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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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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