UVA President Seeks to Update Mission...

UVA President Seeks to Update Mission Statement

There are 9 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Feb 8, 2013, titled UVA President Seeks to Update Mission Statement. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan is asking the university's deans to create Valentine's Day cards outlining their vision for the university.

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Since: Oct 12

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Feb 11, 2013
"Sullivan is asking the deans to create Valentine's Day cards outlining their vision for the university"

You've got to be kidding me.

If this is the preferred method of communicating complex ideas to resolve "tremendous challenges" then this university has got one foot in the grave and the other foot on a banana peal.

Is this a university of higher-learning or a friggin' daycare?

Perhaps Sullivan just wants the chocolate to munch on...

She really should have been removed last summer.
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Feb 11, 2013
As some one told me decades ago, UVA is a butcher shop. A training ground for future butchers. A place to go when you've failed to go somewhere better. Is there any other reason for students have such a poor history with this town?
Hmmmmm

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Feb 11, 2013
Mr-Butcher wrote:
"Sullivan is asking the deans to create Valentine's Day cards outlining their vision for the university"
You've got to be kidding me.
If this is the preferred method of communicating complex ideas to resolve "tremendous challenges" then this university has got one foot in the grave and the other foot on a banana peal.
Is this a university of higher-learning or a friggin' daycare?
Perhaps Sullivan just wants the chocolate to munch on...
She really should have been removed last summer.
It is quite true that I find this notion ridiculous. However, I also find "mission statements" to be ridiculous. They make up the headlines of PR-only efforts.

With that said, The Butcher doth protest too much, methinks. Perhaps The Butcher is simply taken aback at any show of amusement or humanity shown in the workplace. Workplaces, we might be told are places of cold, rational, calculation not of humanity and happiness. Surely that tells us more about The Butcher than it does anything else.

Since: Oct 12

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Feb 11, 2013
Hmmmmm wrote:
<quoted text>
It is quite true that I find this notion ridiculous. However, I also find "mission statements" to be ridiculous. They make up the headlines of PR-only efforts.
With that said, The Butcher doth protest too much, methinks. Perhaps The Butcher is simply taken aback at any show of amusement or humanity shown in the workplace. Workplaces, we might be told are places of cold, rational, calculation not of humanity and happiness. Surely that tells us more about The Butcher than it does anything else.
Be my valentine, sweetheart.

;)
dude

Bassett, VA

#5 Feb 11, 2013
At least there are kids gathering food for UVA employees and their families! Someone is trying to help employees, not sullivan!
amazed

Washington, DC

#6 Feb 11, 2013
Anyone who orders a subordinate to send her a valentine's day card doesn't quite have a grasp of the notion of a gift between "consenting adults." Might have seemed more appropriate if she was wearing a gestapo uniform and wielding a rider's crop: "You veel sent me und valentine, yah!?"
twinmom

Gladys, VA

#7 Feb 11, 2013
Asking the deans to send her Valentine's Day cards?
Ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous, and folks wonder why the BOV wanted to get rid of her.

Somewhere, somehow, some idiot dreamed up the notion of "mission statements". Way too much energy, time and valuable resources are spent trying to come up with the perfect wording. I'll do it for you:
1. Medical school: educate physicians in the most effective ways to treat illness
2. Hospital, MD offices, other clinic: provide state of the art evidence-based practice as efficiently as possible, and with a smile on your face
3. University: educate the students so that they can fuction effectively in the modern world of technology

Any questions? There, done. We don't need 35 members on a committee meeting 47 times, polling a random sample of "stakeholders", running it by the lawyers to make sure it doesn't offend some fringe group who only exists in the Amazon jungle.

And we certainly don't need a bunch of mussy Valentines telling Sullivan how much she is loved, and oh by the way, make sure to include X,Y, and Z in the mission statement.

And while we are at it, how can she request this when there may be deans who don't celebrate Valentine's Day, such as Jehovah's Witnesses, Muslims, etc? Seems like she must have forgotten to get the PC police to check this out before announcing it.
Hmmmmm

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Feb 11, 2013
twinmom wrote:
...
Somewhere, somehow, some idiot dreamed up the notion of "mission statements". Way too much energy, time and valuable resources are spent trying to come up with the perfect wording. I'll do it for you:
1. Medical school: educate physicians in the most effective ways to treat illness
2. Hospital, MD offices, other clinic: provide state of the art evidence-based practice as efficiently as possible, and with a smile on your face
3. University: educate the students so that they can fuction effectively in the modern world of technology

Any questions? There, done.
...
Holy cow twinmom. Right now the entire Western world should be hoping desperately that you are nowhere near anything that resembles an important seat of power in a University.

Is that really the totality of your view of what Universities are for?

Who will be creating the knowledge taught to these physicians and other health care professionals? Or perhaps you think that knowledge falls out of the sky? Or that God delivers it via FedEx?

And where will the contents of the knowledge come from for all of those others? Where will knowledge base for new technology come from? Where will much of the new technology itself come from? And if the only thing students are taught is how to "fuction" with it, who will teach them to think critically about it? Who will develop all these ideas? Or maybe God is also delivering those ideas too?

Listen - if that's all you can think of with regards to what a University does, then I'm sorry - you really don't belong in the conversation.
Hmmmmm

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Feb 11, 2013
I love how people constantly come in here, drop the "judge it" ratings and go without saying a thing.

Apparently it is the way of those who only know how they "feel" about things but have not a reasoned or rational thought about any of it. Its become the "American way" - all emotions and no knowledge or brains.

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