WWU symposium to focus on balance, life after school

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A two-day business symposium at Walla Walla University will focus on life after school and striking balance.

Two graduates who went on to careers at Microsoft and California's Huntington Memorial Hospital will lead the discussions, which begin Thursday.

The focus of the first discussion, which takes place 7 p.m. Thursday, is "Work and Life After Walla Walla University. Shelby Cemer, director of business management at Microsoft, will lead the conversation. That event takes place in room 107 at Kretschmar Hall.

It will be followed at 10 a.m. Friday with a panel discussion on "Work-Life Balance: Is it a Gender Issue?" Cemer will join Doris Syme, also an alumna, retired director for program and facilities development at Huntington Memorial Hospital.

The two women both graduated from the university's School of Business. They will be joined on the panel by Pam McVay, wife of Walla Walla University President John McVay.

The discussions are free and open to the public. A chance to visit with the guests will be available Friday 11 a.m.-noon in room 018. For details, call 527-2951.

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Walla Walla Vintners has a new director of vineyard operations.

Judah Pira has joined the winemaking team of Myles Anderson, Gordy Venneri and William vonMetzger at the winery, 225 Vineyard Lane off Mill Creek Road.

Pira most recently worked as enologist at Long Shadows Vintners.

He also previously worked at Olympic Four Seasons Hotel, Whitehouse-Crawford and Seven Hills Vineyard.

He earned degrees from the University of Washington, the Wester Culinary Institute of Portland and the Walla Walla Community College Institute of Enology amp; Viticulture.

For more information on Walla Walla Vintners, which will be expanding hours at the winery this summer, check out www.wallawallavintners.com .

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The Blue Mountain Broadcasting Association celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The College Place company, which operates Blue Mountain Television, will offer tours of its new 2,800-square-foot facility as part of the event. Special presentations and a reception will follow, according to an announcement from station manager Dan Thesman.

The celebration begins at 11 a.m. in the conference room at SonBridge Community Center, 1200 S.E. 12th St. For more information call 529-9149, or e-mail manager@bluemttv.com .

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