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Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville has changed its name and unveiled a new marketing strategy. Now known as Augusta Health, the 255-bed hospital will emphasize its role in providing more health-care services to a growing community. (The News-Virginian)

Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg announced several green-related endeavors. The college ranked 28th among 510 colleges in how it manages its waste in a nationwide recycling challenge. EMU will also introduce a new major this fall in environmental sustainability, which combines traditional science courses with studies in sociology, economics and development. (The News-Leader; Daily News-Record)

James Madison University ranked first for graduation rates among Southern colleges classed as “very competitive” by the American Enterprise Institute. JMU graduated 81 percent of its freshmen within six years, a figure which also placed it fifth nationally among “very competitive” schools. The University of Mary Washington and Eastern Mennonite University also placed in the top five of the regional category. (The News Leader)

Nielsen Builders, a Harrisonburg contractor, received a $1 million contract for an expansion of the Massanutten Technical Center. The project, whose bids came in at half the projected cost, will add a 17,000-square-foot health and public safety building to the facility. (Daily News-Record)

Rockingham Memorial Hospital’s efforts to build Virginia’s first “green” hospital were the focus of the May issue of Healthcare Design magazine, a trade publication. Scheduled to open in June 2010, the hospital will utilize methane gas from a local landfill, energy-efficient lighting and water fixtures, a major effort toward recycling construction waste, plus conservation of wetlands on the property. (Daily News-Record)

Washington & Lee University in Lexington is participating in the federal government’s Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement program. The program allows schools to form voluntary deals with the Veterans Administration by contributing up to 50 percent of tuition, with the VA matching the school’s contribution. W&L will offer five scholarships in the undergraduate and law schools this fall. (The News Leader)

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