Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, February 17, 2003

KPC professor earns national honors

Beth Graber, an English professor at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College, was awarded the 2002 Conference on College Composition and Communication James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award. Graber's dissertation, which focused on Russian Old Believer literacy in a postmodern world, was chosen from an "outstanding field of submissions" as the best entered. The award committee commented on both the depth of her work and the humanistic aspect of the study. She will receive a plaque at the CCCC national convention in New York on March 21.

Area students named to deans' lists

Charles Baldwin of Kenai was named to the dean's honor roll for the fall semester at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. To be named to the dean's honor roll, students must obtain a grade point average of at least 3.5.

Joshua Reilly has been named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. To be named to the dean's list, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.7 for at least 12 credit hours. Reilly is a Nikiski High School graduate and is majoring in mathematics.

Dustin Jung and Jason Kornfield, both of Kenai, have been named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Central Arizona College's Signal Peak Campus. To be named to the dean's list, students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.5.

Sara A. Covich of Kenai has been named to the dean's list for the fall semester at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. To be named to the dean's list, students must maintain a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Mark A. Barnette, Joseph J. Germain, Micah L. Houtz and Laura M. Walters, all of Kenai, were named to the chancellor's list for the fall semester at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. To be named to the chancellor's list, students must maintain a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.99.

Chelsea Pyhala of Anchor Point, Amanda Byrnes and Lindsay Horst of Homer, Jon Panamaroff of Kenai, Amber Oliva of Nikiski and William Kvasnikoff of Ninilchik were named to the dean's honor list at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash. To be named to the dean's list, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 on 12 credits.

Soldotna student inducted in honor society

Nicholas Peter Berg of Soldotna was inducted into the Alpha Omega Omicron chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Kenai Peninsula College this month. Berg is the son of Rod and Christy Berg of Soldotna and is majoring in industrial process instrumentation at KPC.

Van Bruggen receives Women's Opportunity Award

Syerenna Van Bruggen has been selected at this year's winner of the Women's Opportunity Award, sponsored by Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities. She will receive a cash award of $500 to help her achieve a degree in nursing and will advance to the northwest region award level to compete for a $5,000 award. The regional winner competes nationally for $10,000.

The awards program is Soroptimist International of the Americas' major service project. The awards provide women in need with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to obtain higher education or additional skills and training.

Kenai youth to compete in state program

Heather C. Benton, 17, of Kenai, has been selected as a finalist in the 2003 Alaska National Teen-ager Scholarship Program, to be held in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School on March 14 and 15.

Winners and runners-up will be selected in both the junior and senior divisions. The winner in each division will receive a $1,000 savings bond and airfare to Opryland USA in Nashville to compete in the National Teen-ager Program. The state program awards more than $100,000 in tuition scholarships from various universities each year.

Benton is the daughter of DeWayne and Laone Benton of Kenai. She is being sponsored by Jim and Sue Nelson, M & J Plumbing, the Krulls, the Hallmarks, Kenda's Studio, the Juliens, the Senns and Hall Quality Builders.

Soldotna man completes Army training program

Army Private Travis D.A. Bass has graduated from the network switching systems operator-maintainer advanced individual training course at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga.

He was trained to install, initialize, operate and perform unit level and direct support maintenance on electronic switching assemblies, systems and ancillary communications equipment; use computers to perform system-network operations; interpret computer error codes to correct fault systems; perform unit level preventive maintenance checks and service on associated communications security devices; and operate, install, troubleshoot and repair power generators and assigned vehicles.

Bass is the son of Heather J. Deitrick of Soldotna and a 2001 graduate of Soldotna High School.

Area soldiers complete basic training

Army Private Justin T. Lee of Seward has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. During his nine weeks of training, Lee studied the Army mission and received instruction and practice in drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, basic first aid, Army history, traditions and core values and human relations. Lee is the son of Bjorne and CynDee Lee of Seward and a 2002 graduate of Seward High School

Air Force Airman First Class Courtney C. Waldsmith has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. During her six weeks of training, Waldsmith studied the Air Force mission, organization and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches; and received instruction in physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and human relations. She also earned credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Waldsmith is the daughter of Kaye and Darwin Waldsmith of Ninilchik and a 2000 graduate of Soldotna High School.

Area youth returns from two-year mission

Matthew Lorin Pope has returned from serving a two-year mission in Pocatellow, Idaho, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Pope is the son of Wayne and Yvonne Pope of Kenai and a graduate of Kenai Central High School.

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