The Collegian
Monday, May 20, 2024

Sarah Craig

Senior explores connection between math and physics

Senior physics and math major Jeff Zheng presented his math honors thesis, "Rank One Perturbations of Self-Adjoint Operators and Applications" in a 40-minute PowerPoint presentation and question-and-answer session to the math and physics departments of the University of Richmond last Monday. Zheng has been studying physics and math since high school in Nanjing, China, he said, and has always done well.

School of Continuing Studies hosts annual charity golf event

School of Continuing Studies graduate Mary Ramsey Evans and her husband, Chuck, look forward to April every year when the School of Continuing Studies Golf Tournament rolls around. The SCS Alumni Association puts on the tournament to raise funds for its scholarships so that SCS students are able to receive quality educations. "We wanted people who could not afford an SCS education to be able to," said Lin Koch, president of the SCS Alumni Association.

Richmond raises more than $25,000 in Relay for Life

The University of Richmond raised nearly $25,280 April 1 in its fifth annual Relay for Life, a relay walk to support cancer research. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a global event that began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Wash., walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society, according to Relay's website, According to the website, "Relay has grown from a single man's passion to fight cancer into the world's largest movement to end the disease." Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the U.S., along with communities in 20 other countries, raise funds and awareness to save lives from cancer, according to the website. This was the first year that Richmond held the event for 12 hours overnight, said sophomore Jenna McAuliffe, who is on the Relay public relations committee.

SCS to introduce massage therapy program

Employment opportunities for massage therapists are expected to grow 19 percent yearly from 2008 to 2018, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, because more people are learning the benefits of massage therapy. The University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies is introducing a Center for Massage Therapy Studies that will provide clinical and therapeutic massage education for existing massage therapists and those interested in the profession. The School of Continuing Studies was always trying to figure out what the community needed and meet that need, Stephanie Bowlin, community education outreach program manager, said. "We felt like this would be a good fit for us also because the university is so dedicated to wellness and health," Bowlin said. Massage therapy is the practice of using touch to manipulate the soft tissue muscles of the body, according to the program's website. It is performed to treat painful ailments, decompress tired and overworked muscles, reduce stress, rehabilitate sports injuries and promote general health. The School of Continuing Studies will be an approved provider of the Certified Massage Therapist program through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Dinner celebrates WC roommates

The four-year roommate dinner, Westhampton College Dean Juliette Landphair said, was a Westhampton College tradition that celebrated the longevity of roommates staying together for four years and the friendship that came out of that roommate relationship. When Landphair first started as dean in 2002, she overheard students talking about a steak-and-wine dinner. The former dean told Landphair about it and said they still recognized roommates, but there wasn't a dinner and it didn't involve steak or wine.

Women's tennis picked as A-10 preseason No. 1

The University of Richmond's women's tennis team has been picked to finish first in the Atlantic-10 Conference this spring. The team has won the conference title the last two years, so senior Kelly Tidwell said it was no surprise to be ranked at the top again. Richmond usually plays against only two to three conference teams during the regular season because head coach Mark Wesselink works hard to get the team good competition outside the A-10 conference, Tidwell said. Wesselink said that this year's out-of-conference schedule features teams that are similar to Richmond in talent. "We expect a lot of close matches," Wesselink said.

Professor works as costume designer on movie set

Johann Stegmeir, assistant professor of theater and dance at the University of Richmond, worked as costume designer on the movie set "Peace, Love and Misunderstanding" in the Hudson Valley of New York last summer. The movie, set to release in 2011, is directed by Bruce Beresford and features actors Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chace Crawford. Stegmeir said the movie was about reconciliation. The daughter, played by Keener, has rejected the lifestyle she grew up in and her hippie mother, Fonda.

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