Classtime for July 21, 2012

Whitworth University students qualify for Laureate Society

The following Whitworth University students have been named to the Whitworth University Laureate Society for spring semester 2012:

Kaitlyn Apland of Hood River

Kristoff Decker of Hood River

The students qualified for the academic honors society by maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.75 during the semester.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Western Oregon University releases spring president’s, dean’s lists

Hood River’s Matthew James Leininger and Nicklus Scott Rumsey were named to the president’s list (4.0 GPA) at Western Oregon University in Monmouth for the spring term.

Named to the honor roll (GPA 3.50-3.99) were these Hood River County students:

Parkdale: Sarah Louise Dethman, Elizabeth Perez Hernandez

Mt. Hood: Catherine Michelle Kiyokawa

Hood River: Ian Sean Bohince, Mitch Douglas Dethman, Maggie Corinne Edwards, Inga Mae Hansen, Sonia Lachino-Ramirez, Gerd Alexander Reimann, Kaela Marie Van Swaay

Oregon State University honors outstanding students

Oregon State University has announced the recipients of its outstanding student awards for the 2011-12 academic year. The awards honor students who have shown superior academic and community involvement throughout the school year.

Award recipients include:

Cascade Locks: Kaitlyn Traynor, junior in general science; Drucilla Shepard Smith, Scholastic Award and Clara H. Waldo and E.A. Cummings Outstanding Student Award Honorable Mention

Hood River: Jackson Olson Dougan, sophomore in chemistry, Clara H. Waldo and E.A. Cummings Outstanding Student Award Honorable Mention.

About Oregon State University: OSU is one of only two U.S. universities designated a land-, sea-, space- and sun-grant institution. OSU is also Oregon’s only university to hold both the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification.

Its approximately 25,000 students come from all 50 states and more than 90 nations. OSU programs touch every county within Oregon, and its faculty teach and conduct research on issues of national and global importance.

Scholarships awarded by The Next Door

The Next Door Inc. has awarded $3,500 in scholarships this year to students in pursuit of higher education who have participated in NDI programs.

The scholarship fund, started in 2007, is supported through employee contributions and is specifically for program participants.

“The scholarship fund is a way for us to provide additional opportunities for the people we serve,” according to Cheryl Lawson, NDI controller. “Over the years we have awarded $7,570 in scholarships with the support of our employees.”

n Allison Brown, a 2012 graduate of Stevenson High School, will attend Washington State University in the fall. Throughout her high school career, she has participated in soccer, track and wrestling, qualifying for state twice with the “boys” team. Allison has been involved with the Stevenson Volunteer Fire Department and plans to study to become a firefighter paramedic.

n Gabriella Garcia is a 2012 graduate of Hood River Valley High School and the oldest of five children. She participated in soccer and the snowboarding team. Gabriella plans to study at Columbia Gorge Community College with the goal of becoming a marketing and international business major, ultimately working abroad for a U.S. company.

n Liliana Lachino also graduated from Hood River Valley High School this year. She has been a volunteer at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Liliana received the Youth Super Heroes Certificate of Appreciation in 2009 for her volunteer work. She has been accepted to Western Oregon University and plans to study to become a physician’s assistant.

n Jodi TePeol is returning to school at Columbia Gorge Community this year to earn a degree in small business. In 2009, she graduated with a general education degree from CGCC with an environmental science focus. She hopes to own a small business that she and her children can be a part of, turning her “passion into profit” and self-sustainability.

n Shantae Thornton is a 2012 Hood River Valley High School graduate. She volunteers with the Special Olympics, is a member of Hood River Valley Leos and a volunteer firefighter at West Side Fire Department. She has also been active with the National Honor Society, Spanish Club and student government. Shantae plans to major in biochemistry at Willamette University.

All five of the scholarship recipients have been involved with one or more programs of The Next Door including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Health Media Club, Leaders for Tomorrow and Families First. For more information about these programs, available scholarship opportunities or The Next Door, call 541-386-6665 or visit

Traynor wins SEIU Local 503 scholarship

SEIU Local 503 awarded 48 scholarships and awards totaling $25,000 this year through a member scholarship program. The scholarship program is funded through member dues and donations.

Kaitlyn Traynor, a resident of Cascade Locks and general science major at Oregon State University, was awarded a $750 scholarship.

Financial aid awards of $500 per school year are offered to students entering an accredited institution of learning in the United States. Grant in aid awards of $750 per school year are given to students who are currently enrolled.

Winners must be undergraduates and must be under the age of 24 at the time of their nomination. The scholarships are available to SEIU members and their spouses, qualifying domestic partners, sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters.

Applicants must demonstrate satisfactory scholastic ability and special consideration is given to SEIU Local 503 members who are currently public employees or who have been laid off from public employment.

For more information on how to apply for a scholarship, contact AnneMarie Cruikshank at SEIU Local 503’s Salem office at 503-581-1505, ext. 157, or at 800-452-2146. SEIU Local 503 members are the folks Oregonians rely on for protection for our families, clean parks, safe roads, health care for seniors and people with disabilities, and keeping our universities safe and running smoothly.

Hood River residents make dean’s list at University of Portland

The following students from Hood River were recently listed on the 2012 spring semester dean’s list at the University of Portland:

Karrie Hoag, freshman, nursing; Ariana Sewell, senior, accounting;

Students need at least a 3.5 GPA to be eligible for the dean’s list.

The University of Portland is Oregon’s Catholic university and has been closely affiliated for nearly a century with the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Ind. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top five regional universities in the American West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate School, and nationally accredited schools of business, education, engineering and nursing.

Delgado honored at UC San Diego

Nicholas Delgado earned second honors for the spring 2012 semester at University of San Diego’s School of Business Administration, says Dean David F. Pyke.

The university “strives to graduate students who are able to absorb and use an ever-growing body of knowledge and changing technology, and to serve the world in an ethical manner.”

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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