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By Rob Riordan on May 15, 2019


“A Civilian Camp David” for Conflict Resolution Opens

Point of View, the conference and retreat center for the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, officially opened in April 2016. Dedicated to the study and practice of conflict resolution, it is “a civilian Camp David,” says the school’s dean, Kevin Avruch. Located on 120 wooded acres on Belmont Bay in Fairfax County, Virginia, Point of View is the gift of the late Edwin and Helen Lynch, among the most thoughtful and generous benefactors of the school.

Point of View. Photo by Creative Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Honoring the Giants of Engineering

Nguyen Engineering Building. Photo by Creative Services

The naming of the John Toups Instructional Laboratory for Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering at the Long and Kimmy Nguyen Engineering Building honors a lifetime of service and recognizes a $1.5 million gift made in 2018 by Toups and his wife, Nina. Toups, a legend in civil engineering, passed away last June.

“My dad loved hands-on learning. He would love to see everything you’re doing in there, and more importantly, how it’s going to prepare future generations and create the opportunity for them to make a great impact on the world.”—Charles Toups, son of John Toups and a senior executive in engineering with Boeing

 

 


Enriching the Region’s Quality of Life

Hylton Performing Arts Center at the Science and Technology Campus. Handout

Serving as the creative commons of our vibrant region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center opened in 2010 thanks to an early lead gift from the Cecil and Irene Hylton Foundation. In 2019, with support from hundreds of friends of the arts, construction is under way on a new Education and Rehearsal Wing here at Northern Virginia’s premier venue for the performing arts.

 

 

 

 

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