John McAuliff, a sophomore at the University of Richmond, recently was selected as one of 14 college journalists to write a weekly column for USA Today’s college section. The newspaper accepted fewer than three percent of applicants to the program. The Collegiate Correspondent Program lasts from January to May, during which students write a weekly article on the things they—and other college students—care most about. Correspondents are given a high level of editorial authority over their topics and style, with the belief that college students know best what other students want to know about. McAuliff also recently won the 2011 College Blogging Scholarship, a $10,000 prize awarded by CollegeScholarships.org to the best college blog of the year. Winning the scholarship with more than 10,000 votes from readers and supporters, McAuliff took 24 percent of the more than 50,000 votes cast, scraping past the second place blogger by 2 percent in the 15 days of voting. His blog, “Road Trip of Passage,” chronicled the sophomore’s solo summer travels through 35 states and three countries.
Patricia Rohrer, of Glen Allen, recently graduated from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish, Maine. Rohrer received a master of science degree in nursing.
Ryan Easter, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.
Mary Beth Bitzer, a 2010 graduate of Deep Run High School, recently was named to the dean’s list with distinction for the fall 2011 semester at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa. To be eligible for the dean’s list with distinction, students must earn a grade point average of 3.6 to 3.84. Bitzer is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Bitzer, of Glen Allen.
Elizabeth Levy, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, in Brockport, N.Y. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 to 3.69.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.
The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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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CalendarVirginia Blood Services will hold a blood drive from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dorey Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Rd. All walk-ins are welcome and donors are encouraged to… Full text