Excellence in teaching award honors Dayton couple’s son

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The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities honored David W.W. Jones, the son of Candy and Dick Jones of Dayton, as the 2013 recipient of the Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences New Teacher Division award, along with six regional and two national teachers.

Presentations were made during APLU’s 125th annual meeting in November in Washington,D.C. He was recognized in celebration of scholarship, exemplary pedagogy and personal dedication.

David is an assistant and associate professor in the North Carolina State University Department of Agricultural and Extension Education and a recipient of an NC State Outstanding Teacher Award and an American Association of Agricultural Educators Southern Region Distinguished Teaching Award.

In 2012 the NCSU student body nominated David and two other professors as instructors who have made a significant impact on their lives. He is a member of the NCSU Academy of Outstanding Teachers and an ACTE Fellow. He is an NCSU Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award recipient.

APLU honors university faculty for the use of innovative teaching methods. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, American Association of State Colleges and Universities and APLU, the annual awards included a stipend of $2,000 for the new teacher honoree to be used for improving teaching at their respective universities.

“The teachers presented with these awards will be fondly remembered for their service to students, to the teaching profession, and to their chosen disciplines. The value of these teachers to their universities If you spend any time with David Jones you will undoubtedly hear the phrase, ‘It’s all about relationships,’” said Ian Maw, vice president of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources at APLU.

“Relationships and relationship building are the catalysts for the methods and style Dr. David Jones uses in his teaching. His love for students and passion for agriculture allow him to use his coursework to promote these passions to create responsible, global citizens.”

David continues his efforts to empower students while also serving the agriculture industry in training a future workforce of responsible, critical-thinking problem-solvers who believe they are individuals working together as a whole, according to a release.

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Calif., and a Ph.D. from APLU, a research, policy and advocacy organization representing 223 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems and related organizations.


At least one visitor from every state in the Union paid a call at Fort Walla Walla Museum during the busy season.

The annual guest registry teemed with signatures from just shy of 50 states for quite a while. “For the first time in a couple of decades, we were stopped at 49 states in 2011 and 2012,” stymied by a lack of a Rhode Island resident, said James Payne, museum director.

In prior years, many visitors came via a Columbia-Snake river cruise company that, until it went bankrupt in 2010, bused tourists to the museum.

Un-Cruise Adventures bought one of the boats that belonged to the defunct company and sent eight groups to the museum this fall, according to a release Nancy Parry, executive assistant.

It was on the sixth cruise that a Rhode Islander broke the jinx. One more resident from that state was in the last group brought to the museum from that company.

Currently, individuals from 384 countries have visited in 2013.

In a study done for Tourism Walla Walla, museum tourists individually spend an average $206 in the community. This adds to approximately $2.5 million annually. On average, these dollars are spent several times locally before leaving the community.

Un-Cruise Adventures in 2014 plans to bring tours to the museum in spring and fall, Nancy said. “In the past, many folks on these cruises returned to Walla Walla for more extended visits.”

Tourism revenues help motels, restaurants, gas stations, wineries, retail stores and specialty shops. In turn, employees from these businesses spend their paychecks throughout our community, Nancy said.

“We are proud to not only discover, preserve and share the heritage of our region, but act as a significant economic engine for our community” James said.

The museum is currently open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily until Dec. 23. The Museum Store carries a wide assortment of books, food and heritage gifts, many suitable as stocking stuffers.

Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students with ID and seniors 62 and over, $3 for children 6-12, and free for children five and under, Museum members and members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. There is no admission for the store.


Exchange Club of Walla Walla named seniors Christal Hall and Benjamin “Ben” Miedema of DeSales High School and Nicholas Pearson and Heidi Miller of Waitsburg High School as their Youths of the Month for November.

The students are now eligible to compete for the Walla Walla club’s Youth of the Year Award and a special $1,000 college scholarship.

The students wrote essays addressing the 2013-14 Youth of the Year theme, “Parading the spirit of community service with passion and commitment.” Mark Higgins is the club’s Youth of the Month program coordinator.

The daughter of Terry and Maureen Hall of Walla Walla, Christal has a 4.0 GPA. She’s been active as a cheerleader for four years and is the team’s captain this year. She performed on the Wa-Hi dance team her sophomore year and has studied dance independently for 12 years, appearing in numerous productions and teaching pre-ballet classes to young children. She has been active in the DeSales campus ministry program as a retreat participant and leader, is an active member of the National Honor Society, and is senior class president. She hopes to attend Washington State University, Seattle University or the University of Idaho to study finance, economics and banking.

The son of Kevin and Cathy Miedema of Walla Walla, Ben has a 3.9 GPA. The eldest of four brothers, he is football, basketball, golf and track letterman throughout high school and ran cross country for Wa-Hi this year. He was accepted into the Whitman College Enrichment program for high school students for this year and is taking a rigorous schedule including AP courses in calculus, physics and English. He has participated in campus ministry leadership and is current ASB treasurer. He is active in NHS and competes on the Knowledge Bowl team. He plans to study engineering and is considering the Colorado School of Mines, University of Idaho, WSU, Boise State University and Montana State University.

Nicholas is the son of Randy and Becky Pearson. He ranks No. 1 in his class with a 4.0 GPA. He played on the school’s varsity football team and will play baseball in spring. He is ASB president and an NHS member. He plays multiple musical instruments, including French horn and piano. He is a member of his church praise band and youth group. He has served on a missions team in Guatemala. He plans to study pre-medicine at Whitworth University in fall 2014 to .

Heidi’s parents are Jack and Claudia Miller. She ranks No. 2 in her class with a 3.96 GPA. She is a football cheerleader, basketball and softball player. She is an NHS member and active in Future Farmers of America program as an officer and member of the Parliament Procedure team. She plans to study nursing at WSU with the thought of one day becoming a nurse practitioner. Her Senior Project is focused on educating people about diabetes and she wants to raise funds to help find a cure for diabetes.


PEO Chapter EV in Milton-Freewater awarded two Program of Continuing Education grants to two deserving local women, Kortnie Amon Walter and Shawna Trumbull, said PEO member Blanche Mason.

Kortnie began her higher education in 1996 at Walla Walla Community College, but marriage, military life and a new baby disrupted this educational pursuit. Later, when she returned to school, she had remarried and acquired three stepchildren.

She raised her family, attended school part-time and worked full time. “Perseverance and hard work eventually paid off when she obtained her master’s degree in education from Eastern Oregon University this past spring,” Blanche said.

During this time she received a PCE grant in the amount of $2,000. She completed her student teaching at Ferndale Elementary School in Milton-Freewater and has been a substitute teacher there.

“Kortnie’s determination and commitment to her educational goals have been an inspiration to Chapter EV members as well as to her family and students.”

Shawna is married, graduated from Blue Mountain Community College with a dental assisting degree and worked four years in that capacity. Her most recent position was as an orthodontic assistant.

While was employed as a dental assistant, she realized how much she enjoyed the health care field and returned to WWCC to pursue a nursing degree. Now in her second year, Shawna needed to terminate her employment so she could devote complete attention to school. Her schedule requires a greater commitment of time and flexible schedule in order to complete required clinicals. Shawna was awarded a PCE grant in the amount of $1,800 in August.

“Chapter EV believes she has what it takes to become an exemplary nurse who will be an asset to any hospital or clinic lucky enough to have her,” Blanche said

An international philanthropic educational organization, PEO helps women of all ages achieve their educational goals through the provision of scholarships, grants and educational loans.

PEO also owns, maintains and supports Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., an independent liberal arts and sciences college for women with two-year and selected four-year programs. For more details, contact Blanche Mason at 541-938-5126 or bim@my180.net.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com.

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