At Our Best (July 2)

2012-07-02T10:00:00Z At Our Best (July 2) Corvallis Gazette Times
July 02, 2012 10:00 am

Corvallis woman named outstanding alum

The Oregon State College of Forestry has named three Outstanding Alumni for 2012, a recognition of their professional accomplishments and inspirational leadership.

One of the three is Andrea Thorpe of Corvallis. Thorpe graduated from OSU in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in natural resources, then earned her doctorate from the University of Montana in 2006. She has worked for the Coast Range Association and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and is the conservation research program director at the Institute for Applied Ecology in Corvallis. Her research focuses on the restoration and conservation of native species and habitats.

The recipients were recognized at the College of Forestry Spring Awards Ceremony on May 31 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

Young artists win contests

The Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis has announced that three of its fine arts program members recently won art competitions.

The winners are Eliza Jandrasi-Shaughnessy, Fiona Hennessey and Alexis McLean.

Eliza, 15, is the 2012 Regional Fine Arts Exhibit Winner. She has been a club member for four years. She won last year’s National Fine Arts Exhibit. Her winning piece is a self-portrait in the monochromatic drawing category, selected from hundreds of works submitted by artists in the Pacific Region.

Fiona, 13, won the 2013 Problem Gambling Awareness Calendar Contest. She has attended the club since second grade. In May, Fiona attended an awards dinner hosted by the Benton County Health Department, where she was announced as one of two winners from 18 county middle school students who participated in the Problem Gambling Awareness Art Search.

Alexis, 11, won the 2012 Fair Housing Poster Contest. She has been a club member since age 8. She garnered the first-place spot in her age category, receiving a $75 prize and a certificate. She won the National Fine Arts Exhibit two years ago; that same year, her art was selected for the cover of the Agriculture in the Classroom Calendar.

P.E.O. scholarship winners announced

The Oregon State Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood has announced the recipients of its Oregon Scholarships for the 2012-13 school year.

Brooke Daniels, a psychology student at Western Oregon University with the goal of attaining a master’s degree in counseling, has received an award of $1,000. Ellen Koebel, who is in the doctorate program in physical therapy at Pacific University, has been awarded $1,200. Jean Schumer, a doctoral student in public health at Oregon State University, has received $1,050. These scholarship recipients were sponsored by P.E.O. Chapter FU, Corvallis.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood is a philanthropic educational organization dedicated to providing opportunities for women. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, character, seriousness of purpose and financial need.

Corvallis residents graduate from Pacific

Two Corvallis residents graduated last month from Pacific University in Forest Grove.

Randall Neylon received a master’s degree in teaching secondary education. Jill Valenti received a master’s degree in occupational therapy.

Philomath man receives scholarship

The Oregon Society of CPAs has announced that Samuel Bookwalter of Philomath, who is attending Oregon State University, is the recipient of the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Scholarship through the OSCPA Educational Foundation.

Local residents begin internships

Two Corvallis residents attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., recently received Whitman Summer Internship Grants.

Clay Callahan is interning with the Corvallis Knights baseball team. Callahan plans to return to Whitman this fall as a sophomore economics major.

Erin Flannery is interning at Oregon State University. She will return to Whitman in the fall as a senior biology major.

The grant provides Whitman students with a stipend of $2,300 so that they have the opportunity to participate in an unpaid internship that will allow them to build important skills for the future and to give back to the community.

CHS alum graduates from Swarthmore

Jennifer Johnson, a 2009 graduate of Corvallis High School, received a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors from Swarthmore College, near Philadelphia, at the school’s 140th commencement, held May 27.

Johnson graduated with a major in linguistics and minor sociology and anthropology. She was awarded the Linguistics Prize in Applications of Theory for her thesis “Lexical Acculturation in Siletz-Dee-ni.”

While at Swarthmore, she was president of the McCabe Scholars Society; a copy editor and travel columnist for the school paper, the Phoenix; and an active member of the Garnet cross country and track teams. She achieved top 10 standing in five track and field events, including the school record in the distance medley relay.

She plans to pursue a Master of Arts degree in language and communication at Georgetown University in the fall. She is the daughter of Mike Johnson and Jerri Wolfe.

Corvallis man recieves award

Philip Campbell, son of Rex and AJ Campbell of Corvallis, received a 2012 Centurion Award at the University of Oregon.

Centurion Awards are given to undergraduate students from all classes for dedication and outstanding service as student leaders in the last year. To receive a Centurion Award, these students either emerged as one of the finalists being considered for other awards or stood out to selection committee members due to the depth and breadth of their contributions.

Campbell is a sophomore at the Clark Honors College, a business administration major and a co-owner of BlackTie, Inc.

CV alum graduates from Naval Academy

Benjamin Hassel, son of Cliff Hassel, received a Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., during commencement exercises on May 29.

Hassel was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, and will continue training in Pensacola, Fla., for his service selection of Marine Aviator.

Hassel resided in Lebanon and graduated in 2008 from Crescent Valley High School, Corvallis.

Scholarship recipients named

The following students have received the Oakville Youth Memorial Scholarships for the 2012-13 school year:

Hannah B. Carpenter of Shedd, attending Linn-Benton Community College in Albany; Jordyn T. Coon, also of Shedd, attending Oregon State University in Corvallis; Dallan Maguire of Albany, also attending LBCC; and Samantha J. Gilman of Corvallis, attending Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich.

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