J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College President Dr. Gary L. Rhodes recently received the Ukrop Community Vision Service Award at the Leadership Metro Richmond Annual Spring Luncheon. Rhodes (LMR Class of 2004) received the award in recognition of demonstrating purposeful vision, genuine concern and respect for others and creating solutions for positive change within the Richmond region. Rhodes is board chair of SMART Beginnings and serves on seven other boards including Capital Region Collaborative.
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College has named David Barrish as the dean of the School of Business. Barrish will be responsible for directing strategic planning, environmental scanning, research and analysis, instructional program development and evaluation, enrollment management, development and implementation of distance learning instructional delivery and student outcome assessment. At Reynolds, Barrish has served as interim dean and assistant dean of the School of Business and Engineering on two separate occasions and has held the position of full-time faculty member, program head, and director of the School of Culinary Arts, Hospitality, and Tourism. Additionally, he possesses extensive experience in the private sector, where he worked for the Sheraton Corporation and the Richmond Hotels Company.
Christopher A. Moore, of Glen Allen, recently graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. He double majored in business administration and classics with a concentration in Latin. A graduate of Freeman High School, Moore also was nominated as the Capital Athletic Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Elizabeth A. Drewry, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average between 3.25 and 3.749.
Upon his retirement from Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Nelson Wikstrom was designated professor emiritus of political science and public administration. He is the author of many books and a score of professional articles focusing on local government and politics, including “County Manager Government in Henrico, Virginia: Implementation, Evolution, and Evaluation,” published in 2003.
Warren Snead III, son of Brenda & Warren L. Snead, Jr., of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.625.
John Randolph Hutcheson, Jr., son of Rossie & Randy Hutcheson, and Graham Siler Jones, son of The Rev. & Mrs. Gary D. Jones, of Richmond, recently graduated from University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. Both students were awarded a bachelor of arts degree in international and global studies.
Samuel Vernon Priddy, IV, of Richmond, recently graduated from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. Priddy was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in political science.
Lonnie Nunley, of Richmond, recently graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Nunley majored in government and legal studies and romance languages and minored in economics.
Douglas Edwards, of Richmond, recently earned the distinction of faculty honors for the spring 2012 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga. To be eligible for faculty honors, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average.
Melanie Dunn and Jeremy Bennetch, of Glen Allen, recently graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga. Dunn was awarded a bachelor of science degree in mathematics. Bennetch was awarded a master of science degree.
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.
The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.
“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”
The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.
Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.
Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?
Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.
Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space
A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.
Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.
Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.
Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.
“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.
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