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Each week “At Our Best” highlights the achievements of those in our community. It includes honors, awards and other recognition that is being earned by local residents. Please send or deliver such information, along with pictures of those honored, to the newspaper in care of news clerk Jane Stoltz, 1837 N.W. Circle Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97333 or

Albany Elks receive grant

The Albany Elks Lodge recently received an Elks National Foundation $2,000 Beacon Grant.

The lodge will use the funds to support Power of Produce at the Albany Farmers Market this summer.  The program teaches participating children about what local farmers grow and sell; they also get to taste-test the produce before receiving chits to buy the products.

OSU library staff honored

Staff from Oregon State University Libraries and the Oregon Historical Society Research Library have received the Library Services and Technology Act Project of the Year award from the State Library Board for their collaborative project, “Reuniting Finley and Bohlman.”

Group members were honored for their work at an event on Feb. 22 at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland.

The society worked with the OSU Libraries Special Collections and Archives Research Center to digitize, preserve and present unique materials and photographs from more than 50 years by influential conservationists and photographers William L. Finley, Irene Barnhart Finley and Herman T. Bohlman.

The project was made possible in 2016 by an LSTA competitive grant, funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the State Library of Oregon. The award honors work completed in fiscal year 2016.

The project is accessible at Using materials in the newly digitized collections, organizers also produced a series of public programs about the lasting work of the Finleys and Bohlman that was presented throughout Oregon.

Corvallis resident receives scholarship

The Oregon Seed Association recognized a young woman as recipient of the $2,000 Kent Wiley Jr. Memorial Fellowship Award during the association’s midwinter meeting, held Jan. 16 in Salem.

Colette Richter is a first-year master’s degree student in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department at Oregon State University. Her co-advisers are Bob Zemetra (wheat breeding) and Sabry Elias (seed science and technology). Richter’s thesis topic is “The Development of Screening Methods for the Transfer of a New Herbicide Resistance into Winter Wheat Adapted to the Pacific Northwest.”

The project gives her exposure to both plant breeding and seed technology, and she said she could see herself working in both fields in the future. She plans to pursue a doctorate after completing her master’s degree.

Richter transferred from the University of Wisconsin with one year of eligibility remaining, and is a member of the OSU cross-country and track teams.

Local students make dean’s list

Linfield College has released its fall semester dean’s list.

Local students appearing on the list include the following:

Albany: Haylee Burgdorf, Taylor Campbell, Jenna Hessel, Landon Matta, Avery Moen, Cameron Soriano.

Corvallis: Ashley Clark, Elisia Harder, Sydney Joss, Kelsey Rock.

Lebanon: Makenna Slavenski.

Scio: Paige Graham.

Sweet Home: Josie Knight.

In order to be named to the list, students must complete 12 graded credits and have a grade-point average of 3.65 or higher.

Honor Society inducts OSU student

Vita Scaglione of Corvallis recently was initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

Scaglione was initiated at Oregon State University.

Local woman receives degree

On May 5, 566 students at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin received diplomas during commencement.

Among those graduates was Caitlyn Jo Zwang of Corvallis, who received a Master of Arts degree with a major in bilingual education.

Philomath man named to dean’s list

Trent Hardin of Philomath was among those who earned dean’s list recognition at George Fox University for fall semester. Hardin is a senior majoring in accounting.

Traditional undergraduate students must earn a 3.5 grade-point average or above on 12 or more hours of graded work to earn a spot on the list.

Network gets grant for folklife survey

The National Endowment for the Arts recently gave the Oregon Folklife Network funding to conduct folklife field surveys and documentation of traditions in the Willamette Valley.

Folklorists Amy Howard, Alina Mansfield and Thomas Richardson will be conducting this fieldwork with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and in Benton and Polk counties and the portions of Linn, Marion and Lane counties in the Willamette Valley.

The Oregon Folklife Network, Oregon’s folk and traditional arts program, is in search of excellent folk artists and culture keepers. The best of those will be documented in the Culture Keepers Roster, an online curated resource for local festivals, parks, school and library programs looking to hire performers, demonstrators and speakers. Also, master artists are being sought to serve as mentors for the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.

The network will work with a range of cultural partners such as The Arts Center, county cultural coalitions, da Vinci Days, the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, CAPACES (Latino workers) and its operational partners (Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust).

Local students named to dean's list

Two local students were named to the winter term dean's list at Oregon Institute of Technology.

Appearing on the list are Elizabeth Garton of Corvallis, majoring in medical laboratory science; and Myles Vogler of Philomath, majoring in nuclear medicine molecular imaging.

Inclusion on the list requires a 3.30 to 3.69 grade-point average. Only full-time undergraduate students (12 credit hours or more at Oregon Tech) are eligible for academic honors.

Students named to EOU dean's list

Eastern Oregon University named 547 students to the winter term dean's list.

Kevin Fulsher and Alexa Peters, both of Corvallis, appear on the list.

Qualifying students achieve and maintain a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while completing a minimum of 12 hours of graded EOU coursework.

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