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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.
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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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