Etcetera - 07/15/11


Presentations on bullying that JJ Harrison put on for Camp Fire USA children had a huge impact, said Kaitlin Kirk, communications coordinator with Camp Fire.

The former eight-year teacher in Walla Walla Public Schools and former dean of students at Lincoln High School is keynote speaker for Camp Fire's fourth annual summer luncheon on Aug. 2. The date for the event was not included in a column item Monday and this mention gives me a chance to expand on what JJ will be talking about.

These days JJ is a professional rodeo clown and barrelman. Guests at this year's luncheon can expect to hear JJ discuss challenges children face and what it looks like for communities to respond to these challenges.

"It will be a fun, engaging and relevant presentation that parents and community members of all ages will enjoy," Kaitlin said.

The luncheon fundraiser, featuring southwest chicken salad, will be from noon-1:15 p.m. in the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St. The cost $35 is per person. To reserve a seat, contact Kaitlin at 525-3180 or Tickets will not be available at the door. Proceeds from the event go toward a number of Camp Fire's youth-oriented programs.


The third annual National Alliance on Mental Illness Washington conference Aug. 19-20 will be centered on a Stronger Together theme and notes that in a tough economy with huge cuts to mental health services that make life possible for so many, NAMI members need to up their game.

Workshops will be offered on mental health courts, social marketing, benefits planning, building affiliates, networking with professionals living with mental health conditions, and others.

Nationally noted crisis intervention trainer Ellis Amdur will be banquet speaker on Aug. 20.

Register may be made at the Central Washington University Conference Center in Ellensburg or email

Six area residents were among the students who received bachelor of arts degrees from Whitman College at the 2011 commencement ceremony May 22. Graduates include: Daniel Goltz, Horalia Lopez-Cazares, both of College Place; Micah Babbitt, Michael Blackwood, Jeraldine Enriquez and Liam Wall, all of Walla Walla.

A total of 378 degrees were conferred at the ceremony in front of an estimated crowd of 4,000 students, faculty, staff and visiting guests. This year's commencement speaker and recipient of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree was Whitman alumna Meda Chesney-Lind, Class of 1969, a professor of women's studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The event, held on the scenic South Lawn of the Memorial Building, crowned a celebratory weekend of activities, including the 50-year reunion of the Class of 1961 and the college's traditional Baccalaureate, held in Cordiner Hall, according to a release.

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


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