Etcetera - 07/16/12


Walla Walla Public School student Allison Wanichek received a diagnosis of juvenile arthritis in her knees and ankles last year at Seattle Children's Hospital.

She's organized a lemonade stand and bake sale benefit for noon-3 p.m. July 26 at Walla Walla Builders Supply, 307 W. Tietan St.

She wants to raise awareness about the disease as well as funds for research through the Arthritis Foundation.

Allison and friends, excited and proud to have raised $3,000 for the foundation last year, want to repeat the event this summer, according to the online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.

Nine to 11-year-olds, this Pioneers Kids Camp at Fort Walla Walla Museum is just for you.

From 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Tuesday, participants can jump into panning gold, making hand-shaken butter, stamping tin and blacksmithing, as well as exploring archaeology.

The registration cost is $25 for Fort Walla Walla members or $30 general fee per child, which includes lunch and a camp T-shirt. Financial aid is available.

To register and for more details, contact 509-525-7703 or

John Ronald "Ron" Langrell III, who previously held an academic leadership post at Walla Walla Community College, became president of The Bates Technical College in Tacoma on July 9.

Following a national search, Ron was chosen to succeed Lyle Quasim, who retired after a two-year tenure as president and more than 40 years in government leadership.

Ron's unanimous appointment was made during the Bates board's May 29 meeting. Dr. Langrell will begin his position on July 9.

"We are pleased to announce Dr. Langrell as our new president and look forward to the leadership he will bring to Bates Technical College," said Mike Grunwald, chair of the board of trustees. "Dr. Langrell has the perfect combination of experience and leadership skills to help Bates build on our long history of success and move confidently into the future."

With more than 30 years of higher education experience, Ron just left his job as executive vice president at Riverland Community College in Austin, Minn.

While at WWCC, Ron was vice president of instruction, chief workforce officer, and instructional director of vocational-technical and continuing education.

He earned a doctorate in higher education from Florida State University, a post-master's degree in vocational teacher education, a master of education in guidance and counseling and a bachelor's in psychology, all from the University of Idaho.

A native of Roseburg, Ore., he and wife Vicki have three children, 14, 12 and 7.


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