Youngkin issues executive order on AI

Governor Youngkin issued an Executive Order 30 on Artificial Intelligence (AI), which implements AI Education Guidelines for the classroom protecting the individual data of all Virginians.

The Commonwealth contains the largest number of cybersecurity companies and personnel on the East Coast.

Virginia colleges and universities lead the nation in technology research and development, and critical national security and military intelligence, undeniably exposing Virginia to unique AI effects.

The Governor’s Executive Order mixes strong protections for Virginia residents and businesses while recognizing opportunities presented by AI.

As one of the first states in the country to issue AI standards, Virginia is leading the way on guidelines and pilots.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Virginia colleges reevaluate legacy admissions

Following the recent Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, colleges and universities in Virginia are reevaluating their policies on legacy admissions.

Virginia Tech became the second public institution in the country to announce they will no longer consider relationships to alumni as a deciding factor.

The University of Virginia is adjusting their application to allow prospective students the opportunity to write about their personal or historic connection to the school instead of simply checking a box regarding their relation to alumni.

Some institutions, like VCU, never took legacy into consideration.

Attorney General Jason Miyares recently pleaded to all state colleges to do away with legacy admissions, urging them to focus on the individual and their experiences.

Colorado became first state to ban legacy admissions at public universities in May of 2021.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Governor Fellow’s Program now accepting applications

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that applications for the Governor’s Fellows Program are now being accepted through March 5th.

The Governor’s Fellows Program is a prestigious opportunity for rising college seniors, graduating seniors or grad students to get a first hand look at the Executive Branch in action.

Fellows have been accepted since 1982 and work closely with the Governor’s cabinet not only to learn but also to assist in essential work for the state.

Fellows also enjoy learning from special guest speakers and experiencing state government on the road by visiting historical sites and other state government agencies.

The program is open to applicable students at all Virginia colleges and universities as well as for Virginia residents who attend out of state schools.

Interviews will begin on March 13, 2023 with applicants advised on decisions beginning on April 14, 2023.

The program runs from June 1, 2023 through July 28, 2023.

To apply, visit the Governor’s Fellows Program website here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

News Maker President Tracy Fitzsimmons on SU recent successes

shenandoah university admission tests

Shenandoah University (SU) has had a number of accomplishments to celebrate in the past year.

In part one of our News Maker segment with SU President Tracy Fitzsimmons Ph.D we talk about her selection as one of the 500 top Educators in Virginia.

That designation comes from the editors of Virginia Business Magazine.

In part two of our talk with President Fitzsimmons we will talk about still more accolades for the University.

We will also talk about a celebration scheduled at the campus to celebrate not just SU but the community it serves.

News maker segments air at 8:30 a.m. weekdays with the full interviews in the noon hour each weekday.

The good news is brought to you by the town of Front Royal.

Click here for Tracy’s interview.

If you know of someone making a difference in the community or an event coming up call (540) 635-4121 and ask for Scott so we can make you a News Maker.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.     

LFCC celebrates the grand opening of Jenkins Hall in Luray

luray-page county center

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) celebrated the grand opening of the new permanent site at the former Wrangler Annex building in Luray.

The 13,000 square foot Jenkins Hall features classrooms, science and health labs, trades lab, boardroom and student commons area.

The modern state of the art labs are a huge step forward for the college in Luray.

The facility was being used back in Jan. but with limited classes.

Because of the pandemic the grand opening was delayed.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here. 

Great College to Work for Program recognizes SU

shenandoah university admission tests

The Great College to Work for Program has recognized Shenandoah University (SU) as one of the best to work for.

SU was one of seventy colleges or universities in the country recognized as a Great School to Work for and one of forty to make the honor roll.

In fact SU is one of three four year institutions in Virginia to make the honor roll.

The school made the honor roll by receiving positive results in all 10 categories that are rated by employees regarding workplace practices and policies.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.