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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.











A Look at #UVASummer

Over the summer months, a team of interns in U.Va.’s Office of Admission used Instagram to chronicle some of what students were up to over the break. Take a look at some of the #uvasummer posts and read more at http://hoostories.blogspot.com/.

A Rundown of U.Va. in the Rankings

A picture showing the Galt statue of Jefferson and the Rotunda in the evening.

You can find a ranking on the Internet for just about everything these days: most influential cats, top vacation spots, even a Buzzfeed list of top Buzzfeed lists.

For higher education, there’s the much-discussed U.S. News and World Report ranking. In addition, U.Va. has fared well in some other recently released rankings on everything from the state of the University’s finances to the city in which it’s located.

Here’s a look at a few, in no particular order:

Happiest City:

A recent study led by Harvard researchers has Charlottesville as the happiest region in the country. Read more in the Guardian.


From Good Housekeeping’s article “And the Happiest City in America Is…”

Best Value:

MONEY ranked U.Va. as No. 16 on its list of universities that offer the best value.

Top College Town:

Travelers Today ranked Charlottesville as the No. 1 college town in the country.

“Indeed, Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia, does the best job of any city on the list of combining traditional metropolitan interests with the interests of the students who frequent it.”


Top 50 College/University Worldwide:

The Center for World University Rankings ranked U.Va. in the top 50 of colleges/universities out of 1,000 institutions worldwide.

Top Credit Rating:

The Washington Post reported U.Va. as one of only 23 schools to receive the highest credit rating possible from Moody’s.

Top College:

Forbes ranked U.Va. as one of the top 100 colleges in the nation.

Top Unesco World Heritage Site

USAToday ranked U.Va. as one of the top 10 sites in North America on Unesco’s list.

How Much Longer Until Move In?

First-years, wondering how much longer until move-in at U.Va. begins? Here you go:

Countdown to Move-In: #UVA2018

#UVA2018 Summer Orientation

The first session of summer orientation began Monday for the members of the University of Virginia’s Class of 2018. Here is some of what they were feeling, thinking, and posting about the experience so far: