College News

March 29, 2011

Local students graduate from the University of Idaho

The following students from Issaquah recently graduated from the fall 2010 commencement ceremony at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho:

Benjamin Lavigne, Bachelor of Science in accounting and doctorate in education; David Xiong, Bachelor of Science in business; Christopher Pelchat, Bachelor of Science in marketing.

Local students make Gonzaga president’s list

Kuylie R. Clark, Michael D. Johnson and Monica M. Zender, all from Sammamish, have earned placement on the president’s list for fall 2010 semester at Gonzaga University, in Spokane.

To qualify, a student must earn a 3.7 to 4 grade point average for the semester.

50 years and counting, couple celebrates milestone

February 15, 2011

Finnegans celebrate golden anniversary, share a lifetime of tales

Leo and Rose Finnegan spoil their black Lab, Murphy, as they retell stories about their 50-year marriage and how they raised five children. Contributed

After spending 50 years together, raising five children and helping Issaquah’s handicapped adult community, Leo and Rose Finnegan have a lifetime of stories to share.

The two grew up in Montana and attended grade school together, but it was not until they crossed paths at a funeral that romantic sparks flew.

The two had already moved into early adulthood, with Rose earning her nursing degree and Leo studying engineering at Gonzaga University and the University of Notre Dame.

Leo’s grandmother passed away in summer 1960, and Rose’s mother, who knew the family, took Rose with her to the wake.

“For some reason, we just clicked,” Rose said. “We had an awful lot in common. We felt like we knew each other very well.”

By that summer, Leo proposed and they married Jan. 28, 1961.

“It was probably my grandmother’s doing,” Leo said.

The young couple moved frequently in their early years, from Colorado to Idaho to Michigan to Montana, and finally to Issaquah.

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Former college runners set records

August 10, 2010

Brett Withers, a former Gonzaga University runner, and Edward Strickler, a former Seattle Pacific University, runner set course records Aug. 7 at the Grand Ridge Trail Run at Issaquah’s Grand Ridge Park.

Withers, a Woodinville High School graduate, took first place in the 5-mile run in a course-record time of 35 minutes, 58 seconds. Karen Demgimi, who was the first-place woman, set a new mark for women with a time of 45:43.

Strickler, a Seattle resident, set a new mark in the half-marathon with a time of 1:42:30. Rebecca Buchanan, who finished third overall and was the first-place woman, set a record for women with a time of 1:44:28.

Kyle McCoy won the 50K race with a course-record time of 5:03:46. Sarah Crosby-Helms was first for the women with a record time of 5:48:50.

College News

August 3, 2010

Local students make deans’ lists

-Matthew Glenn, of Issaquah, and Charles Wang, of Sammamish, were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2010 semester at Washington University in St. Louis.

-Jessica L. Klein, a sophomore from Issaquah, was among the 784 students named to the Gonzaga University dean’s list for spring semester 2010. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.69 grade point average to be listed.

Student named to Phillips Academy honor roll

Minymoh Anelone, of Issaquah, a member of the class of 2012, has been named to the honor roll at Phillips Academy, in Andover, Mass., for the spring term. To qualify, students must maintain at least a 5-point grade average on a 6-point scale.

Issaquah students graduate

-Laura Marks, of Issaquah, graduated July 30 from Azusa Pacific University, in Azusa, Calif., with a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies.

-Elisabeth Jeremica, of Issaquah, graduated in June from DePaul University, in Chicago, with a Bachelor of Music degree from the School of Music. She also was named to the dean’s list for the 2010 spring quarter. To qualify, full-time students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above on a 4-point scale.

-Brian Birch, a 2000 graduate of Liberty High School, graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine on June 5. Birch, the son of Chuck and Julie Birch, of Issaquah, will complete his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, in pediatrics.

College News

July 20, 2010

Local students receive scholarships

Residents from the Issaquah area were among 5,400 students to be awarded about $30 million in scholarship support from the University of Idaho for the 2010-11 academic year. The students are:

Issaquah: Alicia Hensen, Alyssa Schultz, Carly Overton, David Erickson, David Xiong, Jessica Balbiani, Kelle Agassiz, Kevin Baker, Megan Gilchrist, Nathaniel Essex, Sean Erickson, Shoko Nelson, Spencer Belsvik, Spencer Johnson, Taylor Lundeen and Trevor Simpkins

Renton: Chad Dewan, Charles Herzog, Christopher Ohlinger, Justin Quinn, Nicole Buchheit, Stephen Carras, Timothy Kuzan and William Gruenes

Sammamish: Alyssa Charlston, Camille Gomez, Christopher Martin, Courtney Johnston, Erik Hawes, Erika Ikstrums, Jacob Hamilton, Mike Brewster and Taylor Parker

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Wells Fargo names local manager as area private banker

July 6, 2010

Sue Nadon has been named a private banker for Wells Fargo.

Nadon’s specialization is in assisting high-net-worth customers with their current and future financial services needs.

In addition, she coordinates the involvement of Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group specialists in the investment management and trust and estate services areas. She works with clients in Pine Lake, Klahanie and Sammamish Highlands.

Nadon has worked in financial services for 30 years and recently worked as vice president and premier banker with Bank of America’s Wealth Management team in Bellevue. The Washington native originally earned her Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Gonzaga University.

College News

July 6, 2010

Local students graduate from college

The following local students graduated from Gonzaga University June 16: Jeffrey Allbaugh, of Issaquah, Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration; Michelle Miller, of Issaquah, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; and Joshua Hamblen, of Sammamish, Bachelor of Science.

Ana Siller, of Issaquah, has graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the university’s College of Arts & Sciences, with majors in communication and sociology.

Matthew D. Holze, of Issaquah, recently graduated with a Doctorate of Philosophy in mathematics at Boston University in May.

Tanya W Li, of Bellevue, graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology with a Master of Science degree in information science and technology. Read more

College News

June 29, 2010

Local students named WWU outstanding graduates

Gail Butler

Gail Butler, of Issaquah, and Wesleigh Richardson, of Sammamish, were recently named outstanding graduates at Western Washington University.

Faculty members from each academic department select one graduate to honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

Butler, the daughter of Thomas and Joan Butler, of Issaquah, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology, as well as a minor in chemistry. Butler, a graduate of Issaquah High School, plans to attend graduate school at the University of Michigan to pursue a doctorate in cellular and molecular biology.

Wesleigh Richardson

Richardson, the daughter of Michael and Polly Richardson, of Sammamish, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies and a minor in art history. Richardson, a graduate of Skyline High School, plans to volunteer at an orphanage in Mexico before continuing her education.

Students make deans’ lists

Jillian Rippey, Mia Radic and Brian Schwartz, of Issaquah, and Jessup Meng, of Sammamish, were recently named to the Northeastern University dean’s list for the spring 2010 semester. To qualify, students must have a grade point average of 3.25 or greater.

Preston Mui, of Sammamish, was recently named to the 2010 spring semester dean’s list at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C. Mui received second honors, with a grade point average of 3.7 or above on a 4.0 scale.

Tiffany Jernigan, of Issaquah, made the Dean’s List for spring semester 2010 at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta. To qualify, undergraduate students must earn a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester.

Kimberly Lammers, of Sammamish, was named to the dean’s list of Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts, in Macon, Ga., for the spring 2010 semester.

Issaquah student named to CWU Silver Cortege

Central Washington University junior Jessica M. Berumen, of Issaquah, has been selected as a member of the 2010 Silver Cortege for CWU’s Westside Commencement June 13 at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

As a member of the Silver Cortege, Berumen, who attends CWU-Lynnwood, will help lead the procession of graduates into commencement.

The cortege is made up of a select group of students who have achieved academic excellence at CWU. Each student must be a junior and is chosen based on grade point average and credits completed.

Local student makes MSU president’s list

Stanley Conrad, of Issaquah, was recently named to the president’s list for the spring 2010 quarter at Mountain State University, Beckley, W.Va.

Conrad completed a minimum of 12 credit hours during the spring semester with a grade point average of 4.0 to achieve the recognition.

Local students graduate from college

Michael D. Rydell, of Issaquah, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering, and Justin Zimmerman, of Sammamish, earned a Master of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering June 12 at Oregon State University.

Nelson Lind and Sarah Charleston, both of Issaquah, were among 719 students who participated in St. Olaf College’s 121st commencement ceremony May 30 in Northfield, Minn. Charleston, a Liberty High School graduate, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. Lind, also an LHS grad, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics/mathematics.

Three local residents recently graduated from Linfield College May 30 in McMinnville, Ore. From Issaquah, Kenton Barker earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and Lauren Brown received a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies, with a focus in policy. Newcastle resident Ashlee Carte received a Bachelor of Science in business, management concentration.

Matthew Fisser recently graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Business degree in accounting, Summa Cum Laude. Fisser, a 2006 graduate of Skyline High School, was also recognized as a Senior Accounting Scholar, a Beta Gamma Sigma Inductee and was given the Delta Sigma Pi Key Award.

Jeffrey Lee and Shannon Poulos, of Issaquah, and Joseph McHale, of Sammamish, graduated from Montana State University May 8 in Bozeman, Mont.

The following local students graduated from Gonzaga University June 16: Jeffrey Allbaugh, of Issaquah, Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration; Michelle Miller, of Issaquah, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; and Joshua Hamblen, of Sammamish, Bachelor of Science.

Local students make WSU honor roll

The following local students were recently named to the Washington State University president’s honor roll for the spring 2010 semester. To be eligible, students must earn a grade point average of 3.75 in at least nine graded hours in a single term or 3.5 grade point average in 15 cumulative hours.

Issaquah: Madison Ayers, Derek Blohowiak, Joseph Brendel, Kelly Burgess, Danielle Chaney, Jillian Clark, Devon Crouch, Cara Davis, Caitlin Dooley, Camerin Dunn, Katherine Elmquist, Sheila Espenel, Jenna Farr, Kevin Faulkner, Montana Fauvet, Jessica Fiumara, Jordan Graham, Michelle Hedeen, Tanna Hitchcock, Cora Houser, Stephanie Huang, Shannon Inton, Michelle Ireland, Andre Jensen, Thomas Kaser, Shannon Keveren, Lauren Kulbeth, Ashley Lindeman, Melissa Marques, Connor McClain, Ellen McNicoll, Garrett Miller, Charles Misner, Mitchell Nelson, Mikayla Neves, Timothy Nygaard, Colleen Oliver, Kelsey Peterson, William Rogers-Durham, Tiffany Sasaki, Sara Schelley, Lianna Sellars, Laurel Skoff, Ryan Sneesby, Neil Stover, Brittany Turner, Danielle Turrin, Sean Zeller and Sarah Zeutschel

Renton: Matthew Asahara, Jason Butler, Kyle Salas-Conboy, Emily Dennison, Brenna Forgey, Nicolaus Hoifeldt, Nathan Janders, Colleen Johns, Kelly Knauss, Rodney Pearce, Christoph Prummer, Rachelle Rozsonits, Nathaniel Schoot and Ian Smith

Sammamish: Joshua Beach, Madeline Christie, Lynn Colingham, Lucas Corbin, Candice Covey, Jessica Gober, Sarah Goehri, Kristi Goetz, Kathryn Harrison, Andrew Infinger, Ram Kandasamy, Kendra Kisling, Arielle Lien, Anna Lowery, Jordan Macpherson, Laurelee Misseghers, David Osborne, Laura Saddler, Rachel Taylor and Matthew Thompson

College News

April 20, 2010

Area resident named to Gonzaga president’s list

Micah L. Howe, a senior from Issaquah, was among the 987 undergraduate students named to the Gonzaga University president’s list for fall semester 2009. To qualify, students must earn a 3.7 or better grade-point average.

Local student to graduate from SAGU

Jeremy Weinmeister, of Issaquah, will be one of 190 participating April 30 in a graduating ceremony at the Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas. Weinmeister earned a bachelor’s degree in general ministries.

College News

March 16, 2010

Students graduate from WWU

The following Washington State University students from Issaquah have earned undergraduate degrees for the fall 2009 semester:

Michael Irwin, Bachelor of Arts in general studies; Trevor Spencer, Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary concentration; and Corey Stephenson, Bachelor of Arts in business administration, marketing.

Students make deans’ lists

Jessica L. Klein, a freshman from Issaquah, was among the 710 students named to Gonzaga University dean’s list for fall semester 2009. Students must earn between a 3.5 and 3.69 grade point average to be listed.

Joshua Twaddle, 2009 graduate of Skyline High School, was one of more than 850 Pacific Lutheran students to be named to the fall 2009 dean’s list. To be honored requires a grade point average of at least 3.5. He is the son of Carolyn and Robert Twaddle.

Alex Severin, 2009 graduate of Issaquah High School, made the dean’s list at American University, in Washington, D.C. To qualify, a student must have completed 15 graded credits with an average grade point average of at least 3.5.

Kaylen Stix, Newcastle resident and 2009 graduate of Liberty High School, made the dean’s list for the fall quarter at the University of Oregon. To qualify, a student must achieve a GPA of 3.75 or better. Stix is a freshman majoring in mathematics.

Tasche earns education degree

Ashleigh Tasche, of Issaquah, has received a Master of Arts degree in mathematics education from Western Governors University, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

North earns CIA degree

Graham North, of Issaquah, earned his associate degree in Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America on Oct. 16, 2009. Graham is a 2006 graduate of Issaquah High School.

Newson receives scholarship

Joshua Newson, of Issaquah, was one of 112 awardees from the University of Washington to receive a Mary Gates Endowment for Students scholarship. Newson received the scholarship for his research project “Equating the way we Receive Racial Outgroups.”

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