On a normal day, Richmond College Dean Joe Boehman's morning routine includes shaving his head. But for this month, Boehman has decided to put down the razor. Boehman is participating in No-Shave November to raise money for the National Brain Tumor Society, which works to raise money for brain tumor research and to provide patient services and resources for patients, families, caregivers, researchers and medical professionals, according to the organization's Web site. No-Shave November encourages men and women to raise money by not shaving a part of their bodies that they usually do for a month, but Boehman has a much simpler description. "I decided the easiest way to explain it was to say I'm 'going Chia,'" Boehman said, referencing Chia Pets, clay animals that sprout chia plants to look like fur. Boehman said he had decided to participate in the fundraiser because he wanted to raise money and awareness for brain tumors.
For most college students, a 21st birthday means a night of partying, but for University of Richmond senior Meg McCall, who turned 21 on Monday, the celebration will be a little different. This Saturday, McCall and senior Drew Goldfarb will race in the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, a 26.2-mile race that starts on Broad Street near 7th St.
Students walking through the University Forum Monday afternoon may have noticed a group of "dumpster divers" emptying the dumpster that usually sits behind Gray Court. The students, members of GreenUR, the University of Richmond's student environmental group, were conducting a waste audit, checking how much students had thrown away and what could have been recycled.
When University of Richmond students register for their spring classes in a few weeks, they will not have term PIN cards for the first time. The PIN card - an index card printed with a student's name, class year, student ID number and a series of numbers that serve as a password for the student to register - will be replaced with a new online system, the BannerWeb online activation system, Registrar Susan Breeden said. In the past, students received the PIN cards during meetings with their advisers, Breeden said, and the PIN card system was designed to ensure that students attended their advising meetings.
The University of Richmond's women's golf team is competing this fall under the direction of a new coach. Jill Briles-Hinton, a former Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour player who most recently served as the University of Florida's head coach for 11 seasons, has taken over the team after the departure of former head coach Leighann Albaugh this summer. During Briles-Hinton's time at Florida, the Gators made 10-straight NCAA Regional appearances, qualifying every year except Briles-Hinton's first.
Faculty, staff members and a student discussed potential changes to the University of Richmond's general education requirements on Friday during an open meeting hosted by the General Education Revision Committee. The committee, overseen by the Provost's office, is charged with redesigning the general education curriculum to incorporate the academic goals laid out in The Richmond Promise, the university's strategic plan for 2009-14. Gene Anderson, the committee's chairman, said Friday's meeting was the third open meeting last week.
Faculty and staff members and a single student discussed potential changes to the University of Richmond's general education requirements Friday during an open meeting hosted by the General Education Revision Committee. The committee, overseen by the Provost's office, is charged with redesigning the general education curriculum to incorporate the academic goals laid out in The Richmond Promise, the university's strategic plan. Gene Anderson, the committee's chairman, said today's meeting was the third open meeting this week.
The men's soccer team officially opened its season with two losses this weekend, but with a new coach, a new home field and a new attitude, players said they hoped it would be a turn-around year for the program. "Wins and losses haven't been in our favor," first year head coach Clint Peay said, "but we're going to improve." Peay, who is beginning the first head coaching job of his career, said he understood the challenges of working with an inherited team, but that he was excited. "It's the first year, but I'm not going to let it go by," Peay said.
The University of Richmond will introduce its newest environmental initiative this afternoon, and this time students will be asked to give up their cars instead of their dining hall trays. "The ultimate goal is for people to start riding bikes instead of driving around," said senior Karen DeBonis, one of the students behind the university's new bike-sharing program, which will allow students to ride university-owned bikes anywhere on campus. The bikes, 35 army-green beach cruisers with front baskets and fenders to prevent splash-ups, will debut on campus during a campus-wide scavenger hunt this afternoon. The bikes will be available for students to ride any time, but they may not be locked up, brought inside of apartments or residence halls or ridden off campus. DeBonis got the idea for a bike-sharing program at Virginia Power Shift 2008, an environmental conference held last October at Virginia Tech University.