Shawn Boyer, founder and CEO of Snagajob, recently was honored as the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business Executive of the Year at the school's annual Honors Convocation April 10. His Henrico-based company, founded in 1999, is the nation’s largest hourly employment network, with more than 30 million registered job seekers. In 2008 the U.S. Small Business Administration named Boyer the Small Business Person of the Year. That same year, the Great Place to Work Institute named Snagajob a Best Small and Medium Company to Work for in America. Prior to founding Snagajob, Boyer was a transactional attorney with Brown & Wood LLP (now Sidley Austin LLP). He serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including The Richmond Forum, Sports Backers, Comfort Zone Camp, Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the George C. Marshall Foundation.
Amy Treonis, associate professor of biology at the University of Richmond, recently received a Fulbright Scholar award to teach and conduct research for five months in Nepal. Treonis will teach undergraduate environmental science, organize a one-day workshop on the study of nematodes and investigate how nematode communities respond to soil improvements in Nepalese agro-systems. She will also mentor young female scholars as they grow into the next generation of environmental scientists. Her research will address lost soil fertility due to over-cultivation and erosion and sustainable agricultural practices in Nepal. Treonis has taught at Richmond since 2005. She earned a Ph.D. in ecology at Colorado State University and a B.A. in biology at Dominican University.
Two University of Richmond faculty members are among 300 listed in the 2011-12 Guide to America's Best Professors, published recently by The Princeton Review and RateMyProfessors.com. Stephen Long, assistant professor of political science and international studies, and Joseph Troncale, associate professor of Russian literature and visual culture, are among the 300 professors from 122 colleges listed in the book. Long earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Troncale received a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Undergraduate professors were selected based on quantitative and qualitative data from survey findings and ratings collected by both The Princeton Review and RateMyProfessors.com. Earlier this year, The Princeton Review selected Richmond for its 2012 list of 75 best value private colleges.
Hampden-Sydney College senior Thomas William Massey, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Massey, of Richmond, recently was initiated into the honor society Phi Beta Kappa. A Patrick Henry Scholar, Massey has served as both president of the Pre-Health Society and vice president of the Pre-Business Society. He is a member of the Student Investment Group, the honor society Chi Beta Phi and the social fraternity Phi Gamma Delta. An economics and commerce major, Will is a graduate of Trinity Episcopal School.
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.
Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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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