The Collegian
Thursday, July 09, 2020

Faculty & Staff


Faculty & Staff

Richmond a great value, despite price

The Princeton Review has included the University of Richmond on its list of the 50 best-value private colleges in the nation. According to a USA Today article about the list, the selection criteria included more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs and financial aid. "It's wonderful to be regarded as a best value, particularly during weak economic times," said Gil Villanueva, the assistant vice president and dean of the Office of Undergraduate Admission.


Faculty & Staff

Employees stay on campus for students during storm

While students were packing snowballs in the midst of a winter storm on Saturday afternoon, Jerry Clemmer, general manager of University Dining Services, was searching for batteries so he could inflate air mattresses for the 18 dining services employees who would be spending the night on campus. The University of Richmond received more than 11 inches of snow on Jan.


Asha Phadke and Elizabeth Hailand are the creators of the  SCS/Undergrad Connections program.
Faculty & Staff

Program brings schools together

Two Westhampton College Government Association members started a mentoring program that partners University of Richmond undergraduates with School of Continuing Studies students. Six undergraduates and nine SCS students signed up for the program - SCS/Undergrad Connections - with the hope of bridging the gap between the different schools on campus, Class of 2011 Senator Elizabeth Hailand said. Hailand and sophomore Asha Phadke, WCGA class of 2012 president, were inspired by the idea at Spider Senate Saturday, where they met with student groups and the Richmond College Student Government Association to discuss campus initiatives, student concerns and the continued implementation of President Edward Ayers' strategic plan. Hailand sat at a table with an SCS member and the topic of discussion turned to the strategic plan's mission of cross-school bonding. "We talked about how it would be nice for the SCS students to form bonds with the rest of the campus so that they could actually have that pride of being a Spider and a Richmond student," Hailand said. It was that conversation from which the idea of SCS/Undergrad Connections grew.


Features

Q&A with Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead was born in 1969 and grew up in Manhattan. He attended Harvard College, then spent two years working as a pop culture critic for the Village Voice.


Faculty & Staff

Barbara Wallace, Italian professor, dies

Barbara B. Wallace, an adjunct professor of Italian in the department of modern literatures and cultures who learned to speak the language during her late 30s, died on Sunday after a bout with cancer. Lorenza Marcin, director of the Italian language program, worked with Wallace from 2001-2009 and described her as a perfect counterpart.


Faculty & Staff

RCSGA sends letter of concerns to Gen. Ed. committee

The members of the Richmond College Government Association approved the contents of a letter -- intended for the General Education Revision Committee -- which expresses serious concerns about the University of Richmond's curriculum revision proposal in its current form. The RCSGA letter, passed in a unanimous vote during a meeting last Wednesday, summarized the main concerns that had been brought to the attention of both the Westhampton College Government Association and the RCSGA by students, and offered suggestions for amending the changes to create a more favorable finalized proposal. The General Education Committee members will continue revising the current proposal until a Nov.


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Faculty & Staff

One Book, One Campus starts search for the university's 'Just Men'

When Richmond College dean Joe Boehman interviewed for his job at the University of Richmond three years ago, he kept coming back to one question: What is the university's vision of a Richmond College man? To help answer that question, the Office of the Chaplaincy is sponsoring the One Book, One Campus program, which aims to encourage a discussion about gender and masculinity. This year, the program is using Michael Kimmel's "Guyland" as a springboard for discussion.


Faculty & Staff

Modlin Center director moves to Skidmore

After growing up in Richmond, graduating from the University of Richmond and serving as the associate director of the Modlin Center for the Arts, professor David Howson will leave for Skidmore College next semester to pioneer its arts administration program. As the inaugural director, Howson will launch the interdisciplinary program as a minor this spring at Skidmore, located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.


Faculty & Staff

Ayers gives his "State of the University" address

During his annual report to the University of Richmond community on Monday, President Edward Ayers acknowledged the accomplishments of the university staff and faculty throughout the last year. But he also highlighted the work that still needed to be done. Ayers said the university's achievements during the last year -- including a 7 percent increase in freshman students who accepted offers of admission from Richmond, a doubling of the number of students of color in the freshman class and continued improvements in sustainability initiatives -- had been even more striking because of the dire economic situation in Virginia and across the nation during the past year. As universities and colleges have worked through a fundamental redefinition of American higher education by laying off staff and faculty, instituting major budget cuts and eliminating sports teams, Richmond has endured well through this uncharted territory in comparison, he said.


Faculty & Staff

Faculty members visit Eastern Europe during faculty seminar

The University of Richmond promotes its undergraduate study abroad programs, but the lesser-known Faculty Seminar program provides the same opportunity to faculty members. Ten faculty members -- led by Uliana Gabara, dean of International Education -- traveled to Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan last May for 2.5 weeks and toured cities, museums and universities during the 15th Faculty Seminar. Gabara said the goal of the seminar, started in 1989, was for faculty members to visit and learn about a country, see how it appeared through different interdisciplinary prisms and either apply their research to their classes or develop new courses. "Faculty need the experience of learning something completely new," Gabara said. This idea appealed to Dan Roberts, associate professor of liberal arts and history, and the host of the radio program, "A Moment in Time." Roberts, who went on the most recent seminar and the faculty trip in 2001, said the program had given him the opportunity to prepare for future radio programs. "Whenever I go somewhere, I also go with an idea of experiencing the flavor of the international experience, experiencing the international culture," Roberts said.