The University of Richmond’s Office of Alumni and Career Services recently appointed 14 members to its 2012 Career Services Advisory Council. In its second year, the council advises the office on the design and implementation of best practices and ethics. Council members also help develop and enhance student and alumni programming for career preparedness and networking. The members are actively engaged in recruiting and hiring for their organizations and represent diverse industries. Council members from the Richmond area are: Pete Bartok, campus recruiting manager at KPMG; Melissa Hough, executive director of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence; Connie Mattox, 2002 UR graduate and CEO of Brooks Adams Research; and Tripp Perrin, 1995 graduate and vice president of Lindl Corp.
Marine Corps Pfc. Jason L. Bass, son of Brenda S. and Charles I. Bass, of Richmond, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. Bass and fellow recruits endured rigorous physical training as well as numerous hours in classroom and field assignments, which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. Bass ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem and addressed as “Marines” for the first time.
Adrienne Baker, of Henrico, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Navy Midshipman Jordan W. Kelmar, son of retired Navy Cmdr. Brian A. and Daphne A. Kelmar, of Glen Allen, will graduate and commission as an ensign in the United States Navy on May 4. Kelmar will then report to Pensacola, Fla. for flight training as a student naval aviator. Kelmar is a 2008 graduate of Deep Run High School.
Six Henrico County Public School art students recently won a total of 10 National Scholastic Art Awards, four of which were the top Gold Medal Awards. The Scholastic Art Awards is the nation’s largest, longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in visual arts programs. Award winners are: Sophie Eichner, Deep Run High School – two gold medals and three silver medals; Catharine Wintory, Center for the Arts – one silver medal; Lindsay Rosenthal, Center for the Arts – one silver medal; Morgan Hayes, Center for the Arts – one gold medal; Mary Lincoln, Hermitage High School – one gold medal; and Anna Laughter, Deep Run High School/Freeman High School – Best in Grade (BIG) Scholarship of $500.
The following students were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.: Joshua G. Carter, Katharine A. Mawyer, Jonathan C. Wooddy and Nicole N. Capriola, of Sandston; Erin C. Fitzgerald, Sunghee Min, William D. Strait, Hanna L. Brooks, James D. Seal, Nayana T. Chiluvuri, Logan C. Cousins, Joseph W. Droter, Thomas P. Few, Patrick M. Fitzsimmons, Donald J. Kendall, Diana M. Kent, Meredith E. Leonard, Catherine M. Lillard, Richard W. Schweikert, Dixon A. Ames, Justin T. King, Mark W. Montgomery, William C. Neal, Harry Vu and Alec D. Walsh, of Richmond. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.
Humanics Publishing Group recently released the second edition of “Zen Master Next Door” written by Edward G. Kardos, of Henrico. Kardos’ inspiration comes from his view of spirituality, friendship and the connections we all have to one another and our world. He places great value on thoughtful introspection and feels we need to listen and engage others to live a meaningful life. “Zen Master Next Door” is available from the publisher and all online booksellers worldwide including Amazon and Google Books.
Virginia Tech recently named Meliha “Lida” Aljabar, daughter of Nazar and Kathryn Aljabar, of Glen Allen, the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies for the 2011-12 academic year. Aljabar is a member of the University Honors Program and Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. She serves as the president of the Urban Affairs and Planning Student Association, is a member of the Student Government Association and serves as a representative for the Environmental Coalition. Aljabar is the co-founder and lead facilitator for the Coalition for Campus Sustainability and serves on the department’s Diversity Committee. The Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards recognize students for their grade point average (3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale) and outstanding performance in several or all of the following areas: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership positions, and contributions of service to the university and/or community. Aljabar is pursuing a major in public and urban affairs, with a minor in landscape architecture.
Sarah Jones, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the 2011-12 winter term at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Jones is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in English and communication studies.
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.
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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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