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J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College President Dr. Gary L. Rhodes recently received the Ukrop Community Vision Service Award at the Leadership Metro Richmond Annual Spring Luncheon. Rhodes (LMR Class of 2004) received the award in recognition of demonstrating purposeful vision, genuine concern and respect for others and creating solutions for positive change within the Richmond region. Rhodes is board chair of SMART Beginnings and serves on seven other boards including Capital Region Collaborative.

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J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College has named David Barrish as the dean of the School of Business. Barrish will be responsible for directing strategic planning, environmental scanning, research and analysis, instructional program development and evaluation, enrollment management, development and implementation of distance learning instructional delivery and student outcome assessment. At Reynolds, Barrish has served as interim dean and assistant dean of the School of Business and Engineering on two separate occasions and has held the position of full-time faculty member, program head, and director of the School of Culinary Arts, Hospitality, and Tourism. Additionally, he possesses extensive experience in the private sector, where he worked for the Sheraton Corporation and the Richmond Hotels Company.

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Christopher A. Moore, of Glen Allen, recently graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. He double majored in business administration and classics with a concentration in Latin. A graduate of Freeman High School, Moore also was nominated as the Capital Athletic Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.

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Elizabeth A. Drewry, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average between 3.25 and 3.749.

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Upon his retirement from Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Nelson Wikstrom was designated professor emiritus of political science and public administration. He is the author of many books and a score of professional articles focusing on local government and politics, including “County Manager Government in Henrico, Virginia: Implementation, Evolution, and Evaluation,” published in 2003.

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Warren Snead III, son of Brenda & Warren L. Snead, Jr., of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.625.

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John Randolph Hutcheson, Jr., son of Rossie & Randy Hutcheson, and Graham Siler Jones, son of The Rev. & Mrs. Gary D. Jones, of Richmond, recently graduated from University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. Both students were awarded a bachelor of arts degree in international and global studies.

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Samuel Vernon Priddy, IV, of Richmond, recently graduated from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. Priddy was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in political science.

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Lonnie Nunley, of Richmond, recently graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Nunley majored in government and legal studies and romance languages and minored in economics.

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Douglas Edwards, of Richmond, recently earned the distinction of faculty honors for the spring 2012 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga. To be eligible for faculty honors, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average.

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Melanie Dunn and Jeremy Bennetch, of Glen Allen, recently graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga. Dunn was awarded a bachelor of science degree in mathematics. Bennetch was awarded a master of science degree.
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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