Thursday, February 19, 2015

Reynolds Culinary Student honored at 4th Annual Elby Awards

Congratulations to Reynolds Culinary Arts student Holly Mitchell who was selected as one of two Culinary Students of the Year at this year’s Elby Awards on January 25 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

The Elby Awards recognize and honor the work of local chefs, restauranteurs and culinary students.  More than 500 guests attended this year’s event, named after Master Chef Paul Elbling.  The theme for the evening was “Studio 804”, in honor of New York’s former Studio 54. 

Nominees were chosen by local members of the dining scene. A separate panel of judges made up of chefs and food writers from outside Richmond selected the winners for each category.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Reynolds Executive Vice President Dr. Genene LeRosen named one of 2015’s Outstanding Women by the YMCA of Richmond

(Dr. LeRosen is pictured bottom row, at the right)

Congratulations to Reynolds Executive Vice President Dr. Genene LeRosen for being named one of 2015’s Outstanding Women by the YMCA of Richmond.

For more than three decades, the YWCA has hosted the Outstanding Women Awards, an event that recognizes women in Greater Richmond who have made significant contributions to our community through their exceptional leadership qualities, as well as for excellence, achievements, and dedication in their careers and society.

Beginning her profession in the classroom in 1977, Dr. LeRosen has dedicated her life to expanding educational opportunities for young people. First as a public school teacher in Henrico County and community college instructor, then as a college dean and now as the Executive Vice President for Reynolds. Her passionate and deliberate approach has created numerous new educational opportunities, particularly for those that have been traditionally underserved by our educational system.

Dr. LeRosen currently leads the academic, student services, technology and institutional effectiveness teams at Reynolds and is leading a college-wide team on improving advising, a challenge across the higher education spectrum for colleges and universities serving tens of thousands of students with limited resources.  

Reynolds President Gary L. Rhodes considers her the college’s “Chief Operating Officer”. “Dr. LeRosen,” he states, “runs the operations of our college and enables me to engage more extensively in the business community. Together, we ensure our college is serving students, the community and the Richmond region’s workforce needs effectively.”

Prior to her career at Reynolds, she served as the special assistant to the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System. She has also held positions with Northern Virginia Community College, the Virginia State Council for Higher Education, the College of William and Mary, and Henrico County Public Schools, touching the lives of tens of thousands of students across the Virginia.

Dr. LeRosen has authored and co-authored a number of publications on topics such as Workforce Development, the transfer of academic credit, ways to relieve critical teacher shortages, and preparing a skilled workforce for the 21st century. Her many speeches and presentations have included topics such as “Change, Faculty, and Web-Page Design: A Case Study,” “What is a Virginia Community College,” “Tech Prep in Virginia,” “Gender Equity in Higher Education,” and “Classroom Management Training and Discipline,” in addition to many other topics.

Congratulations, Dr. LeRosen!!!