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Top honors for Humboldt grad

Laura Kerr, former George Whittell High School graduate and daughter of Nancy Chandler and Dennis Kerr, graduated with honors from Humboldt State University in May, where she majored in political science. While attending the university she was an active member of the student government and as a senior she was honored as Student Advocate of the Year 2001.

In recognition of her outstanding accomplishments and service in collegiate activities, she was conferred life membership in the Omicron Delta Kappa Society as well as the International Honor Society of PI Gamma Mu, of which she was elected chapter president upon induction.



Kerr has begun her new career in Sacramento, Calif., as the director of governmental relations for the California State Student Association, representing more than 370,000 students enrolled in the California State University System.

-South Tahoe grad makes dean’s list




Brooke Peterson of South Lake Tahoe as among the more than 400 students who were named to the 2001 spring semester Dean’s Honor List at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, Calif. She is majoring in commerce English. CLU students qualify for the Dean’s List by maintaining a 3.5 grade point average in their academic subjects.

CLU, an independent institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is located midway between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Founded in 1959 CLU is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It also is authorized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to offer a variety of credentials. Serving about 1,800 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students, the liberal arts and science institution offers 34 majors and 28 minors with professional preparation programs in specified fields of study. Members of the CLU student body come from 33 states and 20 foreign countries and represent a diversity of faiths and cultures.

-Whittell Alumnus in scholar society

Erin Zaskoda of Stateline has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and will be honored during a campus ceremony this fall at the University of California, Davis.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is a highly selective, national, nonprofit honors organization. Founded in 1994 NSCS recognizes first and second year undergraduate students who excel academically. The society was established on the principle that with scholarship comes a responsibility to develop leadership and a duty to perform service.

“NSCS provides the opportunity for students like Erin to be recognized for their outstanding academic accomplishments early in their college experience,” said Steve Loflin, NSCS executive director. “Erin also will have the opportunity to join other high achieving college students in developing leadership skills and a sense of civic responsibility.”

-Cal Poly graduates three from Tahoe

Three South Lake Tahoe residents were among the 3,200 candidates for diplomas and certificates who were recognized during two spring commencement ceremonies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

The students and their majors are Peter Alamillo, psychology; Joshua Seth Martin, industrial technology; and Jennifer Marie Rosner, political science.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and former California Secretary of Food and Agriculture Ann M. Veneman addressed the candidates from the colleges of agriculture, architecture and environmental design and engineering in the morning.

Cal Poly history professor Dan Krieger delivered the afternoon commencement address to candidates in the colleges of business, liberal arts and science and mathematics as well as the University Center for Teacher Education and the Statewide Nursing Program.


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