Etcetera - 7/1/13

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The study of mechanics of materials, dynamics, fluid mechanics, statistics, ethics and Catholicism were on his agenda when Gonzaga University junior Cameron Davis spent a semester in Florence, Italy. The capital city of Tuscany, Florence was founded in 80 BC and is steeped in an artistic and architectural heritage.

A mechanical engineering major, Cameron earned a 3.90 gpa according to parents Laura and Ted Cummings of College Place.

While abroad, traveling by train, plane and automobile, he visited Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Turkey, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, France, Switzerland, Netherlands and Austria. Laura said if not for a missed flight, Greece would have made his travel list, too.

Academic commitments completed, the 2011 Walla Walla High School alum then joined the Gonzaga Concert Choir for a performance tour of Germany and Austria for the final two weeks of May. “The choir reportedly ‘nailed it’ in the final night’s performance in Munich,” Laura said.

Cameron received the Gonzaga Trustee, Buick Achievers and College Place Presbyterian Church scholarships and other awards that renew annually.

He’s been named to the GU president’s list for his last three semesters. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed.


Mathematics major Erik Skorina of Walla Walla graduated magna cum laude from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., June 16 during commencement exercises June 16.

Erik received a bachelor of science degree.

Before the 472 Union College graduates received their degrees, civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis told graduates to “find a way to get in the way. You must leave here and get in trouble,” he said.

At 23, he was a keynote speaker at the march in August 1963 where 250,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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