Aug. 30-Sept. 12, 2002
Vol. 32, Issue 25
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Memorial of Light
Deep budget cuts ahead
Bond referendum a critical issue for higher education
Done Deal -- University finalizes plans for African consortium
Conserve -- U.Va. cracks down on water use

Apprenticeship program turns 20

How does aging affect cognition?
Children care for elderly parents
Years weaken signal of body’s master clock
Celiac sprue -- a disease that goes against the grain
In Memoriam
Hot Links -- U.Va. home page
Remembering Sept. 11th
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Memorial of Light

Memorial of Light

The University’s 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. 10-Oct. 10.

For events commemorating Sept. 11, 2001, see Remembering Sept. 11th.

Deep budget cuts ahead

By Lee Graves

Gov. Mark R. Warner sent a sobering message about Virginia’s financial woes lastweek, announcing that revenues over the next two fiscal years will be $1.5 billion less than expected.

In a 40-minute address to the General Assembly’s 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.

Warner stressed that the cuts and other spending actions announced Monday are not just “cosmetic.”

“They 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.”

The 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.

U.Va.’s 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 story.

Bond referendum
a critical issue for higher education

This is the first in a series.

By Anne Bromley

Sue 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 school.

They 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.

Kiely, a Fairfax County resident, said state schools are the top choices for all the parents she knows.

“It’s 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.

Maintaining high standards while accommodating growing enrollment will challenge the schools’ facilities. That’s 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.


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