I should leave town
more often. A lot more seems to get done in my absence.
Two projects to
preserve Richmond’s rich history moved (literally) forward last
week. Despite last minute attempts to derail (no pun intended) it by
a handful of Point Richmond malcontents, the historic Santa Fe
Reading Room that history buffs have been trying to save for over a
decade was safely placed in its permanent home across the street
from the Plunge on Friday.
Only a week
earlier, the historic Whirley crane joined the Red Oak Victory at
Richmond’s historic Shipyard 3 where a nucleus of exhibits forms a
part of Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National
Thanks to everyone
who participated in these moving endeavors for their successful
Coming Up for Historic Preservation in Richmond,
November 3, 2005;
Be a Part of
History; Contribute to the Big Move! June
Relocation on Track, July 27, 2005;
April 25, 2005
Project Data and Site Plan -
April 25, 2005
Design Review Board Phase One Conditional Approval Documents;
2005 Gateway Project Summary from Tom Butt;
Whirley_Crane_release 2_5_.pdf and
Building/Santa Fe Reading Room passes under I-580 with inches to
crane on the way to Shipyard 3
coverage of activities during the week follow:
Posted on Mon, Nov. 14, 2005
Council member helps in Big Easy
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Richmond Councilman Tom Butt has just returned from
a six-day trip to New Orleans where he contributed
his skills as an architect to help preserve one of
the city's most valuable resources, its historic
Butt was part of a volunteer team of architects and
historic preservation experts who toured New
Orleans' neighborhoods that were devastated by
flooding in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
The city's oldest neighborhoods, which were built
around the time of the city's founding in 1817,
avoided damage because they were built on high
ground along the river, Butt said. However, in the
lowlands between the Mississippi River and Lake
Pontchartrain, many homes, some more than 100 years
old suffered moderate water damage.
"These are historic districts with collections of
predominately modest, but exquisitely detailed,
historic homes that most cities would kill for,"
Butt was asked to join the team because of his
distinguished resume as an architect. He is an
inducted fellow in the prestigious American
Institute of Architects and has won numerous awards
including the Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service
Award for his work in restoring the East Brother
The six-member team worked in coordination with the
National Trust for Historic Preservation and the New
Orleans-based Preservation Resource Center.
There is concern among New Orleans officials that
people who own homes in historic neighborhoods will
tear down their vintage buildings and replace them
with modern structures that compromise the
neighborhood's continuity, Butt said. He and the
other preservation volunteers assisted homeowners by
giving them restoration information.
"Architecture is a big part of the economy. People
come down here because they like the history, the
ambiance," Butt said. "If you take that away, you
take away a big part of the economy."
Butt said that the majority of damage to homes was
on the first floor and that many of them were in
pretty good shape. He said the first floors of many
of the homes needed to be gutted, treated for mold
and then walled with new sheet rock.
"I talked to one guy who had just come back and he
hadn't taken anything out of his home yet," Butt
said. "He was wondering what to do and we put him in
touch with free resources, people who have the
expertise to give him realistic estimates of costs."
There is also a concern that many New Orleans
residents will not return to the city, the
councilman said. Prior to the hurricane, the city's
population was about 500,000. Some officials are
estimating the population will be reduced by half.
"Some people are going to want to tear their homes
down, collect the insurance money and leave," Butt
said. "We're trying to encourage them to restore
their homes and come live in them again."
Contact John Geluardi at 510-262-2787 or at
Successful UA alumni applauded at banquet
FAYETTEVILLE — The
young, the community-minded, the distinguished and the well-dressed
were lauded the night of Nov. 4 during the 61 st annual Arkansas
Alumni Association Awards Program. The event at the Janelle Y.
Hembree Alumni House recognizes the University of Arkansas’ most
successful grads and gives them a chance to tell others how the
university had an impact on their careers.
“It’s kind of a
‘wow’ factor for us — their accomplishments and the things they’ve
been involved in,” said the alumni association’s Debbie Blume. She
helps organize the banquet every year and is among the first to know
who the honorees will be.
This year’s picks
were Thomas Butt of Point Richmond, Calif., with the Community
Service Award ; former Walton College dean Doyle Williams with
the Honorary Alumni Award ; and Warwick Sabin of Little Rock,
associate editor of the Arkansas Times, with the Young Alumni Award.
Those receiving a
Citation of Distinguished Alumni were Sunthorn Arunanondchai of
Bangkok, Thailand ; Robert Mitchell of Northridge, Calif. ; and UA
Chancellor John A. White. Clothier John Cole, Janine Parry,
associate professor of political science, and research scientist
Xiaogang Peng received Distinguished Faculty Achievement Awards.
“It’s all in the
clothes,” quipped Cole at a pre-party reception. He was accompanied
by his wife, Karen, and sons Thomas, Richard and Alan.
Perhaps the most
accomplished of the group were White and Williams. Under Williams’
administration, the Walton College became one of the most improved
business schools — private or public — in the country.
White has achieved
so much in his career at the UA that the alumni association
rescinded its rule against considering a current university employee
for a Distinguished Alumni Award.
The awards dinner,
prepared by Chartwells, included field greens with cranberries,
sugared walnuts and shallot vinaigrette ; artichoke and prosciutto-stuffed
chicken breast with gorgonzola cream ; fresh asparagus ; parsley new
potatoes ; and dessert of chocolate tulip cups with chocolate
mousse. AWE-INSPIRING ALUM Nov. 4 WHAT : The 61 st annual Arkansas
Alumni Association Awards Program WHERE : The Janelle Y. Hembree
Alumni House, Fayetteville FYI : The association bent its rules to
give UA Chancellor John A. White, a current university employee, a
Distinguished Alumni Award.
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Arkansas Alumni Association Honors Nine
By The Morning News
FAYETTEVILLE -- The Arkansas Alumni Association honored six
University of Arkansas graduates and three professors Friday night
as part of Homecoming activities.
The association's board of directors changed
policy to award its Citation of Distinguished Alumni Award to a
current employee of the university -- Chancellor John White.
White, a 1962 graduate in industrial
engineering, received the award for his nine years as chancellor,
during which he helped increase the university's size and stature
and helped raise $1.046 billion in the Campaign for the Twenty-First
The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented
annually to a alumnus or alumna who has achieved exceptional
professional and personal distinction in a chosen field.
The Arkansas Alumni Association also honored:
• Thomas K. Butt, who
received degrees in 1968 and 1969, of Point Richmond, Calif.,
founder and president of Architect Interactive Resources, who
Community Service Award
.• Doyle Z. Williams of Fayetteville, former dean of the Sam M. Walton
College of Business, who received the Honorary Alumni Award for his
exemplary leadership, service and devotion to the university during
his 12 years as dean.
• Warwick Sabin, a 1998 alumnus, of Little Rock, associate editor of the
Arkansas Times, who received the Young Alumni Award.
• Sunthorn Arunanondchai, who received a master's degree in 1969, of
Bangkok, Thailand, president and chief executive officer of C.P.
Land Co. and C.P. Plaza Co., who received a Citation of
Distinguished Alumni Award for his accomplishments in international
• Robert T. Mitchell, who received master's degrees in 1964 and 1965, of
Northridge, Calif., program manager for the Cassini-Huygens mission
to Saturn, who received a Citation of Distinguished Alumni Award for
his professional distinction and contributions to space exploration.
The Arkansas Alumni Association annually recognizes three faculty
members for outstanding achievement.
The Distinguished Faculty Achievement Awards were presented to:
• John W. Cole, who has two degrees from the university, an instructor
in the marketing and logistics department, for teaching and
enriching the lives of students.
• Janine Parry, associate professor of political science and director of
the Arkansas Poll, for exemplary service to students and teaching.
• Xiaogang Peng, Scharlau Professor of Chemistry, for internationally
acclaimed research in nano-chemistry and nano-technology.