Who will be the 2011 Commencement speaker at UVA Graduation Ceremonies?
You probably knew Thomas Jefferson had founded a University (that being the University of Virginia), but did you know that one was named after him? Read the rest of this entry »
One of Mr. Jefferson‘s University’s most famous alumni is being honored by his home of Boston, Mass. with a square named in his honor. During his lifetime, Edgar Allen Poe‘s dislike for his hometown was such that he often lied about where he was from. Boston, for its part seems to be trying to strengthen the link, going so far as to naming the month of January E.A.P. month.
The economic crunch has even affected Christmastime at the Mr. Jefferson’s University, otherwise known as the University of Virginia. At the annual Lighting of the Lawn ceremony on December 4th, new, energy efficient LED bulbs debuted, replacing the older incandescent ones.
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Source: UVA Today
The UVAtoday blog noted this past Monday marked the 113th anniversary of fire of the famed Rotunda at UVA. The building was rebuilt by 1898 and the improved version lasted all the way to 1973.
An amusing detail about the fire itself was that a UVA engineering professor saw the Rotunda burning and decided the solution to the problem was…dynamite! The result? Yes, it made the problem much worse, but hey – high marks for ingenuity and chutzpah!
For a great online resource on the history of the Rotunda, visit the Rotunda History page. Click here.
Found of couple of recent clips on YouTube that looked interesting. Have a look:
A walk around Monticello
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Found a nifty little page over at Mr. Jefferson’s University’s website that has a history of the University for kids. Some of the hilights include Edgar Allen Poe, freshman; General Custer’s march on the Rotunda and subsequent 96 hour occupation; and the rescue of the big Jefferson statue by students in the fire of 1895!
Check it out here.