Memorial of Light
Universitys Art Museum will display a digital photograph
(detail above) of the Memorial of Light, the twin blue beams
of light rising on the former site of the World Trade Center
that shown from March 11 through April 11, taken by Roger
Sayre. Two other images by Patrick Witty and Adam Woodward,
on loan from Architecture dean Karen Van Lengen, are also
featured. Poems in response to Sept. 11, written by U.Va.
faculty and students, will accompany the display from Sept.
events commemorating Sept. 11, 2001, see Remembering
Deep budget cuts ahead
Mark R. Warner sent a sobering message about Virginias financial
woes lastweek, announcing that revenues over the next two fiscal
years will be $1.5 billion less than expected.
a 40-minute address to the General Assemblys money committees
on Aug. 19, Warner asked heads of state agencies to develop three
different plans to reduce their state-funded budgets for the current
and coming fiscal year by an additional 7 percent, 11 percent and
15 percent. Those plans must be submitted by Sept. 20.
stressed that the cuts and other spending actions announced Monday
are not just cosmetic.
will be real, with clear impacts and consequences on citizens, local
governments, agencies and employees, he said. Make no
mistake. Some institutions and agencies will close. Some funding
streams may disappear. And there will be more layoffs.
bleak news does not affect the bonus/leave program promised state
employees this month. A 2.5 percent bonus was budgeted for workers
with some having the option of choosing two weeks paid leave
or a combination of leave and bonus. Those who opted to receive
the bonus should notice the money in their Aug. 30 paycheck.
budget for the current fiscal year, which began July 1, already
reflects a $23.4 million general fund reduction; that reduction
was projected to increase by an additional $33.3 million in 2003-04.
The cuts Warner announced Monday would come on top of those previously
ordered reductions. Full
a critical issue for higher education
is the first in a series.
Kiely, a U.Va. graduate, just returned to Charlottesville last weekend
to help her oldest son move into his first-year dorm as he entered
the School of Engineering. She would like her other two children,
who are 15 and 12, to have the same opportunity to attend an in-state
will be among a flood of new faces. In the next decade, 32,000 more
high school graduates are expected to go to colleges and universities
in Virginia on top of the 325,000 that attend now.
a Fairfax County resident, said state schools are the top choices
for all the parents she knows.
amazing how many people say, Why would we go out of state?
What they value, said Kiely, is the affordability, national reputation
and range of size options among the schools in Virginia.
high standards while accommodating growing enrollment will challenge
the schools facilities. Thats why many officials are
pointing to Nov. 5 as a critical point in higher education in Virginia.
On that day, citizens will vote whether $846 million in bonds will
be issued to help finance renovations and new buildings on campuses
statewide. Full story.