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Front Porch: Century Club pinwheels, scholar honored

By April 22, 2018May 1st, 2018No Comments

Every April club members of the international General Federation of Women’s Clubs show their support for the fight against child abuse.

To publicize this effort, they create fluttering pinwheel gardens in public areas to call attention to the importance of families and communities working together to prevent cruelty and child neglect.

The Woman’s Century Club of Nampa, (and no, you do not need to be 100 years old to join the group) has created a Pinwheel Garden in front of the Nampa Public Library again this year.

Children visiting the library that week are always thrilled to be told to take a pinwheel as they leave the building.

During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness of this growing problem, and provide education and support with resources and strategies to prevent such traumatic treatment for youngsters. Parental mental illness, substance and drug abuse, divorce, incarceration and domestic violence all can cause negative outcomes in adulthood.

Each year, the White House and many states issue proclamations to raise awareness and encourage behaviors to improve the wellbeing of our children.

The Century Club also puts its efforts into aiding groups that combat the problems of domestic violence. The club donates funds to four local organizations for aid to battered women, homelessness and health needs.

The Century Club was the first civic organization formed in Nampa, back in 1900. Then their goal was to bring a library to the little farm community, and when that was accomplished, they went on to a variety of charitable causes, such as the Salvation Army, scholarships, and contests for children in art, writing and photography.

HERNANDEZ HONORED BY BSU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Nampan Andres Correa Hernandez was one of the top 10 scholars honored recently by the Boise State University Alumni Association in a reception at the Stueckle Sky Center in Boise.

The awards ceremony featured remarks from each student. They were all nominated by their academic deans, and were required to have a 3.8 or higher grade point average.

“Student recipients should feel extremely proud knowing that they are deemed the top of their graduating class,” said Lisa Gardner, executive director of the BSU Alumni Association.

Hernandez earned a bachelor of science in materials science and engineering with minors in physics, mathematics and applied mathematics. He plans to go on to obtain a doctorate of philosophy in electrical engineering at Princeton University.

He is a member of the Materials Theory and Modeling Group, which he joined his first year at BSU. That led to an internship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland for two summers. He co-authored three publications, and as a McNair Scholar he has conducted research funded by the National Science Foundation.

Boise State’s TRIO Upward Bound program helped him get into college. He was a peer mentor for low-income, first generation college students.

This remarkable student also was a recipient of numerous scholarships and received the NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in 2015 and 2016. He also won a 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Marie Galyean writes the Front Porch column for the Idaho Press-Tribune. Email your local news, club activities, honors and other “tidbits” to community@idahopress.com.

 


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