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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.
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RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.

project:HOMES’ ‘Renew Crew’ helps Henrico citizen


The project:HOMES "Renew Crew" (above) recently assisted an elderly member of the Laurel Presbyterian Church in Henrico by clearing brush, trimming hedges and raking leaves in her yard.

The Renew Crew serves low-income, disabled and elderly homeowners in need of small-scale home repairs such as porch, railing and step repairs, exterior painting, clearing overgrown yards, tearing down outbuildings, wheelchair ramps and other critical repairs and accessibility modifications. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


The past couple of days haven’t felt like it, but it’s finally December and this weekend is packed with holiday events. Kicking the weekend off is Glorious Christmas Nights’ production of “Finding Christmas” at West End Assembly of God. Gayton Baptist Church’s annual Jazz Nativity starts tonight. Another annual favorite is tomorrow – the tree lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. In search of Christmas concerts? The Virginians Barbershop Chorus will present its annual Christmas Show tomorrow at the Collegiate School and the Richmond Choral Society will perform Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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ComedySportz Richmond, located at 8906-H West Broad St., will present the sixth annual Improv Festivus Dec. 8-10. Festivus features over 100 talented improv comedians celebrating improv in all its forms all weekend long. All beer sales will benefit CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door for shows on Dec. 8; tickets for shows on Dec. 9-10 are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. A pass for all eight shows is $40 online. For details, visit http://www.improvfestivus.com. Full text

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