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Debbie Ryan Honored as Coach of Character

Former U.Va. women's basketball coach Debbie Ryan

Former U.Va. women's basketball coach Debbie Ryan

We’re a little late on this, but congratulations to former U.Va. women’s basketball coach Debbie Ryan, who last week was selected as one of three recipients of the Lapchick Character Award.

The award honors those who have shown the character traits of the late Hall-of-Famer Joe Lapchick, who coached at St. John’s and with the New York Knicks.

 

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Request Goes Out to Reduce Power Use Today

With temperatures and humidity both soaring, the organization that oversees the regional electrical grid is again asking the University to reduce its electricity use.

PJM Interconnection, which oversees the power grid in 13 states, including Virginia, declared a load reduction event from noon??? until ???? today. PJM is asking the University to reduce its draw by two megawatts.

In turn, the University is asking faculty, staff and students to reduce their electrical use wherever possible, by turning off unnecessary lighting and unused computers and other appliances. If possible, delay charging wireless devices until the cooler nighttime hours.

The University will also power some of its buildings with emergency generators instead of drawing power from the grid.

During a similar five-hour event earlier this summer, the University reduced its load by between two and seven megawatts.

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Welcome Back Corks and Curls

 

For our most recent Throwback Thursday post on Facebook, we combed through our collection of Corks and Curls in search of pictures of some of our notable alumni.

We looked for individuals who could be easily recognized and, to provide a challenge, some who could not. Surprisingly, some of the people we had in mind, like Robert Kennedy (LAW 1951), didn’t have an individual photo.

We narrowed the selected pics down to a group of eight and posted the final yearbook-style image to Facebook. We received multiple guesses right away. Many were right, a few were wrong and two had everyone stumped.

Ready for the big reveal? Here are the answers to yesterday’s #TBT, going from left to right:

Katie Couric (CLAS 1979)

Possibly one of the most recognized of Virginia’s alumni, Katie Couric needs no introduction. She’s a celebrated journalist, author, cancer advocate and television personality. In 2012, Katie returned to Grounds and delivered one of the most notable commencement addresses in the University’s history:

 

Vern Yip (CLAS 1990)

Vern Yip is an interior designer and television personality. He’s best known for his work hosting shows for HGTV, like “Trading Spaces” and “HGTV Design Star.” His most recent show, “Live in Vern’s House,” premiered this past July. Check out some of his DIY tips:

 

DeMya Walker (CLAS 1999)

During her time at U.Va., Demya Walker was the all-time leader in field goal percentage and was named Cavalier of the Year. She went on to play in the WNBA and retired after 14 seasons. In January 2014, she was named an ACC Women’s Basketball Legend.

Larry Sabato (CLAS 1974)

One of the leading American political analysts is also a ‘Hoo. Larry Sabato is the Director and founder of the Center for Politics, an author and is a leader in accurate election predictions through his website Sabato’s Crystal Ball. He’s also quite the Tweeter:

 

Sean Patrick Thomas (CLAS 1992)

Sean Thomas, as his name was listed in the 1992 edition of Corks and Curls, danced his way into hearts as Derek in the movie “Save the Last Dance” alongside Julia Stiles and Kerry Washington. Thomas won two MTV Movie awards for that role. He’s gone on to star in other film and television roles and has 39 credits according to his IMDb profile, but we’ll always have love for Derek:

 

Tina Fey (CLAS 1992)

She’s probably made you laugh more than you’ve realized. Tina Fey is an actress, comedian, writer and producer best known for her work on “Saturday Night Live” and NBC’s award-winning “30 Rock.” Most recently, she’s been on the big screen in the movie “This Is Where I Leave You.” Last year, she kicked off the President’s Speaker Series for the Arts at U.Va.

 

And now for the stumpers . . .

Martin Palchik (COMM 1999)

No he’s not John Casteen, but nice guess. Martin Palchik is a former VP for JP Morgan Chase and is currently a Director at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. An expert in Latin America investments, Palchik has been rocking the business world for years. If you happen to be in Lima on Oct. 28, you can catch him at the Mining & Investment Latin America Summit.

Karl Henize (CLAS 1947, GSAS 1948)

This double ‘Hoo was an astronomer, a professor at Northwestern University and a NASA astronaut. Dr. Henize (pronounced HEN-eyes) discovered the third nova ever found in the Magellanic cloud and, at the time of his death, was the oldest American to fly in space at 58. Henize died climbing Mount Everest at the age of 66 in 1993. Read his New York Times obituary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, October 31, 2014

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Request Goes Out to Reduce Power Use Today

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