Citizen Staff Reports 10/24/11
John Hutcheson, Jr., son of Rossie and Randy Hutcheson; Graham Jones, son of The Rev. and Mrs. Gary D. Jones; and Warren Snead, III, son of Brenda and Warren L. Snead, Jr., of Richmond, were recently inducted into the Order of Gownsmen at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. The Order of the Gowsnmen is a unique student government body among U.S. colleges and universities. Since 1875 the Order of Gownsmen has remained the body responsible for maintaining the spirit, traditions, and ideals of the University of the South. The wearing of the gown is both a sign of academic achievement and a promise to continue the ideals and traditions of the university.
Megan Wallace recently joined the University of Richmond as director of business development in the Office of Alumni and Career Services. Wallace manages recruiting relationships with employers and leads a comprehensive strategic employer development and stewardship plan. She also serves as a key leader in setting metrics for outcomes, program assessment, documentation and evaluation. Prior to joining Richmond, Wallace was assistant director of career development at Wake Forest University School of Business. She previously was an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton and the account director of member services for Corporate Executive Board. Wallace earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, computer information systems, from James Madison University and a master’s degree in education and human development with a concentration in student affairs from George Washington University.
The Children’s Museum of Richmond recently hired Liz Pearce as the organization’s first director of parent engagement, part of a new initiative at the museum. CMoR is one of only a few in the country to expand its mission to include education for parents and caregivers. Pearce has worked in the areas of parent education and support for 21 years, most recently as director of Commonwealth Parenting from 2004 to 2011. In February, she will be named president of the National Parent Education Network. The initiative includes plans to provide parents with a wide array of resources to address various issues families may encounter. The vision is for the museum to be a central hub of information for parents and caregivers, in addition to its primary purpose of providing a creative environment where children learn through play. Resources for parents will range from information on age-related expectations and concerns, to parenting support for those experiencing difficulties, to in-the-moment advice about a particular behavior. Last year, CMoR saw 360,000 visitors at both its Central and Short Pump locations; roughly half of whom were parents. For more information, visit http://www.c-mor.org .
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: James Monroe Law Office Museum and Memorial Library Board of Regents – Peter Broadbent, Jr. of Richmond, partner with Christian & Barton LLP; and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Board of Trustees - Steven A. Markel, vice chairman of Markel Corporation; Ranjit Kumar Sen, chief advisor of Stefanini IT Solutions; and Dr. Shantaram K. Talegaonkar, ophthalmologist at Virginia Eye Institute.
Don Kaiserman, of Henrico, recently was elected president of the 18-Virginia Council of Chapters (VCOC) Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). The swearing-in ceremony was performed by Admiral Norb Ryan, president of MOAA, the largest national organization of military officers. Kaiserman had served a two-year term as president of the Richmond chapter and currently serves as VCOC first vice president and legislative officer on state and national issues of interest to uniformed officers, their family members and surviving spouses in the Commonwealth.
Amanda E. Ziegler, of Glen Allen, recently graduated from Boston University in Boston, Mass. Ziegler received a bachelor of liberal studies degree in interdisciplinary studies, Cum Laude.
The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.
Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.
The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.
Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.
But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.
That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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