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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.
Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.
Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.
Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.
The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.
Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.
At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.
Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.
In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)
For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.
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