Peabody is the building, Jack is the dog, and I'm Dean J (she/her, btw).

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Back from hiatus

I'm back from a short hiatus! I wasn't really on vacation all this time, though did sneak over to the beach for a short time. The new student system project has been getting the bulk of my time for the last few weeks. In that time, the Common Application has successfully launched their new and improved 2009 application and the UVa specific supplement went live at the time time. Now seems like the perfect time to create an application account on the Common App website to take a look around. Close to 4,000 students have already begun their UVa applications on the Common App site!

Of course, there have been lots of developments right here in Peabody Hall as well...

We're one week away from going live with our new, paperless application review system. At a time when every industry is making efforts to be more environmentally conscious, admission offices can make a huge impact by going paperless. With close to 20,000 first year and transfer applications last year and with students sending more supplemental materials than ever before, the amount of paper being used in our office was huge. I feel good about our move to using less paper. The graduate schools at UVa are moving in the same direction, so paper consumption at UVa will probably decrease dramatically in the near future.

I'll be touching on some of the particulars about the new UVa admission process in the coming weeks.

It's good to be back!

CavDog enjoyed his first trip to the beach during the blog break

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Vacation time for Dean J

I'll be away from the blog for a little while. For now, you can look at this picture of an alpaca.


For some fun, you can try to answer a trivia question: On which high school's campus were the following pictures were taken? I'll post an answer when I return in about a week.