Etcetera - 5/9/13


Walla Wallan Cody Clifton is among more than 40 outstanding graduate students at the University of Kansas in Lawrence who were recognized at the annual graduate student awards ceremony in the Kansas Union Ballroom.

A doctoral student in mathematics, Cody received an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.

“Graduate students contribute to the university in a variety of ways – they are active instructors, researchers, and supportive citizens in the university community,” said Thomas Heilke, dean of graduate studies.

“It is important to close the academic year with praise for their contributions to KU and their disciplines.”

Providence St. Mary Medical Center honored 93 volunteers and staff members recently at a volunteer appreciation luncheon at St. Francis Catholic Church.

Some 16,000 hours, served by 135 volunteers were tallied, according to Providence St. Mary Foundation Executive Director Chris Garratt. CEO Steve Burdick also spoke at the gathering catered by Graze.

Recognized for hours of service were Glenda Todd, with 626 hours; Alene Morasch with 539 and Mable Smith with 514.

New this year, the Providence St. Mary Service League invited mini-grant applicants, through a program the league developed to give back to the hospital by having departments apply for equipment, programs or any item that would improve the patient, visitor or staff experience.

All 21 applicants were awarded approximately $47,000 total in mini-grant items at the luncheon. Items included TVs for the labor and delivery rooms and Convenient Care Clinic, funding for Cancer Center support programs, home sleep study equipment and maternity/lactation gowns.

The Service League raises funds through gift shop proceeds and baked goods and vendor sales.

For more details about becoming a volunteer at Providence St. Mary, contact Lindsey Oldridge, coordinator, at 522-5924.

Gabrielle Nicole Larreau of Walla Walla made the Seattle Pacific University 2013 winter quarter dean’s list. She had to complete at least 12 credits and earn a 3.50 or higher GPA.

Founded in 1891, SPU is a Christian institution with an academic program that serves more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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