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VSU President Makola Abdullah greeted Richard WIlliams

An online gambling company will give Virginia's HBCUs $1 million

"The latest entrant to Virginia’s burgeoning sports betting industry has promised to donate $1 million to Virginia’s five historically Black universities, as charitable giving for historically Black schools nationwide has sharply increased in the past two years. Golden Nugget Online Gaming, which expects to go live in the coming weeks, pledged $200,000 each to Virginia Union University, Virginia State University, Hampton University, Norfolk State University and Virginia University of Lynchburg," reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Photo: Virginia State University President Makola Abdullah (right) greeted Richard WIlliams of Virginia Sports Technology Group during Tuesday's ceremony at Virginia Union University. (Daniel Sangjib Min/RTD)


VT New Campus

Virginia Tech breaks ground on new campus in Alexandria

"Potomac Yard, the riverfront neighborhood at the northern tip of Alexandria, has evolved from a regional rail hub into a toxic-waste site and then a strip mall anchored by big-box stores and apartment complexes. At one point, it almost became home to D.C.'s football team. Now the area is taking a step toward another transformation: Virginia Tech on Tuesday broke ground on its 3.5-acre Innovation Campus, a graduate school meant to expand the workforce for Northern Virginia’s booming tech sector — and turn the surrounding neighborhood into a key node in that industry," reports The Washington Post.

Photo: A rendering of Virginia Tech's Innovation Campus. (Virginia Tech)


GMU new building concept

Amazon Is Fueling A Higher-Education Boom

"With the arrival of Amazon and a proliferation of other tech companies in fields ranging from big data to cybersecurity, candidates like [Shreya] Bhatia are in high demand. The problem is, there aren’t enough to go around. Universities are trying to change that, and in the process, sparking an academic explosion in and around Arlington. Some of the changes in the higher-ed landscape are physical. Virginia Tech, Mason and the University of Maryland are preparing to open gleaming new facilities here to take advantage of the cash, cachet and connections Amazon has brought to the area,reports Arlington Magazine.

Photo: A rendering of George Mason University’s Institute for Digital InnovAtion in Virginia Square. (Courtesy of Mason Innovation Partners/EYP)

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