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Virginia universities consider race as part of a “holistic” review of a student during the admissions process, but that practice will not be changed immediately, if at all, by Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Both the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary acknowledge race may be a factor in admissions. U.Va. adheres to a 2003 Supreme Court decision, also from Michigan, that allows for racial preferences but not quotas, spokesman McGregor McCance said. The university uses an “individualized and holistic approach” that focuses on many factors “to assemble an incoming class consisting of interesting young people,” he said.
Tuesday is Earth Day and the University of Virginia marked the occasion with a big expo held at Newcomb Hall. The theme of the Earth Week Expo was "the challenge of change." Organizers say the goal was to showcase sustainability projects - focused on spreading knowledge and taking action.
Holder began signaling more aggressive moves on commutation back in January, when he said the Justice Department would step up its efforts to seek clemency applications. “One of the things we have to do is to make people who are incarcerated aware of that avenue,” Holder said in an appearance at the University of Virginia. “The president is willing to do these kinds of things…For him to look at them, we have to get them into the system, and to him.”
In this week's Stephanie's Heroes, three University of Virginia undergrads are going the distance to improve education for children with learning disabilities. They plan to travel to Zambia to help new teachers and implement new lesson plans that could make a big difference for students. Lauren Baetsen, Emily Nemec and Amanda Halacy will soon be leaving Grounds at U.Va. and heading thousands of miles away to go to the Special Hope Network in Lusaka, Zambia.
Today the Garden Club of Virginia has 47 member clubs and 3,400 volunteers and is undertaking restoration projects at 41 properties including Mount Vernon and the Pavilion Gardens at the University of Virginia. ... Perennial Historic Garden Week sites that will be opening as always, April 26-29, include U.Va.’s Carr’s Hill, West Lawn Pavilion homes and gardens, and Morea Garden and Arboretum, along with Morven, open Saturday, April 26, where nine women created the Albemarle Garden Club in 1914, and went on to help found the Garden Club of Virginia in 1920 and help create Historic Garden Week in 1929. The Garden Club of Virginia began using Historic Garden Week monies to restore the Pavilion gardens and their distinctive serpentine walls in 1947. Work continues today.
After a weekend spent drawing trees with the students and faculty of the landscape architecture department at the University of Virginia, French botanist Francis Hallé gave a talk on the ecology of tropical rainforests. He has studied tropical plant life in 45 countries for 55 years and was the first person to land on top of the rainforest canopy using a raft suspended from a dirigible.
School officials call it Project-based Learning, and they feel so strongly about the model’s potential to engage students, that it’s the first objective you’ll find in the division’s strategic plan. ...The division is also applying project-based learning to the secondary grades. Using 3-D printing technology, Buford Middle School students are learning engineering principles and collaborating with scientists from the University of Virginia.
With a Ph.D. in aquaculture, Nicole Kirchhoff knew the science but lacked any formal business training. As a cash-strapped, time-pressed entrepreneur, she couldn’t afford to sign up for business classes at a local college and definitely couldn’t take off a few years to earn an MBA. Instead ... she has assembled her own version of a business degree by aggregating classes from the nation’s best schools including “Foundations of Business Strategy” from the University of Virginia.
University of Virginia athletes are asking for the public's help to cure rare blood diseases. Monday, the football and track teams partnered to host a bone marrow registration drive. For some patients with diseases like leukemia or lymphoma, bone marrow transplants may be their only hope of surviving. ... The bone marrow drive is especially personal for U.Va. football head coach Mike London and his daughter Ticynn. Eleven years ago he donated his bone marrow to her after she was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. The procedure saved her life.
The fifth edition of “The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges" was published last week. Randolph College is one of 14 colleges in Virginia recognized, including Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, University of Richmond and the College of William and Mary.
Donna Price Henry is being inaugurated as the eighth chancellor of the University of Virginia's College at Wise. ... The U.Va. Board of Visitors will attend the inauguration, then hold a special meeting Wednesday at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon to set tuition rates for the next academic year.
In Virginia, only the governor can restore a felon's right vote and it used to take half a decade before they could apply for that right. That all changed as Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Friday that he is cutting the waiting period for violent felons to apply for reinstatement of rights from five years down to three. Attorney General Mark Herring (D) spoke on the issue while visiting the UVa Law School on Friday.
Ginsburg recalled that the justices went through many rounds on that case. “And one time, I had a footnote that referred to the University of Virginia at Charlottesville,” Ginsburg said. “You had a footnote back saying, ‘Well, you have to forgive this ignorant person because she doesn’t know that there is no University of Virginia at Charlottesville; well, there is only a University of Virginia.’” Scalia laughed, saying that Ginsburg didn't realize it was the main campus of the school.
Friday, some survivors of sexual violence got together to break a little glass, make art, and heal at the same time in Charlottesville. This concluded a week of Take Back the Night activities at the University of Virginia.
It’s been a busy first 100 days for Virginia’s new Attorney General Mark Herring – and he says his fight to change the state’s stance on gay marriage tops his list of accomplishments during that time. Friday, Herring visited University of Virginia law students to talk about some of the issues he's faced in office thus far.