Rick Glass, manager of conference development and the University of Richmond’s Jepson Alumni Center, recently was appointed to the board of directors for the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors – International (ACCED-I). A resident of Richmond, Glass has worked at the university since 1997. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Founded in 1980, ACCED-I is made up of 1,500 campus professionals who design, market, coordinate and plan conferences and special events on campuses around the world.
The Dominion Club Golf and Country Club in Glen Allen recently awarded Executive Chef Chase Seymour the HHHunt Employee of the Year Award. Seymour, 28, serves an innovative style of cuisine best described as Southern/French fusion. Among the items prepared from scratch are charcuterie of house-cured bacon, pancetta and smoked salmon. A recent highlight of his career, Seymour was invited to team with Jason Babson, executive chef to Governor Kaine, and Patrick O’Connell, chef and proprietor of The Inn at Little Washington, to prepare a meal for the Queen when she visited the Governor’s Executive Mansion. Seymour joined TDC as executive chef in January 2011.
Kristine Nolin, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Richmond, recently received a continuation grant from the Thomas F. Jeffress and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust of Richmond to supplement her initial grant for research on the synthesis of organic materials. The grant will support Nolin’s research project where she is developing methods that enable the synthesis of organic materials through the design and application of catalysts. Her research is part of a “green movement” by organic chemists to use benign reagents in place of hazardous materials. Nolin received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. The Thomas F. Jeffress and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust was established under the will of Robert M. Jeffress, a founder and the principal benefactor of the Virginia Institute for Scientific Research.
Wenhao Lu, son of Jun Lu and Zihong Cui, of Richmond, recently was named to the merit list for the fall 2011 semester at Oxford College in Atlanta, Ga. To be eligible for the merit list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.
YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.
The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.
The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.
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CalendarJames River Cellars Winery, 11008 Washington Hwy. in Glen Allen, will host a Labor Day Wine & Cheese Pairing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate the holiday with a… Full text