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New UVA program coming to region

The University of Virginia's Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree-completion program, which features part-time evening classes tailored to working adults, will be offered in the Richmond region starting in fall 2012 through new partnerships with John Tyler and J. Sargeant Reynolds community colleges.

The new partnerships were announced this morning at the Richmond Center of U.Va.'s School of Continuing and Professional Studies in Henrico.

The expansion of the BIS program is part of UVA's efforts to contribute to the "ambitious but critically important" goal of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council's Grow By Degrees campaign [http://www.growbydegrees.org/] - to see the state's colleges and universities award 100,000 additional associate's, bachelor's and graduate degrees by 2025, said Billy Cannaday, the dean of UVA's School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Offered in Charlottesville since its inception in 1999, the BIS program has expanded to Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads through partnerships with Northern Virginia and Tidewater community colleges. Those expansions have roughly doubled the program's annual enrollment, and during the past decade, nearly 300 students have earned BIS degrees.

The program, Cannaday said, "replicates the UVA undergraduate experience, but with part-time classes. The BIS offers the same rigor, quality, small faculty-student ratios, opportunities for student participation, and builds the same writing and critical thinking skills."

The new partnership with John Tyler and J. Sargeant Reynolds community colleges provides a path for Richmond-area adults to earn a UVA undergraduate degree on a part-time basis, UVA President Teresa Sullivan said.

BIS tuition is adjusted annually. For the current academic year (through summer 2011), in-state tuition is $300 per credit hour, plus a required fee of $188 per term; out-of-state tuition is $1,043 per credit hour, plus a required fee of $246 per term.


Community

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Grab the kids and check out these fun family-friendly events taking place this weekend! Speed over to the Henrico Theatre for the film “Turbo” or watch “Dumbo” under the stars at Clarke-Palmore House Museum. Little ones can meet Thomas the Tank Engine at CMOR-Central or play at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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