Jane Geaney, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Richmond, recently received a $6,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Stipend Program. Geaney will use the grant to work on her book, “A Chinese Grammatology,” which documents and interprets the development of ideas about language in early China (c. 500 B.C.E. – 220 C.E.). Her research will show how non-alphabetic scripts can shape a culture’s ideas about the nature of language. Geaney has taught at Richmond since 1997. She holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross.
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Daniel Fancett-Stooks of Glen Allen recently graduated from the State University of New York Institute of Technology in Utica, N.Y.
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Navy Seaman Apprentice Jamar D. Richardson, son of Joanne Richardson of Richmond, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Kewonn completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, shipboard and aircraft safety and physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations,” an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Richardson is a 2000 graduate of Henrico High School.
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Phi Beta Kappa at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C. recently inducted senior Noozhat Nashir of Glen Allen. Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.
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Hampden-Sydney College junior Derek Hunter DiPaolo recently was inducted into the international honor society Sigma Tau Delta. The society recognizes excellence in the English language and literature studies. DiPaolo, an English major, is the son of Georgia Smith, of Dundas, and Derek DiPaolo, of Henrico.
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Connor James Crowley, son of Joseph A. and Leslie Crowley of Glen Allen, and Thomas William Massey, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Massey of Richmond, recently were inducted into the Beta Theta chapter of Eta Sigma Phi at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Va. Eta Sigma Phi is the national honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and/or Greek. Crowley is a graduate of Deep Run High School. Massey is a graduate of Trinity Episcopal School.
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Roberto Wingfield of Glen Allen recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 term at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.75.
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Barbara Haas of Henrico recently was inducted into the national academic honor society Phi Kappa Phi at Longwood University in Farmville.
The 10th Annual Filipino Festival will be held Aug. 7-8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., beginning with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing with live entertainment, food and exhibits until 10 p.m. On Saturday the festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a full schedule of performances featuring traditional Filipino dance, music and song.
Filipino cuisine, including BBQ, pansit, lumpia, adobo, halo-halo, lechon, empanada and leche flan, will be available for purchase. The festival will also feature a children's area, church tours, exhibits, and health screenings. > Read more.
The Children’s Museum of Richmond last week opened its new Short Pump location at Short Pump Town Center, to the delight of children who attended a sneak preview of the location July 10. The new facility, located under the forthcoming LL Bean store (formerly the food court) is 8,500 square feet in size – much larger than CMoR’s former Short Pump location at West Broad Village, which opened in 2010. The new space includes The CarMax Foundation Service Station, the Silver Diner, a grocery store, a performance stage and an art studio, as well as a giant Light Bright Wall. > Read more.
Spinoff is predictably silly, devoid of plot
In Minions, those jibberjabbering little corncob things from Despicable Me have finally earned their own feature film. Specifically, three of them: Kevin (tall), Stuart (plays the ukulele) and Bob (loves his teddy bear), all voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin.
After tracing the evolution of Minionkind – we don’t know what they are, but we know they’re hardwired to serve the baddest villain around – our three Minion heroes set off upon a quest to save their species and find the newest, nastiest villain overlord. > Read more.
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