Class Notes: Local students graduate from WOU

The following local students gradated from Western Oregon University in 2012: Hood River — Kaitlin Bauld, B.A. in dance and B.A. in theatre arts (summa cum laude); Nicklus Rumsey, B.S. in criminal justice; Ryan Nelson, B.S. in community health education (magna cum laude) Mosier — James Breckterfield, B.S. in business Odell — Ian Bohince, B.S. in business (A previous article gave the wrong university for these graduates.) Herman chosen for Internship

Kelsey Herman of Hood River was one of 32 college students chosen from across the country to participate in the Kentucky Equine Management Internship program, located in Lexington, Ky. Herman is a 2010 Horizon Christian School graduate.

The 22-week program paired students with one of the many farms in the “Horse Capitol of the World” that breed the best thoroughbred horses.

Purdue University, Michigan State University, Texas A&M University and University of Queensland were represented.

Phillips named to Creighton dean’s list

Rebecca Phillips, of Hood River, a sophomore College of Nursing student at Creighton University, was named to the fall dean’s list for the 2012-13 academic year.

Full-time students who earn a 3.5 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale are eligible for the dean’s honor roll.

Creighton University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution located in Omaha, Neb., enrolls more than 4,200 undergraduate and 3,500 professional school and graduate students.

Ragan graduates from ASU

McKenzie Ragan, Hood River Valley High School class of 2009, graduated magna cum laude on Dec. 20 from Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University.

She graduated with double majors from the School of Sustainability, bachelor’s degree, International Development, and the School of Public Service and Public Policy, bachelor’s degree with an additional certificate in leadership ethics and a certificate in public administration and management.

Ragan is a member of Order of Omega, the Greek Leadership Honor Society, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Kawachi studies in Europe

Michelle Kawachi of Hood River spent January studying in Nice, Rome and Paris through a special program at Linfield College.

Kawachi, a senior majoring in computer science and electronic arts, is the daughter of Steve and Diane Kawachi of Hood River. She is a member of Circle K. She took the class “Marie Bashkirtseff: Life and Art: Nice, Rome and Paris.”

Students examined the life of Marie Bashkirtseff, using her diary as a tool to experience the time period and cultural situation in which she lived. The diary dictates where and when Marie created some of her most prolific pieces of writing and artwork.

Students were given the opportunity to attend the Opéra Garnier in Paris and visit Marie’s tomb. By reading the diary and exploring historical sites, students were able to reflect on key political, social and cultural movements from the 19th century through Marie’s perspective.

Kawachi was among 90 students participating in on-site study programs through Linfield College’s January Term, a four-week period of concentrated study in which students and faculty focus their time and attention on a single course.

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