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Wilfredo Salamanca honored at Buena Vista University

Wilfredo Salamanca, a junior accounting major from El Jebel, was recently honored at Buena Vista University’s student recognition event.

Salamanca received the Stief Award, established by former superintendent of the physical plant and maintenance, Willard Stief, by his family and friends following his death in 1981. This award recognizes three students who have positively contributed to the community life in the residence halls and is based on leadership, commitment to residence hall life at BVU and scholarship.

Bryn Phinney named to Wheaton College dean’s list

Wheaton College (Illinois) student Bryn Phinney, of Redstone, was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester.

To earn dean’s list honors at Wheaton, an undergraduate student must carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the 4.0 scale.

Passmore graduates from Johnson & Wales University

Delaney Passmore received her associate degree in baking and pastry arts from Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 21, 2016. She graduated summa cum laude and was on the dean’s list during her entire two-year tenure. Delaney completed her internship at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville and continues to work there through the summer. She will return to Charlotte in August for two more years at JWU to receive her bachelor’s degree in Food Service Management. Proud parents are Lindsey and Lisa Passmore of Silt, and grandmothers Marchia Powell of Sutherlin, Oregon, and Myrna Chuchuru of Delta.

Sarah McCutchan travels abroad for Belmont University

Sarah McCutchan, of Rifle, traveled to Argentina this summer as part of Belmont University’s largest group of student travelers in university history. With more than 500 students participating, 22 programs were held in May, and nine programs are currently under way as students embark on adventures in nearly 30 countries.

Granger appointed president of Colorado Northwestern Community College

Ronald A. Granger has been appointed president of Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) by Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System.

Granger will assume the presidency on Aug. 8. Russell George will be retiring from CNCC on June 30, after serving as president for five years and devoting almost 25 years of public service to the people of Colorado as a state legislator, speaker of the House of Representatives, director of the Colorado Division of Wildlife, and executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Granger is currently the vice president of administrative services at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming, a position he has held since 2012.

ACF awards $121,500 in college scholarships to students in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs

Aspen Community Foundation has awarded $121,500 in college scholarships to 26 students of the 2016 graduating classes of Bridges, Roaring Fork, Yampah and Glenwood Springs high schools, along with nine alumni of Roaring Fork and Glenwood Springs high schools (who are in their second year of college). Since 2000, ACF has awarded just over $1 million in scholarships to 351 students from Aspen to Parachute, including $237,000 to 67 students this year.

This year, Carbondale and Glenwood students received scholarships from two ACF funds, the John Gold Pre-Collegiate Program Scholarship Fund and the Fast Forward Scholarship Fund. The Fast Forward Scholarship is unique in that it serves those students who are interested in pursuing non-four-year degrees.

New this year, ACF is the recipient of $80,000 in scholarship funds from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI), a project of Colorado’s Department of Higher Education. With matching gifts from generous community members, $160,000 in additional scholarship dollars are available to qualified high school graduates from Garfield and Pitkin counties. ACF is currently accepting and reviewing applications and will announce recipients later this summer. For more information visit

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