Victoria "Tori" Stempniewicz of Arlington is presenting volcano research at the Geological Society of America’s 2011 Annual Meeting and Exposition from Sunday, Oct. 9 to Wednesday, Oct. 12 in Minneapolis. Stempniewicz is a senior majoring in geology and environmental science at James Madison University in Harrisonburg. Her presentation is on "Hydration Profiles in Clinopyroxene Mantle Xenocrysts From the Eocene Mole Hill Basalt." Mole Hill is a rare volcanic feature in Rockingham County, Va., just a few miles from the JMU campus.

Arlington families are invited to the annual High School Information Night to learn more about high school programs in the Arlington Public Schools on Monday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., at Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford St. During the information night program, families of students entering high school in the fall of 2012 will hear an overview of Arlington’s high schools and programs, including their program focuses, application dates and procedures, school information sessions, and more. After the opening general session, parents can attend two breakout sessions with individual high school administrations to learn more about the unique programs and activities offered at the individual schools.

The annual Middle School Information Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, at Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford St. During the information night program, families of children entering middle school in the fall of 2012 will hear an overview of Arlington’s middle schools, including their program focuses, application dates and procedures, school information sessions, and more. After the opening general session, parents can attend two breakout sessions with individual middle school administrations to learn about the unique programs and activities offered at the individual schools.

Kinhaven School of Arlington marked its 40th year with a series of commemorative events. Del. Patrick Hope presented a commendation offered by a Joint Resolution of the Virginia Legislature at the inaugural ceremony Sept. 29. Kinhaven School is an independent, parent-governed school serving children 1-5 years of age.

Danielle Crim of Arlington was presented with a bachelor of science degree in business administration/management from Limestone College in December.

The following Virginia Tech students were among those honored at the University's fall commencement ceremony held Dec. 17, 2010, in Cassell Coliseum.
* Isabel Gomez of Arlington received a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in human development from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
* Timothy Hirama of Arlington received a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in biological sciences from the College of Science.
* Paul Capetanakis of Arlington received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the College of Engineering.
* Kenneth Long of Arlington received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
* James Sherlock of Arlington received a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in business information technology from the Pamplin College of Business.
* Fitwi Hailegiorgis of Arlington received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering degree from the College of Engineering.
* Daniel Pendergrass of Arlington received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the College of Engineering.
* Nhat Phan of Arlington received a Bachelor of Science in Business degree in hospitality and tourism management from the Pamplin College of Business.
* Elliott Tibor of Arlington received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering science and mechanics from the College of Engineering.
* Adriana Gonzales of Arlington received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.