Jan. 16-29, 2004
Vol. 34, Issue 1
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Wilkinson, Walker win coveted Thomas Jefferson Medals
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Coming Soon — The new home of the David and Mary Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture and the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library is nearing completion. The $26 million building, under construction on the lawn in front of Alderman Library since the summer of 2002, should be ready for occupancy by mid-April. The collections — including nearly 300,000 rare books and more than 12 million manuscripts — will be carefully moved in over the summer and should be available by the first day of classes of the fall semester. The 72,000-square-foot building will feature four floors, two above ground and two below.

U.Va. William & Mary, Va. Tech
Schools seek new partnership with state

By Carol Wood

After many years of debilitating state budget cuts to higher education — including a combined $272.4 million reduction from three leading Virginia universities over the past two years — the presidents of those institutions have developed a proposal to establish a new relationship with the state.

In an innovative move designed to reduce pressure on the state budget and to ensure the quality of higher education in the Commonwealth, William & Mary, Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia announced last week that they will ask the 2004 General Assembly to enact the “Commonwealth Chartered Universities and Colleges Act of 2004.” The legislation would create a process for chartering state-assisted, public universities and colleges as political subdivisions of the Commonwealth. Full story.

Legislators back slow growth

By Dan Heuchert

Three state delegates representing local jurisdictions, two Republicans and a Democrat, agree on one thing: the University should not be forced to grow rapidly, despite the upcoming bulge in the state’s college-age population.

State Dels. Mitchell Van Yahres, D-57th; Rob Bell, R-58th; and Steven Landes, R-25th, spoke Jan. 9 at the University’s annual Legislative Forum, which led up to the convening of the state General Assembly five days later. State Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-25th, did not attend after a minor auto accident left his car disabled. He was unhurt. Full story.

Wilkinson, Walker win covet Thomas Jefferson Medals

By Derry Wade and Michael Marshall

J . Harvie Wilkinson III, the former Chief Judge of the Richmond-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and landscape architect Peter Walker, principal of Peter Walker and Partners and newly selected winner of the design competition for the World Trade Center memorial, have been chosen to receive the annual Thomas Jefferson Medals in Law and Architecture, respectively.

The medals, sponsored jointly by the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello, are the highest outside honors given by U.Va. They will be presented to Wilkinson and Walker on April 13 as part of Founder’s Day activities here. Full story.

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