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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

Corvallis woman named to dean’s list

Emily Nelson of Corvallis was named to Biola University’s spring dean’s list for academic excellence.

Nelson was one of about 1,500 students named to the list. Students who achieved a grade-point average of 3.60 or higher while enrolled in 12 or more credit units and whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.20 are placed on the list.

Corvallis groups get commission grants

Two Corvallis organizations recently received Operating Support Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Fiscal year 2019 grants were awarded to the Corvallis Arts Center Inc., $7,334; and the Corvallis Youth Symphony Association, $4,308.

The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities.

CSC receives funds to help pay heat bills

Community Services Consortium, which serves Benton, Linn and Lincoln counties, recently received funds from NW Natural to help pay for the heating bills of low-income families.

This year, NW Natural customers and shareholders gave more than $150,000 to help low-income customers. For the past three decades, NW Natural customers and shareholders have recognized this community need by raising funds for the company’s Gas Assistance Program.

Over the past 36 years, NW Natural’s Gas Assistance Program has raised about $6 million for community action groups that distribute the funds directly to those in need. NW Natural covers the program’s administrative costs so that 100 percent of the funds are donated. 

The new giving season is now underway, and NW Natural shareholders will match the first $60,000 in contributions to the program. Tax-deductible donations can be made via United Way through Aug. 31 at

Donations to GAP also can be made by mailing a check to Gas Assistance Program, 619 SW 11th Ave., Room 300, Portland, Oregon 97205-2646.

Corvallis man wins scholarship

Daniel Fridley, a candidate for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in historical performance practice at Case Western Reserve University, recently was named an Albert Rees Davis Scholar in the S. Livingston Mather Scholarship Competition.

The competition is sponsored by The Singers’ Club of Cleveland.

Fridley, a native of Corvallis, received a cash award of $1,250 as the Davis Scholar. He holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with vocal performance option from Oregon State University. His “spotless, resonant bass” ( lends itself well to both early music and operatic performing.

Fridley has participated as a young artist in the Boston Early Music Festival and the La Musica Lirica program in Italy. He has sung with the Cleveland Opera, and performed with Quire Cleveland, the Apollo’s Fire Singers, and Musical Upcoming Stars in the Classics. Next spring, he will perform with Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and the Cleveland Opera, and participate in the Newberry Consort’s Young Artist Program.

Corvallis students graduate from Pacific

Three Corvallis students graduated from Pacific University from July through September.

The graduates are Karlie Hahn, master’s degree, health care administration, with distinction; Troy Rhoads, doctorate, occupational therapy, with distinction; and Katie Smith, doctorate, occupational therapy, with distinction. Smith also received an Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate Award.

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