Virginia attorney general announces rescue plan for college
Campus Life / Education

Virginia attorney general announces rescue plan for college

Prominent alumnae of Sweet Briar College are rejoicing over a mediated settlement to keep the 114-year-old Virginia women’s college open, a rescue deal that caps frantic monthslong efforts to stave off a planned August closure. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced the settlement Saturday, saying $12 million raised by determined alumnae to keep the women’s … Continue reading

Campus Life / Education

Va. students find flooding fix for Mountain Run, park

When four Eastern View High School students learned about the recurring flooding of Mountain Run throughout Yowell Meadow Park at the intersection of Sperryville Pike and Blue Ridge Avenue, ideas to fix the problem began to flow. With the guidance of Stephanie DeNicola-Turner, education/information coordinator for the Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District, the team’s … Continue reading

Education

Virginia School for Deaf and Blind names new superintendent

The Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind has named Pat Trice as superintendent. Trice had served as interim superintendent since longtime superintendent Nancy Armstrong retired last summer. The News Leader (http://bit.ly/1eAN6od ) reports that the school’s Board of Visitors unanimously approved Trice’s appointment on Friday. The board has been discussing the school’s direction to … Continue reading

Education

Survey: Most Americans with disabilities ‘striving to work’

More than two-thirds of American adults with disabilities are “striving to work,” according to a national employment survey being released just before the landmark legislation protecting their rights turns 25. In contrast to census data on how many people with disabilities hold jobs, the survey being released Wednesday by the Kessler Foundation goes further by … Continue reading

Fewer students study botany, more plant collections closing
Education

Fewer students study botany, more plant collections closing

The teeming plant world could become a virtual mystery in the coming decades as college students increasingly shy away from studying botany and universities across the U.S. shutter their long-standing herbaria. Since 1988, the number of research universities offering botany degrees has dropped by half, according to National Science Foundation research funding statistics. And the … Continue reading