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McGuire joins consortium staff

Pegge McGuire has joined Community Services Consortium as its new director of housing and energy services.

McGuire has a long history of working on poverty-fighting programs and civil rights in Oregon and Washington. Before joining Community Services Consortium, McGuire spent 10 years as executive director of the Fair Housing Council of Oregon. She also worked for five years at Oregon Housing and Community Services, where she was the Community Resources Division manager, and provided administrative oversight for the state’s antipoverty and social equity programs.

Citizens Bank hires Arthenayake

Citizens Bank has announced the hiring of Anissa Arthenayake as deposit services manager at the Corvallis main branch.

Arthenayake is a graduate of Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University) where she received a bachelor of science degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance.

Her banking experience dates back to 1987, and includes working as a financial analyst, credit analyst, trust operations group leader and employee benefit administrator for community banks in Wisconsin and Washington, before moving back to Oregon in 1999. She spent the last eight years as the director of community education for Oregon State Credit Union.

Arthenayake can be reached at the main branch, 275 S.W. Third St., at 541-766-2265 or aart@citizensebank.com.

Corvallis wins spot on college list 

Last month College Values Online ranked Corvallis fifth in its list of Top 50 Best Small College Towns in America.

Text on the College Values Online site reads, “At the heart of Willamette Valley in central Western Oregon is the charming town of Corvallis, a must-consider on your list of college towns. The award-winning city has been recognized as one of the best college towns in the United States as well as one of the 10 best places to live in the U.S. Its residents are community-minded and work hard to maintain its natural beauty."

German professor wins award

Sebastian Heiduschke, a professor of German at Oregon State University, recently was selected to receive a national teaching award from the American Association of Teachers of German.

Heiduschke was honored with the German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award for his role in the creation of OSU’s online German bachelor’s degree program, delivered by OSU Ecampus. The award recognizes “outstanding, up-and-coming teachers” who have started a new program or revitalized an existing one.

Heiduschke helped launch the OSU program in 2012, which revitalized OSU’s program by shifting attention to online delivery to reach more students. OSU is the only university in the United States with a completely online German major. About 140 students have been admitted to the program.

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