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Memories & Milestones

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On a recent Saturday, several local Kiwanis members, a member of the Glenwood Springs High School Key Club and two visiting students from Doan Hung, Vietnam, spent the day doing spring fix-up projects at WindWalkers Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy Center in Carbondale. A big focus for the club members was to build a garden/picnic area for the WindWalkers clients and families. Using a beautiful tree donated by Planted Earth and material donated by Lowes Home Improvement, Carbondale Ace Hardware and Flooring America, the Kiwanis framed the area, cleared it of decay, planted the tree, sanded and painted outdoor furniture, prepared several flower barrels and spread mulch to help with drainage. This will be a great place for families to sit, relax, enjoy a terrific view of Mount Sopris and unwind while their child enjoys his/her therapeutic riding session. But that wasnt all the Kiwanians also cleaned out the horses holding pen making it safer than ever for the WindWalkers herd and rebuilt/organized/cleaned the supply closet. WindWalkers would like to thank the Kiwanis for their financial support of the scholarship program and for their volunteer labor at the ranch. We are truly grateful to everyone who helped make our Saturday workday a success. For more information about the Kiwanis Club please call Joe at 945-7149. For information about WindWalkers please call Molly at 963-2909.

Linda and Ed Geiss of Carbondale welcomed a son, Owen Francis Geiss, into the world on May 4, 2009.Grandparents are Don and Judy Kanzler of Cherry Hill, NJ, and Ed and Pat Geiss of Lake in the Hills, Ill.Owens older brother, Bear, was particularly excited to meet him and likes and licks him very much. Special thanks to Adriana Brown, Lisa Treadway and all the other midwives, Dr. ODonnell, Dr. Ellen Brooks, and all the nursing staff at Valley View Hospital, as well as all of our family and friends for their ever-present and continuing support and well wishes. There have been countless people involved in this whole experience and we want to thank them all.

Nathan E. Boteilho of New Castle and Julia K. Queen of Loveland happily announce their engagement to be married. Nathan grew up on Maui, while Julie grew up in Michigan. The couple later met in Colorado via the Internet. They are self-employed in the Roaring Fork Valley.The couple are planning an August wedding at the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch and a honeymoon in Estes Park.

The Northeast Texas Community College Faculty Senate recently announced that Dr. Jess Dowdy, professor of physics and chemistry, has been honored with the Teaching Excellence Award for 2009. This award began in 2008 and is presented biannually to an NTCC professor whose work is deemed outstanding by his colleagues. Dowdy is also being nominated for the Minnie Piper Award, a statewide program that honors professors for superior teaching at the college level. Dowdy, a resident of Omaha, has been employed at NTCC since 1993. He holds a bachelors degree from Abilene Christian University, a Master of Science degree from Washington State University and a Doctorate of Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. In addition to teaching at NTCC, Dowdy has put much effort into raising awareness in the sciences through his traveling Science Roadshow that visits area schools to conduct mobile lab experiments. In his first year at NTCC, Dowdy also initiated the local chapter of the Society of Physics Students. Over the years, membership in this group has grown to the point where it is recognized as the largest student membership in Texas and several neighboring states. More recently, Dowdy has worked diligently to develop an articulation agreement with Texas A&M University-Commerce in Industrial Engineering. This program will allow students who begin their studies at NTCC to transfer seamlessly into the Industrial Engineering program at A&M-Commerce. Perhaps Dowdys most important contribution to NTCC lies in the success of his former students, who have gone on to achieve advanced degrees in the sciences, developed significant inventions and, in one case, set the world record for acceleration in an Indy-type race car. Dowdy graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 1983. He is the son of Pat and Patsy Dowdy.

Cornell University is pleased to announce that Lindsey Mae Moschet of Carbondale graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with the Class of 2009 during commencement ceremonies in Ithaca, N.Y., May 24, 2009.

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