Etcetra - 12/30/11


A couple who asked for anonymity stopped by the Walla Walla Public Library in November, and donated $50 to a staffer.

"They said that someone gave them $50 and told them to use it if they needed it and if not to pass it along to someone who could use it," said Beth H. Hudson, director.

The couple chose to donate it to the Friends of the Library organization, Beth said. "Friends will use it to assist us with programming this year, something that will benefit everyone at the library.

Located at 238 E. Alder St., the library is open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, according to its website. Call 509-527-4550 for more details or online see for information about its programs and membership.


Among the 540 undergraduate degrees and 87 master's degrees Eastern Oregon University awarded during the 2010-11 academic year are a number of area recipients.

Students graduating with honors earned a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above.

Students who earn summa cum laude honors have earned a GPA of 3.85-4.0; magna cum laude, a GPA of 3.70-3.84; and cum laude, a GPA of 3.50-3.69.

Adams: Patricia Baker, magna cum laude, bachelor's of liberal studies.

Athena: Andrew Weidert, bachelor's of business administration; Sara Smalley, summa cum laude, bachelor's of business administration; Laura Rhodes, bachelor's of business administration; Katherine Funderburk, summa cum laude, master of science, education; Cecile Faircloth, master of arts in teaching; Kristin Thomas, bachelor's of multidisciplinary studies/elementary education.

Milton-Freewater: Emily Akins, bachelor's of psychology; Araceli Contreras, bachelor's of business administration; Marilyn Mathews, bachelor's of arts, English; Donald Hamper, bachelor's of liberal studies; Kelli Tallman, bachelor's of liberal studies; Nicole Christian, bachelor's of physical education/health.

Weston: Jacqueline Buckles, bachelor's of multidisciplinary studies/elementary education; Victoria Thul, summa cum laude, bachelor's of multidisciplinary studies.

College Place: David Winter, bachelor's of fire services administration.

Walla Walla: Phillip Standard, summa cum laude, bachelor's of anthropology/sociology; Nathan Lee, master of business administration; Rea Hensel, master of arts in teaching.

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

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