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.
As part of its 30th anniversary year and partnership with the Children's Museum of Richmond, Commonwealth Parenting will present a six-part RVA Parents Forum Series to address some of the toughest issues confronting parents.
Parenting experts and family educators will tackle topics ranging from bullying to alcohol, sex to divorce, and technology and stress. Parents will learn how to identify potential problems.
"We're excited about bringing this much-needed forum series to parents in central Virginia. Through our valuable partnership with Commonwealth Parenting, we can have a deeper impact in the community through parent and caregiver education," said Karen Coltrane, president and CEO of the Children's Museum of Richmond. > Read more.
Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.
YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.
Check out these three B’s in Henrico this weekend: books, bluegrass and “Born Yesterday.” Other activities to participate in – and feel good about – are the 15th annual James River Regional Cleanup and the 5th annual Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Inspirational football movie tries too hard for its own good
When the Game Stands Tall is based on a true story – an unbelievable true story that takes the word “inspiring” about as far as it can go.
It’s a film about Bob Ladouceur, coach of the De La Salle High Spartans, a California high school football team with 12 consecutive undefeated seasons (a staggering 151 games won in a row).
Along the way, Ladouceur (played by Jim Caviezel) faced the kind of hardship most football coaches (thankfully) can only imagine – suffering a near-fatal heart attack, the death of a star player, and rebuilding the team after that 151-game streak came to a humiliating end. > Read more.
Enjoy political comedy at its finest with The Capitol Steps at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Methodist and Baptist churches unite for the fourth annual Mission Footprint 5K, taking place at Trinity UMC. Or in honor of Grandparent’s Day on Sunday, treat them to A Grand Family Affair or maybe a movie – the 1978 film “Superman” is at the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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