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June/July 2014

On The Rooftop of the Rotunda
The High-Stakes Restoration Project of a Lifetime

10 must-have herbs to grow in your garden

By Katie Manning
Photographs by Dan Addison/UVA Communications


Thomas McGraw spirals up a dimly lit staircase and pushes open a trapdoor above his head. He hoists himself onto the Rotunda’s gleaming roof for the first time since April 2013, when W.A. Lynch Roofing sealed the last of 4,000 copper panels on the historic dome. When UVA hired W.A. Lynch Roofing for the renovation, it had two tiny requests: a leak-free, fireproof roof, and that the renovation be completed in five months—half the usual time.

“It was impossible—vehemently I said it was impossible…I’d done a lot of projects that were intense, but none were as intense as this,” says McGraw, who managed the project and serves as executive vice president at Lynch Roofing.

He and his crew of 17 local craftsmen braved freezing temperatures as low as nine degrees and fierce winds for seven days a week to finish before graduation. Roofing in the winter can be a nightmare, but they pulled it off.

The Rotunda stands as the highest stakes project of McGraw’s professional life. After all, it’s modeled from the Pantheon in Rome, designed by Thomas Jefferson, and remains the iconic center of the university. The Rotunda joins the Pyramids and Versailles, among others, on the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List. It counts royalty, world leaders and Nobel Laureates among its visitors, spanning from Queen Elizabeth II of England to the Dalai Lama.

McGraw may have looked at the world from bird’s-eye view on thousands of rooftops across the East Coast, but this roof is his legacy.



































Miller Center University Of Virginia
A nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy, and political history, providing critical insights for the nation’s governance challenges.

By Julia Carter and Lauren Lindemann
Photographs Courtesy Of Miller Center


As its mission indicates, the Miller Center is a unique nonpartisan institution that explores the juncture of American history, public policy, and the impact of these to solve problems we face presently and will face in the coming years. Located on Old Ivy Road in the historical Faulkner House in Charlottesville, the Miller Center is home to a large symposium hall that hosts visiting authors, journalists, and other public figures; contains offices for associated scholars and researchers; and houses an extensive library containing presidential histories, correspondence, and recordings.

The Miller Center was founded in 1975 by University of Virginia Law School graduate and prominent public figure, Burkett Miller. Because of his vast network of connections, Mr. Miller was able to set the Miller Center on a successful course to become a valued center for historical and political discourse. His vision for the Miller Center was a meeting place where America’s leading political figures and scholars could come together with the public to explore solutions to current problems by looking to lessons from the past.



Honey and Lavender
Indulge your senses with the sweet taste of honey and the rich scent of lavender.

by Caroline Parsley


Summer is the prime season to pick up a jar of fresh local honey and catch lavender's blooming buds. Tour the lush fields of Central Virginia, local farmer's markets, or enjoy time in your own garden.

A great way to enjoy herbs, fruit, and flower petals is by infusing them in honey. While it’s difficult to improve on nature’s goodness when it comes to pure honey, instilling honeys with fresh herbs creates complex flavor profiles.
































Last Laugh
Plot Twist

By Louise B. Parsley


The noise emanating from the kitchen was deafening. A Blackhawk helicopter landing on the stovetop? Or The Bob cleaning the kitchen with the leaf blower. Again.

My formerly white kitchen cabinets glowed with an eerie greenish aura. The Bob’s face was splattered with tiny bits of kale, spinach, and dandelion. He looked like a crash victim in a turnip patch. “I’m twerking,” he yelled above the whrrr.

“Really?” I sighed. “Sure you’re not juicing?”

“Whatever,” he dismissed. “The kids say I have to get healthy. So, I’m becoming a heathen.”

Granted, he looked like one. “Sure they didn’t say vegan?” I admonished.

“Healthy vegan,” he declared. “A ‘heathan’.”


Conversations like this are all the rage in our home—whatever pretty much sums up the theme of our lives. In true role reversal, our children now tell us what we have to do: step it up, stay hip, get with the program.

But the learning curve to staying hip is so steep that, at my age, no wonder it’s used in tandem with “replacement.” It’s challenging enough that, as a mother, at the drop of a hat, for the rest of your life, you’re expected to know your child's name and how old they are. Now I have to remember 159 usernames, passwords, and pin numbers. And try grasping snapchat and Instagram; Flickr and Tumblr, YouTube and Twitter. No wonder the younger crowd is always exclaiming “OMG” and “WTF.”



















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