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Faces for April 13, 2014

Community leaders

* Woodland Hills announced its new board officers for 2014. Phil Strom, a businessman, is chairperson; Ann Glumac of Glumac Executive Enterprises is vice chairperson; and Mark Schober of Allete Inc. is treasurer.

In addition, Bill Himango, a retired neurological surgeon, and Gerald Martin, a retired district court judge, joined the board of directors. Additional members of the board of directors include: Karen Anderson, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District; Xavier Bell, Community Action Duluth; Laura Budd, retired businesswoman; Dean Casperson, Service Printers of Duluth Inc.; George Goldfarb, Maurices; Sandy Hoff, F.I. Salter Co.; and Peg Johnson, retired police lieutenant.

Learning notes

* Alexander Hart of Chisholm presented in the University of Findlay’s physical therapy research forum in Findlay, Ohio, on Feb. 27. More than 55 students participated in the presentations promoting clinical research among students, faculty and community to foster and support evidence-based practice.

* Amy Kampa of Grand Rapids a junior majoring in chemical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., recently completed a hands-on research project in Thailand. The project was titled Rayong Oil Spill Impacts.

At WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to addresses an important societal need or issue. Many students complete a project at one of the university’s 35 worldwide off-campus project centers.

* Spencer Walton of Carlton performed in the University of Minnesota-Morris 2014 Jazz Fest Concert April 4-5. It was the university’s 36th jazz festival and the second under the direction of Jason Squinobal, assistant professor of music.

* The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater announced Jaclyn Brooks of Hibbing received a master’s degree in business administration.

* Southwest Minnesota State University announced Trever Laakso of Duluth received a Dean’s Award Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year. Recipients of the scholarship are recognized for their academic accomplishments and leadership abilities. Laakso is the son of Gar and Barb Laakso.

  * Sean C. Halverson was awarded a doctorate in early U.S. history from Mississippi State University. Halverson, a graduate of Solon Springs High School, is the son of Laurie Jensen of Solon Springs and Mark Halverson of Lake Nebagamon. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2005 and his master’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2006. Halverson is employed by San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

* Mary Halbur of Carlton, a senior history major at Widener University in Chester, Pa., presented her research titled “Gay Propaganda: LGBT Rights in Russia” during the school’s annual Honors Week held March 17-21. Students who present during Honors Week are recommended by Widener faculty members for their outstanding undergraduate research efforts. Halbur was recommended by Barbara Norton.


* Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota announced Gloria Dei Lutheran in Duluth as the 2014 Servant of Christ Award winner for the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at a special dinner celebration with the LSS Board of Directors in Minneapolis. The Servant of Christ Award honors congregations that are leaders in social service outreach or have come forward with extraordinary service to address special needs in their community. Each year, the award is typically extended to one congregation in each of the six Minnesota synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Aad Shrine installs new officers 

Aad Shrine announced Ted Pavlovich was elected and installed as Potentate and CEO for Aad Shriners for 2014. In this position he serves as chairman of the Executive Board of Directors. Other officers elected and installed for 2014 are: Richard Sellman, Chief Rabban; Ron Pete, assistant Rabban; Donald Ewald, high priest and prophet; Paul Vizanko, oriental guide; Charles Bergquist, treasurer; and Gordon Granmoe, recorder.

Lake Superior College's Women in Aviation panel on March 6 included: (from left) Elisabeth Hendrickson, flight instructor at Cirrus Aircraft; Erin Ansell, jet engine technician with the 148th Fighter Wing; Christy Newcomb, student in the LSC pilot program; and Sandra Ettestad of the 

Duluth Aviation Institute. The panelists shared information about aviation careers with American Association of University Women members and guests.

  Terry McCollor (left) and Charles Ross, members of the Nashwauk Area Knights of Columbus, look over a shipment of 42 winter coats purchased and given to needy children in the Nashwauk area. Since 2009 the national Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program ahs provided more than 170,000 coats to needy children across the United States and Canada.

Willow River sixth-grader enjoyed spring-like temperatures on Sturgeon Lake while ice fishing with Department of Natural Resources officers and the crew from Fishing for Knowledge. With holes already drilled for them, the students began baiting hooks and wathcing fishing holes. The DNR and Fishing for Knowledge staff helped everyone get started and were on hand when a fish was landed and then released.