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New UVA program coming to region

The University of Virginia's Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree-completion program, which features part-time evening classes tailored to working adults, will be offered in the Richmond region starting in fall 2012 through new partnerships with John Tyler and J. Sargeant Reynolds community colleges.

The new partnerships were announced this morning at the Richmond Center of U.Va.'s School of Continuing and Professional Studies in Henrico.

The expansion of the BIS program is part of UVA's efforts to contribute to the "ambitious but critically important" goal of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council's Grow By Degrees campaign [http://www.growbydegrees.org/] - to see the state's colleges and universities award 100,000 additional associate's, bachelor's and graduate degrees by 2025, said Billy Cannaday, the dean of UVA's School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Offered in Charlottesville since its inception in 1999, the BIS program has expanded to Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads through partnerships with Northern Virginia and Tidewater community colleges. Those expansions have roughly doubled the program's annual enrollment, and during the past decade, nearly 300 students have earned BIS degrees.

The program, Cannaday said, "replicates the UVA undergraduate experience, but with part-time classes. The BIS offers the same rigor, quality, small faculty-student ratios, opportunities for student participation, and builds the same writing and critical thinking skills."

The new partnership with John Tyler and J. Sargeant Reynolds community colleges provides a path for Richmond-area adults to earn a UVA undergraduate degree on a part-time basis, UVA President Teresa Sullivan said.

BIS tuition is adjusted annually. For the current academic year (through summer 2011), in-state tuition is $300 per credit hour, plus a required fee of $188 per term; out-of-state tuition is $1,043 per credit hour, plus a required fee of $246 per term.


Community

Garden tails

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.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


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.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


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.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


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.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘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.

Weekend Top 10


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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