Lori Webb's photo of snow
Reader Lori Webb shared this photo of a snow-dusted piece of natural artwork at Castle Rock State Park Friday morning. (Courtesy of Lori Webb)

Student named to Dean’s List at Puget Sound for fall 2023

Alex Rossmeissl, of Los Gatos, made the Fall 2023 Dean’s List at the University of Puget Sound for achieving at least a 3.7 grade-point average, completing all of their enrolled courses without withdrawals, and having no incomplete grades.

The University of Puget Sound is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, with an student body of 1,800 undergraduates, as well as 300 graduate students in education, counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy and public health.

A top producer of Fulbright scholars, Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent liberal arts college in western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society.

Girl Scouts tour Campbell Heritage Theatre

Friends of the Heritage Theatre Board Member Nandini Acharya spearheaded an effort to bring girls from local Girl Scout troops, along with parents and siblings, on a ‘behind the scenes’ interactive tour of the Heritage Theatre.

And on Saturday, March 2nd, a group of community volunteers invited local young people to experience the historic cultural institution in Campbell.

Theatre staff guided the scouts on a private tour of the venue to experience what it’s like to be one of the professional artists and technicians who make the theater come alive. The youth had an opportunity to speak through microphones on stage, view the scene from up in the stage manager’s booth, check out lighting operations, see how sets are raised and lowered from the rigging system (called “the fly”), gaze into the same mirrors performers use to prepare and even hang out backstage in the green room.

The Campbell Heritage Theatre was built in 1938 and used as the auditorium for Campbell High School. When the school closed in 1980, the City of Campbell took it over. The theater remained “dark” for more than 20 years before being restored and reopened on February 14, 2004.

Hannah Kaikkonen Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Hannah Kaikkonen, of Los Gatos, was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

Kaikkonen was initiated at University of California Davis.

Kaikkonen is among approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 325 campuses in the United States, its territories and the Philippines. Its mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

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