Class Notes for Feb. 13

Kelley graduates summa cum laude

Caitlin Kelley, a 2008 graduate of Hood River Valley High School, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in early childhood/elementary education from Western Oregon University Dec. 8.

Reynolds makes Linfield dean’s list

Rose Reynolds was named to the dean’s list at Linfield College in McMinnville for the fall 2012 semester. In order to be named to the dean’s list, students must complete 12 graded credits and be in the top 10 percent of their class.

University of San Diego names Delgado

The University of San Diego School of Business Administration announced that Nicholas Delgado received second honors for the fall 2012 semester.

The University of San Diego strives to graduate persons 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.

Loyola Marymount University announces dean’s list

Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles has announced the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester. Listed are McKenzie Kerr and Kenzie Yoshimura, both of Hood River.

Students named to the dean’s list have completed 15 semester hours at LMU and earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. Additionally, a student must have completed all of his or her courses and never received an F in any course.

Located between the Pacific Ocean and downtown Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University is a comprehensive university offering 60 major programs, 36 master’s degrees and a doctoral degree in education from four colleges, two schools and Loyola Law School.

Founded in 1911, LMU is ranked third in “Best Regional Universities-West” by U.S. News & World Report. LMU is the largest Jesuit Catholic university for undergraduates on the West Coast with more than 5,900 undergraduate students and more than 3,000 graduate and law students.

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Park University fall 2012 list of graduates announced

Park University held its December 2012 Kansas City Area commencement ceremony Dec. 15 at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Mo. Approximately 280 Park University undergraduates received bachelor’s degrees and about 145 graduate students received master’s degrees or master’s certificates. In addition, 15 students earned associate degrees or undergraduate certificates.

Pamelyn Ann King, of Fruitland, Wash., who attended Hood River Valley High School, received her Master of Education in multicultural education and teaching.

Hoag, Stenberg, Santillan named to UP dean’s list

The following students from the Hood River area were recently listed on the 2012 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Portland: Karrie Hoag, sophomore, nursing; Philip Stenberg, senior, biology; Omar Santillan, senior, political science. Students need at least a 3.5 grade point average 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.

Hood River student performs in Shakespeare comedy at NWC

Amalia Vasquez, a student at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, will perform in a production of “The Comedy of Errors,” by William Shakespeare, Feb. 15, 16 and 20-23.

Northwestern theatre professor Jeff Barker is directing the classic comedy, which is rife with puns, wordplay and slapstick humor.

Vasquez is a junior and is majoring in psychology at Northwestern College. She will be performing as Pinches in the play. Vasquez is the daughter of Claudia Vasquez of Hood River.

Northwestern College is a Christian college of more than 1,240 students in Orange City, Iowa. Rated the nation’s sixth-best baccalaureate college by Washington Monthly and a top-10 Midwestern college by U.S. News & World Report magazine, Northwestern provides an education that combines academic rigor with a faith perspective.

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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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