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A Graduation Story
Maggie Voth (Col '13) walked the Lawn for Final Exercises with her close friends, as many other graduates did. However, she may be the only student in her class whose father walked on same day. David Voth (Grad '12) finished his coursework for his M.S. in IT Management in September, but participated in Final Exercises in May with his daughter. We talked to the Voths about their graduation experience. U.Va. Magazine: Was your daughter already a student at U.Va. when you started your graduate program? How did you break the news to her that you’d...
Two Alumni Take to the Skies
USAF Lt. Col. Todd McDonald ('91) and Capt. Evan Fillman (Engr '08), both KC-10 pilots, flew a combat mission together.
An Alumni Couple Goes for Gold
John and Shannon St. Clair John St. Clair (Col ’99) and Shannon St. Clair (Col ’99) met at the U.Va. bookstore in August 1995. “Out of 5000 freshmen, John was in two of my classes our first semester and his dorm was Lile, which was right behind my dorm Tuttle,” says Shannon. John was a football player at U.Va. for five years. In 2000, he was drafted in the third round by the Rams and both he and Shannon moved to St. Louis. Shannon worked as a marketing coordinator for a commercial real estate firm and John proposed to...
Education in Kenya
Doug Granger at the Brine Academy In July, Doug Granger (Educ ’06) visited Kenya with his wife and a couple of friends to take part in a mission conference through his church in Charlottesville. While in Kenya he visited a small school in the heart of Nairobi that provides education for children living in poverty. As an assistant principal in Albemarle County, Doug brought home a vision for excellent education and a desire to make Nairobi’s South B Slums a better place. Most children who attend the Brine Academy walk to school through narrow alleyways cut through the...
It Ain’t Easy Being Green
Frogs are disappearing and Kerry Kriger (Engr ‘96) says their extinctions are a bellwether for the survival of other species and ecosystems. In 2008, he founded the nonprofit, Save the Frogs, which unifies the efforts of scientists, educators, policymakers and naturalists because “when we save the frogs, we’re protecting all our wildlife, all our ecosystems and all humans,” says Kriger. Save the Frogs campaigns against pesticides, habitat destruction and climate change. The organization and its supporters have held 143 events in 24 states and 21 countries. In the U.S., Save the Frogs has called on the Environmental Protection Agency to ban Atrazine, a...
The Case for Plain Talk
From his experience in Texas as a judge, trial lawyer and supervisor of an 800-lawyer public agency, Kent C. Sullivan (Col ’78, Law ’82) knows the value of plain language in court cases. Sullivan, who has served as a justice for the Texas Court of Appeals in Houston, First Assistant Attorney General and a district judge, has been instrumental in working on the state’s Pattern Jury Charge Committee, a group responsible for formulating standardized jury instructions and questions for use in trials throughout the state. “There is no bigger nightmare, in my view, than finding out that you’re instructing people...
Career Change Pays Off
Working the long hours necessary to advance at a New York law firm made Rosena Sammi (Law ’01) appreciate that life is too short not to pursue one’s passion. “I wanted to do something I truly loved,” Sammi says. “I had been taking night classes at Parsons School of Design as an outlet for my creativity, and I began to realize that I could turn my hobby into a career.” Her hobby—her passion—is jewelry design, and after a year spent developing a business plan, she launched Rosena Sammi Jewelry in January 2006. Her jewelry now is available at major...
Rufus W. Holsinger photographed Charlottesville at the turn of the 20th century, capturing the Rotunda fire and much more.
Ed Roseberry’s Charlottesville
Look through a few of the thousands of photographs Ed "Flash" Roseberry has taken of Charlottesville since the 1940s.
Top 5 Lists
Want to know the top 5 hidden gems around Grounds? The all-time leading sports scorers? Top foods at the dining hall?
Beyond the Names
The stories of the men and women behind the dorm names on Grounds.
What’s the Big Idea?
From superfast rocket engines to a book on common sense, here's a look at some U.Va. research that could change the world.
Medicine for the Soul
Photo Essay: Chaplains provide another dimension of care at the U.Va. Hospital.
The Curious Case of Jerry Reid
Jerry Reid, an undergraduate student, is a typical student in every way—except one.
Charlottesville Then & Now
An interactive feature that compares scenes from the same spots in Charlottesville, nearly 100 years apart.
Lean on Me
The Young Women Leaders Program, which pairs middle school girls with college women mentors, goes global.
The Secret Life of Plants and Trees
Learn about the defense mechanisms of some of nature's most cunning survivors.