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.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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The Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 22 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at Richmond International Raceway. Competitions include fiddle, harp, highland dance, piping, drumming and Gaelic song, as well as heavy athletics and hurling. The Vendor Village will be selling jewelry, traditional Celtic food, pottery and kilts. Whisky tastings (additional fee) includes instruction and an interactive session on the proper way to nose and taste single malt Scotch whisky. Proceeds benefit the Cullather Brain Tumor & Quality of Life Center and RIR Cares. For tickets and details, visit Full text

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