Academic news 05.05.2010

Written by David Green.

• Sarah M. Robinson received a $1,000 Thomas E. and Karen A. Hunt Scholarship from the Washington State University Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

To receive this scholarship, students must be studying communication and have a grade point average of 3.0 or above.

Robinson also received a $1,000 Katie Knapp Whitworth Class of 1940 Scholarship and a $750 R. Anita Busek Scholarship, both from the WSU Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

Robinson graduated from Morenci Area High School in 2007. She is currently studying journalism and Spanish at WSU and is expected to graduate in May 2011.

Robinson is an Honors College student and has been on the President’s honor roll. She is a resident advisor in the dormitory Orton Hall and is a reporter for the WSU Daily Evergreen newspaper. This summer Robinson will intern with the Institute on Political Journalism in Washington, D. C.

 She is the daughter of Dianna Heselschwerdt of Clayton and Rick Robinson of Brooklyn.


• A Morenci graduate earned two writing awards at Albion College.

Josiah Fallot received the Robert H. Gildart Writing Prize for Fiction, second place, and the Robert H. Gildart Writing Prize for Poetry, second place, during Albion College's annual Honors Convocation earlier this month. The Albion College faculty and administration choose recipients for these awards from among the most exemplary students in all academic departments.

 Fallot is majoring in English and minoring in psychology, and is completing the secondary education program. He is the son of Peter and Diana Fallot of Morenci.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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