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Lisa Abia-Smith, director of education and outreach at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, has been appointed to the Northwest advisory board of Visual Thinking Strategies.

The program an educational curriculum and teaching method that uses art to develop critical thinking, communication and visual literacy skills.

Lane Community College has award the 2009 Cooperative Education Employer of the Year award to Chambers Communications of Eugene for its efforts in mentoring and hiring of media arts students through Lane's Cooperative Education program.

Cascade Sierra Solutions, a nonprofit organization based in Coburg, has received an environmental award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Pacific Southwest Region for its efforts to protect the environment in Northern California in 2008.

The company's goal is to reduce emissions and fuel consumption of heavy-duty diesel trucks.

Kristian Ferry, a general surgeon at Oregon Medical Group, has received the 2008 Patients' Choice Award through patient ratings logged at

The McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center volunteer program has been recognized as the 2008 Top Adult Volunteer Program out of 46 similarly sized hospitals nationwide.

McKenzie- Willamette's volunteers provided 48,430 total hours of service in 2008.

Dave Andrews, an attorney with Hershner Hunter LLP in Eugene, was honored at the Best Lawyers 25th anniversary event in Atlanta.

The event recognizes lawyers who have been selected for inclusion in "Best Lawyers in America," a publication listing attorneys based on peer-review surveys.

Kathi Jaworski, consultant and former executive director of Rural Development Initiatives in Eugene, has been elected to the board of TACS.

TACS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofit organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington through training, consulting and resources.

William Wiswall, a Eugene attorney, has been elected to the board of the Brain Injury Association of Oregon.

Gayle Harley of Eugene has been inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers by the College of Engineering at Oregon State University.

KVAL News received an award for Best Newscast and one for Overall Excellence from The Associated Press of Oregon for work aired during 2008.

Anne Marie Levis, president of Funk/Levis & Associates, an advertising and marketing agency in Eugene as well as a director-elect of the Eugene School Board, has received a 2009 Orchid Award from the Portland Business Journal.

The award is given to nominees for their service as women business leaders and community members.

The Lane County Dental Society has elected the following officers for the 2009-2010 term: president, Terri Baarstad, SmileAlive Dental Care; president-elect, Mark Stapleton, M. Stapleton, Dentistry for Children; vice president, Renee Watts, ArDent Care Dental; and secretary-treasurer, Brad Chvatal, Chvatal Orthodontics.

The Oregon RV Dealers Association has elected the following officers: president, George Sutton, George M. Sutton RV; past president, Shannon Nill, Guaranty RV Centers; and secretary, Craig Strobeck, Guaranty RV Centers.

Harris Hoffman, who was a partner of Lorig Associates for 18 years, has joined the board of the Metropolitan Affordable Housing Corp., a nonprofit agency in Eugene that develops and manages affordable housing communities.

SELCO Community Credit Union has received a 2009 Diamond Award from the Credit Union National Association Marketing and Business Development Council for its Teen Score! savings program.

Marion Sweeney, a volunteer and donor to FOOD for Lane County, has received the Oregon Hunger Buster Award from the Oregon Food Bank Network for her efforts to eliminate hunger in the community.
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Title Annotation:Blue Chip
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 1, 2009
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