With a generous contribution from Leidos, the atrium of U.Va.’s Rice Hall has been named the Jones Atrium, in honor of University Emerita Professor Anita Jones.
For Jones, a longtime professor and former head of the computer science department at U.Va., it was a particularly meaningful and unexpected retirement gift. The atrium dedication was made on the occasion of her stepping down from the board of Leidos (formerly SAIC, or Science Applications International Corp.) after decades of service.
“For an academic, that is just such a wonderful and thoughtful gift. It was a complete surprise,” says Jones, who was informed of the gift at a retirement dinner hosted by Leidos.