The Collegian
Tuesday, November 30, 2021


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Faculty & Staff


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.

Faculty & Staff

Historian, professor Holton lectures on Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams was not just a First Lady, but was also an early feminist, learned audience members at Woody Holton's lecture on Sunday afternoon. The lecture, which took place in the Brown-Alley room, was sponsored by the Friends of Boatwright Memorial Library in honor of "Abigail Adams," the new book by the historian and associate professor of history and American studies. Holton told the audience of about 50 people that he had a very canned lecture prepared, which he had already given about 60 times, and so was going to speak about something different, which was Abigail's relationship with the other women in her life. The audience heard how Abigail did not always have a good relationship with her mother, although she did with her two "surrogate mothers," her grandmother and Phoebe, a slave of Abigail's father.


Early Decision applications increase by 52 percent

The number of Early Decision applications at the University of Richmond increased by 52 percent from 2009 to 2010. "It's too early to tell if Early Decision applications will increase this year," Gil Villanueva, the Dean of Admission at the University of Richmond, wrote in an e-mail. "But to have more talented and dynamic students identify Richmond as their top choice college is always exciting." 585 people applied for Early Decision last year, while 385 applicants applied for Early Decision in 2008. "While it is never easy to identify the exact reason(s) behind the dramatic increase in Early Decision applications last year, I suspect that our enhanced outreach and marketing efforts are partly responsible," Villanueva, wrote.

Faculty & Staff

Podcasts increasingly used by faculty

An increasing number of faculty and staff members at the University of Richmond are using podcasts and other forms of technology to supplement typical teaching settings. Fred Hagemeister, coordinator for academic technology services in the UR Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology, said the CTLT liaisons work with faculty and staff each semester in workshops to teach about podcasts. Hagemeister said that although podcasts have typically been a way for professors to give students access to course information or lectures outside the classroom, the small-class setting at Richmond has led to the development of more interactive uses of podcasts and other technologies. Scott Bray, director of technology for the education department, assists education minors with learning to create podcasts for their student teaching classrooms. "We look at different ways students can integrate technology into the classroom," he said. Bray also said he thought the Technology Learning Center and related departments had provided a variety of opportunities to faculty for professional development around podcasting. Senior Emma Hines, an education minor, created a podcast in her Education through Technology class with Bray. "We were required to create a podcast that could be used in an elementary classroom lesson," Hines said.