Local students earn degrees and places on deans’ lists

June 15, 2005

Dresden Marie Merz received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance with a minor in Literature from Pacific University on May 21, 2005. Merz appeared on the Dean’s List each of her eight semesters at Pacific and graduated with a 3.876 cumulative GPA and Magna Cum Laude honors.


Sophie Thomson of Hood River was named to the Dean’s List at Loyola University in New Orleans. Students must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher to be named to the list.

Loyola strives to develop students into a new generation of leaders who possess a love for truth, the critical intelligence to pursue it, and the courage to articulate it. The university serves approximately 5,550 undergraduate and graduate students and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Krista Apland of Hood River was among more than 1,500 St. Olaf College students recognized for academic achievement at the college’s annual Honors Day convocation on May 6. Apland is a junior at St. Olaf.

Honors Day recognizes St. Olaf students who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.3 or higher (on a 4.0 scale.) The convocation also cites St. Olaf students who have been awarded scholarships and fellowships, including Goldwater and Fulbright scholars, senior members of leadership and academic honor societies, and students elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the national scholastic honor society.

St. Olaf College is a national leader among liberal art institutions that fosters the development of mind, body and spirit. It is a residential college in Northfield, Minn., and is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The college provides personalized instruction and diverse learning environments, with nearly two-thirds of its students participating in international and off-campus studies.


At Linfield College on May 29, a total of 480 people received degrees in the annual commencement exercise in the oak grove.

Hood River’s Nicholas Robert Dills received his diploma for a Bachelor of Science in biology, and Jeffrey S. Campbell of Mt. Hood received his diploma for a Bachelor of Science in accounting.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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