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August 18, 2014 | Charlottesville Newsplex

Good news for students at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville has been named one of the 10 best college towns in the country. According to, Charlottesville comes in at number 6 for its unique blend of cosmopolitan energy and rural character.

August 17, 2014 | Charlottesville Newsplex

Today at the University of Virginia, many had the chance to meet their favorite Cavaliers. "Football, football, and soccer," said a group of young Cavalier fans waiting in line to see their favorite teams. "I came to see Lambert too, I hear he's really good but i don't like the beard now," she said.

August 15, 2014 | WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

A new study at the University of Virginia focusing on babies in the NICU and their parents aims to improve healthcare through Skype. The study created by two people at UVA has been crucial for people like Halima Walker, whose daughter, Cora, was born at just 23 weeks, weighing less than two pounds. ... UVA Medical Center’s Skype study lets her check on her daughter even when she can’t be there in person. ... The goal is to build the relationships with nurses and parents. “The ability to check in to see their child will, we hope, cause them to be less stressed and continue to be involved as parents,” said Dr. Robert Sinkin, medical director for newborn services at UVA Medical Center.

August 17, 2014 | WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

Incoming law students at the University of Virginia were hard at work Sunday before they start hitting the books. Students went in groups to the Ronald McDonald house, Piedmont Casa, Madison House, and the Virginia Institute of Autism for the law school's "Public Service Day." One volunteer moved to Charlottesville just two days ago and was glad to get out in the community to help those nonprofit's before heading off to orientation Monday.


August 16, 2014 | WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

Bike, Walk, Play is coordinated by the Fry's Spring Neighborhood Association, with the Beach Club, City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. They plan to keep doing the event each year on the Saturday before school starts in the city.



August 15, 2014 | Charlottesville Daily Progress

Six people were hospitalized Thursday after a large section of a tree toppled and smashed into a farmers market at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Just before 4 p.m., the sheared limbs fell across both lanes of Hospital Drive and struck several tents set up near the Barringer Wing of the Medical Center, university police Lt. Melissa Fielding said.

August 14, 2014 | WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

A fallen tree sent six people to the hospital Thursday afternoon. Four of the victims have been released, and two remain in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

August 15, 2014 | USA TODAY

Edward D. Hess, a business professor at the University of Virginia, has created a five-week course on tackling common growth challenges for small businesses. The online course, which starts Oct. 20, is free by registering through Coursera, which partners with universities and other organizations to create free Web-based educational opportunities.

August 15, 2014 | Charlottesville Newsplex

On this edition of UVa Today Bob Beard talks with Associate Director of the Summer Sessions Rachel Nottingham Miller. The University of Virginia has a new program for high school students called The Advance Summer College Experience. The program offers a first-hand feel of university life during its 4-week run on Grounds.

August 13, 2014 | Chinese Education News Network (Chinese language)

A look at strategic plans in American higher education, focusing on the U.Va.’s new Cornerstone Plan, along with the strategic plans of Ohio State and Notre Dame.

August 12, 2014 | WCVE Community Idea Stations (NPR in Richmond) / Virginia News Network

Twenty-five of Africa’s most promising young leaders who spent six weeks in Virginia, have just capped off their visit with an exclusive town hall visit with President Obama.  Includes comments from Jeff Legro, vice provost for global affairs, and LuLu Haangala, a media personality from Zambia.

August 14, 2014 | Richmond Times-Dispatch

In Charlottesville, the University of Virginia is expecting 3,690 first-year students, with move-in set for Aug. 22-23. They include 660 transfer students, with 360 from VCCS.

The class is 56 percent female, and 67 percent are Virginia residents. About 6 percent are African-American, 13 percent Asian-American, 7 percent Hispanic-American, and 60 percent are white Americans. About 89 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

August 13, 2014 | WFAE (NPR in Charlotte, N.C.)

Charlotte Mecklenburg School officials are working on the latest plan to turnaround fourteen struggling schools.  Actually the way officials tout it, there will be fourteen different strategies, one tailored to each school. ... actually, CMS won’t be doing the analysis. It will be researchers from the University of Virginia who will spend several months at all these schools and work with teachers and administrators there. 


August 13, 2014 | WCNC (Charlotte, N.C.)


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