The University of Richmond recently named five recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Educator Awards. The awards went to L. Elizabeth Crawford of Richmond, associate professor of psychology; Brian Henry of Chesterfield, professor of English; Yvonne H. Howell of Richmond, professor of Russian and international studies; Shari Motro of Richmond, professor of law; and J. Thomas Wren of Henrico, professor of leadership studies. Distinguished Educator Awards recognize full-time faculty for a consistent record of outstanding contributions to education. Recipients have successfully integrated teaching and scholarship and have a significant record of research or creativity with students.
Richmond resident Barbour Farinholt, a Denison University student, is studying off-campus for the 2011 fall semester. Farinholt, a member of the class of 2014, is studying with the School for International Training Program in Spain. Denison University, located in Granville, Ohio, offers off-campus study programs in the U.S. and overseas, ranging from traditional junior abroad programs in Europe to field project work in developing countries. Students continue to receive full credit towards a Denison degree while participating in the programs.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates – B. Keith Fulton, of Glen Allen, vice president of Verizon Virginia; and Virginia-Israel Advisory Board – Paul H. Grossman, of Richmond, director of international trade and investment for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, and Charles Lessin, of Richmond, president of B1 Technologies, LLC.
Christine Elizabeth Ferguson, of Glen Allen, has enrolled at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. Ferguson is majoring in Early Childhood Education.
Dr. Patrick Russo, superintendent of Henrico County Public Schools, was one of 13 people recently given the Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award by the Education Committee of the State Coalition for Justice for Civil Rights. Dr. Russo was also honored by the Italian-American Business and Professional Societa’ at its second hall of fame awards. Rudy Langford, president of the State Coalition for Justice for Civil Rights, spoke highly of Russo’s commitment to building a strong community and school district relationship. He also recognized Russo’s interaction with students. Jim Donati, president of the Italian-American Business and Professional Societa’ echoed those sentiments adding that Russo was a good listener and a very easy person to talk to.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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Crossroads Art Center will hold a TedxRVAWomen watch party from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watch this sold-out event (taking place live at the Byrd Theatre) live-streamed in Building 3 of the arts center. Enjoy the give-and-take of an audience of your peers along with coffee and donuts. For details, call 278-8950 or visit For more information on this independently organized TED event, visit Full text

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