Youngkin asks colleges to flatten tuition

Ten Commonwealth colleges have answered Governor Glenn Youngkin’s request to flatten tuition costs this fall.

This effort attempts to help students, parents, and families impacted by inflation.

So far, Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University and a few others have frozen their rates.

Some schools like Virginia Tech and the College of William and Mary were not planning a tuition increase this fall.

The University of Virginia is the lone institution that refused the request citing a potential loss of $7.5 million to which Youngkin pointed out the school’s $2 billion budget.

Some schools are already planning to raise fees and cost of room and board next year.

Another plan includes a one time scholarship for in-state students to cover increases for next year while out-of-state and graduate students will pay an increased rate.

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Fun Fact March 16, 2022.

Happy birthday to James Madison, born on this date in 1751.  According to History dot com, Madison is remembered as drafter of the Constitution, recorder of the Constitutional Convention, author of the Federalists Papers, in particular number 10, and fourth president of the United States, leading the Nation during the War of 1812.   In 1794, Madison married a young widow, Dolley Payne Todd, who would prove to be Washington, D.C.’s finest hostess during Madison’s years as secretary of state under Jefferson, prior to his own presidency.  After retiring from official political positions, Madison served Thomas Jefferson’s beloved University of Virginia first as a member of the board of visitors and then as rector. In 1938, the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg, Virginia, was renamed in Madison’s honor as Madison College; in 1976, it became James Madison University.  Listen to the podcast here;

Fun Fact March 16, 2022.

VSP investigate a death in Harrisonburg

ABC News reports the finding of a body near James Madison University (JMU).

Virginia State Police (VSP) were called in by the JMU Police Department to assist in investigating the death of a male subject found near the school.

The body was discovered in the 2500 block of East Grace Street Harrisonburg.

The body has been taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for examination and identification.

At this stage of the investigation the death does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

Pending identification JMU officials do not believe the person is a student, faculty or staff member.

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Funeral services for fallen officers expected to cause heavy traffic

A social media post from James Madison University (JMU) confirms that the school will host the joint funeral service for Officers J.J. Jefferson and John Painter today Feb. 9 at 11 a.m..

The two officers were killed in the line of duty at Bridgewater College on Feb.1.

The service is open to the public and expected to draw thousands including law enforcement and first responders from across the state.

Both JMU Officials and Harrsonburg Police are asking for patience with traffic and parking today Feb. 9 around the Atlantic Union Bank Center at the school.

Both Shenandoah University and Bridgewater College posted on social media that they will host a livestream of the service starting at 11 a.m. as well.

Bridgewater College is offering a livestream of the service beginning at 11 a.m. at

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SU will live stream Officer’s service tomorrow 2/9

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A social media post from Shenandoah University (SU) announced that Goodson Chapel-Recital Hall will be open to all tomorrow Feb. 9.

This is for all to view the livestream of the joint memorial service of former SU employee J.J. Jefferson and John Painter.

The service will honor the two Officers shot in the line of duty at Bridgewater College.

The service is also open to the public at James Madison University (JMU) according to a social post.

The service will be held at JMU’S Atlantic Union Bank Center tomorrow Feb. 9 starting at 11 a.m..

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