» Narberth native and 2005 Harriton High School graduate Jesse Ponnock recently scored a CD and video deal with Drive-Thru Records by winning the Best Music on Campus contest put on by MTV offshoot mtvU. The grandson of Daily News/Inquirer ad salesman Denny Ponnock, Jesse is currently studying music engineering at the University of Miami. You can hear what he’s all about on bestmusiconcampus.com or myspace.com/jesseponnock.
» Villanova University theater professor Michael Hollinger has been awarded a Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Citation for Opus, which had its world premiere at the Arden Theatre Company last year. Hollinger’s play won several Barrymore Awards and has been produced by other companies in Pennsylvania, Florida, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C. Opus debuts off-Broadway in August at Primary Stages in New York City.
» In other ’Nova news, former Wildcats assistant coach and longtime financial advisor Marc Turner is exercising his left brain on Coach’s Corner, a weekly talk-radio program on 1420-AM WCOJ aimed at simplifying the financial world for laymen.
» Govberg Jewelers management let out a sigh of relief when Norman Carpets One employee Steve Girmscheid discovered an envelope containing two diamonds—each worth $30,000—while moving a desk during an installation. The envelope had disappeared more than a year ago. Carpets One and Govberg acknowledged Girmscheid’s honesty with a reward and, fittingly, a watch.