by Andrew Shurtleff
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.
& Mary, Va. Tech
Schools seek new partnership with state
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.
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
back slow growth
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
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.
Walker win covet Thomas Jefferson Medals
Derry Wade and Michael Marshall
. 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.
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.