The Collegian
Thursday, February 22, 2024

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Richmond gets 300K grant for biology and chemistry

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Richmond a $300,000 grant for the purchase of a computer cluster for biology, chemistry and materials science. Carol Parish, a chemistry professor, led the effort to write a proposal that explained the importance of increasing computational capacity and described the research into computational chemistry and biology that could be done with the grant. The proposal was researched and written with the help of faculty from Richmond and other universities, who will also benefit by using the computer cluster via the Internet.

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Meet the Jepsons

My School of Arts and Sciences curriculum has taken me through quite a few buildings and disciplines across campus, but it has never forced me to explore the other two undergraduate schools.

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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.

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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.
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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.


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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.