March 1-7, 2002
Vol. 32, Issue 8
Back Issues
Savvy job seeking
Budget: Where U.Va. stands
Budget Q&A -- First in a series
New center to preserve heritage of South Atlantic region’s culture
Disaster drill prepares local personnel for real emergencies
A message from Tony Motto, Energy Program manager

U.Va. planning future of Morven Farm, seeks guidance from community

Dave Matthews buys five Kluge farms
Monticello’s visitors boost local economy, study finds
Career Services builds new bridges to jobs for students
Students seek alternative job choices in tough times
A return to the nest? Parents getting involved in job searches
Basic research, collegiality on laureate’s agenda
In Memoriam
Hot Links -- Health System Web site
African clothing, past and present
Planning your retirement income

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job and internship fair

Photo by Jenny Gerow
University Career Services held a job and internship fair Feb. 4-6 in Newcomb Hall Ballroom that gave U.Va. students an opportunity to meet with potential employers. For more on what UCS and students are doing to meet the challenges of today’s job market, see Career Services builds new bridges to jobs for students, Students seek alternative job choices in tough times and A return to the nest? Parents getting involved in job searches.

Budget: Where U.Va. stands
Process a long and winding road

By Dan Heuchert

The news about the state budget seems ever-changing. One governor proposes a budget; the next one changes it. Then legislators rewrite the budget altogether. Numbers shift constantly. One day, you may be getting a raise. The next day, you’re not. Then it’s not a raise, but a bonus, or perhaps some time off. It can be frustratingly confusing.

“Laws are like sausages,” the late German Chancellor Otto von Bismark once said. “It is better not to see them being made.” With apologies to the squeamish, then, what follows is a primer on Virginia’s budget process, with an eye to salary matters as an example of how things change in the process.

Virginia operates on a two-year budget cycle. In even-numbered years, the General Assembly meets for a 60-day “long session” to consider a 24-month spending plan, to take effect July 1, the beginning of the state’s fiscal year. In odd years, the legislature generally meets for 45 days, and makes midstream adjustments to fit the more current financial picture. Lawmakers also may modify the expiring budget, if need be, with so-called “caboose bills” that take effect as soon as the governor signs them.

So budgeting, either writing a new one or amending an old one, is a nearly constant process. Each fall, the University submits its budget priorities — developed through an extensive internal process — to the state Office of Management and Budget. These include requests for both operating needs and capital (building) projects, the latter of which are enumerated in a six-year plan that is updated every other year.

The state budget office, working in concert with the governor, reviews the state’s revenue projections and puts together a budget proposal, which the governor usually unveils in December. At the close of 2001, outgoing Gov. Jim Gilmore did the honors. Full story.

New center to preserve heritage of South Atlantic region’s culture

By Robert Brickhouse

U.Va., Virginia Tech, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities are joining forces to establish a center that has the potential to preserve the South Atlantic region’s colorful heritage while also promoting tourism and economic development. The southeastern region-wide cultural consortium will aim to engage hundreds of communities, universities, schools, private organizations and governments in preserving and celebrating local and regional identities and educating the public about them. The presidents of the three institutions announced details of the effort Feb. 26.

With the same chain stores and fast-food outlets dotting the landscape, the same Hollywood movies playing in every town, and the same national television programs in every home, the South Atlantic Regional Humanities Center (SARHC) aims to work to keep the historic and diverse southeastern United States from losing its distinctiveness.

Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and governed by a region-wide advisory board, SARHC will serve Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, the Virgin Islands and Virginia with a wide range of programs that focus on the promotion of regional history and the study of regional cultures, said Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. “This collaboration between the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech will serve as a model for the rest of the region and the nation as we pool resources to further the appreciation and knowledge of the South Atlantic,” he said.



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Dan Heuchert

News Graphics Editor
Rebecca Arrington

Senior Editor
Anne Bromley

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Carol Wood

Robert Brickhouse
Charlotte Crystal
Jane Ford
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