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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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Tree seedling giveaway planned April 2-3


The Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor a tree seedling giveaway on April 2 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on April 3 at Hermitage High School parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bare-root tree seedlings are available to Henrico County residents free of charge for the spring planting season.

The following seedling species will be available: apple, kousa dogwood, red maple, river birch, red osier dogwood, loblolly pine, sycamore, bald cypress, white dogwood and redbud. Quantities are limited and trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant is allowed up to 10 trees total, not to include more than five of the same species. > Read more.

State provides online directory of Bingo games


Wondering where to go to play Bingo? Wonder no more.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently launched an online directory of permitted bingo games played in Virginia. Listed by locality, more than 400 regular games are available across the state. The directory will be updated monthly and can be found on VDACS’ website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/gaming/index.shtml.

“Many Virginia charities, including volunteer rescue squads, booster clubs and programs to feed the homeless, use proceeds from charitable gaming as a tool to support their missions, said Michael Menefee, program manager for VDACS’ Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. > Read more.

Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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