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At Our Best (July 4)

At Our Best (July 4)

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Oregon State Ecampus earns high marks

The online educational program offered by Oregon State University Extended Campus (Ecampus) has been ranked 18th in the nation by, an independent website that reviews a variety of learning programs.

The review group used criteria including class sizes, tuition costs and degrees offered to identify leading schools. OSU’s high ranking was due in part to a diverse selection of online undergraduate and graduate programs in science and liberal arts.

The evaluation also gave OSU online degrees high marks for overall student satisfaction. OSU was one of just five land-grant universities in the top 25.

Through Extended Campus, OSU offers more than 20 online undergraduate and graduate degrees. The newest offerings include a master of natural resources, a bachelor’s degree in human development and family sciences, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and policy. Additional courses and degrees continue to be added to meet the growing needs and number of students involved.

Institute awarded distinction

In recognition of its demonstrated commitment to quality care and better overall outcomes for cardiac patients, Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute has been awarded the Blue Distinction for Cardiac Care by the BlueCross BlueShield Association.

The facility met clinical criteria developed in collaboration with expert physicians’ and medical organizations’ recommendations, including the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

As a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care, Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute provides a full range of cardiac care services, including inpatient cardiac care, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery (including coronary artery bypass graft surgery).

Archambault earns master’s degree

Hannah Lord Archambault, a graduate of Willamette Valley Community School in Corvallis, received a Master of Arts degree in Asian studies May 14 at University of California at Berkeley.

Archambault took her undergraduate degree in sociology with South Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2007. She will enter the doctoral program in South and Southeast Asian studies at UC Berkeley after spending the summer in Lucknow, India, where she is studying the Persian language. She has travelled to India several times previously to pursue Urdu language studies.

Her doctoral focus will be on Indo-Islamic history (the history of Islam in South Asia) in the early modern and Colonial periods.

Corvallis student awarded scholarship

Jane Fortner of Crescent Valley High School recently received a Ford Opportunity scholarship from the Ford Family Foundation.

Fortner plans to major in business at University of Oregon starting this fall.

Altrusa recognizes 6 women students

At its May 18 meeting, the Altrusa International Club of Corvallis recognized six women with monetary awards and certificates.

Kaitlyn Traynor, Kaylee Landry, Sierra Lever and Marisol Cardoza, all students in Oregon State University’s Educational Opportunities Program, received $500 each for their outstanding academics and service. Also honored at an Altrusa luncheon were Sky Evans of Monroe, who received the $750 Continuing Education Scholarship, and Ofelia Tepetitlan of Corvallis, who received the $750 Latina Scholarship. Altrusa International of Corvallis has been supporting the Educational Opportunities Program awards since 1975, and the scholarships since 2007.

Corvallis High alum receives doctorate

Elise Morrison received a doctoral degree in theater and performance studies from Brown University in Providence, R.I., on  May 29.

A 1995 graduate of Corvallis High School, Morrison’s theater career started at CHS, where she played the title role in the 1994 production of “My Fair Lady,” directed by Rick Wallace. She went on to major in theater at the University of Oregon, appearing in several productions, including lead roles in “Guys and Dolls” and “Two Gentlemen of Verona” before graduating in 2000.

She represented the Northwest in the National Acting Scholarship (Irene Ryan) competition, appearing in the finals on her 21st birthday at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and staying on as an apprentice with the National Shakespeare Company that summer.

She was an intern with Actors Theater of Louisville (Ky.) in 2001 and 2002, and appeared in several productions in the New York area before taking on graduate work at Brown. Morrison’s dissertation is titled “Discipline and Desire: Surveillance, Feminism, Performance.”

She is associate director of speaking instruction at Harvard University, and a resident artist at Perishable Theatre in Providence, where she teaches acting and has appeared in numerous productions. She is the daughter of Nancy Rosenberger and Clint Morrison, and granddaughter of Jean L. Morrison and the late Clinton Morrison Jr., all of Corvallis.

Corvallis student named to dean’s list

Jerry Luo of Corvallis was named to the spring term Dean’s List at University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he is a student in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Benton agencies receive grants

The Oregon Community Foundation recently made a total of more than $2 million in grants to southern Willamette Valley nonprofit organizations.

Benton County agencies receiving grants were Art in the Park, Monroe; Financial Stewardship Resources, Inc., Philomath; and Old Mill Center for Children and Families, Corvallis.

CV alum graduates from George Washington

Alyssa Vincent-Hill recently graduated summa cum laude from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international affairs/security studies and a minor in religion.

She has been awarded the 2011-12 Shapiro Traveling Fellowship to conduct research in Ethiopia. She is a 2007 graduate of Crescent Valley High School, and the daughter of Alex Vincent and Don Hill.

Schaffer on dean’s list at Denison

Alana Schaffer of Corvallis was one of 342 undergraduates named to the spring semester dean’s list at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

Students who achieve dean’s list status have maintained a grade-point average of 3.7 or better (out of 4.0) for the semester. Schaffer is a member of the Denison class of 2014.


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