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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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