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In an interview with The Washington Post last week, U-Va. president Teresa Sullivan spoke about the challenging series of events on campus during the past school year, including sophomore Hannah Graham’s death, the since-debunked Rolling Stone story about rape at U-Va., and the bloody arrest of a black student leader at the hands of state alcohol enforcement officers. Though the elite public university had almost nothing to do with any of the three events, its campus was thrust into the national spotlight for reasons other than the successes of its students in academia and beyond.
The University of Virginia found that over a three year period the Commonwealth’s population grew 3.2 percent. Loudoun County experienced the highest population increase at 11.4 percent and, even without a mass casualty event, is woefully unprepared with inadequate capacity to treat patients overnight – there are only .54 beds per 1,000 residents in Loudoun compared to the national average of 2.9 beds per 1,000 residents – that’s less than 1/5 of the national average. So much for COPN ensuring access to healthcare for Virginians.
In almost every speech during graduation exercises this month, administrators, students, and even Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) mentioned the series of dramatic events — almost all beyond the university’s control, but moments, still, that defined the academic year.
Professor Lavahn Hoh spent more than four decades teaching various aspects of theater, but perhaps his greatest show on earth was "Circus in America", an elective that focused on the history of an art Hoh said we know very little about. After 46 years at UVa, attention was directed to the center ring as Hoh took his final bow.
A year ago, as Memorial Day neared, a special program aired on nearly 80 public radio stations nationwide. Last month, "With Good Reason," which is produced by the Charlottesville-based Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, was honored with a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award by the Radio Television Digital News Association. The prize came as a result of the special program winning first place for audio news documentary.
The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business will begin its annual, summer-long accelerator program to help aspiring entrepreneurs start their ventures. The 2015 i.Lab Incubator program in the W.L. Lyons Brown III i.Lab features 23 ventures, consisting of both new and returning participants. The 2015 class includes nine ventures from Darden students, nine from non-Darden UVa students and faculty and five from the community.
(Opinion) By Gov. Gerald Baliles: The headline events of the past five years, events out of the control of any one person, have obscured many of President Sullivan's accomplishments. Progress rarely makes headlines. Crises do. But the day-to-day moving forward of this complex institution through her leadership and her administrative team, is a story that should be told.
Loans for a student from a low-income family will be capped at $4,000 over four years, rather than $14,000 currently. For other in-state students, loan debt will be reduced from $28,000 to $18,000.
Between 2000 and 2014, the population of the District of Columbia grew by more than 15 percent to 658,893. That influx of people has raised, and continues to raise, concerns of various kinds inside the city. But one thing nobody says is that the newcomers are "taking jobs" from longtime residents. That's because it's pretty obvious that the influx of new people is in fact increasing the number of jobs in the city. That logic is pretty obvious when we talk about movement within the United States of America, but as Gihoon Hong from Indiana University and John McLaren of the University of Virginia find in a new working paper, it also applies to international migration.
The President of the University of Virginia briefed lawmakers Thursday on a plan designed to make the school more affordable for low- and middle-income students by raising tuition across the board and using the money to provide them with grants.
Florence Kling Harding was a trailblazing first lady, being one of the first presidents’ wives to speak openly to the press. While Kling Harding was actively involved in much of her husband’s work, she championed two main causes: women’s rights and wounded soldiers. According to the University of Virginia's Miller Center, Kling Harding often encouraged her husband to appoint women to different positions in government and host female visitors to encourage women's knowledge of government. She also advocated heavily for exercise, throwing several events, such as the first all-women’s tennis tournament, at the White House.
University of Virginia's Darden School of Business has had an incubation activity for a dozen years, but about three years ago it was time to expand, so a number of alumni donated money to renovate a space on grounds and turn it into the i.Lab Incubator. There is an admissions process to be in the incubator. It takes place each January and ventures are chosen by a diverse selection committee. On Wednesday, the 2015 companies will begin the 10-week intense course that runs each summer.
The Charlottesville Salvation Army is holding a sidewalk sale this Saturday to unload hundreds of chairs, tables, couches and mattresses it gathered from students moving away for the summer. Captain Bob Mullins said some couches will sell for as little as $10. For the past couple weeks, the Salvation Army gathered four truckloads full of furniture as part of the University of Virginia's Chuck it for Charity program.
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that felons have the right to sell guns the government confiscated after they were convicted. The decision is thanks, in part, to a team of University of Virginia law students who helped build the case.
Researchers at the University of Virginia say they've developed a way to detect if your car's electronic system is being hacked. Information engineering researchers at UVA say computer hacking is no longer confined to your desktop or smart phones. Automobiles with advanced electronic systems are now at a much higher risk to be taken out of a driver's control. The university is partnering with Virginia State Police to test researchers' detection software inside patrol cars.