Citizen Staff Reports 09/04/12
At a special luncheon on July 18, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) presented awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to research, education and the mission of the society. The Patricia Rodman and Martin Kirwan King Volunteer Award, which recognizes the outstanding volunteer of the year, was awarded to Henrico resident Lee Ball, who has been volunteering in the advancement office at VHS for more than a year. A total of nine VHS awards were presented.
The University of Richmond recently ranked 69th out of 96 participating colleges in the Sierra Club’s annual review of America’s greenest colleges. The rank is an improvement from last year’s placement of 84th, reflecting continued efforts to implement green policies. During the 2011-12 school year, the university achieved two advances: discontinuation of coal usage at the on-campus steam plant and establishment of a fund to pay for future energy efficiency and conservation projects. The student body also contributed, placing in the top ten for electricity usage reduction in the spring Campus Conservational Nationals.
Deep Run High School graduate Adam White recently headed to Japan on Sept. 3 to begin eight months of intensive Japanese language study. His travel, tuition and other expenses are being funded by a $20,000 Boren Scholarship. A sophomore, international affairs major at James Madison University, White just returned from another six-month stint in Japan, where he was learning Japanese and how to teach English in a program called International Village Study Abroad. White's first trip to Japan was in summer 2008, before starting his senior year of high school. He spent three weeks touring the country and was involved in a 10-day exchange program as part of the U.S. High School Diplomats program. White will continue to study in Asia next fall when he heads to Kyung Hee University in South Korea on a scholarship from the International Network of Universities.
Lindsey Leach, a 2004 graduate of the Steward School in western Henrico, has joined the Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC) as an executive assistant. She is a 2008 graduate of Christopher Newport University, with degrees in sociology and English. Her diverse career experience includes working in the finance department for Henrico County and working for the nonprofit, Campaign Virginia. Leach enjoys reading, writing and painting in her spare time. An experienced traveler, she has been to 11 different countries and recently spent three months backpacking through Europe. LINC helps ease the burden of cancer for patients and their families by providing assistance and referral to legal, financial and community resources.
Catherine Vaughan, of Glen Allen, recently served as a first year orientation guide (FrOG) on James Madison University's orientation team. FrOGs are a diverse group of undergraduate students who assist incoming first-year students in their academic, personal and social transition. They are legendary on campus for their annual FrOG dance. Vaughan is a senior whose major is management.
The American Association of University Women has awarded Karen Zekauskas, a student at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, a $1,500 scholarship. Zekauskas is a science major.
On June 13, the Short Pump Rotary Club partnered with Schnabel Engineering for a day of volunteer work with Rebuilding Together Richmond. Team members (among them [from left] Chris Rufe, Melissa Abraham, Rick Naschold, and Micky Ogburn) completed a variety of repairs and home improvements ranging from painting and landscaping to cabinet installation and fence building.
“It was a privilege to be involved in this project," said club president Melissa Abraham. "The homeowner kept thanking the volunteers, but I think all of us would agree we are the ones who actually benefited. It was an opportunity to help a community member, fellowship with great people and improve our handyman skills." > Read more.
Dr. Even Alexander, a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz, was in town last week to promote his June 27 talk, "Proof of Heaven," at Glen Allen High School.
Alexander (pictured, at right, while Unity of Bon Air church member Harry Simmons interviews him) has written about what he considers to be his journey through the afterlife.
Tickets to this month's event are $25 and will support the new Bon Secours Hospice House being built later this year. > Read more.
Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ is a magnificent, emotional ride
Explaining the nuts and bolts of Pixar’s new, exciting, innovative Inside Out – really digging into the film’s shape-and-color explanation of the human mind – would take up the entirety of this review. And probably three or four more (if movies had instruction manuals, Inside Out’s would be the size and general poundage of a cinder block).
It’s a complicated movie. So here’s the gist, in as simply-put terms can be. > Read more.
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CalendarLavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd. in Glen Allen, will offer a free farm tour from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 10-11. This walking tour includes the Chickahominy… Full text