Shawn Boyer, founder and CEO of Snagajob, recently was honored as the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business Executive of the Year at the school's annual Honors Convocation April 10. His Henrico-based company, founded in 1999, is the nation’s largest hourly employment network, with more than 30 million registered job seekers. In 2008 the U.S. Small Business Administration named Boyer the Small Business Person of the Year. That same year, the Great Place to Work Institute named Snagajob a Best Small and Medium Company to Work for in America. Prior to founding Snagajob, Boyer was a transactional attorney with Brown & Wood LLP (now Sidley Austin LLP). He serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including The Richmond Forum, Sports Backers, Comfort Zone Camp, Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the George C. Marshall Foundation.
Amy Treonis, associate professor of biology at the University of Richmond, recently received a Fulbright Scholar award to teach and conduct research for five months in Nepal. Treonis will teach undergraduate environmental science, organize a one-day workshop on the study of nematodes and investigate how nematode communities respond to soil improvements in Nepalese agro-systems. She will also mentor young female scholars as they grow into the next generation of environmental scientists. Her research will address lost soil fertility due to over-cultivation and erosion and sustainable agricultural practices in Nepal. Treonis has taught at Richmond since 2005. She earned a Ph.D. in ecology at Colorado State University and a B.A. in biology at Dominican University.
Two University of Richmond faculty members are among 300 listed in the 2011-12 Guide to America's Best Professors, published recently by The Princeton Review and RateMyProfessors.com. Stephen Long, assistant professor of political science and international studies, and Joseph Troncale, associate professor of Russian literature and visual culture, are among the 300 professors from 122 colleges listed in the book. Long earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Troncale received a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Undergraduate professors were selected based on quantitative and qualitative data from survey findings and ratings collected by both The Princeton Review and RateMyProfessors.com. Earlier this year, The Princeton Review selected Richmond for its 2012 list of 75 best value private colleges.
Hampden-Sydney College senior Thomas William Massey, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Massey, of Richmond, recently was initiated into the honor society Phi Beta Kappa. A Patrick Henry Scholar, Massey has served as both president of the Pre-Health Society and vice president of the Pre-Business Society. He is a member of the Student Investment Group, the honor society Chi Beta Phi and the social fraternity Phi Gamma Delta. An economics and commerce major, Will is a graduate of Trinity Episcopal School.
The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.
Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.
Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.
At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.
Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.
The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.
Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.
Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress
The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.
Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.
On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.
‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.
Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.
In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.
So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.
Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.
Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.
Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.
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CalendarRiver Road Church, Baptist, 8000 River Rd., will host its annual Trunk or Treat celebration at 6 p.m. in the church’s back parking lot. In addition to costumes and candy,… Full text