Business in brief
Two local business leaders have been appointed as the 2012-13 Robins School of Business executives-in-residence at the University of Richmond. John Sherman Jr., retired vice chairman, CEO and president of the investment advisory firm Scott & Stringfellow, and Bob Piazza, former vice president of human resources and talent manager of science and technology company Danaher Corp., will help Robins School students with professional and career development. The executive-in-residence program began with an endowment by the Manville Foundation for Private Enterprise in 1979 to bring distinguished business leaders to the Robins School. Sherman and Piazza will serve as what Robins Dean Nancy A. Bagranoff calls “super-mentors,” available to meet with students and provide guidance in specific professional fields.
Kristine Nolin, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Richmond, has received a $35,000 grant from Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The two-year Cottrell College Science Award will support Nolin’s project, “Rhenium(V)-Oxo Catalyzed Addition Reactions.” The research looks at bond-forming reactions that are key to efficient syntheses of organic materials and biologically active compounds. The grant will fund equipment, supplies and two undergraduate student assistants. Nolin has taught at Richmond since 2009.
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College has been selected as an “Overall Improvement” category winner of the 2012 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Educational Fundraising Awards program, which honors superior fundraising programs across the country. Reynolds received its Overall Improvement Award based on three years of fundraising data. An expert panel of volunteer judges selected winners based on a number of factors including the pattern of growth in total support, evaluation of what contributed to the total support figure, overall breadth in program areas, pattern of growth in each program area, pattern of donor growth among alumni/ae donors and other individual donors, impact of the 12 largest gifts on total support, total support in relation to the alumni/ae base and type of institution.
ToysRUs, Inc. has announced the opening of eight new side-by-side locations and the transformation of 13 existing stores by the end of 2012, including one in Henrico. The location at 11895 W. Broad St. will bring ToysRUs and BabiesRUs together in one store, offering customers a streamlined shopping environment. The company embarked on its integrated store strategy in 2006 with renovations to current stores and began opening side-by-side locations constructed from the ground up in 2007. ToysRUs, Inc. currently operates more than 190 side-by-side stores in the United States.
The National Institutes of Health – National Cancer Institute has awarded John Gupton, professor of chemistry at the University of Richmond, a three-year, $348,572 grant for continuation of cancer-related research on pyrrole-containing substances. The project continues Gupton’s previous NIH-funded research that he believes could lead to “a novel and viable clinical candidate for cancer chemotherapy.” Working with Gupton will be a postdoctoral research associate and several Richmond undergraduate students. Gupton has taught at Richmond since 1999.
Agents with Cushman and Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: The Healy Group, Ltd. – leased 2,666 square feet in Staples Mill Business Center at 8201-8261 Hermitage Rd.; Sleepy’s Mattress – leased an additional 2,200 square feet in their current space and now lease 6,200 square feet in Virginia Center Station at 1070 Virginia Center Pkwy.; Sweet Frog – leased 2,143 square feet in Parham One at 8191 Brook Rd.; Support One, Inc. – leased 2,024 square feet in Interstate Center at 2100 W. Laburnum Ave.; Verizon – renewed its lease of 1,542 square feet in Parham One at 8191 Brook Rd.; and Sistar Seafood – leased 1,287 square feet in Laburnum Square Shopping Center at 4816 S. Laburnum Ave.
University of Richmond’s Office of Alumni and Career Services has hired Frank Allen as associate director of career services and also filled two assistant director positions. Anna Todaro and Jesse Wingate will join the office to provide career advising. Allen will counsel students interested in financial careers. He has more than 15 years of business experience, most recently as vice president, real estate investment banking, at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Inc. Todaro received a master’s degree in in higher education and student affairs in 2012 from the University of South Carolina. She will counsel students about careers in social impact, arts management and education. Wingate will focus his advising on careers in the sciences and healthcare. He previously served as assistant director for career services at Dartmouth College.
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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