School of Business said. Jonathan Whitaker, assistant professor of management, said he knew just how competitive the business world could be. "Getting a high GPA and knowing how to wear a suit isn't good enough anymore," he said.


Business school dean is revolutionizing her role

As dean of the Robins School of Business, Nancy Bagranoff has many responsibilities -- but the roles that involve interactions with students are what she enjoys the most about her job. "Deans of academic colleges are often somewhat removed from students," Bagranoff said.

Faculty & Staff

Reception held for departing Earth Lodge professor

Nearly 50 students, staff members and professors attended a reception to honor professor Lee Carleton in the Whitehurst Living Room Thursday afternoon. Steve Bisese, the vice president for student development, and Andy Gurka, the director of living and learning programs, organized the event to recognize Carleton's contributions to the University of Richmond.


Farewell from the editor-in-chief

Believe it or not, The Collegian editor-in-chief isn't always the most popular person on campus. During the past year, my staff and I have covered the tragic, the jubilant and the controversial.

Faculty & Staff

Professor's departure upsets some students

Lee Carleton, assistant director of the Writing Center and faculty adviser for the Earth Lodge program, is leaving the University of Richmond at the end of this semester, and several students have expressed their frustration with the university's decision to eliminate his position. Carleton has been working as the assistant director of the Writing Center since 2003.

Faculty & Staff

Earth Lodge "identity" ensures its survival as adviser departs

Students and faculty have discussed how to maintain the core values of the Earth Lodge program after Lee Carleton, the current adviser for the program, leaves the University of Richmond after this semester, said Andy Gurka, director of living-learning and Roadmap programs. Despite concerns from students that the Earth Lodge program might disappear after Carleton leaves, Gurka said the school never had the intention to eliminate the Earth Lodge program. "The only way that the Earth Lodge will ever go away is that if we didn't have students who were interested in participating in it," Gurka said, "but the interest is high." The Earth Lodge program was started by Carleton in 2005 as one of the first living-learning communities.


URPD introduces text-a-tip program

Members of the University of Richmond community can now submit tips about campus crimes anonymously via text message through the police department's new "text-a-tip" program. The University of Richmond Police Department has partnered with Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers, a local crime-fighting group, to provide the tip-submission program and Richmond's first reward system for tips at no cost to the university. Any person who submits a tip that leads to an arrest will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Through the partnership with Crime Stoppers, people can also submit tips anonymously over the phone at (804) 780-1000 and online at


Production studies III class prepares for 'Marisol'

The students in the production studies III class chose to produce "Marisol," a magical realist play written by Jose Rivera in the '90s. The play, which will be the end result of the students' work in the capstone class for the theater department, will take place in February. "Marisol" tells the story of Marisol, a woman from the Bronx who works in publishing in Manhattan and tries to homogenize herself.

Faculty & Staff

Stop Hunger Now program to come to UR Feb. 19

One child dies every six seconds from a hunger-related cause. One $10.50 meal in the Heilman Dining Center could feed 252 starving children in poor, tribal Orissa, India. A leadership team of University of Richmond students, staff and faculty will host a Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event Feb.

Faculty & Staff

President Ayers' salary not number one at Richmond

The University of Richmond employee who made the most money during the 2008-2009 academic year was someone most students have never even heard of. Srinivas Pulavarti made more money, including benefits, than President Edward Ayers ($710,472), head basketball coach Christopher Mooney ($362,339), and professor of psychology and President Emeritus William Cooper ($450,034). Pulavarti was paid $811,553 including benefits during the 2008-2009 academic year for his management of the university's endowment and other institutional investments as president of Spider Management Co. (see page 8 and page 43 of the tax document) Each year, the University of Richmond files a public report with the IRS that shows, among other things, the school's net assets and liabilities, net revenue, university endowment and compensation information for top officers and directors, as well as the highest-paid employees of the university who are not officers or directors.


ROTC visits nursing homes, honors veterans

The University of Richmond's Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is honoring Veterans Day by visiting veterans in a local nursing home and presenting the colors at the School of Law's Veterans Day Ceremony and at the first basketball game against The Citadel, which is also military appreciation night. Sophomore ROTC cadet Colin Billings said he had a new appreciation for veterans and what they had done and realized the serious commitment he had made to serve in the armed forces after graduation. "Last year, I don't remember participating in any events," Billings said.