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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.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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