UVA in the News
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Four stories underneath the stately Georgian campus of the University of Virginia, I was with a group of rare-book experts scrutinizing a five-hundred-year-old Italian woodcut of two chubby infants. ... Over a coffee break, the members of a seminar led by Gaskell mingled with three others led by such luminaries as Mark Dimunation, the chief of the rare-book division at the Library of Congress. They were gathered in a warren of windowless basement rooms for an annual rite of passage in the world of antiquarian texts: Rare Book School.
The classes marked the penultimate week of a summer-long series of intensive courses that delve into every aspect of books as material objects. The school’s leader, Michael F. Suarez, S.J., a charismatic Jesuit and professor of book history, has been cultivating a new field that he calls “critical bibliography.” Precisely what those words meant was a subject for debate among the participants (“The study of the physical characteristics of books and the process of bookmaking” is the definition the Society of American Archivists gives) but they all agreed that Suarez was a force to be reckoned with.
A group of University of Virginia students is working to bring a presidential debate to the university grounds in 2016. Travis Nixon, a student at the U.Va. Darden School of Business, is leading the Commission for 2016. It is a student-led commission with representatives from the different graduate and undergraduate schools.
Enrollment at the state’s public colleges and universities dipped below 400,000 this fall for the first time since 2008, and more students require financial aid.
Pointing to a 78 percent increase in the number of students requiring assistance since 2011, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia voted Tuesday to ask the General Assembly to appropriate an additional $30 million for undergraduate need-based financial aid next year. …SCHEV Director Peter Blake said by email after the meeting that the resolution “acknowledges what we and others have heard — that additional state appropriations will be hard to come by in the upcoming session. And as difficult a decision it is to raise tuition and fees, institutions should target any increase on the following priorities, some of which have been neglected for too long: faculty salaries, operation of educational buildings, and unavoidable cost increases.” …In Virginia, Blake said, there also could be “a ripple effect” resulting from a decision to increase in-state enrollment at four schools, the University of Virginia, the College of William & Mary, James Madison University and Virginia Tech. The state budget approved in May provided $3.1 million to pay for the additional slots at those schools.
Manufacturing is not what it used to be. People once referred to “unskilled labor.” The category belongs on the endangered species list, particularly regarding so-called heavy industry. …Soon after Rolls-Royce announced it would build a manufacturing plant and research site in Prince George County, company officials visited the Editorial offices to explain their decision to locate in what seemed an unlikely place. They cited Virginia’s overall economic climate and emphasized its educational opportunities. They praised not only the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech but also the state’s community colleges.
When massive open online courses first grabbed the spotlight in 2011, many saw in them promise of a revolutionary force that would disrupt traditional higher education by expanding access and reducing costs. The hope was that MOOCs — classes from elite universities, most of them free, in some cases enrolling hundreds of thousands of students each — would make it possible for anyone to acquire an education, from a villager in Turkey to a college dropout in the United States. … Take Leo Cochrane, who already has a bachelor’s degree but took a free online class from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business to help expand his start-up air-purifying business. The course was perfect for the time-pressed entrepreneur. He had little inclination or money to follow a path that would take him to a traditional campus or even to an old-fashioned online course, with its rigid deadlines for lectures and completing assignments.
With a MOOC, he could watch video lectures on his iPhone while running on a treadmill and pick and choose what he needed to learn from the syllabus. MOOCs put students in control. Students can do as much or as little as they want at any time, one reason that many never complete the courses. Roughly one in 10 finishes.
The 18 interns in last summer’s program at Washington, DC-based consulting firm Bates White worked shoulder to shoulder with the PhD economists, lawyers and MBAs who provide the firm’s economic analysis to clients like Pandora and American Express. “The entire point of the program is to recruit our future full-time employees; they’re really doing the same work a full-time consultant does,” says human resources manager Meghan Benson. Since the firm’s specialty is assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the economic arguments its clients plan to make in litigation, that means interns work with complex databases, do industry-wide research, create sections of client presentations and put together trial exhibits. Interns also get paid pretty well. …It may seem that October is an odd time to release an internship list, but in fact, the deadline for some applications has already passed and hiring at others is well underway. Forty of the 75 slots in the program that ranks second on the list, at the southeast regional accounting firm Elliott Davis, have been filled for 2015. In January Bates White will recruit at its eight target schools, including George Washington and University of Virginia, with an application deadline of Jan. 25.
The University of Richmond graduated 92 percent of its student-athletes who enrolled in 2007, according to graduation success rate (GSR) data released Tuesday by the NCAA.
Virginia Tech graduated 88 percent in that span. The University of Virginia graduated 86 percent, and Virginia Commonwealth University graduated 76 percent.
Rows of T-shirts are hanging on the lawn at the University of Virginia as a message for those who have survived domestic violence.
The UVA Women's Center is hosting the Clothesline Project as an outlet for survivors of abuse. Participants write their stories on T-shirts and hang them up for others to read.
The awareness event will happen again Thursday as part of the Red Flag Campaign against relationship violence.
The United Nations has condemned the terror group ISIS for its "barbaric" violence against thousands of women and girls. Monday, leaders from around the world met at the University of Virginia to talk about what can be done.
Small red flags are dotting the University of Virginia. They're the centerpiece for a domestic violence campaign kicking off this week.
Each flag is meant to educate college students on the signs of an abusive relationship. As part of the Red Flag Campaign, students are encouraged this week to write messages of hope on the flags and then plant them into the ground.
Students looking for the best bang for their higher education buck might want to look towards the best public universities and colleges. A recent survey discovered the 100 public schools with the highest SAT scores -- they offer the affordability of a state school with the benefit of a highly intelligent student body. The schools were recently ranked by Business Insider based on average standardized test scores reported to US News. …Many well-known schools including all five service academies, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Virginia, Rutgers and a number of State University of New York (SUNY) schools are also on the list.
… In the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings of research-oriented National Universities, the highest-ranked public institution is the University of California—Berkeley, ranked at No. 20, followed by the University of California—Los Angeles and the University of Virginia, both ranked at No. 23.
In today’s tech-savvy world, it comes as no surprise that students in engineering and computer science fields stand to earn some of the highest starting salaries upon graduation. Employers are proving more than willing to invest in employees with innovative minds and the degrees to prove it. But it’s not just what you major in that determines your future salary—it’s also where you go to school. ...
11. University of Virginia—School of Engineering & Applied Science
What you’ll make: $65,890
University of Virginia School of Engineering & Applied Sciences has about 2,688 undergraduates, about 31% of whom are women, higher than the average in this field. Graduates can expect a median starting salary around $69,890. What’s more, the highest starting salary among Class of 2013 graduates was $130,000. The school offers 10 undergraduate degree programs in areas such as computer science, electrical engineering, civil engineering and more. About 15% graduate from the school with a double major.
A Recent Grad Says…
Name: Camrynn “Cammie” Genda
Major: Systems engineering and economics
Company: Department of Defense, United States Marine Corps
Cammie says: “Systems engineering taught me how to take any given problem and arrive at a data-driven solution. What is most meaningful to me about this process is that if used in certain ways, it can save lives! For example, while helping design the Amphibious Assault Vehicle for the Marines (an amphibious tank), I designed algorithms to determine cost-effective ways to address mission failures of amphibious tanks in theater. This helps minimize the number of Marines’ lives lost while they are in combat.”
Some students at the University of Virginia are encouraging their classmates to be safe this Halloween. The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) and One Less, a sexual abuse education group, are hoping students will be more conscious of how much they're drinking at Halloween parties this year.