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Tom Nicholas

Associate Director of Admission

(800) 700-1662 or (804) 289-8640
Fax: (804) 287-6003

Hometown: Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Education: University of Richmond, majors in German and English

Favorite Richmond neighborhood: Church Hill, where I live: a great community, great parks with great views, great access to downtown, and great restaurants. Second would be the River District, because I love city life along the James: restaurants, running, outdoors, festivals, etc.

Favorite thing to do in Richmond on the weekends: In spring, go hiking or running along the James. In summer, swim at Belle Isle. In autumn, go to any restaurant with an outdoor patio. In winter, go to a $2 movie at The Byrd. Year-round: hit up whatever festival is in town.

Favorite food on campus: Taco soup bar in D-Hall. Followed very closely by the Jamaican jerk chicken wrap at the Pier, D-Hall's cupcake bar, and D-Hall's Mongolian Grill, in that order.

Favorite restaurant off-campus: Way too many to choose from in Richmond. If I had to select my favorite block for restaurants, it would be the block in the Fan that includes Edo's Squid, Cous Cous, and Ipanema.

A memorable recruitment story: At the Pittsburgh National College Fair a few years ago, I got stuck on an elevator with 20 other admission counselors trying to get to one of the sessions. We were in there, packed like sardines, for a good 25 or 30 minutes before we were rescued. The funny thing is, it didn't faze anybody; with all the travel we do, things going wrong is pretty much a given, so we're used to it. No one was claustrophobic, and the February weather kept things pretty cool, so we spent the time laughing and swapping other crazy recruitment stories as if nothing was wrong.