Intercom Online......September 10, 1998

Elsewhere in Higher Education

The following information was gleaned from the internal publications of the institutions mentioned.

* The University of Virginia closed University Hall -- its basketball arena -- after engineers during a routine inspection discovered damage to the support system for the 33-year-old building's massive domed roof. Approximately 50 athletic department employees and virtually all of the University's athletic teams were displaced during the building's closure.

* The Mt. Hope Family Center at the University of Rochester has been awarded almost $4 million from two federal agencies to evaluate programs for infants who are maltreated. The five-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families will be used to provide and study psychological services to 100 mothers and their infants in the Rochester area.

* The University of Washington was recently awarded a $6.6-million, five-year grant from the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study children's health risks from pesticide.

* The board of regents at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has approved a proposal to build a partnership between the state and the university's alumni and donors. Under the plan, $57 million in state tax dollars and tuition would be matched by income from a $200 million endowment to be raised by private donors and other sources. The funding is projected over the next two state budgets and five areas are targeted for investment: faculty recruitment; research and instructional initiatives; building renovation and maintenance; academic infrastructure; and financial aid.

* The Campaign for Leadership at Arizona State University has resulted in the creation of 46 new endowed faculty positions, chairs and professorships. Endowed chairs and professorships are created through private-sector gifts of at least $1 million and $300,000 respectively. The campaign goal is to raise $300 million. ASU has raised $202 million toward that goal.

* The University of Florida has created a new graduate fellowship program that will provide as much as $25,000 of support to about 100 of the nation's top graduate students. The university's graduate enrollment is about 18 percent of total enrollment.

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