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G. William (Bill) Norris, Jr., of Henrico, recently was appointed to the Capital Region Workforce Investment Board (Resource). Resource is a federally funded workforce investment board that strives to increase private sector employment opportunities. It also ensures the integration of services to prepare individuals to meet the needs of business in the Richmond region. Norris is a director with the law firm of DurretteCrump, PLC. His practice focuses on equal opportunity law, labor relations and arbitrations, executive employment agreements, wage-hour law, and litigation of employment claims. He is a 1992 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and received his J.D. in 1997 from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.

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Bon Secours Richmond Health System recently was named to the 2012 Top 10 list of nonprofits for executive women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). The list recognizes organizations whose policies and practices demonstrate their commitment to advancing women in leadership positions. This is the eighth consecutive year Bon Secours Richmond has been named a NAFE Top Company. As part of its selection process, NAFE looks at various areas and policies of the individual organizations including female representation at the executive level, hiring, attrition and promotion rates for women, access and usage of key retention and advancement programs, and company culture, manager training and accountability. More than 80 percent of Bon Secours Richmond’s 7,300 employees and many of its corporate executives are women. Working Mother magazine will publish the results of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women initiative in its February/March 2012 issue.

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The Princeton Review recently selected the University of Richmond for its 2012 list of 75 best value private colleges. Richmond is one of 150 colleges and universities that The Princeton Review chose for its new book, “Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition,” on sale now. The book profiles the 75 public and 75 private colleges and universities it found that offer the best value to prospective college students. Richmond is among only around 60 American colleges and universities with fully need-blind admissions — meaning it does not consider ability to pay in the admission decision and it provides 100 percent of demonstrated financial need to admitted domestic undergraduates. The university awarded some $65 million in financial aid this year. The Princeton Review’s annual best value guide has selected Richmond every year since the publication began in 2004.

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The University of Richmond’s Office of Alumni and Career Services recently hired Diana Burkett as communications manager and promoted Katybeth Lee to the new position of manager of internship programs. Burkett, of Goochland County, will oversee the planning, development and implementation of integrated communications for the office. She previously worked at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (formerly Pew Center on Global Climate Change) as senior project coordinator of Make an Impact, an employee engagement program. Lee, of Henrico County, was assistant director of career development for six years, earning the university’s Advisor Excellence Award in 2009. In her new role, she will manage the internship application process, establish metrics for the program and assist students in understanding their roles and responsibilities related to their internships.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Mikowen – leased 3,400 square feet in Interair Center at 5377 Glen Alden Dr.; Q BBQ – leased 3,400 square feet in The Corner of Short Pump at W. Broad Street and Lauderdale Drive; All Med Express – leased 3,000 square feet in Westpark Shopping Center at 9621-9691 W. Broad St.; Construction Labor Contractors – renewed its lease of 1,874 square feet in Interport Business Center at 5300-5390 S. Laburnum Ave.; Custom Braid Gallery LLC – leased 1,440 square feet in East Towne Plaza at 2901-2935 E. Williamsburg Rd.; and The Hearing Aid Store Inc. – leased 1,330 square feet in Maybeury Shopping Center at 8900 Patterson Ave.
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Therapeutic healing


In a room labeled the garden room, a bright space with lavender-colored walls and pebble-gray chairs, art therapist Becky Jacobson might ask her patients to imagine a safe place, but she doesn’t ask them to describe it to her — she wants them to draw it.

The patients are free to draw whatever they envision, expressing themselves through their colored markers, a form of healing through art therapy.

“Some people might not feel safe anywhere because they have had hard things happening to them, and I have the background to help that person reground and feel safe in the group,” Jacobson said. > Read more.

Eight’s enough? Crowded race for 56th District develops


Following the retirement of Delegate Peter Farrell [R-56th District], a number of candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to vie for the open seat in the Virginia General Assembly district, which contains a portion of Henrico’s Far West End.

Democratic challengers include Lizzie Basch and Melissa Dart, while Republican contenders include George Goodwin, Matt Pinsker, Graven Craig, Surya Dhakar, Jay Prendergrast and John McGuire. In addition to a section of Henrico, the district also includes portions of Goochland and Spotsylvania County, as well as all of Louisa County. > Read more.

On the trail to Awareness


Twenty-five teams, composed of some 350 participants, gathered at Dorey Park in Varina April 8 for the Walk Like MADD 5k, to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving Virginia. The event raised more than $35,000, with more funds expected to come in through May 7. > Read more.

Leadership Metro Richmond honors St. Joseph’s Villa CEO


Leadership Metro Richmond honored St. Joseph's Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett, a 2003 graduate of LMR, with its 2017 Ukrop Community Vision Award during its annual spring luncheon April 6.

The award honors a LMR member who demonstrates a purposeful vision, a sense of what needs to be done, clear articulation with concern and respect for others with demonstrated action and risk-taking. > Read more.

Glen Allen H.S. takes second in statewide economics competition

Glen Allen H.S. was among six top schools in the state to place in the 2017 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance.

Taught by Patricia Adams, the Glen Allen H.S. team was runner-up in the Economics division, in which teams faced off in a Quiz Bowl. > Read more.

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Our Lady of Lourdes will host the Lent program “Come to The Garden of Gethsemane,” a musical prayer service in the tradition of Tenebrae and Taizé with reflective scripture, soloists, choral and congregational singing, at 7 p.m. A freewill donation of canned food or dollar gift for the church food pantry is requested. The church is located at 8200 Woodman Rd. For details, visit http://www.ollrichva.org. Full text

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