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Virginia State Newsletter Newsletter for Thursday October 14, 2010


Virginia State Newsletter Newsletter for Thursday October 14, 2010 ( 80 items )  

'Rhythm & Blues Tore Down the Walls of Segregation'
ASHLAND, Va., Oct. 13 -- Randolph-Macon College issued the following news release: On Friday, October 15, 2010, Randolph-Macon College will host a presentation by Grammy-winning producer and musical historian Steve Buckingham. The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. in Room 212 (the Topping Room) in Old Chapel. This event is free and open to the public. Buckingham will depict how Jazz from the 1930s and '40s, Rock 'n' Roll and Rhythm & Blues from the 1950s and Soul Music in the 1960s had a  more

2010 Tidewater Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony Slated for Thursday, Nov. 11
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Oct. 13 -- The city of Virginia Beach issued the following news release: The annual Tidewater Veterans Day Parade will be held Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront beginning at 9 a.m. The parade route will start at 16th Street and Atlantic Avenue, and will end at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial at 19th Street, across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The annual Veterans Day Ceremony will take place following the parade at the memorial, where the  more

A.G. King Announces Arrest of Former Administrator of Pediatric Nursing Home for Theft from Resident
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Oct. 13 -- The Alabama Attorney General issued the following news release: Attorney General King announced the arrest yesterday of a former administrator for a Montgomery pediatric nursing home for theft. Alicia Durrah is charged with stealing from a resident of the Father Walter Memorial Center during her employment there. Durrah, 37, is currently a resident of Hampton, Virginia. She surrendered at the Montgomery County Detention Facility and was released on $5,000 bond.  more

Ailey II Dance Company to Open 2010-2011 Distinguished Performance Series
PARKERSBURG, W.Va., Oct. 12 -- West Virginia University at Parkersburg issued the following news release: The internationally acclaimed Ailey II (http://new-web.alvinailey.org/node/1260) dance company will open the 2010-2011 season of West Virginia University at Parkersburg's Distinguished Performance Series. (http://www.wvup.edu/arts/index.html) Curtain time is 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, in the College Activities Center. Tickets are $10, adults; $5, students. WVU Parkersburg students   more

Arboretum Presentations
DOYLESTOWN, Pa., Oct. 13 -- Delaware Valley College issued the following news release: Welcome to the 20th season of the Henry Schmieder Arboretum's Presentations. This Fall 2010 series includes outstanding lectures. Join us! The Henry Schmieder Arboretum's success is owed in part to the diligent work of our Arboretum Partners. The Partners are volunteers who assist the Director, Horticulturist and student crew in making the campus of Delaware Valley College a beautiful place to leisurely   more

Arcuri Joins NY Representatives in Calling on EPA to Amend Chesapeake Bay Rules Unfair to New York
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 -- Rep. Michael Arcuri, D-N.Y. (24th CD), has issued the following news release: Today, Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, along with Congressmen Michael Arcuri, Maurice Hinchey, Christopher Lee, Daniel Maffei, Scott Murphy, Bill Owens and Paul Tonko sent a letter to Administrator Lisa Jackson of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing strong concerns over the requirements that would be placed on New York by the draft Chesapeake Bay Total  more

Attorney General Cuccinelli to Investigate Mortgage Foreclosure Practices in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 13 -- The Virginia Attorney General issued the following news release: Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced today that he will investigate mortgage foreclosure practices in Virginia, after the recent revelations that some mortgage lenders may be engaged in improperly submitting documents or in submitting fraudulent documents during the foreclosure process. Cuccinelli announced that he is joining a 49-state mortgage foreclosure working group, as part of a coordinate  more

Attorney General McCollum Announces Multistate Effort to Rein in Mortgage Servicers for Deceptive and Unfair Practices
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 13 -- The office of the Florida Attorney General issued the following news release: Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced an on-going effort to rein in mortgage servicers and protect Floridians from purported deceptive and unfair practices. Attorney General McCollum, along with 49 other Attorneys General, are part of a multistate effort to stop mortgage loan servicers from allegedly submitting affidavits or signing notices that appear to have procedural defect  more

Attorney General McGraw Joins Mortgage Foreclosure Multi-State Group
CHARLESTON, W.Va., Oct. 13 -- The West Virginia Attorney General issued the following news release: Citing the recent discovery that some mortgage loan servicers have submitted affidavits or signed other documents that appear to have procedural defects, West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw has joined a mortgage foreclosure multistate group. Among other things, some documents were signed by persons who did not have personal knowledge of the facts contained therein. "Homeowners h  more

Blair Meldrum Honored with Emeritus Status
BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 13 -- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University issued the following news release: Dr. Blair Meldrum, professor of biomedical sciences and pathobiology in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the "professor emeritus" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exception  more

Cancer Research Center of Hawai'i's Murphy Elected to Institute of Medicine
HONOLULU, Oct. 12 -- The University of Hawaii issued the following news release: Suzanne P. Murphy of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa has been elected to active membership of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service in the fields of health and medicine. Dr. Murphy, who has a PhD in Nutrition and is a Registered Dietician (RD), is a professor and director of the Nutrition Support Share  more

Chancellor's Dinner Celebrates Excellence
RIVERSIDE, Calif., Oct. 13 -- The University of California at Riverside issued the following news release: An award-winning chef, a UCR associate professor who combines hip-hop and theatre, a political science major who became mayor of his hometown and a Riverside couple committed to promoting educational opportunities are all being honored this month when UC Riverside holds the 2nd annual Chancellor's Dinner on Oct. 25 in the Highlander Union Building (HUB). Alumni Robert Del Grande, Rick  more

Cheryl Brown Henderson into Education Hall of Fame Nov. 6
KANSAS CITY, Kan., Oct. 13 -- Kansas City Kansas Community College issued the following news release: Thanks to Cheryl Brown Henderson, the story of the people, places and events involved in one of the most far-reaching Supreme Court decisions in history will be preserved for posterity. One of three daughters of the late Rev. Oliver L Brown, it was a legal challenge of the NAACP that her father joined along with hundreds of others that resulted in the landmark Brown vs. the Board of Educat  more

Christiansburg Woman 'Owns' a Horse for a Day at Colonial Downs - and Her Horse Wins
RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 13 -- The Virginia Lottery issued the following news release: The Virginia Lottery believes in second chances, and now so does Rhonda Price. Through the Lottery's Winner's Circle/Colonial Downs Second Chance Race, the Christiansburg resident won the opportunity to "own" a race horse for a day at Colonial Downs. Her horse won the September 26th race, additionally awarding her with $2,250 -all stemming from her non-winning Virginia Lottery Scratcher ticket. Several Virgin  more

City Council Meeting Wrap-up: October 12, 2010
PRESCOTT, Ariz., Oct. 13 -- The city of Prescott issued the following news release: The Prescott City Council met for a regular voting session at Prescott City Hall on Tuesday, October 12 at 3:00 pm. Present were Mayor Kuykendall and all members of Prescott City Council. Following is a summary of the items discussed and action taken at that meeting. A. Public Hearing and consideration of a liquor license application from Janice Louise Martin, applicant for Safeway #274 (450 White Spar R  more

Claudia Keenan Named Chief of Staff
NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 13 -- Eastern Virginia Medical School issued the following news release: Claudia Keenan, vice president of external affairs at Eastern Virginia Medical School, has been promoted to chief of staff for the organization. She begins her new duties immediately. An executive with extensive experience supporting for-profit and non-profit organizations, Ms. Keenan oversees fund-raising, marketing and communications and alumni relations for EVMS. In her new capacity, she also wil  more

Climate Science Researcher Named Chair of OEAS Department
NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 13 -- Old Dominion University issued the following news release: H. Rodger Harvey, who leads an organic geochemistry and ecology laboratory at the University of Maryland and is a noted climate change researcher, has been named the chair of Old Dominion University's Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (OEAS) effective in December. The dean of the ODU College of Sciences, Chris Platsoucas, presented the new chair to the department's faculty and other membe  more

Clothesline Project on Display at WVU Parkersburg
PARKERSBURG, W.Va., Oct. 11 -- West Virginia University at Parkersburg issued the following news release: The Clothesline Project will be on display at West Virginia University at Parkersburg through Friday (Oct. 15). The project is a visual display of the effect that domestic violence has on individual lives. Open to the public, it will be available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Thursday (Oct. 14) and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday (Oct. 15) in the college's Criminal Justice Lab,  more

College Night at FCC Open to Area High School Students
FREDERICK, Md., Oct. 13 -- Frederick Community College issued the following news release: Frederick Community College will host admissions representatives from more than 100 colleges at its annual College Night on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. Area high school students and their parents are invited to attend the event in the Field House from 6:30-8:30 p.m. "This is a great opportunity to gather information and to speak with representatives from many colleges and universities in one evening,"  more

Commonwealth Posts 4.1 Percent Revenue Growth in September
RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 13 -- Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., issued the following news release: Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that September revenue collections increased by 4.1% over the prior year. This is the sixth month out of the last seven in which state revenue collections exceeded the previous year's amount. The revenue increase was primarily driven by withholding (+6.8%), corporate income (+13.8%) and sales tax (+2.1%) collections. Adjusted for the accelerated sales tax program, tot  more

Congressman Murphy Joins NY Reps. in Calling on EPA to Amend Chesapeake Bay Rules Unfair to New York
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 -- Rep. Scott Murphy, D-N.Y. (20th CD), issued the following news release: Today, Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, along with Congressmen Michael Arcuri, Maurice Hinchey, Christopher Lee, Daniel Maffei, Scott Murphy, Bill Owens and Paul Tonko sent a letter to Administrator Lisa Jackson of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing strong concerns over the requirements that would be placed on New York by the draft Chesapeake Bay Total Maxim  more

Congressman Wittman to Host Fredericksburg Individuals with Disabilities Job Fair Monday
YORKTOWN, Va., Oct. 13 -- Rep. Robert Wittman, R-Va., (1st CD), issued the following news release: Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) will host an "Individuals with Disabilities Job Fair" on Monday, October 18, 2010 for individuals with disabilities in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The Fair will take place from 10 am until 2 pm at the University of Mary Washington's Stafford Campus in Fredericksburg. It will feature over 50 employers, and will provide those with  more

Donald Mullins Honored with Emeritus Status
BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 14 -- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University issued the following news release: Donald Mullins, professor of entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the "professor emeritus" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended  more

Engineering Professor Honored with International Organization's First Technical Merit Award
NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 13 -- Old Dominion University issued the following news release: Andreas Tolk, an associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering at Old Dominion University, has been awarded the first-ever Technical Merit Award by the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO). SISO is an international organization dedicated to the promotion of modeling and simulation interoperability and reuse for a broad range of M&S clients. Tolk, who has been  more

Fishersville Man Sentenced for Credit Card Fraud
HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 13 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia issued the following news release: A Fishersville, Virginia resident who stole nearly $1 million from his employer, was sentenced today on a variety of fraud charges in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. In July, Joseph Scott Champion, 42, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty to four counts of access device fraud related to his former employment as the direc  more

Foreclosure Network to Provide Funding to Housing Counseling Agencies Overwhelmed by Demand for Services
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 -- The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments issued the following news release: A regional foreclosure prevention group today said it will establish a fund to provide support to housing counseling agencies in metropolitan Washington being overwhelmed by clients in foreclosure. The organization, the Capital Area Foreclosure Network (CAFN,) led by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, is actin  more

Full Week of Homecoming Events Designed to 'Blast Up the Blue,' Oct. 15-23
NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 13 -- Old Dominion University issued the following news release: The Old Dominion University community will "Blast Up the Blue" during Homecoming 2010, Oct. 15-23. A week's worth of activities -- highlighted by a concert by pop star Kesha, a window-painting spirit competition, and a sculpture contest benefitting the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia -- culminates with the Homecoming parade and football game on Saturday, Oct. 23. "With more than 114,000 alumni worldwi  more

Game Day Recycling Challenge Scheduled For Saturday's Virginia-North Carolina Football Game
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct. 13 -- The University of Virginia issued the following news release: The University of Virginia Department of Athletics is working with UVa Sustainability on a Game Day Challenge on Saturday, when the Cavalier football team hosts the University of North Carolina at Scott Stadium. The Game Day Challenge is part of the federal Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise program and is designed to promote waste reduction and increase awareness of waste-reduction prog  more

Georgia Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Distributing Child Pornography
RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 13 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia issued the following news release: Galen E. Vanord, 53, of Millen, Ga., was sentenced today to 20 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for distributing child pornography. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Michael F. A. Morehart, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Richmond Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by United  more

Gov. Perry Announces $3.35 Million in TETF Investments
DALLAS, Oct. 13 -- Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Gov. Rick Perry today attributed the strength of the Texas economy to low taxes, a reasonable and predictable regulatory climate and an educated workforce, which together have helped Texas employers lead the nation in job creation. The governor spoke at the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, where he also announced a total of $3.35 million in investments to three companies through the Texas Emerging Technology F  more

Helping Hand to Expand into the US Business Market
WOLVERHAMPTON, England, Oct. 13 -- The Wolverhampton City Council issued the following news release: Businesses in Wolverhampton have the chance to learn how they can expand into the American market. A special seminar is being held in the city early next month aimed at companies who want to grow their business in the USA, but do not know where to start. Profit in America, taking place at the Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre at Wolverhampton Science Park on November 2 has been or  more

Honorary Alumnus Award Presented to Tom Bernhardt by USciences' Alumni Association
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 13 -- The University of the Sciences in Pennsylvania issued the following news release: By Holly A. Dean University of the Sciences' Alumni Association presented Tom Bernhardt with the Honorary Alumnus Award during its annual ceremony on Sept 25, 2010. The award is bestowed annually upon a non-alumnus who has shown exemplary dedication and commitment to the mission of the University. Bernhardt, director of clerkship programs, joined the USciences in 1978 as a faculty  more

Howard Theologist to Deliver Commencement Address at the University of West Indies
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 -- Howard University issued the following news release: Donald Henry Kortright Davis, Ph.D., a professor of Theology at the Howard University School of Divinity, will receive an honorary L.L.D. degree from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and will deliver the commencement address at UWI's Cave Hill campus in Bridgetown, Barbados. Davis trained for the Anglican priesthood at Codrington College in Barbados community of the Resurrection. In 1965, he became an Ordain  more

HU Awarded $1.2M to Establish Support Center for Disabled Children
HAMPTON, Va., Oct. 13 -- Hampton University issued the following news release: The Hampton University Department of Physical Therapy was awarded a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will establish a family support center for underserved families with developmentally disabled pre-school children, which is a high priority of HU's President William R. Harvey. The project, a five-year grant, is also designed to train numerous pre professional  more

In Memoriam: Math Professor Mark Dorio
CARSON CITY, Nev., Oct. 13 -- Western Nevada Community College issued the following news release: Students and faculty alike are remembering Math Professor Mark Dorio, who died recently after a long illness. Professor Dorio was always available to assist students, and even the hospital nurses who cared for him during his illness said they remembered how much he helped them so they could succeed in their classes. In Professor Dorio's memory, see below for a reprint of an article he was asked t  more

James K. Mitchell to Receive Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Davies Medal
TROY, N.Y., Oct. 13 -- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute issued the following news release: Esteemed geotechnical engineer and educator James K. Mitchell, Class of 1951, will receive the prestigious Davies Medal (http://www.eng.rpi.edu/Davies/background.cfm) for Engineering Achievement from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Engineering. Rensselaer will honor Mitchell, the University Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, durin  more

James McKenna Honored with Emeritus Status
BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 13 -- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University issued the following news release: James McKenna, professor of crop and soil environmental sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the "professor emeritus" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who   more

Jazz Ensemble, Glee Club to Give Concert
LEXINGTON, Va., Oct. 13 -- Virginia Military Institute issued the following news release: The Commanders, Virginia Military Institute's jazz ensemble, and the VMI Glee Club will present their Parents Weekend concert at Jackson Memorial Hall Friday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature the jazz band playing classic favorites and modern popular tunes from Duke Ellington's "C Jam Blues" and Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va" to Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now." The 57-member Glee Club, th  more

Leadership Conference Offers Lessons Learned Across the Professions
LEXINGTON, Va., Oct. 13 -- Virginia Military Institute issued the following news release: Seeking solutions to the challenges of developing ethical leadership in a time of change was a tall order for the planners of the Virginia Military Institute's inaugural leadership conference, held Oct. 4-6 in VMI's Center for Leadership and Ethics, but they drew upon a wealth of knowledgeable leaders to share their experiences in facing these tough issues. A highlight of the conference was "Responsi  more

LFA Awards New Grants to Fund Critical Areas of Lupus Research
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 -- The Lupus Foundation of America issued the following news release: The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. (LFA) announced the awarding of six new research grants to address gaps in the science and understanding of key areas of lupus research, including pediatric lupus, reproductive health issues in people with lupus, lupus nephritis (kidney involvement), and neuropsychiatric lupus, which affects the brain and nervous system. Advancements in these areas of lupus research   more

Lieutenant Governor Bolling Announces Creation of Virginia Golf Trail
STAFFORD, Va., Oct. 13 -- The Virginia Tourism Corporation issued the following news release: Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, Stafford County and Virginia Tourism Corporation today announced the creation of the Virginia Golf Trail, a collaboration of the Commonwealth's public and private golf courses, hotels, wineries, restaurants, historic, cultural and recreational amenities. The Virginia Golf Trail will enhance the Commonwealth's reputation as a premier golfing destination by connecting   more

Manierre Dawson: Engineer/Artist Exhibits Through November
SCOTTVILLE, Mich., Oct. 13 -- West Shore Community College issued the following news release: An exhibit of original works by abstract artist Manierre Dawson (1887-1969) and biographical panels about his life and contributions to the art world will remain in the Manierre Dawson Gallery on the West Shore Community College campus through November. The didactic exhibition, titled "Manierre Dawson: Engineer/Artist," traces the evolution of his work and shows how elements of his paintings leadi  more

Marshall University Honors College Seminar Class to Host Senatorial Health Care Discussion Panel
HUNTINGTON, W.Va., Oct. 13 -- Marshall University issued the following news release: Marshall University's Honors College seminar on U.S. health care is hosting a health care discussion panel among West Virginia candidates for the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Oct. 14 on the Huntington campus. The event, which is open to the public, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center's Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre, Located across 5th Avenue from the Marsha  more

Mason and Smithsonian to Offer Masters Degree in the History of Decorative Arts
FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 13 -- George Mason University issued the following news release: George Mason University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences and The Smithsonian Associates program of the Smithsonian Institution have joined to offer a master of arts in the history of decorative arts. The 48-credit program will focus on object-based instruction and integrate the history of decorative arts into the study of art history and cultural studies. As the only degree program of its kind o  more

Memorial to be Dedication to Student Killed in Iraq
INSTITUTE, W.Va., Oct. 13 -- West Virginia State University issued the following news release: West Virginia State University will pause during its Homecoming celebration for a solemn task. A plaque will be added to the Alumni Carillon in honor of Sergeant Deforest Talbert, a student who was killed in Iraq in 2004. The memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 15 in the Visitor's Plaza where the carillon is located. Those expected to give remarks include Assistant Adju  more

MFA Grad to Read at Piper House, Speak to Local Students
TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 13 -- Arizona State University issued the following news release: Poet Sarah Vap, who earned her master of fine arts degree in creative writing at Arizona State University in 2005, will give a free reading of her poetry at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Piper Writers House, Tempe campus. Earlier that day, she will address nearly 300 students at La Joya Community High School in Avondale, who hae been studying her work. Vap is the author of "Dummy Fire," which won the 2006 Sat  more

NAIC Welcomes International Regulators
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 13 -- The National Association of Insurance Commissioners issued the following news release: The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) welcomed 13 regulators from China, India, Korea, Lebanon, Republic of Srpska and Thailand to its International Internship Program for Education and Regulatory Cooperation. The fall program kicks off in Kansas City, Missouri this week before the regulators travel to the NAIC Fall National Meeting in Orlando, Florida next   more

National Geographic Photographer Sam Abell to Present at Hastings College
HASTINGS, Neb., Oct. 13 -- Hastings College issued the following news release: National Geographic photographer Sam Abell will present a keynote address at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2 in French Memorial Chapel at Hastings College. This event is free and open to the public. Abell will also host a panel discussion for faculty and students, and conduct a student photography workshop during the day at the Gray Center for Communication Arts. Canon USA's Digital Learning Center and Explorers of Ligh  more

National Lab Celebrates a Century of Science
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 -- The U.S. Department of Energy issued the following Fossil Energy Techline news: On the occasion of its 100th anniversary, the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) today launched its Regional University Alliance (NETL-RUA) and dedicated the Energy Challenge, an interactive energy exhibit for kids, with an event at the Carnegie Science Center. Energy Challenge is an interactive kiosk that quizzes players on sources of energy, the scien  more

Nearly 22,000 Attendees at the 2010 NACS Show
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 13 -- The National Association of Convenience Stores issued the following news release: Nearly 22,000 representatives of the global convenience and petroleum retailing industry turned out for this year's NACS Show, according to attendance figures released today by NACS. Overall, 21,983 attendees were at the NACS Show, including 1,328 international attendees. The NACS Show took place October 5 to 8 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. It is ranked as one of  more

New Purdue Lab Offers Advanced Water-engineering Features
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Oct. 13 -- Purdue University issued the following news release: Purdue University on Saturday (Oct. 16) will dedicate a new civil engineering laboratory housing advanced hydrology and hydraulics facilities for teaching and research related to water resources. "The new lab is equipped with ultra-modern facilities for preparing future civil engineers to address global water challenges," said M. Katherine Banks, the Jack and Kay Hockema Professor of Civil Engineering and  more

NOAA Establishes Supercomputing Center in West Virginia
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following news release: NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco today announced a $27.6 million American Reinvestment and Recovery Act investment to build a new state-of-the-art supercomputer center in Fairmont, W. Va. Lubchenco was joined by U.S. Rep. Alan B. Mollohan for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the NOAA Environmental Security Computing Center (NESCC), which is geared to develo  more

Northern Virginia Couple Indicted for Conspiracy, Bank Fraud and Tax Evasion
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 -- The U.S. Department of Justice issued the following news release: A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., returned an indictment against a married couple from Fairfax Station, Va., for conspiracy, bank fraud and tax evasion, the Justice Department today announced. According to the indictment, Kevin and LuAnn Shaffer were co-owners of a Manassas, Va.,-based consulting business named Matrix-DSS. From 2003 to 2006, the indictment alleges that the couple conspired t  more

Pennsylvania Joins with Other Attorneys General to Probe Questionable Mortgage Foreclosures
HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 13 -- The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office issued the following news release: Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that Pennsylvania has joined a multi-state working group probing questionable mortgage foreclosure activity. Corbett said that Attorneys General from all 50 states, along with banking and mortgage regulators from 37 states, have agreed to coordinate their investigations into mortgage-related issues that the states share in common. "Given   more

Perkins Selected as Police Chief
ROANOKE, Va., Oct. 13 -- The city of Roanoke issued the following news release: At a press conference held in the Police Department's Community Room today, Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill announced that Christopher C. Perkins has been selected as Police Chief for the City of Roanoke. Perkins has been serving as Acting Police Chief since July 1, 2010. This announcement culminates a three-month national search and recruitment process. Perkins will begin serving as Police Chief effective imme  more

Ramsey Clark to Give Peace Talk at Virginia Tech
BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 14 -- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University issued the following news release: Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general and prominent figure on the modern international stage, will give his perspectives on peace in a speech at Virginia Tech on Oct. 28. The speech is free and open to the public. Clark is known for advancing moral and legal arguments to promote the human-rights advocacy that has been his theme since he founded the International Action Ce  more

Reform Movement Welcomes Injunction Barring 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 -- The Union for Reform Judaism's Religious Action Center issued the following news release: In response to U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California Virginia Phillips's injunction barring the military from applying the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, Mark J. Pelavin, Associate Director of the Religious Action Center, issued the following statement: We welcome yesterday's ruling by Judge Virginia Phillips barring the U.S. military from discharging cruci  more

Regents Adopt New Policies on Undocumented Students
ATLANTA, Oct. 13 -- University System of Georgia issued the following news release: A final report presented today to the Board of Regents finds that only 501 undocumented students - all paying out-of-state tuition - are among the 310,000 students enrolled in University System of Georgia (USG) institutions this fall. While the numbers are small, beginning in fall 2011, all applicants will undergo new steps designed to strengthen the ability of USG institutions to properly classify students fo  more

Ronald T. Hosko Named Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office Criminal Division
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation issued the following news release: Director Robert S. Mueller, III has named Ronald T. Hosko special agent in charge of the Criminal Division for the FBI's Washington Field Office in Washington, D.C. Ronald T. Hosko entered on duty with the FBI in July 1984. Upon completion of training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, he was assigned to the Jackson Division. While in Jackson, he investigated wh  more

Smithsonian Features Art and Science in a Unique Exhibition and Community Project at National Museum of Natural History
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following news release: The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History will host a unique exhibition, the "Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef," a thought-provoking fusion of science, conservation, mathematics and art. By engaging local communities to crochet coral reefs, the exhibition celebrates their beautiful diversity and speaks to the urgent need to protect these vanishing ecosystems. Created and curated by Margaret and Chris  more

Start of Practice and Midnight Madness Celebrations Signal Beginning of 2010-11 Women's College Basketball Season; Regular Season to Begin November 12
INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 13 -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association issued the following news release: The journey down a road that hundreds of women's basketball teams hope will culminate with a trip to the Women's Final Four has begun, as official practices are being conducted across the country this week. Many women's programs have started their preparations thanks to a new NCAA rule this year that permits women's teams to begin practicing 40 days before their first game. Several other t  more

Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on 10th Anniversary of Bombing of USS Cole
RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 13 -- Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., issued the following news release: Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement today on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. The USS Cole was based out of Naval Station Norfolk. "Ten years ago today, Islamic terrorists launched a suicide attack on the USS Cole as it refueled in the port city of Aden in Yemen. 17 American sailors were killed; another 39 injured. The terrorist attack marked the  more

Sullivan Announces Search Committee to Find Sandridge's Successor
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct. 13 -- The University of Virginia issued the following news release: University of Virginia Teresa A. Sullivan today announced the creation of the search committee charged with identifying and recommending a successor for Leonard W. Sandridge, the University's long-time executive vice president and chief operating officer. Sullivan said her goal was to name a committee that would both represent a wide range of University constituencies and be representative of the  more

Susan M. Britton 1947-2010
STAUNTON, Va., Oct. 13 -- Mary Baldwin College issued the following news release: Susan Britton, who served as assistant director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program passed away October 12 at the University of Virginia Medical Center after a two-year fight with lung cancer. She was 62. Britton worked at MBC from 1992 until her retirement in June. She previously was a teacher for 22 years at Thomas W. Dixon Elementary School. "Susan was a splendid colleague and a determined p  more

The Smithsonian Associates and George Mason University Collaborate to Offer a Master's Degree in the History of Decorative Arts
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following news release: The Smithsonian Associates and George Mason University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences announce a new collaborative venture to offer a Master of Arts in the History of Decorative Arts. The 48-credit program will focus on object-based instruction, integrating the history of decorative arts into the study of art history and cultural studies. The new partnership will begin in July 2011 with classes   more

This Week at Boise State
BOISE, Idaho, Oct. 13 -- Boise State University issued the following news release: The following are upcoming events at Boise State University for Oct. 18-24. Please note that all events are subject to change. For updated information on all events, visit www.bsuevents.com. EVENT OF SPECIAL NOTE: Campus Sustainability Day. See Oct. 20 for details. EXHIBITIONS: Oct. 16-Nov.18, "Peaceful Moments - Paintings by John Taye," Biennial Emeritus Faculty Exhibition. Student Union Gallery.   more

This Week in Orange County by Edward A. Diana
GOSHEN, N.Y., Oct. 13 -- Orange County issued the following column: October is National Family History month, and as I celebrated the recent arrival of my new grandson, Marc Anthony, his birth gave me reason to reflect upon the rich history of our family. As a native son of Orange County, born and raised in Middletown, I'm proud of my heritage. Most who know me identify me with my Italian-American roots. That's not surprising seeing as my grandfather Thomas, an Italian immigrant shoemaker,  more

Variety of Activities on Tap for Africa Day at ODU, Oct. 14
NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 13 -- Old Dominion University issued the following news release: Umbadu South African Dance Company, a dance theater specializing in contemporary South African history and culture of the Zulu people, will perform Thursday, Oct. 14, for Old Dominion University's annual Africa Day. Instituted in 2007, Africa Day offers an opportunity to educate students, faculty, staff and the community about current events and the cultural characteristics of the many countries on the Afr  more

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Awarded $10.6 Million to Model Immune Responses to Gut Pathogens
BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 14 -- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University issued the following news release: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a $10.6 million grant to researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and collaborators to determine how the human immune system responds to infection by pathogens of the gut. The funding will be used to apply mathematical modeling to the study of immune respo  more

Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets to Honor Visiting Families at Family Day Parade
BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 14 -- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University issued the following news release: In honor of the families of all Virginia Tech students visiting campus for Family Day, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will have a formal review on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. on the Drillfield. It will be centered on Burruss Hall. The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets is proud to welcome University President Charles W. Steger who will be speaking during the parade. In additi  more

Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, Hokie Football Team to Highlight the Colors at Wake Forest Game
BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 13 -- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University issued the following news release: The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets continues to partner with the Virginia Tech Football Team to highlight the colors during the pre-game ceremony at every football game. Three football players are selected, because of their performance in the last game or during practice, to carry the American flag, the state flag, and the team's spirit flag as they lead the team onto the field  more

Virginia Tech Professor Collaborates on Study That Links Walking, Cycling to Better Health
BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 13 -- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University issued the following news release: A study conducted by Ralph Buehler, assistant professor, urban affairs and planning, Virginia Tech National Capital Region, and three other researchers, contributes to mounting evidence that active travel has significant health benefits. For example, European countries with high rates of walking and cycling have less obesity than do Australia and countries in North America th  more

Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington to Open Next Summer; Seven-story LEED-Certified Building Designed to Foster Research and Collaboration
BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 13 -- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University issued the following news release: The Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington is on target to open its doors at 900 N. Glebe Road in summer 2011. The highly visible, state-of-the-art facility will further the university's mission to expand its research portfolio in a region that offers great opportunity for partnerships with corporate research entities and close proximity to government agencies and other publ  more

Virginia Tech Structural Engineer Part of a Winning Design Team for Unusual Corporate Headquarters
BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 14 -- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University issued the following news release: The American Institute of Steel Construction has presented a national award to a design team, including a Virginia Tech structural engineer, for its work on a dramatic cantilevered corporate headquarters in Michigan. Mehdi Setareh, of the School of Architecture and Design, is an expert in structural vibration problems. He used his expertise to help design and build the headqua  more

W&L Honors Two Young Alumni
LEXINGTON, Va., Oct. 13 -- Washington & Lee University issued the following news release: Washington and Lee University honored two graduates with its Distinguished Young Alumni Award during the Young Alumni Weekend held on Homecoming. Juliet Bickford '00 of Hampton, Va., and David Foster '98 of Havertown, Pa., were the two honorees. Bickford is the weekday morning anchor and consumer news reporter for WTKR, the CBS affiliate in the Tidewater Virginia area. A journalism major at W&L, sh  more

W.Va. Receives Federal Grant to Improve School Climate
CHARLESTON, W.Va., Oct. 13 -- The West Virginia Department of Education issued the following news release: West Virginia is one of 11 states selected to share nearly $40 million from the U.S. Department of Education to improve the school environment in some of the lowest performing schools. West Virginia is slated to receive nearly $9 million over four years through the Safe and Supportive Schools grant program. The goal of the grants is to create and support safe and drug-free learning en  more

W.Va. Seeking Nominations for State Character Educator of the Year
CHARLESTON, W.Va., Oct. 13 -- The West Virginia Department of Education issued the following news release: Research shows that character education can have a positive effect on student performance. The state Board of Education wants to reward educators who not only teach academics daily but also incorporate the importance of good character into their lessons. Applications are being accepted for the Paul J. Morris Character Educator of the Year Award. The award is named after former West Vi  more

WEFTEC 2010 Sets New Exhibition Record in New Orleans
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 13 -- The Water Environment Federation issued the following news release: A total of 17,515 water professionals and 984 exhibiting companies occupying a record breaking 295,295 net square feet of exhibition booth space attended WEFTEC 2010--the Water Environment Federation's (WEF) 83rd annual technical exhibition and conference--last week at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La. This year's record-setting exhibition exceeded the previous record set  more

Wesleyan Plays Host to College Fair
KEYSER, W.Va., Oct. 13 -- West Virginia Wesleyan College issued the following news release: On Friday, October 15, students throughout the region will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from more than 30 colleges and universities all in one location. From 10 a.m.-noon, potential students will congregate in West Virginia Wesleyan's Rockefeller Center gymnasium to discuss academics and opportunities for study at these institutions with the people who know them best. "We are re  more

William Newton Honored with Emeritus Status
BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 14 -- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University issued the following news release: William Newton, professor of biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the "professor emeritus" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommend  more




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