Around the industry: George Mason University School of Law to be renamed for late Justice Scalia without state approval

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  • California: Roy and Rachael Cecchetti of Cecchetti Wine Co. have donated $200,000 toward the new home of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. Construction on the $9.15 million Wine Spectator Learning Center is set to begin June 1, and the center is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017 (North Bay Business Journal, 5/16). 
  • New Jersey: Centenary College President Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite announced at the school's commencement ceremony Saturday that Centenary will officially become a university. However, Lewthwaite will retire later this summer before the changes take effect (Izzo, Daily Record, 5/16).
  • Virginia: The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) decided Tuesday that it does not have the authority to act on George Mason University (GMU)'s move to rename its law school for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. SCHEV said the name change is honorific and therefore would not affect GMU's mission (Kapsidelis, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/17). 

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